NATIONALISM AND ISLAM

Messenger of Allah (sallallahoAlaiheWasallam) said, “He is not one of us who calls for ‘asabiyyah, (nationalism) or who fights for ‘asabiyyah or who dies for ‘asabiyyah.” And in another hadith/hadis, the Messenger of Allah (sallallahoAlaiheWasallam) referring to nationalism, racism, and patriotism said “Leave it, it is rotten”. [Muslim and Bukhari]

Explanation of Hadith/Hadis:
On one occasion during the time of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him), a party of Jews conspired to bring about disunity in the ranks of the Muslims after seeing the Aus and Khazraj harmonious with each other within Islam. A youth from among them was sent to incite remembrance of the battle of Bu’ath, where the Aus had been victorious over the Khazraj. He recited poetry to stir their feelings, remind them of their past differences, and bring about division between them. As a result there was a call to arms. When the news reached the Messenger of Allah (Peace be upon him) he said, “O Muslims, remember Allah almighty, remember Allah. Will you act as pagans while I am present among you, after Allah almighty has guided you to Islam, and honoured you thereby and made a clean break with paganism; delivered you thereby from disbelief; and made you friends thereby?” When they heard this they wept and embraced each other. [The Roots of Nationalism In The Muslim World]

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