The importance of Muslim unity
Rapporteur- Farbod Dehghani: Islam as the most comprehensive religion has always insisted on the equality between human beings and, frankly, prohibits racism, discrimination against minorities and the lack of equality between human beings.
Today world, people around the world is facing with racist behaviors, which in Islam is considered indecent.
In addition to racism in the West, especially in America, for example discrimination against blacks and immigrants, unfortunately the situation is not better in the Islamic world.
After more than 1400 years, fight between Arab and non-Arab is still remaining and both sides claim superiority over the other side. While one of the main enemy’s plans to overcome the Muslims is destroy their unity like divide them by racial issues as one of the means to achieve this goal.
Quran also speaks openly of the need for unity. In verse 105 of Surah Al 'Imran said: And do not be like the ones who became divided and differed after the clear proofs had come to them. And those will have a great punishment.
Be not like those who are divided amongst themselves and fall into disputations after receiving Clear Signs: For them is a dreadful penalty.
We must ask from whom trying to divide Muslims: what was the result of 14 centuries of difference between Sunnis and Shiites, Arabs and non-Arabs, what is? Iran and Iraq are friend and ally today but they were enemy yesterday, Why not establish unity among all Islamic countries?
As supreme leader of IRI said; I call all Muslims throughout the world to reflect on these realities. We do not at all insist that in a unified Islamic Uma certain Islamic denominations should accept the beliefs of other Islamic denominations. No, this is not what we mean by unity. Unity means that different Islamic denominations should highlight what they have in common and do not use their differences to cause fratricide, war, and enmity among Muslims. That is what we mean by unity.
In the Week of Unity the call of the Islamic Republic to unity does not imply that Sunni or Shia must give up their denomination and adopt the beliefs of the other side. The Islamic Republic calls people to focus on the commonalities that different denominations share and to demolish the walls of enmity and spite that have been built by the enemies. The Islamic Republic calls on different denominations to come together and exchange views on various aspects of the teachings of the Prophet's (SWA) household. Today, the enemies are more than ever strengthening the foundation of these walls and elements of enmity and spite and are trying to foment schism among Muslim brethren.(1)