Is there anything more powerful than the Islamic bond?
On the sidelines of the strong concern that Muslims in Indonesia and the world have towards the bloodshed of their brothers and sisters in Gaza, there is a dissenting voice in Indonesia from Twitter with the hashtag #prayforpapua which essentially stated that there was “no need to take care of a neighbor’s house, let us take care of our home first”, referring to the problems affecting Muslims in Papua. Provocative statements such as “You Defend Palestine, but You Forget Papua” continues to be posed as if contradistinguish between Gaza and Papua.
This kind of stance is not a noble attitude while at the same time signifies that it is not coming from the Muslims heart. As Muslims are one body, if any part of the body is hurting, another part will feel the same pain. This provocative minor voice is completely unfounded because the very fact that Muslims have always been at the forefront spoken for Papua, even the Dawah of Islam is growing rapidly there to fortify the people from separatism and raise awareness of the dangers foreign occupation on Papua land.
Rasulullaah صلى الله عليه وسلم has gave to us a very strong legacy that is Islamic Ukhuwah (brotherly) bond among the Muslims that has no equal, this bond is stronger than the bond of nationality even the family blood bond so that’s why the Dawah of Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم was regarded as magic by the pagan Quraish. This Islamic bond makes Rohingya, Pattani and Syrian Muslims able to express their sincere support for the Muslims in Gaza in the midst of their own pain. Even Muslims in Gaza who were being bombarded by missiles still had expressed their sympathy for the MH17 Malaysian plane tragedy which also befell some Muslims, Masha Allah!
All miseries and oppressions upon the Ummah precisely further awaken the Islamic revival. Wherever it happens, in either Syria, Gaza, Central Africa, Myanmar, Xinjiang or Papua, it has shaken every single bosom of faithful Muslim. As whatever happens in the East, all the Muslims in the West are worried about it, as well as anything happen in the West then all Muslims in the East will react. Masha Allah, this noble Ukhuwah Islam bond has made the scattered Muslims Ummah transformed into ONE UMMAH that has ONE heartbeat, ONE tread and ONE global voices.
Let us pray to Allah for protection of the Muslims from separatism, sectarianism and nationalism that became an ancient Western toxic weapon to divide the unity of Muslims Ummah. Including the issue of Papua and its separatist movement that is driven by a foreign western power for a long time to secede from Indonesia land.
وَأَلَّفَ بَيْنَ قُلُوبِهِمْ لَوْ أَنفَقْتَ مَا فِي الأَرْضِ جَمِيعاً مَّا أَلَّفَتْ بَيْنَ قُلُوبِهِمْ وَلَكِنَّ اللّهَ أَلَّفَ بَيْنَهُمْ إِنَّهُ عَزِيزٌ حَكِيمٌ
“And He has unified their hearts. Even if you had spent everything on the earth, you could not have unified their hearts. But Allah has unified them. He is Almighty, All-Wise.”
(Al Anfal: 63)
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