Analysis, Central Asia, Side Feature

The Borders based on Nationalism Bring Only Disaster to Muslims!

On July 23, news agency “Radio Liberty” reported: “The Tajik Ministry of Internal Affairs officially confirmed that on July 22, a Tajik police officer was injured during the conflict on the Tajik-Kyrgyz border.

The head of the information center of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Sogdu, police lieutenant colonel Abdurasul Shomirsaidzoda was wounded by a shot from a rifle.

In the evening of July 22, as a result of the conflict in the border region of Vorukh-Ak-Sai, one person died, several were injured. The incident occurred a few days before the meeting of the presidents of Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan in Isfara”.

This is not the first border conflict in Central Asia that led to the death of a Muslim. The artificial borders between the states of Central Asia appeared after the coming to power of the Communists in the 30s of the last century, and after the collapse of the USSR, 5 “independent” republics were formed on the basis of these borders. Prior to this, the Muslims of these lands did not share borders. Muslims of different nations and ethnic groups lived closely and peacefully, they could freely visit their near and dear ones in neighboring cities and remote regions.

The nationalist idea, artificially implanted to Muslims by the part of godless communists, poisoned the minds of Muslims and served as a source of numerous conflicts based on national, racial, clan, ethnic, etc. affiliation.

Nationalism, being an emotional bond that unites people on the basis of kinship and tribal relations, engenders a love of power and a struggle for power, which we have been observing for decades both in the region as a whole and in each individual republic.

Every Muslim and Muslim woman, having believed in Allah (swt) and His Messenger Muhammad (saw), is obliged to follow the orders and prohibitions of Allah Almighty. Allah Almighty said in His Noble Book:

[إِنَّمَا الْمُؤْمِنُونَ إِخْوَةٌ]

“The believers are but brothers”
[TMQ 49:10]

The Messenger of Allah (saw) said,

«يَا أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ، أَلَا إِنَّ رَبَّكُمْ وَاحِدٌ، وَإِنَّ أَبَاكُمْ وَاحِدٌ، أَلَا لَا فَضْلَ لِعَرَبِيٍّ عَلَى أَعْجَمِيٍّ، وَلَا لِعَجَمِيٍّ عَلَى عَرَبِيٍّ، وَلَا لِأَحْمَرَ عَلَى أَسْوَدَ، وَلَا أَسْوَدَ عَلَى أَحْمَرَ إِلَّا بِالتَّقْوَى»

“O people! Verily, your Lord is One, and your father is one. There is no superiority of an Arab over a non-Arab, and not of a non-Arab over an Arab, and of a red man over a black one, and a black man over a red one, except in terms of taqwa (fear of God).”

As long as the Muslims of Central Asia adhere to the vicious ideas of nationalism and live in secular systems, dividing into republics, Muslims will not find peace and tranquility. So it was among the Arabs of the Arabian peninsula until the revelation was sent to our beloved Prophet Muhammad (saw). Then Allah Almighty sent down His mercy to the people – Islam, and united the peoples on the basis of Islam and exalted. Allah Almighty said in His Noble Book:

[وَاعْتَصِمُواْ بِحَبْلِ اللّهِ جَمِيعًا وَلاَ تَفَرَّقُواْ وَاذْكُرُواْ نِعْمَةَ اللّهِ عَلَيْكُمْ إِذْ كُنتُمْ أَعْدَاء فَأَلَّفَ بَيْنَ قُلُوبِكُمْ فَأَصْبَحْتُم بِنِعْمَتِهِ إِخْوَانًا وَكُنتُمْ عَلَىَ شَفَا حُفْرَةٍ مِّنَ النَّارِ فَأَنقَذَكُم مِّنْهَا كَذَلِكَ يُبَيِّنُ اللّهُ لَكُمْ آيَاتِهِ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَهْتَدُونَ]

“And hold firmly to the rope of Allah all together and do not become divided. And remember the favor of Allah upon you – when you were enemies and He brought your hearts together and you became, by His favor, brothers. And you were on the edge of a pit of the Fire, and He saved you from it. Thus does Allah make clear to you His verses that you may be guided”
[TMQ 3:103].

And may Allah help us!

Written by Eldar Khamzin
Member of the Central Media Office of Hizb ut Tahrir