TEHRAN (IQNA) – A Muslim scholar based in Belgium points out that the need to establish a common economic market among Islamic countries can lead to unity as well as change in the world.
“We need a common Islamic economic and industrial market for unity,” Hojat-ol-Islam Seyed Ziaeddin Salehi Khansari, executive director of the union of Shia Muslim scholars in Belgium, told IQNA.
Opening such a body will certainly change the world because of the resources that Muslim nations have, he said.
Elaborating on the meaning of oneness, he said that when it comes to social unity, one of the teachings of Islam is “Ummah Wahida” [united community] and the term “Ummah” has been used repeatedly in the Holy Quran.
Literally speaking, Ummah means a society which shares one thought and strives to achieve a single goal, Khansari said, adding: “Islam is of the opinion that the community should be one Ummah, therefore, unity is an inevitable principle “.
Referring to verse 105 of Al Imran which says “And do not be like those who have divided”, the cleric stressed that Islam forbids Muslims from actions of division.
The blows to Islam came when there were divisions among Muslims, he said. “The priority today is the political aspect; I mean that the duty of the followers of the Islamic madhhabs is to unify their political point of view and to stand up against their enemies considering the preservation of Islam as a basis.
Normalization with Israel and the Zionist is one of the main challenges in this area, he said, adding: “The countries which consider themselves exposed to danger believe that they can guarantee their existence after unity with the Zionist regime, however, this is not the case.
The colonialists do not want the establishment of unity among Muslims and they are trying to scare Muslims from each other, he said, adding that it is a policy that the British have been pursuing for years.