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How can the Ummah be united once again? An interview with Allamah Ibn Baaz (rahimahullah)

An interview by the ’Takbir“, Conducted with His Eminence Shaykh …Abdul …Aziz ibn …Abdullah ibn Baz

This is the answer given by the Chairman of the Departments of Scholarly Research, Ifta‘, Daw…ah, and Guidance to the questions submitted by Mr. Salah Al-Din, the editor of the Pakistani magazine: "Takbir".

The first question: What are your recommendations in regard to saving the Islamic Ummah (nation based on one creed) from disputes, racism, and adopting Madh-habs (schools of Jurisprudence)? How can the Ummah be united once again?


In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. All praise is due to Allah and peace and blessings be upon the Messenger of Allah, Muhammad, and his family and Companions.

My recommendations on this subject is that importance should be given to calling all nations to Tawhid (belief in the Oneness of Allah/ monotheism), sincerity to Allah, adherence to His Shari…ah (Islamic law), and avoidance of what opposes it. This is what will unite the Ummah on Al-Haqq (the Truth) and remove disputes and fanaticism in relation to the Madh-habs.

The aim is to invite all Muslims to follow uprightly the Din (Religion) of Allah, uphold His Shari…ah, and co-operate in piety and righteousness.

If this is achieved, the diverse groups and words will be united into one body, one edifice and one force against their enemies.

However, if everyone fanatically follows their Madhab, shaykh, or opinions that conflict with what the Salaf (righteous predecessors) established, this is what leads to dissension.

Therefore, it is obligatory upon the Muslim scholars, Du…ah (callers to Islam), and rulers to stand shoulder-to-shoulder and call all people to Al-Haqq, and to adhere to and follow it.

The aim for all Muslims should be to obey Allah and His Messenger, abide by the Book of Allah and the Sunnah of His Prophet (peace be upon him), and be on their guard against whatever contradicts them.

This is the only way to unite the word and battalions of Muslims and grant them victory over their enemies. May Allah grant us success!

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