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Ummah divided

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The ‘Ummah’; a community of unity, 

our oneness in spirituality;

an entity of faith and loyalty 

in serving God and humanity.

But is this just a fantasy of harmony? 

Will we wake from this reverie

to see 

a fragmented 

Ummah 

in disunity;

the sects, cultures, nationalities:

different practices in seeking

the same God and sacred purity

from the same Quran devotedly;

 

so what of the non-Sunnis: Shi’a, Ahmedi,

the mystic Sufis; what of the minorities

reciting la ilaha illallah

with undeniable fluency?

 

What of the women breaking boundaries 

beating patriarchy, misogyny, 

aspiring to be like Khadija, Ayesha; 

their strength and autonomy?

What of our brothers and sisters

trapped in a man-made hierarchy 

of race and class; left unforgivably

oppressed for their God-given reality?

When will we stop this wholly unholy

tyranny with no divine authority, 

politically, physically, emotionally 

harming each other in this Ummah divided.

Where is the solidarity?

By Hanain B

 

Hanain is doing a PhD in Applied Linguistics at Newcastle University, focusing on interactional identity construction in Muslim women. When she is not nerding out on her research, she likes writing poetry and dabbling in photography as a hobby. She also runs a small-scale project with a couple of friends called Project Happiness, distributing food & care packs to the homeless. You can follow her on Twitter @hanainbrohi 

Image credit: http://jworldtimes.com/jwt2015/magazine-archives/jwt2016/november2016/responsibilities-of-muslim-ummah-in-the-modern-age/
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