|We be needin' a BIG dose of both of those!|
The Sunni-Shia rift is the most obvious one. Sunnis like to say "Blah blah blah" about Shias and the Shias say "Yada yada yada" about the Sunnis. Really it's enough to do my head in. I am sure my post will infuriate some people but this is just how I feel. Or Hanafis hatin' on Malikis, the Malikis snarkin' about the Hanbalis... can I just stop here? I think ya'll get the drift.
"La ilaha ilallah, Muhammad-dur-Rasoolallah!" IF you say and believe this, you are a Muslim. Yes, we have to pray. Yes we have to follow the path of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (saws). These are the basics. Maybe we have some other disagreements, such as when the 'Eid should be or if dog saliva is REALLY najasa... let's not even start on the issue of niqaab! lol
However, until we as an ummah can stop hating each other, what chance do we have to get the world to stop hating (which means fearing) us? When they look to the news and see Muslims killing Muslims, when they see Muslims killing innocent civilians (please see Sr. Nancy's post here on the recent slayings in Afghanistan) there will be fear. We hate what we fear, what we do not understand. This is human nature.
So let's all start out small, shall we? I am not asking you to change your culture overnight and purge it of all the bid'ah and haram, I am not asking you to change the world. Start with a smile, a kind word, an "A'salaamu alaikum" to every and I mean every sister you see at the masjid. Stop judging and start making changes in yourself.
Just do something positive to make a change in our position. What an easier way than loving those who love Allah? If someone is misguided, make dua' for that person. Pray for them. Raise their name up to Allah. If you can do so tactfully and Islamically, give them gentle nasiha in private.
Just don't hate. Ma salaama...