Islam versus Sunni and Shi’a
Ali was not a Shi’a nor Umar was a Sunni
Sermon#5 “…and put off the crowns of pride..”
This statement is truly extraordinary to be said many years ago which is a true representation of the situation of Muslims today. Both parties are so proud of their opinions in regard to leadership issue and no one is willing to compromise for reconciliation for the sake of Islam.
In many cases they become too stubborn and very opinionated even though there is no legitimacy in their argument and they continue to disagree, just for the sake of disagreement. Many times I have seen one party is willing to reject the other side’s argument just because it is sanctioned by the opposite side, even though such argument is in accordance to Islamic teaching.
This kind of behavior is due to the pride of both sides. And this kind of pride is very much rebuked by Allah (SW) in His Holy Book:
2:206 And whenever he is told, “Be conscious of God,” his false pride drives him into sin: wherefore hell will be his allotted portion-and how vile a resting-place!
وَإِذَا قِيلَ لَهُ اتَّقِ اللّهَ أَخَذَتْهُ الْعِزَّةُ بِالإِثْمِ فَحَسْبُهُ جَهَنَّمُ وَلَبِئْسَ الْمِهَادُ (2:206
This false pride is very cruel disease of the heart and it would quickly progress into an indispensable characteristic of the individual, consequently it will project itself, to the ill hearted, as a “crown” where Imam Ali has described it to be, which makes someone very happy and unwilling to take off. This description of path given by Imam Ali, as being “crowns of boasting” is truly very accurate projection of both parties today and prominent behavior of Sunni and Shi’a in relationship to the legitimacy of their historical claims to the leadership issue.
Imam Ali had warned his followers from the dangers of this path, but no one is really adhering to his calling.
To be continued
Until next time