In the spirit of tawhid of Allah ﷻ, Muslims are obligated to be united in the way we live and in the decisions we make. Our ‘ulama (scholars) have said, “Islam has been built on two words: the word of tawhid and the tawhid of the word.” If we conduct our affairs according to the whims of the selfish nafs (self) and the instigation of the Shaytan, we risk disunity, exposing our weak points to external enemies and allowing them to do internal harm.
We must not do things that will lead to division among Muslims, whether in our family or in the broader society. Islam, Sharia, and the akhlaq of Rasulullah ﷺ are what unite us. Violating these akhlaq leads to division, causing fissure and weakness in the Muslim community. As we hold dear to the tawhid of Allah ﷻ, we must hold onto the unity of the word. To achieve that, we have to be willing to give up things we want that will lead to division and ultimate weakness.
Sayiduna Umar (Allah be pleased with him) taught, “That which you dislike in unity is better for you than that which you are attracted to in disunity.” If my action is going to contribute to disunity, then I must not do it no matter how much it appeals to me. Because what one may enjoy of whimsical pleasure in disunity pales in comparison to the disastrous consequence that will be regretted later in this world and on the Day of Judgment.
May Allah ﷻ empower us to uphold His tawhid and attain its fruit that is our akhlaq and the unity of our word. Amin.