How Individuals become A Community

by G.A. Parwez 

The Quran says to the Believers: “Remain steadfast and advocate steadfastness to others and join together to implement the laws of God; fear Him that you may succeed.” (3:200)

Many individuals come together to make a community. An Islamic life is to live as a community. To stay dispersed and to pursue ones own advantages and self-interest is not the life of the Muslim, who has submitted to God.

The question now arises: how can different individuals become one single community? How can separate Muslims be woven into the single fabric of an Islamic community?

We may look at the pivotal point and make clear the direction towards it.

Have you ever seen a football match? Or course you have. On each side there are 11 players positioned around one half of the pitch. Some are at the back, some at the front and others in the center. Others are at the left and right and one can be seen standing alone behind them all. They are all spread out as if they have no connection with one another.

The ball is placed in the center and a whistle is blown. The previously dispersed players start running very fast. A strange commotion takes place. Now we can see a game taking shape and in this bustle we observe a unique phenomenon. The player who is nearest to the ball makes every effort to direct it towards on specific target. It never happens that a player from one team kicks the ball in one direction and another player from the same team tries to kick it to the opposite direction.

The point to which all players of the same side aim the ball is known as their Goal. And goal mean aspiration, ambition, intent or purpose. The goal is a point, which is in sight of them all, something that they collectively cherish and wish to achieve. The players are eleven but their aim is one. All the individual players who have one goal are known as a team.

Likewise if all the individuals of a society who have one purpose and a common aspiration, then they can be known as a Community. But individuals can only become a community if they all have ONE goal and ONE ambition. Of members of any society do not have one goal they cannot be a community; if different individuals have different goals they cannot be a community either.

People of a nation of even different countries may have things in common but unless they share the same values, they cannot truly be a united community either.

However, for Muslims, God has defined their goal. He has said in Ali-Imran 3:103 “Hold fast to the rope of God, and do not be divided…” This is the goal for all Muslims, which will unite everyone and bring all individuals together to become one community. Of some individuals lose their grasp and clutch at straws their goals become distinctly separate; divisions will arise and sects will be created.

This rope of God, holding onto which Muslims become one community, is none other than the Holy Quran – Gods criterion for mankind. This is the Goal, which every Muslim should be looking at. This is the pinnacle, which every Muslim should aim for. This is the goal, which will give Muslims the unity they need.

Eleven players in the soccer field have one goal and theses players are called a team. The opposing players have a separate goal and belong to a different team. Have you noted how all the players in one field have become two distinct factions? This is due to having different Goals. In these times a community’s goal is called ideology. This means that Muslims become a community on the basis of an ideology. They all have the same ideology.

As I have said before, this is what I called unity. If their ideology is different from each other’s then it is Shirk or division. This is why God says, “Muslims take care! Do not become disbelievers after having believed. Do now be of those people who created sects within their social system and themselves became a sect and every sect became satisfied that only they had the truth.” (30:32)

Have you noted how the Quran has pointed out a single goal, and any aim other than a single community is condemned as shirk or an unacceptable division in unity? This is because only on forming a united community cans Muslims prosper.

When different sects have different goals, they will not be able to come together. They are not the community of the Ummah the Quran speaks of. Their unity is broken. In place of unity there is division. The goal for Muslims is the Quran. It is a book in which there are no discrepancies. Only by following the Quran alone can the Muslims become one, undivided community. This is our ideology and it is for this purpose that Pakistan was created.

You may ask why was it necessary to crate Pakistan for this? We have the Quran with us before we stayed with Hindustan (India). This is true. But the we could not implement the teachings of the Quran, which is the code of life. It is the book of law as mentioned earlier, in which God has given us permanent values so we can live our lives according to it. But we could not live according to the principles contained in it until we had our own land and our own government.

It is for this reason we campaigned for the creation of Pakistan, so that we could, in our own sovereign state, constitutionalist the Permanent Values enshrined in the Quran. Only under these conditions could the laws be implemented by we could mould our lives. The Quran makes proper distinction between the believers and the unbelievers. Muslims who are those who establish a government according to the Quran and those do not do so are Disbelievers or Kaafirs. God clearly says in the Quran: “Those who do not rule according tot eh Quran are Kaafirs.” (5:44).

“Muslim” means Believer and “Kufaar” means Disbeliever or rejecter. Those who believe that the Quran is a goal or ideology and establish a government according to it are Muslims. And those who do not believe that the Quran is a goal or an ideology and do not establish a government according to it are not Muslims and are Kaafireen or rejecters.

From this it is clear that individuals do not become a community until they have ONE goal or ONE ideology as their aim. Those who believe in the Quranic ideology are Muslims and with this common aim become a united community. What it means to keep the Quran as your goal is that a government should be established to it. This is why Muslims campaigned for Pakistan and this is why they achieved it. But after securing it we forgot our ideology, our goal. It is obvious that when people forget their aims, they can only live as individuals, never as a community.

In other words we can say that, after the creation of Pakistan, Pakistanis never became a united community, we never lived a life of unity. We never came to a field as a team and we never played as a team. No player ever new what his goal was. For this reason one player kicked the ball in one direction and and another player in a completely different direction, yet both were supposed to belong to the same team! This is why in the game of life we have never one a single match.

But even now it is not too late. The land is still ours. And, thank God, it is still in a safe condition. Our ideology, the Quran, is still with us and thank God, it is too in its protected condition as when first revealed. The only we need is to make it the goal of our government and then we can become an undivided community and love our lives as TRUE Muslims in an Islamic state.