In the last two years, Muslims have killed their fellow Muslims more than any war of a country against another. Muslims killed each other in Iraq, in Afghanistan, in Pakistan in Somalia and in other Muslims communities.

If you ask yourself what has gone wrong in these Muslim countries and communities that they kill each other in this absurd manner? What is the basis for this staunch enmity that has manifested itself amongst the Muslims in this way that the realization of peace and unity is highly impossible due to the entrenched position each group has maintained? In whose name would Muslims kill each other? They could not fight and kill each other in the name of Allah, because Allah has forbidden it. Muslims cannot fight and kill each other in the name of the Prophet because he also has condemned that. In other words, Muslims will not fight and kill each other in the name of Islam because Islam says Muslims are brothers to each other and should always maintain the brotherhood. If Muslims should fight and kill each other then the obvious reason for the fighting and killing of each other is simply in the name of worldly gains, no more no less.

A Muslim is he who bears testimony that there is only one God, Allah and in addition bears testimony that the Prophet Muhammad is his messenger. These two testimonies are the first of the five pillars in Islam. In other words a Muslim is he who submits himself totally to the will of Allah and his messenger.

After bearing these two important testimonies which automatically qualify you to become a Muslim, the second most important thing is the unquestionable obedience to Allah, His Prophet and Muslim scholars in authority in Islam. In Quran 4:59 Allah says; “O you believers, obey Allah, and obey the Messenger, and those charged with authority among you. Should you differ in anything among yourselves, refer it to Allah and His Messenger, if you indeed believe in Allah and the Last Day: that is best, and most suitable for final determination”.

Only the faithful Muslim men and women exhibit the unquestionable obedience to Allah and His Messenger. Allah says in Quran 33:36 “It is not fitting for a Believer, man or woman, to have any option when a matter has been decided by Allah and His Messenger. If anyone disobeys Allah and His Messenger, he is indeed on a clearly wrong Path”.

I am yet to be convinced that a Muslim who fights his brother Muslim and kills him in battle is a Muslim, because the Quran states categorically that the believer should not kill his fellow believer unless through an accident. And that any Muslim who intentionally in his/her sound mind kill fellow Muslim has no any other reward but hell fire and has incurred the curses of the Almighty.

The exhibition of faith by Muslim men and women the obedience to Allah and His Messenger should be unquestionable. Allah says in Quran 4:92-93; “Never should a Believer kill a Believer; if any killing should happen, should be only accidental. A compensation is due if a Believer kills another Believer, it is ordained that he should free a believing slave, and pay compensation to the deceased’s family, unless they remit it freely. If the deceased belonged to a people at war with you, then the freeing of a believing slave is enough. If he belonged to a people with whom you have a treaty of mutual alliance, compensation should be paid to his family, and a believing slave be freed. For those who find this beyond their means, fasting for two months running is prescribed: by way of repentance to Allah; for Allah has all Knowledge and all Wisdom. If a man kills a Believer intentionally, his only reward is Hell, to abide therein forever: and the wrath and the curse of Allah are upon him, and a dreadful penalty is prepared for him”.

Muslims who fight and kill each other have not only grossly disobeyed Allah and His Prophet (SAW) but also contradicted them in the most unimaginable manner that cannot be befitting any Muslim, man or woman. This is very unfortunate.

The Prophet also said confirming the Quranic verse, that if two Muslims draw sword and engage themselves in fighting, the killer and the killed would both be condemned to hell fire.

Indeed the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW) had declared in Sahih al-Bukhari, the book of Faith, hadith 1.30, and narrated by Al Ahnaf Ibn Qais the follwing. “While I was going to help this man, Abu Bakra met me and asked, “Where are you going?” I replied, “I am going to help that person.” He said, “Go back for I have heard Allah’s Apostle saying, ‘When two Muslims fight each other and their swords meet, both the murderer as well as the murdered will go to the Hell-fire.’ I said, ‘O Allah’s Apostle! It is all right for the murderer but what about the murdered one?’ Allah’s Apostle replied, “He surely had the intention to kill his companion.”

In the last sermon of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW), he declared among other things; “…O People, just as you regard this month, this day, this city as Sacred, so regard the life and property of every Muslim as a sacred trust. Return the goods entrusted to you to their rightful owners. Hurt no one so that no one may hurt you. Remember that you will indeed meet your Lord, and that He will indeed reckon your deeds…”

In Sahih Muslim, hadith 6219 Abu Hurayrah narrated that the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said: “Don’t nurse grudge and don’t bid him out for raising the price and don’t nurse aversion or enmity and don’t enter into a transaction when the others have entered into that transaction and be as fellow-brothers and servants of Allah. A Muslim is the brother of a Muslim. He neither oppresses him nor humiliates him nor looks down upon him. The piety is here, (and while saying so) he pointed towards his chest thrice. It is a serious evil for a Muslim that he should look down upon his brother Muslim. All things of a Muslim are inviolable for his brother in faith; his blood, his wealth and his honour.”

We have found as totally unacceptable in Islam and to Muslims, the on going wars between Muslims in the above-mentioned countries. All that they have succeeded in doing is to mislead the world community especially the non-Muslims, to perceive that indeed Muslims are terrorist and uncivilized.

I wander how many of these Muslims read the above-mentioned Quranic verses and the hadith of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) in relation to the subject of Muslims fighting and killing each other.

The only excuses that Muslims who fight and kill each other could possibly give is the differences in opinions and ideologies that subsequently divide them into sects, each claiming to be the true followers of Allah and His Messenger. They divide themselves in sects, going against Allah and His Messenger. Sects and differences are not accepted in Islam. Allah and His Prophet (SAW) have already warn us them with all the seriousness it deserve.

Dear reader, check out the following verses from the Quran: 3:103; “And hold fast, all together, by the Rope which is Islam and be not divided among yourselves; and remember with gratitude Allah’s favour on you; for you were enemies and He joined your hearts in love, so that by His Grace, you became brothers in faith. And remember when you were on the brink of the Pit of Fire, and He saved you from it. Thus do Allah make His Signs clear to you in order that you may be guided.” Allah also says in Quran: 30: 31-32. “Turn back in repentance to Him, and fear Him, then establish regular prayers, and be not among those who join gods with Allah. They are those who split up their Religion, and become sects, each party rejoicing and seeing itself as superior!” Dear reader, after reading these verses from the Quran. It is clear that these types of Muslims are disobeyed Allah and His Messenger and holding Islam and true Muslims hostage. Dear Muslim reader, if you agree to this, then it is your responsibility to let fellow Muslims (young or old, men or women) appreciate that, Muslims need to shed these label of sects and come back to Allah and His Messenger as one. Muslims!!!. Help one another and love each other and pray for forgiveness of our past unfortunate ignorant and wicked behaviour.

Dear reader, should in case any Muslim has a contrary view from the Quran and the hadith as to why Muslims should remain divided and fight and kill each other, then he or she can let us know. Otherwise, let all Muslims make concerted effort to unite the Ummah.

The quest for power and leadership should not let hate consume our being. May Allah guide and bless all Muslims.

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