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UNITY UPON WHAT?
Shaykh Muhammad ibn Sālih Al-‘Uthaymīn
Translated by Raha ibn Donald Batts
As for uniting the ‘Ummah, without doubt, this is obligatory. As Allāh, the Majestic and High, Has said:
وَاعْتَصِمُوا بِحَبْلِ اللَّهِ جَمِيعاً وَلا تَفَرَّقُوا
“And hold fast to the Rope of Allāh, all together, and be not divided.” (Ᾱli Imrān 3:103)
However, it is obligatory upon what? Upon the guidance of the Prophet ﷺ and his Companions, not upon desires.
Allāh said, “And hold fast to the Rope of Allāh.” He began with the Rope of Allāh before saying: جَمِيعا “…all together,” And the Rope of Allāh is His Religion and His Legislation.
As for us being in agreement based upon compromise, this is an error. Due to this, we find the scholars – may Allāh have mercy upon them – refuting the innovators and deeming it to be obligatory upon them to return to the Truth.
Arabic Source: Silsilah Liqā’āt Al-Bāb Al-Maftūh no. 194