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CALL FOR UNITY AMONG LEADERS OF THE GULF STATES

The Muslim Judicial Council (SA) notes with deep concern the growing division and unresolved dispute among the leaders of The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt and Qatar, and the painful implications of this division with the citizens of these countries and amid family, friends and brothers.

The ongoing discord has an impact on all Muslims across the world. This is unacceptable and very unfortunate for the unity and image of Islām. The Gulf is a strategic region for Islām and Muslims. The stability, security and peace of this region are central for the future of Islām and the world.

In light of this, we appeal to all leaders, including faith leaders (Úlamā), in the region to return to the basic principles and fundamental teachings of Islam. To furthermore adopt the principles of Ukhūwwah (brotherhood), as expounded in the Glorious Qurān – which is central to our belief and lives of all leaders and Úlamā:

“The believers are but brothers, so make settlement between your brothers. And fear Allāh that you may receive mercy.” [49:10]

“And obey Allāh and His Messenger, and do not dispute and [thus] lose courage and [then] your strength would depart; and be patient. Indeed, Allāh is with the patient.” [8:46]

The Glorious Qurān calls for obedience to Allāh and His Prophet Muḥammad (Peace Be Upon Him) and instructs toward unity amongst believers whilst sternly warning against disunity, division and infighting. Disunity leads toward weakness and consternation. We appeal to the leadership of these countries to act responsibly and to resolve their differences for the sake of Allāh, in an amicable Islāmic manner, in the interest of civil society in the Gulf region and for Islām and Muslims Globally.

Issued by:

Shaykh Irafaan Abrahams

President

Muslim Judicial Council (SA)

For more information or any queries regarding the above statement, please contact:

Mishka Daries

Head of Media and Communications

Tel: 021 684 4600