Should Muslims and Christians unite?

Saturday, August 01, 2009Mustafaa Abdul Muhammad

Brother Mustafaa Muhammad

In the Name of ALLAH, The Beneficent, The Merciful
(part 2 of a 2 part series)

In this writing we will continue with the subject matter discussed in the last article regarding Muslim/Christian unity. I raised the question: Can Muslims and Christians unite? We saw in the previous article that on the basis principles the oneness of God and the oneness of the prophetic community that such a unity can be achieved.

With the question answered with regards to unity, we will now discuss should the Muslim believers and the Christian believers work towards such a unity in modern times for the benefit of our families, community and nation.

As I mentioned in the last article, our unity does not mean agreement on every issue, theological position, belief or ideology.

Operational unity

A lot of time has been wasted in the black community pointing out where we disagree with each other's position, belief, religion, program, platform or organization. We have witnessed the debates and fall out between Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Dubois, Martin Luther King and Malcolm X, Louis Farrakhan and Jesse Jackson, the civil right movement and the black power movement. If we add up the time of debates and arguments of all the aforementioned men and organizations we will see 100 years of stunted progress.

What is needed since we are not all going to agree no time soon?

I want to bring up the concept of operational unity as a principle for the progress of our community among the varied brothers and sisters. Operational unity takes into consideration all of our differences, but recognizes that the problem or situation at hand is more important than where we differ. We have tried everything under the sun to achieve our goals as a people, yet their is recognition we have a way to go before the whole of us will experience freedom, justice and equality.

Looking back into time to the horrible events that transpired on September 11th 2001, we saw an example of operational unity among Republicans and Democrats. In the aftermath of the strikes both parties realized an attack was made on the country and they set aside their differences for the good of their nation. Everyday in our community we face a number of problems including aids-hiv, black on black crime, male-female relationship problems, police misconduct and many others. The problems of our communities dictates the need for operational unity for the sake it's survival and upfiftment. This brings us back to the question posed by this article: Should Muslims and Christians unite?

"God is not the author of confusion, but of peace"

The above biblical quote from 1 Corinthians 14:33 reminds us that God's way is of peace and order. I once heard someone say that God deals with the mathematics of addition and multiplication, but the enemy deals with division and subtraction. The black community is filled with Mosques, Churches and other places of worship, yet we still find all of the ills and divisions mentioned earlier. We have taken God's love and mercy out of the picture only to replace it with our egotistical opinion of what is right or wrong.

There is a story mentioned in chapter 9:38-40 in the gospel of Mark where Jesus taught his disciples, and through them all of us, a lesson in tolerance. One day the disciples came to Jesus upset and mentioned the following, "Teacher, we saw someone who doesn't follow us casting out demons in your name; and we forbade him, because he doesn't follow us." What was Jesus response to his short sighted disciples? Did he agree or disagree with their action? He said according to the gospel of Mark, "Don't forbid him, for there is no one who will do a mighty work in my name, and be able quickly to speak evil of me. For whoever is not against us is on our side." 

 Unfortunately many in the community have taken the attitude of the disciples regarding their brothers and sisters ready to condemn them to hell if they do not follow their interpretation of the Gospel.

This attitude is also displayed by some Christians against their Muslim brothers and sisters. Jesus reminded his disciples that he has other sheep that are not of this fold. The "Black Muslims" have a 79 year track record of reforming our people, taking the worse of the worse and making them dignified. 

The Muslims have shown an ability to go into the worse prisons and turn the most hardened criminal into a law abiding citizen. We have gone into crime and gang ridden areas and in a matter of months turned them into an oasis of peace. We are doing the work of Jesus, casting out demons, in your midst, yet there are some who would forbid us from this work or seek to have nothing to do with the Muslims. 

Where do we get the power to transform human life and communities? From the same God and word that our Christian brothers and sisters believe in. In the Christians seeking to unite with the Muslims in operational unity we can share our tactics. The black preacher and black church has been the rock of our communities from slavery time to the present, so they have a lot to share with their Muslim brother and sisters, who are eager to receive.

With this type of operational unity between the believers in God, can you imagine the type of progress we would achieve in casting out the demons of aids, crime, drugs, hunger, homelessness, police misconduct, unemployment, addictions, domestic violence that may exist in a neighborhood near you.

Can Muslims and Christians unite? Yes! Should Muslims and Christians unite? Yes!

Thank you for reading these few words

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Copyright2009 Mustafaa Muhammad

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