SRINAGAR: Expressing disappointment at Muslims across the globe being disunited, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Friday impressed upon the nations of Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Iran to unite “for the sake of the Ummah”.
He said that besides battling external forces, the Muslim community was also facing an “internal crisis”.
“There is oppression, killing of Muslims across the world, be it Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Palestine or Kashmir,” he said.
“Unity among Muslims is missing,” he said, addressing the faithful at Srinagar’s historic Jamia Masjid.
He expressed hope that the unity shown by Muslims in Mina, Muzdalifa, Arafat, Haram (mosques around the holy Ka’aba) during the Hajj pilgrimage will be followed in practice in Muslim nations.
The Hajj culminated on Friday in Saudi Arabia where more than two million Muslims converged this year.
“There is only unity of words,” he said, referring to the theoretical unity of Muslims. The need is, he said, for “unity of heart and mind”.
“I appeal to leaders of the Muslim world to correct their stand,” Mirwaiz urged. “What will they stand for before Allah (on the day of judgement)?” he asked.
Suggesting a solution in the unity of Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Iran, he said, “If the three nations unite, they can give direction to the Muslim world, thus solving the crisis we are facing”.
“We appeal to the governments of Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Iran to take such steps and get united for the sake of the Ummah,” Mirwaiz said in his fervent appeal.
“If you take the (unity) step,” he said, addressing Riyadh, Islamabad and Tehran, “Muslims can unite and all of our issues will be solved.”