Muslims' yearning for non-Muslims


The Prophet (may God bless him and grant him peace) said: "Surely you will follow the ways of those nations that were before you, span by span and cubit by cubit [i.e., inch by inch], so much so that even if they entered a lizard's hole, you would follow them." (Sahih Bukhari)



The Hour will not come until my people adopt every inch of the centuries-old traditions one by one. They asked: "O Messenger, as is in the case of Persians and Greeks?" The Prophet (may God bless him and grant him peace) replied: "Including those people who are like them." (Sahih Bukhari)



"I swear that you also will follow in the footsteps of the nations that preceded you [e.g., Jews and Christians]. (Tirmidhi)


The hadiths of our Prophet (may God bless him and grant him peace) state that Muslim communities will yearn for and imitate non-Muslim ones. This hadith might be pointing out the prevalence of those ideologies and movements that are incompatible with Islamic morality and yet are widespread within the Muslim community. Following the disintegration of the Ottoman Empire, the spread of radical nationalist movements, especially in the Arab countries, is an example of this situation. Radical nationalism is a movement against Islamic morality, for it considers other nations as foes and demands a form of loyalty and love - which are actually legitimate feelings - to one's nation, even to the extent of harming other nations. It is an aggressive ideology. According to the Qur'an's morality, one's love and respect for another is not based on race, lineage, or material wealth, but rather on his or her faith in and reverence for God. Believers are brothers and sisters, no matter from which race or nation they may be, and so have to remain in solidarity with each other.

Western ideologies that sneaked into the Islamic world are not limited to radical nationalism. At the beginning of the twentieth century, other Western movements that were incompatible with Islamic morality were introduced into the Islamic world by some Muslims who blindly embraced them and were thus deluded. This is one of the major reasons for the Islamic world's instability and chaos, which has been going for more than 50 years. By God's Will, when Prophet Jesus (pbuh) returns, this situation will change and all Muslims will adhere only to the Qur'an and the Sunnah, and thus enjoy the true peace, stability, and security brought about by religion's true morality.


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