The last "Islamic Union" was the great Ottoman Empire. Since its collapse, the Islamic world has been divided into many nation states that remained, some for a prolonged period of time, under colonial rule. From 1920 onward, most of the Middle East, North Africa, the Indian Subcontinent, and the Muslims of Southeast Asia came under the rule of European colonial powers, in particular France and Britain. Muslims of Central Asia and the Caucasus first fell under the rule of the Russians and later on, and even worse, the Soviets. The Balkan Muslims came under the rule of such non-Muslim people as the Serbs and Croatians, whose rulers, after the Second World War, accepted communism. 

 

In short, the majority of Muslims lived under colonial rule. With the end of colonialism in the 1950s and 1960s, Muslims began to achieve their independence. Britain first withdrew from the Indian subcontinent and then the Middle East. In the Indian subcontinent, India, West and East Pakistan (later to become Bangladesh), were created. In the Middle East, the various Arab nations gained their independence. In Southeast, Malaysia and Indonesia declared their independence in 1965.

 

At the end of the 1980s the Eastern Bloc disintegrated, and in 1991 the Soviet Union collapsed and many Muslim peoples won their independence. In Central Asia, the Muslim Turkish nations finally rid themselves of Russian/Soviet rule after 150 years and became independent republics. The end of communism also freed the Balkan Muslims. Bosnia-Herzegovina was freed from Serb-dominated Yugoslavia and emerged as a Muslim nation in central Europe, and Albania was freed from Enver Hoxha's oppressive and blood-thirsty communist regime.  Except for Muslims living as minorities in various countries or under occupation (e.g., Palestine and Kashmir), Muslims now rule themselves. This great political change made it possible to speak of an Islamic Union.

 

 

 

Muslim Unity = Islamic Union = Caliphate

"The Islamic world's disunity and fragmentation is an even more urgent and vital problem that must be resolved. The fact that the Muslims have not been able to create a powerful and active Islamic Union is a major contributor to many of today's ills. When a strong Islamic Union is formed, such problems will either not arise or will be resolved far quicker than anticipated."

A Call for an Islamic Union

In the present day the Islamic world has been unable to establish the necessary union, for which reason it is not sufficiently powerful. Furthermore, there is no center to define and teach Islamic moral values This, in turn, prepares the groundwork for those who put forward mistaken models in the name of Islam. The fact is, however, that all these problems can be solved and Islamic civilization can once again illuminate the whole world. The way for this to happen is for all Muslims to unite.Through unity, and the construction of an Islamic Union. 

From an Islamic Perspective:

 

The Sept. 11 terrorist attacks were a turning point for the world, one that completely altered its political and strategic balances. Some political commentators even say that Sept. 11, 2001 marked the real beginning of the twenty-first century.....

 

The current divided nature of the

Islamic world.

 

Today many different religious interpretations, views and models exist in the world of Islam. However, the Islamic world currently lacks a central authority to separate out doctrines which contradict the faith, a service which would guide all Muslims. The world's Roman Catholics can look to the Vatican, and Orthodox Christians have the patriarchs, but there is currently no central authority in the Islamic world.

However, there is no division and uncontrolled structure in the essence of Islam itself; on the contrary, there is unity. After the death of the Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him), the Islamic world was guided by the Caliphate, and this authority became the guide for all Muslims in religious matters.

 

Today, it is still possible to set up an authority to act as a guide to all Muslims. In the Qur'an, Allah orders all Muslims to obey "those in command among them." (Qur'an, 4: 59). Now, the methods used to select "those in command" can be altered according to the requirements of the age (such asappointment or popular vote). Thus is possible to establish an Islamic Union and a central Islamic authority, based on democratic principles and the supremacy of law, which should do a number of things:

 

This union should do a number of things:

 

1. It should address the entire Islamic world, and have a firm foundation in basic Islamic values and principles. It should not be the representative of a particular sect or school of Islam.

 

2. It should support human rights, and free enterprise. The economic, cultural and scientific development of the Islamic world should be its aim.

 

3. It should establish peaceful, harmonious relations with other nations and civilizations. This Union should work together with the United Nations and the international community to control weapons of mass destruction, fight terrorism and international crime, and protect the environment.

 

4. The rights of minorities living in Muslim countries such as Jews and Christians should be protected, and they should be made to feel both safe and respected. Inter-faith dialogue and cooperation should be given priority.

 

5. Just and peaceful solutions should be proposed to solve conflicts between Muslim and non-Muslim communities, such as the ones in Palestine, Kashmir and the Philippines. These solutions should involve both benefits and concessions for both sides. Such solutions should protect the rights of Muslims and furthermore prevent the escalation of conflicts to the point of intractability at the hands of radical groups.

 

 

However, there is no division and uncontrolled structure in the essence of Islam itself; on the contrary, there is unity. After the death of the Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him), the Islamic world was guided by the Caliphate, and this authority became the guide for all Muslims in religious matters.

 

Today, it is still possible to set up an authority to act as a guide to all Muslims. In the Qur'an, Allah orders all Muslims to obey "those in command among them." (Qur'an, 4: 59). Now, the methods used to select "those in command" can be altered according to the requirements of the age (such asappointment or popular vote). Thus is possible to establish an Islamic Union and a central Islamic authority, based on democratic principles and the supremacy of law, which should do a number of things:

 

Bringing such fair, rational leadership to the Islamic world would be good for both its 1.2 billion Muslims who face so many problems today and for the world at large. The world needs such a Union......

 

Finally, we must emphasize that this solution should be realized urgently, because the possibility of "a conflict of civilizations" between the Islamic world and the West is growing with each passing day. ......

 

Such conflicts will claim the lives of many innocent people. Prejudices and misunderstandings against Muslims and Islam are a persistent problem, and this is also causing difficulties for Muslims living in Western countries. Westerners themselves are living in a state of anxiety due to their fears of terrorism, not feeling safe even in their own homelands. We need a solution that would make these problems a thing of the past.

 

Truly, the founding of an Islamic Union is such a solution, one that would bring to all these problems a remedy both permanent and peaceful.

Some Islamic Posters Promoting Muslim Unity