In the postmodern era of
human civilization, nationalism has gradually evolved as
a concept to reckon with. Of late it has assumed such menacing
proposition, that no one can even think of questioning let
alone debating it’s
merits lest he be labeled as an anti national or a traitor
by people who have monopolized patriotism.
In fact, nationalism has become an extremely dangerous tool
in the hands of vested interests masquerading patriotism and
nationalism all around the world.
Love for the country of one’s own birth and her person
is a natural tendency and has been ingrained in human psyche.
Islam being a natural religion, it never denounces nor it comes
in the way of national spirit and its development.
It always exhorts its followers to be good citizens and to
follow the law of the land of their domicile. But at the same
time, it doesn’t allow nationalism to be equated with “worship
of mother land”. For none is worth the worship save God
alone; and Islam does not compromise an inch on this most critical
Islam is first and foremost committed to humanity and the well
being of human society at large. Anything in the name of caste,
creed, language, race or place of birth that goes against the
interest of human society is outright rejected by Islam.
The honour and value of the life of a human being is considered
more sacred than the Holy Kaaba (the holy mosque in Mecca)
by the Prophet of Islam. And hence Islam prohibits blood shed,
slaying of innocents, malafide land grabs, exploitation of
weaker sections of the society, hoarding of essential commodities,
inflationary profiteering, concentration of wealth and all
that which creates ‘imbalance’ or ‘disorder’ in
the land and all these are as treated as one of the biggest
These are the stumbling blocks in the way of prosperity of
people and Islam’s goal of dignified standard of living
for all, which it envisages to accomplish. Such noble goals
cannot be achieved without universal brotherhood and equitable
social justice. That’s why Islam rejects the narrow basis
of birth as the element of solidarity. The love and attachment
to parentage or to the soil of birth is no doubt natural, yet
the very interest of human race demands a certain tolerance
and consideration towards other similar groups world over.
The distribution of natural wealth and resources, in different
parts of the world in varying quantities renders the world
interdependent. Inevitably one is forced to live and let live;
otherwise an interminable succession of vendettas will destroy
all. Land just like air, rainwater, rivers, sun and moon are
part of God’s bounties, made subservient to serve human
There is absolutely no semblance of sanctity or reverence about
them from Islamic point of view. The political boundaries are
man made and our own internal arrangement to administer and
manage our affairs more effectively and efficiently. It doesn’t
necessarily and should not definitely; result in inequitable
distribution of resources and opportunities among human beings
who all have one common origin.
The concept of nationality on the basis of race, colour, language
or birthplace is too primitive; there in is a fatality, an
impasse - something in which man has no choice. It goes without
saying that it will make the problem foreigners and strangers
exist perpetually, and such a nationality will be too narrow
to embrace the inhabitants of the entire world, and if the
foreigners are not assimilated, there will always be the risk
of conflicts and wars.
The excesses and atrocities committed by tyrant nationalist
leaders like Hitler,is very well documented in the History
and a case in point. The Islamic notion is progressive and
is based solely on the choice of individual.
For it proposes the unity of all those who believe in the same
ideology without distinction of race, colour, language or place
of abode. Since extermination or subjugation of others is excluded;
the only valid possibility is assimilation. And which means
can serve better such assimilation, if not belief in the same
ideology. The past has shown that Muslims have assimilated
this supra-racial and supra regional ideal of brotherhood;
and this sentiment is still a living force among them to this
day. Here, in this ideology lies the panacea of all the ills
of the human society today.