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Is Nationalism An Incurable Disease?

Oh humankind! Verily We! We have created you of a male and a female, and have made you nations and tribes, so that you might know one another. Verily, the noblest of you with Allah is the most pious of you. Verily, Allah is Knowing, Wise.

This Verse underlines the common origins of humankind, and therefore, emphasizes its essential unity. The creation of nations has a definite purpose.

Human beings derive their identity from many sources: religious, racial, tribal, and so on. A sense of superiority - or inferiority - is also attached to this identity.

The requirements of individuals, at the very basic level, are the same:

1) adequate sustenance
2) proper shelter
3) companionship
4) access to educational facilities

How nations provide for the needs of their nationals determines their moral and ethical priorities. Further, how they view the legitimate needs of other nations highlights the value - or otherwise - they place upon humankind in its collective.

The disintegration of the Muslim Ummah along nationalistic lines, mirrors the fragmentation of humankind into a multitude of nation states. Artificial borders lay stress upon separateness.

The modern nation state has one principle aim: to serve national interests - if these interests precede and supercede everything else, then nationalism has not benefited anyone other than the upholders of the established order.

Allahu 'Alam.

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