By Grand Mufti Sheikh Sadiq Al-Gharyani
Unity and rejection of differences are some of the ordinances of religion which Allah, the Almighty, enjoined on the Muslims. Unlike that are evil, defeat and failure.
Allah the Almighty says: "and fall into no disputes, lest ye lose heart and your power depart." He also says: "Be not like those who are divided amongst themselves and fall into disputations after receiving Clear Signs: For them is a dreadful penalty."
And because we have been away from this great religious principle, we are still paying high price for it.
We did stick to this principle once at the start of the blessed revolution of Takbeer when we spoke to the world
No to Gaddafi...
No to foreign intervention....
No to Division of Libya.....
And Victory was there by the Will of Allah, even though the conditions were tough, similar to our circumstances these days, they are the same; if not tougher.
At that time, regional and international organizations, and Arab League abandoned and ignored us as they do now.
A complete arms embargo; they supplied Gaddafi with arms, deprived the revolutionaries of arms, but again supplied Haftar today!, as they did with Gaddafi!
The National Transitional Council, had the same weaknesses and incoherence as has the GNC today. The nations isolated and look down upon it as they do with the GNC today.
They only recognized the Gaddafi regime and received his delegations. They held agreements and deal with them, just as they do now with Haftar and his government now!
But graces be to Allah, the unity of people robbed Gaddafi of international recognition, and regional interest, little by little, till he was abandoned by all nations when they learned that revolution was moving forward, its ranks were united, its position was hard in addition to its stability on its objectives.
Tonight is like yesterday!!
Today is different from yesterday in nothing but unity, unity was there yesterday, and we have lost today.
Unity imposed on by religion, we experienced it, and duly there was empowerment to us!
Why are people turning their faces away? Whenever a statement is issued by a military or municipality council or a GNC committee, a parallel faction will violently answer back saying "this represents only himself," like the one who sabotages his own house by his hands!
If I say any party does not see itself as the one who cleaves the rank but another, what is the rule?
The rule is always; in peace and war, in politics and governance, in trade and finance, in purity and menstruation, and in all affairs of life - the rule is the Islamic Sharia.
If we follow it, we will all survive and if not we will all perish; Allah says: (Whoever holds firmly to Allah will be shown a way that is straight.), He also says: (But whosoever turns away from My Message, verily for him is a life narrowed down).
The legally authorized body to speak with the outside world for our homeland - till we find an alternative we agree upon - is the General National Congress and its government.
It should not be bypassed whatever the state of weakness; because bypassing it means division, and an act of disobedience to the guardian, whom Allah ordered us to obey in anger and satisfaction, in hardship and ease, in loss and booty.
It is a right and a duty to him, by order of Allah and His Messenger, no matter how weak and how people differ over him as far as he does not order a sinful act.
Allah says: (O ye who believe! obey Allah and obey the Messenger and those charged with authority among you)
In the hadeeth narrated by Ibn Umar, the messenger of Allah, peace be upon him said: ( It is obligatory upon a Muslim that he should listen (to the ruler appointed over him) and obey him whether he likes it or not, except that he is ordered to do a sinful thing.(
He , peace be upon him also said : (and one who dies without having bound himself by an oath of allegiance (to an Amir) will die the death of one belonging to the days of Jahillyya.(
Whoever is invited by a foreign body, whether it be intelligence or international – which is abundant these days - to talk on the future of the nation, whether abroad or within the country, whether municipal or military councils or revolutionaries councils or others, the right of religion and the right of the homeland upon him - till the Libyan-Libyan national reconciliation gives us consensual body to take care of the country - is to say: the GNC and its government are alone authorized to hold political accords and security measures, if you do this , you would impose your respect on the world!
This is a lesson we learned from the past, and ordered by Our Lord, so stick tightly to it.
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