Nationalism in Islam

Nationalism in Islam

Nationalism means identification with one’s own nation and support for its interests, especially to the exclusion or detriment of the interests of other nations.

The concept of nationalism is contrary to Islam because this is calling of splitting ummah, it is similar to tribalism practiced during Day of Ignorance, undoubtedly, nationalism and tribalism both are sources of hatred, arrogance, and pride, and even it can affect marriage badly such as nationalists forbidding their children from marrying those not belonging to their homeland or of different race color.

Prophet peace be upon him warned us about fighting for sake of tribe.

It was narrated that Jundab bin ‘Abdullah said:

“The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: ‘Whoever fights for a cause that is not clear, advocating tribalism, getting angry for the sake of tribalism, then he has died a death of Jahiliyyah.'”

Sahih (Darussalam) Sunan an-Nasa’i 4115

In-book : Book 37, Hadith 150

English translation : Vol. 5, Book 37, Hadith 4120

It was narrated from Abu Hurairah that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: “Whoever fights under a banner of folly, supporting tribalism, or getting angry for the sake of tribalism, he dies in a state of ignorance.

“Sahih (Darussalam) Sunan Ibn Majah 3948

In-book: Book 36, Hadith 23

English translation: Vol. 5, Book 36, Hadith 3948

Sunan Ibn Majah

Indeed it does not matter what our race color is, be it black, white, or brown, we are all children of Adam, who was created from dust. Our Lord is One and Only worthy of being worshipped alone without any partner.

Allah tells us Al-Hujurat 49:13

يَٰٓأَيُّهَا ٱلنَّاسُ إِنَّا خَلَقْنَٰكُم مِّن ذَكَرٍ وَأُنثَىٰ وَجَعَلْنَٰكُمْ شُعُوبًا وَقَبَآئِلَ لِتَعَارَفُوٓاْۚ إِنَّ أَكْرَمَكُمْ عِندَ ٱللَّهِ أَتْقَىٰكُمْۚ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ عَلِيمٌ خَبِيرٌ

O mankind, indeed We have created you from male and female and made you peoples and tribes that you may know one another. Indeed, the noblest of you in the sight of Allah is the most righteous of you. Indeed, Allah is Knowing and Acquainted.

And we should be aware that Allah does not look at our appearance or wealth but He looks at our heart.

May Allah protect us from the ugly nationalism and tribalism