Muslim problem is not that Muslims are not good people.
Or that they do not work hard. Or that they are not smart.
Or that they do not have the wherewithal to be successful or even be great in this world.
The main Muslim issue is that most Muslims are clueless about Islam. That is right, clueless, even though they may know their Salaah and other Faraa-id and Sunan and Nawaafil.
If Muslims knew their Islam, and understood it, they would know that the Sunnat of Ibrahim, Alaihis Salam, is to transcend boundaries: all kinds of boundaries, from geographic to cultural to ethnic to every other boundary that human beings are bound and limited by.
His was a life of total freedom.
The Aayat Karimah makes it as clear as it can be. Ibrahim, Alaihis Salam’s, destination is Allah.
Innee Dhaahibun Ila Rabbee.
And there is no mixing of motives here and there is no duality or blurring of boundaries:
Inna Salaatee wa Nusukee wa Mahyaaya wa Mamaatee
Lillahi Rabbil Aalameen.
Laa Sharika Lahu.
It is time for Muslims everywhere to make a conscious attempt to transcend their natural geographic and ethnic and national boundaries of origin and start looking at themselves as “Muslims.”
The way Ibrahim, Alaihis Salam, did.
From this point of view, the pain of what is happening in Kashmir today, and what is going to happen in future all over the world, as a result of India’s illegal annexation of the state of Jammu and Kashmir, is not the pain of Kashmiri Muslims alone.
It should be the most personal and intimate pain of every single Muslim everywhere, regardless of what ethnic, cultural or geographic boundaries they may come from.
And, beyond that, of every single human being everywhere.