Divide and Conquer

By Umar Al Mujahid Abdur-Rasheed Formerly Anthony Navarro

Growing up as a Christian kid, I used to wonder why there were so many different versions of Christianity. I thought that if we all believed in God and Jesus, that we were just Christians, right? Wrong! There are over 39,000 different denominations of Christianity, with their own churches, Bibles and beliefs. Don’t believe me? Go here and see for yourself: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Chri stian_denominations.



Christians, Protestants, Witnesses,

Catholics, Pietism, Lutherans,

Baptists, Jahovah’s go on forever.



Mormons, Anglicans and the list could

Did one group know something that the others didn’t? Why do they have different Bibles and who made them different to each other? Which one was the right one? Why couldn’t they all agree on the same things? I couldn’t understand this “same religion, different division” concept until I came to Islam and found the exact same thing happening here too. In Islam you have Sunni’s, Shia’s, Tabliggi’s, Sufi’s, Salafi’s,

Ahmadiyah’s, etc. Then within these divisions you have different schools of thought. Not as many as Christianity, but still way more than there should be. Only difference between Muslim and Christian divisions is that the Muslim holy book, the Qur’an, is the same no matter what sect or division you follow.

Narrated AbuHurayrah: The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) said: The Jews were split up into seventy-one sects; and the Christians were split up into seventy-two sects; and my community will be split up into seventythree sects, all of which will be in Hell except one from each. They (the Companions) asked: Allah's Messenger, which of the Muslims will be saved? Whereupon he said: Those who follow the Qur’an and my teachings. –Tirmidhi

So it’s clear from the Prophet Muhammad that division within religion is not a good thing. He says that all who have divided themselves will end up in Hell. The only ones who will get Paradise are those who All of these Prophets came with the same

followed their respective Prophets (Jews= Moses, Christians= Jesus, Muslims= Muhammad).

message and taught the same thing, so in reality we should all follow the religion of the one true God. If you don’t then it is Hellfire for you and for those who followed with you. Why will all of these divisions end up in Hell? Because every single one of these groups think that they are right and everyone else is wrong, so they are committing the same sin that lead Shaytan (devil) to be banished to Hell for all of eternity…. arrogance.

In Islam as well as in any other belief, there are many who think that they and only they, are on the truth. What arrogance these people have. As Muslims, we should pray that Allah guides us and has mercy on us if we have strayed from the straight path, so for people to claim “I am on the truth” is not much better than Shaytan saying that he was better than Adam. To these people, I ask the simple question of…. what did the Prophet Muhammad claim to be? If he said that the ones who get to Paradise are the ones who followed his teachings, then we must claim what he claimed.

The Prophet NEVER said that he was a Salafi or a Sufi.


NEVER said that he was a Shia or that he followed a specific school of thought. NO!!! He simply said, “I AM A MUSLIM” and never said anything other than that, so why have we divided ourselves like the

Christians and Jews and taken names under the banner of Islam other than just Muslim? I was very confused the first time this topic came up after just accepting Islam. I was asked what kind of a Muslim I was and I thought that being a Muslim was it. I didn’t know that I had to pick a “Muslim team” to run with. I had just come from the gang life in the streets of New York and never thought I would have to go from the “Latin Kings” to the “Islamic Kings” gang. It just didn’t seem to fit with what the Prophet Muhammad had taught us.

I never picked a sect and simply claimed “Muslim” whenever confronted about my “kind” of Islam. After a few years of being Muslim and meeting different brothers, I noticed how hostile some were to others and how some disrespected others for what they claimed and then it hit me…. The enemies of Islam have us fighting each other, just like I was fighting other Puerto Ricans and Blacks on the streets, and for no real reason either. I never understood why Sunni’s and Shia’s couldn’t get along and why Salafi’s didn’t like anybody that wasn’t Salafi. “They have divided us in order to conquer us” I thought to myself. After all, we were all Muslims who bore witness to the oneness of Allah and that


Muhammad was the last of His Prophets. So why did we not like each other and felt the need to fight each other?

It was another trick of Shaytan that I was on to, but people just seemed to stick to their way of thinking regardless. There’s no need to post Hadith or Qur’an on here, because this is something that should be pretty much summed up by common sense. Divide and conquer is a war technique that has been used for as long as man has been at war with other men, so why would this be any different? We know that Islam is the enemy of the elite, so why wouldn’t they infiltrate Islam to divide us? It makes it a whole lot easier for them to conquer all of Islam if we Muslims were too busy fighting each other. Imagine all the Muslims in the world united together under the banner “La ilaha il Allah (There’s no god but Allah)”. No one would be able to stop a force that strong, they know this, and this is why we have divisions and this is why we as an Ummah are so divided amongst ourselves. So, my advice to all my brothers and sisters


under the one true God, if somebody asks you what kind of a Muslim you are and you have an answer other than just Muslim…. you have already deviated from the path that you bore witness on.

I bare witness there is no god but Allah. I bare witness that Muhammad is the messenger of Allah and I am a Muslim and ONLY a Muslim….


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