Connect with Ummah
Wed, 16 Jan 2008 18:44:15 GMT
- Ummah is an Arabic word meaning Community or Nation. In the context of Islam, the word Ummah is used to mean the "Community of the Believers" and thus the whole Muslim world.
- The word Ummah comes from the Arabic Amma which means "to go, betake, repair, go to see, to lead the way (Imama), lead by one's example (esp. in prayer)."
- The word Umuma means "to be or become a mother, to nationalize, etc." Also derived from this root is Umm which means "mother, source, origin, basis, foundation, original, original version (of a book), the gist, essence of.”
- Today, the term Ummah is used to describe both local communities (great and small) of faithful Muslims and the world-wide community of believers.
- In Arabic, Ummah can also be used in the more Western sense of nation, for example: Al-Umam Al-Muttahida, the United Nations.
- The Constitution of Madinah, an early document negotiated by the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, in 622 AD with the leading clans of Madinah, explicitly refers to Jewish and pagan citizens of Madinah as members of the Ummah.
Ummah in the Quran
To every Ummah (was sent) a Messenger: when their Messenger comes (before them), the matter will be judged between them with justice, and they will not be wronged. (10:47)
Mankind was but one Ummah, but differed (later). Had it not been for a Word that went forth before from thy Lord, their differences would have been settled between them. (10:19)
Mankind was one single Ummah. And Allah sent Messengers with glad tidings and warnings; and with them He sent the Book in truth, to judge between people in matters wherein they differed; but the People of the Book after the clear Signs came to them, did not differ among themselves, except through selfish contumacy. Allah by His Grace guided the Believers to the Truth, concerning what wherein they differed. For Allah guides whom He will to a path that is straight. (2:213)
Thus have We made of you an Ummah justly balanced. That you might be witnesses over the nations, and the Messenger a witness over yourselves… (2:143)
If Allah so willed, He could make you all one Ummah: but He leaves straying whom He pleases, and He guides whom He pleases: but you shall certainly be called to account for all your actions. (16:93)
And verily this Ummah of yours is One Ummah (Ummatun Wahida) and I am your Lord and Cherisher: therefore fear Me (and no other). (23:52)
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