Many Muslims especially of influence in society think that the idea of unity of humankind is an unrealistic goal and therefore, should be abandoned. According to them, this may be a romantic or an exotic idea but it is an unattainable goal. They think that Muslims waste their time in talking about the unity of humankind when they themselves are badly divided.They catalog a long list of such divisions from Muslim history. Wars fought and continue to be fought amongst themselves and millions of Muslims killed by Muslims are given as proofs from past and present history to support their claim that Muslim unity is not possible,let alone the unity of humankind. How can then one talk about Muslim unity when their past history has been so divisive, they are quick to remind everyone. These are mostly the feelings of the secular liberal or progressive minded Muslims.This feeling gives them intellectual satisfaction and a sense of psychological security. The conservative minded Muslims are no different.In fact, they put a religious and a sacred twist to the differences among Muslims.From every religious pulpit they announce that the differences and divisions among Muslims are the blessings of Allah Almighty. Remember,the Quran does not support this chapter 3 verse 103.In fact, it warns Muslims not to create divisions chapter 30 verse 32.But religious leaders thrive and in fact exist on these differences. So, they perpetuate the existence of these differences and divisions by sanctifying them. This opens the door for any group to call itself Naji and therefore on the way to Heaven and the rest destined for hell. So,in the end, it turns out that, every group can and does claim that it is going to Heaven.In layman terms they want to have both ways: have the cake and eat it too! What can be more wonderful than this This gives individuals in each sect emotional satisfaction and a sense of self-righteousness. So, we see that Muslims in both camps secular as well as conservative feel satisfied with their respective positions – but for totally different reasons. Secular Muslims feel satisfied because of their intellectual analysis of Muslim history. Religious ones,on the other hand,feel satisfied based on clerical edicts and blind faith.Thus both groups in a way feel satisfied with the perpetual disunity of Muslims in the world.
There are many Muslims though who simply want to move with the times and leave Islam to the Mullahs. They believe in the adage: Do in Rome as the Romans do. But a vast majority of Muslims practice passive Islam that was passed on to them by their forefathers in the name of Islam and go about doing their daily businesses.They feel fed up with all the controversies created by the secular and conservative Muslims but at the same time they do not want to spend time and effort to find out the truth for themselves.They feel satisfied as they have been told by their parents that God will forgive all their sins simply because they were born in Muslim families and that the Muhammad peace be upon him will save them from hell fire no matter what. In other words, they feel satisfied by being ignorant about Islam.