Keeping Muslim society united is one of the most important purposes of the Sharee'ah
Fatwa No: 6824

Question

Could you please explain the meaning of the Hadeeth (narration) in which the Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, ordered the head cut off of whoever wants to disunite Muslims during the time of temptations and trials?

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allaah, the Lord of the worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah, and that Muhammad, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, is His Slave and Messenger.

 

In the Hadeeth that you have referred to, the Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, told us about some of the afflictions that Muslims would experience, advising them to stay united. In order to achieving this purpose, Muslims have to stop anyone who wants to sow discord, warding him off even by killing him, unless he stops these attempts peacefully. This is because the Muslim community's welfare and unity are more significant than killing a dispute-monger, even if he is a Muslim, according to the explanation of An-Nawawi  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him

 

And Allaah Knows best.

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