Mohamed would agree….
“Abdul Muhsin Aydeed, a Salafi preacher based in the city, wrote that the call to love people cutting across religious consideration is alien to Islam.”
“Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah ; and those with him are harsh against the disbelievers, merciful among themselves.” (Qur’an 48:29)
…Rebutting the arguments in the pamphlet ‘One India, One People” brought out by the rival Salafi organization Wisdom Global Islamic Mission, Abdul Muhsin Aydeed, a Salafi preacher based in the city, wrote that the call to love people cutting across religious consideration is alien to Islam….
Aydeed said that nationality was not a binding force for Muslims. “In the eyes of Islam what distinguishes people is the religion itself- those who believe in Islam and those who dont,” he said, adding that Islam is against even Arab nationalism.
Quoting the Saudi Salafi scholar Sheikh Abdul Aziz Ibn Baz, he said nationalism acts as dividing force for Muslims. He said that this is not limited to Indian nationalism but is applicable to all manifestations of nationalism. “For a Muslim what is of paramount importance is his religion, his country comes only next,” he said. Aydeed argues that it is imperative for a Muslim to love a Muslim country even if he is not a citizen of the country. He should wish victory and virtue for the country because “it is part of love for Islam.”