This is the answer given by the Chairman of the Departments of Scholarly Research, Ifta’, Daw‘ah, and Guidance to the questions submitted by Mr. Salaah Al-Deen,the editor of the Pakistani magazine: “Takbeer”.
The first question: What are your recommendations in regard to saving the Islaamic Ummah (nation based on one creed) from disputes, racism, and adopting Mad-habs (Schools of Jurisprudence)? How can the Ummah be united once again?
Answer: In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. All praise is due to Allaah and peace and blessings be upon the Messenger of Allaah, Muhammad, and his family and Companions. My recommendations on this subject is that importance should be given to calling all nations to Tawheed (belief in the Oneness of Allaah/ monotheism), sincerity to Allaah, adherence to His Sharee‘ah (Islaamic law), and avoidance of what opposes it. This is what will unite the Ummah on Al-Haqq (the Truth) and remove disputes and fanaticism in relation to the Madh-habs. The aim is to invite all Muslims to follow uprightly the Deen (Religion) of Allaah, uphold His Sharee’ah, and co-operate in piety and righteousness. If this is achieved, the diverse groups and words will be united into one body, one edifice and one force against their enemies. However, if everyone fanatically follows their Mad-hab, shaykh, or opinions that conflict with what the Salaf (righteous predecessors) established, this is what leads to dissension… read more here.