Allama Iqbal on nationalism علامہ اقبال: وطنیت » 1

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  1. Shah N. Khan said,

    Reminds me of “The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: “He is not one of us (the Muslims), who calls for asabiyyah (nationalism and tribalism), or who fights for asabiyyah, or dies for asabiyyah.” [Abu Dawud]
    Here is what one Western scholar thought about nationalism.
    “Nationalism is militant hatred. It is not love of our countrymen: that, which denotes good citizenship, philanthropy, practical religion, should go by the name of patriotism. Nationalism is passionate xenophobia. It is fanatical, as all forms of idol-worship are bound to be. And fanaticism—l’infame denounced by Voltaire—obliterates or reverses the distinction between good and evil. Patriotism, the desire to work for the common weal, can be, must be, reasonable: “My country, may she be right!” Nationalism spurns
    reason: “Right or wrong, my country.”
    ATTRIBUTION: Albert L. Guerard (b. 1914), U.S. author, educator. “The
    Paradoxes of Nationalism,” Fossils and Presences,

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