Iran holds key to the Middle East Peace and unity of Muslims

Presently the  whole Middle East is entangled in confrontation. Regional powers are engaged in conflicts in Syria and Yemen; Turkish troops are in Syria, Iraq and Qatar; Iran-backed militants are in Syria, Iraq and Yemen; and Israeli forces regularly carry out bombing raids against government, Iranian and Hezbollah targets in Syria. Global powers the US and Russia are involved in all these conflict zones and are fine tuning their own competitive interests in the emerging global order.

After the fall of the “caliphate” in Syria, government forces have moved with alacrity against their opponents. Rebel groups, backed by regional powers, are lukewarm about the Russia-led peace process as they are uncertain about their interests being safeguarded.

Israel is alarmed at the presence of battle-hardened Iranian and Hezbollah fighters at its borders and the prospect of an Iran-controlled “land bridge” linking Tehran with the Mediterranean via Baghdad, Damascus and Beirut.

In northern Syria, the consolidation of Kurdish territorial gains at the Turkey-Syria border has worried Turkey. It sees the Syrian Kurds as partners of its own disgruntled Kurds and their territory as the training ground and sanctuary for Kurdish militants. It has moved its troops into Syria and has established itself over a wide swath that has broken the contiguity of the Kurdish “homeland.” This standoff could deteriorate into a wider conflict.

Allama Iqbal said that

طہران ہو گر عالمِ مشرق کا جنیوا
تو شاید کرۂ ارض کی تقدیر بدل جائے

Translation: “If Tehran becomes the Geneva of The East, the destiny of the world may change!” [Iqbal]

This was said by the philosopher poet about a century age once Iran was struggling for its survival. The vision of the philosopher was too deep to  visualise the future keeping in view the history and potentials of Iranian civilization. Iqbal could see the intellectual bankruptcy of Arabs who could not survive after the destruction of Baghdad by Mongols. The leadership metal passed on to Ottoman Turks.  

Allah says:

“If you turn back (from the Path of Allah), He will substitute in your stead another people; then they would not be like you!” (Quran; 47: 38)

After 1979 Iranian Islamic Revolution, despite the regional conflicts, wars and internal disturbances the regime survived. Human rights abuses aside, Iranians have shown marked progress in development in science and technology including Nuclearization. The Nuclear deal with US and European powers has given it required space and respite.

The Iranian desire to revive the old glorious past of pre Islamic era domination has got it involved in conflicts in the Middle East as a major player. The Russian support is also available which want to keep its foot in Syria and Middle East due to strategic interests.

Iraq destroyed, Egypt embroiled in its own internal political and terrorism problems, the Arabs are lead by Kingdom of Saudi Arabia which is totally dependent upon US for survival of its regime.The oil wealth has been used in wasteful projects. The country has the best military hardware money can buy but there are not well trained military to operate them.


KSA sees Iran as a threat to its stability and domination in the region. The sectarian differences also play a role.

The lack of security has further pushed KSA to US and even Israel. This situation of Iran-KSA rivalry suits US and Israel to extract money and exert influence on KSA to protect it from the perceived Iranian threat.

Pakistan, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Egypt, Nigeria and Indonesia can play important role in Conflict Resolution among Muslim countries.  Pakistan fully neutralized in internal economic, political and bad governance, through Hybrid war by US, India and Israel. Turkey, Egypt, Nigeria involved in internal problems. Indonesia is too far off from the conflict zones, but can provide diplomatic support.

Iran is comparatively politically stable and strong, economically and militarily. It has an opportunity to play a major role not only for the regional and world peace but also a player in leadership among the countries of the Muslim world. 

Iran has to sit down with the regional powers to assure stability of local regimes and non interference in other countries, get same assurance from others as well.

Everyone has to set aside the sectarian differences, which cannot be resolved in this world, to be left of Allah. The Quran provides the solution:

And hold firmly to the rope of Allah all together and do not become divided.. (Quran;3:103)

“Surely those who divide the religion into sects and identify themselves as a sect, O Muhammad, you have nothing to do with them. Their case will be called to account by Allah Himself, He will inform them as to what they did.”(Qura’n;6:159)

The conflict resolution through dialogue among Muslims countries, will start a new era of peace, progress and stability. The Muslims as a unified force can jointly exert pressure for resolution of Middle East and other issues like Kashmir, Afghanistan, Rohingya etc. The disunity and infighting will benefit only enemies of Muslims and “Israel.

طہران ہو گر عالمِ مشرق کا جنیوا
تو شاید کرۂ ارض کی تقدیر بدل جائے

Translation: “If Tehran becomes the Geneva of The East, the destiny of the world may change!” [Iqbal]

[By Aftab Khan] …



The Narrative – Unity of Muslims through Quran

All the Muslims while adhering to their present beliefs (which they consider as true Islam, based upon Quran and Sunnah) abandon their sectarian names, symbols and prominent distinguishing marks of identification and adopt the one specific name given to them by Allah in Quran i.e. Muslimeen, Muslimoon (plurals), (singular, Muslim). This will be one giant step against menace of sectarianism.

This will be the first step to revived the spirit of ‘Perfected Deen’ at the occasion of Farewell Pilgrimage (632 C.E/10 Hijrah) when it was revealed:

This day have I perfected your religion for you and completed My favour unto you, and have chosen for you as religion al-Islam.”(Quran;4:3).

No need of recognition through the names of sects, prefixes, all stand united as Muslims. Every year during Hajj, Muslims of all colours, nationalities and sects from all over the world display unity through same dress, same rituals. The good works with faith bring great rewards and pleasure of God.

The Muslims are followers of the religion of Islam, they have submitted their will to obedience to Allah (God). Muslims accept the commands of God and adopt  them in their speech, actions and in moral character. A Muslim rejects the evil suggestions for inner soul and bow to the Will of Allah:

“Have you ever considered the case of the person who has made his lust his god? Can you take the responsibility of guiding such a one aright?”(Quran;25:43)

“by the soul and how He formed it, then inspired it to understand what was right and wrong for it. He who purifies it will indeed be successful, and he who corrupts it is sure to fail.” (Quran;91:7-10)

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