There are several ironies between what we practise and what we keep preaching in our Islamic lectures.
Here are some of them within the context of Hajj.
1. Taaruf ummah (Getting acquainted with the ummah) across the boundary of race, language, homeland and status. You learn about the equality of everyone before Allah.
The irony: You call for racial supremacy and your country feels no concern with the Muslim’s issues in other countries.
2. Manfa’ah iqtisadiyyah (Economic benefit) from the hospitality, transport, dam and fidyah, services and others.
The irony: There is a huge economic gap between Muslim countries. Some countries are super-wealthy while some are struggling with extreme poverty.
3. Muzakarah ummah (Discussion of the ummah) by scholars and country leaders across nations about the interest of Islam, politics, economy, and culture.
The irony: What happens after the profuse discussion? How impactful are the resolutions? Are things actually getting better?
4. Al-Mulk Lillah (Sovereignty belongs to Allah) as repetitively invoked in everyone’s Talbiyah.
The irony: The divine elements are only cosmetic. Common principles are practised, but are open to manipulation for political interest and not purely for the interest of the ummah.