Anti-nationalism Quotes

Anti-nationalism

Anti-nationalism is the idea that nationalism is dangerous in one form or another, and sometimes, though less often, the idea that all nationalism is dangerous and unfavourable in all cases.

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Islam and nationalism

Islamic fundamentalists are bitterly opposed to any form of nationalism.

  • Those who say that we want nationality, they are standing against Islam….We have no use for the nationalists. Moslems are useful for us. Islam is against nationality….
    o Imam Khomeini, [Mehregan Magazine, Volume 12, Numbers 1 & 2, Spring & Summer 2003, p 16.]

  • These issues that exist among people that we are Iranian and what we need to do for Iran are not correct; these issues are not correct. This issue, which is perhaps being discussed everywhere, regarding paying attention to nation and nationality is nonsense in Islam and is against Islam. One of the things that the designers of Imperialism and their agents have promoted is the idea of nation and nationality.
    o Imam Khomeini, [Mehregan Magazine, Volume 12, Numbers 1 & 2, Spring & Summer 2003, p 16.]

  • As for the point of view of doctrine and Islam, the Muslim umma and its mujahid vanguard do not make alliances and hold animosities on the basis of tribalism and nationalism, nor to help the Arabs against the Persians, or the Kurds against the Arabs, or the Amazighs against the Arabs. Rather, Islam commands us to fight for Allah’s word to be supreme. We ally ourselves to the helpers of Islam, even if they be Afghans, Persians, Turks or Kurds, and we are hostile to its enemies who collude with the Crusaders and Jews, even if they are pure-blooded Hashemite, Qurayshite Arabs…I ask my Muslim bothers in general and the callers and the mujahideen and their media organizations in particular to highlight the concept of Islamic brotherhood and disown all partisanship, loyalties, and animosities based on nationalism, and I ask them not to allow the wrongdoing of a faction or entity to motivate to speak evil of that party’s entire people or race.
    o Shaykh Ayman Zawahiri, “Lessons, Examples, and Great Events in the Year 1427,” February 13, 2007, Is Zawahiri Striving for Islamist Unity in Preparation for New Attack?. The Jamestown Foundation (July 17, 2007)., PDF Version

  • Today, the Muslim world is injured and corrupt people who are the enemies of all Muslims are trying to cause disunity in the Islamic world by intensifying ethnic difference and separating people under names such as ‘Shia and Sunni’, ‘Arabs and non Arabs’.
    o Grand Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, “Supreme Leader felicitates world Muslims on Mab’ath occasion”, Islamic Republic News Agency, 11 August 2007. URL accessed on 2007-08-11.

  • Patriotism, nationalism, shared unity, the supreme interest and other slogans … none of these have any space in the religion of Allah the Glorious and the Great.
    o Sheikh Abu Yahya al-Libi, “Al Qaeda commander: “Patriotism, nationalism, shared unity, the supreme interest and other slogans … none of these have any space in the religion of Allah the Glorious and the Great””, Jihad Watch, September 10, 2007.

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