Motivation United We Stand, Divided We Fall

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United We Stand, Divided We Fall

A reminder of unity and how important it has been. Why does it always happen that a group of united people succeed in achieving their goals, whereas battles fought in isolation show no complimentary result? “United we stand, divided we fall” is originally a fable passed on by an ancient Greek slave, profoundly named as Aesop, who penned traditional as well as moralistic stories. This fable denotes the strength of unity and flaw of being divided. It is commonly said, that people must not be disconnected among themselves or the opponent might get a rich chance to disconnect them forever.

Folk Story:

Stories such as ‘’Four Oxen and a lion’’ and ‘’A bundle of sticks’’ are often told to children to teach them the significance of being strong together. Why do we forget these stories as adults? The story which stated a lion who used to prowl about a field in which four oxen used to dwell. Many a time he tried to attack them; but whenever he came near they turned their tails to one another, so that whichever way he approached them he was met by the horns of one of them. At last, however, they quarreled among themselves, and each went off to pasture alone in the separate corner of the field. Soon the lion attacked them one by one and made an end Hence the fable teaches us that united we stand, divided we fall.

Muslim History 1400 years ago:

Islamic combats which received victory were an outcome of agreement and harmony. In the battle of Badr, it was unity, determination and passion of three hundred and thirteen Muslim warriors which kept them brave during the warfare. Sa’d Ibn Ubadah declared; ‘’If you [Muhammad P.B.U.H] order us to plunge our horses into the sea, we would do so.’’ Their vigor to win and their motive was greatly attained through unison. Moreover, Prophet Muhammad P.B.U.H once said: “The Muslims are like the bricks of a single building. Each one gives support to the other.” Although deteriorating Muslim nation is chaotic.

Muslim History 73 years ago:

Moreover, if we read the subcontinent history, a major element that is highlighted is the downfall of Mughal Empire and the transfer of power from Muslim rulers to the British state. In the reign of Emperor Aurangzeb, infighting between the nobles and their internal divisions was a main cause of decline of the empire. Their weakness among themselves led them to the land of defeat. The Mughal rule shined till they were joined by the bond of unity, once they got away from their roots their downfall started.

Example of China & Japan:

Unity inculcates brotherhood as well as peace. It is sad to see Muslim brothers and sisters engaged in conflicts and ignoring our pressing issues. Maybe it has been forgotten that great strength lies in unity. A person can easily break a single stick but if many sticks are bundled together, even a strongest man cannot break it. For example, there was a time when China and Japan were not in the list of developing nations of the world. But gradually, with accord and strength both the nations managed to rise. Today, China has the one of the strongest economy in the world whereas Japan became the great exporter of machines and robotics a long time ago. All of the achievement is gradual and due to unity.

Unity is a remedy:

We shall keep in mind that unity is the one of the significant key towards national success. I see many of our problems and think of a simple solution; unity. Corruption, fraud, lack of punishments and much more can be treated with a whip of unity. I believe when it is about brotherhood and unity one plus one equals to eleven, not two. I’ll elaborate my idea of unity in the upcoming blog.

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Maryam Iftikhar
Maryam Iftikhar
In the journey of tears and traumas, hope and joy I have become a woman who worked on herself, broke the shackles and is trying to own her life.

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