Surely, various organisations and movements have been vouching for united Muslim world which, otherwise, is a victim of sheer individualism and mistrust. Two sets of divergent narratives and counter narratives do exist on the subject and each one struggling to prevail as the only righteous concept.
Realistically, the establishment of what is technically called "khilafat" is a distant dream as of now, even if diversification is pulled down to bottom because other things shall still remain unequal.
In this backdrop, this is verily important that there must be still at least some amount of unity and consensus on certain matters of faith or being related so in Muslim community across the globe leaving aside, for a while, the divergent theories on Pan-Muslim political idea. The reconstruction and restructuring of all such theories is also to be worked out to evolve a broader synthesis to be followed upon.
So, identifying the areas of socio-religious significance and then evolving a broad based strategy to achieve the consensual opinion on them is not too distant and difficult to attain.
Talking about single political platform of Muslims is an eye sour for various big or small politico-economic power blocks but working to evolve an ideological structure to establish a non-political globally acknowledged joint research and advisory institution should not create ripples around, if devised on pure intellectualism and Islamic wisdom.
The institution, supposed to be seated by the established Islamic jurists and genuine Muslim scholars of Quran, Physical and Social Scientists representing all schools of thought and communities, would guide and advise the Ummah in essential matters which always become the basis for drift and division.
The decision as delivered shall have an intrinsic potential to be translated into action on ground with universal acceptance so should be the body of scholars to deliberate upon. This would not be the institution of confrontation with rest of the world rather a seat of Islamic intellectual pursuits, research and social development at all levels.
We have a number of issues need to be commonly discussed and the decisions thereafter to be shared at greater level to avoid the confusions, dualism and misunderstanding.
Observing fasts and celebrating Eids simultaneously across the countries which have not much difference in time and distance needs to be thought over to come closer to the grand cause of solidarity.
To initiate the process, there must be a common calendar, as propounded by some acclaimed Islamic scholars for a pretty long time, based on the movements of moon. The issue should become a popular debate to explore, whether, by the vigorous involvement of mathematicians, physists, meteorologists and Islamic scholars, there is any possibility of framing a permanent lunar calendar like that of Gregorian one.
We undoubtedly believe the scientists' prophesies of lunar eclipses and other phenomena made decades before because these have been proven accurate even to the frictions of a second. This signifies that even subtle movements of moon are also watched, recorded and studied for future predictions.
Taking inspiration from this, there is a scope for rational discussion on making the lunar calendar which would be a significant contribution to the Islamic civilization.
Sighting moon always turns to be fighting moon, which is hilarious. We are still uneducated whether sighting moon is mandatory to begin and end the fasting though it plainly seems to be so in a narration quoting the Prophet of Islam (SAW).
However, the similar narration is quoted to determine the time of prayers (Salah) by the movement of sun and its shadow which no body follows now because it would be a weird gesture in the modern facilities of watch, clocks and scientifically prepared prayer Meeqats hanging in every Masjid.
It is not only the occasions of observing fasts or Eids to celebrate jointly, the more important are the grave issues of human rights apart from educational, economic and technological backwardness of Muslims as a whole which need to be broadly focused at some central and trans-world institution to create a set of uniform guidelines based on Ijtihaat to be followed in all emergent situations.
Likewise, the image of Muslims and Islam is hard tried to be maligned through the malicious practices and worst ever atmosphere of extremism by certain in-groups, at times being sponsored. They confidently present a horrific and distorted version of Islam.
Albeit condemned by the majority of Muslims but in a fragmented opinion and viewpoints. That is why they carry a less weight to prove the actual weight of Islam. Only a broad-gauged institution can be an effective means to check and react on such occasions.
In such a situation, the definition and contents of divinely revealed Islam need to be precisely spread out to all the four directions at centrally established seat as a final verdict of time to leave no space for perpetrators to create doubts and confusion among Muslims and other communities of the world about Islam.
With this, a world class Muslim media outlet is necessarily to be associated with the institution.
This year, again, Eid ul Fitr was celebrated jointly, though in a different way, by majority of Muslims across the Islamic world giving a symbolic and strong message to the world that we are potentially able to live in a consensus atmosphere.
Talking togetherness on certain occasions and evolving a consensus or joint strategy on important issues, however, should never be misinterpreted or misconstrued, internally or externally, as an obsession of expansion. It is only to safeguard the genuine interests of the community in a peaceful and friendly environment of co-existence.