On November 17th, we issued a call for short essays for ideas towards reform and improvement of life in the Middle East. We’re pleased to share below one such essay by one of our readers, Prof. Khalil Khavari. We’re grateful to Prof. Khavari and hope his thoughts would encourage others to contribute to this important dialogue.

We wish to also note that views expressed in these essays are those of the writers and are not necessarily endorsed by our Network. We’re simply a catalyst for dialogue.

The Muslim Network for Baha’i Rights.

Unity is the Answer an essay by Khalil Khavari.

Problems in the Middle East are special case of the universal problems that face humanity. The most troubling impediment to solving problems of all kinds is a disunity that divides the family of humanity, saps its vital energies, and prevents it from marching toward a glorious destiny.

“Let’s solve our differences, so that we can be united,” is the rallying call of the Peace Movement. These people of goodwill realize that unity holds the key in making the earth a reflection of heaven. The Baha’is are fully supportive of the call for unity. In fact, the three one-nesses: the oneness of God, the oneness of religion, and the oneness of people constitute the bedrock of the Baha’i Faith. Baha’is believe, however, that it is by far more pragmatic for the family of humanity to becomes first united and then collectively address and solve problems and disagreements. Where there is unity, equality for all, and goodwill, everything is possible, while where disunity rules, nothing of substance that servers the common weal is achievable.

In order to achieve unity, certain fundamental provisions, such as those in the Bill of Rights with further stipulations. In summary, all people, men and women, irrespective of any and all demographic or personal considerations should be granted their God-given rights. People should be free in the fullest sense of the word.