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IslamQA: Islam and nationalism

Asalam Alaikum❗️ Do you have any advice on how to not be a nationalist? Sometimes I feel too proud and have too much love for my country and culture. I feel it is wrong, since I should only be that proud of islam and being Muslim, alhamdulillah 🤲 But sometimes I just forget, and idolize my culture and country too much astaqfiruAllah. In shaa Allah any advice brother?

Alaikumassalam wa rahmatullah,

I don’t really feel that anything good can come from nationalism. I think the best way to avoid such feelings is to focus on your soul and your relationship with God, knowing that regardless of your country and lineage your soul is exactly like everyone else’s soul, and its only superiority can be through how pious and virtuous you are. I recommend doing what is necessary to be really close to God, such as by reading the Quran for an hour every day, and inshaAllah that will make it easy to forget about nationalism.

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