Today I was particularly disappointed seeing a Salafi Jihadi brothr insult and defame a respected scholar of the Quran, Nouman Ali Khan, because, apparently the latter said something against "aqeedah".
You can actually see Nouman's response here: https://m.facebook.com/noumanbayyinah/posts/671094313023314
But the issue is deeper and very troubling. The Jihadi Salafis are now not only killing nonMuslims, or others they deem less Muslim or "Murtad", but now they are killing themselves. They have this attitude were they and their scholars is right, and everyone else is wrong.
Right now, their two fighting arms, Al Qaeda and ISIS are killing each other, calling each other names, because of that same mindset. The extent of the problem can be understood perhaps by noting the above example - Aqeedah, as defined by them, is not written in the Quran - "your Aqeedah is so and so..." does not exist. Nor have I read the Prophet (pbuh) engaging in the same discourse.
On inquiry once, they said a wise scholar came up with the construct, as they define aqeedah today. I don't know how true that is, but what I am sure of is, that this term is derived and not directly mentioned in the Quran. But a whole bunch of other things are constantly mentioned in the Quran, like justice (256 times), compassion, caring for each other, not looking down on others... and many other principles and values. Surprisingly, I rarely find that crowd talking about those.
My own long and colorful interaction with them makes me seriously think that they may not be worshiping Allah but their bearded scholars, and Allah knows best, because they have mixed the opinion of their scholars with the words of Allah. Now, I don't wish to single them out, maybe a lot of us are to some extent or other, but the problem has disastrous results particularly with them.
Until this problem, where much of the Muslim world today (including but not exclusively these Salafis of various sub-types) stop worshiping bearded men (or so it seems to me, Allah knows best), no amount of Al Qaeda or ISIS, blowing up stuff, can restore our honor or grant us victory, and Allah knows best.
Just maybe, Allah will not come to our aid unless we actually worshiped Him. We can't get to that point unless we stopped pointing fingers and started being self-critical. And Allah knows best.
As a someone who has spent 4 years studying Muslim sociology, I know that, we as an Ummah, as a social unit, have lost our social cohesion - our unity. Until we find a meaningful way to reconnect with each other, we can't undo our civilisational disintigration. And Allah knows best.