The Ummah is the body of believers in Islam
. It trancends all nationalities and ethnicities and is the concept that makes brothers and sisters of Muslims be they Iowa farmboys or cobbler
s in downtown Tehran
. Similar in concept, but broader in scope than the common definition of the church
, the Ummah trancends neighborhoods. One does not say that one is a member of "my ummah" and another Muslim is a member of such-and-such ummah, for example. All who believe in God and the Last Day and bear witness
that he is the only god and Muhammad (SAW
) is his messenger are members of the ummah. The health and well-being of the Ummah is a concern for all who are Muslim
Hamza Yusuf said that he feels that ummah really means civilization.