Don’t insult the Prophet!
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
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Sometimes it seems as though the world’s most rampant pastime consists of attacking, insulting and ridiculing Islam. Religion and faith generally came into the firing line a long time ago, but a concentrated and deliberately sordid campaign against Islam seems to be the current order of the day. And for those who choose this hate-fuelled undertaking, no less than defiling the character of the Prophet of Islam- Muhammad صلى الله عليه و سلم -is a favourite tactic. Those who deliberately set out to demean, humiliate and dishonour a man loved and revered by over a billion Muslims worldwide do so precisely because they know how hurtful such an assault is.
In sharing these thoughts I am motivated by only the latest attack on our beloved Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم, for it seems as though one onslaught is barely laid to rest before another raises its ugly head. If you switch on the news you will hear condemnation at the hurt that Muslims have felt and the protests- and in some cases rioting and violence- which have ensued over this latest attack. In my own humble mind such actions would never surface if such filthy provocation did not exist to ignite them.
In this short post I share a concept which I have touched on in many other posts. For non-Muslims who might still be puzzling over why ‘those Muslims’ get het up over this man Muhammad صلى الله عليه و سلم, there is a very simple analogy which they can relate to. If a random stranger was to insult, disparage and in the very basest and vulgar of words and actions- pornographic even- defile a man’s wife no-one would look down on the man for defending the honour of his wife. Many would empathise if in the heat of the moment- in the face of such uncalled for and fierce provocation- he were to silence such a tirade with a resounding fist. Yet Muslims love Muhammad صلى الله عليه و سلم more than any Muslim husband or wife love one another, more than any Muslim parent loves their child and more than any other type of bond which it is possible for us to experience as humans with one another. When you know we love this man- who we believe to be the final messenger of God- more than we love anything and everything in the heavens and earth except the Almighty what good then can come of such hateful and blistering vitriol against him صلى الله عليه و سلم?
In today’s so-called ‘civilised’ and enlightened society:
When black people are attacked for their colour it is Racism
When women are attacked for their gender, it is Sexism
When Jewish people are attacked for their faith, it is anti-Semitism
But when the dignity of Muhammad صلى الله عليه و سلم – whose name over a billion Muslims do not even mention without adding the prayer May God bless him and grant him peace– is attacked in the most abusive and foulest of ways it is downplayed in the name of freedom of speech.
When so-called ‘freedom of speech’ is actually the freedom to deliberately offend, hurt and defile it is in no way a marker of a civilised, intelligent and sophisticated society, but rather a marker of the most lewd and vulgar corruption.
Given all of the above there is a very simple way to avoid the harm and furore which has arisen over this latest meaningless incident: Don’t insult the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم !
For those motivated by hate who find satisfaction in the notion of injuring Muslims through their Prophet- and will therefore continue with such endeavours- let me relieve you of such reassurance. Yes, while our love for Muhammad صلى الله عليه و سلم makes our hearts ache when we see his perfect character assassinated by your lies and twisted mockery, we nevertheless not only love him more but are also motivated to work harder to act on and spread his teachings. Greater than this, we console ourselves through the knowledge of another day which will come to pass. A day whose harshness will turn the hair of a child grey, when all will stand in front of the Creator of the Heavens and Earth and every action and word- great and small- will be held to account by the Most Just.
If you are a non-Muslim wondering why this man man Muhammad صلى الله عليه و سلم is all over the news, please take the time to read about the reality of his blessed life and teachings. May Allah The Most High guide those who seek with sincerity to the sweetness and blessings of faith. Ameen.
وَمَا أَرْسَلْنَاكَ إِلَّا رَحْمَةً لِّلْعَالَمِينَ
It was only as a mercy that We sent you [Prophet] to all people (21: 107)
لَّقَدْ كَانَ لَكُمْ فِي رَسُولِ اللَّهِ أُسْوَةٌ حَسَنَةٌ لِّمَن كَانَ يَرْجُو اللَّهَ وَالْيَوْمَ الْآخِرَ وَذَكَرَ اللَّهَ كَثِيرًا
The Messenger of God is an excellent model for those of you who put your hope in God and the Last Day and remember Him often (33:21)
قُلْ إِن كُنتُمْ تُحِبُّونَ اللَّهَ فَاتَّبِعُونِي يُحْبِبْكُمُ اللَّهُ وَيَغْفِرْ لَكُمْ ذُنُوبَكُمْ وَاللَّهُ غَفُورٌ رَّحِيمٌ
Say, ‘If you love God, follow me, and God will love you and forgive you your sins; God is most forgiving, most merciful’ (3:31)
إِنَّ اللَّهَ وَمَلَائِكَتَهُ يُصَلُّونَ عَلَى النَّبِيِّ يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا صَلُّوا عَلَيْهِ وَسَلِّمُوا تَسْلِيمًا
God and His angels bless the Prophet- so, you who believe, bless him too and give him greetings of peace (33: 56)
قُلْ يَا أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ إِنِّي رَسُولُ اللَّهِ إِلَيْكُمْ جَمِيعًا الَّذِي لَهُ مُلْكُ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ لَا إِلَٰهَ إِلَّا هُوَ يُحْيِي وَيُمِيتُ فَآمِنُوا بِاللَّهِ وَرَسُولِهِ النَّبِيِّ الْأُمِّيِّ الَّذِي يُؤْمِنُ بِاللَّهِ وَكَلِمَاتِهِ وَاتَّبِعُوهُ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَهْتَدُونَ
Say [Muhammad], ‘People, I am the Messenger of God to you all, from Him who has control over the heavens and the earth. There is no God but Him; He gives life and death, so believe in God and His Messenger, the unlettered prophet who believes in God and His words, and follow him so that you may find guidance.’ (7:158)