By Sabahat Ahmed:
Since the beginning of time, mankind has always seen a struggle between Truth and Falsehood, and between Light and Darkness. However, as it is the Way of the Almighty Allah, Truth and Light always triumph. It has been the nature of certain people, that being arrogant, they challenge the Prophets of Allah in order to gain cheap fame. However, they always meet failure and humiliation. Many such people have adopted a brazen attitude towards the pride of the Universe, the Holy Prophet Muhammad. All of them, as is the Way of Allah, failed miserably.
Recently, certain elements using freedom of conscious and freedom of speech as an excuse, have made an anti-Islam film either to show their malice towards Islam and the Holy Prophet, or maybe, to spread hatred against Islam. As a result of this, there has been a violent reaction among various organizations and countries. They, in order to vent their anger and displeasure, have resorted to furious protests, often leading to arson and destruction of private and public property. I always wonder that why don’t they try to give a satisfactory response to the criticism of the critics, and to make an effort to convey the true and real message of Islam to the World.
We’ve seen that every now and then some haters come up with some wicked idea to instigate and arouse emotions of Muslims around the world. Sometimes they show disrespect to the Holy Quran, few years back some newspapers in Scandinavian countries published blasphemous caricatures, and now an anti-Islam film’s trailer has been released. This shows how much they detest Muslims and Islam and how much malice they have for Islam.
It is these people, who are the perpetrators, but due to the wrong reaction of the Muslims, they appear to be the victims and the Muslims are deemed the villains. It is correct that a large majority of Muslims does not approve of the damage and destruction. Yet it is the leadership or a few roguish elements that brings the notoriety.
Burning of flags, creating turmoil, or going on strike is not a good way to protest. We should mould our attitude according to the Islamic values and teachings. Our response always should be such, which elegantly reflects the excellent personality and character of the Holy Prophet. We should tell the world about the character of the Excellent Exampler, the Holy Prophetsa particularly with regard to his mercy and love for humanity. We should enlighten the public, in each country, about the noble character of the Holy Prophetsa, and we ourselves also should try to become righteous and thus become a good Muslim.
It is not true that those who have not come out on road for protest and rallies are not concerned with the honor and respect of the Holy Prophetsa. Certainly, every Muslims heart is most aggrieved at this act, but it does not mean that anyone who rejects a violent protest and business strike should be accused of committing blasphemy. However, everyone’s mode of response is different. I would mention here that it will not be far-fetched, that as before, they will continue to make similar mischief time to time; that is, they will do something or the other that would again cause hurt to Muslims. Another objective behind this could be to use this as an excuse to put legal restrictions on Muslims, in particular those who have emigrated from the East, from the Indian sub-continent.
We should formulate our responses according to the Islamic values and teachings.
The response of a peaceful and true follower Holy Prophetsa is always the one that is lucid in conveying the blessed model and teachings of the Holy Prophet ; and lucid in, as well, presenting the teachings of the Holy Qur’an. Rather than be involved in subversive activities when faced with attacks on the blessed person of the Holy Prophetsa, we should turn to Allah and answer all the false allegations put against our Holy Prophetsa.
This is a matter that requires presenting the beautiful aspects of the life of the Holy Prophetsa to the world, and this cannot be achieved by damage and destruction. The Holy prophet was a Mercy of all mankind. While these people depict him in a manner that portrays a most hirrific concept. We have to tell the world about the blessed loving and compassionate model of the Holy Prophetsa. There could be absolutely no issue of terrorism or militancy, the Holy Prophetsa would always try to avoid war, untill the time when he came to Medina, and war was imposed on him. Then with Allah’s permission, war had to be faught in defence. Moreover, certainly, Holy Prophetsa was the greatest of all adherents of the Shariah that was revealed to him. It is extremely cruel to convey such disgraceful thoughts about him.
Muslims, in my humble opinion, should publish books, pamphlets, flyers and magazines and spread the beautiful teachings of the Holy Prophetsa , his excellent model, his high morals and civility, his compassion for people and for the creation of God, and that he was the personification of compassion and affection. If one book is written against Islam and Holy Prophetsa of Islam, or one movie is made by some sick mind, we should write ten more books or fill the YouTube with videos propagating the real face of Islam and the Holy Prophetsa.
However, while we have to impart the teachings of Islam and the blessed model of the Holy Prophet to the world, we also need to reform our deeds. It will be our deeds alone that shall silence the world and will play the most significant role in silencing the world.
I would say here, that whether you are Shias, Sunnis, Ahmadis, or you belong to any other sects of Islam; when the person of the Holy Prophet is attacked, rather than exhibiting momentary passion, burning flags, causing damage and destruction and attacking embassies, let us reform our own deeds instead, so that the others do not get a chance to point their finger at the entire Ummah. Do they believe that setting fires, God forbid, is all that demonstrates the honour and station of the Holy Prophet, and by burning flags or burning the property of an embassy they have had their reprisal? No! We are followers of the Holy Prophet, who came to put the fire out, who was the Ambassador of Love, was the Prince of Peace. So rather than take harsh actions, impart his beautiful teaching to the World.
In response to the release of the offensive movie’s trailer, each child, each elderly, each youth, each man and each woman among us should kindle a fire that would never extinguish. Not a fire to burn down the flag or property of a country that extinguishes in a few minutes or a few hours. In Muslim world, ignorant protestors show great enthusiasm in setting fires to foreign missions, cinemas, shops and banks, as if they have had a great achievement – this fire would extinguish in five minutes! The fire a true Muslim would light should be such that would blaze forever and that is the fire of love and devotion for the Holy Prophet, the fire to adopt each of his blessed models and demonstrate it to the world. Once this is inflamed in your hearts, it shall keep burning. This fire should be such that it would also be moulded in prayers with its flames ever reaching the heavens!