I have seen few of my believer brothers suggest to remain silent against the media and others when a statement is made against our God and Prophet (PBUH). In their opinion, silence will be a good answer to those who want to disrespect Islam. If you heard about what’s been happening in the world, media, internet about the Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) then there might be any of the below 4 situations for you –
1- You are protesting it.
2- You have ignored it.
3- You are confused.
4- You are screaming like a little girl and saying …. why not… why not….He was just a human….Don’t take our freedom of speech and let us insult anybody or provoke anybody….
Have you ever wondered why a true believer get offended or emotional when someone says evil about Allah and His Prophet (PBUH)?
Let’s look into an Ayah (verse) from the holy Quran which is one of the fundamental teachings of Islam. Allah subhanAllahu Ta’la said in Chapter 9 (Surah Taubah), verse 24 –
“Say: If your fathers, your sons, your brothers, your wives, your kindred, the wealth that you have gained, the commerce in which you fear a decline, and the dwellings in which you delight are dearer to you than Allah and His Messenger, and striving hard and fighting in His Cause, then wait until Allah brings about His Decision (torment). And Allah guides not the people who are Al-Fasiqun (the rebellious, disobedient to Allah).”
The Almighty Allah also says in the holy Quran chapter 33 (Al-Ahzab) verse 6: “The Prophet is closer to the believers than their ownselves.”
It is reported that the Messenger of God (PBUH) said, “None of you truly believe until I have become more beloved to him than his father, his children and all of humankind.”
The Messenger of God (PBUH) also said, “Whoever possesses the following three qualities has tasted the sweetness of faith: i) the one for whom God and His Messenger are dearer than anything else, ii) [one] who loves a person and he loves him solely for God’s sake, and iii) [one] who hates to revert to a state of disbelief as he hates to be thrown into the fire.”
In another hadith it is narrated, “We were with the Prophet and he took the hand of ‘Umar bin Al-Khattab. ‘Umar said to Him, “O Messenger of God, you are dearer to me than everything except my own self.” The Prophet said, “No, by Him in Whose Hand my soul is, (you will not have complete faith) until I am dearer to you than your own self.” Then ‘Umar said to him, “By God, it is now that you are dearer to me than my own self.” The Prophet said, “Now, O ‘Umar.”
As demonstrated in these hadiths and many others similar to it, loving the Messenger of God (PBUH) is a condition of faith (iman) and an indication of its genuineness. This love engenders sincerity in our efforts to follow his (PBUH) example, facilitates the application of his (PBUH) teachings in our daily lives, and enables us to remain steadfast in walking on his (PBUH) straight path (al-ṣirāṭ al-mustaqīm), under the Prophetic banner. A group of individuals claimed to love God and so God tested their love by revealing the verses: “Say if you love God, then follow me and God will love you and forgive your sins [Al-ʿImran: 31].” Also mentioned, “No one has reached God except through God. And the path to reaching God is following the Chosen One (PBUH) (al-Muṣtafa).” “Reaching God” means, attaining a state in which God is pleased with one. It is based on this perspective that the Messenger of God (PBUH) said, “All of my community will enter Paradise except those who refuse.” It was asked, “O Messenger of God, who refuses?” He said, “Whoever obeys me will enter Heaven. Whoever disobeys me has refused.”
The Companions for the Prophet (PBUH) represented an exemplary model of individuals for whom God and His Messenger had become dearer to them than anything in their world and they became the ultimate manifestation of the reality of this love. When ʿAlī (RA) was asked what their love for the Messenger (PBUH) was like he answered, “The Messenger of God (PBUH) was more beloved to us than our wealth, our children, our fathers and our mothers. He was more beloved to us than cold water during intense thirst.”
The Ultimate Question?
Now it is very obvioous from the teaching of Islam that a true believer loves his God and God’s prophet (PBUH) more than his mother, father or anyone from his own family. If anyone says bad words about your father or mother, how do you react? Is that freedom of speech to say bad words about someone’s parents? Will you be able to control your emotion if someone is insulting your father? Ask these questions to yourself. Then how come someone remains silent when his beloved God or Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) – whom he loves more than his own family are insulted in front of him or her?
The term ‘freedom of speech” is being widely misused. Is not the fundamental of civil society is not to hurt someone, not to be disrespectful to others?
The last words:
The objective of this post is not to provoke but rather to explain a true believer’s painful situation which is why you may find someone reacts or handle the emotion. I am mad about the video that insulted, disparaged and ridiculed my religion and my honorable prophet (PBUH). The action of small hate mongers who are willing to lie and distort the truth to defame Islam and to incite violence and destruction will not resonate with the majority of peace loving Muslims. While I know we get emotional, viloance is not the answer, nor it is the teaching of Islam. Muslims who truly love the prophet (PBUH) must remember that Almighty Allah will ask about your prayers before he asks about whether you joined the protests or not. Also, remember that –
“Hate mongers insult the prophet with things they say; You insult the prophet by not following his way. “
If we truly love our Prophet, let’s today start following his way. It’s OK to be angry, but we should not fall in the trap of those who want to demonize Islam and marginalize Muslims to incite violence and hatred. Remember Allah does ot like those who creates mischief in the world. May Allah guide all of us to the straight path. Ameen!