In light of the latest terror attacks in Paris where a few gunmen shot and killed 2 Police officers and 10 men that worked at a Newspaper i have made the below top 15 facts for fellow Muslims to ponder on, just in case some may feel ANY of the events in Paris were in any way justified by our religion, because clearly they were not.!
Some things within Islam, it is a little easier for the haters to misconstrue to fit their own visions of the religion. Some particular topics like Jihad and Womens rights it is slightly easier for the opposition to take snippets and some worldly examples to take their muddled views home.
Yet when it comes to responding to mockery and ridicule, i am with 100% confidence that a basic understanding of Islam will leave one to know that responding to mockery with death and vigilante style murder is something not sanctioned in the Qur’an and in fact the polar opposite is encouraged. You might read this and think it all sounds so pacifist, and i do not believe Islam is an entirely pacifistic faith, yet in the particular topic of handling mockery and ridicule – Islam teaches that the best approach IS a pacifistic one, with plenty of evidence to support the notion.
Below are 15 examples of how Mockery, offence and anger was advised to be handled, both to the Prophet Muhammad himself and all of his followers who consider themselves Muslims, take a look.!
Fact #1) After the death of Muhammad’s wife and influential uncle, he had lost all the support of his city and was suddenly open to attacks and hostility by the Pagans of Mecca. He went to a town called Ta’if to seek their support in his prophethood and message, when he arrived- he arrived to a town that was laughing at him, people were cursing him and throwing stones at him until blood drew from his limbs. At this point Muhammad retreated to a garden and made a desperate plea to Allah, did he plea for revenge and for bloodshed to this town that ridiculed and injured him? No, he made the below prayer.
“O Allah, to you do I complain of my weakness, my helplessness and of the way people humiliate me. O Most Merciful of the merciful ones. You are the Lord of the weak ones, and You are my Lord. To whom will You entrust me? To a distant stranger who will show me hostility? Or to an enemy, whom You have given control over my situation? If You are not angry with me, then I do not mind, though your safety is easier for me. I seek refuge with the Light of Your Face, which brings light to darkness, and upon which the affairs of the world and the Hereafter become right“
Fact #2) In the Qur’an Allah prolongs the lives of those that Mock Islam and does Not instruct their murder.
“And indeed Messengers were mocked at before you (O Muhammad), but I granted respite to those who disbelieved, and finally I seized them. Then how was my penalty?”
Fact #3) You can be friends with people who mock your faith, just leave the conversation when it gets too offensive.
“And indeed He has revealed to you in the Book that when you hear Allah’s communications disbelieved in and mocked – do not sit with them until they enter into some other conversation; surely then you would be alike..”
Fact #4) We are meant to bear patiently at their hurtful words.
“You shall certainly be tried respecting your wealth and your souls, and you shall certainly hear from those who have been given the Book before you and from those who are polytheists much hurt; and if you are patient and stand guard, surely this is one of the affairs determined upon.”
Fact #5) Even if we see those that mock us as enemies- Allah may grant love between us!
“It may be that Allah will ordain love between you and those of with whom you now hold as enemies. For Allah is Mighty, and Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.”
Fact #6) We should just leave them alone! Let Allah deal with all things.
“So leave them to converse vainly and amuse themselves until they meet their Day which they are promised.”
Fact #7) Hurtful words tear people apart- what about hurtful actions!?
“Thus it is due to mercy from Allah that you deal with them gently, and had you been rough and hard-hearted, they would certainly have dispersed from around you; so pardon them and ask forgiveness for them…”
Fact #8) We were made to “know one another” not “force one another into one way of thinking”.
“O mankind, surely We created you of a male and a female, and We have made you into races and tribes that you may know one another. Surely the most honorable among you in the sight of Allah are the most righteous..”
Fact #9) Allah commanded Moses & Aaron to deal with their greatest enemy Pharaoh with gentle speech- not violence!
“Go, both of you, to Pharaoh, for he has indeed transgressed all bounds, And speak to him with gentle speech that perhaps he may be reminded or apprehensive...”
Fact #10) When the ignorant address us, the worst that we say is “PEACE!”
‘The servants of The Most Gracious are those who walk on the earth in humility, and when the ignorant address them, they say, “Peace!“
Fact #11) When we hear or see something offensive, we turn away and say…
“And when they hear ill speech, they turn away therefrom and say: “To us our deeds, and to you yours; peace be to you: we seek not the ignorant..”
Fact #12) Even if they insult our Gods and Prophets- we cannot insult theirs!
“And do not insult those they call upon other than Allah , lest they insult Allah in enmity without knowledge. Thus We have made pleasing to every community their deeds. Then to their Lord is their return, and He will inform them about what they used to do..”
Fact #13) Restraining your anger is a commendable act!
“And hasten to forgiveness from your Lord and a garden as wide as the heavens and earth, prepared for the righteous. Who spend during ease and hardship and who restrain anger and who pardon the people – and Allah loves the doers of good.”
Fact #14) Prayer and Patience are the best way to overcome tensions!
“O you who have believed, seek help through patience and prayer. Indeed, Allah is with the patient.”
Fact #15) Allah is the best of judges!
“Leave Me with the one I created alone, And then granted him resources in abundance, And children to be by his side! And made life smooth and comfortable for him!Then he desires that I should add more.? Not at all! Surely he has been stubborn to Our signs.”