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Born and raised in a well known family of Banu Hashim, belonging to the tribe of Quraish, in a time when the Arabs used to worship multiple gods and had forgotten teachings of previous Prophets, Hadhrat Muhammad (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam) had a distinctive, yet affectionate personality right from his early life. He would not approve the idea of venerating many idols and used to ponder in seclusion during his long stay at Cave Hira, till he finally received Wahi (Revelation) in the form of Holy Quraan from Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta'aalaa), the Almighty. When He called people towards Oneness of God, they revolted and rejected him with the exception of a few in the beginning. But soon when the non-believers saw Islam spreading fast, they started oppressing and tormenting the new entrants of this religion. They feared that shortly, there would be no one left to act upon their beliefs Muhammad (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam) would rule the entire Arab.

As the history repeats itself over and over again, the haters of the religion of peace have gathered speed in their attempts to ridicule its wisdom. They have not only been tyrannizing Muslims in countries like Palestine, Iraq, Syria etc, but also they have gone one step ahead by using mass media platforms like Print and Electronic Media by publishing blasphemous articles slogans and sketches against the Prophet of Islam Hadhrat Muhammad (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam). They are in the same state as the Arabs in Muhammad (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam)`s time, and are panicking against the swift stretch of Islam, especially in the West. They resist because they do not want to leave their wicked activities, nor seeing their people switch towards morality. So, they try their best to depict the wrong image of Islam being disrespectful of its Preacher, i.e. Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta'aalaa)'s Messenger (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam). Being a true believer, one would obviously have a great hatred for the disdainers, which is why there are seen mixed sets of reactions among the Ummah in defense and love of the Prophet (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam), but let us see in the light of Islamic instructions, how we should respond to such acts of immorality.

The staunch devotees of Islam would know that Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta'aalaa), the Almighty, has called the act of scorn and ridicule as a way of the uninformed people, who see believers and laugh at them because of their tough life. Just because Muslims are told by their Beloved Prophet, Hadhrat Muhammad (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam) to remain steadfast on remembrance of only One God, Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta'aalaa) and not to commit any wicked actions, so the ones who disagree with these instructions would always transgress and say bad words against Him. The Holy Quraan records that the non-believers who are happy with their wicked way of life, mock believers for their faith and piety:

إِنَّ الَّذِينَ أَجْرَمُوا كَانُوا مِنَ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا يَضْحَكُونَ

“Indeed those who were guilty used to laugh at those who believed,” (al- Mutaffifeen 83:29)

One can deduce that the act of travesty is part of character of those who are on the wrong path, and cackle at the believers for their uprightness, because they are too much indulged in materialistic world and its attractiveness that they deem Muslims as being fooled by their religious convictions. They make themselves feel better by being content with whatever they do and make ridiculous attempts against Muslim beliefs to portray blasphemy by any means, like making absurd comics against the Holy Prophet (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam).

To elaborate further, let’s take an example from the Sacred Book, Furqan e Hameed, where in the Soorah Baqarah (The Cow), when to solve a mysterious assassination among the people of Hadhrat Moosaa (Prophet Moses), he asked them to sacrifice a cow with the order of Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta'aalaa), who obviously did not believe in this proposition, rather took it as a joke:

وَإِذْ قَالَ مُوسَىٰ لِقَوْمِهِ إِنَّ اللَّهَ يَأْمُرُكُمْ أَن تَذْبَحُوا بَقَرَةً قَالُوا أَتَتَّخِذُنَا هُزُوًا قَالَ أَعُوذُ بِاللَّهِ أَنْ أَكُونَ مِنَ الْجَاهِلِينَ

“When Moosaa said to his people, ‘Allah commands you to slaughter a cow’, they said, ‘Are you making fun of us?’ He said, ‘I seek refuge with Allah from being one of the ignorant.” (al-Baqarah 2:67)

As Hadhrat Moosaa has compared mockery to an act of ignorance, it is evident that the haters of Islam also may not have any consciousness of the true spirit of this religion. So, the answer of ridicule should not be in terms of derision, for there will be no use of one`s wisdom if it does the same as does the ignorant one.

Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta'aalaa), the Almighty, has directed us to be humble and serene in our behavior time and time again in the Holy Quraan, and has shown His likeness for the ones who endure moments of despair and misery for His sake:

إِن تَمْسَسْكُمْ حَسَنَةٌ تَسُؤْهُمْ وَإِن تُصِبْكُمْ سَيِّئَةٌ يَفْرَحُوا بِهَا وَإِن تَصْبِرُوا وَتَتَّقُوا لَا يَضُرُّكُمْ كَيْدُهُمْ شَيْئًا إِنَّ اللَّهَ بِمَا يَعْمَلُونَ مُحِيطٌ

“If something good happens to you, it annoys them, and if something evil befalls you, they are delighted with it. If you keep patience and fear Allah, their cunning shall not harm you at all. Allah is All-Encompassing of what they do.” (Aale Imraan 3:120)

This could also be applied when non-Muslims bombard their propaganda against our Prophet (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam) in an attempt to provoke us, so that we would say same words to their religion, but we know that Islam is a continuation to the past religions, and all the past Prophets are equally respectable as Prophet of Islam, Hadhrat Muhammad (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam). So, the very first response that we could give in such matters is to try to treat it as the behavior of ignorant people with a view to remain patient.

خُذِ الْعَفْوَ وَأْمُرْ بِالْعُرْفِ وَأَعْرِضْ عَنِ الْجَاهِلِينَ

“(O Prophet!) Take forgiveness (as your habit), enjoin virtue, and ignore the ignorant.” (al-A’raaf 7:199)

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