HOW MUSLIMS SHOULD REACT
So, the proper followers of Islam should always try to pay no attention towards
baseless provocative actions.
How to deal with the situation, the Exalted Lord, Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta'aalaa),
on another occasion, has stressed on importance of rightful and polite way of
conversation with such people as:
ٱدۡعُ إِلَىٰ سَبِيلِ رَبِّكَ بِٱلۡحِكۡمَةِ وَٱلۡمَوۡعِظَةِ ٱلۡحَسَنَةِۖ
وَجَٰدِلۡهُم بِٱلَّتِي هِيَ أَحۡسَنُۚ إِنَّ رَبَّكَ هُوَ أَعۡلَمُ بِمَن ضَلَّ
عَن سَبِيلِهِۦ وَهُوَ أَعۡلَمُ بِٱلۡمُهۡتَدِينَ (١٢٥125)
“Invite (people) to the way of your Lord with wisdom and good counsel. And argue
with them in the best of manners. Surely, your Lord knows best the one who
deviates from His way, and He knows best the ones who are on the right path.”
Since the blasphemy of the Beloved Prophet (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam) is an
extremely sensitive issue, and due to huge sense of reverence towards him, for
most of us it’s even more than a mere personal matter, and we register our
protests at every possible forum. But we are bound for adopting the most
appropriate mode of conversation. So, to counter the wicked words against the
Prophet (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam), converse within the preferred limits of
Islamic commands with your personal role model and words. If an Islamic
government exists, then it can take appropriate measures to punish the culprit,
the perpetrator of the heinous crime, and can make effort to stop such abhorring
activities by formulating effective law nationally and internationally. But
unfortunately, among all the Muslim majority countries, none is a true Islamic
government – following actual Islam in all walks of life.
Although, it is unbearable for the true disciples of Islam to see contempt about
the character of Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta'aalaa)'s Messenger (SallAllaho Alaihe
WaSallam), and some of us might lose their minds and say bad words, or act upon
his emotions by taking law of the land in his hands, in response and reaction.
He should be dealt in the court of law on the basis of the reactionary actions
committed when somebody hurt someone’s emotion and sentiments aggressively.
There are laws in many countries when the respect of the founder of those
countries are give protection and the cases of abuse and reactionary responses
are dealt accordingly.
Apparently, the appropriate and certain way to respond such detested actions of
enemies of Islam in today’s world is to publicize the true Prophetic life
through practicing it in our lives and transmitting it through Islamically legal
Obeying the commands of Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta'aalaa) and practicing the Sunnah
of our Beloved Prophet, Hadhrat Muhmmad (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam) in our
daily life needs firm belief in Aakhirah (the life Hereafter) where all our
actions will be judged on the basis of these two parameters.
In mass media we have to counteract this delicate matter with great care. The
best way to record one`s protest is to reject the opposing ideas and make
matters clear by underlining the real context of things, e.g. if they say
“Muhammad (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam) himself had more wives, while restricted
others to four only”, and show it as an example of hypocrisy. The simple answer
could be to say that first, at that time, Arabs used to keep women as slaves,
let alone marrying a particular number of them. But Prophet (SallAllaho Alaihe
WaSallam) gave them their rights by restricting Muslims to marry only four on
the direction of the Almighty, Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta'aalaa), and that too in
the case if they can treat them with equity. And as per him, having more than
four wives is concerned, he married only first two of His wives, Hadhrat
Khadeejah and Hadhrat Aaieshaa under normal conditions, while other marriages
were due to some considerations, like bringing tribes together, making peace,
protection of widows, raising status of slaves, and other such implications.
Moreover, he was allowed to keep the previous spouses and marry those who are
enslaved, as Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta'aalaa) says:
لَّا يَحِلُّ لَكَ ٱلنِّسَآءُ مِنۢ بَعۡدُ وَلَآ أَن تَبَدَّلَ بِهِنَّ مِنۡ
أَزۡوَٰجٖ وَلَوۡ أَعۡجَبَكَ حُسۡنُهُنَّ إِلَّا مَا مَلَكَتۡ يَمِينُكَۗ وَكَانَ
ٱللَّهُ عَلَىٰ كُلِّ شَيۡءٖ رَّقِيبٗا (52)
“No women are lawful for you after this, nor is it lawful that you replace them
(the present wives) with other wives, even though their goodness may attract
you, except the bond-women you own. And Allah is watchful of everything.” (al-Ahzaab
So, it is clear that Hadhrat Muhammad (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam) was exception
to this rule, and he could marry those who were kept as slaves, so that they
could be protected. Another inference of him keeping already married spouses is
that all the wives of Prophet (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam) are considered as
Ummul Momineen (Mothers of the believers), and if he had divorced them, there
would be no one to wed them anyway. Also, none of spouses of his ever complained
about him, or his conduct with them.
So, we should argue in the most rightful way and reply to each and every
accusation of the wrong ones through letting them know about the actual Sunnah
of the Prophet (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam) and ask them to read about His life
before passing any wide of the mark remarks about him. We can also relate many
of non-Muslim writers and renowned personalities who have praised Muhammad (SallAllaho
Alaihe WaSallam), such as George Bernard Shaw famous Irish Playwright says in
his volume “The Genuine Islam Vol.No.8, 1936”: “I believe if a man like him
(Muhammad) were to assume the dictatorship of the modern world he would succeed
in solving its problems in a way that would bring much needed peace and
happiness. I have studied him – the man and in my opinion is far from being an
anti–Christ. He must be called the Savior of Humanity. I have prophesied about
the faith of Mohammad that it would be acceptable the Europe of tomorrow as it
is beginning to be acceptable to Europe of today.”
The Hindu leader, Gandhi has also admired Muhammad (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam)
in the following words, published in Young India, 1924: “I wanted to know the
best of the life of one who holds today an undisputed sway over the hearts of
millions of mankind… I became more than ever convinced that it was not the sword
that won a place for Islam in those days in the scheme of life. It was the rigid
simplicity, the utter self-effacement of the Prophet, the scrupulous regard for
pledges, his intense devotion to his friends and followers, his intrepidity, his
fearlessness, his absolute trust in God and his mission.
It means that those who have read the biography of Allah (Subhaanahu Wa
Ta'aalaa)'s Messenger (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam), they always rate him as a
great Role Model for all, while the ones who ridicule him are actually among
either the ignorant or the people who have enmity for Isam and Muslim in their
hearts just for nothing.
So, those of us who have the complete knowledge of actual Sunnah of the Holy
Prophet (PBUH) should always speak in favor of him by presenting his way of
life, in words and practice, to the complainant non-believers.
After having peaceful discussions, and conveying the true nature of the life of
the Holy Prophet (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam), if non-believers still do not
understand and admit their mistake, in that case, we should remind ourselves of
the essential teaching of Quraan, and the way of Hadhrat Muhammad (SallAllaho
Alaihe WaSallam). First, taking the instruction of the Sacred Manuscript, we are
directed to leave such matters to Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta'aalaa) as He knows the
best of the best, and indeed is the most Sufficient in all matters.
إِنَّا كَفَيۡنَٰكَ ٱلۡمُسۡتَهۡزِءِينَ (95٩٥)
“Surely, We are sufficient for you against those who deride,” (al-Hijr 15:95)
So, we should not let our faith in Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta'aalaa) go in vain by
taking things in our hands in such matters, rather we need to have complete
conviction in the fact that the contemptuous parties would soon get their return
from the Almighty.
Now, taking example of the Messenger (PBUH) of Allah, being on the journey of
Taa`if, was ridiculed and badly injured by the locals for his message of One
God, Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta'aalaa). He was offered a chance to destroy the town
completely by the Angel of Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta'aalaa), Hadhrat Jibrael.
Instead of demolishing them, the Prophet (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam) prayed to
Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta'aalaa) to give them Hidaayah (Guidance).
In short, being Muslims, we should always be ready for such things to happen,
making sure we do not react in the same way as the non-believers do, because
mockery is forbidden and is close to ignorance. Second, we should try to be
patient, not losing our control that is the actual desire of the enemies of
Islam, when we confront such irritating stuff, and converse with the opposite
parties with civility. All the love for the Holy Prophet (SallAllaho Alaihe
WaSallam) would go in vain, if we do not take this time as an opportunity to
tell the uninformed ones about the Sunnah (way of life) of him with concrete
logic to clarify things. In the end, if it seems impossible to succeed in one`s
attempt, there is no need to be hopeless from the knowledge and Power of the
Creator of the world of the worlds. May Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta'aalaa), the
Almighty, make us love and protect the Character of Hadhrat Muhammad (SallAllaho
Alaihe WaSallam) in the most rightful way! Aameen!