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"Let there arise out of you a band of people inviting to all that is good enjoining what is right and forbidding what is wrong; they are the ones to attain felicity".
(surah Al-Imran,ayat-104)
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Full Name: Naeem Qazi
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An Offensive Film? The Prophetic Action Plan
By Mohammad Hakeem


Friday, 14 September 2012 00:00
Protests in Yemen in front of the US embassy


In the light of the recent movie that was spread, insulting the prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) and Islam, and after some Muslims added to the insult and proved their opponents' accusations, I tend to ask myself a simple yet fundamental question:
What would he have done in a similar situation?
Did he face a similar situation, to begin with?
Of course he did, the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) faced a lot of difficulties and hardships during his life, and defamation and insults. After a quick review of these incidents, we can come up with an action plan of six steps:
 
Step 1: Take it easy! "They are talking about someone else"

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Umm Jameel bint Harb, the wife of Abu Lahab, who is mentioned in the Qur'an (Al-Masad 111:4-5), made up some verses of poetry to defame the Prophet by changing his name to "Mothammam" (i.e. the insulted one) as opposed to "Muhammad" (i.e. the praised one). She said verses like:
We disobey "Mothammam",
And refuse his matter,
And reject his religion.
Poetry at that time was THE media, these verses were spread everywhere, repeated by kids and by travelers in the deserts, so it had a huge effect. Umm Jameel's short poem made some companions sad, angry, and helpless, especially in the early days of Islam when they were weak. Here comes the great attitude of the praised one, peace and blessings on him, whom I sacrifice my family and my soul for. He told the companions:
Isn't it amazing how Allah is protecting me from the Quraish's insults? They are cursing and swearing at "Mothammam", and I am "Muhammad"!(Al-Bukhari) 
The first step in answering or reacting to any insult against our Prophet, to any act of burning the Qur'an by a bigot, to any tweet or to any YouTube comment is to take it easy, rationalize the situation, don't let your anger lead your steps. In a beautiful hadith, the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) redefines strength:
The strong is not the one who overcomes people by use of his physical strength; rather he is the one who controls himself while in anger. (Al-Bukhari)
 
Step 2: Find the "Oprah Winfrey" of your time
I envy Hassaan for his role in supporting Islam through his media and art work.
After you take it easy, rationalize your steps and prepare a counter attack, using the same resources of the bigots, the same media outlet. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him)  used poetry in his long campaign of spreading Islam and answering these insults. Hassan ibn Thabet was one of those poets (media figures) who can be considered the Oprah Winfrey of his time. He was wealthy, his words were heard, and his verses reached many places and knocked many doors in the Arab community that adored poetry. His style was unique in defending Islam and the Prophet, while attacking Quraish (the main tribe in Makkah that was opposing the Muslims and leading the pagans) in their ego; Instead of attacking their beliefs in being idol worshippers (which is something they were proud of), he used to remind them about their lost battles, their weak points in terms of lineage, and other known sources of dishonor. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) had many statements andahadith that showed gratitude to Hassaan and his poetry:
Oh Allah, give him (Hassan ) the support of the holy spirit (Angel Gabriel)(Muslim)
Reply on their defamation, because it is tougher on them than arrows (Muslim) 
(Got the hint from the Prophet? Your poetry is more effective than missiles, arrows, and bombing embassies!!)
Whenever I read these ahadith, I envy Hassaan for his role in supporting Islam through his media and art work. I ask myself: where is the Hassaan ibn Thabet of our time? Who is the lucky person who will receive a copy of Hassan's supplication, through a video, an article, or a well-presented argument?
 
Step 3: Win the hearts
{Let them pardon and forgive. Do you not love that Allah should forgive you?} (An-Nur 24:22)
One of the biggest insults one can get in the early Arabian community was that related to his honor and reputation, insulting or questioning the chastity of one's wife or daughter. During the incident of Al-Ifk (slander), some Jews and hypocrites spread rumors about `A'ishah (may Allah be pleased with her), the beloved wife of the Prophet and the daughter of Abu Bakr (may Allah be pleased with him). Let me put that into perspective: some Arabs used to bury their baby daughters alive in order to "protect their honor" even before their daughters get to think about doing anything bad. After 30 days of spreading the rumors, the Qur'an was revealed to show the innocence of `A'ishah and warn those who participated in it. But among these verses of Surat An-Nur, a very special (and a very difficult) command was given to Abu Bakr:
{And let not those among you who are blessed with graces and wealth swear not to give any sort of help to their relatives, the poor, and those who left their homes for Allah's Cause. Let them pardon and forgive. Do you not love that Allah should forgive you? And Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.} (An-Nur 24:22) 
What happened is that one of the companions who was carried away in these rumors was Mustah ibn Athathah, who was a close family member to Abu Bakr and used to get financial support from him. After the incident, Abu Bakr made an oath that he will never pay Mustah a penny! But the great Qur'an and the magnificent teachings of Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) go beyond reactions and revenges; it aims at winning the hearts, at spreading love and forgiveness especially with those who wronged us! Allah ordered Abu Bakr to break his oath, and forgive Mustah, if he wants the forgiveness of Allah.
Contrary to what the movie and those behind it were trying to promote: Islam IS the religion of forgiveness, love, and mercy, so please don't help them by showing a different image of this GREAT deen!
 
Step 4: Don't support their marketing campaign, for FREE!
The ease of communication through social media outlets (facebook, twitter, etc…) in addition to other video websites (such as youtube) places a huge responsibility on its users, Muslims and non-Muslims. Any post or tweet can reach millions; any movie – regardless of the quality and the value of it – can cause irreversible damages. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: "It is enough lying for a man to speak of everything that he hears." (Muslim) 
In this regard, PLEASE don't share anything that comes in hand, don't post or forward it! While I don't have statistics in hand, I can confirm that the Muslims are being the best advertisers and promoters for such movies (and for free), simply by either sharing the movie or by reacting offensively to it. Allah describes the slaves of the Most Merciful (`Ibadu Ar-Rahman):
{and when the foolish address them (with bad words) they reply back with mild words of gentleness.}(Al-Furqan 25:63)
 
Step 5: Patience + Taqwa
One of my friends on facebook commented: "I don't understand why people make such films; why do they feel that they need to attack all that is sacred to others! Why do they enjoy spreading fitnah? What evil motivates such people?"
While I strongly agree with my friend, we have to realize that this sick mentality existed and will always exist. Allah told us in Surat Aal-`Imran:
{You shall certainly be tried and tested in your wealth and properties and in your personal selves, and you shall certainly hear much that will grieve you from those who received the Scripture before you (Jews and Christians) and from those who ascribe partners to Allah, but if you persevere patiently, and have Taqwa (consciousness about Allah) then that is indeed a matter requiring strong resolve.} (Aal-`Imran 3:186) 
While patience is more of a passive act that requires NOT doing a certain behavior,Taqwa is a proactive term; Taqwa is to react (or even act) while being conscious about Allah; Taqwa is to reply, defend, post, tweet, and even demonstrate, but while being watchful for what you do and being considerate for the consequences of your actions.
 
Step 6: Don't Do NOTHING
Don't do NOTHING!
While we condemn all the acts of violence that are made under the name of Islam and under the excuse of defending the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), I consider that our biggest problem is the silent majority of Muslims who simply do nothing in response to these insults. To those I say: Don't do NOTHING! Don't be the passive apologetic Muslim who watches the news, frowns at the mistakes of ignorant Muslims and Non-Muslim haters, and then goes back to their sleepy life without any contribution to the world around them. In the words of Albert Einstein:
The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it.
The problem is not because we have extremists on both sides (among Muslims, and among non-Muslims); the disaster is that the silent majority on both sides is being passive, it is OUR responsibility to step up, open branches for dialogue and healthy debates, post smart comments online that promote the real image of Islam (Please, no foul language!). You can also start action by SHARING this article and other related pieces with your family and friends, and spread the awareness.  It is about time that we show the world our great deen and at the same time set the clear limit between freedom of speech from one end, and respect for the faith of 1.6 billion human beings on this earth from the other end.
Dr. Mohammad Hakeem holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering. He is a youth counselor and motivational speaker in Greater Detroit area, Michigan, USA

 Reply:   Its upto every individual, which level of Emaan he/she wants.
Replied by(Noman) Replied on (24/Sep/2012)

Asslam O Alaikum Dear brother Naeem

You again asked the same q.

I have given the answer to your q in my previous email.

Reaction of holy prophet (PBUH) and reaction of his followers can’t be same.

Be practical, think practical and expect practical: instead of always bashing devoted or hard-line Muslims. Reaction to every situation varies from people to people.

Just for u, as per Qurran/ahadith, (Explanation): “tum may say koi uss waqt tuk momin nahin ho sukta jub tuk (mohd pbuh) ussay uss ki hur cheezh say azeez nahin ho jaatay.”

Also, as per another hadith (explanation): "emaan kay teen durjay hein, 1- bura deko tau hath say roko, 2-, haath say roknay ki himut naa ho tau to zubaan say roko, 3- zubaan say roknay ki sukut naa ho tau dil may bura kaho". so, now its upto every individual, which level of Emaan he/she wants for him/her self.

Now, of course, this above line is for every Muslim except Holy Prophet PBUH.

I think according to you and according to scholar, Ghazi Ilm din Shaheed did the wrong thing as well and quid-e-azam was at fault when he was trying to defend him in the court and i think Allama Iqbal was also wrong when he lead his funeral prayer.

And in last, in your reply, you highlighted one quranic verse and in that Allah s.w.t. has said "for a while". so i think "for a while" is over now.

On personal note: i myself is against the use of force and violence but I know my jazba-e-imaani is very very less.


 
 Reply:   It is just an article forwarded by me just as I forward many others
Replied by(nrqazi) Replied on (24/Sep/2012)
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Waalkumassalam. It is just an article forwarded by me just as I forward many others. Just publish it and leave the interpretation to readers.

 

On a personal note, whether the author is american or not, can you find one example from the life of Holy Prophet Peace Be upon Him where people insulted him, and he reacted angrily?

In Surah-i-Kausar, God Almighty says, “Åöäøó ÔóÇäöÆóßó åõæó ÇáúÃóÈúÊóÑõ ﴿٣

He (meaning Abu Lahab) will be cut off from future hope”

 

which is a reference to comment by Abu Lahab and his wife’s comment on the death of Holy Prophet’s son. I was a big insult in Arab if someone did not have a son to continue his name and Abu Lahab had said that Muhammad will be rootless. As per arabic culture prevalent at that time, when people used to bury daughters, this was a big insult and abuse but Holy Prophet did not react to it. We now know that Abu Lahab is rootless and MashaAllah Muhammad PBUH has billions of people remembering him.

 

There are many countless examples from the life of Holy Prophet when people threw trash at him, launched insults at him caused him bodily harms, personal grief etc. but he never as much as gave them a “bud dua”; let alone taking revenge. Because he was Rehamtul Lil Aalemeen.

 

I agree that these people creat cartoons and insulting movies just to antagonize us and hurt us; but what else do you expect from them. God Almighty says in Holy Quran:

 

Verily, (Allâh) is Able to bring him back (to life)! (8) The Day when all the secrets (deeds, prayers, fasting, etc.) will be examined (as to their truth) (9) Then he will have no power, nor any helper. (10) By the sky (having rain clouds) which gives rain, again and again. (11) And the earth which splits (with the growth of trees and plants), (12) Verily, this (the Qur'ân) is the Word that separates (the truth from falsehood, and commands strict laws for mankind to cut the roots of evil). (13) And it is not a thing for amusement. (14) Verily, they are but plotting a plot (against you O Muhammad (SAW)). (15) And I (too) am planning a plan. (16) So give a respite to the disbelievers; deal gently with them for a while. (17)

 

I know there is a very strong sentiment amongst Muslims to counter this insult against Prophet Mohammad PBUH. Trust me I am equally hurt. But my question is would Holy Prophet had asked us to kill this person if he was alive today? and the answer is NO; So who are we to kill , burn (pakistan public and private property of Muslims)...

 

I hope these Quraanic Ayats will convince you brother Nauman. I know you are young and emotional but I am trying to put some sane thoughts here. Please earn sawab by spreading this message of peace.

 

wassalam


 
 Reply:   Not agreed with this opinion
Replied by(Noman) Replied on (24/Sep/2012)

Asslam o alaikum

Not agreed with this opinion. We can’t compare our reaction with the reaction of holy prophet PBUH. I will give you just one example.. if someone slaps you then your reaction will be different then the reaction of your son. You may will forgive and forget the person but for your son this will never be easy. The author is American based scholar, so his version, we can understand.


 
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