ســــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــم الله الرحمن الرحــيــم
السلام عليكم و رحمة الله وبركاته
I wanted to cover this topic before Ramadan inshaAllah. Such events like the poster above have come and gone and other similar happening are almost inevitable. Therefore it is vital for us to prepare ourselves to face such experiences and understand what are responses should be. We hear things like “the non-Muslims are doing abcxyz against us” and so on.We dedicate websites and so much material both soft-copy and hard-copy to all of their activities. So here’s the solution,take Allah’s advice.
“O you who believe! Take not as (your) Bitanah (advisors, consultants, protectors, helpers, friends, etc.) those outside your religion (pagans, Jews, Christians, and hypocrites) since they will not fail to do their best to corrupt you. They desire to harm you severely. Hatred has already appeared from their mouths, but what their breasts conceal is far worse. Indeed We have made plain to you the Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses) if you understand.” 3:118
We see all kinds of anti-Islam campaigns from new channels to facebook. But Allah tells us that what is in their hearts is worse than what comes out of their mouths.But the question still remains,what should we do?
Once again our Lord doesn’t leave us.
“ If a good befalls you, it grieves them, but if some evil overtakes you, they rejoice at it. But if you remain patient and become Al-Muttaqun (the pious), not the least harm will their cunning do to you. Surely, Allah surrounds all that they do.” Same Surah,Ayat 120
Let it go. You don’t get angry at the barking of a dog.It doesn’t make sense so just let it slide.It’s OK.Pretend it didn’t happen and move on. Once again, “Surely, Allah surrounds all that they do” 3:120. So just keep practicing Islam and hope for Allah’s reward inshaAllah i.e. do your part and don’t worry about his. Let them be jealous and do what their doing. You’re response is not to get fired up. Not to get over boiled. Unfortunately the Muslims today are so reactive. Example,
* I’ve never watched south park but with the authentic info that I have I can share this much.
South Park.There were people sitting in the board room/producer’s room and said that this (EDMD) is gonna cause a problem. Like some Muslims going wild and setting fires etc.You know protests,rallies, assassination threats etc. And,it’s gonna be on the FRONT PAGE on virtually every media. So what do you think they did? Of course they showed the drawings and all. Their ratings were down before that! So they do it with the anticipation that the Muslims are going to explode in anger. And guess what happened? Exactly as they planned. We played into their game like lab-rats. This show of their would’ve had xxx number of hits but because of our response their popularity went sky high.
You see for them it’s not about ideology.They don’t really hate Islam.It’s just about the $$.Capitalism!
If you really wanna be a real player,sue them! Because when they see a law suit they become more respectful. Why? Because a law suit cost $$! We have to understand the societies that we live in and the games that are being played with us. Now let’s shift up the gear.
My fellow Muslims,
If we are offended by any insult against our beloved Messenger ﷺ and we deeply are offended,then we should be equally when Ibrahim AS is made fun of. Also when Isa AS is made fun of. And obviously when Allah is made fun of. Family guy has been doing that for years! Don’t the simpsons(the only show that I’ve watched among the 3 and can personally authenticate) do that too?! What other TV shows and movies come into mind that make fun of “Jesus”? But we still watch them! and share them too! We endorse these programs that deliberately and openly make fun of Allah’s MessengerS.
”The Messenger (Muhammad ) believes in what has been sent down to him from his Lord, and (so do) the believers. Each one believes in Allah, His Angels, His Books, and His Messengers. They say, “We make no distinction between one another of His Messengers” – and they say, “We hear, and we obey. (We seek) Your Forgiveness, our Lord, and to You is the return (of all).” 2:285
Therefore,if the dignity of Muhammad ﷺ is important to us then so is the dignity of all the MessengerS.All of the Prophets(May Allah be pleased with them all). We can’t have this half-baked attitude.This double standard. We cry that they make fun of Muhammad ﷺ whereas south park has been making fun of “Jesus” from day 1. So why is nobody offended? We hear “O that’s a Christian problem”. Well then tell me isn’t Isa AS honored in the Quran?? WE have more claim to him that any christian. WE follow more of his legacy then the Pope! Musa AS is mentioned mroe in the Quran then the Prophet himself ﷺ!!
Prophet’s name ﷺ 5times: Musa’s name AS in 70 PASSAGES!
Don’t these Messengers deserve honor and dignity?
We need to have a cool and calculated response. Not that we shouldn’t have a response.But that we should calm down first. Burning down someone’s car/shop in some city is not gonna help. People get angry that Islam is insulted and so they burn some car.What did the driver do?! Breaking windows and stuff like that. How in the world does that show love?!? Yes the Muslim are offended (and we are too) but we need to be behave like Muslims at the same time. We can’t forget the Sunnah. We can’t forget who we are,and what we represent.
May Allah help us follow the Sunnah and forgive all our mistakes.
May Allah help us in this world and the Hereafter and save us from the Fire.