Yes we live in a violent world. Yes we live in a world where people will trample on the rights on others, and Charlie Hebo……………. lets just say, its controversial, But In the face of abuse and prejudice, what should a Muslim do? How should a Muslim react? You know, the Prophet (peace be upon him) warned us that if we leave the teachings of the Quran and his Sunnah we will go astray. Sadly, that is exactly what we see happening today; Extremist Muslims, hurting and killing people in the name of Islam.
Have you ever read about how beautifully the Prophet (pbuh) responded to abuse? He (pbuh) was insulted, abused and accused falsely. He was called all sorts of names but did he just slaughter anyone who did that? No. Instead he (pbuh) was patient. The Holy Qur’an says to the believers in Surah Fussilat verses 34 and 35: “And not equal are the good deed and the bad. Repel [evil] by that [deed] which is better; and thereupon the one whom between you and him is enmity [will become] as though he was a devoted friend.” (Vs 35) “But none is granted it except those who are patient, and none is granted it except one having a great portion [of good].”
When the Rasul (pbuh) was treated with hatred, he returned with genuine care and love. Let us recall the story of the old woman who would pour dirt on the Prophet (pbuh) every morning. She did this continuously but he (pbuh) never complained. He (pbuh) never reacted. He (pbuh) never abused her in any form. And one day he didn’t see her. After a couple of days, he had to enquire about her and was informed that she was ill. This noble man (pbuh) went to visit her can you imagine! This was the woman who made it her job to abuse him yet when she was ill, he was concerned. Upon seeing him, the old woman thought he had come to revenge but when he assured her that he simply came to see how she was feeling, she was moved and thereupon accepted Islam. Why can we therefore, not take example from this?
In another incident according to the hadith, a group of people once passed the Prophet (pbuh) and said: ‘As Sam Alaikum which means ‘death be upon you’. Hearing that, Saidatina Aisyah (ra) stood up and said: “death and the curse of Allah be upon you”. Allah’s Messenger (pbuh) said: “Be calm, O ‘Aisyah! Allah loves gentleness and calmness in all matters.”
Again we recall the story of the Bedouin who urinated in the masjid. The companions of the Prophet (pbuh) were very upset and they wanted to scold him. But the Prophet asked them to leave the man to finish his business first. After the Bedouin was done urinating, the Prophet (pbuh) called him aside and explained to him that the masjids were places of purity, solely for the worship of Allah. Then he (pbuh) ordered one of the companions to pour water on the place where the Bedouin urinated.
Time and time again the beloved Prophet (pbuh) exhibited a peaceful nature. Muslims should emulate the compassion, grace and gentleness of the beloved Prophet (pbuh). He was strong, yet kind. Violence never resolves conflict. We must have faith and be kind, keeping in mind what Allah instructs in the holy Quran: “Invite to the way of your Lord with wisdom and good instruction, and argue with them in a way that is best. Indeed, your Lord is most knowing of who has strayed from His way, and He is most knowing of who is [rightly] guided.” Surah An-nahl verses 125