Islam means “Peace”. It is the religion which Allah has chosen as a medium for mankind to understand their place and the relation with Him. It brings salvation, nobleness and dignity to Mankind. It’s a highway which will not mislead anybody. It’s a Light which will not die out. It is such a destination that who aim to reach it will never wander away. Allah (swt) entrusted it [Islam] to the most blessed and chosen of His Prophets, – Muhammad Mustafa Sallalahu Alaihi Wasallam.
The greatest blessings of the Merciful Allah upon Mankind is that He granted us a Prophet: a guide to follow, a leader to obey and a continuous light to show us the way forward. Holy Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was such a guide that his guidance will never deceive us, he was such a leader that his wings of leadership will never mislead us, he was such a Divine Light that his Light will never stop shining for us. We (Umma) believe that world and faith are inseparable in Islam. We pray, give charity, read Quran. We recite Quran even before plane take off. We take our Tasbihs before interviews. Lots of our prayers involve sending blessings on Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) and on his Progeny (Alaihi’s Salaam). FYI: Our religion bases half of its belief system on what the Prophet and his descendants did and said. We act according to their words and look up to them for continuous guidance.
The Holy Prophet of Allah illuminated the world of Arabia when it was in total darkness of ignorance and low standard of morality, when humanity was on the verge of annihilation, when dissension and disunity were rampant, when Mankind were divided into creed, cast and colors. At such time Allah sent the Holy Prophet to reveal the message of “Peace” and prosperity. He inspired the human society through his deeds and teachings. He was such an epitome of love and compassion that those who harmed him in return he treated them with love and kindness. He taught Muslims to forgive and to live peacefully with others. His bowl of flowers makes one mind fragrant, his pearls of the stream and light of wisdom continuously refreshing and nourishing human intellect. His Divine Guidance is such a lamp that from it several lamps are being lighted. He was the perfect Mirror of Mankind and when you look at the mirror it reflects back to you your own nature.
Taking the recent disgraceful insults and degradation of the beloved Prophet, no Muslim will remain silent or allow lies to be made against Holy Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). At such time to raise voice is a spiritual responsibility of every Muslim but what matters is, how a Muslim protest against those who mock his/her faith.
Today, my brothers and sisters in Islam are in anguish against those who insulted the beloved Prophet. Any Muslim whose heart springs with love, love for Allah, His messenger and Ahl-Al-Bayt will naturally condemns such manifestations of evil. Today they ask: What does ‘free speech’ mean? -that to hurt a Muslim ? or is it a license to play with sentiments? How would you justify such ‘Freedom of Speech” when it becomes freedom to insult? If freedom of speech negates the objectives to nourish the intellectual excellence in the competition of ideas then it will be a grave mistake to not restrict human impulse from committing profane acts.
A responsible Muslim can not forgive those who mocked beloved Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) neither can he/she forgive the people who claim to be Muslim beheaded and killed innocent humans in the name of Islam. The cries of oppressed human beings in the streets of Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Egypt, Pakistan and other parts of the world are far more painful to the Prophet than a negate and insulting movie. Those who think their actions are pleasing to Allah and His messenger, I ask, how can such actions be justified?- When Prophet Muhammad and His Progeny patiently bore sufferings, insults, even injuries and yet responded with love; they would lose lives in order to win the souls. So, don’t defend Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) in a way that would offend him. Look at him and his noble deeds for guidance – He couldn’t even bear to see a camel in pain! Imagine how he cared for humans.
It is a state of macabre of what my fellow Muslims did on the day of Ishq-e Rasool (Prophet’s day) in Pakistan. Returning to the times of Jaheelia is’nt showing your Ishq-e Rasool! Don’t pollute the crystal clear spring of Islam by looting, killing and burning others properties and by attacking on a church in the name of Islam. The example of Prophet Muhammad is before you to follow. Show the true Isq-e Rasool by actually following his teachings which include to improve human mind, to raise the standard of human life, to literate the world, to heal the pain, to be humble, to be kind, to respect, to forgive and to maintain peace and prosperity.
Wish all these people who incited a mob to sack the state and private properties could get together and unanimously send Darud-o-Salam (اللّهُمّصَلّعَلَىمُحَمّدٍوَآلِمُحَمّدٍ) on the beloved Prophet to show their love and devotion to him- the message could have been different. Think the other way of protest O’ believer!! We have our rights too to defend our honour, dignity and faith.
Allah has declared in the Holy Qur’an:
“And the servants of the Most Merciful are those who walk upon the earth easily, and when the ignorant address them [harshly], they say [words of] peace ” –[Surah Al-Furqan 25:63]