The Spirit Of Islam
Maulana Ameer Hamza
THE noble and impeccable character of the Messenger of Allah, Last Prophet (PBUH) is a well-established notion, not only in Islamic but non-Muslim circles as well. He was equally generous and humble to animals and even plants as he was to human beings. He was an epitome of magnificence and glory. You may fall short of ink when writing about his immaculate personality. We discuss here some of his major personality traits as every detail of the most influential single persona in human history, cannot be encapsulated in one article. The extraordinary and unmatched greatness of Prophet’s (PBUH) character can be easily seen in an event narrated from Abu’l-Maleeh where a man said: I was riding behind the Prophet (PBUH) when an animal stumbled. I said: “Woe to the Shaytaan.” The Prophet (PBUH) said: “Do not say woe to the Shaytaan, for if you say that he grows bigger until he is like a house, and he says, ‘It is by my power.’ Rather say: ‘Bismillaah (in the name of Allah),’ for if you say that, he grows smaller, until he is like a fly.” (Narrated by Ahmad, 20068; Abu Dawood, 4982; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani)
The worst enemy to humankind is Satan, the root of all evils. All the despair and destruction that humanity ever suffered is because of his nefarious and vicious plans to which mankind easily falls prey to. Yet, the Prophet of Islam commands us not to abuse even him. What else could define the dignified demeanour of Allah’s Last Messenger (PBUH) than this event where he prohibits his followers from abusing even Iblees. A true believer of Islam according to the teachings of teh Holy Prophet (PBUH) does not use profanities against anyone and should be a role model carrying high moral standards and ethics. It was the personality and character of our beloved Prophet (PBUH) that outshone all other personalities of the world. The community that knew no morality, with his teachings, began to establish an Ummah of the loftiest moral values.
The Quran says clearly, “We have honoured the sons of Adam; provided them with transport on land and sea; given them for sustenance things good and pure; and conferred on them special favours, above a great part of our creation.” (Qur’an, 17:70). This honour is for the entire human race, for believers and non-believers as well. In a historical letter, the Holy Prophet (PBUH) addressed the Roman King with the title ‘Azeemur Rome’, ‘the Great Emperor of the Roman Empire’. He did not use insulting words for him despite being a non-Muslim ruler, yet unfortunately, the world today is unaware of the actual teachings of Islam and fed false stereotypes through the media regarding Islam and Muslims. They say what goes around, comes around. You don’t disrespect in order to be respected. The humiliation that you cause to others comes back to you in a number of ways. It is one, because of our irresponsible actions that the disbelievers are trying to insult or disrespect our beloved Prophet (PBUH) today on social media or other platforms, in ways such as ‘Everybody Draw Muhammad Day’, ‘Innocence of Muslims’, or through sacrilegious Facebook pages, bloggers in their blogs, at different forums and stages.
Furthermore, is disrespecting or defaming any person publicly allowed under the law? Section 3 of ‘The Defamation Ordinance, 2002’, states: (1) Any wrongful act or publication or circulation of a false statement or representation made orally or in a written or visual form which injures the reputation of a person, tends to lower him in the estimation of others or tends to reduce him to ridicule, unjust criticism, dislike, contempt or hatred shall be actionable as defamation. (2) Defamation is of two forms, namely: (i) Slander; and (ii) Libel. (3) Any false oral statement or representation that amounts to defamation shall be actionable as slander.
If disrespecting an ordinary person is a crime, how come disrespecting a revered Prophet, the noblest man who ever walked the Earth, with followers in every single part of the world, goes unnoticed especially in a Muslim country? If an ordinary person is punishable in the eyes of the law for the crime discussed above, then how is it that the blasphemers who not only abuse or tried to ridicule the Prophet (PBUH) but also hurt religious sentiments of the community go unpunished? We respect the religious sentiments of our Christian community and do not dare to disrespect Prophet Jesus (AS) or any of their sacred texts or figures, for we believe he is also a Prophet of Allah (SWT). In fact, any such act against him will anger the followers of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) equally. Concluding more, Pakistan must play its promised role on the issue of blasphemy on international level. Government of Pakistan should unite the Muslim world for protection of the honour of prophets. As well as, it is the duty of each person of the community to choose the right path and fulfil the responsibility of the protection of honour of the Holy Prophet (PBUH).
—The writer is the convener Tehreek Hurmaat-e-Rasul (PBUH), a renowned religious scholar, an incisive writer and an orator.