Are we true to the Holy Prophet’s ?

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me­dia fig­ure and Ed­i­tor in Chief of Saudi Gazette news­pa­per Khaled AlMaeena on Prophet Muham­mad (peace be upon him), pub­lished by Saudi Gazette. Not a day passes with­out some de­press­ing news from one Mus­lim coun­try or an­other. Ei­ther it is a ter­ror­ist at­tack in Afghanistan or the Syr­ian Air Force bomb­ing its own peo­ple. Iraq con­tin­ues to be hit with vi­o­lence of the most grue­some kind. Mali now joins the list of Mus­lim coun­tries fac­ing in­ter­nal tur­moil and ex­ter­nal in­ter­ven­tion. Peo­ple con­tinue to be killed in Pak­istan ei­ther in drone at­tacks by the US or in in­ter-sec­tar­ian strife. Why?I think no one who re­flects on the wors­en­ing con­di­tions in the Mus­lim world can fail to ask these ques­tions: Is this the com­mu­nity en­vis­aged by Prophet Muham­mad (peace be upon him), who was born on 12 Rabi Al-Awwal, and is this the world we would have wit­nessed if Mus­lims had proved true to their re­li­gion and had lived ac­cord­ing to the guid­ance pro­vided by their Prophet (pbuh) and the teach­ings of the Holy Qur’an?Mus­lims may com­plain of many things but they can­not com­plain that they have no role model. They have the per­fect role model in their Prophet (pbuh).There is no other prophet on whose life so much light has been shed. Liv­ing in the full glare of his­tory, his say­ings and ac­tions have been doc­u­mented as no other prophet’s have. Recorded in minute de­tail, their au­then­tic­ity has not been ques­tioned by fair-minded schol­ars and hon­est his­to­ri­ans. It is ex­tremely dif­fi­cult for the Mus­lims of to­day to imag­ine and much less to en­dure the hard­ships that the Prophet (pbuh) and his com­pan­ions un­der­went. In the ninth year of his mis­sion, the Prophet (pbuh) — hav­ing been per­se­cuted and ter­ror­ized by his peo­ple in Makkah — headed for Taif, home of the Banu Thaqif tribe. If any­thing, he was treated even more rudely by the tribal el­ders, who told him to leave the place and even sent street urchins af­ter him to beat him and pelt him with stones. He bled pro­fusely. His en­tire body was cov­ered with blood and his san­dals be­came clogged to his feet be­cause of the sever­ity of the beat­ing and tor­ture he was sub­jected to. Those who would re­sort to vi­o­lence at what they per­ceive to be in­sults to the Prophet (pbuh) and Is­lam should re­al­ize that he bore no ill will to­ward his tor­men­tors. In­stead, he made a heartrend­ing in­vo­ca­tion to God Almighty be­seech­ing mercy for the peo­ple who had per­se­cuted him. Those Mus­lims who are in­tol­er­ant and be­come vi­o­lent at the slight­est provo­ca­tion are do­ing a great dis­ser­vice to their re­li­gion and the prin­ci­ple of tol­er­ance it es­pouses. When Prophet Muham­mad (pbuh) no­ticed the con­tin­ued ab­sence of a

woman in Makkah who used to in­sult him and throw garbage on him as he walked the streets, he asked peo­ple about her and vis­ited her af­ter learn­ing that she had fallen ill. Over 14 cen­turies have gone by since he left us, but his mes­sage still lives on. It can lead us from dark­ness to light as it once led the Arabs from back­ward­ness to the heights of suc­cess and glory. His life was one of mercy, com­pas­sion, care, con­sid­er­a­tion, kind­ness and tol­er­ance for all. His say­ings, known as Ha­diths, bear tes­ti­mony to this. One par­tic­u­lar theme he was never tired of stress­ing con­cerns the rights of women. You should look at what the Prophet (pbuh) said and did in or­der to re­al­ize what an honor­able and re­spectable po­si­tion Is­lam af­fords women. How­ever, it is sad to see that many Mus­lims ig­nore this or be­have in a way that gives a very wrong im­pres­sion about women’s po­si­tion in an Is­lamic so­ci­ety. “Fear Al­lah in re­spect of women,” the Prophet (pbuh) said. On an­other oc­ca­sion he said: “The best of you are they who are best to their wives.” Here is an­other Ha­dith: “A Mus­lim must not hate his wife, and if he be dis­pleased with one bad qual­ity in her, let him be pleased with one that is good.” Ac­cord­ing to him, “The more civil and kind a Mus­lim is to his wife, the more per­fect in faith he is.” In what was con­sid­ered a rev­o­lu­tion­ary idea at that time, the Prophet (pbuh) taught his com­pan­ions to re­main in their moth­ers’ ser­vice, say­ing that Par­adise lies be­neath their feet. To­day, we vi­o­late the Prophet’s teach­ings over this and so many other things, which cre­ates so many prob­lems for us and brings a bad name to our re­li­gion. Start with the self-ap­pointed guardians of faith. They preach piety, but are they pi­ous? Do they live by the tenets of Is­lam? They preach, but do not prac­tice. What about those who spew hate, abuse and de­fame oth­ers – all in the name of re­li­gion? Have they not read about the Prophet’s at­ti­tude and be­hav­ior to­ward all those around him in­clud­ing the ones who abused him and tried to kill him? Do peo­ple in au­thor­ity fol­low the pre­cepts of the Prophet (pbuh)? If they did, so many Mus­lim coun­tries would not be in fer­ment, pro­vid­ing an op­por­tu­nity for out­siders to in­ter- vene in their af­fairs or to set one sec­tion of the peo­ple against an­other. Are our bu­reau­crats punc­tual and sin­cere? Do they cater to the pub­lic’s needs? The func­tion­ing of gov­ern­ment de­part­ments through­out the Mus­lim world in the holy month of Ra­madan tells its own story. Most of our prob­lems are self-in­flicted. There is no point in cry­ing that en­e­mies are plot­ting our de­struc­tion or hatch­ing con­spir­a­cies against us. Of course that is what en­e­mies ev­ery­where have been do­ing through­out his­tory. The ques­tion is whether we should help en­e­mies by our own ac­tions or in­ac­tion. Take, for ex­am­ple, sci­en­tific progress and eco­nomic devel­op­ment. Mus­lims once led Europe in science and the pur­suit of knowl­edge. All ex­perts agree that with­out the Ara­bic num­ber­ing sys­tem, which in­cluded dec­i­mals and the cipher (zero), modern science and busi­ness would have been im­pos­si­ble. The first uni­ver­sity of Europe was es­tab­lished by Mus­lims in Spain. From the 8th to the 10th cen­turies, Bagh­dad flour­ished as the world’s most civ­i­lized city. Its uni­ver­sity was at­tended by 6,000 stu­dents from all over the world. Aris­to­tle and Plato were re­dis­cov­ered by Mus­lim schol­ars who trans­lated many Greek manuscripts into Ara­bic. Even non-Mus­lim his­to­ri­ans ad­mit that Mus­lims were the orig­i­na­tors of modern chem­istry, me­te­o­rol­ogy, math­e­mat­ics, so­ci­ol­ogy and ge­og­ra­phy. Mus­lim sur­geons were also the first to dis­sect the hu­man body. The first known tele­scope was built for a Mus­lim ruler. We should re­mem­ber that we are the fol­low­ers of a Prophet (pbuh) who said that one should seek knowl­edge even if it means trav­el­ing as far as China. To­day, as we stum­ble through a con­fused and tur­bu­lent world and as un­cer­tainly and de­pres­sion grip large parts of the Mus­lim world, we should go back to the teach­ings of the Prophet (pbuh). This is the only way to get rid of the so­cial ills from which we suf­fer. Un­for­tu­nately, we say one thing and prac­tice some­thing else. The Holy Qur’an says: “Al­lah will never change the con­di­tion of a peo­ple un­til they change what is within them­selves.” Su­rah Al-Ra’d - Ayah 11 (13:11). Let us teach our­selves and our chil­dren about the life of the Prophet (pbuh) with a firm re­solve that we will use it in our daily lives. Let us be more tol­er­ant, more for­giv­ing and show com­pas­sion to all peo­ple ir­re­spec­tive of their race or re­li­gion. This is the best way to show our love and re­spect for our Prophet (pbuh).

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