As-Sunnah Vol. 2 Issue No. 9

 

Historical Insights into those who mock and slander Allah's Messenger (sallallahu alaihe wa-sallam)

    Minou Reeves, an Iranian career diplomat until 1979, writes in a work entitled Muhammad in Europe: A Thousand Years of Western Myth-Making: ‘While early medieval polemicists felt a threat to the Christian faith, European rulers felt threatened by the spread of Muslim rule. The Church and the state cooperated in the campaign. An ideology of hate was evolved and its traces linger still, as recent incidents reveal. ‘Over the course of no less than thirteen centuries a stubbornly biased and consistently negative outlook had persisted, permeating deep levels of European consciousness. In the works of an overwhelming majority of European writers, Muhammad was portrayed as a man of deep moral faults. Churchmen, historians, orientalists, biographers, philosophers, dramatists, poets and politicians alike had sought to attribute to Islam, and especially to Muhammad, fanatical and disreputable, even demonic characteristics.’

    ‘The trouble started with early medieval Christian polemicists. They chose not to attack Islamic theology, which was too seductive in its simplicity and clarity, and which raised too many awkward questions about Christian dogma. Nor could they cast doubt on the pious practice of ordinary Muslims. Instead, anticipating the worst excesses of tabloid journalism, they personalized the issue and attacked the Prophet of Islam, dispensing with all but the barest knowledge of any facts and inventing falsehoods. Muslims could not reply in kind, since they are told by the Qur’aan to revere Jesus as a holy prophet.’ [Minou Reeves, Muhammad in Europe: A Thousand Years of Western Myth-Making (Washington Square, New York: New York University Press, 2000)]

    While Muslims have a rich heritage in preserving the teachings of Islam in the form of colossal volumes on Tafseer, Hadeeth, narrators of Hadeeth and other Islamic sciences, we do not have any collections to compile lies and distortions on other faith. Even the profane efforts by the crusaders, could not get a similar response from the Muslims, who have always relied on the pure and profound message of Islam.


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