As-Sunnah Vol. 2 Issue No. 9

 

In Conclusion

(1) Allah avenges the mockery and slander of His Messengers though He may give respite to the arrogant; and this provides great solace to those who are extremely hurt by the mockery and slanders on Allah’s Messenger (sallalalhu alaihi wa-sallam).. ‘How many a prophet did We send among the people of old! And never came there unto them a prophet but they used to mock him. Then We destroyed people mightier than these in prowess; and the example of the people of old has gone (before them).’ [Soorah az-Zukhruf] ‘But those who abuse the Messenger of Allah will have a grievous penalty.’ [Soorah Tawbah]

(2) Mocking the Messengers (sallalalhu alaihi wa-sallam) and disrespecting them must be universally condemned and must be considered blameworthy as other forms of racist and hate-speech.

(3) Anyone who wishes to promote peace and mutual understanding, should voice their concern over the irresponsible abuse of the media, because such actions only lead to more hatred and suspicion.

(4) As citizens of the global village, insults and mockery towards religious figures are unacceptable. This is more a responsibility of living in a pluralistic society than a question of legal restrictions.

(5) Lastly, the Messengers are not harmed by those who mock them. ‘Truly! We will suffice you against the scoffers.’ [Surah al-Hijr (15):9] Allah's Messenger (sallalalhu alaihi wa-sallam) said, ‘Doesn't it astonish you how Allah protects me from the Quraish's abusing and cursing? They abuse Mudhammam and curse Mudhammam while I am Muhammad (and not Mudhammam)’ [Saheeh al-Bukharee (4/733)]

Finally, an advice to the Ummah of Muhammad (sallalalhu alaihi wa-sallam) who are deeply saddened by the slander on their Messenger, ‘Goodness and evil cannot be equal. Repel (evil) with something that is better. Then you will see that he with whom you had enmity will become your close friend. And no one will be granted such goodness except those who exercise patience and self-restraint.’ [(41): 34-35]


Taken from As-Sunnah Newsletter - http://www.qsep.com

 

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