Wednesday, February 08, 2006

What Would Muhammad Do?

What Would Muhammad Do? (click here to view source)
By IBRAHIM HOOPER
Published: Feb 7, 2006

We all, Muslims and people of other faiths, seem to be locked into a downward spiral of mutual mistrust and hostility based on self-perpetuating stereotypes.

As Muslims, we need to take a step back and ask ourselves, "What would the Prophet Muhammad do?"

Muslims are taught the tradition of the woman who would regularly throw trash on the prophet as he walked down a particular path. The prophet never responded in kind to the woman's abuse. Instead, when she one day failed to attack him, he went to her home to inquire about her condition.…

When he returned to Mecca after years of exile and personal attacks, he did not take revenge on the people of the city, but instead offered a general amnesty. … These are the examples that Muslims should follow as they express justifiable concern at the publication of the cartoons that were viewed as intentional attacks on the prophet.

This unfortunate episode can be used as a learning opportunity for people of all faiths who sincerely wish to know more about Islam and Muslims. It can also be viewed as a "teaching moment" for Muslims who want to exemplify the prophet's teachings through the example of their good character and dignified behavior in the face of provocation and abuse.

As the Quran states: "It may well be that God will bring about love (and friendship) between you and those with whom you are now at odds." (60:7)

11 comments:

Delicately Realistic said...

Waaaaay Flammy baradtay chabdy!
La 9ara7a
*round of applause*
I had a dispute with my friends the other day about this, I'm so going to use what I read here as an example (I was outnumbered and lost the fight)

Thanx :*

MiYaFuSHi said...

Being mature enough to react in dignified honor is more difficult that to strike back in anger.

Brava Valentia said...

Love this post ! ialways say islam is all about peace !

mashkoorah

Ms.Baker said...

Flaming-

Exactly.

Thanks for posting this :)

Ms Baker

Dr.Lost said...

umm.. i kinda disagree.. its not about anger.. its about setting an example.. this should teach the world a lesson that religion is not for mockery period..

ZinZinQ8 said...

Thanx Flamigoliya. I especially like that example regarding the prophet, peace be upon him, this Denmark thing has gone way out of proportion.What pisses me off most of all is how much the newspaper's ciculation rose after the rucus raised by the Muslims. Another French newspaper who posted the cartoon also saw a rise in their circulation. We basically gave a signal to sick minds that if you wanna make more money make jokes about Islam.

3baid said...

Sadly, not everyone can forgive, it's one of those rare (and avoided?) characteristics.

sage said...

This is a well thought out post on a topic that I've been struggling to write about. Would you mind if I linked this post to mine?

Spontaneousnessity said...

look even if they asked themselves what would he do they'd still do it according to their aspects which will lead to disastors..

I stand by you, letting God take care of it is best..

7asbey allah wa ne3ma alwakeel

W. said...

لاننا وبكل "قواة عين" (بالمفتشر علي قول امي): نحب الشر

صايرين مثل باريس هلتون نشهر بانفسنا ولو بالشينه

ثواره وانا اختك بس خليها على الله

Flamingoliya said...

thank you all for your comments. I was glad too when i was refered to this site.

Dr. Lost
you're right, but through courts not boycotting cheese!

Sage
of course you can! :)