Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi, New Age Islam
17 February 2017
Muslims believe the Prophet Muhammad (peace
be upon him) to be their model to emulate. The Prophet’s model behaviour
included model justice and forgiveness, which is demonstrated in the fact that he
never took revenge on anyone on his own behalf but forgave even his staunch
enemies. Consequently, this ideal attribute of the Prophet softened many
hard-hearted men, playing a pivotal role in attracting the pagans towards
willingly embracing Islam and Muslims.
According to a Hadith, whenever any issue
of legal retaliation was brought to the Prophet, he would always recommend his
Ummah for being patient and pardoning the criminal.
Anas bin Malik reported: “I never saw a
case involving legal retaliation being referred to the Messenger of God, peace
and blessings of God be upon him, except that he would command pardoning the
criminal. (Sunan Abu Dawood 4497, Source: Sahih)
The Prophet said, “Whoever suffers an
injury done to him and forgives (the person responsible), Allah will raise his
status to a higher degree and remove one of his sins.” (Sunan At-Tirmidhi)
The Prophet said, “Do not be people without
minds of your own, saying that if others treat you well you will treat them
well, and that if they do wrong you will do wrong. Instead, accustom yourselves
to do good if people do good and not to do wrong if they do evil.” (Sunan
Uqbah ibn Amir reported: I met the
Messenger of Allah and I started speaking, taking his hand and saying, “O
Messenger of Allah, tell me about virtuous deeds.” The Messenger of Allah,
peace be upon him, said, “O Uqbah, reconcile whoever cuts you off, give to
whoever deprives you, and turn away from whoever wrongs you.”
In another Hadith it is reported that the
Prophet said, “You shall keep relationship with one who cut it off from you,
you shall give one who disappointed you, and you shall pardon on who oppressed
you, Whoever wants an increase in his sustenance, increase in life [and
riddance from a horrible death], should fear Allah and be helpful and kind
towards his relatives”.
Allah Almighty says: “And We have not sent
you but as a mercy to the worlds.” (Al-Anbiyaa’ 21:107).
This reflects that the Prophet’s
distinctive quality was that he was the embodiment of a blessing in word and
deed, not only for a particular Muslim community but for the entire world. His
impassioned engagement and dedication was just with the distribution of love,
peace and tranquillity among all mankind.
According to a tradition recorded in Sahih
Muslim, when the Prophet’s opponents greatly increased their persecution, his
Companions asked him to curse them. At this, the Prophet replied, “I have not
been sent to lay a curse upon men but to be a blessing to them.” His opponents
continued to treat him and his Companions unjustly and cruelly, but he always
prayed for them.
Once, while the Prophet was on the way to
Ta’if where the Hijaz aristocracy used to while away their summer days, he was
so badly stoned by his enemies that the blood streamed from all over his body.
When he attempted to call them to Islam, instead of listening to his words of
wisdom, they set the street urchins upon him, who kept chasing him till
nightfall. Even after all this, he did not curse them. When he was at all
exhausted and bleeding from head to toe, all he said was, “O my Lord, guide my
people along the true path, as they are ignorant of the truth”.
According to a Hadith, the Prophet once
said, “A true believer is one with whom others feel secure and one who returns
love for hatred.” The Prophet made it clear that we should never think that we
should treat the people well only if they treat us well. Not only Love for love
but we should be rather accustomed to being good towards and forgiving those
who nurture hatred for us.
According to another Hadith, the Prophet
once said, “By Allah, he is not a believer, by Allah, he is not a believer, by
Allah, he is not a believer, with whom his neighbours are not secure.”
This Hadith teaches us that we should live
with others like flowers, and not like thorns, without giving trouble to
anybody. One of the great qualities of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and
blessings of Allah be upon him) was that he never sought revenge on his own
behalf for any wrong done to him personally. Only if commandments of Allah had
been broken, would he mete out retaliation for the sake of Allah Almighty.
His wife “A'ishah reported that Messenger
of Allah was not unseemly or obscene in his speech, nor was he loud-voiced in
the streets, nor did he return evil for evil, but he would forgive and pardon”.
The people of the Quraysh rebuked him, taunted and mocked at him, beat him and
abused him. They tried to kill him and when he escaped to Madinah, they waged
many wars against him. Yet, when he entered Makkah victorious with an army of
10000, he did not take revenge on anyone. He forgave all. Even his deadliest
enemy, Abu Sufyan, who had fought so many battles against him, was forgiven, as
was anyone who stayed in his house.
Once, the Prophet was seated along with his
Companions at some place in Madinah. During this time a funeral procession
passed by. On seeing this, the Prophet stood up. One of his companions remarked
that the funeral was that of a Jew. The Prophet replied, “Was he not a human
One old woman made a habit of throwing
rubbish on the Prophet whenever he passed by her house. The Prophet had to pass
by her house daily on the way to the mosque. Even when the old woman threw
rubbish on him, he would pass silently without showing any anger or annoyance.
This was a daily event.
One day when the Prophet was passing by,
the woman was not there to throw the rubbish. The Prophet stopped and asked the
neighbour about her well-being. The neighbour informed upon him that the woman
was sick and lying on the bed. The Prophet went to her house and politely asked
for her permission to enter her house. When he reached her house, the old woman
thought that he had come there to take revenge when she was unable to defend
herself because of her sickness. But the Prophet assured her that he had come
to her, not to take any revenge, but to see her and to look after her needs, as
it was the command of God that if anyone is sick, a Muslim should visit him and
should help him if his help is needed. The old woman was greatly moved by this
love and kindness of the Prophet. From his example she understood that he was
truly a Messenger of God and Islam was the true religion. She accepted Islam at
once by reciting the Shahadah.
Besides, there are many Ahadith which show
how the Prophet exemplified in his own life peace, kindness, forgiveness and
justice regardless of religion, colour, ethnicity etc. From his example we
learn that it is Sunnah of the prophet to tolerate many unpleasant things from
others, adopting the attributes of kindness and forgiveness. But unfortunately,
this beloved Sunnah is missing today in our life—not only missing but even some
of us are working on the contrary to this Sunnah.
Columnist with New Age Islam, Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi Dehlvi is an Alim and Fazil
(Classical Islamic scholar) with a Sufi background and English-Arabic-Urdu
Good on you Ghulam, your article makes me to
have mercy on everyone. Especially when we realize the depth of Allah’s mercy
and our holy Prophet as mercy personified.
I don’t want to see Abu bucker al Baghdadi
is hanged after ICC or Nuremburg trial. I want him to fall in love with a
Yazidis girl, accept her as his only wife and escort her to his car and open
the door and make her sit comfortably; take her to a beauty parlour and do some
facial and then to a restaurant for a sumptuous lunch and love her until his
I agree with you that we should readily
show, in return, our mercy towards our fellow human beings; mercy towards
Sunnis, Shias, Sufis, Hindus, Atheists and especially mercy towards gays,
blasphemers, apostates, prostitutes etc The second great prophet of Islam also said to
the well-educated Pharisees “ Go and learn what this means ‘I
desire mercy not sacrifice’. For I have not come to call the righteous but the
Logical answer (6, 7, 8, and 9)
to the misconception of Tarek Fateh on the question “Did Islam spread by sword
The credit of
the spread of Islam in India goes to the two holy companions namely Hazrat
Tamim Daari, Hazrat Maalik bin Deenar (Radi Allahu anhu). These two companions
entered India much before the Muslim rulers and army. Which sword these two companions
bring to India?
The credit of
the spread of Islam in India widely goes to the Sufi saints like Khawaja
Ghareeb Nawaz, Hazrat Qutubuddin Bakhtiyar Kaki, Hazrat Nizamuddin, Hazrat
Ameer Khusru, Haji Ali shah baba, and Hazrat Sabir Kalyari and so on. Which sword
did these Sufi saints bring to India?
Ghareeb Nawaz rahimahullah had settled in Ajmer, India much before the conquest
of Muhammad Gauri. Which sword did he take?
The shrine of
Imam Mashhad rahimahullah located in Samana of the district Patiala. How was this
built in the ninth century, whereas the Muslim army entered in India in late 12th
century? Which sword did Imam Mashhad bring?
All this widely
accepted and well-reasoned fact proves that Islam did not spread in India by
Logical answer (3, 4, and 5) to
the misconception of Tarek Fateh on the question “Did Islam spread by sword?”
India for about 800 years. The rulers were in power and if they wanted, they
could convert each and every non-Muslim living in India to Islam. But we see today non-Muslims are in
the biggest Muslim majority country today. The question is: “Which Muslim army
went to Indonesia and Malaysia?
spread in the East Coast of Africa. Again the question is: “Which Muslim took
the sword to spread Islam here?”
Logical answer (2) to the
misconception of Tarek Fateh on the question “Did Islam spread by sword?”
It is recorded in the history
that the Muslims ruled Arabia for 1400 years. The French ruled for a few years
and the British ruled for a few years. Despite the rule of Muslims for 1400
years, there are still 14 million Arabs who are Coptic Christians. It should be
noted that when the Coptics were under the rule of the Roman Empire, they
suffered severe persecution and death for their faith and beliefs in Jesus Christ,
while refusing to worship emperors. But when the Arab conquest took place and
overthrew the Roman’s rule in Egypt, it relieved the Coptic Church from
If Muslims had used the sword,
there would not have been a single Arab who would have remained a Christian”.
Logical answer (1) to the
misconception of Tarek Fateh on the question “Did Islam spread by sword?”
Any way God is asking muslims below questions:-
Dear muslims, who asked you to call me by name Allah? I am beyond your senses and imagination and yet you say I spoke to moses and many so called prophets and angels? Who said I created jannah, angels, jinn, adam and satan? it is your imagination!! I am beyond space and time and you say I am in jannah or I am sitting in a throne over jannah? You wrote in quran 67:16 to 67:17. Thus you define me in your own way but if non muslims calls me by different names, imagine forms of me and try to worship me in their ways you attack them!! who gave you the right to ridicule other religions and harm others?Lastly I don't condemn anyone for eternal damnation for their finite crimes they do. Do not threaten others with hell fire on my behalf.
For your reading Mr Javed. You will find your arguments covered.
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