بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
Recently in Paris, someone murdered a cartoonist who drew the Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه و سلم) in an inappropriate manner. Without doubt this such an act is condemned is Islam as other acts of terrorism are. For those reading out there, Muslims and otherwise, there are many motivating factors for such an action, two of them being:
1. The fact that he drew the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) in an inappropriate manner.
2. French colonialism of Muslim countries, especially in North Africa such as Morocco and Algeria. Such resentment for French imperialism in addition to the latter curtailing women’s freedom in wearing the face-veil has indeed built tension and resentment to the point that the one who dwells upon it and is thereby disillusioned by it will do such actions that are not those of sane people.
Now what are the Muslims to do when the Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه و سلم) is drawn in such a manner by those who have been nurtured upon a philosophy wherein religion and Prophethood are not valued?
How are the Muslims to deal with such people who do not base their ethos upon divine scripture?
Allah has clarified how the Muslims, even the Messengers, should deal with this by saying:
“و لقد استهزأ برسل من قبلك فصبروا على ما كذبوا حتى جاءهم نصرنا”
And the Messengers before you were made fun of and they were patient upon the people denying them until our help came to them.
Hence, patience, and not being hasty in these matters are the key to success for the Muslims when matters like this prop up. Likewise one must even look at the biography of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) and look at how he dealt with even worse than this. And in order not to be lengthy I will mention one particular instance:
As mentioned in Tafseer Ibn Katheer regarding the reason for the revelation of the two last chapters of the Qur’an (Surah Naas and Falaq) a man named Labeed Ibn ‘Asam performed magic upon the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) to the point that the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) thought that he was doing having intercourse with women when in reality he wasn’t doing it at all! Eventually they found out who it was in addition to finding that which was utilized to put magic upon the Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) which was a comb with his hair hidden in a well.
When the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) was healed someone asked him if they should take Labeed to task for what he did. He (صلى الله عليه و سلم) then said:
“أما أنا فقد شقاني و أكره أن أثير على أحد من الناس شرا”
“As for me I have been healed and I hate that I effect evil upon someone else.”
My dear brothers and sisters, look at the difference between the Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) who was a mercy to all nations and that man who supposedly sought revenge for him for mainly political reasons. It shows us that Islam is a religion of patience and mercy not one of haste and violence. And although there are many issues that stem from colonialism, neo-colonialism, genocide and murder of Muslims it should never mean that a Muslim must act inappropriately in contradiction to the actions of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم)
May Allah guide everyone to the straight path.