Exploding in rage is not the answer!

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While Muslims once again fall into the reactionary trap set for them and confirm the thesis of the offending cartoons by exploding in rage and violence, we would do well to reflect upon the Prophet's supplication in Taif. This is the dua he recited with shoes full of blood, wounds all over his body and after having been insulted and abused by the people of Taif. What's more, this all occurs after three years of suffering a boycott at the hands of the Quraysh as a result of which Muslims were reduced to eating grass and leaves off of trees.

The Prophet prays as he walks out of Taif: "O God! I complain to You of my weakness, my scarcity of resources and my humiliation before the people. O Most Merciful of those who are merciful. O Lord of the weak and my Lord too. To whom have you entrusted me? To a distant person who receives me with hostility? Or to an enemy to whom you have granted authority over my affair? So long as You are not angry with me, I do not care. Your favor is of more abundance to me. I seek refuge in the light of Your Face by which all darkness is dispelled and every affair of this world and the next is set right, lest Your anger or your displeasure descend upon me. I desire your pleasure and satisfaction until you are pleased. There is no power and no might except by You."

If those who claim to love the Prophet so much that they are willing to infringe upon prophetic conduct with their blind rage and fury would reflect upon this prayer, it would be a guiding light for them and a clear instruction as to how a Muslim should respond to our current situation. It is also the only salve by which troubled hearts and souls will find peace. It will not be found on pickets and demonstrations - not that these may not be useful in making clear our reverence for the sacred and the divine.

Reflecting on the above will cool the hearts of many, but I know there are some who will not be able to look beyond the cloud of anger. To them I ask, for whom does the Prophet's saying: 'Islam is good character' mean anything anymore? Are we to revert to pre-Islamic tribal norms of vengeance and retribution rather than see this as an opportunity to turn hearts by sharing the example of our beloved Prophet's tolerance and compassion in the face of hate and enmity with those whose hearts are open. Are we to fall into the major sin of despair-fuelled violence rather than maintain hope as the Prophet did when angel Gabriel met him outside mountains of Ta'if following his supplication and offered to cause the mountains surrounding Taif to explode over the town and obliterate it to which the Prophet replied 'No, I hope that these people will one day come to worship only God and Him alone'?

Unless we have the tolerance and the God-consciousness of the Prophet by which every event whether favorable or unfavorable (in material terms) offers us the opportunity of strengthening our relationship with God, we will continue to be the victim of every ruse and ploy. Rather than reacting with violence and rage we should intensify our work to share the beautiful and merciful message of the Deen especially now that the Prophet is headline news. Let the Prophet's prayer of Taif be printed in European newspapers as the example of his supreme magnanimity and patience. Violence, death threats and fury only betray a lack of trust in the power and light of the sacred which is illustrated in the Prophet's experience in the garden outside Taif when persons who overheard his prayer were moved by it to come to Islam. Moreover, on the way back to Mecca after this experience, many jinn who happened to hear the Prophet's recitation of the Qur'an in his night prayer also came to Islam. And not long thereafter the Prophet was conveyed on his night journey and ascent to heaven. Verily with difficulty comes ease.

Yet with today's announcement of 'eminent' Muslim scholars of a 'Day of Outrage', I fear we have become nothing but saboteurs. Why not a Day of Remembrance of the Prophet, Why not a Day of Tremendous Prophetic Character? Why not a Day of the Prayer of Taif?

I recommend that we circulate the Prayer of Taif at this time as an antidote to all of the madness and poison of emotional maelstroms. May God guide us to that which is right and grant us the tremendous fortune of seeing our enemies as our close friends to whom we have the duty of conveying the love of God and his Prophet . Ameen.

Allah knows best.

Luqman Ali is the imam of a Masjid in Luton, UK


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YUSAF IMRAN FROM PAKISTAN said:
exploding in rage isnt the answer but i think the best option was to ban all products from denmark,but the no step was taken except in some countries,i am from pakistan and i know that if the government had placed a ban on the products of denmark atleast,there would have been no such thing as exploding in rage in pakistan atleast,i live here and i know that thats simply wht the ppl here in pakistan wanted,to cut all sort of relation with denmark untill the government of denmark makes an appology to the muslims of the world.and secondly it wasnt the first time they were publishing such stuff,they repeatedly have been doing this,as QURAN says christians and jews can never be ur well friends.
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MUSTAPHA MUSA FROM NIGERIA said:
as long as the islamic world remain indifferent to education for western and religious, the control being propagated by (or in ) this article or anywhere for that matter, will remain elusive.
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MOULANA ASLAM SULIMAN FROM SOUTH AFRICA said:
Consider the incident at Badr.Hzt Muawiz and Hzt Muaaz (radiyallahu anhum),nephews of Hzt Abdur rahman Bin Auf (very young),They killed Abu Jahl at this ( with the intention) battle only to hear that he (Abu jahl ) insulted and mocked rasul (sallalahu alyee wasallam).They also became shaheed when Abu jahl's son,Ikramah was revengeful for his father's death.Tell me something if someone swears your mother or father unconditionally ,are we to react or address the issue in secrecy. The people of Taif did not accept tawheed but accepted their gods and felt threathend and therefore threw stones etc.They did not attack the person and personality of Rasul(sallalhu alayhee wasallam)whereas the Cartoon exhibit/portrays the direct attack on the Person and personality of Rasul ( sallalahu alayhee wasallam).Rasul (sallahu alayhee wasallam ) is the Jaan (Life) and Iman (faith) of every believer and when ones life and imaan is under attack ,one reacts to defend oneself.
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MIR USMAN DISOOKI FROM CANADA said:
Your article is what Allah has ordained us to do through the Qauran reavles to the Prophet Muhammad.Allah knows what nobody knows and there is lesson in everything that is happening around in the world provded we want to learn good things from each of the lesson. May Allah show all of us the right path and forgive us Ameen.
Allah knows the best.
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RASHAD ABDUL-AZEEM FROM USA said:
Excellent article. It is indeed unfortunate that many who are Muslims have become easy tools in the hands of our enemies. If we adhere to the example of our noble Prophet (saw) we could do so such much to dispel the ignorance that surrounds many non-Muslims about Islam and our Prophet.

We have to become thinkers. We should turn a seemingly disadvantage or insult into an opportunity or advantage to spread the message of Islam and the true character of our Prophet (saw). How could we ever become defeated if we are true in spirit and deed to the message? Allah (swa) has promised never to place the believers in a state of defeat. If we are believers we must win, so if we are losing the struggle for the minds and hearts (and this is the real issue) what does that suggest?

Our violent response has been disappointing and it demonstrates that some of us are defeated in spirit. It is because we have become ourselves disconnected from the true message of Islam that we continue our downward spiral. However, there is help, reject extremism and ignorant scholars who legitimize violence and return to the true message of our deen.

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RAO FROM CANADA said:
I believe one should stop dwelling, sweating, fuming, cursing on this incident too long like children. It makes matters stiill worse. May be something good will come out this matter from non-Muslim and also Muslim societies.
Muslims have to rethink why and what the causes are rather than just blame rest of the world for all the problems of Islamiat.

One should move on with other important things in life.
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MIKE FROM USA said:
Good Job Imran. That is the truth.
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ADIL FROM UK said:
Mr. Luqman Ali the pray of prophet itself proof that if Muslims have enough
resources and strength we can response back appropriately against the sinful offence, secondly the Danes initiate the offence with full knowledge of the consequence.
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MELEKAH FROM USA said:
Thank you and Ameen Brother, very well put and very well said! We are a people of peace, as was our Prophet (PBUH. Our answers are always in the Holy Q'uran, and we will always hope to remember that, Insha'Allah!
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JAMY DONNELLY FROM U.S. said:
Thank you for offering a cool headed opinion to this situation. I to am offended by these events. However, at some point we all must heal and try to find a balance. Thank you for a sobering and truthfull evaluation.
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AHMED ASGHER FROM BAHRAIN said:
very well written. my sentiments exactly. a faith that can be threatened by a few catroons is like a castle built on sand. yet i know islam is built on solid rock foundation for those who truly follow it and true faith is in the heart of the believer. sticks and stones break your bone but words never hurt.

25:63 And the servants of ((Allah)) Most Gracious are those who walk on the earth in humility, and when the ignorant address them, they say, "Peace!";
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SYED FROM CANADA said:
To: Imam Luqman Ali

Comparing the events of Taif to today's situation is not right, firstly because only the person on who suffers can forgive not anyone else not even Allah. For example Abubakr would not have said so to people of Taif that he forgive them for what they did with prophet. Secondly, we are not good a Muslim until we love prophet more than our ownself, we might not practice all his sunnah in our day to day life, but we have so much love to him that we cannot let any filthy lowlife to insult him in front of us. This would be the same even if these were to happen at Salaf time or now.

Now, your reaction, is more sound like how a Christian do, like if someone slap you on your right cheek give them left. Well Christians allow this and we know what happen, its so common and ever where to see insult to prophet Issa and his mother. This filthy people will never stop if you don't response back strongly. I don't want to see them treating prophet Mohammed as they do to Prophet Issa. And that what they west want us to do, to be quiet and get used to it so they can do this kind of things more offen.

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SYED HUSAIN FROM BANGLADESH said:
Well, I think it is the double standard policies of the western world as well as our very own muslim leaders towards the muslims that is resulting in such rage. And this may continue to happen in the future especially where the muslim leaders have become puppet of the west.
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MUNIR BELT FROM HOLLAND said:
I was moved by Luqman's Ali plea for tolerance in the cartoon turmoil and by the story about Mohammeds tolerance and patience towards teh Taif people. But I couldn't help thinking about two other events in the life of Mohammed: Mohammeds plotting against a feminine poet who was against him and a Jewish tribe punished by him on account of their treason. As far as I can see, he was not patient nor tolerant in these two cases. Please, your comment on these two cases.
Munir Belt
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IMRAN FROM USA said:
Well said and Best as by Prophet Muhammad(sws)BUT!...PEACE at ANY price is not what Quran or Prophet taught us.Muslims are already being murdered ,children and women killed !by USA and Europe.Its not the time for Restraint or Forgiveness. Its time to stand up together !
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KURT ZINKERNAGEL FROM DENMARK said:
If all Muslims were like Mr.Luqman Ali,Islam
would be a religion to be proud of.
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STEVE GAIL FROM UK said:
I think Muslim response was long coming. Even before 9-11 their religion has been mocked, ridiculed and used as an excuse to pass draconian laws oppressive to practicing Muslims both in the US, Europe and even in some "Islamic" states, which were then considered to be "good" Muslim states because they conformed to Western ideals and standards. Muslim are unanimous in feeling that they have been forever relegated to play the part of the whipping boy, in constantly being called upon to apologise for and condemn violence by other Muslims who, by and large, are only fighting by any means possible, oppressive and dehumanising Western policies imposed on them through murderous puppet regimes created and propped by our imperialist governments. But I think the time is fast approaching when Muslims will feel that there has been enough said. Western powers with their double standards, overtly racist policies have made their words of peace sound like the hissing of a snakes and their actions have shown a penchant to plunder, loot, pillage and rape, leaving behind nothing but a legacy of death, destruction, pain and misery. Muslim rage has been building up for a very long time. You see they are not afraid of death and indeed passionately embrace it for reasons of faith and honour. The Western man has shown that he knows how to kill and indeed enjoys it. But does the Western man know how to die ? Is the West prepared to defend its decadence, it oppression, its injustice, its false gods of prosperity and its hollow standards to the last drop of its blood? Muslims are accustomed to dieing. With their religion and convictions of the life after, fueling their passion, they are now prepared to jump into it headlong. Are we ?
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ATIF KIANI FROM ENGLAND said:
salaam thank you so much for this great article it is most informative, i shall take this advice and use it well for i also believe that we should not explode in rage. best wishes Atif Kiani
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NAJEEB FROM US said:
Certainly can't disagree with a well written and oh! so right article. That the West now has the upper hand, is becoming more and more arrogant and more disrespectful, especially towards the weak and the downtrodden, does not give us Muslims license to react violently and erratically. For myself, I do not believe for a moment the West is one bit interested in learning about Islam or about the Muslims at this point (some individuals here and there may). Thus, I urge the Muslim community to stop begging and apologizing and start working (for Allah's sake) to attain that same level of power the West is now enjoying. Then, and until then, would there be a chance of dialogue. The power of balance is so tilted the first thing Muslims ought to be focusing on is to thoroughly clean out their own "Muslim" countries (all of them).

And Allah knows best
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AHMED FROM USA said:
EXCELLENT ARTICLE!!! Thank you Luqman Ali. Vengeance and violence is not going to help the Muslim Ummah today. It is only through non-violence and level headed thinking that we will get ahead, inshallah.
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ESA ABDULLAH FROM CHICAGO said:
It's about time that we start seeing ourselves for what we are. What did Allah say about those who are blind to themselves?

The Prophet may have been in an inferior condition, about which he complained to Allah, but he was anything but weak inside. When Muslims stop feeling inferior to others, then we will see a big change in the way they react to the superior forces opposing them in this world.

"43:7 And never came there a prophet to them but they mocked him."

"3:146 How many of the prophets fought (in Allah's way), and with them (fought) Large bands of godly men? but they never lost heart if they met with disaster in Allah's way, nor did they weaken (in will) nor give in. And Allah Loves those who are firm and steadfast."
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J PATEL FROM US said:
If there is a greater and lesser jihad, which is the greater and more immediate threat, our lack of outrage (e.g. hypocrisy) over the un-Islamic actions (Darfur, beheading prisoners, bombing masjids) being committed in the name of Islam by Muslims or our justified protests over un-Islamic actions (Iraq, torturing prisoners, disrespecting the Prophet, PBUH) of the non-believers?
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MIKE FROM USA said:
Muslims consider this as another way to stage another attack on Muslims that could claim hundreds of thousands of lives. As we all know that Musims do not see they have control in their contries. Had there been an Islamic Khilafah with protected boreders and half-way-decent leadership, most Muslims would not even notice that aggression, and many would even laugh at the level of ignorance the westerners are in.
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HIND FROM USA said:
Perfectly articulated!!! Alhamdulillah for Allah giving this insight and the ability to convey it to others. Good Quranic references and I even learned something new about the Prophet (SAWS). I wish this article could be printed in ALL the newspapers worldwide and covered on TV news.
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TYPICAL FROM USA said:
Thank you brother Luqman for expressing the feelings of many muslims who believe in restrain and control as well as thoughtfullness in our actions just as prophet Mohammad showed us.
Anger and rage only open door for Shataan to take control of a person mind and shutdown rational thinking. No wonder anger is harm in Islam if we are forgetting this as well.
I believe a lot of muslims are falling into the traps of these small hostelities just to further expose our lack of leadership, strategic thought, and self control. How we will ever present Islam as peaceful religion if the believers of this faith have no self control and vision.
The virtue and respect is always for those who stand by the principals and truth without fear.
Yes there are many wrongs in west but we are not perfect either. May Allah give us strength to control our run away anger.

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ABDULLAH MOHAMMAD IBN GAMEL FROM USA said:
Bravo, as an American Muslim I applaude your articel as I have been trying to encourage my friends to do the same and show that all Muslims are not violent retribuiton sekers and that such actions are against the tenants of Islam.
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THOMAS said:
What an excellent article. Reading an article such as this give me hope in a future and that the differences between cultures will be livable. This Iman comes from London England, the same place the extremely hateful protests by Muslims against the cartoons took place. I hope the message of the Iman reaches these people. In the comment by Imran, he agrees, but however he includes a "BUT" in his comment, a "BUT" that you see often in people who read the Koran. It is a time for no "ifs" "ands" or "buts" to go along with peaceful co-existance, tolerance, and acceptance of differences. Remember the verse 109:1-6!
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IMRAN FROM UK said:
TRUE THE PROPHET (PBUH) WAS VERY MERCIFUL AND KIND. hE NEVER REACTED IN AN UNCONTROLLED MANNER. BUT TELL ME HOW WOULD THE SAHABA HAVE ACTED TO THIS INSULT? IT IS A DECLARATION OF WAR ON ISLAM AND THE QURAN AND THE PROPHET HAVE EXPLICITY TOLD US THAT DECLARING WAR AGAINST ALLAH AND HIS MESSENGER DESERVES FULL RETALIATION. AT THE TIME OF OUR BELOVED PROPHET THERE WERE SOME EVIL MEN WHO SPREAD FALSE NEWS ABOUT THE PROPHET AND SAHABA AND ON MORE THAN ONE OCASSION THAT PERSON SUFFERED A DEATH SENTENCE. INDEED I AGREE YOU CAN NOT JUST KILL ANYONE FOR THE CRIME OF ONE PERSON BUT THE PERSON WHO INITIATED IT OR ANYONE WHO SUPPORTS IT SHOULD REALISE THE CURSE OF ALLAH, HIS ANGELS AND ALL BELEIVERS ARE UPON THEM. WE MUST ALWAYS ASK HOW WOULD THE PROPHET AND SAHABA HAVE RESPONDED TO THIS (AFTER THE CONQUEST OF MAKKAH) BECAUSE THE ARTICLE REFERS TO THE PERIOD BEFORE THE FIGHTING COMMANDS FROM ALLAH. SECONDLY, WE SHOULDNT PRINT ARTICLES OR COMMENTS JUST TO SUPPORT THE POINT OF VIEW OF THE WEST. WE SHOULD SPEAK THE TRUTH EVEN THOUGHT THEY WILL BE AVERSE TO IT. FREEDOM OF SPEACH OF THEM BUT IF WE SPEAK FREELY WE ARE SENT TO GUATAMNO BAY. SALAM
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AGREE WITH YOUR ARTICLE FROM CANADA said:
subhanaAllah.Excellent!that is what i wanted to say.
when Prophet was thrown garbage & thrown stones, he did not hold his head high and said that I am the Prophet of Allah instead he was humble, & patient & prayed more to God & did not ask for punishment for those people.In the end the women who insulted the Prophet converted to Islam knowing that he came to visit her when she was ill & she was amazed my his character that eventhough i threw rubbish on you but you came to visit me in illness!! this is our Prophet (S.A.W.).Voilence & burning down buildings is not what Prophet did to his enemies!!He instead invited the AMBASSADORS !!

WalahuAlam!
Only God Can Protect His Prophet!

thanks for the good piece, Imam!
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