Friday, February 10, 2006

How a response to evil and ignorance be done - Learning from The Final Testament

The thoughts about the controversial cartoons (and the protests) still go through my mind. I still feel that the way few hard-line people protested with violence is not right and education is needed. Muslims need to learn from the very book (The Quran) which they turn to for answers. While browsing the internet, some verses of Quran came to my attention which may sum up the way how Muslims could respond to the caricature made of the Prophet. It shows how an attitude should be undertaken when such ignorant behavior is encountered. Protest can and must take place when such indecent portrayal occur to a Prophet of God, but how it is carried out is something we all need to think about.

We often hear from the moderate muslims trying to voice on negative incidents saying 'this is not the true islam' etc. In all such cases references should be made to clear out what is the true islam. And what could be the most appropriate reference than Quran, the Book of Guidence sent to mankind from God through His Messenger Muhammad. This is the best way to enlighten (unless we want few extremist and terrorist to hijack it) about Islam to the west which lacks the proper sensitivity about the faith.

In the name of God, the most Merciful, the Beneficient.

"And when they hear vain talk, they turn away therefrom and say: 'To us our deeds, and to you yours; peace be to you: we seek not the ignorant.' (The Noble Quran, 28:55)"

"Say to My servants that they should (only) say those things that are best: for Satan doth sow dissensions among them: for Satan is to man an avowed enemy. (The Noble Quran, 17:53)"

"Who avoid vain talk; (The Noble Quran, 23:3)"

"Allah loveth not that evil should be noised a broad in public speech, except where injustice hath been done; for Allah is He Who heareth and knoweth all things. (The Noble Quran, 4:148)"

"When thou seest men engaged in vain discourse about Our signs, turn away from them unless they turn to a different theme. If Satan ever makes thee forget, then after recollection, sit not thou in the company of those who do wrong. (The Noble Quran, 6:68)"

"Who avoid vain talk; (The Noble Quran, 23:3)"

"So leave them to plunge in vain talk and play about, until they encounter that Day of theirs which they have been promised!- (The Noble Quran, 70:42)"

"(The sinners will say:) 'But we used to talk vanities with vain talkers;' (The Noble Quran, 74:45)"

"It is part of the Mercy of Allah that thou dost deal gently with them. Wert thou severe or harsh-hearted, they would have broken away from about thee: so pass over (their faults), and ask for (Allah's) forgiveness for them; and consult them in affairs (of moment). Then, when thou hast taken a decision, put thy trust in Allah. For Allah loves those who put their trust (in Him). (The Noble Quran, 3:159)"

Narrated Jarir bin 'Abdullah: "Allah's Apostle said, 'Allah will not be merciful to those who are not merciful to mankind.' (Translation of Sahih Bukhari, ONENESS, UNIQUENESS OF ALLAH (TAWHEED), Volume 9, Book 93, Number 473)"

Also read a very well thought article on the issue : Danish Cartoons and the Sacred

Ref: The Noble Quran // Wikipedia link on Jyllands Posten Cartoon Controversy

Keyword: Cartoon, Protest, Prophet, Caricature, Quran, Koran, Education, Hadith
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