Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Who is really disrespecting the Prophet?

The international outcry (of violent nature) by the fanatic muslims all over the world is really make me question, who is really disrespecting the Prophet?

Is it that cartoonist or it is those so called fanatic people who claim to be muslim and trying to show their egoistic religious zeal. I whole heartedly condemn the fact that potraying a prophet of God as a terrorist and thus hurting billions of faithful is something totally unacceptable and against any civilized human values (It shows west's lack of education about Islam). But the violence in the protest that followed is not at all what the Prophet himself taught.

Violent protest, burning down of foreign embassy, calling for attacking the people of a country is something that really hurts to any muslim who knows the true values of Islam. It is not at all the action of a religious person. A religious person should be a forgiving person who practice compassion in every walks of life.

Watching the violent protest over the caricature of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) it constantly comes to my mind the very principal that Prophet himself practiced all through his life is to repel evil with what is good. Infact it has been one of the golden rule of his enlightened life and his true companions. Even when he was attacked personally he overwhelmingly forgave them and prevented others from taking any action against. If you read the life of Prophet Muhammad you will find, repeatedly he was attacked, he was humiliated, he was driven out of his own city, he was mocked, he was brutally attacked .. .even after that when his own companions asked him to curse his enemy, Prophet always refused. On the contrary he prayed for all of them saying that he is sent as a mercy to mankind and bearer of good news, not one to call the curse of God.

It is the principle of repeling evil with good was his constant pattern of behavior. Now if we look at the so called fanatic muslims, do we see that reflection? They themselves are violating the very command of Quran.

In Quran, God states: Those who patiently persevere, seeking the countenance of their Lord; Establish regular prayers; spend, out of (the gifts) We have bestowed for their sustenance, secretly and openly; and repel evil with good: for such there is the final attainment of the eternal abode. (Quran, chapter 13, 22)

Repel evil with that which is best: We are well acquainted with the things they say.
(Quran, 23.096)

The good deed and the evil deed are not alike. Repel the evil deed with one which is better, then lo! he, between whom and you there was enmity (will become) as though he was a bosom friend. (Quran 041.034)

I think the reason why so called muslims who are going through such violent protest missing the whole inner teachings. And when people forget the inner teachings, it is only the outer which occupy them the most. When fanatics go on with such behaviour they themselves disrespect the prophet more than anyone else by behaving opposite to God's command and Prophet's own examples.

I condemn such behavior of attacking danish embassy, inciting hatred about Danes in general. This is not at all something acceptable under any code of conduct, be it religious or secular. May God help us understand the true meaning of all the Prophets' teachings and make our actions right and guided.

What were the controversial cartoons? Click here to see the cartoons that started protests worldwide. Here is another thought provoking blog post on the issue. Also read An Idiot's Guide to Offensive Cartoons.

And i just wonder if u you know about this?

Keywords: Caricature, Cartoon, Prophet Muhammad, Mohammed, Mohammad, Protest
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