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الحمد لله رب العالمين، والصلاة والسلام على أشرف الأنبياء و المرسلين، وعلى آله وصحبه أجمعين أهلا وسهلا بكم إذا كانت هذه زيارتك الأولى للمنتدى، فيرجى التفضل بزيارة صفحة التعليمات كما يشرفنا أن تقوم بالتسجيل ، إذا رغبت بالمشاركة في المنتدى، أما إذا رغبت بقراءة المواضيع والإطلاع فتفضل بزيارة القسم الذي ترغب أدناه. عن أبي سعيد الخدري رضي الله عنه - قال: سمعت رسول الله ﷺ يقول: "إن إبليس قال لربه: بعزتك وجلالك لا أبرح أغوي بني آدم مادامت الأرواح فيهم - فقال الله: فبعزتي وجلالي لا أبرح أغفر لهم ما استغفروني" اللّهم طهّر لساني من الكذب ، وقلبي من النفاق ، وعملي من الرياء ، وبصري من الخيانة ,, فإنّك تعلم خائنة الأعين ,, وما تخفي الصدور اللهم استَخدِمني ولاَ تستَبدِلني، وانفَع بيِ، واجعَل عَملي خَالصاً لِوجهك الكَريم ... يا الله اللهــم اجعل عملي على تمبـلر صالحاً,, واجعله لوجهك خالصاً,, ولا تجعل لأحد فيه شيئاً ,, وتقبل مني واجعله نورا لي في قبري,, وحسن خاتمة لي عند مماتي ,, ونجاةً من النار ومغفرةً من كل ذنب يارب يارب يارب

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Saturday, December 27, 2014

Muhammad Rasulullah s.a.w (7)

Loving him is following him.

Muslims all over the world are deeply hurt by the recent caricatures of our beloved Prophet Muhammad  in Danish and several other publications.

Every now and then, some Western media outlets provoke Muslims by insulting the Prophet . The baiting often succeeds in eliciting Muslims' outrage and sporadic violence.

The latest incident started with a Danish newspaper's caricature portraying the Prophet Muhammad  as a terrorist. To add insult to injury, Norwegian, French, German, Dutch and a few other newspapers reprinted the defamatory cartoons to "defend"—they claimed—the freedom of expression.

The real issue is not the freedom of expression. Free speech is not and was never meant to be absolute. There are laws in the West that ban certain kinds of speech, including those that incite anti-Semitism, racism and violence. Moreover, some countries have laws against blasphemy and defamation. To Muslims, banning blasphemy against Allaah and the Prophet Muhammad has a higher priority.

For the European newspapers to reprint the offensive      cartoons to show solidarity with their Danish counterpart seems akin to the plot the leaders of Quraysh had hatched to assassinate Prophet Muhammad .

The Quraysh masterminds had figured that including representatives from major tribes of Makkah in the heinous plot would make it impossible for the Prophet's clan, Banu Haashim, to avenge. But Allaah willed that the Prophet  would migrate to Madeenah unscathed while the plotters laid siege to his house.

The West often underestimates the Muslims' reverence for their beloved Prophet, sallallallahu alayhi wa sallam and is, therefore, startled by the fierce Islamic reaction to an insult against him. Few in the West know that for Muslims, loving their Prophet more than themselves is a matter of faith, not choice.

Further, the depiction of the Prophet Muhammad  as a terrorist is a falsification of history. He was considered "Al-Ameen," the trustworthy, by his people even before he received the Prophethood.

Once, when asked by some of his followers to invoke Allaah's wrath on the enemies, he  refused saying he  had been sent as a mercy unto mankind.

Objective Western intellectuals have acknowledged the superior character of Prophet Muhammad . In his “The 100, a Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History," Michael H. Hart ranked Prophet Muhammad, sallallallahu alayhi wa sallam No. 1 because "He was the only man in history who was supremely successful on both the religious and secular levels.”

Alphonse de Lamartine, a renowned 19th Century French writer, had this to say about the Prophet Muhammad : "As regards all standards by which human greatness may be measured, we may well ask, is there any man greater than him?”

Unfortunately, some Muslims forget that loving their Prophet, sallallallahu alayhi wa sallam means following him. Burning Danish embassies, as they did in Damascus and Beirut, to avenge the insult to the Prophet Muhammad  is a complete disservice to him. Our violent reaction only plays into the hands of those who wish to reinforce the negative stereotypes about Muslims.

Do Muslims need reminding that Prophet Muhammad  forgave the people of Taa'if who had rejected his message of monotheism and pelted him with stones, bloodying him? Islamic tradition has it that when Jibreel (Archangel Gabriel) sought his permission to punish the perpetrators, the Prophet  instead prayed that some day the inhabitants of Taa'if would leave their idols and worship Allaah alone. Within a few years they did.

Prophet Muhammad's, sallallallahu alayhi wa sallam servant once noted his forgiving disposition, said, "I served the Prophet  for ten years, and he never said ‘uf’ (a word indicating impatience or discontent) to me and never blamed me by saying, `Why did you do so or why didn't you do so?"' [Al-Bukhaari and Muslim]

Prophet Muhammad's, sallallallahu alayhi wa sallam archenemies hated his Message and hurled malicious insults at him, to which he responded with forbearance. Years later when he, sallallallahu alayhi wa sallam returned as victor to Makkah, his city of birth which he was forced to leave, he asked its awed citizens, "What do you think I'm going to do to you." They said, "You are a noble brother, son of a noble brother; we expect only good from you." The Prophet  responded with a general amnesty.

Let Muslims not forget that the Prophet  encouraged freedom of expression. In the Battle of Badr, he  changed the battlefield against his own opinion due to the passionate advice of some young soldiers.

Part of the West's success today is the freedom of expression, of thought, of religion—that draws Muslims to it from their oppressed societies. For that, Muslims should be thankful to the West. After all, freedom is an Islamic value that the West has embraced while Muslim societies have forsaken.

Defending Prophet Muhammad  requires allowing freedom and practicing compassion and forgiveness, like he did. In his lifetime he  bore insults with magnanimity and devoted his time to spreading the Message of Allaah. In fact, he never avenged anyone for a personal offence. Can we really respect him by violent retaliation?

Muslims should turn this extremely painful incident into something positive, by teaching the world what the Prophet  means to us and what his life was like.

As for the West, there really is a need to reexamine the notion of free speech. Without safeguards, the exercise of this freedom can be lethal, as we have seen.

One may ask, is it morally defensible to provoke violence, cause death, and create a civilizational conflict for one cartoonist's freedom of expression?

The West already has laws to protect religious freedom, which Muslims and other peoples of faith admire. What it now needs to do is protect this freedom from being trampled by unbridled free speech. No one should have to insult Prophet Muhammad, Jesus, or Moses, may Allaah exalt their mention to speak freely.

We can turn these negative, malicious cartoons into something positive by learning about the Prophet  by following him, and educating others about his teachings.

Allaah described the Prophet  in the verse (which means): "And verily, you (O Muhammad) are on an exalted standard of character." [Quran 68:4]

And (what means): "Indeed in the Messenger of Allaah there is a good example to follow for him who hopes in (the meeting with) Allaah and the Last Day and remembers Allaah much." [Quran 33:21]

By a divine decision, the status of Muhammad  was raised forever, as in the verse (which means): "And (has Allaah not) raised high your fame?" [Quran 94:4]

Muslims were commanded to lower their voices low in the presence of the Prophet  out of respect, as in the verse (which means): "O you who believe, raise not your voices above the voice of the Prophet, nor speak aloud to him as you speak aloud to one another lest your deeds be rendered fruitless while you perceive not. Verily, those who lower their voices in the presence of Allaah's Messenger, they are the ones whose hearts Allaah has tested for piety. For them there is forgiveness and a great reward." [Quran 49:2-3]

While other prophets were sent to their own people, Muhammad was appointed as the Messenger to all mankind. And such he was asked to declare (what means): "Say (O Muhammad): `O mankind, verily I am sent to you all as the Messenger of Allaah - to Whom belongs the Dominion of the heavens and the earth."' [Quran 7:158]

On the Day of Judgment he  will be the only Messenger to intercede with Allaah to seek forgiveness for the wrongdoers.

As blasphemous as the drawings are, we believe that behind all events there is Allaah's pre-decree and wisdom that mortal beings fully understand only in hindsight. In the end, this deeply hurtful incident would be seen as benefiting the image of the Prophet .

A case in point is the verse (which means): "Verily, We have given you (O Muhammad) a manifest victory." [Quran 48:1 ] When this verse was revealed, even some of the most exemplary Muslims could not understand how being prevented from performing pilgrimage by the enemies could be a manifest victory. Prophet Muhammad  had just signed a treaty with non-Muslims of Makkah that imposed unfair restrictions on Muslims.

The Prophet  swore by Allaah that no matter how restrictive this treaty seemed, it was a clear victory for Muslims. Within a few years, the victory became abundantly clear when Muslims marched into Makkah, not just as pilgrims but as victors.

Our love for the Prophet Muhammad  cannot be expressed except by following him. If we did that, we will see how Allaah can change this painful incident into a great opportunity for the Islamic cause.

Prophet Muhammad's manners and disposition.

Allaah Says (what means): "By the grace of Allaah, you are gentle towards the people; if you had been stern and ill-tempered, they would have dispersed from round about you" [Quran, 3: 159]

About himself the prophet  said: "Allaah has sent me as an apostle so that I may demonstrate perfection of character, refinement of manners and loftiness of deportment." [Maalik and Ahmad]

By nature he  was gentle and kind hearted, always inclined to be gracious and to overlook the faults of others. Politeness and courtesy, compassion and tenderness, simplicity and humility, sympathy and sincerity were some of the keynotes of his character. In the cause of right and justice he could be resolute and severe but more often than not, his severity was tempered with generosity. He  had charming manners which won him the affection of his followers and secured their devotion. Though virtual king of Arabia and an apostle of Allaah, he never assumed an air of superiority. Not that he  had to conceal any such vein by practice and artifice: with fear of Allaah, sincere humility was ingrained in his heart. He  used to say: "I am a Prophet of Allaah but I do not know what will be my end." [Al-Bukhaari]

In one of his sermons calculated to instill the fear of Allaah and the day of reckoning in the hearts of men, he  said: "O people of Quraysh be prepared for the hereafter, I cannot save you from the punishment of Allaah; O Bani Abd Manaaf, I cannot save you from Allaah; O Abbaas, son of Abdul-Mutalib, I cannot protect you either; O Faatimah, daughter of Muhammad, even you I cannot save." [Al-Bukhaari & Muslim]

He  used to pray: "O Allaah! I am but a man. If I hurt any one in any manner, then forgive me and do not punish me." [Ahmad]

He always received people with courtesy and showed respect to older people and stated:

"To honor an old man is to show glorification to Allaah."

He  would not deny courtesy even to wicked persons. It is stated that a person came to his house and asked permission for admission. The prophet  remarked that he was not a good person but might be admitted. When he came in and while he remained in the house, he was shown full courtesy. When he left 'Aa'ishah  said: "You did not think well of this man, but you treated him so well."

The prophet  replied: "He is a bad person in the sight of Allaah who does not behave courteously and people shun his company because of his bad manners." [Al-Bukhaari]

He  was always the first to greet another and would not withdraw his hand from a handshake till the other man withdrew his. If one wanted to say something in his ears, he would not turn away till one had finished as reported in the books of Abu Daawood and At-Tirmithi . He did not like people to get up for him and used to say: "Let him, who likes people to stand up in his honor, he should seek a place in hell." [Abu Daawood].

He  would himself, however, stand up when any dignitary came to him. He  had stood up to receive the wet nurse who had reared him in infancy and had spread his own sheet for her. His foster brother was given similar treatment. He  avoided sitting at a prominent place in a gathering, so much so that people coming in had difficulty in spotting him and had to ask which one was the Prophet . Quite frequently uncouth bedouins accosted him  in their own gruff and impolite manner but he never took offence. [Abu Daawood]

He  used to visit the poorest of ailing persons and exhorted all Muslims to do likewise [Al-Bukhaari]. He  would sit with the humblest of persons saying that righteousness alone was the criterion of one's superiority over another. He  invariably invited people be they slaves, servants or the poorest believers, to partake with him of his scanty meals. [At-Tirmithi]

Whenever he  visited a person he would first greet him and then take his permission to enter the house. He  advised the people to follow this etiquette and not to get annoyed if anyone declined to give permission, for it was quite likely the person concerned was busy otherwise and did not mean any disrespect.

There was no type of household work too low or too undignified for him . 'Aa'ishah  has stated: "He always joined in household work and would at times mend his clothes, repair his shoes and sweep the floor. He would milk, tether, and feed his animals and do the household shopping." [Al-Bukhaari]

He  would not hesitate to do the menial work of others, particularly of orphans and widows [An-Nasaa'ee, Ad-Daarami]. Once when there was no male member in the house of the companion Khabaab Ibn Al-Arat  who had gone to the battlefield, he used to go to his house daily and milk his cattle for the inhabitants [Ibn Saad].

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Rasulullah s.a.w bersabda :

” Sesungguhnya seorang hamba yang bercakap sesuatu kalimah atau ayat tanpa mengetahui implikasi dan hukum percakapannya, maka kalimah itu boleh mencampakkannya di dalam Neraka lebih sejauh antara timur dan barat” ( Riwayat Al-Bukhari, bab Hifdz al-Lisan, 11/256 , no 2988)

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