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Muslims Against Islam

November 7, 2014

I think that by now we have all witnessed horrible acts of violence done by some Muslims in response to various provocations ranging from cartoons of Muhammad pbuh to desecration of Qur’an. The latest such violent event happened in Pakistan. Allegedly, there was a Christian couple who desecrated Qur’an, Islamic Holy Book. In response, a mob of about 44 Muslims attacked the couple and then burned them in a brick kiln. How is a non-Muslim to respond and how is s/he to think of Muslims considering that the generalization is always applied to Muslims and Islam?

Well, I am here to tell you that those Muslims are acting against their own religious teachings. Here is proof:

Qur’an does NOT command murder of those mocking it: And it has already come down to you in the Book [i.e. the Quran] that when you hear the verses of Allaah [recited] tdenied [by them] and ridiculed so do not sit with them (those mocking) until they enter into another conversation. Indeed, you would then be like them. Indeed, Allaah will gather the hypocrites and disbelievers in Hell all together. (Quran 4:140)

Qur’an commands that you simply avoid mockers of your faith: O you who have attained to faith! Do not take for your friends such as mock at your faith and make a jest of it — be they from among those who have been vouchsafed revelation before your time, or (from among) those who deny the truth (of revelation as such) — but remain conscious of God, if you are (truly) believers. (Qur’an 5:57)

Qur’an commands to ignore worthless talk/assaults: Believers are] those who do not bear false witness and who, when they pass by worthless talk, pass by with dignity. (Qur’an, 25:72)

And when they hear vain talk, they turn away from it and say: “To us our deeds, and to you yours; peace be to you: we do not seek out the ignorant.”  Qur’an 28:55

Qur’an instructs to respond to evil with good:Goodness and evil are not equal.  Repel evil with what is better.  Then that person with whom there was hatred, may become your intimate friend!  And no one will be granted such goodness except those who exercise patience and self-restraint, none but people of the greatest good fortune.”Qur’an 41:34-35

Qur’an commands forgiveness:But if you pardon and exonerate and forgive, Allah is Ever-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” (Qur’an, 64: 14)

Messenger Muhammad recommended cooling one’s anger with a prayer

Bukhari and Muslim report Sulayman ibn Sard conveying what he heard Prophet Muhammad say to people: “while Sulaiman was  with the Prophet pbuh two persons were blaming each other. The face of one became red and his jugular veins swelled. the Prophet pbuh said: I know a statement if he or she say’s it then the person with anger will cool down. The person with anger  should say: “I seek refugee in Allah from satan the outcast.”

As noted in the hadiths documented by Bukhari, Messenger Muhammad pbuh said: “the strong man is in fact the person who controls himself at the time of anger.” Further, another hadith documented by Bukhari reports Messenger Muhammad pbuh stating: “Anger is the effect of shaytaan (satan) and shaytaan (satan) was created from fire. And water extinguishes fire.”

Hadith documented by Bukhari: “A man said to the Prophet, “Advise me!” The Prophet said, “Do not get angry.” The man asked (the same) again and again, and the Prophet said each time, “Do not get angry.”

Conclusion

Anger is a normal human emotion and everyone experiences it. Even Messiah Jesus pbuh experienced anger (remember the story when he overturned the tables?). However, like every other thing we experience, if anger is not controlled it becomes extremely destructive. Some Muslims, like many non-Muslims themselves, do allow their anger to rule them. For example, during the president Clinton’s era Iraq was bombed many times resulting the deaths of thousands innocent children. After 9/11 happened and almost 3000 Americans were killed, the U.S. retaliated with endless wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, horror stories of torture in Iraqi prisons, rape and killing civilians out of sport, etc. After Crystal Night in Germany, the pogroms of Jews had begun because Hitler enticed masses against Jews. Recently in France police killed a protester. In return, angry mob clashed with the police in Paris. Examples are many.

Is the violence to be excused? Of course not! As noted above by some examples, Islam teaches to restrain anger. Do Muslims always follow those teachings? No. It is my hope that Islam will not be judged by the actions of some of its followers, but that the followers will be judged by Islam.

References:

The Noble Qur’an

http://www.islamawareness.net/Anger/anger.html

http://rt.com/news/202519-pakistan-koran-christian-killing/

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