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The final chance for the bigots of France

Read Insulting the Prophet – The beginning of the end, a previous, related article by the same author, Abu Haneefa.

An ultimatum and final chance to the bigots and criminals of France

It is rare to find a threat in the Qur’ān where Allāh promised to punish the perpetrators of a crime in this world as well as the hereafter. Normally, the threats of punishment are reserved for the hereafter, thereby testing the faith of the believers and giving time for those who have committed crimes to repent and mend their ways. The noticeable exception is insulting the Prophet (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam):

Indeed, those who abuse Allāh and His Messenger – Allāh has cursed them in this world and the Hereafter and prepared for them a humiliating punishment.[1]

Insulting the Prophet Muḥammad (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam) is a crime so heinous in the sight of the al-Mighty, that He takes vengeance against its perpetrators in this world, whether they be individuals, communities or entire nations. Allāh promised in the Qur’ān:

Indeed, your enemy is the one cut off.[2]

Ibn Kathīr in explaining this famous verse states, ‘This verse was revealed about Al-ʿAs b. Waʿīl. Whenever the Messenger of Allāh would be mentioned in his presence he would say, `Leave him, for indeed he is a man who is cut off having no descendants. So when he dies he will not be remembered.’ How ironic that pagan leaders like Al-ʿAs b. Waʿīl faded into anonymity, and idolatry was wiped off the face of the Arabian peninsula within the lifetime of the Prophet (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam) himself, while the persona of the Prophet Muḥammad (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam) was elevated to an unparalleled status not enjoyed by any human being in the history of mankind. Michael Hart in his ‘The 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History’ described the Prophet Muḥammad (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam) as ‘supremely successful’ in both the religious and secular realms. Little wonder that Hart, despite being a Christian author, ranked the Prophet Muḥammad (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam) as the single most influential person in human history. For there is not a single moment that passes in the world today except that there is a caller to the prayer proclaiming across the skyline, ‘I bear witness that Muḥammad is the Messenger of Allāh’. There is not a single moment that passes in the world today except that there is a faithful believer, individually or in a gathering, sending salutations on the Prophet Muḥammad (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam). There is not a single moment that passes in the world today except that there is a Muslim re-enacting a form of worship first instituted by the Prophet Muḥammad (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam).

Also read: Insulting the Prophet – the beginning of the end by Abu Haneefah

Dialogue and debate are intrinsic to the Islamic tradition. In an atmosphere of peace and mutual respect, the Prophethood of the Prophet Muḥammad (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam) can be openly debated and even challenged by non-Muslims. However the consequences for a nation when it embraces the mockery of the Prophet Muḥammad (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam) are devastating. Late in the 19th year of Prophethood, on his return from signing the Treaty of Hudaibiyah that guaranteed peace between the early Muslims and the pagans of the Arabian Peninsula, the Prophet Muḥammad (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam) sent letters to the kings beyond Arabia calling them to Islām. In order to authenticate the credentials of his envoys, a silver seal was made in which were graven the words, ‘Muḥammad the Messenger of Allāh.’[3] The Persian emperor was enraged by the style of the letter, as the name of the Prophet had been put above his own name. He tore the letter into shreds and forthwith dictated a command to his viceroy in Yemen to send troopers to arrest the Prophet and bring him to his presence. The Prophet Muḥammad (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam) upon hearing of how his divine call was received invoked God against him, ‘May Allāh tear up his kingdom.’ As soon as the troopers reached the city of Madīnah, the Prophet Muḥammad (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam) was informed by divine revelation that the emperor of Persia had been murdered by his own son. The Prophet Muḥammad (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam) disclosed to them, ‘My Lord has killed your lord’. The news stunned the troopers, and the Prophet Muḥammad (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam) instructed them to tell their new monarch that Islām would prevail everywhere and outstrip the sovereignty of the Persian empire. Thus an empire with a proud and glorious past was demolished, almost overnight. Consigned to the annals of history, no trace remains of their kingdom and their proud rulers have left no legacy.

Many Muslims, uncomfortable with the prospect of a values based confrontation with their own societies, have sought to invoke the merciful and forgiving character of the Prophet Muḥammad (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam) as an evidence for not speaking out against the publications or, worse still, joining the demonstrations supporting the publication of the cartoons. First of all there are many instances where the Prophet Muḥammad (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam) has exacted deadly revenge against those who insulted and mocked him, while on other occasions he has chosen to forgive them. Without delving into a detailed analysis of the evidences it only serves to illustrate that the Prophet Muḥammad (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam) responded according to the context of the situation. But with the passing away of the Prophet Muḥammad (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam) the door to forgiveness is firmly closed as only he can forgive the abuse of his rights. No Muslim would be brazen enough to claim that he or she has the right to speak on behalf of the Prophet Muḥammad (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam) and forgive on his behalf. The actions of the gunmen who raided the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo killing 12 people is deplorable. How is it that the religion of justice could possibly sanction a handful of gunmen to go on the rampage as judges, jury and executioners, bringing mayhem to the streets of a civilian population and deciding themselves without any due process who is to live and who is to be gunned down? Through their confused attacks, claiming to represent rival armed groups in Syria, they have imposed the consequences of their actions on the entire Muslim community while they have been given no authority by the Muslim community to act on their behalf. Even the Prophet Muḥammad (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam) sought counsel from the Companions before engaging in the Battle of Badr, despite being a Prophet guided by revelation and despite being the Head of state. The Companions had to renew their commitment to defending the Prophet Muḥammad (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam) beyond the boundaries of Madīnah, effectively giving the Prophet Muḥammad (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam) the mandate to act on their behalf and incur casualties. Yet here we have a group of masked gunmen carrying out atrocities that have catastrophic consequences for the entire world with no authority and no legitimacy and no due process. Further still, in claiming to defend the Prophet Muḥammad (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam), they have in fact through their actions proliferated the publication of the cartoons and increased their circulation.

The nation of France today stands at a precipice facing a self-imposed, existential threat from the al-Mighty. It has become completely intoxicated with its own bigotry and bloody, colonial past, as well as the temporary outpouring of global sympathy. In its vigorous attempts to defend a group of vile fringe cartoonists who took great pleasure in celebrating the Rabaa massacre in Egypt, and the abduction of 219 school girls in Nigeria, this nation has taken itself to the very edge of extinction. This is not a threat from the ‘extremists’ of the Muslim world. The Muslim world is in such a state of abject weakness that there has been no condemnation from any head of state, besides the Turkish President, Erdogan, of the incendiary actions of the French government in promoting the publication of further cartoons. Wednesday the 13 January will mark the latest publication of 3 million copies of the Charlie Hebdo edition featuring a front page caricature of the Prophet (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam). It is the boldest attempt to incur Divine wrath seen in modern times.

The 12th century Muslim historian, al-Suhayli, reports that Heraclius, the Emperor of the Byzantine Empire ordered the letter of the Prophet Muḥammad (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam) to be preserved in a golden tube. It was venerated by successive generations of monarchs until it reached the monarchs that conquered Toledo in central Spain. ʿAbdul Malik b. Saʿd, a commander of the Muslim armies in Spain narrates that a Christian king brought forth the letter from a golden tube and identified it as the letter of the Prophet Muḥammad (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam). ʿAbdul Malik wept and asked permission to kiss the letter which was not granted. Being a people of Christian origin, endowed with knowledge of the Gospels, they fully recognised the Prophethood of the Prophet Muḥammad (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam). More importantly they understood that venerating the signs of this Prophet, such as his letter, was a sure means of preserving their power and legacy and securing their very existence.

Source: www.islam21c.com

Notes:

[1] Al-Qur’ān, 33:57

[2] Al-Qur’ān, 108:3

[3] Sahih Al-Bukhārī [2/872,873]

About Ustadh Abu Haneefah Sohail

Abu Haneefah is an educationalist and student of knowledge. He has worked extensively in community projects in the UK. He holds regular study circles on reflections on the Qur'ān and his field of expertise is the tarbiyya of young people.

12 comments

  1. Try as I might I cant make sense of this article. How Allah punishes a nation and when is the knowledge of Allah alone.

    What these cartoons are doing is not insulting our Prophet (saw) but rather they are tryimg to insult and offend us the muslims. However we have neither the unity of purpose or the economic and political power to effectively respond. It is an easy way for a failing media outlet to gain attention and publicity. Many times our response simply plays into their hands.

    • Spot on.

      In FACT what the Quran says is not in accordance to what the author of this article wants us to accept, let us see what he Quran has to say for itself;

      “Not for you is the decision whether He should forgive them or punish them, for indeed, they are wrongdoers.

      And to Allah belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth. He forgives whom He wills and punishes whom He wills. And Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.

      O you who have believed, do not consume usury, doubled and multiplied, but fear Allah that you may be successful”

      * Surah 3 Verses 128-130

      If you put your burning hatred and malice aside for a second and judge according to the QURAN, it is clear that we have no say on who will be punished, when and how, rather we are TOLD that Allah punishes and forgives whomever HE wills (and YES, He is the FORGIVING as the Ayah further emphasises even after affirming the sinfulness of those mentioned),

      More importantly for us, attention is moved away from the sinners and re-directed towards our own selves when Allah commands US to stop consuming interest, perhaps if we took the Quranic narrative and stopped looking at others we would be SUCCESSFUL as the Quran states at the end

      On another note – for you to be issuing “final warnings” in the name of God is very arrogant to say the least, when did you receive revelation?

      • Amazing response and so thought provoking!

        Salaam

      • And yet Sharia law prescribes the death penalty for offending the prophet of Islam (PBUB), which is clearly a “worldly” punishment, not one for the here-after.
        Following Ibrahim’s thought, this in turn this suggests that the Sharia is corrupt and cannot therefore be called “the law of Allah” or similar – it must be regarded as man-made (or man-corrupted if you prefer).
        Alternatively, it could be that Ibrahim is mistaken in his exegesis. Perhaps I am being silly here, but I’d rather take the consensus of the authors of the schools of Jurisprudence over a commentator here.

        • “Perhaps I am being silly here” – yes, you are being very silly – Yaya.

          “Following Ibrahim’s thought, this in turn this suggests that the Sharia is corrupt and cannot therefore be called “the law of Allah” or similar – it must be regarded as man-made (or man-corrupted if you prefer).”

          ” this in turn this suggests ” > Yaya, do you know the difference between inductive and deductive reasoning? I am impressed – I mean the way you jump from a sound premise and fall into a perfect logical disjunction to end up in pure conjecture is truly phenomenal.

          According to your

          Divine Wrath > Not applicable for Dunya > Contradicts Shariah > Shariah is Corrupt

          “I’d rather take the consensus of the authors of the schools of Jurisprudence”
          One word for the above statement “Phenomenal” – you mean to say that you have gathered the opinions of ALL the schools of jurisprudence and understand them all? bravo 3leik

          I recommend brushing up a little on your reading and analytical skills though
          Listen, I sincerely PRAY that you are not reading books of Jurisprudence or Shariah law and drawing direct conclusions from these texts, because with your advance level of deductive reasoning that would be very dangerous indeed.

  2. I would just like to address the fact that Islam means submission. Submission to one god (Allah swt),
    Now maybe my notion of submitting to someone is wrong but to try and submit radically is a task I ask anyone if it is possible, if anything submitting in Islam is done through core characteristics such as sincerity, compassion, mercy and so on all these characteristics are modest and kind and the meaning of radical has the characteristics of being serious, forceful, profound, drastic, stringent even violent and so on. Too even put the two words together makes no sense at all (radical Islam) because the sets of definitions are total opposites of one another, so therefore I come to the conclusion the words radical islam can’t be put together as you can either be one or the other so you either are radical or islamic not both.

    • Takdhir:
      The word “radical” actually means “to the root”.
      So a “radical” Muslim is one who has gone “to the root” of his/her Imaan.
      The Root of Islam is the Koran, so a “radical” Muslim must be one who has read, understood and acted on the teachings the Koran.
      The Koran tells Muslims “to obey Allah and the Prophet(PBUH)” ~ 50 times.
      Ergo, being a “radical” Muslim means OBEYING ALLAH AND PROPET MOHAMMED and this is the Submission demanded. Submitting makes one of “al-muttaqoon” (the faithful).
      Since you say that a “radical” has “characteristics of being serious, forceful, profound, drastic, stringent even violent and so on”, you imply that Allah and Mohammed(PBUH) also have these characteristics which must be derived from the Koran and Sunnah.
      Ergo, “true believers” in Islam are therefore what you call “radicals”.
      Was that your intent?

  3. Whilst feeling upset about the recent deliberate attempts to insult Muslims I am hopeful the republication of the distasteful cartoons will serve as an impetus for people in all corners of the globe to open their minds and read about the great life of Prophet Mohammed PBUH and when they do I am confident there will be upsurge in the number of people accepting Islam much to the perpetrators regret, disgrace and humiliation in this life and much severe humiliating punishment in the hereafter.

    • 5 million people who wouldn’t normally buy it will have the chance to see how unfunny it is. It will become a global joke that the French hold this magazine more sacred than all else. That they define themselves by unfunny crude and racist scribbling like the badly mannored dim children sniggering at the back of the class while the smart kids are learning something useful.

    • AbdullahAbdullah

      “…I am confident there will be upsurge in the number of people accepting Islam much to the perpetrators regret, disgrace and humiliation in this life and much severe humiliating punishment in the hereafter.”

      > threat and intimidation won’t ATTRACT, though it may FORCE. Is this the disposition wanted, that makes us feel good and proud?

      • The formula of violence and threat of it have worked thus far, why should we change out policy now? after all, it is what the West and the rest of humanity has come to expect from the Muslims, we are only proving them right

        What makes me laugh is how we are passing around that viral video of a French Muslim filmed outside yelling to the French public “we want to save you from Hell” whereas it would have been so much more simpathetic and genuine to have said “We want to invite you to Paradise” – we need to learn how to express ourselves better, a lot of rage trapped inside but no intelligent outlet for it.

        May Allah grant us Hikmah

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