Defending the Prophet (saw) and his blessed supporters and lovers

From a dear brother:

“…I have a query, perhaps the answer of this is too obvious, but my heart is burdened, what should one do when one sees people disparaging the rank of the beloved messenger of Allah, may the perfect peace and blessings of Allah be upon him for as long as Allah exists, or making mockery of the lovers of the prophet, may Allah be well pleased with them and swell their ranks? As a lay-brother, I can bare to remain quite on many issues, but not on this one, of course I hope my actions always remain within the bounds of proper courtesy. What is proper for me to do? Speak a few words, or remain quite and allow them to defile and pollute the minds of others?

(I am not talking about the unintentional slip ups of scholars or aspects related to the Deobandi-Breliwi scenario, or deliberate time-wasting scholastic arguments – this question is asked away from all that, detached.)…”

Syaikh Gibril Fouad Haddad, in response to the above questions:

“…what should one do when one sees people disparaging the rank of the beloved messenger of Allah, may the perfect peace and blessings of Allah be upon him for as long as Allah exists…”

Assuming such disparagement is not self-evident but rather unintentional due to ignorance, as common contemporary Muslims who are mostly disconnected from the traditional environment of education and akhlaq, they should first be reminded that Allah Most High in His glorious Book time and again exalts the Holy Prophet and made honoring him, upon him blessings and peace, a categorical obligation with the verse:

“We have sent you (Prophet Muhammad) as a witness and as a bearer of glad tidings and warning, so that you (Muslims) believe in Allah and His Messenger and that you support and revere him (Prophet Muhammad), and exalt Him (Allah), morning and evening.” [48:8-9]

The Prophet, upon him blessings and peace, defined Religion as nothing other than Nasiha to Allah, His Messenger, His Book, the leaders of the Muslims, and their commonality. What is the meaning of “Nasiha to His Messenger”?

“As for nasiha to the Messenger of Allah upon him blessings and peace, it means confirming him with regard to the Message; believing in everything he conveyed; obeying his commands and prohibitions; aiding him alive and dead; opposing whoever opposes him; supporting whoever supports him; *magnifying his right and holding it in the greatest respect*…”Commentary (attributed to al-Nawawi) on the Forty Hadiths of Imam al-Nawawi.

It is advised they read the chapter in the Shifa of Qadi `Iyad in Chapter Two of Part Two entitled “On the Necessity of Loving the Prophet” which is available at http://http://www.israinternational.com/library/ topics/2004/ may.htm

Alternately: “When you see those engaged in vain discourse about Our signs, turn away from them until they turn to a different theme.” [6:68] “Let them alone to plunge and play, until they encounter that Day of theirs which they are promised.” [43:83, 70:42].

…”Or making “mockery of the lovers of the prophet, may Allah be well pleased with them and swell their ranks?”…

[O believers, let not any people scoff at another people who may be better than they…] (49:11) And when they saw the believers they would say: ‘These are truly misguided! Yet they were not sent to be their guardians.” [83:32-33].

“O believers, look after your own souls. He who is astray cannot hurt you, if you are rightly guided. Unto Allah shall you return, all together, and He will tell you what you were doing.” [5:105].

They should consider the Prophet’s witnessing in defense of the drunk Muslim: “Do not insult him, for he truly loves Allah and His Prophet.” The Prophet, upon him blessings and peace, was correcting the perception of some of the Sahaba concerning a transgressor, yet the Sahaba were more knowledgeable than us about right and wrong.

Qadi `Iyad in al-Shifa and Ibn Qunfudh in Wasilat al-Islam wrote: “Imam Ja`far al-Sadiq – Ja`far ibn Muhammad ibn `Ali ibn al-Husayn ibn `Ali ibn Abi Talib – would turn pale whenever he heard the Prophet salla Allahu `alayhi wa-Sallam mentioned while `Abd al-Rahman ibn al-Qasim ibn Muhammad ibn Abi Bakr al-Siddiq would turn red and stammer and, as for `Amir ibn `Abd Allah ibn al-Zubayr ibn al- `Awamm, he would weep until his eyes had no tears left in them.”

`A’isha said: “From my room I could tell apart the crying of Abu Bakr from the crying of `Umar. They were “merciful with each other” [Surat al-Fath 29].” (Musnad Ahmad.)

A contemporary Turkish author (Osman Nuri Topbash) wrote: “Mercy is a fire that is never extinguished in the heart of a Muslim. In this world, it is the distinguishing essence of being human. . . A believer is always on the first line of every struggle which bestows peace to the hearts of others.

Source: Sunna Principles

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