This post is for my dear Twitter and Facebook “warriors” out there.
I mostly stay away from posting or discussing anything political or religious, not because I might get scared about the backlashes but more because I find it time-wasting and my conscience knows where it stands. But, I decided to put my fingers into thoughts with what’s been happening the world over for the past few days. Why? Because I’ve learnt over the years that when you remain silent, people automatically assume that you endorse such foolishness or you are not bothered much about your religion or whatever. And when you allow people to think that way, know that your silence becomes a silent form of acceptance. Plus this behaviour sickens me!
Where do I stand in this entire movie-defamation-insult-violence episode? Do I condemn the violence that’s taking place? YES!!
Do I condemn the amazing stupidity and foolishness of some boneheads who did the movie?! Absolutely.. double YESSS
Do I support the killing or destruction of embassies and property? NO!
Before you plaster my face with comments like blasphemy or the likes, read on. What I want to let the world know is beautifully summed up by some of the world’s most respected scholars of today, whom I’m blessed enough to be sharing Planet Earth with. I do not want to add anything more to what they say. You can read about it here, here , here and here. And of course, there are many more.
For those who like a visual treat..click here to listen to one of my favourite speakers, bro Nouman Ali Khan himself.
I was reading some very “heroic” comments and tweets (along with super hero pics, let me remind you) about how some people actually endorse these kind of violent acts and “would do anything to protect…” While I do not question your intentions, it is sad that you are adding to the chaos and misinterpretation of this religion which it is already undergoing.
Dear Facebook and Twitter “Warriors”:
It’s sad that people think this violence is what Islam endorses, and if you knew the seerah, you would have known how to respond, not with violence, but counter it with wisdom and beautiful preaching calling people to the way of Islam.
Unfortunately such “brave” comments and acts of violence has given the fools exactly what they needed for their idiotic “movie”: publicity. A trailer which was played in front of an almost empty crowd in a theatre has been made world-famous now, thanks to our “warriors” out there!
You expect YouTube to take down a video when your actions triggered millions to find out more? By doing so, you’ve ensured that the stupid movie receives more than a million hits every day..and then you expect YouTube to pull the video down?! Who you kidding?
The fools know exactly how to stir up the emotions of Muslims, and we play exactly according to the tune they put up, dance according to their script. We’ve allowed the whole world know about some stupid movie with acts of foolishness. #smh
If you “warriors” out there, hiding behind the computer screen and furiously hitting the keyboard, are really so “brave”, then please stand up and use your energy+resources+ anger in raising your voices against the atrocities being committed in Syria. Put your energy together and help in raising funds. With tens of thousands of refugees being pushed away from their houses and with winter right around the corner, our brethren in Syria have no refuge. Help them!
Or, perhaps our Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah swt be upon him) would have been happy if you could show your anger by raising the issue of Palestine that has been so cleverly brushed under the carpet by thugs. Voice out against that so the world sits up and takes notice of the atrocities that are being committed.
Or I ask you to stand up in front of a non-Muslim crowd and give dawah for 2 minutes and tell what Islam is!.
I ask you to follow the sunnnah and show your “heroism” when Islam is countered with stupid cultural practices like dowry and the like in your country. Be a man and tell your parents you will not accept money from the girl’s family. I ask you to stand up against domestic abuse in your own family.
I ‘ll tell you how you need to defend our Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah swt be upon him): Follow his sunnah. Learn, practice and adopt his teachings instead of following silly customs and traditions or following bi’dah and shirk.
So twitter and Facebook “warriors”, if you don’t have the heroism to do any of these, if you don’t have the heroism to stand up and help your brothers and sisters who are being oppressed in Syria, Palestine and elsewhere, if you don’t have the will power to raise money for sheltering your own brothers and sisters in faith, if you are not willing to follow the Prophet’s way and stand up for what he believed in, if you support your culture even if its against Islamic beliefs, if you fear the creation when it comes to delivering justice, if you know nothing about his sunnah and make no efforts to learn about it, then in that case, don’t call yourself defenders of the Prophet peace and blessings of Allah swt be upon him). That’s not called “defending”. By not following his sunnah, you’re indirectly mocking him too. And that is called hypocrisy. So, Zip It!
Actions speak louder than words?! Ever heard?! So show what Islam is all about to the people around you through your actions..instead of just talking and talking and talking!
This pic speaks for it all!
May Allah subhahanu wa ta’ala guide us all. Ameen