June 14, 2012 § 3 Comments
Despite many claims from the non-Muslims, Islam do not condone acts of cruelty and unfairness. Islam urges all of us to be kind, gentle and full of compassion in our daily lives, in our speeches and actions. In any manner, a Muslim is always expected to have a soft and peace-loving heart while always wishing good to all humanity. To do otherwise, is a contradiction to what Islam is all about.
“If you are not able to assist them, at least speak to them in a kind manner.” – [Qur’an 17:28]
“And speak to him with gentle speech that perhaps he may be reminded or fear [Allah]” – [Qur’an 20:44]
The Prophet SAW, the Companions, ‘ulama (scholars) have never been known to speak ill of anyone, let alone wishing harm befalls someone, even the enemies of Islam. They had always practiced the strength of making du’a, for Allah SWT to offer His Mercy, Grace and Blessings.
The Prophet SAW, on his return from At-Ta’if, where he was thrown with stones and extremely exhausted by the long tiring journey. Allah SWT had sent him Gabriel, accompanying the Angel of mountains who greeted him and said, “O Muhammad, Allah Almighty has heard what your people has said to you and sent me to order me to do whatever you want, if you want me to turn the two mountains (surrounding Mecca) upside down on them, I will do it.”
The Prophet, peace be upon him, said: “No, I hope that Allah SWT will bring from their descendants people who will worship Allah alone without associating partners with Him.”
[Sahih Bukhari, Book 54, Number 454]
Such was a fine example being shown to us on how to deal with adversities and harm caused by the enemies. The compassion and kindness of Islam needs to be shown. It is no longer sufficient for us to say that “Islam Is Great”. Rather, it has to be shown by our actions (and reactions) when dealing with people. And at the same time, make du’a for Allah SWT to guide them to the right path, the path of Islam.
An Islamic scholar once said “A Muslim cannot rejoice at the suffering of others. He should be reminded of one of the eminent Companions of the Prophet who cried to see those who were defeated by Muslims; when asked why is he crying, he said, “This fate has befallen them because of their disobedience; it could befall us too, if we do the same!”
Be Nice, Gentle and full of Compassion. Show that Islam Is Great.
June 7, 2012 § 10 Comments
From my previous article on Grooming the Young: Firm, Gentle & Compassion, there was a comment that highlighted the article to its core. The comment was by Arabian Roses who blogs at Arabian Roses’ Whispers. And she writes beautifully. And here’s her comment in its full glory:
[I recommend that people must learn by heart the following ahadith to learn how to deal with kids gracefully .
“He (the Prophet (saws)) was praying. When he performed sajdah, Hasan and Hussein jumped onto his back. When the people tried to stop them, he gestured them to leave the two alone. After offering his prayer, he placed them in his lap and said, ‘Whoever loves me should love these two.’” (Reported by Ibn Khuzaimah and Baihaqi)
“The Messenger of Allah (saws) was praying and he was carrying Umama the daughter of Zainab, the daughter of the Messenger of Allah, and she was the daughter of ‘As ibn Rabi’a ibn Abdu-Shams. When he prostrated, he put her down, and when he stood, he carried her (on his neck).” (Reported by Bukhari and Muslim)
“The Prophet (saws) said: ‘When I stand for prayer, I intend to prolong it, but on hearing the cries of a child, I cut it short, as I dislike to trouble the child’s mother.’” (Reported by Bukhari)]
Thank you Arabian Roses for the lovely comment, and more please.
June 3, 2012 § 4 Comments
Just last night, I was attending the Maghrib solah (prayer) at my local surau (masjid/mosque). As usual, there was this group of boys (age 7-14) standing in a saf of their own (behind everyone). Boys being boys, they would chat and giggle just when everyone is standing up and ready to perform the solah, right after the iqamah. And every time, there will be this few old men (more than 60 years old) would stare back at them, scowling and uttering some harsh remarks “Be silent”, “if you want to play go outside”, “stupid boys”. etc. And every time, I shook my head sadly, wishing that a more gentle way could have been observed.
And after a sermon by a scholar, we were ready to perform the Isya’ solah and again, the same routine occurred. Mind you, this has been going for ages. Again, I was wishing and thinking…there must be a better way to do this. Right after solah, when everyone was shaking each others hands and wishing Salam, an elderly man, much to my surprise, went over to this group of boys and perform a series of vocal volleys, which was really unnecessary. Adding to my disbelief, some of the men joined in as well. I knew I had to intervene, as I could see tears building up in their eyes.
I gathered all the boys and escorted them out of the surau and quietly asked them to go about their ways, and made them promise me that they would return for the prayers tomorrow night. I hurried home, fearing that a big argument would occur if I waited for the elderly to come out. More of offering them my respect, I guess.
On the way home, sadness enveloped me remembering how the young boys were treated. That is no way to teach young boys. They are so young and yet they are already visiting the house of Allah frequently (that in itself is already a Blessing by Allah). Much more frequent than the said elder-lies, just a few years ago. And young boys, talking and running and giggling (all at the same time, mostly) are always like that. They will soon outgrow that but surely, they will never forget the utter humiliation unleashed onto them that night.
Islam is a religion of compassion and there are codes of conduct to be observed when dealing with people (especially the young ones), who have delicate souls, hearts, emotions, and feelings. People want to feel love and acceptance. They want to see warm, inviting smiles that will reflect the greatness of Islam. They need to be shown on how the Prophet SAW dealt which such matters. Rasulullah SAW surely loved kids and would never have reacted in such a manner. The Prophet SAW (peace be upon him) never sugar-coated the truth or stopped calling to the way of Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala (exalted is He). Yet, it was his soft, gentle approach that made his message so palatable and soul-satisfying.
The Qur’an testifies: “So, by the mercy of Allah [O Muhammad], you were gentle with them—and had you been harsh or hard-hearted, they would have dispersed from around you. So, pardon them, and ask forgiveness for them and consult them about matters…” (Qur’an, 3:159).
Look at the beautiful advice of the Prophet SAW: “Make matters easy, and do not make them difficult; and give glad tidings and do not turn people away,” [Bukhari]. He also made gentleness a beautifying component of everything: “Gentleness is not in something except that it adorns it, and it is not stripped from something except that it ruins it,” [Muslim].
My fear is that, unless corrected, the boys when becoming older will do similar things to young boys during his time. It is how society has taught them and the cycle will repeat itself until the end of time. Lost will be the beautiful ways of Rasulullah SAW. Lost will be the chance to show Islam Is Great.
The important thing when advising the young ones is to adorn it with tact, kindness and humility. It is important to remember that guidance ultimately comes from God. We hope that by being Firm, Gentle and Compassionate, a breed of ummah with such virtues will arise in abundance, InsyaAllah.