By Kaniz Fatma, New Age Islam
03 December 2018
God Almighty or His Prophets or Messengers never encouraged fight against peaceful civilians. If ever, they allowed fighting, they did so only against the persecutors, for the sake of restoring peace and tranquillity. We see some commands of God in the Quran and those of the Prophet in Ahadith which were meant for and applied to a war-related context. It is wrong to use them in the present context. But despite this fact, some radical “Muslims” use these commands out of context while some non-Muslims support such misinterpretation and happily get a chance to blame Islam for that misinterpretation, and in some cases, to express their inner hatred against Islam. Rather than this being a source of despair, those who are defending Islam by refuting such misinterpretations are doing good work for the cause of entire humanity, but ironically oftentimes some of our refuters are so much obsessed with such defensive nature and start being apologetic or behaving as if they have nothing more than that to prove Islam a religion of peace. At that time, they forget or ignore those messages of the Quran and Ahadith which have universal application and Muhkamat in their clarity.
As a humble student of Islam, I am presenting those forgotten and ignored messages of the Quran and Ahadith and ask all the Muslim readers to spread such beautiful messages as many times as possible. If they continuously spread such beautiful messages of peace, they will deserve special blessings of God Almighty in the world and the Hereafter.
“God commands justice and goodness and giving to fellowmen and He prohibits (Yanha) the abominable, the evil, and terrorism (Baghya), and instructs you that you may be mindful.” (16:90)
“And spend in the cause of God and do not cast yourselves into destruction with your own hands—and adopt spiritual excellence (Ihsan). Verily, God loves the spirituality excellent (Muhsinin) (2:195)
“On account of this, We prescribed (this commandment in the Torah sent down) to the children of Israel that whoever killed a person (unjustly), except as a punishment for murder or for (spreading) disorder in the land, it would be as if he killed all the people (of society); and whoever (saved him from unjust murder and) made him survive, it would be as if he saved the lives of all the people (of society, i.e., he rescued the collective system of human life). And indeed, our Messengers came to them with evident signs. Yet, even after that, the majority from amongst these people is certainly those who commit excesses on the land.” (5:32).
These Quranic verses value goodness, peace, protection of life for all mankind regardless of religion, culture, society and caste. The last Ayat says that the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) has come up with evident signs and yet people are committing excesses on the land. These evident signs can be seen in the following Ahadith:
Hazrat Ibn Masud reported that the Messenger of God (peace be upon him) said,
“The hell-fire is forbidden for every mild-mannered and even-tempered person who is close to people.” (Ahmad bin Hambal in al-Musnad, 1:415-3938).
Hazrat Aisha reported that the Messenger of God (peace be upon him) said,
“O’ Aisha, God is gentle and He loves gentleness. He bestows for the sake of gentleness what He does not bestow due to harshness.” (Muslim Shareef, ‘The Book of Piety, Filial Duty and Good Manners’, Chapter: The Virtue of Gentleness, 4:2003-2593).
According to Hazrat Abu Hurayra, the Messenger of God (peace be upon him),
“The most complete of the believers in faith is the finest of them in moral character, and best of you are those who are the kindest towards your womenfolk” (Tirmidhi in al-Sunan: Kitab al-Radaa, 3:466-1162).
Abdullah bin Masuud reported that the Messenger of God (peace be upon him), said,
“The true believer is not a defamer or curser or one given to vulgarities and obscenities.” (Al-Adab al-Mufrad Al-Bukhari, ‘Cursing and Defamation’: 312).
Imam al-Nasai and Ahmad bin Hambal reported from Abu Hurayra (ra) that the Messenger of God (peace be upon him) said,
“The true believer is he whom people trust with regard to their blood and their properties.” (al-Nasai in al-Sunan, Chapter: ‘The Quality of the True Believer’, 8:104-4995 and Ahmad bin Hambal in al-Musnad, 2:379-8918).
Jabir bin Abdullah said that the Messenger of God (peace be upon him) said,
“Allah is not merciful to him who is not merciful to people.” (Bukhari, Muslim).
Abdullah bin Umar said that the Messenger of God (peace be upon him) said, “The Merciful One shows mercy to those who are themselves merciful (to others). So show mercy to whatever is on earth, then He who is in heaven will show mercy to you “(Abu Dawud, Tirmidhi).
Hazrat Ibn ‘Umar said that the Messenger of God (peace be upon him) said,
“Do not talk for long without remembering God Almighty, for talking much without remembering Allah Almighty is hardness of the heart. The most distant among man from Allah Almighty is one with a hardened heart.” (Tirmidhi)
It is reported by ‘Iyad bin Himar al-Mujashi’i that the Messenger of God (peace be upon him) said:
“Allah Almighty has revealed to me: You should be humble so that no one boasts over his neighbour nor anyone oppresses his neighbour.” (Muslim)
Abu Hurairah said that the Messenger of God (peace be upon him) said, “By Allah, he does not (truly) believe! By Allah, he does not (truly) believe! By Allah, he does not (truly) believe! Someone asked: “Who, O’ Messenger of God?” He, the Prophet (peace be upon him), said: “He whose neighbour is not safe from his mischief.” (Bukhari, Muslim).
Narrated Abdullah ibn Amr: “Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said, “The best companion in Allah’s estimation is the one who is best to his companion, and the best neighbour in Allah’s estimation is the one who is best to his neighbour.” Tirmidhi and Darimi transmitted it, Tirmidhi saying this is a ‘Hasan Gharib’ tradition. Al-Tirmidhi, Number 1287
Imam Ahmad bin Hanbal narrated in his Musnad from Abd Allah bin Amr bin Al-As who reported that a man said, ‘O Messenger of God! What (person’s) Islam is best? The Prophet replied,
The one from whose tongue and hand all people are safe”. (Narrated by Imam bin Hanbal in al-Musnad, 2:187- 6753).
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