By Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam
20 Feb, 2015
The writings and speeches of many present-day Muslim scholars and spokesmen are replete with negativity. They think and claim that the Muslim community across the world is ‘being destroyed’. This is undoubtedly an un-Islamic way of thinking because it goes against the example set by the Prophet Muhammad.
The Prophet lived in the first half of the 7th century C.E.. At the time that he received prophethood, Makkah was controlled by polytheists and Madinah was under Jewish domination. Large parts of the Arabian peninsula were under Byzantine and the Sassanian rulers, who were opposed to Islam. You can gauge their hostility to Islam from the fact that when the Prophet sent a missionary letter, through one of his Companions, to the ruler of Persia, the latter tore up the letter and threw it away and said: “He writes to me—and he is my slave!” (Al-Bidayah wan-Nihayah, 4/307).
The conditions, then, in those times were a thousand times more severe than what Muslims face today. And yet the Prophet of Islam never expressed any negative reaction against these conditions.
In the light of this, present-day Muslim leaders must change their thinking, instead of demonstrating against and fighting with others.