The polytheists of Makkah Mukarramah were famous for their taunting and mockery of Rasūlullāh sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam.
They swore at him, spat in his face, threw dirt on him, banished him and waged war on him. After migration to Madinah Munawwarah also, the Jewish tribes left no stone unturned in troubling the Muslims and had even attempted to assassinate Rasūlullāh sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam. The malicious and jealous would compose poetry in order to ridicule and mock at Rasūlullāh sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam.
Despite these great troubles upon him, he was patient and Allāh Ta’ālā helped him against his enemies in various ways. Those who taunted and mocked Rasūlullāh sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam met a terrible fate. The status of Rasūlullāh sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam has and will never be tarnished by the mockery and taunting of any free thinking leader, atheist or modernist – no matter the pretext.
In this day and age, people use other methods like movies and cartoons to do the same type of mockery and taunting.
The hearts of Muslims in the world are pained at the actions of the various secular authorities in allowing such mockery. The freedom of speech pretext is nothing but a clear expression of Islamophobia.
Whilst this has been said, let us understand the issue at hand and then make a firm resolution to make our voice heard. Moreover, let us use all possible means to draw the mercy of Allāh Ta’ālā, through the intercession of Rasūlullāh sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam upon us and ask Allāh Ta’ālā to let them see the results of their trampling upon the sensitivities of Islam and the Muslims.
Surely We will be sufficient for you against the mockers, who set up other deities with Allāh. They will soon come to know. We certainly know that your heart is truly distressed by what they say. So glorify the praises of your Rabb and be one of those who always pray, and worship your Rabb until the inevitable comes your way.
Allāmah Kirmānī rahimahullāh says that this verse refers to the 7 persons who threw dirt on the back of Rasūlullāh sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam while he was performing Salāh. They were all killed at Badr.
Ma’ālim-ut-Tanzīl reports that this verse refers to 5 people in particular; Walīd Ibn Mughīrah, ‘Ās Ibn Wā’il, Aswad Ibn Abdul Muttalib, Aswad Ibn Abd Yaghūth and Hārith Ibn Qays.
Once while they were making Tawāf of the Ka’bah, Jibrīl ‘alayhi as-salām came to Rasūlullāh sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam and asked about Walīd, “How do you find this person?” When Rasūlullāh sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam replied that he was an evil person, Jibrīl ‘alayhi as-salām pointed to Walīd’s leg and said, “You have been protected from him.” Walīd was wearing a Yemeni shawl and was dragging his lower garment while walking. He happened to pass by a person from the tribe of Khuzā’ah, who had many arrows lying about. As Walīd passed, an arrowhead pierced his foot. Because of his pride, he did not look down to see what had happened but continued walking. The arrowhead gradually penetrated deeper into his foot, causing great injury. This wound caused him to fall ill, and he eventually died of this wound.
When ‘Ās Ibn Wā’il passed by Rasūlullāh sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam, Jibrīl ‘alayhi as-salām asked Rasūlullāh sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam what he thought of him. When Nabī sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam replied that he was also an evil person, Jibrīl ‘alayhi as-salām pointed to the soles of ‘Ās’s feet and said, “You will be protected from him.” Thereafter, ‘Ās was once playing with his two sons when he stepped upon a thorny plant in one of the valleys of Makkah Mukarramah. The thorn caused his feet to swell to the size of a camel’s neck. This injury resulted in his death.
When Aswad Ibn Abdul Muttalib passed by, Jibrīl ‘alayhi as-salām posed the same question to Rasūlullāh sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam and received the same reply. Jibrīl ‘alayhi as-salām pointed to Aswad’s eyes and said, “You will be protected from him.” Aswad later became blind and continuously banged his head on the wall shouting, “The Rabb of Muhammad sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam has killed me.” He died in this way.
When Jibrīl ‘alayhi as-salām asked Rasūlullāh sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam about Aswad Ibn Abd Yaghūth, he replied, “He is an evil person, even though he is the son of my maternal uncle.” Jibrīl ‘alayhi as-salām pointed to Aswad’s stomach saying, “You will be protected from him.” He subsequently died of a stomach illness.
When Hārith Ibn Qays passed, Jibrīl ‘alayhi as-salām received the same reply to his question. He pointed to the head of Hārith and said, “You will be protected from him.” He eventually died after pus flowed ceaselessly from his nose.
Allāh Ta’ālā has taken it upon himself to suffice for those who mock and ridicule Rasūlullāh sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam. He will deal with all leaders and people according to His will. This has been witnessed throughout history and Insha Allāh, we shall continue to see it the same. The hard work is upon us now.
There was a Mogul leader who converted to Christianity. Due to this, a group of prominent Christian and Mogul leaders came to visit him.
During the visit, one of the group began attacking the honour and speaking ill of Rasūlullāh sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam. He continued reviling Rasūlullāh sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam until a hunting dog which was tied nearby suddenly leaped on him and began to scratch and claw at him until several men were eventually able to restrain it and free the man.
On seeing this, one of the group said to him, “The dog attacked you because you were speaking ill of Rasūlullāh sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam.”
“Never!” he exclaimed, “The dog is very noble. When I was gesturing with my hand, it thought I wanted to hit it. That is why it attacked me.”
Saying this, he foolishly went on speaking ill of Rasūlullāh sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam. As he did so, the dog immediately leaped up and attacked him once again, this time tearing out his throat and killing him instantly. The devotion of this dog to the honour of Rasūlullāh sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam had such an effect on their hearts that on witnessing the scene, approximately forty thousand Moguls accepted Islam.
How to Defend Rasūlullāh ﷺ
One of the most important ways in which we can honour him is to revive every single Sunnah practice. If devotion to Rasūlullāh sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam can draw people to Islām, imagine the change that we can make if we become devoted to the Sunnah of Rasūlullāh sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam.
What is binding on me?
1. As a Muslim, a person who professes īmān, it is binding to reaffirm and renew our īmān in Allāh and Rasūlullāh sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam on a daily basis. One must attest to the Nubuwwat and Risālat of Rasūlullāh sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam and at the same time, one must denounce and refute all the liars and imposters who claimed and claim this lofty position. Amongst the liars and imposters of this time are Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiyani and Fethullah Gulen. Our īmān is at stake if we doubt the Nubuwwat and Risālat of Rasūlullāh sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam. Moreover, we must attest to and verify everything that came from Rasūlullāh sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam and state so too.
2. Obedience to Rasūlullāh sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam and following his every practice. A Muslim is bound to submit outwardly and inwardly to the guidance and instruction of Rasūlullāh sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam. There should be no reservation in the heart whatsoever in this regard.
3. Love for Rasūlullāh sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam is essential and one cannot be a complete and true believer until and unless Rasūlullāh sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam becomes more beloved to him than the entire humanity. If a person is true in his love, he will follow the practices of Rasūlullāh sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam and not turn to innovation. As innovation is a means of destroying the building of Islam.
4. One must adhere to all his sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam commands and stay away from whatever he sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam has forbidden. This must be done whether there is ease or difficulty, our mission must be to enliven his way, no matter the condition or circumstance.
5. A sign of love for him sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam is that one speaks about him and remembers him abundantly. One recites thousands of Salawāt and Durūd upon him daily. One has fervent desire in the heart to meet him and shows great honour when he is spoken about. Moreover, one has great love for all those that were beloved to him, like his spouses, family and companions. One should also express dislike for those who he disliked and hated. This must be done solely for the pleasure of Allāh Ta’ālā.
6. All Muslims must study the life of Sayyidunā Muhammad Rasūlullāh sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam and learn so much about him that one is able to defend his honour and invite others to his way and path.
7. The honour and respect for Rasūlullāh sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam even after he moved on from this temporary abode is binding upon us in the same way as it is if he were to be living amongst us. One must respect his name, his way, his instruction and guidance, and everything associated to him.
Safwān Ibn Sulaym, one of the pious predecessors, was such that whenever the name of Rasūlullāh sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam was taken, he would begin to cry. He would stay in this condition even after people would get up and go away.
Imām Mālik rahimahullāh would take a bath, apply perfume and wear beautiful clothing, he would tie a turban and place a shawl over his head and then he would come out to teach the blessed Ahādīth of Rasūlullāh sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam.
8. One of the greatest rights of Rasūlullāh sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam upon us is to visit him. Visiting his grave is like visiting him when he was alive in the world. May Allāh Ta’ālā bless us all with the chance to visit the grave of Rasūlullāh sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam.
9. All Muslims must engage in du’ā for the guidance of humanity at large. In addition, we must turn to Allāh Ta’ālā in sincere repentance for our own misdeeds that has brought destruction upon us. We make du’ā for all our Muslim brothers and sisters in various parts of the world that are challenged to express their belief, faith and love in Sayyidunā Muhammad Rasūlullāh sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam.
May Allāh Ta’ālā bless us with the ability to defend the honour of Rasūlullāh sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam, his family and companions at all times, and grant us the ability to live a life according to the blessed Sunnah. Āmīn
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