Correcting the Negative Thinking Towards Islam
Let us remind ourselves to fear Allah s.w.t. It is only when we fear Him can we be successful both in this world and the hereafter. And it is only when we fear Him that He will guide and teach us. And who can be a better guide and teacher than Allah s.w.t. Himself? Allah s.w.t says in surah Al-Baqarah, verse 282, which can be translated in English as: “So be afraid of Allah; and Allah teaches you.”
The Muslim community here and around the world are now going through a trying period. The events that have taken place this year have deeply affected the relationship between the Muslims and the non-Muslims. Some non-Muslims look at Muslims negatively as they think that we Muslims are responsible for much of the mischief and terrosist acts that have happened.
We Muslims have to correct this negative view. We have to show Islam as it is; a way of life that is beautiful. We have to correct the thinking that Islam teaches its followers to do acts of violence and mischief. In fact, those who want to make mischief are like hypocrites. Allah s.w.t says in Surah Al-Baqarah, verse 11 and 12 which can be translated in English as:
In English this means: “And when it is said to them: “Make not mischief on the earth,” they say: “We are only peace-makers.” Verily, they are the ones who make mischeif, but they perceive not.”
Islam teaches peace. In fact, the word “Islam” itself not only means “submission to Allah s.w.t” but it also means “peace”. Islam came as a mercy for mankind; Islam came to guide man to the highest standard of character so as to succeed as a human being. Rasulullah s.a.w says in a hadith from Baihaqi in which Abu Hurairah related, (which can be translated in English as): “Verily I have been sent to complete good character.”
Rasulullah s.a.w himself was sent as a mercy for all. As Allah s.w.t says in surah Anbiya’, verse 107, which can be translated in English as: In English, this means: “And We have sent you (O Muhammad) not but as a mercy for the ‘Alamin (mankind, jinn and all that exists).”
Islam that was taught by Rasulullah s.a.w is a religion that is both easy and provides ease for man. It’s neither troublesome nor frightening. Rasulullah s.a.w says in a hadith from Tarmizi and related by ‘Aisyah (which can be translated in English as): “Verily, Allah has sent me as a messenger (of the religion of Islam), and Allah has not sent me to make things difficult (for man).
So as Muslims who are supposed to follow the example of our beloved Prophet s.a.w, we too must make things easy and not be troublesome to others. This is clearly stated in the saying of Rasulullah s.a.w from Tarmizi and related by Abu Hurairah, (which can be translated in English as): “Verily you (O Muslims) have been sent to make things easy (for mankind) and not to make things difficult (for mankind).”
Islam teaches us to respect others as long as they’re not against us or as long as they don’t drive us out of our homes. This is clearly stated in Allah’s words in Surah Al-Mumtahanah, verse 8 and 9, which can be translated in English as: “Allah does not forbid you to deal justly and kindly with those who fought not against you on account of religion and did not not drive you out of your homes. Verily, Allah loves those who deal with equity. It is only as regards those who fought against you on account of religion, and have driven you out of your homes, and helped to drive you out, that Allah forbids you to befriend them. And whosoever will befriend them, then such are the Zalimun.”
An example of Rasulullah’s high standard of character is the respect that he showed to others, even those who have hurt him. It was narrated that Rasulullah had stood up to show respect when the dead body of a Jew was carried past him. He then told his companions that the dead Jew deserves respect as he’s also a fellow human being. In another narration, it was told that there was a woman who always hurt Rasulullah whenever he passed her house. One day, as Rasulullah passed her house, the woman was not around as usual to hurt him. So Rasulullah asked others what had happened to the woman. When told that the woman had fallen ill, Rasulullah immediately visited her and even helped to clean her house. The woman was so taken aback by Rasulullah’s good character that she eventually embraced Islam. Such are the fine examples of beautiful conduct by Rasulullah s.a.w, dear brothers that we, as Muslims, must follow.
We have to bring back the glory and honour of Islam. How do we do this? The best way is to show through our conduct that Islam is a religion that calls towards good; we have to practise what Islam preaches. Unfortunately, we find Muslims easily being emotional, getting angry at others and doing irrational things that are unbecoming of a person with a sound mind. This will only serve to give Islam a bad name.
May Allah help us in our efforts to bring back the glory and honour of Islam.