ʿAqīl المُصْطَفَوِي

ʿAqīl المُصْطَفَوِي



“Muslims have a choice to not be offended by a cartoon” is an opinion that I wholeheartedly disagree with. Firstly, it’s not just about the cartoon. It’s about the action and intent to disrespect our Beloved Prophet ﷺ. Reducing it to “just a cartoon”...

means denying the feelings Muslims have when they see the honour of our Prophet ﷺ desecrated. Because it implies that it’s irrational for Muslims to feel angered with lowly caricatures of the Prophet ﷺ. Secondly, is there really a choice in not feeling anger towards it?

Even in the second chapter of Sahīh Bukhārī, in the Book of Faith, there are already two hadīth on the necessity of loving the Prophet ﷺ. One of them being: The Prophet ﷺ said: "None of you will have faith till he loves me more than his father, his children and all mankind."

Imām ibn Hajar al-Asqalānī when commenting on this hadīth in Fath al-Bārī mentions what Imām al-Qurtubī said: “Each person who believes in Prophet Muhammad ﷺ with true faith will never be divorced from feeling love to him ﷺ, even though their loves differ in intensity...”

Do people realise that Muslims love the Prophet ﷺ more than any other human being—more than life itself? So, no. There is no choice in not feeling anger towards those that insult him ﷺ. There is also no compromise in upholding the honour of our Prophet ﷺ.

However, there is a choice in how to respond to these attacks on our Prophet ﷺ. While we condemn terrorism and violence, it is not enough to remain silent to those that openly insult our Beloved ﷺ. Instead, we should respond with the manners and wisdom that he ﷺ taught us.

Some people are also responding by boycotting French products, calling out France’s hypocrisy and criticising its laïcité value. If you don’t like it, there’s really nothing to be said to you except: موتوا بغيظكم

Thirdly, some people are saying “criticism of Islam is allowed in freedom of speech”. Okay, but if you think downright mockery of Islam is the pinnacle of criticism, then it makes sense why critics of Islam never have anything intellectually substantive to present against Islam.

Wallāhu a’lam.

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