He also taught us a very valuable lesson regarding emotions. The Holy Prophet (S.A.W) was indeed grieved by this incident, he was hurt, and
didn't realize where he was until he arrived at the garden. When the angel came, the Prophet (S.A.W) did not react emotionally, rather he acted logically and intellectually. He allowed his emotions to be controlled and he reacted in a wise and very humane manner.
And you still ask us why we love him?
On the Day of Judgment, when time will be excessively long and extremely difficult to pass with the sun over our heads and the fire of Hell too close. On that day the sun will burn with ten years of heat. The state of thirst (may our Lord never show us), the heat (may our Lord save us) will be so severe that the perspiration will be absorbed in the ground causing it to overflow, which in turn will cover the people up to their necks. The level of perspiration will be enough for ships to float on, but in reality people will be drowning in it. They will be extremely terrified as if their souls are stuck in their throats.
Exhausted of these terrifying torments they will start looking for an Intercessor. They will all turn to Adam , Nooh (Prophet Noah), Ibrahim Khalilullah (Prophet Abraham) , Moosa Kaleemullah (Prophet Moses) and Isa Roohullah (Prophet Jesus) but will receive the reply that they
can't bear to hear. All the Prophets will acknowledge that they don't have the rank, are not worthy of and do not have the power to open the door of Intercession. They will say,
'Today we are worried about ourselves, go to somebody else'.
Finally they will reach the Beloved of Allah, the Seal of the Prophethood, the Master of the first and the last, the Mercy of the Universe who will proclaim,
'I am for this, I am for this, I am the Intercessor'. He will then turn to his Lord and go into prostration. His Lord will state,
'Ya Muhammed! Lift your head, say and you will be heard, ask and you will be granted, Intercede and your Intercession will be
This is the 'Maqam-e-Mehmood' where all the people from the beginning to the end will praise the Holy Prophet (S.A.W). All those who believed and disbelieved will witness the distinctive status that the Holy Prophet enjoys in the Court of Allah Almighty and the prominence that he holds. All Praise is to Allah.
This is the reason that the people will be made to go to all the other Prophets only to be turned away disappointed showing that no
one on that day, will have the power and authority to open the door of Intercession other than our Beloved Prophet (S.A.W). All this is narrated in Bukhari Sharif and Muslim Sharif alike and is too long and well known to be quoted.
My friends, we love him (S.A.W) more than our own selves, so please do not insult the Best of Mankind again!
And now for all my Muslim brothers and sisters: Go back to Allah's Book, and try to understand the world for what it really is.
Keep this in mind that only Allah can help us! Whatever's happening right now, it's only supposed to increase our faith.
We heard the Messenger of Allah (S.A.W) tell this to us 1,400 years ago.
"The People will soon summon one another to attack you from every place in the same way that a pack calls around its prey" Someone asked, "Will that be because of our small numbers at that time?" He replied, "No, you will be numerous at that time: but you will be froth and scum like that carried down by a torrent (of water), and Allah will take the fear of you from the breasts (hearts) of your enemy and cast al-wahn into your hearts." Someone asked, "O Messenger of Allah , what is al-wahn?" He replied, "Love of the world and dislike of death."
[An authentic hadith recorded by Abu Dawud and Ahmad]
So, once we all have reaffirmed our faith, promise to yourselves that you will
respond to these situations by saying that "Allah is enough for us" and "He is enough to take care of all of our matters."
And to all those who want to protest, please remain steadfast, and protest ONLY in a calm manner because violence only appeals to the minds of the illiterate and uneducated. We do not want any wounds inflicted on the image of Muslims or the Holy Prophet (S.A.W).
We also need to understand one thing, Allah (S.W.T) will NEVER let our Prophet (S.A.W) be embarrassed or disrespected, not in this world and not in the next. So don't even worry about these shameless
tactics. Trust me, they're all in vain. So just stop, just stop the violence, stop thinking about taking revenge etc. and start turning back to Allah and ask for His guidance and help. Surely, He alone is our Protector and Friend. The people pursuing these shameless acts, surely, they do not have a Protector.
And just to give you all a small example in order to explain what I mean, here's a small narration
that happened during the life time of the Holy Prophet (S.A.W):*(3)
During the Banu Al-Mustaliq Expedition, Jaabir inb 'Abdullah said, "We were on a
military expedition, and during it a man from the Muhajiroon kicked a man from the Ansaar. The Ansaar said, 'Help, O people of the Ansar.' And the Muhajiroon man said, 'Help, O people of the Muhajiroon.' Hearing those cries for help, the
Messenger of Allah (S.A.W) said, 'What is the matter with you that you make a call from the pre-Islamic times of ignorance ? (i.e., you are not calling help from your fellow believers, but instead from your fellow tribesmen, which is a characteristic not of Islam, but of ignorance)'
They said, 'O Messenger of Allah (S.A.W), a man from the Muhajiroon kicked a man from the Ansaar.'
The Prophet (S.A.W) said: 'Leave it (i.e., abstain from making the call for help that you made), for it is evil.'
Hearing about what just transpired, Abdullah ibn Ubai said, 'Did they really do that? Lo! By Allah, if we return to Madeenah, the noble ones among
us (i.e., the native dwellers of Madeenah) will expel the ignoble ones among us
(i.e., those who migrated to Madeenah.)' Ibn Ubai's words were conveyed to the Prophet (S.A.W) and Umar (R.A) [who was in his company] said, ' O Messenger of Allah, allow me to strike the neck of this hypocrite (i.e., Ibn Ubai).' The Prophet (S.A.W) said:
'Leave him. Let not people say that Muhammad kills his companions.' *(4)
According to one narraration, 'Umar ibn Al-Khattab (R.A) said to the Prophet (S.A.W),
"Order 'Abbaad ibn Bishr' to kill him," to which the Prophet (S.A.W) responded:
"Then how will it be, O 'Umar, when people say that Muhammad kills his companions. No, announce that we are departing [from here]."
It was a time of the day during which the Prophet (S.A.W) never left camp and resumed a journey, but that day was an exception.
Here the Prophet (S.A.W) taught us the importance of weighting the benefits and harms of an action before arriving at a final decision regarding it. When it comes to government and to the affairs of the state, reputation counts. Public perception, both among Muslims and non - Muslims can have a significant effect on people's decision about Islam. After all, there was a great difference between people saying how much the Companions (R.A) loved the Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W), and between people saying that Muhammad (S.A.W) killed his Companions (R.A). So, yes, Ibn Ubai, based on his vile deeds, deserved to die; but killing him would have led to an evil that was greater than the benefit that would have been derived by killing him.
This lesson was taught to us almost 1400 years ago, and we're being tested right now.
My sincerest advice to all of you, think wisely before you do/say anything. Think about the consequences of your actions before doing them.
Lastly, I conclude with one of the verses of the Holy Quran that immediately came to my mind when I started to grieve about the situation:
"(Believers), you will certainly be put to test in regard to your properties and lives, and you will certainly hear many hurtful things from those who were granted the Book before you, and from those who have associated others with Allah in His Divinity. If you remain patient and God-fearing this indeed is a matter of great resolution."
SubhanAllah! So what does this tell us? That this is all a test my friends, this is all a test.
May Allah (S.W.T) have His Mercy on all of us, and may He guide us all towards the right path.
*(1) All credit goes to Yasir Qadhi for his beautiful words (that he used to describe the incident of
Taif) that I just had to write down in this article. Though I had to shorten it to fill the
article's needs (i.e. some details from the video haven't been mentioned here), but nonetheless, all credit goes to him. His video can be found on you tube by the name
'16 - The Life of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) - Incident of Taif - Sh. Yasir Qadhi'
*(2) Taken from the Article Intercession By The Holy Prophet (S.A.W) Author: Imam Ahle Sunnat
Aa'la Hazrat, Imam Ahmed Rida Khan
*(3) Taken from the Book 'The Biography of Caliph Umar Ibn Al Khattaab
1' by Dr. Ali Muhammad Muhammad As Sallaabee (From pages 124-126)
*(4) Refer to As-Seerah An Nabawiyyah As-Saheehah (2/409). At-Tirmithee, Bukhari, Muslim and Imam Ahmad also related this
*(5) Refer to As-Seerah An Nabawiyyah, by Ibn Hishaam (3/319)
Ali Riaz is a member of MSA at Illinois
Institute of Technology.