Know him before you judge!

  • | Thursday, 5 November, 2020
Know him before you judge!

   Our shining example Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was a religious, social, and political leader, to the extent that a lot of non-Muslims bore testimony to his great character. Nowadays we notice that some people judge him without having prior knowledge about his character or biography. Most recently, French President Emmanuel Macron has invoked the ire of Muslims worldwide after he pledged to fight "Islamist separatism" and defended the right to publish blasphemous caricatures of Prophet Muhammad not paying heed to the fact that such depictions of Prophet Muhammad are offensive to the sentiments of Muslims.

In France, the Charlie Hebdo cartoons have become icons of a secular tradition that dates back to the Revolution. Macron delivered a spirited defense of free speech and secular values after a French high school teacher had been beheaded for displaying caricatures of Prophet Muhammad. He vigorously defended the controversial cartoons, saying they are protected under the right to free speech. He later added that they would not renounce the caricatures.

Macron's government is also planning a new bill to combat "Islamist separatism." Macron has said that Islamists have created a parallel culture in France that rejects the French values, customs and laws. He also said that Islam is "a religion that is in crisis all over the world" and that Muslim positions are "hardening." Al-Azhar, acting out of its capacity as the largest mainstream Islamic authority in the world, has denounced the cartoons, noting that Macron's comments were a part of a systematic campaign to use Islam to win political battles.

On the other side, there are a lot of non-Muslims, some of whom converted to Islam, who bore testimony to the fact that Islam is a great religion. For example, the French Sophie Pétronin, once held as hostage, shocked France by revealing that she converted to Islam during her four-year captivity in Mali. Upon her release, Pétronin declared that she would pray for Mali to implore the blessings and mercy of Allah because she became a Muslim.

One of those who also bore witness to the great character of the Prophet was Mahatma Gandhi, who is reported to have said, "I wanted to know the best of the life of one who holds today an undisputed sway over the hearts of millions of mankind.... I became more than ever convinced that it was not the sword that won a place for Islam in those days in the scheme of life. It was the rigid simplicity, the utter self-effacement of the Prophet, the scrupulous regard for pledges, his intense devotion to his friends and followers, his intrepidity, his fearlessness, and his absolute trust in God and in his own mission. These and not the sword carried everything before them and surmounted every obstacle."

Amazingly enough to quote Michael Hart in his 'The 100, A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons In History,' as saying, "My choice of Muhammad to lead the list of the world’s most influential persons may surprise some readers and may be questioned by others, but he was the only man in history who was supremely successful on both the secular and religious level." In conclusion, everyone in the world should Know about Prophet Muhammad before judging him.




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