The best virtues

Sayyedah Sarah Nawazish  –  One shudders at the horrors of human deprivation. The world is poised at a precipice, facing dangers of dystopian proportions. As a student of literature, I hardly knew that H.G. Wells’ “The Time Machine” was soon going to be the reality of my country.

A bunch of self-appointed Takfiris would launch targeted killings, bomb blasts, persecution of minorities and a new low along the downward spiral of depravity was reached with the shooting down of innocent children at school which is etched in our collective memory. Today they burn human beings to a frazzle and mutilate human bodies on the spur of a whim. The regularity with which such grisly episodes occur has sapped humanity of the milk of genuine human kindness.

The alarming frequency with which we are exposed to terror, works in the direction of sensitizing one to the absurd length of apathy. Hence they would go about burning a Christian couple, or manhandling the blind before a thronging crowd of onlookers. Feeble responses which hardly border on protest are furnished in return. We inhale tragedies, we consume the blood and bodies of our fellow men as fodder to chatter in public meetings and remind our conscience that we have been exonerated of our burden of responsibility.

At times, it appears almost probable that the world is approaching the ‘end of time’ phenomenon at a horribly brisk pace. It seems that the sentient beings suffer a deep seated sense of melancholy. The world does not promise much when you see the likes of Boko Haram, IS insurgency and growing Talibanization posing a threat to the very existence of human values; and all of these under the pretension of Islam.

I wonder for how long would our write ups be a complete riposte to the heinous propaganda done in the very name of Islam. For how many times, we would plead the world to separate Islam from its distorted and bigoted enactments. Would we live long enough to witness Islam as the torchbearer of finest human values which it is in reality?

Quran is the complete code of life. It aptly says in Sura Anfaal, in the eighth Verse,” O you who believe! Answer (the call of) Allah and the Messenger when He calls you to that which gives you life”. Allah and His unequalled Beloved Salallah o Alaihi Wa Aalihi Wasallam call one to ‘life’ and all that which reinforces the constructive values of life. Then how come a group of people revels in killing spree, with indiscriminate bloodshed as its manifesto.

The Holy Prophet Salallah o Alaihi Wa Aalihi Wasallam has been deemed by the incontestable Quran as “Mercy for all the worlds” in Chapter 21 and verse 107 of the Quraan. More so, Sura e Ahzab lays in the 21st Verse”, “There is for you in the Messenger of Allah an excellent example for anyone whose hope is in Allah and [who] remembers Allah often.”

Those who kill children are barbarians. Those kill anyone for that matter, are no less. Neither they exhibit mercy nor are they examples befitting a civilized life. Two years back a blasphemous movie was launched as an ugly revile against the infallible Holy Prophet Salallah o Alaihi Wa Aalihi Wasallsam. It was a condemnable act, not only because it was downright sacrilegious, but most importantly because it was a conniving fabrication and a complete breach of truth. The world must have the scruples to objectively read through the annals of history. In doing so, humanity will be left with no option but to venerate the paragon of best human values that the Holy Prophet Salallah o Alaihi Wa Aalihi Wasallam is synonymous with.

On the other hand there is a striking analogy which exists between the images of characters in such movies or literature, and the real life terrorists who play havoc with the world in the name of Islam. ‘Daesh’, for example is a case in point. The self-proclaimed IS beheaded 150 women on refusing to act as concubines or to enter prostitution legitimized by their instant proclamation of ‘Allah u Akbar’. They kill, and blurt out Allah u Akbar; molest women from the minority communities such as the Christians of the Yazdi ethnic minority in Iraq and iterate the same. It is a forceful yoking together of two inherently opposed phenomena. Our allegiance to the God Almighty results in the preservation of human values and not corruption.

When the Holy Prophet Salallah o Alaihi Wa Aalihi Wasallam was asked the objective of His duty as a Prophet, He Stated that it was to impart Makaramul Akhlaque, that is, the ‘honourable virtues’ whereby to conduct one’s life. Also ta’leem’ and ta’lum (teaching and being taught) have been stipulated as the main goals of Islam in the Hadeeth literature. The echelon of the Holy Prophet Salallah O Alaihi Wa Aalihi Wasallam as the Final Prophet is indicative of the fact that the entire legacy of prophethood preceding the Holy Prophet Salallah o Alaihi Wa Aalihi Wasallam culminated in Islam. Islam is the epitome of the best human values.

The barbarity which engulfed society before the advent of Islam was turned into a society based on compassion and brotherhood known as muakhwat by the Holy Prophet Salallah o Alaihi Wa Aalihi Wasallam. The crimes committed in the name of Islam today are reminiscent of those committed before Islam. So how can callous, brutal and heartless men call themselves custodian of Islam when their acts are analogous to anything but Islam. The world must wake up to the horrors of ravages meted out by the so called Maulvis and their ideological off shoots.

Blasphemy is scorn poured onto sacred objects. Is there anything more sacred than human life itself? What is greater blasphemy than dishonouring women or disgracing humanity? Is there a greater blasphemy than challenging the divine writ, and taking the control of life and death in ones hand? Yes, you would see these oppressors as womanizers, child molesters, killers, abductors and name the worst, and you see them as the practitioners of all social ills with inhuman alacrity.

Sacrilegious attempts against Islam call for a thorough investigation. We must look within before leveling accusations outside. Islam is in the spot light today not because of Edhi, or any humanitarian value, but because of IS, Al Qaeda, Al Shabab, Al Nusra, Boko Haram and Talibans. They do not represent the true Islam, but as religion has always been an easy prey, or a cog in the mercenary apparatus, so it is in this case. Their flint like egos do not let them condemn the atrocities against humanity, not even the attack at innocent children even by word of mouth. The apologists must face this rude awakening that this is the obscene length to which their good/bad Taliban have fallen to.  They are the cause of all blasphemous literature being churned out against Islam. The result is a striking resemblance between the characters in blasphemous movies or literature and these live perpetrators of crimes against humanity. After all such characters are fashioned along the personalities of militants, and do not reflect a practising Muslim.

So if the west produces invective against Islam, it is due to the crimes of such megalomaniac elements who abuse the name of religion to enter the top notch in the power matrix. You will not hear them chant slogans against injustice, illiteracy, corruption, inhumanity. Conversely they kill teachers, academics, doctors and social activists in cold blood. I wonder why the IS or the like have never fought an oppressor. Never have they spoken a word against Israel, and their targets remain the innocent people.

Hazrat Ali Alaihis Salam states that there are three categories of worshippers. A category worships God, in anticipation of Jannah. This is the worship of the ‘traders’. Another category of worshippers, worships God out of fear for hell. This is the worship of the slaves. The third category of worshippers bows before God Almighty, considering Him the only divine entity who commands total submission. This is the worship of the free men. Scholars have pointed out that it is this third group whose selfless submission to Allah will earn them rewards promised to the pious, although they did not conduct their good deeds out of avarice for Jannah.  Now imagine a group of people who have been brainwashed and drained of their human virtues, conditioned into killing people, in the hope of earning Hoor in paradise. One might be shocked to see that the makers of these terrorists, galvanize the young, impressionable lads to action by infusing in them unbridled lust for a promised woman in the hereafter. Their incentive to suicide bombing is sensual pleasure. One must fear the makers of these hate mongers more than anyone for they are a ‘constant’, who live and those who die are the numberless suicide bombers killed at the altar of their Machiavellian rapacity. Thus what Nizam e Mustafa can they bring out, when are not even remotely practising it?

The Sura Al Ma’idah, the 5th chapter of the Holy Quraan states in verse no15: “O people of the Scripture…There has come to you from Allah a light and a clear Book”. This verse highlights the status of the Holy Prophet Salallah o Alaihi Wa Aalihi Wasallam as Light. He is An-Noor, who spreads His guidance to the entire world. Light is also a metaphor for knowledge which exists in contradistinction to ignorance.

It has been deeply stressed that allegiance to the Holy Prophet Salallah o Alaihi Wa Aalihi Wasallam is in reality allegiance to Allah as the chapter 48 ( Al Fath), and the tenth Verse, vouchsafes this message. “Indeed those who pledge allegiance to you, [O Muhammad] they actually pledge allegiance to Allah.”

More so, it has been deemed that, if one wants to gain the love of Allah, one must follow the Holy Prophet Salallah o Alaihi Wa Aalihi Wasallam, as stated in Sura Aali Imran, verse no 31: “Say, [O Muhammad] If you should love Allah, then follow me [so] Allah will love you and forgive you your sins.

In the light of these Quranic verses, one can see how important it is to follow the example of the Holy Prophet Salallah  o Alaihi Wa Aalihi Wasallam. His comportment is the best exemplar to follow, for when one sees Him before the ascendency of Islam in Makkah, or in Sheb e Abi Talib where He suffered social boycott and later as the Head of the State in Medina or as a Victor after the conquest of Makkah, one does not witness any transition in His blessed mannerism. His virtues remained humility, integrity, truthfulness, kindness, forgiveness and forbearance which he displayed in reiterating the Quranic Verse that Prophet Yusuf uttered while forgiving his brothers, that “This day let no reproach be cast on you: Allah will forgive you and He is the Most Merciful of those who mercy” (Yusuf, 12/92).

On the occasion of 12th Rabiul Awwal, I pray that the world awakens to the loftiness of the human values instructed by the Rehmat al lil Alameen; Salallah o Alaihi Wa Aalihi Wasallam (Mercy for all   the Worlds) and seeks the light of inspiration to see truth apart from fallacy. May this 12th Rabiul Awwal mark the birth of glorious human virtues which are attributed to the world’s best role Model, that is, the Holy Prophet Salallah o Alaihi Wa Aalihi Wasallam so that the world is a better place to live. This can be best achieved by practising the golden rule of Ruhamaau bainahum , stated in Sura Al-Fath, 48:29, that is, those who are with the Messenger of Allah are ‘merciful among themselves’ and propagate it as the theme of this year, of the years to come and for our entire lifetime!


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