In our daily lives, we come across people of different tribe and culture, different ethnicity, race and colour, people of different philosophy and ideology, people of different religious backgrounds and those that even have no religion. With all these differences, we try to get along because one way or the other, we have something in common.
Ali Ibn Abi Talib (RA, the fourth Caliph of Islam) was quoted as saying, “A person is either your brother in faith, or your equal in humanity.”
Logistically, people who concentrate on self-development (community, national development) have little or no concern about people of different ethnicity or religious background; they work together with everyone based on mutual benefit and not religious inclination, they work hand in hand with people who care about productivity not negativity. Those people think positively because they mind their own businesses.
Islam as a religion has taught us that the way to peace is by sticking to your own faith and values. Islam discouraged us from forcing others to think our way or to accept our religion. If you read the Quran, Chapter 2 Verse 256, Allah (SWT) said;
“There is no compulsion in (the acceptance of) religion;” Why? Because “The right course has become clear from the wrong.”
If the other person decide to believe, good for him, if he decide to worship stone, goat or cow or even pig, it’s none of your business.
In Quran, Chapter 109, Allah (SWT) asked Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) to say to those who disbelieve in his message;
1- O you who disbelieve; 2- I do not worship that which you worship; 3- And you do not worship that which I worship; 4- I shall not worship that which you worship; 5- Nor shall you worship that which I worship; 6- Unto you is your religion; and unto me is mine.
Islam encourage Muslims to practice the religion according to the teachings of it’s last Prophet, Muhammad (pbuh), and to promote (preach) it both practically (by being truthful, exhibiting good manners – being kind, humble etc) and in every other friendly, peaceful means. Allah (SWT) said in the Quran – Chapter 16 verse 125,
“Invite to the way of your Lord with wisdom and good instruction (fair preaching), and debate with them in a way that is best.”
Negatively criticising others is not wisdom, harsh talk is not allowed, mockery is even worst. Mocking other people’s religion is not only foolish, but pushing those people away from your own belief. If your can’t invite them, don’t push them away.
In a Hadith, the Prophet (pbuh) has said, “From the perfection of a person’s Islam is his leaving alone what does not concern him (things that don’t benefit him)” [Sunan al-Tirmidhî and Sunan Ibn Mâjah]
How can hating and mocking other people benefit you? What do you gain by insulting one’s faith or belief? Why not just mind your business?
.. and before you jump to condemn people, remember the Prophet (pbuh) said: “Whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day should say something good or remain silent.” [Sahih Muslim]
We need to step out of these unnecessary distractions, hunger and poverty, theft and robbery, alcoholism and drug trade, corruption in our governments (across the globe) and the psychological war we face as humans are enough evils for us to confront. Why add an additional (fruitless) burden to your self? Mind your business!
Lastly, spend your time doing what is good, stand for humanity, promote peace and help feed a soul. Do not waste your energy hating, insulting others just because you do not agree on a particular thing.
Intolerance is ripe only with ignorance, illiteracy.
May the Lord Almighty guide us unto the right path…
– Muhammad Lawal, @MuhdLawal on twitter.