Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Terror for Religion's Sake

I am always irritated with the fact by how certain people twist the teachings of Quran and Allah (sometimes add their own teachings) and come out with negative potrayal of Islam. Some spread terror with their half knowledge and poisoning youth with twisted facts. These people actually harp on uneducated youth, who've not read much or understood religion in the correct perspective. That is why these organisations discourage education and end up even burning schools. Or at least keeping women away from it. There is never any Hadeeth nor mentioned anywhere in Quran that women should not study nor work. In fact, it states that education is a right of every Muslim man and woman. And killing any innocent person is like killing the entire mankind. Apart from that, Islam preaches tolerance towards people of the other faith. And this our beloved Prophet Muhammed (PBUH*) actually conveyed through his actions. One can go on and on and back it up with actual quotes from Quran and Hadeeth. And end up writing pages and pages on it. But I am just capturing the essence of what's disturbing me in recent times. This was well potrayed in Pakistani movie 'Khuda ke Liye'.
There is a Hadeeth from Tirmizi Sharif which I'd read about recently, which explains today's times very well.

Hazrat Abu Huraira (Radiyallahu Anhu) reported Allah's Messenger (SAWS) as saying, 'In the last times men will come forth who will fraudulently use religion for the wordly ends and wear sheepskins in public to display meekness. Their tongues will be sweeter than sugar, but their hearts will be the hearts of wolves. Allah will say, 'Are they trying to deceive me or are they acting presumptuously (arrogantly) towards me? I swear by myself that I shall send trial upon those people which will leave the intelligent man among them confounded (confused)'."
*PBUH : Peace be upon him


sk said...

Shagufta, I can understand the essence of your article.It's quite unfortunate that some Muslims are unable to comprehend Islam appropriately and completely. To be a true follower of Islam, one has to follow the true path shown to us by our Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). The path adopted by some misguided people is truly against the teachings of our Prophet (PBUH), and is not the essence of Islam. Non-Muslims don’t know much about Islam and they tend to judge the religion by its followers. One cannot claim to be a Muslim until he follows the “sunnah” or the path shown by Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

A few days back, I heard some learned person saying this on Geo TV, which I really liked:

“Ek sache Muslim ko dekh kar log yeh kahne pe majboor ho jaayen ki agar is ummat ke log itne acche hain to socho inka Nabi kaisa hoga?”
(Seeing a true Muslim, one should be compelled to say that if the followers of this religion are so good, imagine how its Prophet must be.)

Shagufta said...

Mashallah. Very true!