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Prophet Muhammad Stood for Humanity in Medina, While ISIS Tries to Destroy It

Here is one of my favourite stories about Prophet Muhammad. It is noted in a hadith that he and several of his companions were sitting down along a street in Medina. Suddenly, a companion spotted a funeral procession approaching the group. In respect of the dead human body, Muhammad stood up as the procession crossed in front of him. At that moment, a companion, who was still sitting down, said to the Prophet, ‘This is a funeral of a Jew. He is not a Muslim’. Upon hearing these words, Muhammad became upset and said back to the companion, ‘Is he not a human soul?’ The message here is clear: Prophet Muhammad respected human beings irrespective of their religion. He taught mankind that every human soul is important, whether alive or dead. This is Muhammad’s concept of dignity. He defended humanity.

Unfortunately, ISIS or its sympathizers do not care about humanity. In fact, they are the antithesis of humanity. In the very city where Prophet Muhammad stood in respect for the Jewish funeral procession, several people claiming to be Muslims blew themselves up at the Prophet’s mosque, one of the two holiest sites in Islam. The suicide attack killed four members of the Saudi Arabian security force. In comparing the two events, we can see that Prophet Muhammad honoured people who have passed away, while ISIS and their sympathizers are the reasons why funeral processions happen in the first place.

Any person in their right mind understands that there is nothing ‘Islamic’ about blowing yourself up and murdering other people. After all, the Quran is unequivocal: ‘You shall not kill yourselves’ (4:29). Suicide is so far outside the boundaries of ‘normative’ Islam that some people – Muslims and non-Muslims alike – have started to seriously question whether ISIS and their sympathizers are ‘anti-Islamic’, and not simply ‘unIslamic’, as they are popularly described. There is a difference between these concepts.  ‘UnIslamic’ means that Muslims are acting in a way that opposes the basic principles of Islam. ‘Anti-Islam’ means that the actions of some Muslims are actually a threat to other Muslims and to the very essence of Islam – mercy, compassion, justice and peace.

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4 thoughts on “Prophet Muhammad Stood for Humanity in Medina, While ISIS Tries to Destroy It

  1. “Here is one of my favourite stories about Prophet Muhammad. It is noted in a hadith ”

    So favourite it is that I don’t see the hadith specified. Is it sahih bukhari, sahih muslim, or something less reliable? Not that it really matters. After reaching Medina, muhammad started out by acting meek and humble as he amassed power. He eventually started going after non-muslims.

    Anyway, here are a couple ahadith featuring Jews, as well the source for those who want to check it for themselves:

    Sahih Bukhari, Volume 4, Book 56, Number 660:

    Narrated ‘Aisha and Ibn ‘Abbas:

    On his death-bed Allah’s Apostle put a sheet over his-face and when he felt hot, he would remove it from his face. When in that state (of putting and removing the sheet) he said, “May Allah’s Curse be on the Jews and the Christians for they build places of worship at the graves of their prophets.” (By that) he intended to warn (the Muslim) from what they (i.e. Jews and Christians) had done.

    Sahih Bukhari. Volume 4, Book 56, Number 791:

    Narrated ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar:

    I heard Allah’s Apostle saying, “The Jews will fight with you, and you will be given victory over them so that a stone will say, ‘O Muslim! There is a Jew behind me; kill him!’ ”

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    1. I think you misunderstood the first hadith, because it indicates to the fact that muslims were prohibited to worship their Prophet – a human being. This hadith shows only that Christians and Jews went away from their authentic teachings which was the worship of one God. The Holy Prophet did not curse them as human beings as you clearly undertand from the hadith mentioned in the article, but he cursed the worship of idols and Prohets. The Holy Prophet was therefore afraid that the muslims would walk on their footsteps and thus worship him and wander astray from his real teaching.


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