Friday, September 21, 2012

While My Country Burns in Ishq-e-Rasool

By: Shazia Yousuf
Ever since the news of the objectionable video on Prophet Muhammad (sm) has spread amongst the Muslims, there has been a lot of anger and rage throughout the Muslim world. Anger, sadness, and resentment are the obviously expected reactions when someone who is kept in high esteem and is highly loved is ridiculed and mocked.
In response to this video, there have been protests, rallies and demonstrations throughout the world to take this video off the internet. Muslims of Saudia, Kuwait and UAE have not shown any reaction to this. Their leadership has however spoken directly to the US authorities, conveying their grief and concern over the obnoxious film.
There have been protests outside the US embassies all over the world including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Libya, Philippines, Indonesia, Egypt, Paris and Australia.
Hundreds of Muslims took to the streets of Australia's largest city, some throwing rocks and bottles in clashes with police. Some carried placards reading ‘Behead all those who insult the Prophet’”.
This text written on placards in Australia shocked me. I always thought that the violent reaction in our part of the world was a result of lack of education and enlightenment. But I am sure Muslims in Australia must definitely be more educated compared to people in countries like ours.
Today, in Pakistan, we are observing “Youm-e-Ishq-e-Rasool”, a day to express our love for our beloved Prophet Muhammad SAWW. Prominent buildings are burning, protestors pelting stones, there is fire on streets. Looking at the news it seems we are heading back to the dark ages (dour-e-jahalat). Or maybe we never came out of the dark ages in the first place.
If we were Muslims not just by birth but if we actually practiced Islam, we would be the most patient, most tolerant race on the face of the earth. We have been taught to “exhort one another to truth and exhort one another to endurance” (Quran [Al-Asr, 103:3])
Every Muslim child starts to hear this from the very early days, since it is a verse from one of the few short Surahs that kids are taught. But I think we fail to preach the essence of this, for if we did, a child would grow up to be tolerant and patient in all his personal and social matters.
Our focus is more on finishing Quran from cover to cover, but yet again we fail to understand the message that God has tried to convey through His Book. My father would say, just suppose your uncle has written you a letter in French and in the letter he has given the time of his flight and requested you to pick him up from the airport. You read it every day, failing to understand a single word! Do you think there is any use of your reading the letter when you fail to fulfill the purpose that was supposed to be achieved? Same is the case with the Quran.
In the Quran, it has been very clearly mentioned:
‘And when they [the believers] hear ill speech, they turn away from it and say, "For us are our deeds, and for you are your deeds. Peace will be upon you; we seek not the ignorant."' (Quran, Surah 28: Verse 53)
And yet again:
“You will surely be tested in your possessions and in yourselves. And you will surely hear from those who were given the Scripture before you and from those who associate others with Allah much abuse. But if you are patient and fear Allah - indeed, that is of the matters [worthy] of determination.” [Quran, 3:186]
If only we were taught to read The Glorious Quran to understand what it preaches! But what Muslims practice is converse of this. Instead of “turning away from ill speech” we made efforts to research upon the film and find out the details! Moreover, the entire Muslim world has shown the least of “patience and fear of Allah” Instead we have been violent, ruthless and a cause of distress for our own selves.
Is there a solution to this? Even when I write this article, it is going to reach only a few, and those few would already know all that I have said. How are we going to convey this message to the millions out there? It is largely the responsibility of our teachers, and preachers, at schools and in mosques. But the responsibility lies in the hands of every individual to read the Quran and understand it, and finally apply what it teaches in our daily lives, so that our character and actions speak for us!
While my country burns in Ishq-e-Rasool, I suggest we pray for some sanity, patience and tolerance; may He guide us on the right path!
Photo: Courtsey Express Tribune


  1. "And We have certainly created for Hell many of the jinn and mankind. They have hearts with which they do not understand, they have eyes with which they do not see, and they have ears with which they do not hear. Those are like livestock; rather, they are more astray. It is they who are the heedless." (Quran 7:179)

    1. Thank you Yasir for contributing this beautiful verse.

  2. It was indeed very shocking to see texts on cell phones and face book cursing and abusing the perpetrators the shameful act.Those who texted were all educated people.We could have prayed to Allah to guide such people to the right path and enlighten them...this is what our Nabi did.We could have given a written protest to the concerned authorities and everyone in schools , colleges , offices and home could have participated.Hope we learn to adopt civilized way of doing things !

    1. Yes, sadly enough, we do not have enlightened representation. Those who are organised and educated do not have their voices heard!

  3. Sadly, the Ishq-e-Rassol rally turned ugly, surely it has been hijacked by the hypocrites/agents of anti Islam elements.
    The rally should have been for - Hurmat-e-Rasool - just to fight this case on the international forum because the West always ignores to become aware of the garvity of the situation when contempt is committed against our religion and our beloved prophet.
    Why do the Muslims forget that rassol allah set examples of sabre jameel in his lifetime especially with regard to the excesses by the old lady who used to throw litter on him.
    Cutting the long story short, the old lady converted to Islam due to the positive attitude of Rassoullah. SUBHAN AllAH. And , there are many many examples.
    The looters/criminals can't be aashiq-e-rasool.
    Moreover, the Government of Pakistan did a bad job by not looking after the higly idiotic - out of control CHAOS in major cities.
    Then, there are so called Muslims who read the noble Qur'an only for the dead ones.
    And, you are right--as we live our life without even knowing the true meaning of the Divine message which HE has mailed to us through HIS most beloved Rasool to us.

    On the other hand,****following the five pillars of Islam including the five daily salaats and reciting the Qur'an (tilawah)is just 5% of the ibbadah whereas our routine life daily activity makes 95% of Ibaddah which makes a real significance.
    And if our actions are not as ordained by Almighty Allah swt/as practised by the beloved Rassol-ullah, then we are not sincere with our Creator.
    May Allah swt help us do self cleansing and help us getting rid of hypocrites from our ranks.
    A sincere unity of ummah is the need of the hour.
    On the current issue of Satanic film, I have left my views in my own blog - my current post can be read at


    1. The problem is that people talking sensibly are those in minority, and the voice that represents our sentiments is not our true representation! We will remain in a hopeless state unless the nation is enlightened. I do not use the word educated because people who are highly educated holding many degrees have very shallow views.

      Thanks for taking out time and reading.

    2. Shazia you are absolutely right that minority is a problem here.
      Unfortunately, the word 'educated' is used only for dunyavi degrees, whereas real degree only comes through understaning the Qur'an fully well followed by its implementation. Let's work optimistically to go for rational representation.
      There is more than enough light at end of the tunnel to enlighten the ummah .

  4. Assalamualaikum sister. I hope that you would care to understand some perspectives/opinions that do not 100% match with yours. It is always good to look into the things in a bigger perspective and considering most if not all of the aspects of the matter.

    1. God forbid, not the entire country was burned. It happened in 3 cities, other than this millions of people in other cities protested peacefully. However, the zionist funded media chose not to show that side of the picture. Lets not let the media control our minds. Lets explore and make some effort to find the complete truth.

    2. As the more information is now coming in, this rage was somewhat like the ones staged on the day Benazir died and 12 May. It is not justified to accuse the common people for what is been done by criminals (supported by political parties who will be ruling the country again after the next election with the blessing of people's votes).

    3. Suppose if it was done by common people, I would highly recommend to read this article. It explains the detail about why this happend and why it may happen again.

    4. What is the definition of the word 'Education'? If an illiterate man who chooses to earn rizq-e-halal by mending peoples' shoes while the top university graduate chooses to take the bribe...who is educated out these two? And what could make muslim australians more educated and enlightened?

    5. The video clips that canadian channels showed and those I watched on internet, I think there was one placard with that message...which obviously media highlighted on purpose. There must be hundreds other placards with slogans which media did not show. None of the clips showed what made the public to throw rocks and bottles, i.e. what we saw is half the truth. By the way, the man holding that placard, it was his freedom of speech. So according to the so called civilized western world, lets respect his freedom of speech. Also, we have no idea what he may have faced as a muslim. Except those affected by drone attacks, almost all pakistanis are very fortunate that they have not been oppressed by non-muslims. Those who face the racism for being a muslim, know how much it hurts and how it changes their lives.

    6. Not the entire muslim world was violent. (There is a saying: all generalizations are dangerous, even this one). There are pictures available on interent of very large and peaceful protests.

    7. Alhamdulillah, Quran gives an amazing strength of faith, character, and sense of submission. However, I personally felt during past a couple of months that quoting a quranic verse or hadith in sensitive matters is becoming difficult. The 'educated' people bring up a verse or hadith against it and give their own (not authentic)explanation... usually to win the argument or support their bigotry. No verse or hadith could be contradictory, it is we who need to explore more and think about what it really means. So, the question is, if a person thinks that he/she has the understanding of Quran...did he/she really understood the real meaning that Quran conveys.

    8. The most tricky moment is when we want to do something but do not understand where to start from. The tip is start taking baby steps. Every sincere, be it small, deed matters for Allah...what does not matter for Allah is our ego. Also, prayers are not enough, now is the time to do something for our country, our people and muslim ummah before it is too late.

    Again, this comment is not to criticise but representing a different perspective (though it is lengthy and boring). Thank you for understanding. JazakAllah.

    1. I am glad there is a fresh perspective to this!

      Saima, I totally agree that we only saw what was shown to us by media. And yes there were millions of peaceful protesters. But my article was in response to the plunder and violence that was created by people who were not in any way Ashiq-e-Rasool. I know of a lot of people who went to these protests without even knowing why they went! (the brothers of maids that work for us). This is where education and enlightenment come into play.

      When I say: "I always thought that the violent reaction in our part of the world was a result of lack of education and enlightenment. But I am sure Muslims in Australia must definitely be more educated compared to people in countries like ours." I actually meant to bring to focus the fact that, degrees or education cannot give a person wisdom to be able to decide what is right and what is wrong.

      When you say there were peaceful protests, I totally agree, and it is our responsibility to highlight such incidents through our network. But my article focuses the sad part of our country which we can't ignore. And we need to work on this.

      This article was also in response to the comments that I had been hearing from people who read Quran daily, but they fail to understand the essence, and who don't even know what is written in it. The ayats that I quoted were basically in response to that.

      I quote: "It is largely the responsibility of our teachers, and preachers, at schools and in mosques. But the responsibility lies in the hands of every individual to read the Quran and understand it, and finally apply what it teaches in our daily lives, so that our character and actions speak for us!"

      Yes we need to take baby steps, start from our own homes, and build uo the circle of influence and expand it in gradually.

      But I agree with your views, and yes, we definitely must not believe in the one sided picture that the media paints.

      Thank you for taking out time and sharing your views! :)

    2. Thank you so much for accepting my comment positively.

      What happened, was very disturbing for everyone and I completely understand your view point and how you felt while writing this article. I just wanted to share some points which are not highlighted in the current situation, and media is doing its best to hide those.

      It is important for the positive people to stay this time, it is crucial. Your positive pieces of writing will certainly make a difference, have faith in that. Also, no matter how disappointing the circumstances are, we must focus on what we can do to bring the change, be it a small selfless deed...who knows, on the day of judgement that small deed would make all the difference!


    3. Yes InshaAllah, every small effort will definitely payoff. Thanks for your positivity :)