The Role of Terrorism in the Ridicule of the Messenger
Ash Shaykh Sulaymaan Ar Ruhaylee
All praise is due to Allaah lord of the worlds, and may the complete and perfect Salaat and Salaam be upon he whom was sent as a mercy to the world, and upon all his family and companions…
May Allaah reward the Mashayikh with good for what they have said, they have spoken well and benefited us, and I support what they have stated in relation to supporting the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم), and that it is obligatory upon all Muslims to do so in all circumstances.
In this circumstance however, the obligation is emphasized. The greatest way to support the Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم) is by following him; in correcting ones ‘Aqeedah; such that the ‘Aqeedah of an individual is the same as what the Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم) came with. That an individuals Manhaj is upon what the Prophet came with as well.
Furthermore, support of the Prophet is to be conducted in accordance to the guidelines of the Sunnah of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم). One should not transgress or cross over its boundary’s, and one should not transgress in affairs against people. As is in the issue of a universal boycott and making it an obligatory form of worship in which whoever contradicts it is considered to be a sinner. Indeed this is not supported by evidence, and this affair goes back to the issue of Masaalih and Mafaasid (weighing out the benefits and harms).
Determining the benefits and harms related to the general public is the duty of the rulers only, as the Mashaykh have already established. As for the individual, it is as Shaykh Ibraheem had mentioned, one is responsible for his own actions and should not be restricted. The issue of great importance is that one should not transgress upon others, label as sinners those who disagree or do not carry out the boycott, whether they are business men or others. Intimidation/terrorization must not be applied in this affair; that gangs gather around businesses or business men and threaten them; that if they do not boycott, they would circulate their names and so on from the likes of such behavior that has taken place. It is also a form of transgression to include names of people who have no relation to these products, such as Saudi and Kuwaiti companies, their owners as well as the employees that work there are harmed greatly because of this. This is contradictory to the Manhaj of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) in being just and beneficent. Transgression is never permitted in any circumstance.
It is also not a means of supporting the Messenger to lie and circulate lies, as we have been disturbed by fabricated cellular phone messages, such that someone saw the Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم) smiling, and gave him glad tidings that he would see something pleasing after four days in relation to this affair, and threatening those who do not circulate the message with harm that will afflict them or something of the sort. Or circulating lies that they would carry out affairs without investigating [whether they are harmful or beneficial]; rather they are affairs that circulate evil amongst the Muslims.
I would also like to draw attention to a certain observation in this issue; we should contemplate over the portrayal of those cartoons that were circulated. They were portrayed with the theme of terrorism. So what was it that inspired these people to draw cartoons such as this? Keeping their nastiness and wickedness in mind, but by looking at the Muslims they said: The portrayal of the Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم) in these cartoons is what Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وسلم) used to call to…
They [some Muslims] carried out bombings in the lands of non-Muslims and said: ‘This is our religion!’
They violated treaties and said: ‘This is our religion!’
They killed non-Muslims and said: ‘This is our religion!’
Meaning this is the way of Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وسلم). They partake in a great portion of this ridicule [of the Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم)], they are one of its main causes. We must recognize this, and make others realize it. Those who propagate deviant ideas and claim that they are from Islaam are from the reasons that Islaam is insulted, and are from the reasons that the Messenger of Allaah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) is insulted.
From amongst our obligations in supporting/defending the Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم), is to propagate the correct Manhaj, which is a mercy to all of mankind and Jinn, and not just Muslims. We must spread this Manhaj and clarify what the Prophet said concerning abiding by treaties, clarify what the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said concerning dealing with non-Muslims, clarify what the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said in regards to safeguarding life, whether it is of the believers or those under protection, clarify that when the Muslims implemented what the Messenger came with, the Jews yearned to be under their rule.
This issue is very important, and it is upon students of knowledge to realize it, and everyone should carry out what he is able to in relation to this.