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    There are many who speak ill of deen,criticizing and mocking various aspects and teachings of deen.We need
    not have to look far because in our homes many things are said and done against the shariah,against the commands of
    Allah Ta'ala and teachings of his prophet.At that time our anger is not apparent.

    Our weakness is that if a thing is said against us,then we get angry and justify our anger by saying that they spoke ill of deen.
    We present excuses for our shortcomings.
    Nafs (inner self) is very,very subtle in its work.Its evil is sometimes very difficult to recognize.It can hood wink us in many ways;We say
    that` our anger is because of deen,whereas it is not because of deen.It is because our egos are hurt and our pride,injured.Otherwise,why dont
    we feel the same hurt and injury when others say and do so many things against the deen?

    On self-introspection and scrutiny a person will however,be able to detect and recognize the evil of his nafs.Allah Ta'ala makes a mention in Surah Qiyamah:

    'NAY!MAN WILL BE EVIDENCE AGAINST HIMSELF;THOUGH HE MAY PUT FORTH HIS EXCUSES.' (75:14/15)
    The Mufassireen (commentators of the Quran) have explained that man has insight into his nafs,and even though he is aware and understands his state of being,he presents excuses and inadequate and weak reasoning,to justify his behaviour.

    A PRESCRIPTION

    Since hurt and grief is natural when a person is criticized on his implementation of Islam or when Islam itself,is scorned and mocked at,Allah Ta'ala presents to us the prescription that was delivered to the prophet peace be upon him who had to contend with much more than we do.

    'INDEED WE KNOW THAT YOUR HEART IS STRAIGHTENED AT WHAT THEY SAY,SO GLORIFY THE PRAISES OF YOUR LORD AND BE OF THOSE WHO PROSTRATE
    THEMSELVES(TO HIM)' (surah al-hijr 15:97/98)
    The prophet was instructed to engage himself in glorifying and praising Allah Ta'ala.Allah has made his dhikr (remembrance) and praise a balm for
    such wounds of grief and sorrow which covered the heart of his beloved,and which also stain the hearts of his (Allah's) lovers.
    ALLAH ALSO INSTRUCTS:

    'WAS-BIR ALAA MAA YAQU-LUUNA WAH-JUR-HUM HAJRAN JAMEELA.'
    'AND BE PATIENT (OH MUHAMMAD) WITH WHAT THEY SAY,AND KEEP AWAY FROM THEM IN A GOOD WAY.' (surah muzzammil 73:10)

    When the disbelievers maligned the prophet with insulting and blasphemous titles such as 'majnoon', 'soothsayer' and the likes,Allah prescribed that
    patience be adopted.

    In the tafseer (commentary) of this ayah,the commentators make mention that 'Hajran Jameel' directs us to politely keep aloof of those who mock,
    not to complain to others of their hurtful and troublesome behavior,nor become physically or verbally abusive,nor retaliate and requite evil
    with evil.Rather accommodate in a selfless manner a quality which Allah prefers from his servants:

    'THE GOOD DEED AND THE EVIL DEED CANNOT BE EQUAL.REPEL (THE EVIL) WITH WHICH THAT IS BETTER (TO BE PATIENT,TO FORGIVE ETC),THEN VERILY
    HE BETWEEN WHOM AND YOU THERE WAS ENMITY,(WILL BECOME) AS THOUGH HE WAS A CLOSE FRIEND.' (surah fussilat 41:34)
    This attitude was not only part of the disposition of the Ambiyaa,but is an apparent quality of the Auliya Allah;together with patience and forgiveness there is
    always dua for the guidance of those who harmed them,in whatever way,and a continuous effort is made towards there guidance.
    'AND VERILY,WHOSOEVER SHOWS PATIENCE AND FORGIVES THAT WOULD TRULY BE FROM THE THINGS RECOMMENDED BY ALLAH.' (surah ash-shura 42:43)

    Then again,we should consider that 'majnoon' was a title given by the rejectors of truth,to all the Ambiya,the sahaba-e-kiram,the Mashaaiq and the Ulema-e-haq.Yet those who were called 'majnoon' were the ones to receive Allah Ta'alas mercy and benefactions.
    Moreover,Allah,being free of any kind of defect would never appoint a 'majnoon' as his prophet.Allah addresses his beloved prophet:
    'YOU (O MUHAMMAD) ARE NOT,BY THE GRACE OF YOUR LORD,A MAJNOON.'(surah al-qalam 68:2)
    Allah himself,then says about the character of the prophet:
    AND VERILY,YOU (O MUHAMMAD) ARE ON AN EXALTED STANDARD OF CHARACTER.' (al-qalam 68:4)
    And:
    'INDEED,IN THE MESSENGER OF ALLAH YOU HAVE A BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE...' (surah Ahzaab 33:21)

    Nevertheless,we will find that criticism ,mockery,hatred,etc only generates and increases,in the Auliya Allah,the noor of sabr (patience)
    hilm (tolerance),forgiveness etc.

    Furthermore Allah mentions that He,Allah is the companion of that person who adopts patience.

    '...VERILY ALLAH IS WITH THOSE WHO ARE PATIENT.' (surah Baqarah 2:153)

    (Aashiq-e-sawdeeq)
    The enforcement of Muslim Brotherhood is the greatest social ideal of Islam. On it was based the Prophet's (SAW) sermon on his last pilgrimage, and Islam cannot be completely realized until this ideal is achieved. '
    (Shaikh Maulana Muhammad Yusuf)
    In Lam Takun Ghaadiban Annee Falaa Ubaalee...
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