Written by: Hajra Aslam Motiwala
The news headlines were:
1. Due to the movie released by Terry Johns, thousands of people in Karachi took to the streets in fury. They cannot bear their beloved prophet Muhammad (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) to be made fun of.
2. Pakistan won the match to qualify for Super Eight in T 20 World Cup. People in Karachi danced on the roads to the beat of drums.
Is selecting only one day, 21st September as Youm-e-Ishq-e-Rasool (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) enough to show that we love our Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam)? Is our love shown by creating havoc in our own country? Burning cars and busses, firing indiscriminately, killing innocent people ... is this right? The way Muslims reacted on 21st September was certainly not the right way! Not the way which would have made our prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) proud of us and appreciate our actions. Terry Johns and his accomplices did what they wanted and as a reaction we damaged our own country. Non-Muslims must be laughing at us.
I am not saying we should not fight back. We should. We must but in the correct way… by boycotting the website which posted these images and videos. Instead we were curious to see what the movie was like. Remember, don't even click on that movie as it will only increase the number of viewers and make the movie number one hit. It will weaken your Emaan which is a sure shot way to Jahannum.
Successful boycott of Google made it lose 30 lakh daily users.
It bore a $21million loss in advertising.
It fell from rank 1 to 3. Users are now looking for an alternative search engine. Now this is what I call fighting back.
What about us? If we love our prophet Muhammad (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) do even follow his sunnah?
Why weren't there beards on the faces of men who were on the roads protesting and expressing their "ishq"? Remember ishq is not an Islamic or respectable word.
Why were they not wearing an Islamic dress?
How many of them offered their prayers while protesting for the whole day?
Harming our own country and people … is t what Islam teaches us?
7-10 year old kids were walking around on roads burning branches of trees here and there. Who asked them to do this? They are learning from our actions. What is our future generation going to be like if we act like this?
My friends, this is not how love is shown. Llove is shown by following in the footsteps of our nabi Muhammad (sallalllahu alaihi wasallam). More than 20 men died. Twenty men who could have contributed so much for the Muslim world. May Allah guide us and enable us to express our love in the correct way, Aameen.