Assalaamu alaikum [Peace be to you],
While some people are clamoring over what to do when someone draws a cartoon or a picture of one of the prophet Mohammed -peace be upon him-, I decided to contribute in order to show the truth about this great man through some of his own words. In this occasion of the anniversary of the birthday of prophet Mohammed -peace be upon him-, I want to celebrate by making a series of Arabic calligraphy artworks featuring some of the wise sayings of the last prophet of the Almighty God.
These days we see many whom most people might refer to as "Islamic extremists" or "Islamic fundamentalists" all over the media. Now, Islamic extremism could either be considered to be good or bad, depending on one's connotation of the word "extremism". There are those that are extreme when it comes to performing acts of worship and they make things difficult for themselves. However, this is not what Islam wants for us. There are also those who are extreme in a positive way in the sense that they do 'extremely good' when practicing Islam. So Islamic extremism could either be interpreted to be good or bad; it all depends on the way you perceive it.
For example, some time ago I got someone coming to my page saying "why do you draw people with glasses. glasses are modern innovation, so they are haram (forbidden) in Islam" as nonsensical as this may seem, someone has to know that there are some extreme people out there who do even more than this.
The Prophet said, "Religion is very easy and whoever overburdens himself in his religion will not be able to continue in that way. So you should not be extremists, but try to be near to perfection and receive the good tidings that you will be rewarded..."
he also said “Treat people with ease and do not be hard on them; give them glad tidings and do not make them run away (from Islam).”
These words of the Prophet -peace be upon him- defines for us the concept of moderation in its proper Islamic context. When it comes to understanding the principles of Islamic Law, our definitions must be drawn from established sources and not purely from the discretion of the individual. Otherwise, our definition might yield a practical model that justifies nothing but itself.
The Prophet -peace be upon him- says: “This religion is easy.” Ease is moderation. So our religion is moderate and we as a nation of people are moderate (or supposed to be, when following the true teachings of Islam).
The principle of doing what is within one’s capabilities has both conceptual and practical dimensions. It means that we keep up our Islamic work while recognizing both the need for what we are doing and the limitations of our abilities.
Many Muslims go overboard and shun those who do not measure up to their opinions and views, and they are even more abhorrent to those who actually disagree with them.
It is regretful that they shun each other on the pretense of defending established Islamic principles – like the principle of moderation or the principle following the Qur’ân and Sunnah, or that of adhering to the ways of the pious predecessors. When they do this, they fail to make a distinction between the principles themselves and their own understanding of them. Therefore, they accuse each other of violating the principles of Islam without realizing that their disagreement has little to do with these principles, but more to do with their own interpretations.
The fact that many Muslims fail to understand the concept of moderation correctly is the reason why there is an inexcusable amount of confusion and contradictions between Muslims today.
As Muslims, we must praise the God that he gave us, in the person of his final prophet and messenger, a good example to follow. and instead of making our own opinions and trying to force them on others, we should try to learn from the wisdom of the prophet Mohammed -peace be upon him- and try to apply it in our lives.
... to be continued
I hope this was beneficial.
IN THE DRAWING:
The hadith يسروا ولا تعسروا وبشروا ولا تنفروا
“Treat people with ease and do not be hard on them; give them glad tidings and do not make them run away ”
written in Arabic Thuluth script.
For more about the prophet Mohammed:
If I am right, it is from the God almighty. if I am wrong, it is from myself.