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Rufai Oladimeji
Lagos State University
100Level, Nigeria.

What is the solution to the
Danish cartoon that was done in
Europe? How should a Sunni
Muslim from the USA think
about these heathens!

All perfect praise be to Allah,
The Lord of the Worlds. I testify
that there is none worthy of
worship except Allah, and that
Muhammad is His slave
and Messenger.

Every Muslim should know that
the defamation about the
religion and mocking the
Prophet which happened
along the centuries and which is
happening now is an affliction
through which a Muslim should
be patient. The Prophet
said: "How strange is the matter of
a believer, there is good in all his
affairs, and this is only for the
believer. If something good happens
to him and he is grateful, then this
is good for him, and if a calamity
befalls him and he is patient, then
this is also good for him.” [Muslim]

The fact that people ridicule the
Prophet is not a new
matter. Rather it is a very
ancient matter that is being
renewed. The non-Muslims from
the tribe of Quraysh insulted
the Prophet and they said
that he was a poet, a magician
and a mad man, and they
defamed him with other insults,
but this did not harm the
Prophet and did not
decrease his status. This [what
happened] only increases our
firm belief in the Prophet
and that he was truly a Prophet,
and it increases our love for
him, and makes us abide by his
Our advice to our Muslim
brothers during these grave
events and similar incidents in
addition to what we already
mentioned is the following:
1- To control oneself and
take it easy, and not hasten and
do any act which may be of a
negative effect for the Muslims.
Rather, one should exploit these
events in a way to serve this
religion, as these bitter
incidents could yield sweet
fruits. Ibn Al-Qayyim said:
'Calamities and problems are
afflictions and (in reality are)
blessings.' Indeed these incidents
draw the attention of the
neglectful Muslims and result in
their return to Allah, and it is a
way of renovating the religion in
the hearts of the Muslims, in
addition to other benefits that
could be achieved.
2- It is an obligation to
repent to Allah and avoid sins
and acts of disobedience. Allah
Says (what means): {And whatever
strikes you of disaster, it is for what
your hands have earned; but He
pardons much.} [Quran 42:30].
Moreover, the Prophet said:
"If you trade with Ribaa (usury and
interest), and stick to the tails of
cows and are pleased with the
plantations [are busy with this
worldly life], and abandoned Jihaad
(fighting in the Cause of Allah), Allah
will put you through a humiliation
which He will not remove from you
until you return to your
religion.” [Abu Daawood]
3- To ask the scholars about
what to do and act according to
their advice, as a sign of acting
according to the Saying of Allah
(which means): {And when there
comes to them something [i.e.
information] about [public] security
or fear, they spread it around. But if
they had referred it back to the
Messenger or to those of authority
among them, then the ones who
[can] draw correct conclusions from
it would have known about it.}
[Quran 4:83]. Therefore, one
should not act [say or do
anything] except according to
the advice of these scholars. We
would like to stress on the
importance of boycotting the
products of the countries which
published these cartoons, and
undertaking other means which
could achieve religious benefits.
In doing so, we have to focus
on the country which caused the
spread of this evil, and we
should completely and totally
boycott its products, services
and medicines until they taste
the outcome of their evil acts.
4- To unite: By uniting, the
nation will become powerful,
and we should be careful of
divisions, as this weakens the
nation. Allah Says (what means):
{And hold firmly to the rope of Allah
all together and do not become
divided.} [Quran 3:103]. Allah
Says (what means): {And obey
Allah and His Messenger, and do not
dispute and [thus] lose courage and
[then] your strength would depart;
and be patient. Indeed, Allah is with
the patient.} [Quran 8:46].

Finally, it should be noted that
the above advice and directives
are required from the Muslims
at all times, and that they
[directives] are more confirmed
when such events and incidents

Allah Knows best.


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