With the Name of Allah, the extremely Merciful at this very moment, and the extremely Merciful at all times
Allah (swt) says in Surah Al-Anbiyaa (“The Prophets”) Chapter 21 verse 107:
“And We have not sent you, [O Muhammad], except as a mercy to the worlds.”
Over the past few months, the issue of the depiction of the Prophet Muhammad (saw) has come to the forefront once again with an independent video on Youtube. Echoes of the Danish cartoon controversy have come back to haunt us, and Muslims across the globe have unfortunately made the same mistake in their response. As most of you already know, love of the Prophet (saw) has led some to anger and hate towards those who mock him, leading to protests and violence across the world. It remains uncertain whether or not the death of Chris Stevens, former U.S. ambassador to Libya, along with other innocents is the unfortunate byproduct of the response to this hate speech; however, one thing stands clear: We as Muslims have forgotten and have been negligent of taking care in following the example of the Prophet (saw).
Nevertheless, the question on everyone’s mind remains:
What is it about the depiction of the Prophet (saw) that ticks Muslims off so much?
The fact of the matter is that for a true Muslim, love of the Prophet (saw) supersedes the love of their mothers, their fathers, families, friends, and even themselves. So naturally, people who are upset when their mothers are called certain names are even more upset when names and false accusations are made against the Prophet (saw). We must remember however, that the manifestation of this frustration must be healthy and in the example of the Prophet (saw), who was never keen to resorting to violence even after dealing with false accusations for his entire life.
Therefore, due to the current climate surrounding Muslims and the character of the Prophet (saw), I thought it imperative in one way or another to speak about the depiction of the Prophet (saw) as he has been described in the text.
In other words, I will be attempting to pen a series of short posts in an attempt to facilitate a depiction of the Prophet (saw) for the benefit of those who are not yet acquainted with him and for those of us who are looking for a reminder. In other words, the series asks the question: “Why do Muslims love the Prophet Muhammad (saw)?” and seeks to answer it using the most authentic sources regarding him. It seeks to clear misconceptions and reintroduce one of the most dynamic personalities who ever lived.
The series of posts will be posted under the header above titled “Why do Muslims love the Prophet (saw)?”