Honour of the Holy Prophet(saw) and Blasphemy Law

 

Hudhur said currently a hotly debated topic in the press and the electronic media is that of the blasphemy law of Pakistan. [Referred to in Urdu as ‘Namoos e Risalat’, i.e. law upholding the honour of the Prophet]. A true Muslim, whose belief extends from Hadhrat Adam (on whom be peace) to the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) is anxious at offence directed at any of the Prophets and is certainly very concerned as regards the Seal of all the Prophets (peace and blessings of Allah be on him). A true Muslim can lay his/her life down, can see his/her children murdered and his/her property looted but cannot listen to disrespect towards his/her master, the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him). Today, due to certain situations, the blasphemy law of Pakistan is at a critical juncture and Western leaders as well as the Pope are making demands regarding it.

These days Islam and Muslims are represented in a most horrific manner in the media with plentiful examples of Pakistan and Afghanistan thrown in. Hudhur said today he would not speak on the matter of the significance of the blasphemy law for Muslims and how the non-Muslims are taking advantage of it. Rather, he wished to say that anyone who made the slightest of effort against the honour and respect of his master, the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) would come under the chastisement of the Quranic verse: ‘We will, surely, suffice thee against those who mock:’ (15:96). God Himself is protecting the honour of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) and is enhancing his status every minute and thus states in the Qur’an: ‘Allah and His angels send blessings on the Prophet…’ (33:57).

In the current age, the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) understood this status more than any other and explained it to us. He said that the Holy Prophet’s (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) truthfulness and sincerity was such that he experienced all manner of evil but did not care and God thus stated: ‘Allah and His angels send blessings on the Prophet. O ye who believe! you also should invoke blessings on him and salute him with the salutation of peace.’ No verse of this magnitude has been used for any other Prophet. God willed us to send salutations on him as a mark of thankfulness. In his blessed model, the Prophet’s (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) truthfulness and sincerity was for God. Therefore, if we wish to be included among those who are true believers of the Ummah, then we should obey all of God’s commandments with truthfulness and sincerity and invoke salutations and blessings (Durud) on the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) with profusion.

While invoking Durud we should have his favours on us in view; he informed us of a religion that takes one to God, he taught us morals which God likes, he established a model for us by being a perfect servant of God, he honoured the dues of God’s worship and demonstrated an excellent model of fear of God as well as a supreme example of praise and glorification of God. The Qur’an gives many commandments, among them are: to adhere to truth under all circumstances, to fulfil promises, to pay the dues of kinship, to have compassion for creation of God, to be steadfast, to forgive, to be humble and to have trust in God in every situation. The Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) was a supremely excellent model of all these attributes. When a true believer invokes Durud, he/she should try and follow his model, then alone can he/she express his/her truthfulness and sincerity to him and then alone will it be a Durud emanating out of thankfulness. This is upholding the honour of the Prophet (Namoos e Risalat), that to silence the outsiders one tries to follow his blessed model rather than disgrace Islam for ulterior motives and give our detractors chance to be disrespectful towards our beloved master (peace and blessings of Allah be on him).

If our detractors get a chance to say negative things about the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) due to our weaknesses, then we are answerable to God for this. Love for the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) is not to be expressed through empty slogans. God wants practice. This is a serious cause for concern for Muslims.

If the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) had not elucidated the true status of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) to us, the extent of our reverence for him would also have been limited to holding apparent rallies. He understood the lofty station of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) and then explained it to us.

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