The Miracle of “Smart Salaam”

May 18, 2007

Second, Islam is totally, absolutely, uncompromisingly and completely all about peace – and about truth – and about justice – and about human rights for all human beings, regardless of their color, race, religion, gender, social class or nationality.

Third, at the same time, Islam is behind no other system of laws and government in the world, including the Charter of the United Nations, in protecting and guaranteeing the inherent right of individuals, societies and nations to self-defense. And to justice. And to equality and fair and equitable treatment. And to self-determination and freedom from tyranny.

Why should it be?

As for Aggression,
It Is an Absolute No, No in Islam

But what about using force as a means of committing aggression? That in Islam is an absolute no, no.

I have not come across, nor am I aware of, anything as clear or forceful – I don’t mean the pun in that expression – in any culture, language, constitution or religion, against using force as a means of aggression, as in Islam.

“Allah does not like those who commit aggression or use excessive force,” says the Qur’an.

Innallaha laa yuhibbul mu’tadeen

The Qur’an asks people to “cooperate with one another in every kind of good thing. But when it comes to committing an act of aggression and excess,” the Qur’an clearly says, “no, don’t cooperate with anyone on that basis and for that purpose” (5:2).

Wa laa ta’aawanoo alal ithmi wal ‘udwaan. 

Even as the Qur’an allows the right of self-defense and retaliation, it clearly warns against aggression and excess, even in that context and even against that background.

The Qur’an says:

“If you were to retaliate or visit retribution on someone for any wrong done to you, then do so in strict proportion to what was done to you. But if you were to show restraint and patience then it may be even better (16:126).”

Wa in aaqabtum fa-aaqiboo bi-mithil maa ooqibtum bihi.

Wa la-in sabartum, fahuwa khairul lis-saabireen.

Here is another one in a similar context:

“When you are faced with aggression against you, then resist that aggression with similar force, but fear God Almighty, and clearly understand that God is with those who fear him (2:194).”

And yet another one:

“Let not your anger and displeasure at those who kept you away by force from the protected mosque cause you to commit aggression or use excessive force against them (5:2).”

It is the most basic and powerful Islamic dispensation that unjust and unlawful killing of one human being – regardless of the color, race, gender or nationality of that human being – is equal to the killing of all human beings from the beginning of time till the end of time.

So, which part of any of these luminous and self-evident passages of the Qur’an against violence and aggression the Muslims, or the anti-Islam and anti-Muslim propagandists and mercenaries, don’t understand?

I don’t know about you folks. But there is nothing like this anywhere in the world.

Nothing with this much clarity and with this much emphasis and forcefulness against unjust and unfair use of force and violence and against aggression.

The Qur’an and Islam – and Muslims – wrote the last word on it.

What Should Muslims Say Then?

What should Muslims say, then, when they are hounded by people who want to brand them as incorrigibly violent, as congenitally irrational and as instinctively blood thirsty?

People who have filled the air and who have saturated God’s world with so much vicious falsehood and baseless propaganda against Islam and Muslims that a rational and sane person cannot even take a normal breath any more?

How should Muslims respond to them?

Muslims must do what Islam teaches them to do: Muslims should simply tell the truth. Muslims must tell the world about Islam – something which they have neglected to do all this time.

For Islam is the best defense Muslims have. It is their best friend and protector.

And a great many of all these bad things are happening to the Muslims because they failed to tell the world about Islam in the first place.

So, Muslims must simply tell the world about Islam.

And Islam is all about truth. Muslims should simply say that Islam is about peace, which is what Islam is all about.

At the same time, Muslims should also point out that Muslims have as much right to self-defense as any Christian, Jew, Hindu, Atheist or anyone else in this world.

And that basic human rights for Muslims are as important as basic human rights for everyone else in the world.

That is the truth and it is only the truth that will set the Muslims free. Even as truth is what will set the whole world and everyone else in the world free.

Muslims of the Qur’an:
A Thinking, Reasoning, Smart Kind of People

I wish Muslims were a smart, reasoning, intelligent and thinking kind of people – the kind of people the Qur’an talks about. Not the kind of dull, senseless, clueless automatons most of us have ended up becoming.

How I wish Muslims were really the smart, thinking kind. How I wish they were the kind of Muslims the Qur’an so methodically and meticulously describes.

Then they would be able to see who they really are. What their real mission on earth is. And how they should go about accomplishing that mission.

They will then understand what their Deen – their way of life and their culture – really is, and how they should live it in practice.

They would then know who their Rabb or master really is, and what he wants from them.

Then they would also know and understand who their Rasul, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, really was. And what his life – what his Sunnat – was really all about.

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