Love even those that Revile you (Article only)

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the sake of God. Oppression is something that you should hate. Its

not haram to hate the oppressor, but don’t hate them to the degree

that it prevents you from being just because that is closer to Taqwa

(awe of Allah). The higher position is to forgive for the sake of God.

God gives you two choices -- the high road or the low road - both of

them will get you to paradise. We should strive for the highest. Anger

is a useful emotion. God created anger in order that we could act and

respond to circumstances that need to be changed. Indignation is a

beautiful word. Righteous indignation is a good quality and even

though it is misused in modern English it’s actually a good thing. It

means to be angry for the right reasons and then it is to be angry to

the right degree because Allah says, “Do not let the loathing of a people

prevent you from being just.”

In other words get angry but don’t let that anger get the best of

you, don’t allow it to overcome you to the point where you want

vengeance because vengeance is God’s alone. Allah is al-Muntaqim,

The Avenger of wrongs. Human beings are not here to avenge wrongs

they are here to redress wrong, not to avenge them.

The ideal of loving those who revile you is the station of the

Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him. In the midst of the worst

battle of his career, the battle of Uhud, he prayed, “Oh God guide my

people for they do not know what they are doing.” He could not have

uttered that if he had hatred in his heart. He could not have embraced

Wahshi as his brother, the man who killed his most beloved uncle, if

he had hatred in his heart. He could not have taken the oath of allegiance

from Hind who ordered and paid for the assassination of

Hamza and then bit into his liver to spite the Blessed Prophet if he

had hatred in his heart. He took her oath of allegiance and she

became a sister in faith. The Messenger of Allah is the best example.

He is the paragon who said:

“None of you truly believes until he

loves for his fellow man what he loves

for himself.” And the reason why I

say fellow man is that I think it’s a

very accurate translation because

Imam an Nawawi said that he is your

brother because we are all children of

Adam and Eve. So we should want

for our fellow man guidance, a good

life, and a good afterlife. None of you

truly believes, in other words our

Iman is not complete until we love for

others what we love for ourselves and

that includes the Jews, Christians,

Buddhists and the Hindus.


That breaks down the 'us versus

them' paradigm that tend to inform the way Muslims see the world

and themselves in it. That has been taken to a new level now in some

of our mosques where the kuffar is a degree under and we don't have

to pay attention to anything they say either about us or to us. Did our

Prophet, upon him be peace and blessing, behave like this at all? I

mean was he dismissive of anyone who wasn't from his community?

It seems preposterous to convince anyone that we care about their

welfare when we deride them.


The point is that if you want to guide them then you have to be concerned

with the way they perceive you. You have to be concerned

with how they feel.

The reason the Prophet upon him be peace and blessings, did not

kill hypocrites was because he did not want the non-Muslims to say

Muhammad kills his companions as a way of scaring people from

entering into Islam.

So he preferred an action that will cause non-Muslims to look at

Islam as a religion they would prefer to enter. The Prophet, peace be

upon him was concerned to such an extent with what others thought

that when one of his companions said that the Persians and

Byzantines did not take letters seriously unless they had a seal on

them, he told his companion to make him a seal.

He was concerned about how he presented himself to the people.

Once he was combing his hair and Aisha, his blessed wife, asked him

why he did that before he went out and he said my Lord commanded

me to do this. In other words, to go out looking presentable to

people is not vanity. Some Muslims get caught up in clothes and they

get upset when others wear a tie and suit. They think it’s hypocrisy

and that it is inappropriate. On the contrary, if one’s intention is correct,

it’s actually an act of worship because you are doing it in order

to present Islam, not yourself. You are, like the Prophet, recognizing

that you are an ambassador of a religion and it becomes like the seal

that the Prophet, upon him be peace and blessing, pressed onto the


Many Muslims have divided the world into two groups - us and

them. They will support Saddam Hussein because he’s a Muslim. In

other words, they will support a man who may have killed more

Muslims than any Muslim leader in the history of Islam or perhaps

all of them put together. The argument from this segment of our

Muslim community is that “I will back a mass murderer and go to a

demonstration with his picture because he’s a Muslim and other people

are Kuffar.” On the other hand, many Americans will back unjust

American intervention simply because they believe “my country right

or wrong.” Both sentiments is a form of tribalism and we are people

of faith in God Almighty, not people of tribal allegiance.