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Making Blasphemous Statement Against Prophet Muhammad: A Call to Muslims and Non-Muslims

Making Blasphemous Statement Against Prophet Muhammad; A Call To Muslims & Non- Muslims!

Written & Compiled by; Assoutudeen Abu Mubāshīr!


It has become a widespread matter on social media platforms the issue of a Kano based musician named Yahaya Shariff Aminu who blasphemed the best of mankind (prophet Muhammad) in one of his songs. While some Muslims categorized such act of punishment melted on the singer as sardonic, barbaric, strict and unconvincing, manual non-muslim folks spitted fire in the rage of annoyance to condemn the situation.

In this plight, it is highly imminent and ferociously inimical to quickly expose ourselves to the evils of cursing the Religion (Islam) and everything in its entirety. This is because many people, including Muslims, misunderstand Sharia. It’s often associated with the amputation of limbs, death by stoning, lashes and other medieval punishments. Because of this, it is sometimes thought of as draconian. Even some people in the West view Sharia as archaic and unfair social ideas that are imposed upon people who live in Sharia-controlled countries.

Meanwhile a practicing Muslim, however, should hold a different view. In the Islamic tradition, Sharia is seen as something that nurtures humanity. We should see the Sharia not in the light of something primitive but as something divinely revealed. In a society where social problems are more endemically pandemic, Sharia frees humanity to realise its individual potential.

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Sheikhul- Islam Ibn Taymiyah (may almighty Allah have mercy upon him) defines blasphemy as the use of words that show a lack of respect and are perceived by all people, regardless of their beliefs, to be profane, exactly like cursing, condemnation, etc. (Majmoó Fataawa)

It should be known that insulting Allah Himself, His Prophets (Muhammad & Jesus inclusive), Companions and Upright Muslims are great sins encapsulated with high injury at both worlds such that the Shariah doesn’t take it with levity, even for a Muslim who commits any of them intentionally, jokingly or through any other forms.

It is stubbly prohibited in Islam to commit any of those Sins cos Allah says;
وَلَئِن سَأَلْتَهُمْ لَيَقُولُنَّ إِنَّمَا كُنَّا نَخُوضُ وَنَلْعَبُۚ قُلْ أَبِٱللَّهِ وَءَايَٰتِهِۦ وَرَسُولِهِۦ كُنتُمْ تَسْتَهْزِءُونَ

And if you ask them, they will surely say, “We were only conversing and playing.” Say, “Is it Allah and His verses and His Messenger that you were mocking?” (Qur’an 9: Verse 65)

لَا تَعْتَذِرُوا۟ قَدْ كَفَرْتُم بَعْدَ إِيمَٰنِكُمْۚ إِن نَّعْفُ عَن طَآئِفَةٍ مِّنكُمْ نُعَذِّبْ طَآئِفَةًۢ بِأَنَّهُمْ كَانُوا۟ مُجْرِمِينَ
Make no excuse; you have disbelieved after your belief. If We pardon one faction of you – We will punish another faction because they were criminals. (Qur’an verse 66)

Sheikh Abd’azeez Ibn Bàaz was asked concerning a Muslim who commit any of those aforementioned sins, He replied;

Sheikh Ibn Baz (may Allah confer mercy upon him) replied, Reviling religion is one of the worst of major sins and the gravest of evils. The same applies to reviling the Lord, Glorified be He. These are two of the gravest things that nullify Islam and cause apostasy. If the one who reviles the Lord, Exalted be He, or reviles religion is a Muslim, then he thereby becomes an apostate from Islam and a disbeliever. He shall first be asked to repent, then he is either to repent or be executed by a decision from the competent authority, i.e., the Shariah court. Some scholars suggested that he shall not be asked to repent, but rather he shall be executed immediately, since his crime is extremely hideous. However, the most preponderant view is that he shall first be asked to repent, in the hope that Allah may bless him with guidance and drive him back to the truth. Still, he shall be punished by lashing and imprisonment, so that he may not repeat such a heinous crime. Similarly, if someone reviles the Quran or the Messenger (prayers and peace of Allah be upon him) or any other Prophet, he shall first be asked to repent, then he is either to repent or be executed. Reviling religion or the Messenger (prayers and peace of Allah be upon him) or the Lord, Glorified be He, is something that nullifies Islam. So is making fun of Allah or His Messenger or Paradise or Hellfire or Divine Ordinances such as Salah or Zakah. Making fun of any of such things does nullify Islam. (Majmoò Fataawa Ibn Bàaz)

Therefore, mocking at, or cursing Allah or His Messenger or Religion is an act of disbelief that brings the perpetrator out of the Islamic creed accompanied with execution.

On this note, we advise and seriously warn our Muslim brothers & sisters not to socialize with non- Muslims on any platform on matters related to the Dīn out of ignorance or in order to appease them. Lest we may be sharing them the sin and thus be inflicted by Allah’s punishment. Allah says;

وَقَدْ نَزَّلَ عَلَيْكُمْ فِى ٱلْكِتَٰبِ أَنْ إِذَا سَمِعْتُمْ ءَايَٰتِ ٱللَّهِ يُكْفَرُ بِهَا وَيُسْتَهْزَأُ بِهَا فَلَا تَقْعُدُوا۟ مَعَهُمْ حَتَّىٰ يَخُوضُوا۟ فِى حَدِيثٍ غَيْرِهِۦٓۚ إِنَّكُمْ إِذًا مِّثْلُهُمْۗ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ جَامِعُ ٱلْمُنَٰفِقِينَ وَٱلْكَٰفِرِينَ فِى جَهَنَّمَ جَمِيعًا
And it has already come down to you in the Book that when you hear the verses of Allah [recited], they are denied [by them] and ridiculed; so do not sit with them until they enter into another conversation. Indeed, you would then be like them. Indeed Allah will gather the hypocrites and disbelievers in Hell all together. (Qur’an 4: 140)

This ruling is applicable even in relation to criticizing or blaming the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) as regards any of his deeds, sayings, etc. Ibn Taymiyah (may Allah confer mercy upon him) clarified, “If someone criticizes a judgment or instruction by the Prophet, he should be executed, as the Prophet told us to do in his life and after his death”. (Majmoó fataawa)

Inadvertently, cursing the Prophets of Allah has always been condemned in the Shariah. The best of mankind (prayers and peace of Allah be upon him) warned against this, saying,
«من سب أصحابي فعليه لعنة الله والملائكة والنّاس أجمعين»

{ حسنه الألباني في صحيح الجامع}

“Whoever reviles my Companions let the Curse of Allah, the Angels, and all people befall him”

[Declared Hasan by Al-Albani in “Series of Authentic Hadith Books: 2340”].

He (peace be upon him) also said,
«لا تسبوا أصحابي. لا تسبوا أصحابي. فوالذي نفسي بيده! لو أن أحدكم أنفق مثل أحد ذهبا، ما أدرك مد أحدهم، ولا نصيفه»
{ متفق عليه واللفظ لمسلم}

“Do not revile my companions, do not revile my Companions, for by the One in Whose Hand is my soul, if anyone were to spend the equivalent of Uhud in gold (as charity), it would not amount (in reward) to a Mudd (i.e., an Arabic dry volume measure) of (i.e., paid in charity by) one of them or (even) half of that”

[Agreed upon and this wording is for Muslim].

Imam Malik (may Allah rest his soul) said, “Whoever insults one of the Companions of Muhammad (prayers and peace of Allah be upon him) — such as Abu Bakr, Omar, ‘Uthman, Abu- Huraira Mu’awiyah, Ali or ‘Amr Ibn Al-‘Aas (to mention a few) — by saying that they were astray and disbelieving shall be executed. (Muqodîma Muwatta Maleek).

Dear Muslim and non Muslim reader, If a Muslim should be deterred with these kind of punishments in a society that applies Shariah as their constitution, what do you think of a non- Muslim in the same society?

Scholars of Islam has unanimously agreed that; If the person who defames the best of mankind (Muhammad) (peace be upon him) is a non-Muslim living under a treaty with the Muslim state, then this is a violation of the treaty and he must be executed, but that should be left to the authorities.

In a secular state like Nigeria, a Muslim must not in any form mocks, nags or valiantly condemns other ‘religions’ in an inappropriate manner. This is because Allah has warned us to desist from such action so that nobody from ‘other religion’ will not ignorantly curse our beloved Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon Him) out of hatred and enmity. Allah says;

وَلَا تَسُبُّوا۟ ٱلَّذِينَ يَدْعُونَ مِن دُونِ ٱللَّهِ فَيَسُبُّوا۟ ٱللَّهَ عَدْوًۢا بِغَيْرِ عِلْمٍۗ كَذَٰلِكَ زَيَّنَّا لِكُلِّ أُمَّةٍ عَمَلَهُمْ ثُمَّ إِلَىٰ رَبِّهِم مَّرْجِعُهُمْ فَيُنَبِّئُهُم بِمَا كَانُوا۟ يَعْمَلُونَ

“And insult not those whom they (disbelievers) worship besides Allah, lest they insult Allah wrongfully without knowledge” [al-An’aam 6:108].

If Nigerian Muslims could emulate this command from their Lord, who is that person who could decipher the indulgence of our prophet Muhammad in a nasty way?! Not even an ordinary musician who already wines and dines with Shaytan could attack the best man to ever liveth on earth surface by hiding under the action of freedom of opinion. Every wise man knows that this so-called freedom of opinion is total violation of the sanctity of others and transgressing against them. This is not a freedom of opinion but a freedom of transgression encapsulated with deviant hate speech.

Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah (may Allah have mercy on him) says that: It was narrated from one of the Christian kings that a man who followed the same religion as him (Christian) was brought to him, who used to revile the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and accuse him of lying. The king summoned his religious scholars and asked them: How long does a liar remain for? They said: Such and such – thirty years or thereabouts. The king said: This religion of Muhammad has lasted for more than five hundred years or six hundred years [i.e., at the time of that king], and it is prevailing and is accepted and followed. How can he be a liar? Then he had that man beheaded.
{Sharh al-‘Aqeedah al-Asfahaaniyyah }

If a Christian King behead another Christian in a Christian state all because the latter reviled the last Prophet of Islam, what do you expect in a state (Kano) dominated by Muslims who rules with Nigerian constitution who (the same Nigeria constitution) allows Shariah court to prevail on what’s incumbent to them?!

This is a stern warning to those who had planned and already planning to attack our prophet, his ways and actions through videos, audios, music, writing, speech making and all available means to desist from such lubricious act. If we Muslims hear a Christian or anyone else defaming the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), we will always denounce such person in strong terms no matter his worldly rank. As we are known as law abiding citizens who shall not go against the laws of the country, it is obligatory we report such person to the authorities whom we believe will carry out the required punishment on him without partiality. If there is no one who can carry out the (hadd) punishment of Allah and stand up for the Messenger (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), then we (Muslims) will do whatever we can, so long as that will not lead to further mischief and harm against other people.

While we urge the Government to punish any Muslim who slander, mock and blaspheme ‘other religions’ and their act, it is haram (prohibited) to hear a kaafir (non- muslim) defaming the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) and Muslims keep quiet.

Finally, we urge non Muslims to always imbibe the spirit of sportsmanship, study Islam and the Prophet himself, then they will understand while this iconic man named Muhammad has ruled/ still ruling the world even after his demise. These are few amongst the statements made by the non- Muslims about him;

1️⃣ Dr. Zwemer (a Canadian Orientalist) says: Muhammad was an able reformer, eloquent and well spoken, courageous and daring, a great thinker. We cannot attribute to him anything that contradicts these qualities. This Qur’aan that he brought and his history bear witness to the truth of these claims.

2️⃣ The Englishman George Bernard Shaw wrote a book called Muhammad, which was burned by the British authorities. He said: The world is in the utmost need of a man with the mentality of Muhammad. Medieval ecclesiastics, either through ignorance of bigotry, painted Mohammadanism in the darkest colors. They were in fact; trained to hate both the man Muhammad and his to them was anti-Christ. But I have studied his life, and found him to be extraordinary. I have reached the conclusion that he was never an enemy to Christianity. He must be called the Saviour of Humanity. I believe that if a man like him were to assume the dictatorship of the modern world, he would succeed in solving its problems in a way that would bring it much needed peace and happiness.

3️⃣ Annie Besant said: It is impossible for anyone who studies the life and character of the great Prophet of Arabia, who knows how he taught and how he lived, to feel anything but reverence for that mighty Prophet, one of the great messengers of the Supreme.

4️⃣ Michael Hart said in his book The 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History (p. 13), where he put Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) at the head of his list of one hundred: I chose Muhammad to be top of this list because Muhammad was the only man in history who was supremely successful on both the religious and secular levels.

If non Muslims should study Muhammad (Peace be upon him) and later come out with these recommendations, how do you expect a sane Muslim to react when His name is blasphemed❓❗

©️ Assoutudeen Prophetic Medicine Foundation (APMF)

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