I hope you had a beautiful Eid. For the most part, I did. The only thing that threatened to sully it was this idiot in America who was organizing a burning of Quran. But I was not going to let him have the satisfaction of ruining this most special day for me and my family. I wouldn’t let him have the satisfaction of anything of the sort. In fact, if he would have been here, I would have invited him to eat with us.
Wait, what? That’s right. I would have invited him to eat with us. Sounds strange? It shouldn’t. If I ignore him, he will only carry on with his media stunt (because that’s all it really is, isn’t it). If I yell and scream at him, I am just feed the monster. But if I open my home and invite him in; if I embrace him and hold him close, then what choice does he have but to stop his madness?
Think about Surah 41:34
The good deed and the evil deed are not alike. Repel the evil deed with one which is better, then lo! he, between whom and thee there was enmity (will become) as though he was a bosom friend.
Hating is easy. It is the work of the devil himself. What else do we see that brings such death and destruction into the world? This man in American – I will not call him cleric or pastor or any other holy title, for he is only a man – this man is doing the work of the devil. He is trying to sow hatred so that the devil can reap death. We do not need any more hatred. What we need is love and forgiveness.
Think about Surah 3:133-134
And hasten to forgiveness from your Lord; and a Garden, the extensiveness of which is (as) the heavens and the earth, it is prepared for those who guard (against evil). Those who spend (benevolently) in ease as well as in straightness, and those who restrain (their) anger and pardon men; and Allah loves the Muhsineen (doers of good (to others).
I did laugh a bit when I read today that Daily Times called this man a ‘Taliban of a different faith’. Anyone who will burn Holy Quran or bomb a mosque or slaughter Christians in Gojra or children in Palestine or Jews in New York City…all of these are of the same faith. The faith of hatred and death. And this is against the word of Allah and the teachings of the Prophet (SAW).
The responsibility is for us to guard ourselves and ensure that we do not become one of this evil faith, that we keep to the word of Allah in principle and not only in our symbols. The Daily Times issues a warning that we would all be well to heed:
Last but not least, let us look within ourselves. Muslims the world over, including Pakistan, have been denying and abusing the rights of people from other faiths. Whether it was the destruction of the Bamiyan Buddhas in Afghanistan by the Taliban or the murderous rampage against minorities in Pakistan where churches, temples and houses of worship have been targeted, we have all acted like the pastor at some time in our history. Point to ponder.
Point to ponder, indeed.