Saturday, 28 May 2011

Do unto others

I know that "do unto others" is a line from the Christian Bible, but it appears, in some form, in virtually every faith.  Islam has multiple versions of this, both in hadith and Qur'an.  Examples:

Hurt no one so that no one may hurt you.  Prophet Muhammad's final sermon

Woe to those...who when they have to receive by measure from men, exact full measure, but when they have to give by measure or weight to men, give less than due.  Qur'an: 83:1-4

None of you truly believes until he wishes for his brothers what he wishes for himself  Forty Hadith: 13

And the Qur'an states:

those who show their affection to such as came to them for refuge and entertain no desire in their hearts for things given to the latter, but give them preference over themselves  Quran: 59:9

Now, I bring these phrases up for a reason.  And I know there will be a couple of people who surf onto here that are members of the same Muslim mothers/womens forum that I am.  And they might have read the thread that set off this blog post and "thanked" the poster for it.  When I read it, I was disgusted.  Both by the fact that the person (and I hesitate to call her a sister, because I do not want to be sisters in faith with people that post such hatred) posted it and thought it was wonderful, and by those that agreed with her.

Now, I would like to say that politically there are more issues than are countable between Muslims and Jews. However, posting things that are obviously hate filled, posting things that you believe are funny in harming someone of a faith group you might not actually agree with - do you actually think you're going to get reward from Allah (subhana wa ta'ala) for doing this?  In not one single sentence of the Holy Qur'an do I find a place where it states that Allah (subhana wa ta'ala) will give reward for promoting hatred, for laughing at someone being hurt in any form - physically and/or mentally - or for sharing this with anyone.  The person that published the video on YouTube, the people that share that video and laugh with other people, not one of them are doing what Allah (subhana wa ta'ala) told us to do - to show affection to others as we would like affection shown to us.

As Allah (subhana wa ta'ala) shows mercy to us, should we not then show mercy to others?

I am ashamed to call people that "thank" and "like" this video my brothers and sisters in Islam.  Allah (subhana wa ta'ala) has told us that Jews, Christians and Muslims all worship him.  The people in any of those faiths are not perfect, but Allah (subhana wa ta'ala) gave us those faiths.  And as Muslims, we are supposed to be working to achieve paradise with our actions.  Allah (subhana wa ta'ala) and His angels keep record of each and every thing we do.

So next time, before you laugh at something where a Jew or Christian is being hurt or belittled, before you repost it in another forum, before you share it with a friend, think - is this action going to be going on the list of rewards or the list of things that Allah (subhana wa ta'ala) is going to ask me why I did it on judgement day?

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