Geert Wilders is a Dutch politician and founder of the so-called Party of Freedom in the Netherlands. However, his views and pledges are far from the principles of freedom. He wants the Netherlands to ‘De-Islamise’ and close borders to refugees belonging to Islamic countries simply out of fear that they will ‘replace the Dutch people’. In an effort to carry out his promise, Wilders has organised a despicable competition of drawing our beloved Holy Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him. However, how should we as Muslims react to such an abhorrent act aimed to upset Muslims around the world?
Are violence and physical acts of aggression the way to tackle this problem and educate Wilders? Certainly not. Islam, unfortunately is already under immense criticism in the media due to terrorists, claiming to fight in the cause of Islam, ruthlessly torturing and murdering the innocent in their quest to seek out only worldly claims, not spiritual enhancement. To truly understand how we react to attacks on our Holy Prophet, peace be upon him, we need to look no further than the exemplary model of the Holy Prophet himself, as is stated in the Holy Quran:
“Verily you have in the Prophet of Allah an excellent model..” [33:22]
Despite facing hardships and trials at the hands of those who disobeyed and wished to supress the Holy Prophet, he remained patient and had a soft heart for them, spending countless hours in prayer literally weeping for those unfortunate ignorant souls.
There are countless examples where the Holy Prophet, peace be upon him, has demonstrated extreme benevolence in the face of acts of inhumanity and persecution he faced at the hands of his enemies. Take the incident of Taif, where even children were told to throw stones at him. Such was the cruelty of this act that blood was running down his legs and his shoes became saturated with blood. Allah the Almighty sent an angel to inform the Holy Prophet, peace be upon him, of the impending destruction of the people of the city only waiting upon the Holy Prophet’s command. However, the Prophet Muhammad, peave be upon him, prayed instead that Allah let their generations be saved so that they become Muslims. So, following the glorious example of the Holy Prophet, peace be upon him, as true believers of Islam we should not seek vengeance against those who insult, instead we pray for their guidance and reform.
It was the practice of our beloved Holy Prophet to supplicate and pray to Allah to guide his enemies towards Islam and for them to benefit in the Hereafter. Islam teaches us to love for others what we love for ourselves. Each one of us wants to be guided and therefore, we should ask Allah the Almighty to guide others if they are ignorant of the reality or oppressors. We should supplicate for guidance and forgiveness for people in general. It is the essence of Allah to be Forgiving and Merciful and the angels roam the Earth seeking forgiveness for everyone upon it. By expressing mercy and forgiveness in our supplications, we fulfil Allah’s plan for the creation. So, for us to enhance our relationship with Allah, instead of showing violence against Geert Wilders, not only Ahmadi’s but the whole Islamic Ummah should pray to the All-Hearing Lord and ask for his eyes to be opened and that way not only will Allah bless us but also fix this situation.
Prayers and trust in Allah are our most powerful weapons. In the Quran 2:187 it says “And when my servants ask thee about Me, say: I am near. I answer the prayer of the supplicant when he prays to Me. So, they should harken to Me and believe in me, that they may follow in the right way.” So, as Muslims we should not take this situation into our own hands. Rather, we look to the model of the Holy Prophet, peace be upon him, and pray and trust in the most-Beneficent Lord
When it comes to safeguarding our faith from opponents, we should take heed of the teaching of the founder of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad – the Promised Messiah, peace be upon him:
“My dear! The way to support faith is quite different! Not that you draw the sword if someone disagrees! Why do you need to draw the sword to support your faith; what survives on bloodshed cannot be faith.” (Ruhani Khuza’in vol 15 page 132)