Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Brother Abdul Malik Mujahid's (Sound Vision) Comment on Pope Comments

Assalamu Alaikum:

Pope Benedict XVI certainly parted ways with his predecessor in his recent remarks about Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him. The quotation, delivered by a person of no greater stature than Catholicism's highest authority, stung Muslims worldwide and caused angry responses the world over. Response to bad words with strong words was enough. But sadly, a few churches in the West Bank were bombed and an Italian nun in Somalia killed in response as well. This is no way for Muslims to react out of love for our Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him. Those who did this cannot be friends of Muslims or peace and justice.The Prophet was, and continues to be, insulted in worse ways than this. But his response in his lifetime was to ignore the ignorance and instead, continue to relate to all through mercy, forgiveness and respect. As he knew, what matters is winning hearts, not avenging misinformation. The Prophet said: He who wrongs a Jew or a Christian will have me as his accuser on the Day of Judgment. We must all commit to better understanding, respect for all faiths and great care in how we speak about others' faith, especially in the context of today's volatile situation worldwide. On a brighter note, Ramadan is less than one week away! The month of mercy, forgiveness and freedom from Hellfire can't be spent in a blizzard of busyness and Iftar parties. If we really want to benefit through prayer, reflection and connection to Allah, then we have got to plan for it. This week at SoundVision.com, find out how, with our tips and planning guide.

Peace
Abdul Malik Mujahid

It is important to read Prof. Martin Martys opinion of the Popes comments. Prof. Marty is considered the most significant Protestant theologian of this time.
http://marty-center.uchicago.edu/sightings/archive_2006/0918.shtml

Also read what Karen Armstrong has to say about the Popes comments:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,,1874653,00.html

*** A HISTORY OF MUSLIM-CHRISTIAN RELATIONS
http://soundvision.com/info/jesus/muslimchristianrelations.asp

3 comments:

Um Mahtab said...

Salam Alaykum

I found your blog thru a link on Musical Chef's blog. Mashallah! I loved your conversion story. I really love hearing from Muslims with Jewish heritage. I hope you keep on blogging about your experiences and views. May Allah bless you.

Saaleha said...

Brother Abdul Malik certainly took the words right out of my mouth. Too true, and jazakillah sis for giving us those interesting links

Arshad said...

Salam alykum WRWB
Couldn't agree more with Br A M Mujahid's comments.
Please see my post regarding Pope..
Warm regards
Arshad