In light of recent events, I wanted to share some notes and thoughts. Here goes:
We are 1/5 of the world's population.
The tactics of disrespecting a historic figure to push ones own political agenda has been repeated. They know well that the extremists don't represent the mass population of Muslims.
A protest or boycott is a short term solution. Its a reaction that is expected. Its our job to plant the seeds by spreading the teachings to those around us.
The best response is to show how the religion is growing despite the tactics to extinguish it. Its time to exemplify this religion through our actions, our attire, our words.
We can decide to 𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐣𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐲 𝐨𝐟 𝐡𝐨𝐰 𝐌𝐮𝐬𝐥𝐢𝐦𝐬 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐥𝐨𝐨𝐤 𝐥𝐢𝐤𝐞 𝐢𝐧 𝟏𝟎 𝐲𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐬.
The way we carry ourselves, the way we interact within society, the way we run our businesses, the way we run institutions.
Those who commit these heinous crimes are not part of our society, they don't represent us (Muslims) and our faith.
For every 5 persons, 1 is a Muslim. That's a crazy amount of spokespeople. All we need to do is model the behavior of our faith. That's more coverage than any media channel can reach.
We should know that the Prophets PBUHs greatest accomplishment is not restricted to just being the most adorned person in history.
𝐇𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐚𝐧𝐬 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐬𝐭𝐮𝐝𝐢𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐩𝐡𝐞𝐭 𝐏𝐁𝐔𝐇 𝐥𝐢𝐟𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐛𝐞𝐞𝐧 𝐚𝐰𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐮𝐜𝐤. The man who was illiterate and born in backwards Arabia went on to move armies, legislations, empires, people, dynasties and most importantly ideas and beliefs. The speed at which his religion spread is unparalleled in human history.
𝐓𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞'𝐬 𝟏.𝟔 𝐛𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐟𝐨𝐥𝐥𝐨𝐰𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐨𝐝𝐚𝐲'𝐬 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐥𝐝 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐜𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐨𝐟 𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐡𝐮𝐦𝐚𝐧 𝐛𝐞𝐢𝐧𝐠.
The most famous men in history created arms, laws and empires only which crumbled away. There's no comparison.
The hadiths provide guidance on all aspects of life. Learn, so that our actions spread awareness. Site the Prophets saying when you see an opportunity.
I hope this reminder was beneficial to you as it was for me.