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    Red face Innocence of Muslims

    السَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكُمْ وَرَحْمَةُ اللهِ وَبَرَكَاتُهُ,

    I'm a muslima who lives in the Netherlands. I have to convince my classmates that the movie Innocence of Muslims isn't freedom of speech.
    For the past three days I have been busy watching videos, reading articles and listening to opinions of others.
    Unfortunately I still got one argument which is ''Prophet Mohammed can't be drawn''. The people I have to convince aren't muslims, neither from a foreign country, which makes it even harder to convince them.
    What would you say to convince them?

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    I liked this response from Hamza Yusuf.

    Exploring Freedom of Speech by Sheikh Hamza Yusuf - YouTube

    JazakiAllaahukhair

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    Arrow The Fundamentals of Islamic AQEEDA

    Quote Originally Posted by Djamiela View Post
    السَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكُمْ وَرَحْمَةُ اللهِ وَبَرَكَاتُهُ,

    I'm a muslima who lives in the Netherlands. I have to convince my classmates that the movie Innocence of Muslims isn't freedom of speech.
    For the past three days I have been busy watching videos, reading articles and listening to opinions of others.
    Unfortunately I still got one argument which is ''Prophet Mohammed can't be drawn''. The people I have to convince aren't muslims, neither from a foreign country, which makes it even harder to convince them.
    What would you say to convince them?

    Aauzo Billaahi Minash Shaitaan Nir Rajim Bismillaah Hir Rahman Nir Raheem ;
    Allah - Beginning With The Name Of - The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful.

    As-Salāmu `Alaykum (السلام عليكم) Dear Djamiela,



    The Islamic religion is the religion with which Allah sent the Prophet Muhammad, sealing thereby the religions, perfecting it for His servants, completing upon them His bounty and chose it for them as a faith. No other faith or religion other than it will ever be accepted.
    Allah has said,

    “Muhammad is not the father of any man among you, but he is the Messenger of Allah and the last of the Prophets. And Allah is Ever All-Aware of everything” (al-Ahzaab 33:40).

    Allah has also said,

    “This day, I have perfected your religion for you, completed My Favor upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion.” (Surah al-Maaidah (5):3)



    The religion of Islam, as explained above, is comprised of Aqeedah (creed, faith and belief) and Sharee’ah (revealed laws). We have mentioned some pillars of the Sharee’ah above.

    The Fundamentals of Islamic AQEEDA

    The pillars and fundamentals of Aqeedah are to be-lieve in:
    1) Allah,
    2) His Angels,
    3) His Books,
    4) His Messengers,
    5) the Last Day, and
    6) Qadar (Divine Will), both its good and evil conse-quences.
    These pillars and fundamentals are mentioned in the Book of Allah and the Sunnah (the narrations of the Prophet .) of His Messenger ().

    An example from the Book of Allah is the saying of Allah:

    Righteousness is not that you turn your faces towards the East or the West (in prayers), but righteousness is the one who believes in Allah, the Last Day, the An-gels, the Book and the Prophets. [Surah al-Baqarah (2):177].

    And from the Book of Allah, with regards to Qadar, the say-ing of Allah:

    Verily, We have created all things by Qadar. And Our Commandment is but one, as the twinkling of an eye. [Surah al-Qamar (54):49]
    And from the Sunnah of the Prophet (.), when asked about Īman by the angel Jibreel, he replied:

    “Īman is to believe in Allah, His Angels, His Books, His Messengers, the Last Day, and to believe in Qadar, and what it brings of good or bad.” (Reported by Muslim)


    Belief in the Messengers and Prophets :


    The Arabic word “Rusul” is the plural of “Rasool” which means a messenger sent to convey a message. In religious Islamic terminology, a Rasool is the man who receives a divine code of law and is commanded by Allah to proclaim and convey it to the people.

    The first of the Messengers was Nooh (Noah) and the last one was Muhammad (s.a.w.), may Allah praise them and keep them all safe from all evil.

    Allah the Most Exalted said:

    Verily, We have inspired you (O Muhammad) as We inspired Nooh and the Prophets after him. [Surah an-Nisaa’ (4):163].

    Imam al-Bukhari reports the narration about Shafa‘ah (intercession) on the authority of Anas ibn Malik (t) that the Prophet (r) said:
    Mankind will come to Adam to intercede on their behalf but he will decline saying: “Go to Nooh, the First Messenger that Allah sent...”

    And Allah the Most Exalted said about Muhammad(s.a.w.):

    Muhammad is not the father of any man among you, but the Messenger of Allah, and the Last of the Prophets. [Surah al-Ahzaab (33):40]
    There has not been any nation except that Allah sent a Messenger with an independent law for them to rule by, or a prophet (nabi) to revive the message of a previous Messenger (Rasool).

    Allah the Most Exalted said:

    And verily We have sent among every community a Messenger (proclaiming): “Worship Allah and avoid Taghoot (Satan, idols, tyrants).” [Surah an-Nahl (16):36]And Allah the Most Exalted said:

    And there never was a nation but a Warner had passed among them. [Surah Faatir (35):24]
    And Allah the Most Exalted said:

    Verily, We did send down the Torah (to Musaa), therein was guidance and light, by which the Prophets, who submitted themselves to Allah’s Will, judged the Jews… [Surah al-Maa‘idah (5):44]


    The Messengers are merely humans and they do not possess any attributes of divinity or lordship.

    Allah mentioned that His Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w) is the most noble of the Messengers and the highest among them in honor and rank.

    Allah the Most Exalted said:

    Say (O Muhammad), “I do not possess power to benefit or hurt myself except as Allah Wills. If I had knowledge of the Unseen I would have secured for myself an abundance of wealth, and evil would never have touched me. I am only a Warner and bringer of glad tidings to those who believe.” [Surah al-A’raaf (7):188]
    The Messengers are fully human with all the human traits, weaknesses and needs: they succumb to illness and death, and have the natural necessity for food, drink etc., like all other humans. The Prophet Ibraheem describes Allah, His Lord, with the following words:
    And it is He Who feeds me and gives me to drink, and when I am ill, it is He Who cures me; And it is He Who will cause me to die and then He will bring me to life again. [Surah ash-Shu’araa’ (26): 79-81]

    And in an authentic hadeeth reported by al-Bukhari, Muslim and others the Prophet (s.a.w.) said, I am only human just like you, I forget as you forget. Therefore when I forget, remind me.

    The highest rank and most noble degree for which Allah praises the Messengers is the description of Ubudiyyah (slavery, servitude, and devout worship) [They are all Ibadullah (the slaves of Allah).]

    Allah the Most Exalted said about Nooh (r.a.): Verily, he was a grateful slave. [Surah al-Israa’ 17:3]

    And He said about Muhammad (s.a.w.): Blessed be He Who sent down the Criterion (of right and wrong) to His slave (Muhammad) that he may be a Warner to the Worlds. [Surah al-Furqaan (25):1]
    And He said about Ibraheem, Ishaaq and Ya’qoob: And remember Our slaves, Ibraheem, Isaac and Jacob, all possessed strength and religious understanding. Verily, did We choose them by granting them the Remembrance of the home (in the Hereafter). And they are indeed in Our Sight of the Chosen and the Best. [Surah Saad 38:45-47]


    And He said about ‘Eesaa, He was not more than a slave. We granted Our favor to him and We made him an example to the Children of Israel. [Surah az-Zukhruf (43):59].

    Faith and belief in the Messengers and Prophets comprises four aspects:
    1. To believe that the message of these Messengers is in truth from Allah. Whoever disbelieves in any one of the Messengers, disbelieves in all of them, as Allah the Most Exalted said:

    The people of Nooh rejected (disbelieved and belied) the Messengers. [Surah ash-Shu’araa’ (26):105]
    Allah considered the people of Nooh disbelievers in all Messengers even though they apparently only disbelieved in the one Messenger that was sent to them. Therefore, and upon this principle, the Christians who disbelieve in Muhammad (s.a.w.) and refuse to follow him are also disbelievers in ‘Eesaa (r.a.), the Son of Maryam, especially considering the fact that ‘Eesaa gave them the glad tidings of the coming of Muhammad. It makes no sense that he is their Messenger, from whom they have received glad tidings of Muhammad’s (s.a.w.) coming to save them by Allah’s grace from misguidance, and then they refuse to follow the guidance to the Straight Path.

    2. To believe in those Messengers and Prophets whose names we know specifically, such as Muhammad, (Ibraheem), Musaa, ‘Eesaa, Nooh, and to give them all the salutations of salaah and salaam. The above mentioned five Messengers are called Ulul-’Azm (of strong determination and steadfastness), who are mentioned by Allah together in two places in the Qur’an:

    in Surah al-Ahzaab: And (remember) when we took from the prophets their covenant, and from you (O Muhammad) and from Nooh, Ibraheem, Musaa and ‘Eesaa, son of Mary. [Surah al-Ahzaab (33):7] and

    Surah ash-Shu‘araa: He (Allah) has ordained for you from the same religion (Islam) which He ordained for Nooh, and that which We have Inspired in you (O Muhammad) and that which We ordained for Ibraheem, Musaa and ‘Eesaa, saying you should establish the religion and make no divisions in it. [Surah ash- Shu‘araa (42):13]As for those whom we don’t know by name, we are obligated to believe in them generally, as Allah the Most Exalted said:

    And indeed We have sent Messengers before you (O Muhammad): some of them We have related to you their story, and some We have not related their story to you. [Surah Ghaafir (40):78]


    3. To believe in all the information that the Messengers have conveyed to us, which has come to us with a reliable, authentic and sound chain of narrators.

    4. To perform the acts of obedience in accordance with the law (Sharee’ah) of the Messenger that Allah sent to us. He is the Last and Final Messenger, Muhammad (s.a.w.) who was sent to all mankind, as Allah the Most Exalted said: But no, by your Lord, they can have no Faith until they make you (O Muhammad) their judge in all disputes between them, and find in themselves no resistance against your decisions, and accept them with full submission. [Surah an-Nisaa’ (4):65]
    The great benefits of believing in the Messengers and Prophets include:

    1. Knowledge of the great beneficence and mercy of Allah, since He has direct interest in the affairs of His creatures, and has therefore sent His Messengers to guide them to the Straight Path and inform them how to worship Him correctly. This is necessary since the minds of men cannot arrive to this beneficial knowledge independently.

    2. Giving praise and thankfulness to Allah for this great blessing.

    3. Love of the Messengers and Prophets, and respect and praise for them appropriate to their ranks and dignity since He, Most Exalted, chose and sent them on this noble mission and they worshipped Allah and conveyed the message to man with full sincerity and in the best of manners.
    The obstinate, arrogant and rebellious people rejected the Messengers of Allah by the claim that such messengers should not be humans. Allah the Most Exalted refuted this claim saying: And nothing prevented men from believing when the Guidance came to them, except that they said: “Has Allah sent a man as (His) Messenger?” Say: “If there were on the earth angels walking about, in peace and serenity, We should certainly have sent down for them from the heaven an angel as a Messenger.” [Surah al-Israa’ (17):94- 95]


    So Allah refutes this claim by arguing that since there are humans on earth, He sends humans as His Messengers. If the inhabitants of earth were angels, then He would have sent angels as Messengers so that they would be like them. Allah, the Most Exalted, tells us how the previous peoples rejected their messengers when He said: [The disbelievers would say,] “You are just human beings, like us! You only want to turn us away from what our fathers used to worship. Bring us a clear authority.” Their Messengers replied to them: “We are indeed just human beings like you, but Allah bestows His Grace to whom He Wills of His Slaves. It is not for us to come to you with an authority (proof) except by the permission of Allah.”) [Surah Ibraheem (14):10-11]


    Indeed, all praise belongs to Allah. We praise Him, seek His Aid and His Forgiveness and we seek refuge in Allah from the evil of ourselves and from the evil of our actions. Whomsoever Allah guides, none can misguide; and whomsoever Allah leaves unguided, none can guide thereafter. I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, who is alone without partners, and I bear witness that Muhammad is His slave and Messenger(s.a.w.). May God praise Muhammad (s.a.w), his family, his Companions and whoever follows them in goodness, and keep them safe from all evil.

    And Allah Knows the Best !!!
    The Five Pillars of Islam (arkān-al-Islām أركان الإسلام; also arkān ad-dīn أركان الدين "pillars of the religion") are five basic acts in Islam.

    The Qur'an presents them as a framework for worship and a sign of commitment to the faith. They are (1) the shahada (creed), (2) daily prayers (salat), (3) fasting during Ramadan (sawm), (4) almsgiving (zakāt), and (5) the pilgrimage to Mecca (hajj) at least once in a lifetime.


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    One thing you should tell this person for a reasoning on why we dont depict our Prophets and all these things is because where we have been told how Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) would be like we are never given an image because like the Christians we would then believe and follow his image, which would fall under idolizing. Islam has only the Quran and calligraphy to show the true essence and beauty of the message from Allah (swt).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Iqra101 View Post
    One thing you should tell this person for a reasoning on why we dont depict our Prophets and all these things is because where we have been told how Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) would be like we are never given an image because like the Christians we would then believe and follow his image, which would fall under idolizing. Islam has only the Quran and calligraphy to show the true essence and beauty of the message from Allah (swt).
    A very perfect answer.

    jazak Allah

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