| Azlan Othman |
IMAMS in a Friday sermon yesterday said it is highly improper to paint the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) in a bad light.
“We are aware that several attempts have been made by irresponsible quarters to discredit the character of the Prophet by means of spreading caricatures and movies that scoff and poke fun at the Prophet,” they said.
“Any form of insult or ridicule made against the Prophet by irresponsible groups of people will tear a Muslim’s heart to its core, resulting in some rallying to voice their outrage at this mockery, and with some even prepared to lay down their lives in defence of the honour and virtue of the Prophet.”
According to the imams, Muslims have been taught to profess their love for the Prophet as an obligatory religious duty. After all, obeying the orders of the Prophet is a direct command from Allah the Almighty.
The imams said, “Without a doubt, the love Muslims have for their beloved Prophet is intense. He is much loved, greatly adulated and highly revered not just because he is the beloved of Allah, but more so because his legacy for the peoples of Islam has been immutably enshrined in their hearts.
“We have to remind ourselves that any deliberate effort or use of words that aim to blaspheme, abuse or defame the good name, character, commands and prohibitions of Allah will be severely frowned upon.
“Mocking promises of the rewards of paradise, hell and torment, the angels, the holy book, messengers and prophets, the day of judgement, Qada and Qadar of Allah the Almighty, can lead to ‘murtad’ (apostasy).
“Islam places great value on the need to live a life of harmony as members of a society, a race and also as a nation. And for those very reasons, we should not be easily influenced by sentiments or strategies used by our foes who desire nothing more than to sow disunity among Muslims. Of course, as ummahs of the Prophet, we feel greatly distressed and regret for all that has transpired.
“Lastly, let us as the ummah of Islam stand united and hold steadfast to the religion of Allah the Almighty, avoid division among us at all costs, especially in the face of challenges which could distort akidah (belief) and drive a wedge between us. May Allah always protect the Muslim ummah from slander and threats.”