WHY DISCUSSING THE TOPIC PROTESTS:AN ISLAMIC PERSPECTIVE
The reason it became important to write about this topic i.e. Protests: An Islamic Perspective was because of many reasons. The very first reason is known by most of us. The current situations of the Muslims living in the non-Muslim countries is getting worst day by day. The current situation of Palestine has shocked everyone and every Muslim across the Globe after seeing such a monstrous face of Israel and all its supporters have begun to come out of their homes for protest on the streets.
This also raises many Questions. The Questions of what is the Islamic Perspective about the Protests? Is it permissible and a kind of good act to participate in the marches, or burn the effigies of the people? The answer to these kinds of Questions could be many. Some scholars would give proofs in support of the protests, while others would show the arguments against it. However, if we could use our brains by looking what’s the stand of the Qur’an on this, then we could definitely get the answer to this Question.
PROTESTS AGAINST THE OPPERSSOR IN THE SHADE OF SHARI’AH IS A NOBLE ACT
In the 21st Century in which we are living, the Protests has become a tool for the general public to show their concern as well as their views about the laws that gets framed, or the war that happens.
Some people could do protest against the Oppressor and the laws that the Oppressor framed, while there are various fringe elements living across the world that would even support the oppressor who has done atrocities. This is the reality of the world in which we are living.
Whatever the case maybe, Islam is a religion that does not allow any kind of atrocity to anyone, be it a Muslim or a Non-Muslim. If the Protest is against the one who is an oppressor and the laws framed by the oppressor are against the General Public, then raising the voice against the oppressor and the atrocities people had suffered from his oppession would be considered a noble act.
The reason I am saying this is because there is a Hadith of Rasul ALLAH (S.A.W) where he had said that if someone sees something bad happening to another person, and if he had got power to stop it, then he must immediately stop it, and if the person can’t stop it with his power, then the person must make the oppressor understand about the sin associated to it, and if even the individual does not has the power to make an oppressor understand, the individual should think of the atrocities or acts committed by the oppressor as evil.
أَخْبَرَنَا مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ بَشَّارٍ، قَالَ حَدَّثَنَا عَبْدُ الرَّحْمَنِ، قَالَ حَدَّثَنَا سُفْيَانُ، عَنْ قَيْسِ بْنِ مُسْلِمٍ، عَنْ طَارِقِ بْنِ شِهَابٍ، قَالَ قَالَ أَبُو سَعِيدٍ سَمِعْتُ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَالَ “ مَنْ رَأَى مُنْكَرًا فَلْيُغَيِّرْهُ بِيَدِهِ فَإِنْ لَمْ يَسْتَطِعْ فَبِلِسَانِهِ فَإِنْ لَمْ يَسْتَطِعْ فَبِقَلْبِهِ وَذَلِكَ أَضْعَفُ الإِيمَانِ ” .
Abu Sa’eed said: “I heard the Messenger of Allah [SAW] say: ‘Whoever among you sees an evil, let him change it with his hand; if he cannot, then with his tongue; if he cannot, then with his heart- and that is the weakest of Faith.'”
The Protests fall in the second category i.e. the people are making the oppressor understand about the bad things the oppressor has already done, is doing or would do in future.
This is the overall scenario for the Protest. The Protest is not about taking the selfies in a rally of people and posting on the social media like Facebook, Instagram, and others to get some likes and follows.
Rather, the objective of the Protest should be to stand for all those people who are oppressed under the tyranny of an evil leader. The Protest would not yield any benefit if it were not done in the light of the Shari’ah.
People going into the rallies where the loud Music is playing, people taking out their selfies to show-off their sympathy for the Muslim community and for the Islam, are all the Haram acts and must not be done at all.
Infact, in many of the rallies, Muslims were seen using the slang words often to show their anger towards the oppressor. Islam never allowed anyone to use any kind of slang against any person or community. This is against Islam.
The News about Palestine, and the Muslims getting attacked in Gaza is definitely a moment of sadness for all the Muslims living around the Globe. However, the rage against the attacks on the Muslims of Palestine and Gaza does not give the license to the believers to do Haram acts in a Protest. It does not give license to abuse, or use slangs against the oppressors, whether those Oppressor are of Gaza, Palestinem Jordan, or any other part of the world.
Nowadays, people have also started to miss the second most important pillar of Islam i.e. Salah. The five Prayer are obligatory for every Muslim at their respective times. A Muslim is not allowed to miss Salah even during the times of War. So, how could a believer miss the Salah when he is in the rally or the Protest.
Such kind of Protest may yield benefits for this Dunya, however, the akhirah is much important than this Wordly life.
Protest could serve as a great tool to make our voices heard by the people living all over the world and is also a great tool to reveal the hidden evil face of the oppressor. However, Protests done under the shade of the Shari’ah is highly encouraged. Indulging in Haram acts like Missing Salah, using the Slang words, showing off, e.t.c. would destroy the akhirah of an individual.
The Protests done under the Shade of Shari’ah would yield the great rewards and by ALLAH’s will would also yield fruitful results in this wordly life.
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