Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Friday, October 19th, 2018

The Perfect Paragon of Humanity


The Perfect Paragon of Humanity

Muslims across the world celebrate the birth of Holy Prophet (PBUH) on the third month (Rabiul Awal) of the Islamic lunar calendar. Muslims celebrated the day with religious zeal and fervor. The way in which the occasion was celebrated depicts several colors of local traditions, besides touch of their religion and their association to the Holy Prophet (PBUH).
Considering moral turpitude and unmitigated war and violence, the vacuum of prophets is deeply felt in our age. Violence and carnage, flagrant violation of human rights and cruel practices prevail in human societies. Human dignity is held in contempt and people suffer from inhuman acts in one way or another. Men’s megalomania and selfishness led to bloodshed and play a highly destructive role in modern society. In other words, the individuals’ fundamental rights – i.e. their rights to life, liberty and property – are largely trampled upon.
The individual and social life is vulnerable to moral corruptions. Immoral and lust-provoking programs spoil the morality of younger generation and poison their minds. The crime rate is reportedly frequently. Girls and women do not have peace of mind in many societies and fear falling victims to the licentious desires of individuals.
Moral values and humanity decline not in a particular society but around the globe. If we consider our own society, a number of people eat enormous food and live in luxury buildings and skyscrapers without an iota of mercy to the poor, who shiver with cold and with empty stomachs having no shelter to breathe a sigh of relief. To their unmitigated chagrin, the state pays no heed to their problems either as if they are born to suffer and die without a shoulder to cry on. Life is no more than a hell for them since there is no one to give them a hand and no heart to feel their pain and anguish. In short, neighbors are confined among tall walls and might never see one another at all.
After all, terrorism, which is the product of radical interpretation of religion, is an international scourge. The terrorist networks operate under religious terms and have spread Islamophobia in western countries. It is believed that the fundamental groups, who spill the blood of civilians and resort to militancy, sacrifice religion for their political interests and have no true knowledge. Their violent practices bespeak that they are a big stain on religion. Their parochial mindsets leave no room for religious tolerance and brotherhood. In another item, the pure and human teachings of prophet (PBUH) have been colored with the tastes and radical views of some individuals within the long history. It is a great tragedy for Islamic world to see that political masterminds use religious elements as a pawn.
Addressing a Seeratun Nabi conference in Lahore on Monday, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif urged religious scholars to play their role for the elimination of the root causes of extremism in society. He regretted that “certain elements” had distorted Islam’s image as a religion of peace by spreading anarchy and bloodshed. According to him, it is the responsibility of religious scholars to reestablish a link between Islam and peace, taking guidance from the life and teachings of the Holy Prophet (PBUH). “Respect for humanity became an integral part of Islamic teachings through the many examples of Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) life. He said that the respect for every human life should be equal to the respect of Kaaba,” the Pakistani Prime minister is cited as saying and stressed upon the importance of humanity and equality in Islam. He said Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) last sermon taught us that civilized societies are formed on the basis of equality and mutual respect.
In every walk of life and in every role which he played, he was the best example. He treated his enemies with great patience, showed them mercy and ensured that prisoners of war were taken care of. He instructed people to be kind to all living beings and use resources wisely. His wisdom was second to none.
Now, the Islamic Ummah, who celebrates the Prophet’s birth anniversary, will have to follow his footsteps and nurture the spirit of brotherhood. He is a paragon of virtue and humanity not only for a certain group or party but for the entire human societies. His message of peace and humanity is global and transcends geographical and historical barriers. The Prophet’s real followers are those who practice upon his acts and words (Sunnah), respect the rights and dignity of mankind regardless of their racial and religious backgrounds and play a constructive role in the society.

Hujjattullah Zia is the permanent writer of the Daily Outlook Afghanistan. He can be reached at zia_hujjat@yahoo.com

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