Has anyone been mean to you because you choose to practice your deen?
Are you suffering from the mockery of people within your community or even in your family?
Has anyone made rumors about your piety or your dignity?
Have they become more severe as days and months pass by?
May Allah make things easy for you, let me share a story that would inspire you to bear more patience and tolerate such false accusations of people about you.
Have you heard that story between Abu Jahl and the Prophet ﷺ? Do you not remember how cruel were the Quraish to the Prophet ﷺ?
Let me remind you of such cruelty in this one incident.
The narration talks more about Hamzah Ibn Abdul Muttalib Radiyallahu Anhu, the uncle of the Prophet ﷺ, on how he came to embrace Islam but I will highlight only the incident between Abu Jahl and the Prophet ﷺ.
This took place when Hamzah RA went on hunting and Abu Jahl took advantage of the absence of Hamza. He went to the Prophet ﷺ while he was sitting by the Mount As Safa and there spoke to him offensively denouncing his work and tried to humiliate him.
With the beautiful character of the Prophet ﷺ, he did not say anything. He just said nothing to Abu Jahl but Abu Jahl continued to abuse him until he cast a stone on the Prophet’s ﷺ head.
Indeed, the Prophet ﷺ became wounded and he began to bleed. At this sight, Abu Jahl left him and went to the assembly of the Quraish and sat down with them.
Have a moment to yourself, pause a little and reflect on what you have just read.
Our beloved Prophet ﷺ, who is bleeding out of the hatred of Abu Jahl, bore everything patiently. Every ill manner word thrown to him, every humiliation given to him by the Quraish, he bore it patiently.
Then, look at your own self, with a little word of mouth going around accusing you of something you never did or some rumors denouncing you, you become outraged that you want to hurt somebody. Don’t you think you are being [emulating] more of Abu Jahl than being [emulating] the Prophet ﷺ?
Come to think of it, how did the Prophet ﷺ bear all of those? Of course he is blessed because he is our beloved Prophet ﷺ but more than that his Lord is Allah!
He bore all of it patiently because he knows his Lord is Allah, the Almighty, the one with beautiful names and attributes, the one who responds to those who call upon Him!
So, next time people talk ill about you rejoice for your bad deeds are being taken from you. The Prophet ﷺ bled out of a stone thrown at him but not a word came from his mouth while you are being thrown at words and just mere words that bear false and untrue stories and you react in a manner just like everyone else.
O Slave of Ar Rahman, know that you are not like everyone else, you are a Muslim, a chosen one amongst billion of people in this world. Allah chose you to bear the shahada and worship Him. So react the way one Muslim should react and handle such situation.
Bear patiently for your Lord is Allah.
And we pray that Allah gives justice to all those who are persecuted for practising their deen and reveal the truth out of the false accusations they are being shaded with.
For those who want to read the full narration as to how Hamzah RA embraced Islam, check As Sirah An Nabawiyaah of Ibn Hashim: 1/291-92 and At Taqabat Al Kubra of Ibn Sa’d 3/9
A separate article would be posted in regards to the story of Hamza RA embracing Islam in the coming days. in sha Allah.