“Then do they not look at the camels – how they are created?” (Quran 88:17)
Reflection: This resplendent verse, which descended upon a Prophet in Arabia (pbuh) in the midst of a largely desert-inhabiting population, asks us to consider the creation of a camel. Upon closer reflection, it is not difficult to understand why. Proverbially hailed as the “ships of the desert,” camels have been specifically Designed to aid transportation in such terrains as the Arabian Peninsula’s, and in such climates as the Arab world’s. Although cars and motorways have effectually replaced animals in our times, retrospection remains fascinating. Not only do camels have short fur which helps protect their bodies from the intense heat of the desert, they also have long, curly lashes, which screen their eyes from sand in the atmosphere. In the daytime, when the sun is high, these eyes do not allow excessive light in, and specialised glands supply them with a great deal of water, so they remain moist despite the scorching weather. Camels also have large humps which store fat for when food is difficult to come by (incidentally very often in the desert), and their long, strong legs can travel around forty kilometres a day, carrying human beings as well as all their cargo. “So which of the favours of your Lord would you deny?” (Quran 55:40).
ANN ARBOR — Maybe the demonstrator who held an anti-Muslim sign in front of the Islamic Center of Ann Arbor was trying to provoke a negative response to reaffirm her misconceptions about Islam.
Instead, she received nothing but love.
“I serve a RISEN savior Jesus Christ. Muhammad is DEAD,” the sign read. The mosque urged worshipers to be nice to the demonstrator without engaging in a debate with her. But one Muslim Ann Arbor resident felt the negative message required a response, especially since children attending the Michigan Islamic Academy next to the center, were affected by it.
On Friday, April 17, Dr. Hamad Houwari made his own sign and displayed it next to the middle-aged, White, fundamentalist woman. It read, “Muhammad and Jesus = Love not hate.”
Houwari said he was met by overwhelmingly positive responses by passersby.
“Hundreds of cars were stopping in support,” Houwari said. “Christians were telling her she doesn’t represent them. Some of people told her ‘shame on you.’ I didn’t mean to insult her. I just wanted to show the contrast between the two sides.”
He said ignoring the woman was not the best way to approach her hatred. “Forgiveness is a virtue in Islam when you are in charge,” he said. “We are not in charge. We have to defend ourselves but do it in a positive way.”
The anti-Muslim protester caused a buzz on social media last year when she held the same sign in front of Dearborn’s Islamic Center of America.
Houwari said his children joined him to color his sign after they got off school. He added that it is important to keep kids away from hatred and teach them love and tolerance.
“There are fanatics in every religion and ideology,” he said. “Instead of promoting the negatives, we should be focusing on the good values; and this would be a way of showing peace and love. This is what we want for our future.”
^This is how you do it! So proud of this man for standing up for the true face of Islam! :) <3 MashAllah!
I love how the other man is literally teaching her about the Quran as well! Alhamdulilah
Excerpt of The Prophet’s (peace be upon him) last sermon:
“O People! it is true that you have certain rights with regard to your women but they also have rights over you. Remember that you have taken them as your wives only under Allah’s trust and with His permission. If they abide by your right then to them belongs the right to be fed and clothed in kindness. Do treat your women well and be kind to them for they are your partners and committed helpers.”
Friends, may we always remember to treat our mothers, wives and sisters with utmost love and kindness as how our Beloved Prophet has reminded us to.