Islam and the protest culture

Islam and the protest culture

By Anubha Khan

Muslims are obliged to adhere to the teachings of the Quran and Sunnah in every facet of their endeavours, ranging from the ordinary to the utmost consequential. The esteemed Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) imparted profound wisdom to his Ummah (the collective body of believers), enlightening them on the various aspects that would ead them towards triumph in the present existence and eterna bliss in the hereafter. Simu taneously, he cautioned them against any actions or matters that could inflict harm upon them and steer them towards the perils of the infernal abode. “T’he esteemed Messenger (may peace be upon him) refrained Muslims from engaging in public demonstrations within the confines of Makkah, despite enduring a protracted period of oppression and persecution alongside his devoted companions for a span of thirteen years. They refrained from obstructing thoroughfares, engaging in acts of civil disobedience, or conspiring to carry out acts of targeted killings.

The virtue of patience assumes paramount significance during periods of adversity. The profound sagacity underlying this notion stems from the profound magnitude of violence and disorder that ensues when one dares to challenge the democratically elected government and political figures running it According to Islamic doctrine, engaging in protests, demonstrations, and challenging the authority of rulers is not deemed permissible. Furthermore, it is imperative for Muslims to adopt strategies that accommodate them in governance structures through bureaucratic offices and advocate policies beneficial for the community Muslims need to adopt constructive measures like joining civi societies or utilising the media to highlight their developmental, economic, and educational backwardness. Additionally, it is important to record that socio-politica awareness and knowledge of constitutional rights and lega knowledge are enablers for rectifying the various deficiencies Mus im students in particular are obliged to streamline their thoughts and consciousness towards making their community attain education rather than engage in measures that are adversarial for themselves and the community. It is better to stay focused on higher goals than to give adversaries the option to trample on your goals and let antagonists triumph

Mudassir Hayat, President of the Delhi chapter of Aligarh Muslim University Old Boys Association/AMUOBA recently issued a statement requesting the students of Jamia Millia Islami and Aligarh Muslim University to refrain from joining any sort of protests in future. He issued the statement in the aftermath of Nuh violence His statement focused around the central point that it is better to be at a leadership position and make your voices heard rather than joining unorganised violent protests which is not only against Islamic teachings but also against the laws of the land The Muslim youths need to remember the old phrase that the Pen is mightier than the Sword Let’s fight with the pen and leave the sword for those having politically motivated intentions Let’s never forget that Prophet Muhammad agreed to the Hudaybiyyah Treaty even having the military might, as he preferred peace over violence. Let’s not fall for the political trap and focus on the bright future ahead.

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