Charlie Hebdoism and Raf'a adh-Dhikr

Greater Kashmir

They called him a poet, a soothsayer, a sorcerer, a possessed man and a fabricator. All this caused intense grief to the sensitive soul of the Prophet

When the Prophet (SAW) began his holy mission in Makkah, a storm of malicious propaganda was raised by the enemies of Truth.

They called him a poet, a soothsayer, a sorcerer, a possessed man and a fabricator. All this caused intense grief to the sensitive soul of the Prophet. What grieved him most was the obduracy of the Makkans to see and accept the Truth. Allah consoled His Messenger saying that he should not worry himself too intensely for what his enemies said and did against him. No doubt it was a back-breaking burden for him but Allah was going to contrive things in a way as to convert  the malicious campaign into the elevation of his name and fame (raf‘a adh-Dhikr). What actually happened was that men of good sense and reason like Tufail bin ‘Amr Dawsi, would try to find the real truth behind the sadistic maligning which had yet to get its proper name, Charlie Hebdoism. Meeting with the Prophet and listening to the verses of the Quran would open their eyes and awaken their spiritual sight.

The phenomenon repeated itself after the shameful distortion of the Prophet’s image during Medieval Ages in Europe. Men of understanding turned to discover the reality of the Prophet and the greatest revolution of history that he brought about in a short span of two decades. A time then came when even the enemies of Islam began, willy-nilly, to sing his praises. They included not only impartial thinkers like Carlyle and Michael Hart but also committed adversaries like Gibbon and H. G. Wells,  not to speak of the venerated devotees of Islam like Muhammad Marmaduke Pickthall (RA), Muhammad Asad (RA) and Murad Hofmann. 

The sadistic tirade that is now going on in France is also going to lead to a revival of interest in Islam and the Prophet of Islam (SAW) as the Divine pledge of raf‘a adh-Dhikr is everlasting and universal. God willing, objective and unperverted souls will turn, in curiosity, to study the holy life of the Prophet and his message of mercy and peace and embrace the Truth. That will be the time when Charlie Hebdoism will die its own death. Only we should be careful not to violate, in our reaction, the principles taught by and the life-pattern set by the Messenger of peace and mercy.