Author: Ms. Seen Noon
The human nature is quite complex, don’t you agree?! We tend to fall for undesired behaviors, letting common sense go down in vain, while resorting to ways we find unacceptable for our own selves. Even the esteemed family background, the vast educational goldmine, the versatile global experience, everything seems to lose its sense, and the society ends up falling prey to the insecurities of its polished inhabitants. At times the quality of a person is not depicted by his resume, but rather, by the actions that he chooses to carry out. The superiority of the human race over other creatures begins to fail the moment we start ridiculing others for things we deem as incompatible. We start living in a dynasty which is governed by our thoughts and beliefs ONLY and has no spots available for beings who are not like-minded or of the same thought process. This non-acceptance leads to mockery and ridiculing of fellow beings with whom we differ on various grounds, raising concerns about our own insecurities and fears. The practice of basic civil rights then tends to become difficult gradually, as the people in power spread their desires and infected thoughts over the clan members, in turn polluting the communities altogether.
Allah (SWT) says in His Holy Book, Surah Yunus, Verse 99
‘And if your Lord had pleased, surely all those who are in the earth would have believed, all of them; will you then force men till they become believers?’ (10:99)
Our Lord has spoken to us about this behavior in the Quran at various occasions, informing us about the choice given to the disbelievers by Him, and we, as believers, are allowed to only preach in the kindest manner possible. How hard would it have been for our Lord to create only one race who believed in the Almighty, and thus no reason in place for them to argue or clash? But, He didn’t, and created believers along with non-believers, while holding the believers responsible for spreading the teachings of the Quran and the Holy Prophets, so that the non-believers are inclined towards practicing ways of Islam.
The transfer of the religious beliefs through our ancestors has been going on for centuries, we were just lucky enough to be born in Muslim families, with no effort of our own. Even then there is a sense of pride and superiority, blinding us to a point that we ridicule and mock the minorities around us. The need is to make it a point to consider all as equal partners in society, irrespective of religious beliefs or race, eventually giving birth to a culture of mutual co-existence.
The Almighty says in the Quran, in Surah Hud, Verse 28
‘He said, “O my people have you considered: if I should be upon clear evidence from my Lord while He has given me mercy from Himself but it has been made unapparent to you, should we force it upon you while you are averse to it?’ (11:28)
Also, Allah mentions about the people who mock religion in Surah At-Tawbah, verses 65 and 66
‘And if you ask them, they will surely say, “We were only conversing and playing.” Say, “Is it Allah and His verses and His Messenger that you were mocking?” Make no excuse; you have disbelieved after your belief. If We pardon one faction of you – We will punish another faction because they were criminals.’ (9:65-66)
Ridicule or mockery regarding religion is next to disbelief in the eyes of Allah (SWT). He considers it a sin, and not just any ordinary mistake that we commit on a day-to-day basis. Whether the joking about somebody’s religion is carried out by a Muslim or non-Muslim, it doesn’t matter. It is a basic principle that we should live by, to not mock or taunt anyone regarding their religion, religious practices or appearances. It is the core value of a human being, the roots of a person which he feels an emotional attachment to, so it hurts deeply when something like that happens.
Allah says in Surah An-Nisa, verse 140
‘And it has already come down to you in the Book that when you hear the verses of Allah [recited], they are denied [by them] and ridiculed; so do not sit with them until they enter into another conversation. Indeed, you would then be like them. Indeed Allah will gather the hypocrites and disbelievers in Hell all together.’ (4:140)
Mentioned above is another example of how the mockery of religion is not at all accepted in Islam. It is not a believer’s trait to adopt a style of mockery when sitting in a gathering, joking or laughing on somebody’s religious beliefs or religious thinking. It is a ‘Big No’ to carry on like this and is clearly advised to distance oneself from such acts when they occur in front of you. As indeed, being part of such activities, keeping quiet, not protesting or raising a concern or warning makes you an accomplice in such sinful acts.
Well, Allah has blessed us with a brain and thinking power to analyze situations while keeping our emotional values aside, so as to live a balanced life. The thought process, the lifestyle, the cultural norms exercised etc., they all depict the basic belief system accepted by us. For sure we would be answerable for the life spent here, how we lived it, and how others were affected by it. Breaking hearts of human souls in our surroundings as a result of ridicule or mockery just doesn’t stand. Refraining from doing so and behaving in a polite and kindhearted way makes us eligible to stand in front of our Creator, claiming to be blessed by His rehmah in this world and the next.