Shaikh M.T. Baqir

Get into Peace all of you

All the historians unanimously agree that people of Mecca did not fight back at the Islamic invasion. They accepted Islam without the least resistance. What happened at the invasion? How did they give up the bitter struggle against the messenger of Allah and against Muslims?

Historians tell us that the prophet (pbuh) ordered his companions and the army leaders to surround Mecca and enter through all its gates. They were ordered not to fight and an announcement was heard:

"Today is the day of mercy. Today the sanctuary is protected". Despite the hostility and hatred demonstrated by Abi Sufian who waged wars on the Muslims, the prophet’s respond was forgiveness. So he (pbuh) allowed Abi Sufain to inform the people of Mecca that they were safe if they entered the holy mosque or their homes or Abi Sufian’s home.

Moreover the Muslims entered Mecca with tears in their eyes, out of great joy not for victory or for their return to their homes or for achieving authority but for the help of Allah through a unique pattern of victory in history: through tolerance, an amnesty, non – violence attitude and listening to other’s opinion.

The first thing the prophet (pbuh) and his companions performed was bowing down in gratitude to the Almighty Allah for the victory which was free of violence, destruction and killing. History did not mention clashes or violence or confiscation of property or any incident similar to what the invaders do when they achieve victory.

History tells us that they headed directly towards the holly Kaaba and circled round it without any fear.

Then the messenger of Allah began breaking down all the idols. Thus the era of change started with the spread of the banner of Islam. After that the prophet (pbuh) announced the human rights chart. He addressed the attendants with an eloquent speech saying:

«Oh people, through Islam, the Almighty has purified you of the ignorance era pride in forefathers and tribes. You are all from Adam and Adam is from earth (mud). The best of you all to Allah are the most pious.»

Then he (pbuh) said, «Go away, you are all free.»

This was not the only humanitarian stance in the prophet’s life and tradition. He was always concerned in performing actual brotherhood, justice and reformation, setting up a community based on respect of belief and respect of the other’s opinion even if it were hurting.

Thus throughout his life, he (pbuh) experienced situations of non – violence with all whether they were with him or against him. Through such Divine attitude supported by the Almighty he achieved victory throughout his battles. All people accepted the concepts of monotheism, justice and tolerance. History never mentions incidents of violence performed by the prophet against some one. On the contrary he suffered hardships inflicted by his relatives, wives, hypocrites and enemies. He used to face that, saying: «Oh, my Lord guide my people to the right path, they do not know what they are doing.»   

On this sacred occasion of his birthday, we call the Muslim community to:

1 – hold cultural conferences and symposiums to review and study the prophetic tradition and the prophet's style of ruling and reformation.

2 – have the responsibility and direct people towards non – violence attitude in the Muslim community.

3 – listen to the other’s opinion even if it is hurting.

4 – try to respect the others and avoid words that degrade them.

5 – pardon whenever possible and never to involve in matters that create troubles in the Muslim states.

Finally one should avoid every kind of violence and terrorism whatever the reasons are. Violence should be replaced with merit of non - violence.

States usually achieve progress when justice is applied with the least death sentences against the oppressed people.

This is our responsibility and we will all be called to account on the other day. Violence breeds violence and good behaviour is met with good  behaviour.


In the Name of Allah The Compassionate the Merciful