The Seerah Conference organized by the Tarbiyah Department together with the Da’wah Department for Saturday November 21st, 2020 could not have come at a better time. In fact, this conference has been in the planning since the beginning of October long before the blasphemous cartoons of Rasoolullah once again emerged. This time in France.
We cannot imagine that in this age of enlightenment and information, leaders of the so- called free world would resort to such new low, distorting the noble personality of Rasoolullah and using it as a smoke screen for their failed policies, leadership and handling of crises such as the pandemic. Then they turn around and most shamelessly say Islam is in crisis. Where is the intelligence?
Such blatant disrespect and vicious assaults on Islam’s most sacred personality Muhammad are now at a colossal level. Any blasphemy on Rasoolullah wherever and whenever happens, affects over 2 billion Muslims and other like-minded people around the globe. For us Muslims raising our voices in front of Prophet Muhammad is disrespect that can lead to the erasing of our good deeds. Allah says:
O you who believe! Raise not your voices above the voice of the Prophet , nor speak aloud to him in talk as you speak aloud to one another, lest your deeds may be rendered fruitless while you perceive not. (Al-Quran 49:2)
Historically Muslims live alongside peoples of different faiths, different ethnic groups, different language families and different customs, all living together for centuries in relative peace in the same place. Such is the teachings of Muhammad .
He showed the world how warring tribes, different ethnicities and people of various different status can put their grudges aside and come together and stand before their Lord and worship Him in peace and harmony.
We cannot let hate and bigotry dominate the conversation. We must bring back the pure and noble character of Rasoolullah to be the main discourse. Thus, this conference is not a reaction of what has happened in France but it is an opportunity for Muslims to be reminded of this great benefactor to humanity: Muhammad Mustafaa . He indeed was Allah ’s gift to humanity. Allah says:
Indeed Allah conferred a great favor on the believers when He sent among them a Messenger (Muhammad ) from among themselves reciting unto them His Verses (the Qur’an), and purifying them (from sins by their following him), and instructing them (in) the Book (the Qur’an) and Al Hikmah [the wisdom and the Sunnah of the Prophet etc.)], while before that they had been in manifest error.
The theme of the Seerah Conference is : The Prophet : Sent with a Mission. We hope to address some of these great qualities of Rasoolullah . Some of the topics of this conference would be:
• What is So Unique About the Last Messenger ?
• Muhammad : Ultimate Symbol of Unity
• How the Messenger Changed the Hearts?
• Muhammad : The Caring Leader
• Muhammad : Man with a Mission
• From Hating Muhammad to Becoming the Most Beloved
• Defending the Honor of Rasoolullah with Dignity
• And Indeed You Muhammad have the Most Exalted Character
• Why Two Billion Muslims Love Muhammad ?
• Concerns of a Dai Emulating Rasoolullah
• Prophet Efforts to Eradicate Racism
• Our Response When Rasoolullah is Blasphemed
We also have a team of dedicated brothers and sisters in the field of Da’wah to address these issues. So please as a courtesy and love for our Messenger attend this conference and invite as many people Muslims and non-Muslims to hear of the greatest benefactor to humanity Muhammad .
Sh. Abdur Rahman Khan
Director of Tarbiyah Program
Nov. 9, 2020