SIGNIFICANCE OF HADITH: COULD THE COLORADO MASSACRE HAVE BEEN PREVENTED BY ACTING ON THE WORDS OF PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PBUH)?
A Hadith message could have saved James Holmes who committed a massacre in Aurora, Colorado and prevented the death of so many innocent men, women and children.
[from Yusuf el-Irlandi, Advocacy Director Jamaat al-Muslimeen, Tennessee]
Since this is the best of all months, naturally I wanted to give nasihah to myself and to the readers about the fad’il of Ramadan. But, then we had a recent tragedy in Aurora, CO here in the U.S. in which a gunman opened fire in a crowded movie theater and left 12 confirmed dead (including babies) and many more wounded. The suspect in his mugshot had a broad smile on his face. He did not once tell the authorities his motive. He waited patiently in his vehicle for the authorities to arrest him and did not put up any resistance.
What was the cause of all of this?
We can only speculate, and of course, the suspect is innocent until proven guilty. But, the fact of the matter lies in the lack of community and brotherhood/sisterhood in Western society.
Islam teaches us that all of humanity is one brother/sisterhood, but the real relationship between humans is Islam, which is one BODY.
So, throughout the course of our days we hardly stop to see how our fellow human is doing. People are dealing with real problems in society and all we have to do is sincerely look them in the eyes and ask them, “How are you doing today?”. It is not about ourselves. We are so caught up in chasing the dunya that we never find even a second for our fellow human and how their well being is.
I know from my own personal experiences that the expression of compassion to a stranger can change the outcome of their view of life.
If we show a little compassion to a stranger it could be the difference between them taking their own lives, or this tragic mass shooting.
Look at the previous high school mass shootings – who did them? It was usually children who felt like outcasts and were bullied – feelings of helplessness and that no one understood them.
Let us follow the authentic Sunnah of our Prophet (saw) today. Who knows – just by taking a second to stop and inquire how our fellow human feels we may even have a new Muslim, because we as Muslims are the only ones who truly care about the condition of humanity.
Do we remember the famous story of the jewess who accosted the Prophet (saw) daily on his walks and how he (saw) still inquired about her health while she was on her death bed? And Allah knows best.
Narrated ‘Abdullah bin ‘Amr: A man asked the Prophet (saw), “What sort of deeds or (what qualities of) Islam are good?” The Prophet (saw) replied, “To feed (the poor) and greet those whom you know and those whom you do not Know.” [Bukhari Vol. 1, Book 2, #11]