SIGNIFICANCE OF HADITH: COULD THE COLORADO MASSACRE HAVE BEEN PREVENTED BY ACTING ON THE WORDS OF PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PBUH)?

James Holmes & his Attorney in court: Courtesy: http://www.cbsnews.com/2300-201_162-10013046-4.html?tag=page;next

GUEST WRITER

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] 

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About Kaukab Siddique PhD

Professor of English, World Literature and Journalism at Lincoln University. Research specialization in Women and Islam

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