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Introduction: Sometime ago on a Wahhabi forum someone called Mohammad Ansar was being called as Mo Ansar. Upon googling this person it became apparent his name of Mohammad Ansar and he has shortened his name to Mo. Point was made; it was disrespectful to shorten the name of Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa aalihi was’sallam). Wahhabis as always lacking good Adab for Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa aalihi was’sallam) and specializing in insulting and disrespecting Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa aalihi was’sallam) defended the use of Mo/Moe. Saying there was no disrespect if name of Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa aalihi was’sallam) was shortened in such fashion. This article has been written to bring awareness regarding this subject and to prevent Muslims from falling into traps of Iblees. Articles On Subject Of Respecting Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa aalihi was’sallam): Following is short but concise article on insult and disrespect: Introduction To What Constitutes Disrespect Of Prophet & Its Punishment. Another article points out why saying Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa aalihi was’sallam) is human being like me/us is disrespectful: Disrespecting Prophet By Saying - 'he Is Human Like Me.’ Following is a comprehensive article explaining all aspects in which Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa aalihi was’sallam) can be disrespected: Determining Contempt Of Prophet (sallallahu alayhi was'sallam) In Light Of Quran & Hadith. It is strongly recommended these articles are read before continuing. Distorting The Name Of Prophet Muhammad: Distorting the name of an esteemed personality, or distorting it in such fashion that it is being equated to an animal, or ignoble person is disrespectful. When a name is distorted it is always to mock and disrespect the person to whom the name belongs. In Islam everything about Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa aalihi was’sallam) is worthy of respect including his name. His name is his name, even when the name Muhammad has been given to some regular Joe, and its sanctity is inviolable because the name was connected with Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa aalihi was’sallam). The Source Of Heresy And What It Would Lead To: It has been noted Muslims have started to shorten the name of our beloved Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa aalihi was’sallam) to Mo or Moe. This innovation was started by cartoonists whose intention is to insult and disrespect Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa aalihi was’sallam) by shortening his name to Moe/Mo. Their website hosts cartoons at their website JesusandMo.net. Knowingly or unknowingly Muslims have adopted this usage instead of proper name Muhammad. Animated series Simpsons has a character called Moe. Moe is a bartender with dubious and sleazy character. And shortening the name to Moe is obvious reference to this character. Also the name of Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa aalihi was’sallam) is abbreviated to Mohd. Muslims have already evolved to stage where it is becoming common to use Moe, Mo, Mohd for each other. At the present, only the Kafirs use these short versions of name Muhammed while referring to Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa aalihi was’sallam) but sooner or later it will filter down to Muslims. Next step is Satan inciting the use of these insults for Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa aalihi was’sallam). Very likely the liberal, or moderate, or tolerant ‘Muslims’ will be the first one to actually use it and defends its use. You Will Follow The Practices Of Jews And Christians: Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa aalihi was’sallam) is reported to have said in the following Hadith; the Muslims will follow the practices of Jews and Christians: “Narrated Abu Sa`id Al-Khudri: The Prophet said, "You will follow the ways of those nations who were before you, span by span and cubit by cubit so much so that even if they entered a hole of a mastigure, you would follow them." We said, "O Allah's Messenger! [You mean the] Jews and the Christians?" He said, "Whom else?” [Ref: Bukhari, B92, H 422] Hadith states the adherence to following the footsteps of Jews and Christians would be such that you would resemble the Jews and Christians, with little to no difference between you. This Hadith guarantees the distorted forms of name Muhammad will eventually be used by ‘Muslims’ to address Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa aalihi was’sallam). And these distortions maybe used with intention of mocking him. ‘Muslims’ mocking Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa aalihi was’sallam) is nothing new because the Munafiqeen (i.e. hypocrites) mocked Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa aalihi was’sallam) in his life time. Hence as Muslims we should refrain from using these shortened versions as replacement for Muhammad. Distorting The Name Of Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa aalihi was’sallam): Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) has stated: “Indeed Allah took the covenant from the Children of Israel (Jews), and We appointed twelve leaders among them. And Allah said: "I am with you if you perform As-Salat and give Zakat and believe in My Messengers; honor and assist them, and lend a good loan to Allah, verily, I will expiate your sins and admit you to Gardens under which rivers flow (in Paradise). But if any of you after this, disbelieved, he has indeed gone astray from the Straight Path." [Ref: 5:12] In another verse Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) states; those who believe in Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa aalihi was’sallam) honor/respect him and the evidence of it as follows: “Those who follow the Messenger, the unlettered prophet, whom they find written in what they have of the Torah and the Gospel, who enjoins upon them what is right and forbids them what is wrong and makes lawful for them the good things and prohibits for them the evil and relieves them of their burden and the shackles which were upon them. So they believe in him, honor him, supported him and followed the light which was sent down with him - it is those who will be the successful.” [Ref: 7:157] The name of Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa aalihi was’sallam) is to be honored just like he is to be honored. Distorting the name of Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa aalihi was’sallam) by shortening it to; Mo, Moe, Mohd is an evil innovation introduced by infidels whose intention is to mock him. Do not follow the footsteps of disbelievers Allah’s Messenger (sallallahu alayhi wa aalihi was’sallam) has stated: “And he who introduces a evil precedent in Islam (i.e. فِي الإِسْلاَمِ سُنَّةً سَيِّئَةً), there is upon him the burden of that, and the burden of him also who acted upon it subsequently, without any deduction from their burden.” [Ref: Muslim, B34, H6466] In another Hadith it is stated: "And whoever introduces erroneous innovation (i.e. بِدْعَةَ) with which Allah is not pleased nor His Messenger then he shall receive sins similar to whoever acts upon it without that diminishing anything from the sins of the people.” [Ref: Tirmadhi, B29, H2677] O Muslims, would Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) and his beloved Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa aalihi was’sallam) approve or disapprove of your distortion of name of Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa aalihi was’sallam)? When your action of; using Mo/Moe as equivalent of Muhammad is shown to him would he be pleased and praise Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) or saddened and seek forgiveness on your behalf? Do not follow the way of disbelievers and distort the name of Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa aalihi was’sallam) there is nothing good in it. And only sin and punishment is added to your account of deeds, therefore leave it. The Ruling Regarding Use Of Mo/Moe Instead Of Muhammad: One who uses Mo/Moe to address a certain Muhammad, be he friend, or foe, or associate, or family member, he is one of those who have followed the evil innovation. The good actions of innovator and those who follow his evil innovation are not accepted until he gives-up the innovation and they will go into fire: “It was narrated that 'Abdullah bin 'Abbas said: "The Messenger of Allah said: 'Allah refuses to accept the good deeds of one who follows innovation until he gives up that innovation.'" [Ref: Ibn Majah, B1, H50] “The worst of things are those that are newly invented; every newly-invented thing is an innovation and every innovation is going astray, and every going astray is in the Fire.” [Ref: Nisa’i, B19, H1579] One who uses Mo/Moe directly for Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa aalihi was’sallam) and then he is guilty of disrespecting Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa aalihi was’sallam) and such person is guilty of Kufr. He should be reproached with correction and encouraged to repent, and some form of punishment should be given such as ten lashes. One who persists upon his usage due to effect of Western thought upon him and defends the usage of Mo, Moe, and Mohd as replacement for Muhammad then such a person is Kafir (i.e. disbeliever). He should be tried in Shar’ri court and upon proving him guilty the capital punishment should be handed. Conclusion: Distorting the name of Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa aalihi was’sallam) is a reprehensible innovation. Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) has instructed the respect of Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa aalihi was’sallam) and distorting the name of Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa aalihi was’sallam) is disrespect of the name and indirectly disrespect of Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa aalihi was’sallam). Those who choose to use Mo, or Moe, or Mohd while addressing Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa aalihi was’sallam) are guilty of disrespecting him which Kufr and crime in Sharia. Wama alayna ilal balaghul mubeen. Muhammed Ali Razavi
Introduction: Slight of religious figures esteem in Islam is becoming a popular hobby of non-Muslims in Western world where media is spear heading this ignoble task. Unfortunately many lukewarm 'Muslims' are either guilty of insulting, degrading, disrespecting Prophet (sallalahu alayhi was'sallam) or defending a individual who has done so. Without realising or knowing that the language they use/defend with regards to Prophet (sallalahu alayhi was'sallam) is deemed offensive by the people who posses knowledge of deen. And when they are challenged rather then repenting from their kuffri'at they slander the Ulamah of Ahlus Sunnah by accusing them of adhering to medieval Islam or accusing them of over reacting on a minor issue. This brief article will address key points such as; what is considered profanity in religious, social or cultural level and how one can be guilty of disrespecting Prophet (sallalahu alayhi was'sallam). It will also give information on the punishment and types of punishments for those who insult, disrespect beloved Prophet (sallalahu alayhi was'sallam). All this in the hope that Muslims can be equipped with basic knowledge which will enable them to understand when cases of blasphemy come to light and not be at the mercy of media peddling secular humanism. Rather be able to judge for themselves, then decide based on the evidences of Quran as well as Hadith. Profane Language: In general profanity understood as swearing, cursing, foul speech, slanderous language and cussing. It can take the form of words, facial expressions, hand gestures, or other social behaviours that are socially constructed or interpreted as insulting, rude, vulgar, obscene, obnoxious, foul, desecrating. Usually it's a show of disrespect of someone or something accompanied by intense emotions of hate, disgust, and anger. Profanity can be directed at a individual or something held esteemed by the one you intend to injure emotionally. Depicting a esteemed personality or object in a manner which contradicts the nature of personality or object is another form of profanity disguised under different labels, modern art being one of them. Determining Irreligious Language: Apart from the flagrant verbal, physical action gesturing of disrespect of beloved Prophet (sallalahu alayhi was'sallam); likening Prophet (sallalahu alayhi was'sallam), or part of him, one or more of his qualities, attributes, characteristics to a animal/human which is deemed filthy, unclean, ignoble, evil, lowly in a culture or religion would be considered disrespect of beloved Prophet (sallalahu alayhi was'sallam). Even counting him amongst the filthy, unclean, ignoble, evil, lowly without likening him to any of them would be considered disrespectful. Act of belittling him or his qualities, or his attributes, or his behaviour or any part of his life (i.e. Sunnah) using any form satire (i.e. parody, burlesque, exaggeration, poetical satire) will be considered disrespectful. In short any word, expression, gesture, depiction which in religious or Islamic or social context can be termed disrespect will be deemed as disrespect if the intended target is Prophet (sallalahu alayhi was'sallam). Also use of any word used for addressing beloved Prophet (sallalahu alayhi was'sallam) or a sentence describing him or his qualities, or his attributes which can be misconstrued by a non-Muslim or a hypocrite to insult or disrespect him is strictly forbidden. Punishment Of Disrespecting Prophet (sallalahu alayhi was'sallam): Within Islamic law any form of disrespect of Prophet (sallalahu alayhi was'sallam) is a criminal offence which is not judged according to motivations or intentions but rather the deed it self. No allowances are made for freedom of expression or modern art or comedy or being Muslim or Non-Muslim man or woman. Only exceptions made are with regards to minors who had not reached the puberty or a insane individual or a drunkard who has lost sense due to extreme intoxication. For any other individual if the criteria of witnesses is met and evidence against the accused is authenticated; or there are two or more confessions in presence of a Qadi (i.e. Judge) and witnesses by the guilty, then the person will be charged with the crime. Depending on the seriousness of the offence the severity of punishment is determined. The lightest of punishments may involve lashing for minor infringes and for serious offences punishment may involve execution by beheading or by crucifixion or any modern mean permitted by Islamic law. Wama alayna ilal balaghul mubeen. Muhammed Ali Razavi Footnotes: -------------- -  The media in Muslim and non-Muslim countries is alike. They all peddle secular humanism ideology the only difference in Muslim countries is that this secular humanism is presented in the garb of Islam, Sufism, tasawwuff, moderate-Islam and the truth which opposes it is labelled extremism, fanaticism, primitive medieval theology incompatible with modern changing world. Note, Islam should not be made compatible with modern world and modern life style. Rather modern world as well as Muslim's modern life style should be compatible with deen of Islam. And a believer who walks, talks, dresses, eats, sleeps, in accordance with Islamic teaching and because of Islamic teaching, such individual as truly submitted to Allah (subhana wa ta'ala) as a Muslim should. If one acts in a particular way due to social influence, cultural influence, or Westernisation and his these actions coincide with Islamic teachings his claim of adherence to Islamic teachings would be invalid until he intends to partake in deen for these actions. -  In case if a believer uses such language which can be misconstrued to attack beloved Prophet (sallalahu alayhi was'sallam) then he will be warned to not to use such vocabulary. If he/she refuses to repent and continues the use of such language such a person is apostate. If person is non-Muslim and it is clear that his intent was to lampoon, insult, disrespect, insult beloved Prophet (sallalahu alayhi was'sallam) but to conceal his insulting intent he used vague words he is to be put to death. If his offence was one-off offence of this type and it can be established with proofs that he/she is not using such language repeatedly a Qadi may exercise discretion and based on available evidences of Hadith set the offender free or may inflict light punishment. A repeat offender in this context especially after the first conviction or aquittal would/should be punished with death penalty. -  Example: When X is told Prophet (sallalahu alayhi was'sallam) liked Z-fruite and X response: 'I still don't like it.' or states: 'I don't like it.' this is form of bad manners because one has prefered his 'likes' over the 'likes' of Prophet's (sallalahu alayhi was'sallam). The right approach would be to remain silent even if he did not like it and voice his dislike of it in different context. addressing Prophet (sallalahu alayhi was'sallam) with his personnel name without prefixing a befitting title. -  Example: Accusing beloved Prophet (sallalahu alayhi was'sallam) of dishonesty or injustice or lying or accusing him of committing immoral acts or representing him or part of his life as evil, diabolical, immoral, irreligious.