According to one Hadeeth Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said:
“When a man speaks such a thing about a Muslim which is not in him (of which he is not guilty), Allah will imprison him in that part of hell where the sweat, blood and pus of the inmates of hell accumulate.” (Targheeb)
It is true that we do not have our tongues under control. Whatever we like to speak about somebody, we express without any second thoughts. We must be very careful. Control over the tongue is very important. A certain Sahabi once asked Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) “Pray, teach me something which I may hold onto firmly.”
Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) pointing towards his tongue said. “Be the master of this at all times.”
Another Sahabi asked: “Against what shall I protect myself?”
Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said: “For the people who jeer and scoff at others Allah will on the Day of Judgement open up a door of Paradise, and each of them will be called to come there quickly. When they shall with great difficulty arrive near there because of the great calamity which they will suffer, the door will quickly be closed upon them. Another will open and they will be called thither. When again after great difficulty they reach there, it too will be closed upon them. A third door will open. And the same will happen. This will continue to happen until greatly frustrated and disappointed they will not have the courage to go towards the door.” (Targheeb)
This is the punishment meted out to those who poke fun at and play the fool with a Muslim. They too will suffer the same lot. Those people who poke fun at Muslims after differing from them in simple matters, those who satirically portray them in cartoons which they publish, those who,write satirical poems against them, should seriously consider the consequences of their deeds upon themselves and ponder over them. They should realise that as is the belief of the Muslim, the matter will not end here. Every single deed of ours is registered in the Book of Deeds. Every single person is at all times under the surveillance of the secret police of Allah – the Angels.
“Man does not utter a single word but there is near him an observer, ready.”(50.18)
Further the Quran states:
“Verily our Messengers pen down that which they plot.”(10.21)
This is indeed a time for thought and reflection. The teaching of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) was:
“When a man abuses you with a fault that he knows is within you, then do not abuse him (in return) for a fault which is in him. In this case the reward (of your restraint) will be for you and on him will be disaster.” (Jami)
It is a pity that among us, when we want to abuse or villify anyone, or to take revenge on him or to defame him, we do not even consider whether the evil we are throwing at him is really a fault in him. No, we just accuse, even falsely and fabricate lies against him, Is this the way we act upon the teachings of Islam?
If this is what we are doing, we are not actually taking revenge upon our opponents, but what we are actually doing is to disgrace the name of Islam. How are others to know that in doing what we are, we are actually acting contrary to Islam? How is a stranger, unacquainted with true Islam, to know what Islam really teaches? How is he to know how far we had strayed from Islam?
The stranger looks upon us as the picture, portraying Islam and so it should be. But do they know that we have cast aside its teachings and today we are not even prepared to study its basics. So bad is the position that we cannot find time to learn our deen, its teachings, the words and deeds of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) and the practices and examples of the Companions of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam).