A Hindu police officer begins his speech with this Hadith:
The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “Support your brother whether he is an oppressor or is being oppressed.” He was asked: “O Messenger of Allah! we help the one being oppressed but how do we help an oppressor?” The Prophet said: “By seizing his hand.” In another narration, the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “By restraining him or preventing him from committing injustice, for that is how you support him.”
How can one help an oppressor?
The previous Hadith is an attractive instruction by the Prophet Muhammad (peace be on him) that shows how we can help an oppressor or tyrant as everyone knows how to help an oppressed.
This Hadith attracted this Hindu police officer who acknowledges it saying: “The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) is mercy for the whole universe. He is mercy for all. He rains his mercy over the whole world. He should not be limited to a single tendency or religion. He could not be restricted to a single culture, language and country. In addition, the Glorious Qur’an is a guide for all so its light should not be bounded to a single direction rather it must spread towards all directions.”
The Prophet Muhammad a practical example
The police officer, wearing the uniform, adds:
“I would like to inform you that Ishvar, Prabhu or Allah (God) granted us the treasure of knowledge and the Prophets and Messengers are like the torchbearers who spread that knowledge amongst the people. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) practiced what he preached. In Marathi there is a proverb that says: “He implements what he says”. Even now, his message is as important and compatible as it was in 623 A.D.”
The Hindu police officer referred to the journey of migration from Makkah to Madinah by the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and his followers escaping from the tyrannies of the infidels in Makkah.
Furthermore, he referred to the principle of equality that was practiced and preached by the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).
Exemplary justice by the Prophet Muhammad
The officer also referred to the narration that shows the impartiality of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) in implementing the rulings strictly with every one; near and dear when the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) announced clearly: “By Allah, if Fatimah, the daughter of Muhammad, stole something, Muhammad would cut off her hand”.
It is noteworthy that the punishment in Islam for stealing is cutting off the hand of the thief if the thief was, adult, sane and there was no common food shortage or job crisis and the stolen thing was valuable.
The teachings of the Prophet are like fragrance
The officer stressed that the message of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) is the message for entire humanity that was sent to the mankind and the message must be conveyed to all communities. Moreover, the message must be viewed through the nature of message, irrespective of language, culture, country and religion. The truth is truth wherever it might be. The flower spreads its fragrance wherever it might be.
The officer mentions that the first human-being; his holiness; Adam (peace be upon him) landed on the earth of India first and built a place of worship there.
He concludes his words with a quote from Rig-Veda that says: “let the truth come from the all sides”.
Our website http://www.islam-hinduism.com/en/ appreciates such unbiased and courageous words about Islam and the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).