The use and abuse of Saladin

This is a more serious post. In the news these days there many stories about violence perpetuated by Muslims. Most of  the instances are actually Muslim on Muslim violence. While such type of news articles are given disproportionate coverage in the media, the rhetoric employed by some Muslims is also very disheartening. Media fairness is however not the topic of this post. In this post I wanted to point out something else i.e., the type of rhetoric that is used by some Muslims which is free of any compassion towards the other side. Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said that “He who has no kindness has no faith.” I sometimes wonder that it may be our arrogance which is keeping us down in the world and not the other qualities and conditions that we like to think.

The figure of Salahuddin Ayubi (known as Saladin in the West) is fascinating as he is considered to be one of the greatest Muslim heroes who ever lived. He is routinely invoked by all sorts of people, from people who are compassionate to people who are like demagoges. What the extremist elements forget is how different Saladin is from their distorted vision of Islam.

(i) Salahuddin (Saladin)’s Attitude:

Saladin: You have laid down your arms. We are obliged to treat you well. You are free to go anywhere you want.

(ii) The Extremist Attitude:

Abu Imran: We are the heirs of Saladin. We dou nout like beoble who disagree with us. We will conquer your cidies and teach you a lessoun.
Abu Pikachu: Then what will you do?
Abu Imran: Then we will kill them.
Abu Pikachu: Cant we then just let them go? Why do you want to kill innocent civilians? Isnt that againt Islam?
Abu Imran: You are a wuss. In fact I think you are Al-Wuss or better still you are Al-Wuss Al-Akbar, Abu Bicachu.
Abu Pikachu: What? I am just saying what Islam teaches, you are leading people astray.
Abu Imran: Bikachu, what kind of berverted name is that? Haram!


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  1. #1 by Mezba on July 17, 2010 - 11:27 pm

    Very well said. Then again, many of these people are internet warriors that will run 10 miles if they come face to face with a tough adversary.

    PS. nice use of the kingdom/POP lego lines!

  2. #2 by Rukhpar Mor on July 20, 2010 - 3:33 am

    I have never really heard this Salauddin excuse to kill beeble before….This is indeed a serious post that I don’t know what to say..=(

  3. #3 by Rukhpar Mor on July 20, 2010 - 3:34 am

    Yes, you can call me a nerd, but I wanted to subscribe to the comments =D

  4. #4 by abupokemon on July 20, 2010 - 4:30 am

    Mezba, That is true.

    Thanks. I really want to get one of the dome structures in the PoP line since that can be used as a mosque. 🙂 But since I am a poor graduate student I cant spend that much money. 😦

    Rukh: I hope you dont mine me shortening you name. People dont use Salahuddin as an excuse to kill but rather they use his name in empty slogans as a role model but they never try to emulate his chivalry. Why would I call you a nerd? And why is that a bad thing? I have been called an uber-nerd so you are in good company. 🙂

  5. #5 by Sanju on July 21, 2010 - 1:46 am

    Oh I just got off a circular conversation with some men on the “ummah” forum, despite the facts given they’re determined on insisting that burka is a magical anti-rape device.

    No compassion in their speech either. :v

    It made me angry at the end, it did. So i just stopped responding. No use talking to walls.

    • #6 by abupokemon on July 21, 2010 - 2:54 pm

      Sanju, Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) in an authentic saying said that, “He who has no kindness has no faith.” This is a golden role to determine the religiosity of people regardless of how much they claim to be religious.

  6. #7 by Muslim Girl on July 22, 2010 - 2:28 pm

    Hahaha love the conversation between Abu Imram and “Bikachu.”

    Btw it’s so true how you said that the statement “’He who has no kindness has no faith’ can be a golden rule to determine the religiosity of people regardless of how much they claim to be religious.” Can I use that? I have a blog post in mind. I will credit you of course.

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