حَدَّثَنَا عَبْدُ اللَّهِ بْنُ عَبْدِ الْوَهَّابِ، حَدَّثَنَا حَمَّادُ بْنُ زَيْدٍ، عَنْ ثَابِتٍ، عَنْ أَنَسِ بْنِ مَالِكٍ، أَنَّ أَعْرَابِيًّا، بَالَ فِي الْمَسْجِدِ، فَقَامُوا إِلَيْهِ، فَقَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم “ لا تُزْرِمُوهُ ”. ثُمَّ دَعَا بِدَلْوٍ مِنْ مَاءٍ فَصُبَّ عَلَيْهِ.
Reference: Sahih al-Bukhari 6025 (Good Manners and Form (Al-Adab))
In-book reference:Book 78, Hadith 56
I am sure that we can all concur from this hadith that our Prophet (s) was wisdom manifest. Had those people continued to proceed to the Bedouin and commence whatever it was they wanted to do, the Bedouin may have received a rather distorted image of Islam, being full of ill-mannered behaviour. However, without a doubt, we can all relate to those people who ran to the Bedouin. Understandably, if this was to happen today, we would have most likely done the same and tried to crack the stupid nut’s head! Most of us would think: astaghfirullah, who would dare to urinate in the house of Allah? Which imbecile would dare do such a thing? Doesn’t this fool know what he is doing is haram!?
Fact of the matter is, no. The Bedouin did not know what he was doing was wrong. Also, something as low as urinating in the Masjid was allowed to be continued by our beloved Prophet (s), as he knew the outcome if he let the people go and verbally or physically abuse him. Rather, he let him continue his business, and took the appropriate means necessary. If something along these lines was to happen today, we must also follow in the example of Rasulullah (s) and take the suitable action needed. Rather than abusing the ‘stupid nut/imbecile/fool,’ we can help this person become a powerful character, one which has the characteristics of our Prophet(s) and calls in the name of Allah (swt) by displaying wisdom, understanding, and intelligence.
At times, all it takes is one bad impression from one person to completely turn off another from Islam. What’s worse is that the person who caused this bad impression will be accountable for his action on the Day of Reckoning, which could have resulted in scores of people returning to Islam, if it wasn’t for that little verbal or physical episode. Things happen in chain reactions, and if you are the weakest link, then you can say ‘goodbye’ to potential rewards you could have attained which would have been multiplied by many folds (by the will of Allah).
Occasionally we hear voices being raised in the Masjid or little scuffles outside the door, all over trivial issues like blocking the driveway, or leav- ing mobile phones on during prayers which are sometimes inevitable to happen. These occur because new people always come to the Masjid at random times and do not realise the fact that these little things can create such havoc. None- theless, it gets very annoying; yet we should try and not let it get the better of us. If something like this happens, we should advise that person to do the right thing, and treat them warmly with utmost respect. Little things like this can go a long way, possibly as far as Paradise.
The Message Magazine September 2005
Volume 3, Issue 2