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What Would Prophet Mohammad Do To Trump?

By Mahmoud El-Yousseph

December 16, 2015 


Al-Haram Mosque in Makkah  

Leading GOP Presidential Candidate Donald Trump calling for "Total and Complete Ban on Muslims Entering US" is the worst public insult directed against Muslims I have ever heard in 40 years living in America. 
He has even suggested that  American Muslims be required to register in a database and having their mosques be put under surveillance or completely shut down. The proposal will affect US citizens visiting abroad and US Muslim soldiers returning back home from tours of duty and risking their lives. If Trump gets his way, Jesus Christ (peace be upon him) will not be allowed to enter the US as he was born in Palestine and recent forensic science revealed that Jesus (peace be upon him) was not white, blond, and blue eyed.
Donald Trump is a fascist man who insulted Mexicans, attacked refugees, disparaged Muslims, maligned Arabs, defamed women, called a former POW a traitor, and yes he even mocked a disabled reporter. No any other public office seeker in recent history would have been able to get away with these remarks.
This man's views and remarks add insult, subtract pleasure, divide attention, and multiply ignorance. His outrageous remarks have been condemned universally and he has become an embarrassment not just to his party but also to the whole United States. As long as the media caters to him and his fans by giving unlimited airtime and newspaper space he will continue to act and bark as a junkyard dog.
It was a slap in the face for this veteran writer to endure such insult coming from a US presidential candidate. I am an American citizen who also wore the uniform with pride and served for 20 years with honor in our armed forces. While Mr. Trump dodged the draft 5 times during the Vietnam War, yours truly was willing and ready to die for America if need be. When America called Trump, he did not answer the call of duty. Then he had the nerves to question the loyalty and patriotism of Muslim Americans like me. I find it quite preposterous.
 I was reflecting and pondering over the last few days about what to do and say about Trump's vicious attack and how best to respond to it. First thing that went through my mind was to dare him a duel at Weehawken, New Jersey, the same place where the former Secretary of the Treasury, Alexander Hamilton, and the sitting vice president have their famous duel 111 years ago. Then, I dismissed the idea as illegal.
Finally I asked myself the question, " what would prophet Mohammad do to Trump?"

Two stories kept popping through my head, both of which took place during the life of the Prophet (peace be upon him). Based on the Prophet's response to the woman and man in those stories, I feel that the Prophet will not treat Trump any differently. Americans and especially Muslims can take heed from those two stories.

First: The Bedouin who urinated in the mosque (1)
Anas Bin Maalik narrated:

While we were in the "masjid" (mosque) with the Messenger of "Allah" (God), a Bedouin came; he then urinated in the masjid. The Companions of the Messenger of God were furious and severely scolded the Bedouin. The Prophet said, “Do not put a halt to his urinating, but instead leave him.” They left him alone until he finished urinating.
The prophet then called him over and said to him, “Any kind of urine or filth is not suitable for these masjids. Instead they (mosques) are only [appropriate] for the remembrance of "Allah" (God), the prayer, and the recitation of the Quran,” or this is near to what the Messenger of Allah said.
Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) issued an order to a man from the people, who then came with a bucket of water, which he poured over the [affected] area [of the masjid].

Secondly: The woman who threw trash at the Prophet (2)
This story of this woman is very similar to Donald Trump's treatment of America's Muslims.
The woman picked up a basket full of trash, stood up on the roof of her house and waited till the Prophet (pbuh) passed by her house and threw all the garbage on him as he passed by. Much to the woman's disappointment, he did not say anything and continued on his way. She did the same the following day thinking, "Maybe this time I will be able to annoy him."
But he was too gentle to shout at a woman. She misinterpreted his attitude as fear and decided to repeat the same mischief everyday in order to keep him frightened, so that he might stop preaching the Oneness of God.
The Prophet did not want to disappoint the woman and so he continued to walk down the street everyday, instead of picking an alternate route, and prayed for the woman to recognise the Truth.

One day, the Prophet (pbuh) did not see the woman to be on the roof of her house. This worried him, because he thought something must have happened to her for not being over there. So he knocked at the door to inquire if she was ill. When she opened the door, she was pleased by the affectionate tone of the Prophet's (pbuh) voice and his kind attitude inspired her into recognition of the truth, and his prayers were answered in the form of her embracing Islam.


Here are the links to the stories that I quoted and which should be included at the end of the article. 



Mahmoud El-Yousseph
Retired USAF Veteran


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