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ThereisnooneamonguswhoisunawareofwhattheChristianssaydefamingtheProphet(peaceandblessingsofAllaahbeuponhim),andwearenotunaware

eitherofthegheerah(protectivejealousy)oftheyoungmenoftheMuslimummahtowardstheirreligionandtheirProphet(peaceandblessingsofAllaahbeupon

him).IsitpermissibletorespondtothosewhodefametheProphet(peaceandblessingsofAllaahbeuponhim)byinsultingthespeaker,knowingthatIinsulted

oneofthemandsomeofmyrelativesadvisedmenottodothatagain,becauseitwillmakethemdefameandmockhimevenmore,sotheirsinwillbeonme?.

PraisebetoAllaah.

DefamingtheProphet(peaceandblessingsofAllaahbeuponhim)isakindofkufr.IfthatisdonebyaMuslimthenitisapostasyonhispart,andtheauthorities

havetodefendthecauseofAllaahandHisMessenger(peaceandblessingsofAllaahbeuponhim)byexecutingtheonewhodefamedhim.Iftheonewhodefamed

himrepentsopenlyandissincere,thatwillbenefithimbeforeAllaah,althoughhisrepentancedoesnotwaivethepunishmentfordefamingtheProphet(peaceand

blessingsofAllaahbeuponhim),whichisexecution.

Ifthepersonwhodefameshimisanon­MuslimlivingunderatreatywiththeMuslimstate,thenthisisaviolationofthetreatyandhemustbeexecuted,butthat

shouldbelefttotheauthorities.IfaMuslimhearsaChristianoranyoneelsedefamingtheProphet(peaceandblessingsofAllaahbeuponhim)hehastodenounce

himinstrongterms.Itispermissibletoinsultthatpersonbecauseheistheonewhostartedit.HowcanwenotstanduptheProphet(peaceandblessingsof

Allaahbeuponhim)?Itisalsoobligatorytoreporthimtotheauthoritieswhocancarryoutthepunishmentonhim.Ifthereisnoonewhocancarryoutthehadd

punishmentofAllaahandstandupfortheMessenger(peaceandblessingsofAllaahbeuponhim)thentheMuslimhastodowhateverhecan,solongasthatwill

notleadtofurthermischiefandharmagainstotherpeople.ButifaMuslimhearsakaafirdefamingtheProphet(peaceandblessingsofAllaahbeuponhim)andhe

keepsquietanddoesnotrespondforfearthatthispersonmaythendefamehimevenmore,thisismistakenthinking.Withregardtotheverse(interpretationof

themeaning):

“Andinsultnotthosewhomthey(disbelievers)worshipbesidesAllaah,lesttheyinsultAllaahwrongfullywithoutknowledge”

[al­An’aam6:108],

thisdoesnotapplyincaseswheretheydefameAllaahandHisMessenger(peaceandblessingsofAllaahbeuponhim)first.Ratherwhatismeantisthatitis

forbiddentoinsultthegodsofthemushrikeenfirst,lesttheyinsultAllaahoutofignoranceandenmityontheirpart.ButiftheyinsultAllaahandHisMessenger

(peaceandblessingsofAllaahbeuponhim)first,thenwemustrespondandpunishthemsoasdeterthemfromtheirkufrandenmity.Ifweleavethekuffaarand

atheiststosaywhatevertheywantwithoutdenouncingitorpunishingthem,greatmischiefwillresult,whichissomethingthatthesekuffaarlove.Noattention

shouldbepaidtotheonewhosaysthatinsultingorrespondingtoinsultswillmakehimmorestubborn.TheMuslimhastohaveasenseofprotectivejealousyand

getangryforthesakeofAllaahandHisMessenger(peaceandblessingsofAllaahbeuponhim).WhoeverhearstheProphet(peaceandblessingsofAllaahbeupon

him)beinginsultedanddoesnotfeelanyprotectivejealousyorgetangryisnotatruebeliever–weseekrefugewithAllaahfromhumility,kufrandobeyingthe

Shaytaan.

AndAllaahknowsbest.