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The Prophet (May Allah bless him) –Best Example of a Peacemaker

The Prophet (May Allah bless him)–Best Example of a Peacemaker

By Muhammad Rayhan

We are living in a time of constant wars. Some wars are portrayed as ‘legal’ and others as ‘illegal’, whatever the case is, for Muslims, non-Muslims and those who love war can learn so much about ‘making peace’ rather than war, from the last Messenger of Allah, Muhammad (May Allah bless him).

Below are three incidents which serve as an example and evidence for his peace-making character.

1. Rebuilding the Ka’bah  2.Hilful- Fudhool – Pact of excellence                        3.Treaty of Hudaybiyah

1. Rebuilding the Ka’bah 
At the age of 35 before He (May Allah bless him) became a Prophet, the Makkans demolished the Ka’bah after it was damaged in order to rebuild it. After they had rebuilt it, they argued over who should put the black stone back in its place as it was a sign of great honour. Banu Abdud-Dar and Bau Adi tribes pledged to fight until death to attain this honour. However a wise man presented the idea that whoever is the first to enter through the door of the Masjid the next morning, will make the final decision and all the rival tribes agreed.
It was Allah’s wish to make the Prophet (May Allah bless him) enter the Masjid first and the Makkans were delighted by this since he had a reputation of being the most trust-worthy and fair.
To make the honour inclusive and avoid any violence he placed the stone on a large piece of cloth and told one member from each tribe to hold one corner until it was level to its final spot, at that moment he picked it up and placed it.

The tribes were extremely happy with his leadership skills which included all and avoided any violence.

2. Hilful- Fudhool – Pact of excellence
This incident took place between the age 35 to 40.
Al-As Ibn Waail, one of the Qurayshi leaders did not pay the price of goods bought from a man from the tribe of Zabid which was outside Makkah. He consequently complained to the public. Some young men of Makkah decided to solve these injustices and met in the house of Abdullah Ibn Jud’an. They pledged to help the weak and the oppressed. They called it the pack of excellence. They later managed to withdraw the money from Al-As and pay the foreigner.
The Prophet (May Allah bless him) was instrumental in creating this pact and after receiving prophethood he said, “If I was invited to take part in it now I will still do so”. 

This incident clearly shows his views and practice on standing up for social justice.

3.Treaty of Hudaybiyah
In 6 AH the Prophet (May Allah bless him) saw a dream that he entered Makkah and was performing Tawaf. Subsequently, he along with 1500 companions began their journey of smaller pilgrimage – Umrah. They travelled in the Umrah clothing clearly showing that they mean peace to the Makkans. As soon as they reached Hudaybiah which is located in the outskirts of Makkah they stopped because the Makkkans would not allow them to enter. Much negotiation took place until the Prophet (May Allah bless him) agreed on seemingly very one-sided terms to achieve peace with the Makkans.
The terms were;
1. The Prophet had to erase Ar-Rahmanir Raheem (The Most Merciful and Compassionate from the treaty document
2. The Prophet had to erase ‘Messenger of Allah’, after the his name- which was insulting to the Muslims
3. If a non-Muslim Makkan accepted Islam and migrated to Madinah, the Prophet had to deport him back to Makkah, however if a Muslim left Islam and headed for Makkah they would not return him to Madinah
4. The Muslims had to go back to Madinah this year after travelling so much and return next year for Umrah
The Prophet accepted all the above terms although many companions were furious at the Makkans for proposing one sided terms, nonetheless when they saw the Prophet accepted it and was preparing to head back to Madinah they realised this is for the greater good.

There are numerous incidents from his life that clearly show what a peaceful leader he was. Personally he was the most peaceful person, he would not even say ‘why did you not do this’ to his servant. As a political leader he tried his very best to avoid war and always presented fair peace deals.
May Allah’s peace and blessings be upon the last Messenger


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