Loving the enemy?
I was refreshing my memorization of the chapter Al-Mujadalah this morning. In the the last verse, i was deeply touched by its meaning:
22. Thou wilt not find any people who believe in Allah and the Last Day, loving those who resist Allah and His Messenger, even though they were their fathers or their sons, or their brothers, or their kindred. For such He has written Faith in their hearts, and strengthened them with a spirit from Himself. And He will admit them to Gardens beneath which Rivers flow, to dwell therein (for ever). Allah will be well pleased with them, and they with Him. They are the Party of Allah. Truly it is the Party of Allah that will achieve Felicity.(58.22)
I was contemplating about the current issues in Malaysia where relation between Musllim and Non-Muslim was tested time and again. Some of the issues have been politicised too much that we loose focus on the real events that are happening.
The Muslim Ummah in Malaysia are too divided into their own political spectrum that all issues, including those pertaining to the Muslim and Islam are subjected to this political inclination. All decision and opinion are based on how much these issues will affect their political aspiration.
Trapped in this political spectrum, some will choose to stay silent if their stance is deemed to be politically unpopular. Many issues are not clearly addressed based on the Islamic principles, and again political correctness took control over any other factors.
Some of the Muslim group then clearly misinterpret the general idea about tolerance, peace and hikmah (which often be translated as wisdom). These values, up to certain extent is part of the message of Islam. However, they may have forgotten that such values are limited to some circumstances and in other circumstances other values may take precedences. There are places where Islam require harshest punishment, and there are conditions where love and mercy are prohibited.
Just like the meaning of verse that I have quoted above, clearly there is no love for those who clearly are the enemy of Islam. Dealing with Non-Muslim, we need to be clear whom are those who are our audience in spreading the word of Islam, and whom are those who clearly is the enemy of Islam and Muslim through their words and action. And of course, these two are not the same and needed to be engaged with using different approaches.