Ever since Yacoub was a little boy in Kindergarten, he was always bullied. In the beginning, it used be minor things-a small shove here during recess, or pushing him a little too hard during a game of tag. It was never serious, just normal kid stuff, you know? However, it didn’t just end with the innocence of the age. The bullying became more and more serious as time went on.
As Elementary school turned into middle school, Yacoub never understood if it was his plump physique or his disheveled hair or his ‘uncool’ wardrobe or his Muslim name that attracted all the jeers. Nonethless, as years continued from childhood to teenage, the taunting became worse, the shoves became more frequent, and the bullying never ended. In a world that revolved around the social sphere, Yacoub was always friendless, lonely, and ignored but it was at moments like these that He remembered that he was not the only one- that his beloved Prophet Muhammad, salla Allahu alayhi waslam, also was abandoned as soon as he started spreading the message of Islam. Rasullullah, salla Allahu alayhi wasalam, went from being one of the most liked in his society to the most mocked as soon as he started preaching the truth. And no one had it worse than His Prophet, salla Allahu alayhi wasalam, so Yacoub took comfort and focused on his blessings.
As he grew older, Yacoub grew a beard to keep on the sunnah and began to make sure that he offered his Dhuhr salah at the library because he was still at school when the time came in. This, of course, only made things worse. From simple name calling, it now went to ‘terrorist’, ‘Osama Bin Laden’, ‘Al-Qaida freak’, ‘Moozlum Trash’, and countless other obscene things. What was worse is that among these people was a Muslim too, who went by ‘MoMo’, that joined in with his possy to make fun of him. Yacoub had no problem when it was his appearance they mocked at but when it came to his Deen being made fun of, he could feel the blood boiling in his body. He could feel his pulse quick and his veins throb due to the rage.
One day, Yacoub caught ‘MoMo’ in a sticky situation. Yacoub actually knew MoMo’s parents and knew that if they heard of what MoMo was doing, it would pretty much be the end of him. At the moment, Yacoub had the opportunity to get back at all those years of grief that MoMo and his possy had caused him. At the moment, he had the capability of turning MoMo’s world upside down. He could go around, tell everyone what he saw, tell MoMo’s parents what his son was doing, spread the word and get back at him but instead, Yacoub stopped for a second.
He remembered the incident that the Prophet, salla Allahu alayhi wasalam had at At-Taif. The Prophet, salla Allahu alayhi wasalam, had gone to the people of At-Taif to the chiefs to ask them for help on his mission, to ask for protection, but he left stoned. The chiefs of the people had asked all the children and slaves to pick up rocks and throw it at the Prophet, salla Allahu alayhi wasalam. If you wanna talk REAL bullying, THAT was bullying, no not just bulling, more than bullying- STONING. The Prophet, may peace and blessings be upon him, left…stoned. And the Angel Jibreel, alayhisalam, came to him and said that if he wanted, Allah could destroy them all, but even at that moment of pain, of suffering, of hardship, the Prophet, salla Allahu alayhi wasalam said No. When given the opportunity to get rid of them, the Prophet still said No, that maybe among those people, there would arise people that would testify that there is no diety besides Allah. Even in THAT hard of a situation, the Prophet, salla Allahu alayhi wasalam, still had it in him to forgive, subhanAllah.
And Yacoub, at this moment, had the ability to destroy this guy who had caused him so much pain for the past several years but He remembered what the best of creation, the best of examples did and walked away, forgiving him, and making dua’ for Allah to guide him. Yes, he had suffered but His Prophet, salla Allahu alayhi wasalam, went through more and if he had it in him to forgive, then Yacoub would do exactly that.
Allah, subhana wa ta’ala tells us in the Qur’an, “And verily, whosoever shows patience and forgives, that would truly be from the things recommended by Allah.” [42:43] Patience & Forgiveness. Lessons of these two qualities can be seen in the life of the Messenger, salla Allahu alayhi wasalam. Patience when times get extremely tough, patience even when mocked and jeered at, forgiveness even when you can punish, and forgiveness even when you can destroy.
& To Allah belong all things good and pure.