Don’t dismiss and don’t label

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

I wasn’t sure what to use as a title. Don’t dismiss, don’t label, use your head. And the reason is I was reflecting on the Prophets’ conversations with their people. See Abraham (as) for example:

They said, “Have you done this to our gods, O Abraham?” He said, “Rather, this – the largest of them – did it, so ask them, if they should [be able to] speak.” So they returned to [blaming] themselves and said [to each other], “Indeed, you are the wrongdoers.” Then they reversed themselves, [saying], “You have already known that these do not speak!” He said, “Then do you worship instead of Allah that which does not benefit you at all or harm you? Uff to you and to what you worship instead of Allah . Then will you not use reason?” They said, “Burn him and support your gods – if you are to act.” [Qur’an, 21:63-68]


This is an amazing conversation. Abraham (as) uses logic. His people don’t respond to his logic, but attack him.  See this conversation with Shoaib (as):

They said, “O Shu’ayb, we do not understand much of what you say, and indeed, we consider you among us as weak. And if not for your family, we would have stoned you [to death]; and you are not to us one respected.” [Qur’an, 11:91]


His people didn’t look at what he said, but said that he was weak. The people of Quriesh never debated the Prophet (pbuh) on his beliefs or principles, but called him names: Crazy. Possessed. Sorcerer.


People do this when they are afraid and do not want to deal with what is being presented to them. This is wrong. If we do this, we are just as bad as those who rejected the Prophets. For example, saying “well, he’s just from x sect”. Listen to someone’s arguments and respond to them. If you are not sure, look into it, and be sincere when you do so. Don’t be superficial about the issue or lazy when inquiring. Have an open mind and don’t let labels cloud your judgment.




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