NEW DELHI — Following the murder of Kamlesh Tiwari, a leader of a little-known rightwing outfit Bharat Hindu Army, in Lucknow, the capital of UP, on Friday, people with Islamophobic bent of mind took to Internet and started making derogatory comments about the holy Prophet (PBUH).
Tiwari had made defamatory remarks against Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in 2015 and authorities say that they don’t rule out that being the reason for his murder as revenge. In fact, the police have arrested six Muslim men in this connection from different cities of the country.
However, Muslim activists, secular and liberal voices among non-Muslims, saw this as an opportunity to dispel misconceptions and fallacies being peddled about the prophet.
On Saturday, a hashtag #prophetofcompassion became a trend on twitter in India.
Social media users on twitter brought up stories of the Prophet (PBUH) which highlight compassion, love, equality and justice. The hashtag saw thousands of tweets put out under it to educate people about Prophet (PBUH) in particular and Islam in general.
Here are few top tweets:
Prophet's last sermon in 632 AD again emphasised equality for all:
"An Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab, nor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab. A white person has no superiority over a black, (or vice versa) except by piety & good action." #ProphetofCompassion
— Umar Khalid (@UmarKhalidJNU) October 20, 2019
When Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) migrated from Mecca to Medina, he drew up a pact among Jews, Pagans & Muslims and accorded to each group equal civil and religious rights. Everyone had full freedom to profess and practise their respective religions. #ProphetofCompassion
— Nikhil (@nikhil_thatte) October 20, 2019
‘He is not a believer who eats his fill while his neighbour to his side goes hungry.’
— Irena Akbar (@irenaakbar) October 19, 2019
Many Hindus went & abused Islam even on the #ProphetofCompassion trend. A handful of us supported it.
It takes a bigger heart to thank us and ignore the majority of abuse. Today am ashamed how my community behaved and you Muslims stand tall 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼
We are sorry for the abuses
— پربھا (@deepsealioness) October 20, 2019
“The most perfect man in his faith among the believers is the one whose behaviour is most excellent, and the best of you are those who are the best to their wives.”
– Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)#ProphetofCompassion
— Sanghamitra (@AudaciousQuest_) October 19, 2019
— Md Asif Khan آصِف (@imMAK02) October 19, 2019
Hindutva brigade ran an abusive hashtag against Prophet Muhammad (SAW) but Muslims and others responded with positivity. Best answer to hatred is the moral strength that the Prophet stood for. #ProphetofCompassion
— Aditya Menon (@AdityaMenon22) October 19, 2019
One Friday, Prophet saw an old widow selling lauki outside the mosque. Nobody was buying, so he went back in and declared that people should cook lauki on Jhumma.
Such a person doesnt doesn't need hashtags. He us beyond the realm of hate. #ProphetofCompassion
— نتاشا Natasha (@nuts2406) October 19, 2019
— Aman Wadud (@AmanWadud) October 19, 2019
I must say it is heartwarming to see so many non-Muslim brothers and sister trending #ProphetofCompassion . We see you, we love you, we respect you. You restore my faith in humanity.
— علي (@OpusOfAli) October 19, 2019
People posted graphics of quotes of famous non-Muslim thinkers, writer, and philosophers about prophet (PBUH). It included Michael Heart, Leo Tolstoy and George Bernard Shaw.
— Arifkhan (@Arifkha58819878) October 19, 2019
— Mariam (@___hiSGirl____) October 20, 2019