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Peace, to bring back Peace

Shaykh Qaribullah Nasir Kabara Peace

My dear brothers and sisters, I advise myself and all of you to try to emulate the manners
and behaviour of the Chosen Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, and from
amongst his praised and pure characteristics, I want to specifically mention his love for
peace. This is something that the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, can be
singled out for.

Before everything else is the fact that God indicated the importance of peace, by giving
Himself the name of “The Bestower of Peace.” So “peace” is one of the names of Almighty
God.

God also commanded His servants to begin all things with peace. So it is from amongst
the practiced traditions of the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, that when a
Muslim meets another Muslim, they say to each other “peace be upon you.” So peace is
the first thing that one conveys to his Muslim brother or sister. For this reason I advise
myself and all of you to make the love of peace from amongst our characteristics. The
Messenger of God, peace and blessings be upon him, is the highest example for peace in
the world. The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, successfully invited many
people to Islam through his wisdom, his peacefulness, and his general love of peace.

To the extent that he, peace and blessings be upon him, was given by God the title of
“The Merciful and Compassionate One.” Although these names are specifically the
names of God, yet God bestowed these very names on the Prophet, peace and blessings
be upon him. God said, “Now there has come to you a Messenger from amongst
yourselves; it grieves him that you should perish: he is ardently anxious over you: to the
believers he is most kind and merciful.”

So compassion and mercy come from peace. It is necessary that every Muslim be
described as peaceful and as a lover of peace, because this terrorism that we are
witnessing now is far from Islam, and Islam is free and innocent of all of this.

The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, invited people to Islam and treated them
with wisdom and beautiful preaching. Did not God say, “Invite (all) to the way of your
Lord with wisdom and beautiful preaching and argue with them in ways that are best
and most gracious..”

The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, used to discuss with the disbelievers with
wisdom, and in a good manner and in the best of ways. Look at God’s saying “in ways
that are best.”

‘Best’ is the superlative form of ‘good.’ As if God is telling the Prophet to choose the best
method from amongst the various good methods available to him, and to call to God in
his way.

So the Messenger of God, peace and blessings be upon him, tried his utmost, and did in
fact succeed in calling to God with wisdom and the best form of address. Even when the
Messenger of God, peace and blessings be upon him, was attacked by the disbelievers

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and his life made exceedingly difficult, to the extent that he was compelled by the
command of God to emigrate, he did not stop dealing with them in a good manner.

Even though the disbelievers tried in every way that they could to humiliate him, until he
had to emigrate and go to Madina al-Munawwara.
Finally after all of this did the first verse come down that told him to fight. God said
“Permission (to fight) has been given to those who are being attacked, because they have
been wronged, and God is fully able to grant them aid.”

This is a clear proof that the call of the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, was a
call of peace. As long as the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, was not forced to
resort to fighting he did not. He only fought after he was compelled because every other
avenue had been exhausted.

He only fought in self-defence. However his call was a call of peace, and a call to peace.

For this reason I advise myself and my brothers and sisters to try to emulate the
behaviour and manners of the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him; to conduct
oneself with good manners. This is in sticking to following the Prophet, peace and
blessings be upon him.

As our father, a shaykh used to say: “The right way is not to boast that you are a Qadiri or
a Tijani, but rather to manifest in oneself the reality of faith and Islam.

And peace be upon you all.

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