Shattering the glass vessels of the Nabi

ميروى عن أنس أنه قال .. كان للنبي صلى الله عليه وسلم
  حاد يقال له أنجشة وكان حسن الصوت .
فقال له النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم رويدك يا أنجشة لا تكسر القوارير “ ” 


Anas رضي الله عنه narrated that the Nabi صلى الله عليه وسلم had a camel driver with a good voice called Anjashah   رضي الله عنه. The Nabi صلى الله عليه وسلم said to him, “Careful, O Anjashah, do not break the glass vessels.” [Muslim]


Anjashah  رضي الله عنه encouraged the camels by means of his voice. As they were going too fast, Rasulullah صلى الله عليه وسلم told him to be mindful of the women who were riding the camels, lest they fall and hurt themselves.


A few short words, which reveal volumes of the beautiful personality of Rasulullah صلى الله عليه وسلم. His concern for others, especially weak ones is well known, but look at his choice of words, “qawaareer – glass vessels.” Indeed, a sophisticated and subtle personality who was not only the means of giving women dignity in this world, but even his mode of address is so refined and gentle. Women are the delicate glass vessels of Rasulullah صلى الله عليه وسلم who should not be broken. 


Yet the sad reality of today is that the delicate glass vessels of this Ummah are most savagely being shattered without any scruple. Mercy might more probably found in the jungle than in that blood-pumping organ certain two-legged beasts dare call their heart. If one were to mention that thousands of our mothers, sisters and daughters are being violated contrary to any civilised norm, the usual Muslim reaction would be to point fingers at Serbs, Hindus, Jews… the usual perpetrators. The sadder reality is that that gang is not limited to Kuffar, but includes those who are supposed to be Muslim.


“Honour” killings is a reality in Muslim lands and whoever has any sense of decency cannot bury his head in the sand any longer. When faced with articles such as this by Robert Fisk Muslims tend to go into denial, similar to what I mentioned in my article on animal rights, and blame everything on a ubiquitous Jewish conspiracy. That the Jews control a media which is against Islam is a fact besides the point. The point is to fix what we are responsible for – the treatment of our women. Ignoring our responsibilities and only focussing on what cannot be immediately changed (such as Jewish control of the media) is nothing but Satanic deception.


  A basic principle of life is that a problem cannot be fixed unless it is first acknowledged. We are riddled with so many problems which never get resolved simply because we cannot admit it. Again, our “honour” is at stake. Yet does the Quraan not state that all honour belongs to Allah? How can it be that Muslims stoop to shattering the glass vessels of Rasulullah صلى الله عليه وسلم upon perceived slights to their honour, when even if an actual crime had taken place, Islam teaches us a proper code of conduct including the Hadith, “Legal penalties are dropped at the slightest doubt.”?


What kind of two legged beasts walk amongst the ranks of the Muslims who sentence a glass vessel of Rasulullah صلى الله عليه وسلم to be gang raped! Serbs did not perpetrate this incident, nor did Jews or Hindus. I cannot but imagine how  Rasulullah صلى الله عليه وسلم would weep if he knew of  male members of his Ummah are the ones  shattering his glass vessels so bestially. 


To add further disgust to this horror, why is it that Muslim countries, organisations and leaders are so silent? Is funding and popularity of higher precedence than the pleasure of Allah or even basic humanity which Kuffar can also feel?


Hajjaj bin Yusuf was perhaps the greatest tyrant in the history of Islam. Yet he despatched an entire army from Iraq when Indians captured a glass vessel of Rasulullah صلى الله عليه وسلم. He had some decency in him, some redeeming quality which he can present when his Accounting is taken.


On the other end of the Islamic world, the greed and selfish ambition of al-Haajib al-Masur were the seeds which caused the collapse of al-Andalus (Muslim Iberia) and by extension eventually the colonial nightmare Islam has suffered. Yet he too threatened the Christian north with his armies upon hearing of the capture of one glass vessel of Rasulullah صلى الله عليه وسلم. It is well within the realm of possibility that Allah forgives him based just on this one deed. 


The question is, what is our redeeming quality if questioned that through our silence, we too shattered the glass vessels of Rasulullah صلى الله عليه وسلم?


Ride faster if you will, O Anjashah, the glasses have already shattered.

سليمان الكندي
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4 responses

  1. Assalamu ‘Alaykum wa Rahmatullah Hadhrat,

    You addressed an excellent point, which concerns me for a long time now. Maybe you can help me further expand my thoughts on it. Whenever Muslims are faced with any type of criticism, we witness too often that the first reaction is complete denial. Rather than acknowledging that the global Muslim community are really plagued by serious issues. Often we hear in our communities defensive arguments like “When a Muslim does a crime Islam is blamed and when a Jew/Christian does the same his religion is not made an issue.” There definitely exist people in whos interest it is to portray Islam in a bad and evil way and install hatred for Islam and Muslims, but is this situation not (partially) also our fault? Muslims today after committing most heinous crimes, take the cheap letout of abusing Islam to defend themselves and their crime. This trend according to my limited observations is only common amongst lay Muslims – not Jews or Christians.

    I wish we as a Muslim community could rise up to the challenge and tell the rest of the world, that we are able to sort out the black sheep amongst us ourselves. We are not in need of their false understanding of liberty and freedom to solve our own issues. Maulana, so what was the way the Ummah used to sort out the black sheep amongst them in the past? I really wish you can further elaborate on this point…

    1. wa alaykumus salaam wa rahmatullah

      Jazakallah for taking the time to comment. At the moment I am a bit busy, had three topics in mind but no time. I also need to give a bit of thought to your question. Pray that Allah guides me to an answer that is correct and beneficial.

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