Prophet Muhammad Praise His Enemies ~ All readers! In this article, I will explain one thing that is very rarely done by people because it is very heavy. In the previous article, I have stated, that the Prophet Muhammad used a very good and kind method when he spoke with non-Muslims. But do you know? He not only did that, but he also praised the enemy. He did that because indeed he saw that there was goodness in the enemy which must be praised.
There is historical data that tells us that a Prophet Muhammad praised Suhail bin Amru, who was the leader of the idolaters when he came to negotiate with Suhail bin ‘Amru regarding the Hudaibiyah agreement. He said to the Muslims, “Really your business has become easy.” He said that because he had known the ease of business with Suhail bin ‘Amru and the good nature of Suhai bin ‘Amru.
Other historical data tells us that the Prophet Muhammad once said to Walid bin Walid, brother of Khalid bin Walid (at that time Walid had become a follower of Islam), “Where is Khalid?” [Meaning, “Why did Khalid not convert to Islam?”]
Walid said “Allah will come to him.” He then said, “There is no person like him who does not know Islam. If he had made his strength and seriousness with the Muslims to fight the polytheists, then it was something that was good for him, and we certainly put it first before others.”
All readers! Pay attention! During the Uhud war, Khalid bin Walid was a person who was very hateful towards Muslims. In fact, they suffered a great loss because of their intelligence and ability to regulate battle and control the battlefield. Nevertheless, the Prophet Muhammad still praised his greatness which was classified as that step.
Even the Prophet Muhammad said clearly, if he was willing to join the Islamic forces, he would take precedence in leading the Islamic forces rather than other people who first converted to Islam. The Prophet Muhammad did not demean his greatness, even though he was still an enemy of Islam.
The Prophet Muhammad also praised the poem Labid bin Rabi’ah whose status was idolatrous at that time. He said, “The most correct word spoken by the poet is the word spoken by Labid. But remember! Everything besides Allah is vanity.”
All readers! There is one thing I want to convey to all of you, that such an attitude is impossible to show by people who do not have neutrality. On the one hand the Prophet Muhammad differed in religious and political movements with those he praised, but on the other hand he recognized their privilege. In the midst of these two sides, with his intelligence and firmness, he revealed his neutrality. He did not blindly judge them just because he was different from them.
I think what the Prophet Muhammad did as above is an open example that is not only devoted to his people, but also to all people, because of its general nature. For me personally, that is one example of the most argumentative neutrality in looking at each entity in the midst of crisis. Hopefully we can imitate him in this matter.
I think that is enough for this article about Prophet Muhammad praise His enemies. May be useful! Amen!
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We can find this information in, Fannu at-Ta’aamul an-Nabawiy ma’a Ghairi al-Muslimiin, by Raghib as-Sarjani, Dar al-Arqam, Cairo, 2010, p. 80-85.