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This exemplar of #NotInMyName is winning hearts on Facebook

By Radha Mishra
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This exemplar of #NotInMyName is winning hearts on Facebook

Historian Rana Safvi has shared a post on her Facebook page and it is being liked and reposted widely. The post contains a conversation between an old lady and a young man and is based upon a hadith in the Prophetic literature. Safvi first learnt of this conversation through Canadian singer Dawud Wharnsby Ali’s song. “Tears roll down my face, almost every time I hear the song,” wrote Safvi.

‘Don’t talk to me about Muhammad’ – Dawud Wharnsby Ali

Here’s how it goes:

An old woman was carrying a heavy load along the road in the desert. It was a bit difficult for her, but she was managing. A young man asked if he could help her, and she readily obliged. And a conversation between them unfolds:

“It would be such a pleasure to have you come alone with me. I accept your gracious offer of kindness and company,” she said.  She was talkative, so the young man did not want to interrupt her.

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“But as we walk along young man and as you help me with my load, I have only one request as we travel down this road: Don’t talk to me about Muhammad! Because of him there is no peace and I have trouble in my mind. So, don’t talk to me about Muhammad!”

She continued: “That man upsets me so, so much more than you could know! I hear of his name and reputation everywhere I go. Though his family and his clan once knew him as an honest man, he’s dividing everyone with his claim that God is one!”

“He’s corrupted all of our youth with his twisted brand of truth. He’s convinced them that they all are strong and gave them somewhere to belong. So, don’t you dare talk to me about Muhammad!”

They reached their destination!

“Thank you now, young man. You’ve really been so kind. That generosity and smile is very rare to find now a days. Let me give you some advice, since you’ve been so very nice to me. Stay away from Muhammad.”

As the young man turned to walk away, she stopped him and asked his name. What follows has left her in shock.  Read the entire post below: