Positive thinking and action in Islam: Case studies from the Sirah of Prophet Muhammad

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Abstract

The Prophets are embodiments of positive thinking and positive action. This was a necessity for the fulfillment of their mission. Their relationship with God and the resulting knowledge and understanding of the universe strengthened their capacity in regards to positive thinking and action. This work analyses three cases which capture the positive thinking and positive action style of Prophet Muhammad. These include his relationships with two great enemies of Muslims, Khalid ibn Walid, Abu Sufyan, and the young Abu Mahzurah who mocked an Islamic symbol. The Prophet's interaction and mention of these people are guides to how Muslims should respond to negativity and hatred. This article argues that a solid understanding of the Prophet's positive thought and action is lacking within many Muslims, and this in turn leads to great misunderstandings and misapplications of faith.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)223-234
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Humanities and Social Science
Volume5
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2015

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