It appears these words of the Prophet Muhammad were intended for the Muslims of our era, "Let the upright from every generation carry this message (of Islam) forward, in order to prevent its distortion by extremists, its manipulation by con artists, and its misinterpretation by the ignorant." [Reported by as sound by Shaykh Saleem al-Hilaalee in Hujjat Allah al-Balighah, 1:335].
God almighty, protect us and our neighbors from the sincerity of the ignorant, the conscientiousness of the foolhardy, and the perversions of the disturbed among us.
I am ashamed that I can only advise our mothers, wives, sisters, and daughters --- who bear the brunt of so much hate, are unjustly yelled at and bullied today --- to pray as our beloved teacher taught us to each time he left the house, "O my Lord, I seek your protection from leading others astray and from falling into error, from wronging others and from being wronged, from being ignorant towards others and from being treated in an ignorant fashion. ('Allaahumma inni a‘oothu bika an adhilla aw udhall, aw azill aw uzall, aw athlim aw uthlam, aw ajhal aw yujhal ‘alayy.') [On the authority of Abu Daawood, An-Nasaa'i, At-Tirmithi, and Ibn Maajah; as narrated by Abu Daawood]