O Muslims, I write to you all today regarding an obligation too many of us have neglected. I write to you all today to remind you in hope of benefiting you, if indeed you want closeness to the One above, Al ‘Alaa. I write to you all after being reminded myself, that we have a lot of work to do and we need to wake up to it.
I know you’re all probably wondering what this obligation that’s been neglected is – some may have already guessed, but inshaAllah we’ll get to that. However right now there are few things I need you to think about before hand.
As Muslims, the greatest blessing we have from Allah that no one can take away from us except Him is Islam. The gift of being a practicing Muslim – the greatest gift one could ever ask for.
So now let’s look at it this way, The Prophet told us “None of you is a believer until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself.” [1. Sahih Muslim] Is excelling as a Muslim not something you love for yourself, and if so, should it not be something you love for you’re fellow brother/sister too?
This leads me on to announce this great obligation that has been so neglected by so many of us:
“Invite to the way of your Lord (i.e. Islam) with wisdom and fair preaching, and argue with them in a way that is better. Truly, your Lord knows best who has gone astray from His path, and He is the best aware of those who are guided.” [2. Surah an-Nisa’ 16:125]
Da’wah. And what an obligation it is! To spread this Deen far and wide, to unite this Ummah once again, to take lives out of misery, loss and most importantly, to save them from the greatest punishments one could experience. What an obligation! What a mighty huge obligation! And who did He decide to place this obligation upon? You and I.
He commands us to invite to His way and yet we have refused this commandment. Now answer me this, all the Prophets were also commanded by Allah to invite to His way. Where do you think we would all be if they took this command the way we do in this day an age? We wouldn’t be where we are now. I wouldn’t have written this and you wouldn’t be reading it.
What does Allah and His Messenger say with regards to da’wah and those who practice it?
“And let there be [arising] from you a nation inviting to [all that is] good, enjoining what is right and forbidding what is wrong, and those will be the successful.” [3. 3:104]
“Verily Allah and His angles, even the ant in its burrow and the fish in the sea will pray for the one who teaches people good.” [4. Sahih Al-Jami’]
Now we all know what the importance of da’wah is and the amount of great reward that lies in it, but how can we implement da’wah? How can we all take an active role in the da’wah?
The first, and most important part of da’wah is to give it by an example. And we learn this from our beloved Prophet himself. He gave da’wah though his kindness, gentleness and honesty.
Secondly, after realizing it’s importance, you need to realise you are fit for the job. You don’t need an Islamic Degree to give da’wah. The Prophet said: “Convey my teachings (to the people) even if it were one ayah or sentence.” [5. Bukhari]
This is not to say that you should speak on matters of which you have no knowledge on, but all it means is that if you could just pass on someone else one verse, that could be your da’wah. And I’m sure many of you all know more than one verse, anyway.
With regards to getting involved in the da’wah there are many different ways in which you could do that. Conveying a message can be done in all different ways nowadays. Da’wah can be setting up a stall and speaking to those who walk by about Islam, to teaching in all different schools to all different types of students, to giving da’wah online. Da’wah can be anything you want it to be so long as you do it with the right intention which is to change another person for the better, to fulfill your duty, be it to a Muslim or Non Muslim.
Da’wah can be done no matter how busy you may be, because like I said, anything can be da’wah. Even a mother who stays at home to raise her children according to Islam is performing an act of dawah.
I would like to end on a final reminder. Not only is da’wah a commandment by Allah, to us. But it is also something in which holds such huge rewards. If you guide someone onto the straight path, everything they do, you gain just as much reward as that one person does.
“Verily the one who guides (someone) to good is like the one who does it (in reward).” [6. Sahih Al-Tirmidhi]
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