With each passing day the need for da’wah is increasing. There are many non-Muslims out there who are being fed with false ideas about Islam. They have a very distorted picture of Islam in their minds that it is almost impossible for them to see through the fog of lies. We need to show them the light, to educate them about the real Islam. It is the duty of every single Muslim to convey the message of Islam to his non-Muslim neighbors. You don’t have to be a scholar to preach. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Convey from me even if it’s a single ayah.”
We are responsible as far as imparting the message of tawheed (Oneness of Allah) is concerned. Neither should we force it on anyone nor should we hide it from them, rather following the example of our Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) we should merely impart whatever little knowledge we have. It is Allah (subhanahu wa ta’alaa) who changes the hearts of people. We may never know that the person whom we once preached accepted Islam years later.
It’s true that in today’s world religion has taken a backseat in the lives of many. People are lost in the web of this dunya; in competing for more wealth, possessions, fame, leisure and don’t find the time to even think about their religious beliefs. Despite this we must never shy away from sharing the knowledge we have. You might be called names, made fun of, people might refuse to listen to you; but amidst all of this there is hope that the little effort from your side might have influenced someone in the crowd, be it only one single soul. This hope should keep you going. And, let’s not forget the immense reward that awaits you in the Hereafter.
Da’wah is not just for non-Muslims but even for Muslims themselves. There’s always this misconception that you can call to Islam only those who are not yet Muslim, but it’s a fact that today even Muslims lack the basic knowledge of the religion of Allah due to which they stray away from the true teachings of Islam. You’d often hear Muslims proclaiming that “Islam is the way of life” but hardly do any actually fully live by these words. Therefore the Qur’an tells us to “encourage the good and forbid the evil”. This only means that even Muslims amongst themselves should advise each other. There’s no doubt that the Qur’an deals with every aspect of life, which is further elaborated in the Sunnah of the Prophet (peace be upon him). So one who knows of a hadith or a Quranic verse should inform it to those who don’t. This is what our Prophet (peace be upon him) himself stated in a report.
While you’re spreading the word of Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) remember that you’re doing it only for His Pleasure. So it only makes sense to avoid any kind of harsh language, sarcasm and physical abuse. Often it happens that people get so zealous in doing da’wah that they forget their limits and end up making things worse. This way nobody benefits; the non-Muslim gets a wrong picture of Islam and the da’ee (the one preaching) isn’t able to fulfill his purpose.
As much as da’wah is necessary in this age, it is the correct methodology of doing so that truly helps. It’s my humble advice to all the Muslims reading this that if you have knowledge that might benefit someone, don’t hesitate to go forward and share it with them.
To the non-Muslims and anyone who feels that Islam or any of its principles is at fault, ask yourselves why you think so. But don’t stop there. It could be that you’re concluding about Islam without possessing sufficient knowledge. If there’s any particular Muslim that’s upsetting you, do not judge Islam from their behavior. You’ll only truly know the true Islam by reading the Qur’an and learning about the life of the final Prophet sent to earth, Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).
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