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Thursday, 17 November 2011

Advice on Dawah.

QAssalamu alykum wr wb.Need mashwara...! I'm a part time da'ie & a govt.Teacher, i have completed 8 years aalia course from Al-kuliyyatus Salafiah under the supervision of jami'ati ahlihadith jammu & kashmir, & i have applied in Al-jamiat al-islamiah of Madina KSA for my admission for several years but not got admission, then i have done post graduation in 3 subjects from kashmir university & from a national university, besides a govt. teacher i started to preach in a small masque where 1 to10 muslims were offering salah. But Alhamdulillah during my period of preaching ie 3.5 years Allah (SWT) get changed every thing here, masque has been rebuilded in bigger shape, people came here from different villages to listen their DEEN on the pattern of SALAF. In my town women came first time to participate in friday salah,we have arranged seperate floor & seprate way for them, this masque has been changed into a big islamic centre in whole locality. But alas some workers of a ruling political party came in masque & abused me & thretined me by killig me, as they were also thertning from my popularity. They Lodged a false case against me, my father & my brother in a local court, morever all my salery for last 26 months are withheld as they are workers of ruling political party, they are only 5 to 6 persons but powerful. Accepting all these things as this kind of the part of life of a da'ie but they do not allow me to preach more, police move on their fingers & people are not in the position to go againt them,people can advice them & they do it,but they reject every advice, i my self listen their every abuse & illigation with smiling face as i know a da'ie should be very kind hearted but they are not ready to be kind. Now the position of said masque is that the people's gathering removed,women do not come for salah & ofcourse should not come. but here what i want from u is a 'mashwara' (advice) in the light of quram & sahih hadith, what should i do in the field of dawah, jazakallah khairan ya akhi

A; All-Praise is dur to Allah,

I ask Allah The All-mighty to make it easy on you in all your affairs, and may Allah strengthen you in your efforts to calling to Allah.
Without a doubt calling to Allah (Dawah) is a honor that the nation of Muhammad (peace be upon him) has been blessed with. Thus it is the responsibility of every Muslim to call to the oneness of His Lord.

Allah The Exalted said,

And who is better in speech than one who invites to Allah and does righteousness and says, "Indeed, I am of the Muslims."

(Fusilat 41:33)

And He said,

Invite to the way of your Lord with wisdom and good instruction, and argue with them in a way that is best. Indeed, your Lord is most knowing of who has strayed from His way, and He is most knowing of who is [rightly] guided.

(An-Nahal 16:125)

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.

(Aali Imraan 3:104)

Narrated by al-Bukhaari (3461) from ‘Abd-Allaah ibn ‘Amr (may Allaah be pleased with him), according to which the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said “Convey from me, even if it is one verse.”

Al-Haafiz ibn Hajar (may Allaah have mercy on him) said in Fath al-Baari: He said in the hadeeth, “even if it is one verse” so that everyone who heard him would hasten to convey whatever he heard of the verses, even if it was very little, so that in this manner everything that he (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) brought would be conveyed. End quote.

One must bare in mind that we should not limit Dawah to a certain way. Example one assumes that calling to Allah is by giving a lecture or talk in front of people, this is just one in many ways that one can call to Allah.

Nuh (peace be upon him) tried every possible way of conveying his message to his people, as mentioned in Soorat Nuh verse; 5,

"O my Lord! Verily, I have called my people night and day (i.e. secretly and openly to accept the doctrine of Islamic Monotheism)."

Our honorable Prophet (peace be upon him) is the best of examples who would use wisdom in calling people to Allah.
He (peace be upon him) would communicate with people based on their intellect. Such examples are as followed;
Az-Zubayr Ibn Bukkaar said in his book an-Nasab, ‘‘Rukaanah Ibn ’Abd-Yazeed was the one who wrestled the Prophet (peace be upon him) in Makkah before he embraced Islaam. He was from the strongest and harshest of the people. He said, “If you can take me down, I will believe in you.” So the Prophet (SAW) wrestled him and took him down. He then proclaimed, “I testify that you are a magician!” Later he accepted Islam.

The Prophets (peace be upon him) example here with Rukaanah is one of many where he dealt with him in accordance to his intellect, so the manhaj of Dawah is all about wisdom, manners and etiquettes. Furthermore we learn that calling to Allah can be any permissible way (Mubaah) that does not contradict the Sharia' in any way.
So long as the Message is prevailed and one has guided people to the Deen then their reward is verily with Allah great.

Sahl ibn Sa'd reported that the Prophet, (may Allah bless him and grant him peace), said to 'Ali, "By Allah, for Allah to guide one man by you is better for you than red camels."

(Al-Bukhaari & Muslim)

And he (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “Whoever calls others to right guidance will have a reward like that of those who follow him, without that detracting from their reward in the slightest.”

(Related by Muslim)

As for one being oppressed for his faith this is all apart of being a Believer of the Truth, and this is how the pass Prophets (peace be upon them) and the their followers lived.
As we know that the Prophet (peace be upon him) and his companions were oppressed for their monotheist beliefs and suffered allot of persecution for their efforts. Verily their efforts have been rewarded and raised in high status on the day of resurrection.

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said,
"Anyone for whom Allah intends good, He makes him suffer from some affliction."


My advice is that there is nothing stoping you from giving Dawah weather it is on the streets in the Mosque or via internet etc. So long as one prevails the Message of Islam and gets their Message across this is what is sufficient.
So there is no need to continue in this place in where you were giving Dawah at just incase it erupts into a bigger problem (Fitnah), so use your wisdom and call to Allah through other ways for verily it will be all rewarded insha-Allah. As for the problem in the Mosque you have a couple of options-

1) You can confront them and sit and talk about the problem with them (face to face). Explain to them in a mannered way the problem and bring froth your argument with the Quran and Sunnah.

Allah The All-Mighty said,

O you who have believed, obey Allah and obey the Messenger and those in authority among you. And if you disagree over anything, refer it to Allah and the Messenger, if you should believe in Allah and the Last Day. That is the best [way] and best in result.

(An-Nisa 4:59)

2) You could refer this to your local Islamic courts if the matter becomes serious.

3) Or the best of all advise in situations as these is to stay away from them.

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said,Whoever does not argue when he is in the wrong will have a home built for him on the edge of Paradise. Whoever avoids it when he in the right will have a home built for him in the middle of Paradise. And whoever improves his own character, a home will be built for him in the highest part of Paradise.
(Related by At-Tirmidhi)

And Allah knows best...

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