Wednesday 6 June 2018

Why should a Muslim invite a Non Muslim to Islam

We as Muslims believe that Islam is the final religion and the Holy Quran is the last heavenly scripture sent to the guidance of mankind, not only for the Muslims. We believe that all messengers and prophets before the last of the prophets Muhammad (peace be upon him) were the chosen few by the Allah and that Psalms, Torah and Bible are the holy scriptures revealed onto prophets Dawood (David), Musa (Moses) and Eesa (Jesus), may peace be upon them all.

We also have faith in the fact that Allah revealed His final religion Islam after the two main religions and faiths for Jews and Christians have been revealed. Islam in fact is the continuation of the Allah's commandments that continued till the Holy Quran was completed in last almost 23 years life of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). Through the Holy Qur'an, Allah has stressed on the same issues and theme that is contained in the earlier scriptures or what Prophets Ibraheem (Abraham), Musa and Jesus conveyed to their people.

Now why should Muslims call on the non Muslims to come to Islam? The answer is complex and simple too. Complex in the sense that Christians consider Prophet Eesa (Jesus) to be the last of the prophets and believe in his divinity and quote Jusus himself saying that He is the only way to God (John 14:6). They also believe that the Christ and God the Father are one (John 10:30). This should hold true for as loing as the final word from Allah had not been revaled on to the mankind in the form of Holy Qur'an.

Allah in Holy Qur'an makes it amply clear that Prophet Eesa was one of the many prophets of Allah sent for keeping the course of its followers straight till the last of prophets is chosen with the last and final call to Him. We as Muslims also believe that Jesus was born to a virgin Maryam (Mary) in peculiar circumstances, who will return to Earth before the Day of Judgment to restore justice by ending the false claims of a false prophet, called Dajjal in Arabic.

The birth of Prophet Eesa as mentioned in the Holy Qur'an is explained in one of my earlier posts on Maryam (Mary, the mother of Jesus). Here I would only suffice to mention particular verses from Qur'an which Prophet Eesa uttered while still in the lap of his mother when people expressed their surprise and suspicion on his birth:
[Eesa] said, "Indeed, I am the servant of Allah . He has given me the Scripture and made me a prophet. (Al Quran Surah Noah, 19:30)
And He has made me blessed wherever I am and has enjoined upon me prayer and zakah as long as I remain alive. And [made me] dutiful to my mother, and He has not made me a wretched tyrant. (Al Quran Surah Noah, 19:31-32)
These and many other revelations in Qur'an point towards the early prophets, specially detailed account of Prophets Lut (Lot), Nuh (Noah), Ibraheem (Abraham), Sulaiman (Solomon), Zackariah and his son Yahya (John the baptist), Musa (Moses) and many others by name to solidify the belief of the Muslims in earlier prophets.

Having said that, Islam then calls upon the non Muslims to come to Islam for their salvation on the day of Judgment and save them from the fire of the hell, for the final word of Allah has been revealed on to them through Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). 

However, before calling the non Muslims to Islam, a Muslim should have detailed knowledge of own religion and at leaset the differences with other religions as answered in the Holy Qur'an. Some of these differences are:
In Qur'an Allah makes every Muslim responsible to show the right and the enlightened path that Islam shows to the mankind: 
"Thus We have appointed you a model community that you may be witnesses (Witnessing', here, means to convey the message of Islam, i.e. to call people towards Allah) against mankind, and that the Messenger may be a witness against you". [Quran 2:143]
"Invite to the Way of your Lord (i.e. Islam) with wisdom (i.e. with the Divine Revelation and the Qur’an) 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." [Quran 16:125]
Having said that, an inviting Muslim should be a role model himself by following the tenants of Islam in a manner that his personality and piety compels others to be attracted towards his belief and faith. This may be stressed here that no religion is wrong, but every following religion has something new or describes already known facts differently to remove any misunderstanding that may have occurred by changed meaning over a period of time. It is Holy Qur'an alone that despite passage of more than 1400 years ago since its revelation has remained unchanged for its protection has been personally undertaken none by Allah Himself.
This day have I perfected for you your religion and completed My favor on you and chosen for you Islam as a religion. (Al Qur'an Surah 5, verse 3)
And in Qur'an, Allah makes a clear mention about Islam and its finality with reference to earlier faiths and religions:
"He has ordained for you the same religion (Islam) which He enjoined on Noah, and that which We have revealed to you, and which We enjoined on Abraham, Moses and Jesus: namely that you should remain steadfast in religion and be not divided therein.” [Quran 42:13]
"That which We have revealed to you (O Muhammad) of the Book (i.e., the Quran) is the Truth, confirming that which was (revealed) before it.” [Quran 35:31]
So the divine message is clear and those who do not listen to it, are sure losers:
"And whoever seeks a religion other than Islam, it shall not be accepted from him, and in the life to come he shall be among the losers.” [Al Quran 3:85]
And it is the finality of Qur'an that everyday more and more non Muslims are converting to Islam and seeking blessing of the Allah Almighty. Although, a segment of miscreants, on the behest of a few world powers, have tainted the image of Islam by indulging in terrorist activities and committing heinous crimes mainly to keep people away from Islam, the message of peace as conveyed by Islam remains unchanged. So we need to understand the forces at parallel to defame Islam while convincing non Muslims to come to Islam for it is the final religion by Allah and has come to stay, Allah Willing (In Sha Allah).

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