Monday, May 30, 2022

Da'wah: Calling others to Islam - the sacred duty of each Muslim

Calling to the faith and to the Divine way of life has been entrusted to prophets by Allah since the days of Adam and thereafter till the last Prophet of Allah, Muhammad ﷺ. Initially the call to Allah's Divine religions was done on individual basis as the earlier prophets were sent to a particular area or community.

However, once the message of Allah had been sufficiently spread amount many communities through the Divine Scriptures like the Psalms, Torah and Bible, there was a need to consolidate and reveal one last Divine Scripture for the entire mankind till the Day of Resurrection. This last Divine religion is what we call Islam today. If a systematic and thorough analysis of all  earlier religions based on Psalms, Torah and Bible and compare their combined message with the Qur'an, the last revealed Divine Scripture, we find immense similarities since the fountain is the same.

Now that there are to be no more prophets after Prohet Muhammad ﷺ, the individual responsibility of spreading Islam has been entrusted to the entire Muslims of the world to not only keep their faith solidified based on Divine Commandments contained in the Qur'an and Sunnah (the teachings of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ), but also organize the spread of Islam and calling others to the last and the final religion on behalf of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. 
Da'wah (Arabic: دعوة, "invitation", also spelt daawa, dawah, daawah or dakwah) is the act of inviting or calling people to embrace Islam. The plural is da'wāt (دَعْوات) or da'awāt (دَعَوات).
This calling others to Islam, called Dawah in Arabic has been undertaken by scholars all over the world. But we should not restrict this to scholars alone and in fact every Muslim should brace himself with sufficient knowledge about religion so as to answer quires of non Muslims when extending invitation to Islam to them. For inadequate knowledge on our part may not leave the kind of impact that touches the heart and souls of the non Muslims and instill an urge in them to join us as Muslims.

Please watch the video below on the issue by Wahiduddin Khan, in which emphasizes on an institutionalized approach and a proper Da'wah methodology is required to convey to people that their basic rights of Deen (religion), life, intellect, offspring, and wealth will be protected by the Law of Allah (s.w.t.).:
Wahiduddin Khan (1 January 1925 – 21 April 2021) was an Islamic scholar and peace activist known for having written a commentary on the Quran and having translated it into contemporary English and talking on issues related to Islam:

In our future post, we will dwell on the methodology of extending Da'wah to non Muslims and even to Muslims who have inadequate knowledge about Islam.

Disclaimer: The views expressed in the video above are that of the concerned scholar . We have shared these view as added information in better understanding of Islam. The reader may or may not agree with the view owing to their own perception. If any one differs with the material contained in this post, one may consult the references and their authors.  If someone has more material about the subject, he/she is most welcome to share in the comments box to make the post all encompassing.

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