Monday 30 May 2022

Da'wah: Calling others to Islam - the sacred duty of every 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 Prophet 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 eminent revert Muslim scholar Yusuf Estes, 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.).:
Yusuf Estes (born: Joseph Estes, 1944), is an American from Texas who reverted from Christianity to Islam in 1991. He has served as a Muslim chaplain for the United States Bureau of Prisons during the 1990s, and has served as a delegate to the United Nations World Peace Conference for Religious Leaders held at the UN in September 2000. [2]

وَمَا عَلَيۡنَاۤ اِلَّا الۡبَلٰغُ الۡمُبِيۡنُ‏ 
(36:17) and our duty is no more than to clearly convey the Message.”
That is our duty to convey only to you the message that Allah has entrusted us with. Then it is for you to accept it or reject it. We have not been made responsible for making you accept it forcibly, and if you do not accept it, we shall not be seized in consequence of your disbelief, you will yourselves be answerable for your actions on Day of Resurrection.

May Allāh (سبحانه و تعالى‎) help us understand Qur'ān and help us to act upon the commandments of Allah contained therein. May Allah help us to be like the ones He loves and let our lives be lived helping others and not making others' lives miserable or unlivable. May all our wrong doings, whether intentional or unintentional, be forgiven before the angel of death knocks on our door. 

May Allah forgive me if my posts ever imply a piety far greater than I possess. I am most in need of guidance.

Disclaimer: The views expressed in the video above are those of the scholar concerned. We have shared this 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 anyone 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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