Learn, act upon it, give Dawah to it (give advice,guidance, nasihah, lecture, enjoin the good, forbid the evil) and be patient

Learn, act upon it, give Dawah to it (give advice,guidance, nasihah, lecture, enjoin the good, forbid the evil) and be patient

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Learn, act upon it, give Dawah to it (give advice,guidance, nasihah, lecture, enjoin the good, forbid the evil) and be patient

 

Allah says in the Quran, Soorah Al Asr 103-03

  1. By Al-‘Asr (the time).
  2. Verily! Man is in loss,
  3. Except those who believe (in Islamic Monotheism) and do righteous good deeds and recommend one another to the truth (i.e. order one another to perform all kinds of good deeds (Al-Ma’ruf)which Allah has ordained, and abstain from all kinds of sins and evil deeds (Al-Munkar)which Allah has forbidden), and recommend one another to patience (for the sufferings, harms, and injuries which one may encounter in Allah’s Cause during preaching His religion of Islamic Monotheism or Jihad, etc.).

 

“And who is better in speech than the one who calls to Allah, does righteous deeds, and says “Indeed I am of those who are Muslims!” –Soorah Fusilat v.33

 

It was narrated from Abu Hurayrah Radhi Allahu anhu that the Messenger of Allah sallal laahu aaihi wa sallam said: “Whoever calls others to guidance will have a reward like that of those who follow it, without that detracting from their reward in the slightest. And whoever calls others to misguidance will have a burden of sin like that of those who follow it, without it detracting from their burden in the slightest.” Narrated by Muslim (2674).

 

Ibn Mas’ud  Radhi Allahu anhu reported:

I heard the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) saying, “May Allah freshen the affairs of a person who hears something from us and communicates it to others exactly as he has heard it (i.e., both the meaning and the words), for it may be that the recipient of knowledge understands it better than the one who has heard it.” [At-Tirmidhi].

Reference           : Riyad as-Salihin 1389 In-book reference      : Book 12, Hadith 1

 

Abu Mas’ud reported: The Prophet, sallal laahu alaihi wa sallam, said, “Whoever guides someone to goodness will have a reward like one who did it.” Source: Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 1893 Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Muslim

Sahl ibn Sa’d reported: The Prophet, sallal laahu alaihi wa sallam, said, “By Allah, that Allah guides a man through you is better for you than a herd of expensive red camels.” Source: Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī 2847, Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 2406 Grade: Muttafaqun Alayhi (authenticity agreed upon) according to Al-Bukhari and Muslim

 

It was narrated that Abu Mas‘ood al-Ansaari  Radhi Allahu anhu  said: The Messenger of Allah  sallal laahu aaihi wa sallam  said: “The one who tells another about a good deed is like the one who does it.” Narrated by Muslim (1893).

 

The Prophet  sallal laahu aaihi wa sallam said: “Whoever sets a good precedent in Islam will have the reward for that and the reward of those who do it after him, without that detracting from their reward in the slightest.” Narrated by Muslim (1017).

 

And he  sallal laahu aaihi wa sallam  said: “When a man dies, all his good deeds come to an end except three: ongoing charity (sadaqah jaariyah), beneficial knowledge, or a righteous child who will pray for him.” Narrated by Muslim (1631).

 

These Ayat and hadeeths indicate that the one who teaches someone beneficial knowledge, directs or guides someone to do good deeds,  will have reward like that of the one who benefits from this knowledge, and that that reward will continue, uninterrupted, for everyone who learns this knowledge through him.

It does not necessarily mean that the person who is calling to Allah, to the worship of Allah alone, to following the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah sallal laahu alaihi wa sallam, making awareness of  good deeds and warning against sins….must be a Scholar or Student of Islamic ilm and be perfect in all sense. No.

Even though a certain portion of the Ummah must strive to be as such to be the inheritors of the Prophet sallal laahu alaihi wa sallam.  Spreading Islamic knowledge and good can be in many forms. Giving lecture, lessons, dawah stall, Khutbah, writing books, articles, through social media, posting saying of Allah, Quranic ayat, hadeeth, statements of the Scholars and so on… important thing is one must know what they are talking about, what they are calling to…First and foremost about Allah, His Tawheed, the Islamic Aqeedah and its opposite, meaning of the Shahadah and its conditions, shirk, kufr…. Also clarifying the Sunnah of Rasool sallal laahu alaihi wa sallam in an issue and what opposes it from the bida, innovations…the path of the believers, the Sahabah and the early generations of Muslim, the Salaf as-Salih….

 

Allah, may He be exalted, says in Soorat al-Baqarah: “There is no compulsion in religion. Verily, the Right Path has become distinct from the wrong path ” [al-Baqarah 2:256],

One cannot force another to accept Islam. Nor can one force another to practice islam. It is in the Hands of Allah, whoever He guides and whoever He misguides. Upon the righteous and knowledgeble ones is to convey the message in the most beautiful way with knowledge, good manners, good preaching, wisdom, intellectual and textual proofs . Upon the audience is to pay attention, listen, focus, reflect on the purpose of life, on Allah, his Books, revelation , His creation around Him so as to be convinced and not to continue upon misguidance.

 

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