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August 04, 2020 00:00:00 | Mudabir Mushtaq Lone

Muslims and Dawah: Inviting towards Islam

Muslim majority countries have failed to produce any prominent Daee

 

 

  • Most influential Daees have emerged from Muslim minority countries
  • Muslims have stagnated themselves to obligatory five prayers a day, Hajj and Zakaat
  • Facilities that are at our disposal today should have encouraged us to carry on Dawah work
  • It is the weakness of our Imaan that is holding us back from Dawah
  • It is Dawah that has made Islam number second religion in the world just in span of 1400 years
  • Islam spread because of Dawah and not force

 

Islam has laid great emphasis on the importance and need of Dawah. The word Dawah literally means to call or invite and in Islamic context it means inviting towards the path of Allah. It includes both calling non-Muslims towards Islam and guiding the Muslims to follow Islam in its pure spirit. It is Dawah that has made Islam number second religion (as far as followers are concerned) in world just in span of 1400 years, spreading across continents right from west coast of Africa to Indonesia. Many critics argue that Islam was spread by force but in reality it was Dawah and character of Muslims that attracted non-Muslims of different faiths towards the ultimate truth that is Islam.

Presently, the Muslims seems to have forgotten this important aspect of Islam and have stagnated themselves to obligatory five prayers a day, Hajj and Zakaat. The importance of Dawah can be felt from the fact that it is considered as prophetic work. Since Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was the last prophet, therefore, the mission of propagating the message of Islam lies on the shoulders of Muslim Ummah but unfortunately Muslims of present times are either incapable of giving Dawah or deliberately show a cold shoulder to this responsibility.

Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) during his last sermon (Khutba Hajatul Vida) took an oath from the companions (Sahabas) that they will forward the message of Islam for which these noble souls made every effort to keep their promise and uphold the flag of Tawheed (oneness of Almighty). These companions of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) left their homes and went to different parts of world for spreading the message of Islam and majority of them died outside Arabian Peninsula. It was love for this Prophetic mission that encouraged them to go to such an extent and spread Islamic faith in every nook and corner of the globe.

The facilities that are at our disposal should have encouraged us to carry on this work with utmost passion and energy but it’s our weakness of Imaan that is holding us back. There are numerous instances in Quran where almighty Allah clearly guides and directs us to devote ourselves for this work. “Invite to the path of your Lord with Wisdom and good advice,” Al Nahl (16:125). Also the Allah commands: “Let there be a group of people among you who invite to goodness, enjoining what is right and forbidding what is wrong,” Aal Imran (3:104).

While analysing past few decades a peculiar thing comes to surface that Muslim majority countries have not produced any prominent Daee (one who gives Dawah). The most influential and renowned Daees have emerged from Muslim minority countries whether we talk of Abdul Raheem Green, Yusuf Estes, Khalid Yaseen or Zakir Naik. All of them belong to non-Muslim countries.

This brings us to conclusion that Muslims of Muslim majority countries have lost the zeal and passion to carry on this mission and are caught in internal conflicts and sectarian violence while as Muslims from non-Muslim countries feel the responsibility and are attached to this mission. Though we cannot generalise this argument but this is what past few decades have put forth before us. Therefore, it is imperative upon every Muslim irrespective of where he resides to gain knowledge and attain necessary skills for propagation of message of Islam and fulfill the responsibility of being a Muslim so that he may be successful here and hereafter.

 

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August 04, 2020 00:00:00 | Mudabir Mushtaq Lone

Muslims and Dawah: Inviting towards Islam

Muslim majority countries have failed to produce any prominent Daee

 

 

              

 

Islam has laid great emphasis on the importance and need of Dawah. The word Dawah literally means to call or invite and in Islamic context it means inviting towards the path of Allah. It includes both calling non-Muslims towards Islam and guiding the Muslims to follow Islam in its pure spirit. It is Dawah that has made Islam number second religion (as far as followers are concerned) in world just in span of 1400 years, spreading across continents right from west coast of Africa to Indonesia. Many critics argue that Islam was spread by force but in reality it was Dawah and character of Muslims that attracted non-Muslims of different faiths towards the ultimate truth that is Islam.

Presently, the Muslims seems to have forgotten this important aspect of Islam and have stagnated themselves to obligatory five prayers a day, Hajj and Zakaat. The importance of Dawah can be felt from the fact that it is considered as prophetic work. Since Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was the last prophet, therefore, the mission of propagating the message of Islam lies on the shoulders of Muslim Ummah but unfortunately Muslims of present times are either incapable of giving Dawah or deliberately show a cold shoulder to this responsibility.

Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) during his last sermon (Khutba Hajatul Vida) took an oath from the companions (Sahabas) that they will forward the message of Islam for which these noble souls made every effort to keep their promise and uphold the flag of Tawheed (oneness of Almighty). These companions of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) left their homes and went to different parts of world for spreading the message of Islam and majority of them died outside Arabian Peninsula. It was love for this Prophetic mission that encouraged them to go to such an extent and spread Islamic faith in every nook and corner of the globe.

The facilities that are at our disposal should have encouraged us to carry on this work with utmost passion and energy but it’s our weakness of Imaan that is holding us back. There are numerous instances in Quran where almighty Allah clearly guides and directs us to devote ourselves for this work. “Invite to the path of your Lord with Wisdom and good advice,” Al Nahl (16:125). Also the Allah commands: “Let there be a group of people among you who invite to goodness, enjoining what is right and forbidding what is wrong,” Aal Imran (3:104).

While analysing past few decades a peculiar thing comes to surface that Muslim majority countries have not produced any prominent Daee (one who gives Dawah). The most influential and renowned Daees have emerged from Muslim minority countries whether we talk of Abdul Raheem Green, Yusuf Estes, Khalid Yaseen or Zakir Naik. All of them belong to non-Muslim countries.

This brings us to conclusion that Muslims of Muslim majority countries have lost the zeal and passion to carry on this mission and are caught in internal conflicts and sectarian violence while as Muslims from non-Muslim countries feel the responsibility and are attached to this mission. Though we cannot generalise this argument but this is what past few decades have put forth before us. Therefore, it is imperative upon every Muslim irrespective of where he resides to gain knowledge and attain necessary skills for propagation of message of Islam and fulfill the responsibility of being a Muslim so that he may be successful here and hereafter.

 

mudabirmushtaq422@gmail.com