السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته
Dear amazing Readers n friends!
بارك الله فيكم جميعا
Alhamdulillah, I can meet you again here. This time I will share about da’wah [inviting people to Allah’s way]. I have reason why I do choose this topic.
Last Saturday [on December 27, 2014], my family and I visited our grandparents’ house. Beside their house, there was a neighbor who made birthday party. I asked to myself, “is there birthday party in Islam?” I don’t find any verses or hadith that talking about it. I only find, that age is mercy from Allah, and we should use our age for positive activities. When our age have increased, it means our lives have cut or decreased.
That party was organized by many agendas, such as reading shalawat, reading Qur’an, and Islamic speech from da’i.
One thing that I do not agree is, when a revival mullah (da’i) invited people and explained about Islam by steeped and angrily. As long as I live, I had never heard someone invited to Islam like that. I, as a muslimah do not feel interest to that way. How could the audiences will interest to Islam if Islam is explained by bad behavior, by anger and hateful? ISLAM IS PEACE!
Da’wah actually is our duty.
“……………enjoin what is right, forbid what is wrong,…….” [Luqman: 17].
What is the purpose of da’wah?
Let us see the verses below!
And We sent to no city a prophet (who has denied) except that We seized its people with poverty and hardship that they might humble themselves [to Allah]. Al-A’raf: 94
And if only the people of the cities had believed and feared Allah, We would have opened upon them blessings from the heaven and the earth, but they denied [the messengers], so We seized them for what they were earning. Al-A’raf : 96
The purposes of da’wah are many things, but the main important is make people humble themselves to Allah, worship only for Allah, for getting His mercy and His blessings.
- Having beautiful manner and strong faith.
- Doing what s/he say to people.
- Having many knowledge about Islam.
Allah has given the rules to us about it.
Do you order righteousness of the people and forget yourselves while you recite then will you not reason? Al-Baqara: 44
“Say,” this is my way; I invite to Allah with insight. I and those who follow me, And exalted is Allah; and I am not of those who associate others with Him.” Yusuf: 108.
O you who have believed, why do you say what you do not do?  Great is hatred in the sight of Allah that you say what you do not do.” 
The good ways of da’wah fil islam:
As far as I know, our Prophets from Prophet Adam ‘Alaihi Salam to Prophet Muhammad SAW, called the people to Allah’s way with good behavior, gently, and politely. Religion is advice, they advised people kindly. Let us see what Allah said in these verses!
An-Nahl : 125
Invite to the way of your Lord with wisdom and good instruction, and argue with them in a way that is the best. Indeed, your Lord is most knowing of who has strayed from this way, and He is most Knowing of who is [rightly] guided.
And do not insult those they invoke other than Allah, lest they insult Allah in enmity without knowledge. Thus We have made pleasing to every community their deeds. Then to their Lord is their return, and He will inform them about what they used to do.
And do not argue with the People of the Scripture except in a way that is the best, except for those who commit injustice among them, and say, “We believe in that which has been revealed to us and revealed to you. And our God and your God is one; and we are Muslim [in submission] to Him.”
And lower your wing to those who follow you of the believers. (215) And if they disobey you, then say, “Indeed, I am disassociated from what you are doing.”
Allah’s warning to Prophet Muhammad SAW, when he frowned and turned away from the blind man.
Subhanallah, Allah gave the warning directly to our Prophet Muhammad SAW, when he did the mistake. So, may we do our da’wah by anger and insult the audiences? Allah has forbidden this way.
It was explained in Surah Abasa 1-11.
“The Prophet frowned and turned away. (1) Because there came to him the blind man, [interrupting] (2) But what would make you perceive, [O Muhammad], that perhaps he ight be purified. (3)Or be reminded and the remembrance would benefit him?(4) As for he who thinks himself without need. (5) To him you give attention. (6)And not upon you [is ay blame] if he will not be purified. (7)But as for he who came to you striving [for knowledge] (8) While he fears [Allah] (9) From him you are distracted (10) No, Indeed, these verses are a reminder.(11)
The da’i ‘s duty is only giving the advice, not giving hidayah. Hidayah is Allah’s right. Absolutely!
Al-i’ Imran: 20
So if they argue with you, say, “I have submitted myself to Allah [in Islam], and [so have] those who follow me.” And say to those who were given the Scripture and [to] the unlearned. “Have you submitted yourselves?” And if they submit [in Islam], they are rightly guided; but if they turn away-then upon you is only the [duty of] notification. And Allah is Seeing of [His] servants.
Da’wah is our duty, we can do this by speaking, by writing or by our actions. But, we should do what we say to the people. Remind ourselves first then to other. May Allah make easy our duty and give us His guidance, to worship Him only, to do anything for Him only. Ameen.
The rightness is from Allah, and the wrongness is from myself [the servant of Allah].
Jazakumullah khoir for visiting and reading! 🙂
- Noble Qur’an
- Klasifikasi Kandungan Al-Qur’an, Indonesian version.