The Importance Of Giving Dawah
Channel: Kamil Ahmad
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My dear brothers and sisters.
In the last hotbar we spoke about
what awaited the disbelievers
and those of the believers who deserved punishment, what awaited them
of punishment in the era,
the punishment of the Hellfire.
And so although the believers will not be there forever,
they will eventually come out
after having served their time in the hellfire.
But the Hellfire for who Allah prepared for it to live forever until eternity,
or the disbelievers
those who refused to accept Eman
until they breed their last
having departed from this dunya
without having testified
to the Oneness of Allah subhanho wa Taala without
having entered into Islam.
My dear brothers and sisters,
the question is
what has me and you done
to help such people to escape that eternal punishment of Allah subhanho wa taala.
And so this is a serious question
that requires a lot of pondering a lot of self reflection.
What have we done
to convey the message that ALLAH SubhanA who were to Allah sent
that is the source of their salvation.
What have we done to fulfill this responsibility of giving Dawa?
And so it was because
of this feeling that the prophets Allah, Allahu Allahu wa sallam did what he did.
It was because of this, that he suffered the way he did.
All in the path of Dawa.
All in the path
of making sure that this message is conveyed.
But not only that,
when the people would not accept the message,
when they would refuse to accept what he brought from Allah subhanho wa taala.
It was not
that he didn't care.
But rather, this would cause him grief
as Allah subhanahu Atana he mentions, I look at Berkeley or enough circa Allah.
perhaps you will kill yourself out of grief, because only because they are not becoming believers.
This is why the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam used to fall into grief.
The fact that he puts so much effort into conveying the message and then after all that, they will still refuse.
And so this was the empathy of the prof.
Fixel Allahu alayhi wa sallam.
This was his care for humanity.
He cared for them. And this is one example of him being a Rama, Lil Alameen a mercy for all of mankind.
The fact that he cared for them, he did not want a single human being, to go through that punishment, that Allah subhanahu wa taala described to us in the Quran.
And so he left this world, having fulfilled
his mission, and this task that Allah subhanahu wa taala
appointed him with.
And then he passed this task on to the sahaba.
And they pass it on to the next generation,
to the next and to and to the next, each generation, fulfilling that responsibility
of conveying the message of Allah subhanahu wa taala
until the torch was passed on to us.
And it is sitting in our hands. The question is, what have we done?
What have we done,
to make sure
that this message is passed on to others?
My dear brothers and sisters, we live in a unique situation unlike
the generations that have gone before us.
in a majority non Muslim country.
For us, we came here by our own choice, no one forced us to come here.
And for us, we have no restrictions.
We live among non Muslims and yet no one is restricting us, no one is preventing us from seeing what we want.
From conveying this message from giving Dawa
of this Deen of Islam as it was revealed without having to change it
to hide some aspects of this Deen.
Others in other parts of the world, the restricted even when living
And so my dear brothers and sisters, this is why the scholars of Islam they say
that one of the conditions
of it being permissible to live among non Muslims is
that you are giving dower
that you're conveying the message of Islam. And so we are sinful if we are not.
If we are not fulfilling this obligation.
However, most of us, we live passive lives.
We live passive lives not doing even the least that we're capable of.
The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, Billy who I need to
convey from me.
Even if it be one, I have one verse.
And so this is a command. What we learned from this hadith is firstly, it is a command from the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and the commands of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, they indicate that it is obligatory.
Anything that Allah or his messenger commanded
is an obligation.
And so it is an obligation on each and every single Muslim
to teach to convey the message of Islam.
But this Hadith also teaches us
that everyone is different.
And some people are more knowledgeable than others.
And so just because you know little,
just because your knowledge of Islam is little, it does not excuse you.
From this obligation of giving Dawa. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said teach convey even if it be one
in which Muslim can say he does not know
when I have the Quran, or one concept of Islam that
You can pass on to others. My dear brothers and sisters,
our job that Allah subhanahu wa taala has placed on our shoulders
is to convey
to pass on the message
and that's why Allah subhanahu wa Tada
tells us in the story of us hub except
that group from the Israel eel
who were forbidden from fishing on Saturdays.
they decided to disobey the Command of Allah subhanho wa taala.
And then there was a group
that decided to forbid them,
to admonish them
to carry this task of commanding the good forbidding the evil and giving Dawa and so they went and they forbid them.
But then there was a third group.
And so Allah subhanho wa Taala says, We have audit on metal minimum limiter, Hoonah, Coleman Allahu Malik, zebu leader, this third group, they said to the second group, that decided to forbid the evil.
They said to them, Why are you bothering to admonish to advise a people who are going to be punished nonetheless?
Allah is going to punish them, why bother warning them? Why bother advising them?
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They said, so that we have an excuse before Allah subhana wa Tada that we have done our part
so that we have an excuse before Allah subhanho wa taala. And so that perhaps, perhaps they will change their ways. Perhaps they will fear Allah subhana who went to Hana?
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when they became heedless, and they did not care about what they were advised with.
we saved those who were forbidding the evil.
And we took
we took the wrongdoers with a painful punishment, because of what they what they were doing. What do we learn from this story? We learn that in every community there are three groups the first who indulge in evil, the first
who disobey the commandments of Allah subhana who went to Allah, whether they are Kfar or whether they are Muslims.
And then there is always a second group.
The second group, take on the task of commanding the good forbidding the evil, of giving Dawa of conveying the message making sure that the message has reached the people.
And the third group are those
who say we are righteous.
We are not disobeying Allah subhanho wa taala. Who cares about the rest? to bother advising them? Don't bother giving Dawa.
But who among these three groups are saved? It is only one and it is those who take on the responsibility of conveying the message. And what did they say?
What was the reason? The reasoning behind them conveying the message? They said so that we have an excuse before Allah?
Meaning that ALLAH SubhanA who were to Hanna will not punish us, because we have done our part. If they don't listen, that's a different story. But at least we have conveyed the message. And so that perhaps our message will affect them. Maybe, maybe they will change their ways. Maybe they will, they will fear Allah subhanho wa Taala we don't know
the changing of the hearts that is not our responsibility. And so our job is not to change the hearts
is to only convey the message
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This is Allah subhanahu wa Tada addressing his Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam
when he fell into grief
at the fact that his uncle Abu Talib will not accept Islam.
This uncle who stood by the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, day in day out, defending him, standing in support of him, while they would attack the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.
And so the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam till the last breath of Abu Talib, he did not give up.
He would say to him, see the shahada while he was on his deathbed, while
the leaders of Quraysh were with him, saying, Don't do it,
until he breathed his last, not having said the shahada,
the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was saddened by this. And so Allah subhanahu Attallah told him in a tele demon that you do not guide whom you will, whom you love, you can't guide whom you want for them guidance. But rather it is we it is only Allah who guides the hearts.
What we learned from this is that our job is to convey the message. As long as we have done that we have done our part, the guidance of the hearts, this is not in our hands, but rather this is in the hands of Allah subhana who were to hand it alone.
He guides who he wishes, and he allows whom he wishes to go astray. Our job is to convey our job is to make sure that the message has been understood, not just to convey the message and leave it at that, but to make sure that the people have understood it.
And then our job is to make sure that the proof of Allah subhanahu wa Tada has now become established on these people, such that if they refuse to accept Islam now
they now deserve the punishment of Allah subhanahu Medina
because the message has reached them. They have understood it, they are convinced of it. But if they refuse now, then they deserve the punishment that awaits them.
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are warders and givers of glad tidings, so that
so that the people
have no excuse before Allah
once the messengers have come, and done their job
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giving dower is a responsibility on each and every single Muslim,
some of us will excel more than others.
And so some of us may have more no
which then others,
but others among us may have skills that others don't have. And so everyone is different.
But what we each and every single one of us what we need to do and put an effort into doing
is to learn the very basics that will help us to give dower
to learn the very basics, starting with the very basics of our deen
so what are we calling to? We are calling to nothing other than that oh hate of ALLAH SubhanA wa Tada
we're calling the people to learn this very basic, fundamental concept in our deen
that only Allah subhanahu wa Tada deserves our worship.
We're calling the people to the fact that we are here for a purpose. Allah subhanho wa Taala sent us into this dunya for one and only one purpose, and that is to recognize Him, and to worship him
upon the way that he wants us to worship him.
This is the very basic that each and every single Muslim must have knowledge of. And then we need to call to these basics. And we need to develop those skills that will help us to convey this basic concept of Islam.
We need to develop those skills. And so it's one thing to have knowledge. And then it's another thing to be able to convey that knowledge in a way that is convincing. And so Allah subhanho wa Taala says, Oh, do SRB Lee Rebeka call to the way of your Lord give Dawa Bill Hekmati while mo Eva Teilhard sanity wa jal whom bill that he he acts
with what? What should you give Dawa with, with wisdom with the beautiful preaching and debate when necessary, in a way that is good in a good manner. So these are skills that are required by the one giving Dawa. And so my dear brothers and sisters, some of us we may say that we don't have any of these skills.
We may have knowledge of the deen, but we may not be able to speak, we may not have
those skills that are required to convey the message. And so the least that we can do is that
we can take a book, we can take a brochure and pass it on, without even seeing the single word, at least this we can do, who has the excuse not to be able to do that.
And if we're not able to do that, then the least we can do is to support
with our money financially, those who are carrying out this task of giving Dawa.
And so if you were to give
whatever small it may be. If that money is used, for one person to embrace Islam, you will share the reward.
And so my dear brothers and sisters, all of us each and every single one of us.
We know someone who is an officer,
whether he be a neighbor, whether he be a colleague, whether he be a classmate,
a co worker, an employee, an employer, an acquaintance, a business partner,
whatever it be, we do know someone we cannot say that we don't know anyone
or all of us we do know
people around us
who are Kfar
imagine for a second
that on the Day of Judgment.
These people come to us looking for us. Where were you?
Why did you not convey the message of Islam to me?
I am now doing to the hellfire.
And you didn't bother
to share this message of Islam with me.
That will save me from the punishment that now awaits me.
The reality is my dear brothers and sisters, that many of us are passive with regards to a dour,
to care about passing on the message of Islam.
The reality is
is that we are passive because either
we don't value this Islam.
We don't care about it, it doesn't have any value in our hearts. Because if it did, then you would want to share it. When you value something, you want to share it with others.
Or it could be
that we are not fully convinced that Islam is the truth.
We're not fully convinced, and that's why we don't care about sharing with others. We think they're living a lifestyle
and following a religion that is suitable to them and me, I find Islam suitable to me. I don't truly believe that this is the truth. Or it could be
that we are not fully convinced
about what is to come.
In the era of reward and punishment.
We're not fully convinced of the punishment of the Hellfire. We hear the ayat we hear that a hadith describing the punishment of the Hellfire.
But it doesn't really affect us.
We don't fully believe in it.
Because we can't see it.
Because if we truly believed in it with full Yaqeen and certainty,
then we would not wish for a single person that we know or even don't know, for them to suffer that painful punishment.
My dear brothers and sisters,
if none of that,
then it means that we're selfish.
If we truly value Islam, and we believe in it, and we believe with certainty about the asker. And we still don't bother to pass on this message message of Islam to others, then it means we're selfish.
All we care about is ourselves. And so it is like
a fire that erupts in a building that you maintain, or you know this building very well.
And so you know where the exits are.
And you know, there's a fire raging through this building, and you run for the exit door, and you don't bother to guide others who are lost, looking for the exit, and they don't know how to escape.
We have Islam, and we live it.
And we find comfort in it
in this life, and in the era.
But we don't bother to pass it on to others. We don't want others to escape the punishment of Allah subhanho wa taala.
This was not
how the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was.
But rather, he had empathy.
And he cared for others. And that is why he would fall into grief
when they would not accept Islam.
My dear brothers and sisters, who are the heroes
in a fire
in any kind of calamity, in any kind of catastrophe, in any kind of disaster.
The heroes are those who don't just escape and save themselves, but rather, the heroes are those who help others to escape and to be saved.
And so the heroes on the Day of Judgment will be the prophets and the messengers for this reason, because they saved humanity from the punishment that they awaited the people, those who escaped they escaped as a result of the invitation of the prophets and the messengers, and all those who follow in the footsteps of the prophets and the messengers. And that's why Allah subhanho wa Taala has promised a great reward for those who call to Islam, for those who invite others to Islam. And so Allah subhanahu wa taala said, Well, men send colon, men da et Allah He, well, I mean, I saw the hand walk on it in an imino singin, who is better in speech than those who call to Allah subhanahu
wa Tada and do righteous good deeds, and they say We are from the believers we are from the Muslims, meaning there is no one better than them. Not just who not not just those who do righteous deeds, but those who first and foremost they call others to that. And the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said
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he said to earlier all the Allahu Allah, that if one person was to accept Islam through you,
then it is far better than the most expensive of camos meaning that one person embracing Islam through you, the reward of that with Allah is far greater than all the luxuries of the dunya.
And that's why the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam
explaining this, how is it
that this is such a huge reward?
For a person to embrace Islam through your hands? How is it that this is such a huge
thing in the sight of Allah? The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, Men who then
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Whoever invites others to something good, a good deed.
Those who do it, he will get their reward.
He will get their reward without their reward diminishing.
In the very least, a person who embraces Islam through you, whatever good deeds he now does, whatever Salah he prays, whatever sadaqa he gives, whatever of good deeds he does, the reward is going back to you.
And so the question is, my dear brothers and sisters, what legacy Are we leaving behind in this dunya that will benefit us after we leave this dunya
and that's why the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said in that same Hadith, woman die, Allah
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vice versa, whoever calls to an evil deed, a misguidance. Those who follow him in that
he will share in their sin, without without their sins diminishing, in the very least.
What are we leaving behind in this dunya
those who leave something good, it will continue with them after they pass on. And those who leave an evil legacy.
And this is the difference here. Not only will they be carrying that sin, but
once they have gone on, once they have died, they won't be able to stop
those sins from accumulating on them.
it's one thing to leave this dunya with sin one's going with you to your grave.
But it's another thing to leave this dunya carrying with you sins and
those sins, to continue to accumulate after your death until the day of judgment.
We ask Allah subhanahu wa taala to make us from among those.
We ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to make us from among those who call to good. We ask Allah subhana who had to had to make us from among those
who command the good and forbid the evil. We ask Allah subhanahu wa taala to make us from among those who pass on the message of Islam
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