We Are All Ambassadors of Islam The Obligation of Da’wah
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Alhamdulillah All praise is due to Allah subhanho wa Taala we praise Him and we seek His help. And we seek refuge in Allah from the evil of our souls and the consequences of our actions. Whomever Allah Subhana Allah to Allah guides, none can miss guide, and whoever is misguided cannot be guided except through him. I bear witness and I testify that there is no deity worthy of worship, except Allah Subhana Allah to Allah, and that Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is his final prophet and his most perfect worshipper. As to what follows, know that Allah subhana wa Tada has reminded us to be conscious of him in the Quran, when he says, Yeah, are you Hello, Dina Amano Allah helper to call
to Walter Moton. Illa one to Muslim one. Dear Muslims, ALLAH SubhanA wa Tada tells us in Surah facilites verse 33, woman X and olam me manda Illa. Allah who are Annie la sala Han, what are the international Muslim in whose speech is better? Who speaks better than the one who invites others to Allah subhanho wa taala. And while he is inviting others to Allah, He Himself is doing righteous deeds, and he announces to the world, I am a Muslim, who does better than the one whose lifestyle it is to invite others to Allah subhanho wa taala. And while he's inviting to Allah, he's not a hypocrite. He's living the life of a Muslim. Why Mila saw their hand and he announces to the world,
I too, am a Muslim. Dear Brothers and Sisters, we live in a time and a society and a place where we are taught to mind our own business. We are taught to live and let live, we are taught that it is not polite to talk about sensitive topics like morality, like theology, like religion. Given the realities of this culture, we have to balance between the commandments of Allah and the sensitivities of the culture we find ourselves in
this land this time, this place It is not polite conversation to bring up religion we all know this sometimes the hard way. You don't talk to your colleagues at work about your faith or their faith. So when people think that okay, I'm not allowed to talk about religion at work, they misunderstand and they say hello does this means I cannot give Dawa. I cannot call to Allah subhanho wa Taala I cannot preach. But dear Muslims, preaching Dawa doesn't just involve theology. Dawa is beyond debating about issues of al Qaeda. And at some level, every single one of us must constantly be a color to Allah subhanho wa Taala in our manners in our flock in our dealings with other people. Dear
Muslims, Ibn Al Qaeda mentions the highest Dawa the highest mechanism of calling to Allah subhana wa taala, which is the responsibility of the prophets. What did the prophets do? By the way? What was the task of the prophets? Their task was to give Dawa Ibaka yam says whoever calls to Allah has taken on the responsibility of the prophets because that's what you're doing the responsibility of the prophets and the highest mechanism to do that. It is not just by talk, it is by your actions, your sincerity, your o'clock. They are Muslims. You don't need to give Dawa at work by handing out pamphlets of Islam that's gonna get you fired. You don't need to give Dawa at work by knocking other
cubicles and saying hey, what's your religion? I'm a Muslim. You can give Dawa through your honesty. You can give Dawa through your luck. You can give Dawa by living a lifestyle that is very different than everybody else in your workplace and people will come to you like they came to the Prophet sallallahu either he was seldom remember he was known as a Saudi. The one who tells the truth before anybody says Ya rasool Allah to him. He was called El Amin the trustworthy before Gibreel came down and said Quran or saw the NLM mean preceded the theology preceded the Dawa to any Arcada dear Muslims. after Ramadan we feel an emptiness after Ramadan. We're wondering what can we do to fill
our lives in this whole debate the first one after Ramadan. I want to remind myself and all of you have at
task and responsibility that should always be on our minds. It should always be within us. We live in a land where the majority of people don't know our faith, even if they've heard of it, they misunderstand it, they fear it, they have xenophobia about it. Well then, if we are less than 1% of this line, and we are we are less than 1%. If we are less than 1% of this land, surely the responsibility on us towards the 99% towards those who don't know our faith, it becomes compounded dear Muslims, I remind myself and all of you, there is no such thing in our religion as a specific person who is a diary to Allah. This is something culturally we do. Allah did not appoint a clergy.
Allah did not say Oh, this is a group that's gonna give Dawa the rest of you don't give dower no Dawa calling to Allah subhanho wa Taala is an obligation on all of us at all times. Now, don't misunderstand me. There's types of Dawa and some people there. Dawa is more intellectual, more knowing the theologies of their other people, no more refutations and perhaps not everybody can do that no problem. But every single one of us without exception, every single one of us we can strive in our daily lives amongst the people whom we interact with, to give them a good impression of our faith, our tradition, our heritage, we can weave in our faith without, as they say, in America
wearing it on our sleeves. And again, to be explicit, dear Muslims understand in this culture, in the American culture, we find ourselves it is considered impolite to bring up religion explicitly amongst people whom you barely met. So be it that's their culture and to give Dawa effectively you must know the culture and to some level, follow it. Don't bring up religion directly. Don't ask a new person, what is your faith, but when the opportunity arises in a gentle manner in a wise manner, the people around you should know who you are. Somebody invites you to a gathering that you don't need to go to when there's alcohol there. You say, Oh, I'm sorry. I can't go there. I'm a Muslim.
Haha, you just threw that in there. I don't drink alcohol. I'm a Muslim you through that you didn't go and knock on their cubicle. Hey, I'm a Muslim convert, but you bring in something. And slowly but surely as you get to know your friends, your colleagues increased that awareness increase your immediate colleagues should know they must know of your background. They must know of your heritage. Well then why are you ashamed to tell them about your faith when the opportunity arises, when it's time for eat when you have to take off for tomorrow, be honest and say hey, I need to take off for Juma. I'm a Muslim, I go to the mosque to pray Friday prayer, when it's time for eat the same thing
and other values that we have bring them up and make sure your friends and colleagues are aware of your faith tradition. And if they're interested, they will come to you for more information. And that's when you open up the detail. Oh yes, we believe this and we believe this and that's when you can open up the more detailed conversations brothers and sisters the Sierra teaches us amazing examples. Do you know Abu Bakar us to do karate Allahu Taala and you know we have this perception that he was a shy introverted person that are multiple the Allahu Allah was the extrovert. Do you know Abu Bakr Siddiq? Yes, he was very shy. Yes, he was very modest. Do you know of the 10 people
promised paradise of the 10 people I Shambhu Bashara, seven of them converted at the hands of a wilderness of the seven of them converted at the hands of Abu Bakr, Siddiq, Radi Allahu Allah and he would interact with them, he would have an impact on them. That's what people do. I will go to the Saudi Radi Allahu Allah and he was the one who went to Earth might have been a fan. He was the one who went to Abu Zubaydah, Ahmed Al Jazeera, Abdul Rahman live now and so on and so forth. Subhan Allah, this is what we learned from the Sierra is that our job our role, sometimes it's not going to be in the public limelight. Nobody's asking you to hire a hall, bring on a theologian have a debate
about Christianity, perhaps you cannot do that, I cannot do that. But Allah is asking you and it is a requirement that amongst the people, you interact with your colleagues, your friends, your neighbors, they should know of your faith in a way that is wise then again, what is Wisdom and how it is implemented. That is a different topic altogether. But the goal here being here, brothers and sisters, that many of us unfortunately, we don't even have this in our minds that I need to, in a gentle manner call people to Allah subhanho wa Taala and this is not the way of the Muslim. This society and culture teaches us to live and let live. We don't do this. Allah subhanho wa Taala says
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If you attend one that I didn't want to carry with to me no Nabila, you are the best of mankind that has been brought forth for mankind. Notice we have a job here. Oh, Bridgette Lynas, we are not supposed to be selfish about our faith. We are not supposed to keep our values to ourselves. No. As I said, there's a wisdom there's a time there's a place, but at least put it in your heart, that when the opportunity arises, then I must take advantage of it. How can I gently wisely bring up that which I am so proud to be another as a Muslim? How can my colleagues and friends know of my faith and again, I cannot teach you how you should give Dawa that goes back to you and your circumstance.
But where there's a will there's a way to put it in your minds that I need to always be somebody who represents this faith to the broader community. And when you do so Insha Allah, Allah, Allah, Allah will allow opportunities, Allah will bless you, in order to do this, we've just had to read, it should have been that on the day of either that or that week of read, we give sweets to all of the neighbors that are not Muslim, we go knock on their doors, and we say, hey, it's our holy day. And you know, we just want to you know, celebrate and we give them some sweets Subhanallah a gentle way that you know, you're giving Dawa you're not knocking with pamphlets or hand new Quran xao Because
that might not be the wisest thing to do to strangers, no problem. Well, then, who's going to say no, to some chocolates, who's going to say no to some candy, give some hello from your own ethnicity, balaclavas or ladoos or gloves or whatever it might be and say, Hey, this is our ethnic sweet, bring in ethnicity. This is our ethnic sweet and we've just had our holy day fasting Ramadan, and we share you know, the blessings we were happy on this day. And that's it. You've done your, your your your Dawa, in the sense they know you're Muslim. That's one aspect of Dawa, and you go on and on. Brothers and sisters. The best daddy without an exception was our Prophet Sall Allahu Allah,
he was selling them. And when you look at how he gave Dawa, and again, the sheer the wisdom of Allah, it's mind boggling when you look at the syrup. The Prophet system did not give Dawa in one way, he looked at the person he's speaking to, and he chose the most important and the most obvious thing that's going to influence this person. So for example, in the Treaty of Arabia, one boy that Mr. Thought coffee was speaking with him, or what was from a tribe that considered to be the, the old Haier to be something very respected. So the Prophet system said, bring out the old hire, bring out Docker bunnies to show to him, and he saw all of the camels that had been prepared for Makkah.
And he said to himself, how can we stop these people from going in entering the Haram when he was speaking to another non Muslim came to him and asked the weird question, what's the first dish of Jana? Right? And the process of gave some exotic answer, you know, the deliverer of a wheel something like this, right. Our scholars mentioned, our scholars mentioned this person who was coming and asking in his culture, that item was an exotic delicacy. Now in Jana, you get what you want? Correct? And Jana, you get what you want. Me personally, I don't think I would want to live forever. Well, that's not something I'm attracted to. But this person, his culture was this item.
This food was very exquisite. And so the President said, Well, you're gonna go to agenda if you enter agenda, this is what you're gonna get. You're giving Dawa to the people in the society, we live in brothers and sisters, you need to be wise, look at the person you're talking to, and then choose the most appropriate thing we see now in the last few months and years, hundreds of people around the world in our own communities accepting Islam. One of the reasons brothers and sisters is very controversial, but I'm gonna say it one of the reasons our stances on morality and on gender and on sexuality. Alhamdulillah Alhamdulillah. We, as a Muslim community, by and large, have not
changed publicly our stances, whereas the bulk of other communities have changed their stances we are remaining firm about there are two genders and marriages between a husband and wife and so on and so forth. And we're not going to change for broader society. When we stick to our ground when we are refusing to budge when we're refusing to capitulate. What is happening, people upon the pure fitrah people whose hearts are not corrupted, they're seeing the purity of our faith. And across the world, we see a global phenomenon of high level people and hamdulillah people in our own community and Miss converting to Islam because they saw the truth of our faith. Brothers and sisters, final
point, time is always limited Subhanallah we never have the right to change stuff or Allah, our theology to cater to somebody. We never have that right. Our product, it's not mine and yours to change, but we choose what aspect of the product will be most liked by the person that's talking to us. That's not changing the product. You know, that's wisdom. So we have a whole theology. We have a whole Sharia, we have a whole o'clock when you speak to somebody, that's your job. What is this person going to like the most
Have my faith and then you bring that forth somebody's elderly you bring up Hey, in our religion we respect the elders, children must honor their parents, you know, you bring up these topics somebody is this somebody's like that and you bring up monastic that which is relevant for this person. And this is where your wisdom comes in. This is where you learn from the Sierra of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, in this regard, bottom line, brothers and sisters, and with this, I conclude the first Cordova, it should be on our minds, and it should be in our hearts, that I must present my faith 24/7 in whatever ambience I'm in, when I'm able to do so in a manner that is wise,
again, nobody's asking, especially me. I'm not asking you to mention Islam and Muslim every second letter, but your clock doesn't need to have a label on it. Your dignity, your honesty, every single a holiday or manner exuding from you, which is different from that which is around us. Eventually, those people with pure hearts will come to you. Hey, how come you're so different? How come I've never seen you backbite in any gathering where and I've never seen you do that you're always honest down to the tee. When they come to you colors. The door has been open. Oh, I'm a Muslim. And my prophet peace be upon him taught me and my Quran says to me, and my Lord says to me, and that's it
Al Hamdulillah. And of course brothers and sisters, our job is to preach not to convert, whether they convert or not. That's up to them in nama Alico Bella who were Elena hisab your job is banal, and Allah's job is a sub May Allah subhana wa Tada bless me and you with her through the Quran. And May He make us of those who is versus they understand and applies halal and haram throughout our lifespan, ask Allah is forgiveness, He was will ask him for his love of food and the ramen.
Alhamdulillah All praise is due to Allah is the One and the unique. He it is whom we worship, and it is his aid that we seek. He is the Lord of the oppressed, and he hears the prayer of the week as to what follows one of the biggest blessings of inviting others to Islam. And when I say inviting to Islam, remember to invite somebody who's already a Muslim, but not practicing Islam is also inviting them to Islam, a better version of Islam, somebody's drinking, somebody is not praying, and you are in their immediate we all have relatives like this and friends like this, we call this the way of the world we live in for you to be a positive influence on these people, for you to help them in
whatever way you can. This is a part and parcel of being a good Muslim, it is a requirement of being a good Muslim, we must command what is good and forbid what is evil in the wisest manner and again, only you know what is the wisest matter? How do you deal with your cousin? How do you deal with your friend? How do you deal with your colleague, you will know better than anybody else. But the point is, you must use the tactic that is the maximum influence now one of the biggest perks one of the biggest blessings that happens when you influence others is what our Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said,
a dull I'll hide Caffarelli he's the one who helps somebody to do good. The one who guide somebody to do good shall get the same reward as the one who's doing the good without diminishing the reward of the door you will get the same amount. Therefore, if you in by Allah's blessings influence a non practicing Muslim to begin to pray five times a day and this person prays another 20 3040 years as long as he lives on the Day of Judgment, you will come in sha Allah to Allah and you will have a pleasant surprise waiting for you. You will find 30 years of extra Salah that you didn't do and some Hadith mentioned that people are going to say oh Allah I didn't do this. Where's this from? And
Allah will say oh this is that good deeds. You did remember you did this you planted a seed. Remember you did such and such it sprouted forth all of this brothers and sisters when we give Dawa we maximize the potential of our own good we are exponentially increasing our rewards on the Day of Judgment How can we be so stingy as to not preach unto others and influence others when by doing so? If two people five people What did other prophets have submitted say to how do you know the Allahu Allah for Allah He then yeah the Allah the Quran Julen wa Heydon hydro la come in humble the NAM wala he if one person is guided to Islam by you, it is better for you. Then he quit. He gave an
expression a million dollars. It's better than a million dollars expression in Arabic. He said it's better than more money you can imagine if one person is guided to Islam because of you. So dear brothers and sisters, let us maximize our utility on this earth. Let us maximize our productivity. Let us maximize our potential and output by doing what we can to influence other people positively. And we begin by putting this in our heart. We begin by
then the year we began by imagining and envisioning, how can I do, how can I be somebody who is influencing the maximum number of people and when you put that in your mind, ALLAH SubhanA wa Taala will open up the doors may Allah subhanaw taala bless us all to be of those who are giving Dawa in the correct methodology Allama and niederrhein for aminu Allahu Allah Tada. Don't be them then a photo with a Hammond Illa for Raja wala Dana Illa. For data, what am I read on Elijah feta, whether I see Ron Illa your Sarita Allama fildena Well, if one in earthiness of Hakuna Eema and wala treasure I feel peruvianus Hillel Edina, Amano. Robina in Nicaragua for Rahim, rebirth Allah in
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