How should we invite to Islam

How should we invite to Islam

From the sad matters that afflicted the Muslims is their being divided into nations and groups and sects and tribes and their being fanatical on that, to extent that they even fight against one another, even though Allah warned us about this in His book and linked such behaviour to rejecting and disbelieving in Him:

“Verily, those who divide their religion and break up into sects, you (O Muhammad) have no concern in them in the least. Their affair is only with Allah, Who then will tell them what they used to do. ”
سورة الأنعام , Al-Anaam, Chapter #6, Verse 159)

Tragically many people invite others to join their sect, their group, their Imam, or Sheikh or their own cultural interpretation of Islam, or perhaps they call to one aspect of islam, or some current crisis and think that this is dawa! This is not the invitation that Allah ordered us with at all, in fact it opposes it, because Allah makes it clear that the call is to Allah, to testify that Allah alone is worth of worship and that Mohammed is Messenger of Allah:

“Say: This is my way; I call to Allah with sure knowledge, I and whosoever follows me. I declare Allaah free and far removed from all that they associate as partners with Him, and I am free of those who worship anything else along with Him.” Surah Yusuf 12:108

So those who are true followers of the Messenger call to Allah, and they call to Allah with knowledge and understanding, with wisdom and good exhortation and reasoned arguments:

“Call to the way of your Lord with wisdom and fair preaching and argue with them in a way that is best” 16:125

So we must call to Allah, and call to His way, and this is what the Prophet advised Mu’adh ibn Jabal when he sent him to Yemen “Oh Mu’adh, you are going to the people of the book so let the first thing that you call the to be the oneness of Allah.”

So this is the Prophetic method of calling, to remind the people of Allah and His oneness and the realities of judgement and the fire and the rewards of paradise. It was the way of Mohammed and of all the Prophets to call to the worship of Allah alone and to abandoning of the worship of anything besides Allah:

And verily, We have sent among every Ummah a Messenger (proclaiming): “Worship Allah, and reject all false deities.” Surah an-Nahl(16):36]



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