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    Umer updated 3 years, 6 months ago 3 Members · 6 Replies
  • Rafia Khawaja

    Member August 20, 2020 at 2:05 pm

    As far as my knowledge is you deliver the message of the Qur’an to every one you can with Hikmat but it is not your duty to convert any one. Give them the Qur’an to read if they are ready to and leave the rest of the work to Allah.

  • Umer

    Moderator August 20, 2020 at 3:13 pm

    The responsibility depends upon your relative position i.e. whether you’re a scholar or a common Muslim. The sphere of preaching is different for both of them.

    As a common Muslim, our responsibility is as follows:

    وَالْعَصْرِ إِنَّ الْإِنسَانَ لَفِي خُسْرٍ إِلَّا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَعَمِلُوا الصَّالِحَاتِ وَتَوَاصَوْا بِالْحَقِّ وَتَوَاصَوْا بِالصَّبْرِ (١٠٣: ١-٣)

    Time bears witness that these people shall definitely be in a state of loss. Yes! except those who accepted faith and did righteous deeds and exhorted one another to the truth and exhorted one another to remain steadfast on it. (103:1-3)

    It is evident from the nature and scope of this preaching as mentioned in these verses that the preacher and the preached are not distinct from another. Every person at all times acts as a preacher as well as an addressee to this preaching. The word used by the Quran in this regard is تَوَاصَوْا which means “to urge one another”. This responsibility should be discharged by a father towards his son and a son towards his father, a husband towards his wife and a wife towards her husband, a brother towards his sister and a sister towards her brother, a friend towards his friend and a neighbour towards his neighbour – in short, a person should discharge it towards every person who has an immediate relation with him. When he sees that someone among them has adopted an attitude which is contrary to the truth, he should try to urge him according to his knowledge, capacity and ability to mend his ways. It is quite possible that while at one time of the day we deliver some truth to a person, and at another time, he does this very service to us. Today, we may urge a person to the right way and tomorrow that person might urge us to the same. In short, a Muslim should keep discharging this duty in his immediate circle whenever he gets the opportunity.

    Urging one another to the truth and urging one another to remain steadfast on it has also been referred to as أَمَر بِالْمَعْرُوفِ and نهَِي عَنِ المُنْكَر i.e urging people to whatever sense and human nature call as good and forbidding them from what sense and human nature call as evil. These two expressions are only a positive and negative statement of what is referred to in Surah Asr’s last verse quoted above. The Quran says:

    وَالْمُؤْمِنُونَ وَالْمُؤْمِنَاتُ بَعْضُهُمْ أَوْلِيَاء بَعْضٍ يَأْمُرُونَ بِالْمَعْرُوفِ وَيَنْهَوْنَ عَنِ الْمُنكَرِ (٧١:٩)

    And true believers, both men and women, are friends to one another. They urge one another to what is good and forbid what is evil. (9:71)

    The sphere of this preaching as is evident from the words “urging one another to the truth” is one’s immediate surroundings. A person is required to do this duty among his family, relatives and friends. It is his obligation towards people with whom he lives and spends time and works with and who come into his contact because of his various involvements that they be the addressees of this preaching. This obligation will only stand fulfilled if it is discharged in this sphere. It should not be the case that these rightful beneficiaries of his preaching be deprived of it, while people belonging to other areas and countries become its recipients. The Almighty and His Prophet (sws) have not required of him to leave his immediate surroundings and start this activity outside it.

    Moreover, it is also essential that his preaching be directed from the nearest to the next, and a person should foremost address his family members and try to save them from the Fire of Hell. He must be aware of the fact that if he went after others while leaving aside these immediate people who might be deep in evil, then in spite of all his efforts, he may end up at the losing end in the Hereafter:

    يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا قُوا أَنفُسَكُمْ وَأَهْلِيكُمْ نَارًا وَقُودُهَا النَّاسُ وَالْحِجَارَةُ عَلَيْهَا مَلَائِكَةٌ غِلَاظٌ شِدَادٌ لَا يَعْصُونَ اللَّهَ مَا أَمَرَهُمْ وَيَفْعَلُونَ مَا يُؤْمَرُونَ (٦:٦٦)

    Believers! protect yourselves and your kindred from a Fire fuelled with these men and these stones [they worshipped]. In charge of it will be stern and mighty angels who never disobey God’s directive and promptly do what they are told. (66:6)

    Here, this should also remain clear that within one’s immediate sphere there exists a sphere in which a person possesses authority. In a family system, a person often has two capacities: he is a father and he is a husband. As per the dictates of common sense and human nature, a person has authority in these two spheres. It is because of this authority that a person in his capacities of a husband and a father is responsible for the affairs of his wife and children respectively.

    (Excerpt from Meezan: Javed Ahmed Ghamidi)

    (Translated by Dr. Shehzad Saleem)

  • Saira Qureshi

    Member August 25, 2020 at 5:05 am

    Then who will spread the message of Islam in non-Islamic countries and non muslims all over the world? Many Ulemas believe it is duty of muslims and foremost purpose of their life

    • Umer

      Moderator August 25, 2020 at 2:46 pm

      Allah has made enough arrangement for itmam-e-hujjah to establish on the whole world. First, it is through itmam-e-hujjah of the last Prophet (sws).

      Secondly, the responsibility of Shahdah has been given originally to Bani-Ismael, who are responsible to establish this shahdah of Prophet’s itmam-e-hujjah on the rest of the world, which they managed to do so in the early years very well. In addition to that, Bani-Israel have been kept by Almighty as living proof of Allah’s result of itmam-e-hujjah on them, and they will stay subservient to followers of Christ till the day of judgement.

      Thirdly, the scholars of Islam. Their first responsibility is toward their own nation and if they discharge off that responsibility fully, then they can also do dawah to other non-muslim nations as well.

      Fourthly, there are ordinary muslims like us. Our first responsibility is our immediate circle and after that, if we get time and resources, we can choose to do dawah in other circles as well.

      I will share the complete Islam’s Law of Preaching (Qanoon-e-Dawat) soon on this forum Insha’Allah. It will help you further understand the above mentioned points.

  • Saira Qureshi

    Member August 25, 2020 at 3:43 pm

    Ok Thankyou

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