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The Manners and Etiquette of Da`wah
  Inviting Towards Allaah and the Qualities the Caller
Author: Shaikh Abdul-Aziz Bin Baz
Article ID : DAW010002  [33312]  
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INTRODUCTION

All praise is due to Allaah, the Cherisher and Nourisher (Rabb) of the entire Universe; the felicity of the Hereafter is for those who fear Him. I bear witness that there is no deity worthy of worship except Him. He is without partner, the object of worship of all the fore- runners and those gone-by. He maintains and administers the heavens and the earth. I further bear testimony to the fact that Muhammad ()is His Messenger, His beloved and the custodian of His Revelation. Almighty Allaah had sent him as the messenger of good tidings and warner to all of humanity. He has been sent as the Caller towards Allaah, a shining and bright lamp shedding light. Allaah's blessings be upon His Messenger (), his progeny, his companions, who followed him in his mission of inviting the people towards Allaah, remained steadfast therein, and offered sacrifices for the same, till Allaah, the Almighty gave supremacy to His Deen (system of life) through them and gave eminence to His Kalimah(there is no god save Allaah)- in spite of the disliking of the polytheists. Countless salutations- Peace and blessings be upon the Holy Prophet ().

Surely Allaah, the Sacred and the Almighty, has created the Jinns and the Human beings to worship Him alone, and not to associate any partner with Him. They should obey His Commandments, an avoid doing forbidden things and should recognise Him through His Attributes and Names as He Himself says:

"I have not created the Jinns and the mankind except that they should worship Me (alone). (51 : 56)

And at another place said:

"O mankind ! Worship your Lord, Who created you and those before you, so that you may attain taqwaa. (2 : 21)

Again, Almighty Allaah, the Supreme says:

"Allaah, it is He who has created seven heavens, and the earth the like thereof. The Commandment comes down among them slowly that ye may know that Allaah is able to do all things, and that Allaah surrounds all things in knowledge." (65 : 12)

It has been made quite clear by Allaah, the Almighty that all created beings are meant to worship, glorify and obey Him, to carry out His Commandments and shun forbidden things. Further it has been made abundantly clear that Allaah, the Great has created the heavens and the earth so that people may know that He has power over everything and His knowledge encompasses all.

Now it is established that the philosophy (hikmah) and expediency (mashilhat)lies in the fact that mankind should realise the Omnipresence of Allaah through His Attributes and Names (meaning nothing escapes His knowledge, sight, hearing and the likes from His attributes as He is all-Hearing, all-Seeing, all-Knowing - though He himself is above His Throne, above His creation), and be certain that He has power over all.

As the object of this creation and invention is His worship, reverence, sanctification and acknowledging this greatness, therefore worshipping Allaah means to bow before Him in utter humility and humbleness. The commandments and restraints of Allaah are termed as worship, because by obeying them, people can attain the high position, which is known as the submission before Allaah in all humility.

Since human intellect is unable to comprehend the details of worship and the Commandments and the injunctions laid down by Allaah, He commissioned prophets and revealed the Book through them so that they may explain the purpose of creation and the Commandments of Allaah and enable the people to worship Him consciously, and also desist consciously from doing what if forbidden .Therefore, the real guides and leaders of all the people are these prophets; they are to invite people and the Jinn towards Allaah. Thus Allaah the Great, has done a great favour to the humans by sending the prophets (A.S.) towards them. Thus Allaah, the Supreme, has honoured the humanity through these prophets so that the people may receive guidance to tread the straight path as such the truth and proof became clear to them, and the will of Allaah was established upon them. Now they cannot say that they do not know as to what Almighty Allaah wants from them; no one came to them as a harbinger of glad tidings or warner from chastisement. Allaah, the Supreme, has put an end to such an excuse and privolity. He has fulfilled His obligations, and proved His case over the people by sending the Prophets (A.S.) and also through the revelation of His Books. As He says in the Quraan:

 Verily We have raised in every nation a messenger, (proclaiming) worship Allaah (alone) and shun false gods. (16 : 36)

Again, Almighty Allaah says:

And we sent no messenger before thee but We inspired him (saying):There is no god save Me (Allaah), so worship Me.(21 : 25)


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