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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  [34571]  
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The above verse of Holy Qur’aan is equally applicable to those who followed the Companions () of the Messenger of Allaah (); they became guide, imam and the callers of Truth, and became examples to follow due to their faith and patience - thus they were the torch bearers of faith. Now it is clear that leadership in Deen Islaam can be achieved only through faith and patience. Therefore the Messenger of Allaah (), his Companions () and those who followed them, are our leaders for guidance and a model to be followed. This is on account of their exemplary faith and patience.

Let it be clear to every seeker of knowledge that calling the people towards Allaah is one of the vital functions, and Ummah (believers in Islaam) need such a service in every place and time. The sum and substance of this invitation towards Allaah can be understood under the following headings:

  • (1) His Commands and their Excellence.
  • (2) The way and method for its propagation.
  • (3) Description and elucidation of the Commandments to which people are called.
  • (4) Ethical values and qualities essential for a preacher.

Now we describe them in detail, trusting Almighty Allaah, seeking His help as He is the only Helper Who gives guidance to His servants; He is Sublime and Lofty.

THE COMMAND TO CALL THE PEOPLE TOWARDS ALLAAH, AND ITS EXCELLENCE

As regards the above mentioned command it may safely be stated that it comes within the purview of Wajib (essential) and almost obligatory (fard) in the light of the injunctions contained in the Holy Qur’aan and the Sunnah there are numerous arguments in support of this view. One of them is the following verse of the Qur’aan:

“And there may spring from you a nation who invite to goodness, and enjoin right conduct and forbid indecency. Such are those who are successful.” (3 . 104)

There is another verse of the Qur’aan in this regards:

“But call unto the way of your Lord with wisdom and fair exhortation, and reason with them in the better way.” (16 : 125)

Again the following verse of the Qur’aan enjoins the same .

“Call (mankind) unto your Lord, and be not of those who ascribe partners (unto Him)” (28 : 87).

And again:

“Say: This is my way I call unto Allaah upon sure knowledge,and whosoever follows me.” (12 : 108)

Almighty Allaah has made it clear that those who call people towards Allaah, the Supreme, are only those who are the real followers of the Prophet Muhammad () and only those are the people who possess real insight. It is essential to follow the footprints of the Holy Prophet () and these virtuous people.

“Verily in the Messenger of Allaah you have a good example for him who looks unto Allaah and the Last Day and remembers Allaah much.” (33 : 21)


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