It is the duty of our Islamic Da’wah to give Mankind this religion in its complete form, starting from the attestation that there is no god worthy of worship except Allah, all the way to removing the harmful things from the road.
It is our duty to teach the ignorant so that they may understand, to alert the negligent so that they may wake up, to advise the proud so that they may submit to the will of Allah, to lead the disbeliever to faith, the polytheist to monotheism, the heretic to the Sunnah, and the disobedient to obedience. It must establish evidence against those who reject the Truth “in order to be free from guilt before your Lord [Allah], and perhaps they may fear Allah.” [Surah Al-A’raaf (7), Ayah 164.]
وَإِذ قَالَت أُمَّة ٌ مِنهُم لِمَ تَعِظُونَ قَوما ً اللَّهُ مُهلِكُهُم أَو مُعَذِّبُهُم عَذَابا ً شَدِيدا ً قَالُوا مَعذِرَة ً إِلَى رَبِّكُم وَلَعَلَّهُم يَتَّقُونَ
“And when a community among them said: “Why do you preach to a people whom Allah is about to destroy or to punish with a severe torment?” (The preachers) said: “In order to be free from guilt before your Lord (Allah), and perhaps they may fear Allah.” (Al-A’raf 7:164)
It remains the duty our Islamic Da’wah to stand in the face of this sweeping tide of false calls that are destructive to every truth and leading to every falsehood.
Who else can assume this responsibility? Who will call upon a billion Christians and Jews to believe in Allah alone? Who is going to call two billion idolaters and atheists to believe in Allah? Who is going to bring a billion Muslims back to their Lord and Religion? Who is going to assist the youth of today who have immersed themselves in disobedience and dedicated themselves to the satisfaction of their own desires, in negligence of their religion? Who is going to extend a helping hand to the aged who are at death’s door and have not yet repented?
Falsehood has had no shame or hesitation in propagating its claims and advertising its beliefs. On the contrary, it has done so with arrogance and pride, and has gone so far as looking down with disdain upon us Muslims and preachers of Islam. It expects us, the callers to Truth, to be ashamed of our Da’wah and of spreading it amongst the people. It wants us to hide our Da’wah in our chests and walk timidly in the midst of the creation because we are Muslims. This is how falsehood wishes to change criteria and standards.
To actively discharge the obligation of Da’wah is a great honour and an excellent station
وَمَن أَحسَنُ قَولا ً مِمَّن دَعَا إِلَى اللَّهِ وَعَمِلَ صَالِحا ً وَقَالَ إِنَّنِي مِنَ المُسلِمِينَ
“And who is better in speech than he who [says: “My Lord is Allah (believes in His Oneness),” and then stands straight (acts upon His Order), and] invites (men) to Allah’s (Islamic Monotheism), and does righteous deeds, and says: “I am one of the Muslims.” (Fussilat 41:33)
It suffices us that by doing so we follow in the footsteps of the Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم who said,
“May Allah bless a man who hears my sayings and commits them to memory, then faithfully communicates them (to others).” [Bukhari]
“By Allah, if Allah guides a man [to Islam] through you, it is much better for you than being blessed with the best pleasures of this world.” [Bukhari]
And may Allah have mercy upon ‘Umar bin Al-Khattab who said,
“Praise be to Allah who blessed the people by giving, after a break in the series of Messengers, a remnant of the people of knowledge (Ahlul’Ilm) who call those who have gone astray to the Guidance [of Islam], endure the harm they inflict upon them, and who show the Book of Allah to those who have become blind [in their hearts]. How many victims of Iblis have they rescued and how many misguided have they guided! They sacrificed their blood and their wealth to prevent the destruction of the slaves (of Allah). How great is their good impression upon people! So, do not fail to follow in their footsteps, for they are in a lofty standing.”