Calling People to Islam

Calling people to Islam (Da’wah) is the Sunnah (tradition) of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), which must be followed by all.

Muslims.Calling/inviting others to Islam for the sake of Allah (Da’wah) is the essence of Prophet Muhammad’s mission, and it is one of the most important duties that Muslims must follow.

Allah (swt) says:(Obey Allah and obey the Messenger and beware (of evil): if you do turn back know you that it is our messenger’s duty to convey (the Message) in the clearest manner.) [Qur’an 5:92]While Allah makes it very clear that there is no compulsion in religion for truth stands out clear, he orders Muslim believers to perform Da’wah (to invite people to Islam) in order to lead mankind to the true and perfect religion.

(Let there arise out of you a band of people inviting to all that is good, enjoining what is right, and forbidding what is wrong: they are the ones to attain felicity.) [Qur’an 3:104]

(Invite (all) to the way of your Rabb (i.e., Islam) with wisdom and beautiful preaching; and argue with them in ways that are best and most gracious: for your Rabb knows best, who have strayed from His Path, and who receive guidance.) [Qur’an 6:125]

In addition to the Qur’anic injunctions to perform Da’wah, Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) also enjoins Muslims to invite others to Islam.Abu Bakr, God bless him, narrated that the Prophet (pbuh)said:

“It is incumbent upon those who are present to convey this message (of mine) to those who are absent. May be that some of those to whom it will be conveyed will understand it better than those who have actually heard it.” [Bukhâri 5/688, 1/67 and 2/797]

Also, Abdullah Bin Amr narrated that the Prophet (pbuh) said:“Convey (my teachings) to the people even if it were a single verse…”
(Bukhâri 4/667)

Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) not only encourages Muslims to seek knowledge in order to convey Islam to others but also invokes prayer for those who teach and transmit Islamic knowledge to others.

Abdullah Ibn Mas’ud narrated that Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said:“May Allah be well pleased with the servant who heard our words, remembered them, retained them well and then passed them on to others. How many scholars are there who are the scholars of religion without having an understanding of it, and how many scholars of religion are there who convey knowledge to those who are well versed compared with them. There are three things on account of which no rancor enters a Muslim heart: the sincerity of purpose for Allah’s sake, seeking goodness for the Muslims and adhering to their main body (jama’ah), for their prayers encompass them all round.” (Tirmidhi 228)

Allah will reward Muslims prosperous lives if they perform Da’wah for his sake. Allah, the Merciful, not only commends those who call others to Islam, but subsequently promises unlimited rewards to them.

(Who is better in speech than one who calls (men) to Allah, works righteousness, and says, ‘I am one of the Muslims?)
[Qur’an 41:33]
(And he who brings the Truth and he who confirms (and supports) it—such are the men who do right. They shall have all that they wish for, with their God. Such is the reward of those who do good: so that Allah will remit from them (even) the worst in their deeds and give them their reward according to the best of what they have done.) [Qur’an 39:35]

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