Calling people to Allah
CALLING PEOPLE TO ALLAH
- The Collective Aim Of The Ummah
- The Foremost Sunnah Of The Holy Prophet (Saw) Stages And Levels Of Islamic Da’wah
- Ridiculing And Belittling The Prophet’s Sunnah The Reward Of Reviving The Sunnah
- The Most Essential Condition Of Da’wah: Faith In The Providence Of Allah
- Second Condition: Religious Action The Real Objective Of Da’wah
- Third Condition: Humility And Modesty
- Two Pitfalls Avoided
- The Most Exalted Mission And Call
- The Gist Of The Discourse
- The Most Sublime Pattern Of Conduct 30
- The Bask Points Of Da’wah 39
This booklet is an adaptation of a lecture which Dr. Israr Ahmad, Founder President of Anjuman Khuddam-ul-Quran and Ameer, Tanzeem-i-Islami, delivered in October 1967 at the annual moot of Jamia Muhammadia in Multan (Pakistan).
Dispelling many popular misconceptions regarding Da’wah, Dr. Israr Ahmad discusses in detail the utmost importance of the religious duty on each Muslim of calling people to Islam as the cardinal “Sunnah” of the Holy Prophet (SAW). It is due to this duty that this Ummah has been given by Allah (SWT) the title of the best Ummah.
If _the Muslims forget this bounden duty of theirs, they are but a nation among the nations of the world. They have neither any good in them nor any reason for superiority over others.
It is hoped that the booklet will motivate Muslims in discharging their religious obligations in respect of propagating and disseminating the message of Islam.
The Collective Aim of the Ummah
We Muslims are the member of an Ummah (Islamic community) whose sole purpose of existence and the aim of installation, according to Qur’an, is none other than calling people to Allah.
As such, in this terrestrial existence not only our dignity and honor depends on realizing this collective aim, but our very existence as a religious community also depends on· executing this duty in the right earnest. In the seventeenth section (ruku) of Surah Al-Baqarah (the Cow), along with the order for the change of Qiblah, the following verse was revealed:
And thus have We made you an exalted (middle) nation (Urnmah), that you may be the bearers of witness against the people and (that) the Messenger of Allah may be the bearer of witness against you.” (2:143) ·
The divine order for the change of Qiblah was in fact a symbol that henceforth the custodian of the mosque of Jerusalem i.e. the sons of Israel have been deprived of the guardianship of the holy place and of their position as the upholders of the divine guidance.
And in their place were installed the sons of Ismael as the custodians of the Holy Kaba at Makkah Al-Mukarramah and as the new recipients and propagators of the Divine Guidance. Quite obviously, the sons of Ismael occupy the pivotal and nuclear position in the Muslim Ummah.
As such their language was chosen for the revelation of the last Divine Book, and their customs and practices with amendments, modifications, additions and omissions have become the warp and woof of the last divinely revealed code of life.
Other nations – akhereen2 -which joined them later in Islam became in essence an integral part of them.
This indeed was a great blessing of God on them. But it was a privilege of only “UmmiytJeen” (unlettered people of Arabia) that the last Prophet (SAW) was chosen from amongst them.
The objective and aim of the formation of this Ummah has been described very clearly thus in Surah Al-i Imran:
“You are the best of the nations raised up for (the benefit of)men: you enjoin what is right and forbid the wrong and believe in Allah.” (3:110)
This verse makes it crystal clear that, according to the Qur’an, there is a radical difference in the ultimate aims and goals of the Muslim Ummah and other nations and communities of the world.
By and large the goals which most nations of the world have been aiming at are self-aggrandizement, political power and military armaments, amassing of wealth, and subjugation of other peoples for their own selfish ends. This subjugation has been both political and/or cultural and economic.
On the other hand, the aim and object of the very existence of this Ummah is that Allah (SWf) is recognized as the Lord of the Universe, His commands are exalted and upheld by all, the truth triumphs, virtues and good deeds flourish and vices and wickedness are completely uprooted.
In other words, this Ummah is in reality the representative of God on earth: an agency for the propagation of virtue and an institution for the total eradication of evil and falsehood from this world.
History is a witness to the fact that so long as the Islamic community as a whole discharged its divinely ordained duty, it was itself exalted and honoured alongwith the Truth it stood for.
But when it turned a blind eye to its very raison d’etre and became only a nation like other nations pursuing worldly riches and comforts, it bec e the target of Divine wrath in the same way as the children of Israel had become earlier. In the beginning the punishment was confined to-