Da’wah linguistically means “to invite”. But it can also mean to try persuading people to follow a particular sect, religion or team. Islamically it means preaching of Islam; the art of conveying the creed, rules and morality of Islam.
Giving Da’wah has two types of benefits, firstly, to a Da’ee himself, and secondly for the society.
Benefits for the Caller (Da’ee) himself:
- The Da’ee is saved from Allah’s curse, and Allah accepts his repentance as mentioned in the verse below:
“Indeed, those who conceal what We sent down of clear proofs and guidance after We made it clear for the people in the Scripture – those are cursed by Allah and cursed by those who curse, Except for those who repent and correct themselves and make evident [what they concealed]. Those – I will accept their repentance, and I am the Accepting of repentance, the Merciful.” (Surah Baqarah:159-160)
Furthermore, Abu Hurairah narrated that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: “Whoever is asked about some knowledge that he knows, then he conceals it, he will be bridled with bridle of fire.” (Jami’ Tirmidhi: 2649) The warning against keeping knowledge is severe. In another hadith Hudhaifah bin Al-Yaman narrated that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “By the One in Whose Hand is my soul! Either you command good and forbid evil, or Allah will soon send upon you a punishment from Him, then you will call upon Him, but He will not respond to you.” (Jami’ Tirmidhi: 2169)
However, there is destruction for all who neglect enjoining the good, and forbidding the evil.
The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said ‘‘If the people see an evildoer and does not take him by the hand [to put a stop to his evil], soon Allah will punish all of them.” (Narrated by Abu Dawood, 4338; al-Tirmidhi, 2168; and al-Nasaa’i – with a saheeh isnad. Also classed as Saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Tirmidhi, no. 2448)
- He is continuing the mission of the Prophet Muhammad:
Narrated Talha bin Musarrif: I asked `Abdullah bin Abu `Aufa “Did the Prophet make a will?” He replied, “No,” I asked him, “How is it then that the making of a will has been enjoined on people, (or that they are ordered to make a will)?” He replied, “The Prophet bequeathed Allah’s Book (i.e. Qur’an).” (Sahih al-Bukhari 2740)
Imagine a scenario where we are bequeathed with an expensive, valued item, what do we do with it? We tend to make it known to the world. But, the most expensive and valued item ever bequeathed to anyone is Qur’an and the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him). It has been bequeathed to us, and we have to share it with the world.
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “whoever calls others to guidance will have a reward like the rewards of those who follow him, without detracting from their reward in any way. And whoever calls others to misguidance will have a burden of sin like the burden of those who follow him, without detracting from their burden in any way.” (Muslim)
- Sending of Salat (peace) upon the caller:
Narrated Abu Umamah Al-Bahili, “Two men were mentioned before the Messenger of Allah. One of them a worshiper, and the other a scholar. So the Messenger of Allah said: ‘The superiority of the scholar over the worshiper is like my superiority over the least of you.’ Then the Messenger of Allah said: ‘Indeed Allah, His Angels, the inhabitants of the heavens and the earths – even the ant in his hole, even the fish – say Salat upon the one who teaches the people to do good.'” (Jami` at-Tirmidhi 2685)
Imagine enjoying that privilege of receiving the salat of Allah, Your Lord and Creator!
- Endless chain of rewards:
Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:
The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, “When a man dies, his deeds come to an end, except for three: A continuous charity, knowledge by which people derive benefit, pious son who prays for him.”
(Muslim: Book 7, Hadith 55)
Sharing the deen, is a form of beneficial knowledge, and Inshallah it will be for you on the Day of Accounts.
Benefits for the society:
There is a widespread hatred, immortality, dishonour, communal/sectarian and chauvinism seen in not only in non-Muslims, but also in Muslim societies. There are many depressed people searching for happiness which would last longer; they want success. We know that only in Islam there is success, contentment, Paradise for whoever lives their life according to what the Giver of life has commanded. Only by following Allah, can one be satisfied, and happy in life. Allah says:
“And let there be [arising] from you a nation inviting to [all that is] good, enjoining what is right and forbidding what is wrong, and those will be the successful.” (Surah Aal Imran 3:104)
It is an obligation on every Muslim that he calls people to the good i.e Islam, and informs them about the consequences of following their evil desires. Every soul has the potential to differentiate between the good and bad. The caller (Da’ee) is supposed to make the Mad’oo realize the good in practicing it and leave the wrongdoing.
“You are the best nation produced [as an example] for mankind. You enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong and believe in Allah. If only the People of the Scripture had believed, it would have been better for them. Among them are believers, but most of them are defiantly disobedient.” (Surah al-Baqarah 3:110)
Let’s live up to this description, by enjoining the worship of Allah, and forbidding the denial of Allah or association of partners with Him.
Doctors can help in our physical recovery but the Qur’an will help in your soul’s recovery. A Da’ees contribution to the society is valued because they help with our spiritual connection. Let’s use the resources and means before us to continue the legacy of the Prophets.