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Da'wah to Non-Muslims - A neglected Duty of Muslim Minorities

An obvious but disturbing truth about Muslims living as minorities in non-Muslim countries is their general neglect of da'wah (propagation) among non-Muslims. Why is this so? This is a question that requires deep analysis to arrive at a correct answer. As an Ummah of one billion Muslims, da'wah to our non-Muslim neighbours and fellow countrymen hardly has any place among our goal and priorities. Very little of our resources are spent on this pivotal duty of Islaam. As Muslim minority communities living within non-Muslim countries, we live totally indifferent to this primary duty to our neighbours. Neither do we make an Islaamic impact on them, though we are more than a million strong in some western countries. In India, Muslims are officially more than 130 million!

Da'wah among non-Muslims should not be treated as an isolated branch of Islaam. Unless we are prepared to recognise and acknowledge the central place da'wah occupies in the life of every Muslim. We will not give it the importance it deserves. We will then not devote our energies to it as we ought to. Unless we understand the importance of da'wah to non-Muslims, it will not form an integral part of our total endeavours and struggles in the path of Allah Ta'ala.

Da'wah among non-Muslims must not be merely an appendage or an after thought in the life of a Muslim. It cannot be pursued as a contingent activity. It should not be incidental to any special circumstances. Da'wah, for example, should not be taken up as a response or reaction to missionary activities by other faiths. If da'wah is approached in this fashion, it will suffer the fate that it is suffering now. In other words, da'wah should not be a reactive measure for Muslims, but it should in fact be a proactive endeavour.

Ikhlaas (Good Intention)

 

Intention is a magical prescription that can turn sand into gold. The Hadith says "Verily actions depend upon their intentions."

It is sometimes interpreted to mean that good intentions justify bad deeds and makes sins meritorious. This is completely wrong. Sin is always a sin no matter how noble the intention may be. For instance if someone breaks into a house to steal with the intention of giving charity then whatever he would steal will make him a thief deserving of the prescribed punishment. His good intentions would not earn him any merit nor would his sin be pardoned.

What this Hadith means is as follows:

Ten Sunnats for us to Bring Alive this Year

The rewards of practicing sunnah of Rasulullah [Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam] is so abundant, one just cannot imagine the rewards Allah Ta’ala has kept in store for the one who adheres strictly to the sunnah.

The greatest reward one will receive for adopting the sunnah practices of Rasulullah [Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam] is that we will acquire the love of Allah Ta’ala and He will forgive our sins.

Listed hereunder are 10 easy sunnats with the rewards mentioned in the Hadith for us to bring alive this year. 

May Allah Ta’ala allow us all to live in accordance with the sunnah of our beloved Rasulullah [Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam].

Valentines Day

 

The one who imitates a nation is from among them” (Hadith)

The “celebration of love”, which is celebrated on February 14 each year, was invented by the Romans more than 1700 years ago. The Romans, at that time, were idol-worshipers. They killed one of their own people, Saint Valentine, because he became a Christian. Later on, when they became Christians, they made the day of his execution an occasion to celebrate those who were killed for the sake of love. Today people still celebrate this festival to show their love for each other.

Participating in this festival is totally un-Islamic. Unfortunately Muslims also participate in these un-Islamic celebrations. These customs have passed on to us Muslims because of our mixing freely with the non-Muslims.

Allah Ta’ala has given Muslims the days of Eid to celebrate. We should confine ourselves to these days of celebration and not celebrate with the Non-Muslims.

Valentine's Day is a Christian Celebration. We, as Muslims should not involve ourselves with the customs of Valentine's Day, like sending cards, presents, roses, etc, because we will be imitating the Christians. This is what Shaytaan wants from us. He wants us to follow the Kuffaar and stay away from following Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam).

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