Qualifications of the Da’iyah

Qualifications of the Da’iyah

Shaykh Saalih ibn Fawzaan al-Fawzaan

Reference: Beneficial Answers to Questions on New Methodologies.”(Q:114).

In these days, there are many who affiliate themselves to the Da’wah. Which makes it necessary to know who are the reliable people of knowledge, those who stand with directing the Ummah and its youth to the true and correct manhaj? So who are the scholars whom you advise the youth to benefit from, follow their lessons and recorded tapes, take knowledge from and to return to them in the important affairs and at the occurrence of events and in times of fitan (trials)? In these days, there are many who affiliate themselves to the Da’wah. Which makes it necessary to know who are the reliable people of knowledge, those who stand with directing the Ummah and its youth to the true and correct manhaj? So who are the scholars whom you advise the youth to benefit from, follow their lessons and recorded tapes, take knowledge from and to return to them in the important affairs and at the occurrence of events and in times of fitan (trials)? Answer: ” The Da’wah to Allah is an affair that is a must, and the Deen has indeed stood upon the Da’wah and Jihaad after beneficial knowledge. The Most High has said: “By time, all of mankind is in a state of loss, except those who believe, do righteous deeds and advise one another with the truth and with patience.” (Suratul-Asr). So what is meant by Emaan (belief) is the knowledge of Allah the Perfect the Most High, His names and attributes and His worship. And the righteous action is a branch of knowledge, because the action must be built upon knowledge, along with the call to Allah, the ordering of good and mutual advice between the Muslims, this is what is desired. However not everyone is best suited to take on such duties. No one undertakes these affairs except the people of knowledge and mature reasoning, because these affairs are heavily important, no one undertakes them except those who are qualified to do so. And from the afflictions of today is that the field of Da’wah has become wide, where everyone has entered into it. So in the name of the Da’wah, perhaps an individual is Jaahil (ignorant), not suited to give Da’wah, so he corrupts more than he rectifies. Due to his eagerness he takes on affairs with hastiness and recklessness and from his action more evil is produced than cure, without having intended its rectification. Rather maybe he is from those who affiliate to the Da’wah and have goals and desires that they call to and want to realize them at the expense of the Da’wah and by troubling the minds of the youth, in the name of the Da’wah and earnest concern for the Deen. Rather the person intends the opposite, by way of deviating the youth and driving them away from their communities, from their leaders and their scholars. So he comes to them manifestly by way of advice and Da’wah, like the hypocrites in this Ummah, those who intend evil for the people in the form of goodness… So consideration is not given to affiliation or the apparent nature of things, rather what is considered are the realities and the results of affairs. Along with this, it is Waajib to look into those individuals who affiliate themselves to the Da’wah, where did they study? Where did they take their knowledge from? Where did they grow and develop? And what is their Aqeedah? The Most High has said: “Or is it that they did not recognize their Messenger, so they deny him?” (Surah Al-Mu’minoon: 69) So it is Waajib to look into their actions and the effect they have upon the people, and what have they produced from goodness? And what effect have their actions had on rectification? So it is Waajib to study their state of affairs before their statements and outward appearances are relied upon. This affair is a must, specifically in this time, where there are many callers to fitnah and indeed the Prophet Sallahu Alaihee Wasallam described the callers to fitnah, that they will be a people from ourselves, speaking our language and when the Prophet Sallahu Alaihee Wasallam was asked about the trials, he said: “Callers to the gates of hellfire, whoever obeys them, will be thrown into it.” He Sallahu Alaihee Wasallam called them callers, so it is upon us to be aware of this and that we do not gather in the Da’wah everyone and anyone who says “I call to Allah” and “This Jamaa’ah calls to Allah”, as it is a must to look into the reality of the affair and the reality of the individual and the groups. For indeed Allah the Perfect the Most High has restricted the Da’wah, to be a Da’wah to Allah and to His way, the Most High has said: “Say this is my way, I call to Allah.” (Surah Yusuf :108) This indicates that there are people who call to other than Allah… Shaykh-ul-Islaam Muhammad bin Abdul-Wahaab-Rahimahullah said about this Ayah: “Say this is my way, I call to Allah:” in it is sincerity, for indeed many from amongst the people only call to themselves and do not call to Allah, the Mighty the Majestic

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