• - Jihaad & da'wah are cousins

    Assalamu’alaikum Warohmatullohi Wabarakatuhu...

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    Da'wah (inviting to Islam), jihaad (fighting for the sake of Allah), commanding good and forbidding evil are all obligations in Islam which can never be neglected by a Muslim, male or female. They are the attributes of Ahl ul-Jannah (the People of Paradise) and qualities of the Sahaabah (Companions). Furthermore, in the Qur'aan, Allah (SWT) condemns those who abandon these duties and promises to punish them along with the doers of evil ? the unbelievers.

    What Allah (SWT) has made obligatory (waajib) will remain obligatory until the Day of Judgement, and what Allah (SWT) has made forbidden (haraam) will remain forbidden until the Day of Judgement. Divine rules (ahkaam shar'iyyah) do not change in Islam; it is only the reality or one's prioritisation of these duties which are subject to change. Therefore, whether one is living in daar ul-harb (the land of war) or daar ul-Islam (the domain of Islam) does not change the ahkaam (rulings) of Allah.

    Consequently, it is not appropriate for one who believes in Allah and the Last Day to pick and choose which divine rules they should follow and which ones they should forsake, as this is an attribute of the Jews. Allah (SWT) says:

    "Then do you believe in a part of the Scripture and reject the rest? Then what is the recompense of those who do so among you, except disgrace in the life of this world, and on the Day of Resurrection they shall be consigned to the most grievous torment. And Allah is not unaware of what you do." (EMQ al-Baqarah, 2:85)

    After reading such a verse, why is it that we still find people in the Ummah today who choose to only speak about salaat (prayer) and not jihaad; 'Aqeedah and not Sharee'ah; jihaad and not da'wah, commanding good and forbidding evil? How can they expect to be saved from Allah's punishment? Jahannam (Hellfire)? when they behave so erroneously?

    How can they claim to be followers of Muhammad (SAW) when they backbite, criticise and attack the very people who seek to emulate the Prophet (SAW) in the way he forbade evil, exposed man-made law and the evil ideologies of the Kuffaar?

    Verily, the Messenger Muhammad (SAW) and his Companions (RA) were men of action. When they were on the battlefield their da'wah and forbidding evil was done by the sword, and when they were not on the battlefield their da'wah and forbidding evil was done by the tongue. This is an undeniable fact; yet, how many Muslims today are engaging in these noble duties?

    How many Muslims have the bravery and courage of the Sahaabah, expose the evils of society (such as democracy and freedom) openly and publicly, and invite the unbelievers to the one and only way of life which is acceptable to Allah? How can we claim to be followers of the Sunnah when we are not following the Sunnah of giving da'wah, commanding good and forbidding evil? How can websites claim to be Islamic when they do not forbid the munkaraat (evils) of society?

    Indeed, those who command the good and forbid the evil are Ghurabaa' (Strangers) in the world. The Messenger Muhammad (SAW) informed us that they will be a minority, and the majority of people will disobey, ridicule, attack, criticise and condemn them, but Allah (SWT) will be pleased with them:
    "Toobaa [Paradise] is for the Ghurabaa' [Strangers]; those who command the good [and forbid the evil] when the people become corrupted." (Musnad al-Imaam Ahmad)

    "Toobaa [Paradise] is for the Ghurabaa' [Strangers]: righteous people in the midst of a multitude of evil people. Those who disobey them will be far more than those who obey them." (Musnad al-Imaam Ahmad)

    So we find many individuals today who have the attributes of the Khawaarij (an evil and deviant sect in Islam) who speak the same language as the Prophet (SAW), have beautiful recitation and do many good deeds, yet they do not command good and forbid evil openly and publicly, reject taaghout in all its shapes and forms and do not have walaa' with Muslims they differ with. What is even more disturbing to notice is that there are numerous Muslims who are beginning to desert the Islamic Standard and become impressed with the showing-off and dazzling good deeds of this evil sect.

    Sadly, they have chosen to rebuff the guidance of the Prophet (SAW) and follow the misguidance of these ignorant individuals.

    Al-Ghurabaa', however, are not easily amused with the "impressive" arguments of the Khawaarij, and have no time to argue people who neglect the Sunnah. When they are on the battlefield they give da'wah, command good and forbid evil with their swords, and when they are off the battlefield (with a valid Islamic permit) they give da'wah, command good and forbid evil with their tongues.

    Jihaad and da'wah are cousins; they cannot be separated. If a person is not physically participating in jihaad they must continue to invite people to Islam and expose the munkar of society, this is exactly what the believers in the time of the Messenger Muhammad (SAW) did when they were unable to attend the battlefield. The mujaahid and daa'ie (propagator of Islam) have no time to justify sitting back from and neglecting da'wah, such as by arguing about whether there is a covenant or not. They will do what is obligatory and submit to the divine rules of Allah.

    Are you emulating the Prophet (SAW) and his Companions or are you following your desires? Account your self before you are brought to account.

    Maryam's Notes

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