Virtues and Importance of Calling others to Islam (Da’awah)

All praises are due to Allah (SWT) alone, The Lord of the Universe and the Master of all creations. I bear witness that there is no god besides Allah (SWT) and that our beloved Prophet Muhammad (SAW) is His Servant and True Messenger. May the peace and the blessings of Allah (SWT) be upon Prophet Muhammad (SAW), on his family members, all his companions and those who follow him till the Last Hour!

Assalamu Alaykum Wa-Rahmatullahi Wa-Barakatahu!

The sermon today is about “Virtues and Importance of Calling others to Islam” (Da’awah).

Let there be a group among you who call others to good and enjoin what is right, and forbid what is wrong; who does this shall be successful.”
Surah Ali-Imran (3:104):

O people! Love Allah (SWT) as He should be loved and always invite non-Muslims to Islam with wisdom (Al-Hikmah)!

Engaging in Da’awah work is indisputably one of the best deeds, in the Sight of Allah (SWT). It is highly commended in the Holy Quran and Suunah of our beloved Prophet (SAW). Evidence to this effect includes:-

  1. Da’awah is the means to success in this life and in the Hereafter, as Allah (SWT) says in the Ayah I quoted at the beginning of this Khutbah.

  1. No one has a better speech than that of those who engage in Da’awah activities. Commending such people,

Allah (SWT) says in Surah Fussilaat (41:33):
“Who speaks better than the one who calls to Allah, does good works and says, ‘I am surely one of the Muslims’.”

My dear brothers and sisters! It is clear, therefore that there is no person whose speech is better than that of a one who calls people to the Truth, for he is their guide to their Creator and Lord and the one who takes them out of the darkness of misguidance into the light of faith.

  1. Engaging in Da’awah work testifies to one’s compliance with Allah’s command as mentioned:

“Call to the Way of your Lord with wisdom and fair admonition, and argue with them in the best manner possible.” Surah An-Nahl (16:125):

My dear brothers and sisters! A person who dedicates himself to such a noble task must invites others to Islam with wisdom, making sure that he knows the personality of the people whom he calls to Islam, so as to choose the best possible method and words to carry out the task; all the while arguing with them in the kindness, most gracious manner, which appeals.

  1. Engaging in Da’awah work was the very task carried out by all the prophets of Allah (SWT) without exception, foremost of whom was our beloved Prophet Muhammad (SAW), when Allah (SWT) sent him to all mankind as a witness over people, giving good news to the believers of immense reward in the Hereafter, warning the unbelievers against a severe punishment and spreading His Light to all mankind.

Allah (SWT) says in Surah Al-Ahzaab (33:45-47): “O Prophet, We have sent you as a witness, as a bearer of good news and a warner, and a Caller to Allah by His permission and a light-giving lamp. Convey to the believers the good news that they will receive immense favour from Allah.”
  1. Inviting people to Islam is the source of unlimited goodness for each person you invite to Islam, you will get the same rewards for his prayer, worship and teaching others. What a great blessing Allah (SWT) bestow on those who engage in Da’awah work. Our beloved Prophet (SAW) said, “Whoever calls to guidance will have a reward similar to that who follows it, without the reward of both of them being lessened at all.” (Muslim)

  1. The reward Allah (SWT) has in store for those who invites others to Islam is far better than all the enjoyments of the present world, for such a reward is from Allah (SWT) Himself, the Most Generous, Who will recompense them abundantly for such a noble endeavour. Allah (SWT).

Surah Yunus (10:72): “If you turn away from me, remember I ask no reward from you. Only Allah will reward me, and I have been commanded to submit completely to Him.” Our beloved Prophet (SAW) said in this respect, “If Allah guides one person through you, this will be better for you than possessing red camels.”

My dear brothers and sisters! Camels were considered the most valuable property in ancient Arabia and red variety was the most prized of all.

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