November 1, 2007
An Uphill Battle
by Gillette aka Hassan[uddin] Khaja

Most would agree that the ummah is not exactly in the state that it should be, in all facets of life. They would also agree that their lowly status has everything to do with the ummah's distance from Allah (Ta'ala). Thus, some more ambitious individuals leave the country to study the solutions to the problem so they can come back and implement that advice.

However, when these students come back, they realize that the majority of people who are endeavoring to do da'wah are people who haven't learned the solution from scholars of the Sunnah. Thus, these people who are in charge of the masjids and organizations make up a way to try to force some temporary change on the community.

Additionally, since the people running the masjids and organizations don't really know any better, they describe the students as being scholars without the right to do so. The students become comfortable with being described as such, to the point that they take to issuing rulings, even to the extent that they believe that their teachers - the ones to whom they went to seek religious knowledge - don't know better than them about the situation in which the student is ruling. This is in spite of the fact that the teachers probably have gone through worse situations than the student ever has. So the student becomes misguided and misguides others.

Doing da'wah is the way of the Messenger (sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam) and his followers, as Allah (Ta'ala) says:

"Say [O Muhammad], 'This is my way, I call to Allah upon certain knowledge - I, and those who follow me. I declare Allah free and far removed from all that they associate as partners with Him, and I am free of those who worship anything else along with Him'" (Yusuf 12:108).

Here, following the Prophet (sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam) is connected to da'wah. Thus, the only way to do da'wah is in the manner that the Prophet (sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam) did it.


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