Profound Naseehat for Every Du’at

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
الحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله وعلى آله وصحبه

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A profound piece of advice Sh. Muhammad Hasan received from Allaamah as-Shaykh Ibn Uthaymeen رحمه الله تعالى:

“…By Allaah my brothers, the shaykh said some words to me that until today, It leaves me in wonder how the shaykh spoke with such words. And how he gave advice that I personally could never have imagined. Imagine what you think the shaykh would be expected to say; you’ll think he would say ‘take care of the da’wah and seeking knowledge’, and ‘do not create disunity’, ‘be wise and merciful’ and the likes of such advices etc. But the shaykh stayed silent for a while, looked at the ground pondering. He then looked at me and said… “And my advice to you is that whomever you cannot convince with the da’wah, make them neutral.”

Did you understand? Did you understand? Whomever you cannot convince with da’wah, make them neutral. Keep them neutral. Do not make them your enemy! Do not make them enemy of the da’wah, do not increase opponents of the da’wah. Look at the advice of the Aalim. Make them neutral. O youth, do not increase the enmity towards the da’wah…”

Transcribed from here

Summary: Thus if you can not convince others of the da’wah, then at least do not give them a reason to hate the da’wah or disrespect the da’wah. Make them neutral towards the da’wah and try to stay on good terms.

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Shaykh bin Baaz رحمه الله تعالى said:

ولا سيما في هذا العصر، هذا العصر، عصر الرفق والصبر والحكمة، وليس عصر الشدة والناس أكثرهم في جهل، في غفلة وإيثار للدنيا، فلا بد من الصبر، ولا بد من الرفق حتى تصل الدعوة، وحتى يبلغ الناس وحتى يعلموا. ونسأل الله للجميع الهداية

“…And particularly in this day and age, it is an age of being gentle, and of being patient, and of having wisdom. It is not an age of being harsh and strict (because) the majority of the people are in (a state of) ignorance and negligence – influenced by (and preferring) the worldly affairs of this life. So it is necessary to have patience and it is necessary to be gentle until the call (of da’wah) has reached them and until it has been conveyed to the people and until they come to understand. We ask Allaah to grant everyone guidance.”

[Majmu’ Fataawaa – vol. 10, p. 114]

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