Wisdom for Every Du’at 💫

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

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Qadi Sa’ud al-Shuraym imparted a few words of wisdom for those involved in da’wah:

‏لا تحدِّث الناس بما تفهمه أنت دون مراعاة تفاوت أفهامهم، فإن ذلك حريّ بصدهم عنك، أو تكذيبك، أو إساءة الظن بك، قال عَلِي: حدثوا الناس بما يعرفون

“Do not speak to people with what they’re unable to understand, without taking into consideration the varying contrast (of ability) in order to make them comprehend. It behooves you to repel (misunderstandings) from yourself, or from being (accused) of lying, or (permitting others to) think badly of you. ‘Ali ibn Abi Talib رضي الله عنه said: “Narrate to people what they can understand…”

It is important to be able to read people and show empathy towards them, for this is a key component to delivering a message successfully. Commenting on the chapter entitled: “A person preferring some people with certain knowledge to the exclusion of others”; Ibn Hajar رحمه الله said in his Fathul-Bari: “(In this) there is evidence that ambiguous knowledge should not be mentioned among the general public.”

Ibn al-‘Uthaymeen رحمه الله explained an important principle regarding the narration of ‘Ali:

…ولهذا كان من الحكمة في الدعوة ألا تباغت الناس بما لا يمكنهم إدراكه ،بل تدعوهم رويدا رويدا حتى تستقر عقولهم

“Thus it is from wisdom in da’wah that you don’t surprise people with what they’re unable to perceive (or understand). Rather, you should call them gently, bit by bit until their minds settle…”

He continued, “…The same is the case when enacting a Sunnah that people are not familiar with, and which they might find objectionable. We should act by this Sunnah, but also inform people about it, to ensure they’ll be able to accept it and feel comfortable about it.”

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[See ‘Majmu’ Fatawa’, 10/140 for further discussion: http://bit.do/detzQ%5D

 

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