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The Manners and Etiquette of Da`wah
  Inviting Towards Allaah and the Qualities the Caller
Author: Shaikh Abdul-Aziz Bin Baz
Article ID : DAW010002  [37476]  
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It is implied in this testimony that he believes in the tawheed of Allaah and in His Messengers. It also includes the belief that whatever news either relating to this world or the Hereafter, has been given by our Prophet Muhammad () is correct and true. Surely this call includes the injunction to establish Salaah (Prayer), payment of Zakah (poor due), fasting during the month of Ramadaan and the pilgrimage to the House of Allaah, in Makkah, Jihaad or striving in way of Allaah, following the permissible, and leaving the forbidden. In fact, this carries within itself a complete code of life i.e. cleanlines, prayer, matters concerning human relations like marriage and divorce, crimes and punishments; charities, war and peace and other worldly affairs. So we find that the Deen or the way of life of Allaah includes all that is beneficial for His servants - lawful earning and ultimate end and their contingencies - in short includes everything that- is needed by a person for a successful living in this world and the Hereafter. 'I'his system of life invites people to excellence in morals and good actions, checks from evil deeds and immoral practices. This is real worship and leadership- This is how a person becomes a devout worshipper of Allaah and the commander of the army as well; this is prayer and also leadership - a happy blending of service and leadership because a real worshipper of Allaah offers prayers, keeps fasts and also enjoins to carry out Allaah's commandments and enforces the Sharee’ah of Allaah -- service and Jehad both. In this way a Muslim calls people to the way of Allaah, and also makes Jihaad (striving for the sake of Allaah) in the way of Allaah that is he fights against a person who turns renegade. Thus he follows the Qur’aan and wields the sword (if and when necessary); ponders and meditates on the verses of the Qur’aan, enforces its commandments with determination even by the use of force if necessary. Thus the call to the way of Allaah is a social as well as political obligation as it calls the people to good morals, brotherhood of faith, unites and organises the Muslims as Allaah, the Supreme, says in the Qur’aan.

“And hold fast all of you together to the rope of Allaah and do not separate.” (3 : 103)

Thus the divine religion invites the people towards a sagacious and healthy polity in which there is unity, not separatism and mutual togetherness, not aloofness. It invites to cleanse the hearts and teaches respcet for Islamic brotherhood; calls the people to virtue, goodness and towards well-being and prosperity; enjoins to return the trust; it calls (the people) to tread the path of the Sharee’ah, and forbids what is not covered by the Qur’aan. Allaah, the Almighty says:

“Lo ! Allaah commands you that you restore deposits to their owners, and, if you judge between mankind, that you judge justly.” (6 : 58)

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