The above verse of Holy Qur’aan
is equally applicable to those who followed the Companions ()
of the Messenger of Allaah (); they
became guide, imam and the callers of Truth, and became examples to follow due to their
faith and patience - thus they were the torch bearers of faith. Now it is clear that
leadership in Deen Islaam can be achieved only through faith and patience. Therefore the
Messenger of Allaah (), his Companions () and those who
followed them, are our leaders for guidance and a model to be followed. This is
on account of their exemplary faith and patience.
Let it be clear to every seeker of knowledge that
calling the people towards Allaah is one of the vital functions, and Ummah
(believers in Islaam) need such a service in every place and time. The sum and
substance of this invitation towards Allaah can be understood under the
- (1) His Commands and their
- (2) The way and method for its
- (3) Description and elucidation of
the Commandments to which people are called.
- (4) Ethical values and qualities
essential for a preacher.
Now we describe them in detail, trusting Almighty
Allaah, seeking His help as He is the only Helper Who gives guidance to His
servants; He is Sublime and Lofty.
THE COMMAND TO CALL THE PEOPLE TOWARDS
ALLAAH, AND ITS EXCELLENCE
As regards the above mentioned command it may safely be
stated that it comes within the purview of Wajib (essential) and almost
obligatory (fard) in the light of the injunctions contained in the Holy
Qur’aan and the Sunnah there are numerous arguments in support of this
view. One of them is the following verse of the Qur’aan:
may spring from you a nation who invite to goodness, and enjoin right conduct and forbid
indecency. Such are those who are successful.” (3 . 104)
There is another verse of the Qur’aan in this
unto the way of your Lord with wisdom and fair exhortation, and reason with them in the
better way.” (16 : 125)
Again the following verse of the Qur’aan enjoins
the same .
(mankind) unto your Lord, and be not of those who ascribe partners (unto Him)” (28 :
“Say: This is
my way I call unto Allaah upon sure knowledge,and whosoever follows me.” (12 : 108)
Almighty Allaah has made it clear
that those who call people towards Allaah, the Supreme, are only those who are the real
followers of the Prophet Muhammad () and
only those are the people who possess real insight. It is essential to follow the
footprints of the Holy Prophet () and these virtuous people.
the Messenger of Allaah you have a good example for him who looks unto Allaah and the Last
Day and remembers Allaah much.” (33 : 21)