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The Foundations of the Call to Allaah
  Excerpt from "The Methodology of the Prophets"
Author: Shaikh Rabee' bin Hadee al-Madkhalee
Source: Manhaj ul-Anbiyaah fi ad-Dawah ilal-Laah (Eng. Trans.Dawud Burbank)
Article ID : DAW020001  [27068]  
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SECOND: THE HAJJ: Allaah's Messenger (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) performed Hajj and taught the people the rites of Hajj. and said, 'Take your rites of pilgrimage from me.' He made the standing in Arafah in a specific place, at a specific time, the ninth day, and he made the night-stay in Muzdalifah on a particular night. and he made the Day of Sacrifice, and the days and nights of Tashreeq in a particular time and place. He also made the Tawaafut-Ifaadah at a particular time, and he laid down a particular place for the,S'a'ee between .Safaa and Marwaa, its starting point and finishing point were laid down. So if a Jamaa'ah wished to change any of these rites and alter their time or place, for example saying. 'We want the Tawaaful-Ifaadah to be performed on the ninth day, and to be done between, Safaa and Marwaa, and we what to move the standing in 'Arafah to the eight or the tenth day, and that it should be done in Muzdalifah or Minaa, and we want the sacrifice to be done in Arafah, or we want to be some rites forward and delay others according to what will be helpful and according to the situation of the pilgrims. Then would this be an Islamic Hajj, or would it rather be an evil distortion and a disfigurement of this rite'!!

THIRD: AND THIS IS THE MAIN POINT: Allaah's Messenger (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) began his da'wah with Tawheed, and likewise all the Messengers. He also used to command his governors and daa'ee’s to begin by calling to Tawheed. There are many examples showing this. from them is his saying to Muadh when he sent him to Yemen. 'You are going to a People from the People of the Book, so let the first thing which you call them to be the testification that none has the right to be worshipped except Allaah. So if they accept that from you. then inform them that Allaah has obligated upon them five Prayers in every day and night. So if they accept that then inform them that Allaah has obligated upon (them) a charity which is to be taken from their rich and given to their poor,'

So do you not see that it was an organised call and an ordered Sharee'ah. It begins with the most fundamental principle and then moves on to what is next in importance, then what follows in importance. So why do we fail to understand this precise organisation'! Why do we fail to comply with it? And why do we understand that it is obligatory upon us to comply with the way laid and prescribed by Allaah and the precise organisation in matters of worship and its parts, but we do not understand the way laid down and prescribed by Allaah and the precise organisations in the field of da'wah, which was followed closely by all of the Prophets in succession. How is it that we make it permissible to act contrary to this great and fundamental methodology and to turn aside from it?!! This is a very serious matter and the callers must re-examine their minds and change their standpoints. Has the Islamic Ummah, and in particular its callers. benefitted from this great methodology, the methodology of the Prophets, in giving importance to Tawheed and in making it the starting point for their da'wah?!! The answer is that the state of the Ummah is a very painful and bitter one. If a person were to die due to pain and grief at this dark and painful situation, then that would be fully appropriate. How is that'! I! Indeed many of the people of the Ummah of Islaam, which includes its daa'ees and its thinkers. are ignorant of this methodology, and some of them merely pretend to be ignorant of it, the devils have come between them and have led them away from it. Instead they have taken up methodologies contrary to the methodology of the Prophets, methodologies which are disastrous for their religion and their worldly life. How appropriate is the saying of the truthful and trusted Messenger (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) to them. 'You will certainly follow the ways of those who came before you, handspan by handspan, and cubit by cubit. even to the point that if they were to enter a lizards hole you would enter it.' We said, '0 Messenger of Allaah, the Jews and the Christians?' He said, 'Who else.~ And his (") saying, 'The Jews split into seventy one sects, and the Christians split into seventy two sects. and this Ummah will split into seventy three sects, all of them in the Fire except one. and that is the Jamaa'ah.'~' And in a wording, 'Which is that, 0 Messenger of Allaah'!' He said, 'That which I and my Companions are upon.'

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