Hayya ʿala ‘l-falāh
All praise is due to Allāh who expressed the highest praise for the “caller” to his religion saying:
❝And who is better in speech than one who calls to Allāh and works righteousness and says: ‘Surely I am of the Muslims.’ ❞
― sūrah Fuṣṣilat (Elaborated), Chapter 41, verse 33
And may Allāh’s peace and blessings be on Prophet Muhammad (ṣall Allāhu ʿalay-hi wa-sallam), the role model, who said: ❝Whoever calls to guidance will have a reward similar to that of one who follows it.❞
Muslims know that Allāh is the one who honored them with the religion of Islām and made them responsible for fulfilling the trust of spreading it. Furthermore, they know that they will be asked about this responsibility, as Allāh says:
❝This is a reminder to you and your people and you will be asked (questioned).❞
― sūrah al-Zukhruf (Ornaments), Chapter 43, verse 44
They also know that if they fulfill this trust and become a reason for the guidance of others to Almighty Allāh, they will receive a reward greater than they can possibly imagine, as the Almighty said:
❝Say: Let them rejoice in Allāh’s grace and mercy, for it is better than what they accumulate.❞
― sūrah Yūnus (Jonah), Chapter 10, verse 58
And Prophet Muhammad (ṣall Allāhu ʿalay-hi wa-sallam) said,
❝For Allāh to guide someone by your hand is better for you than anything this world contains.❞
It is from Allāh’s grace upon us in these times, that there are many ways to give dā‘wah (calling to Islām) and sufficient opportunities for everyone to participate and benefit from its great rewards. One who calls to Islām is obliged to choose the most suitable way for those whom he or she calls.
Furthermore, the caller has to vary these methods according to the particular circumstances he finds himself in, as Prophet Nūh (ʿalay-hi salām) and the prophets before him did.
The responsibility of the caller is to be aware of the various forms of invitation in order to facilitate his work. The caller should also direct his invitation to everyone, including his immediate family, relatives, servants, guests, neighbors, colleagues and his friends. He should also be aware of the various locations where the invitation can be given like mosques, prayer halls, schools, hospitals, prisons, parks, beaches and recreational areas, Hajj tents, hotels, residences, airports, bus stations, banquet halls, shopping centers, market places, barbershops, public buses, offices, lunch rooms, cafeterias, and restaurants.
Places where new comers to the country frequent such as passport offices, duty free shopping areas, immigration offices, post offices, traffic police offices, police stations, tourist bureau, information counters in the various governmental departments and embassies.
Cooperation in dawah is also important, as there are many others striving to give the invitation whose skills and experience may benefit you and yours may benefit them. Learning from their experiences will help you to be more creative and upgrade your knowledge and dawah skills. Consequently, the caller should eagerly encourage others to collaborate with others in dā‘wah and to give their utmost in serving the religion, whether they are from his family or not.
Futhermore, he or she should utilize a variety of dā‘wah materials and advertisements to recruit others to this noble cause by jointly printing books, pamphlets, and brochures, as well as copying tapes, CDs, video tapes, etc. and distributing them as widely as possible within his or her circle of friends as well as outside of the circle.
May Allāh make you and us guides for others and grant us a place among those who are themselves rightly guided.