All praise belongs to Allah, Lord of the worlds; and may peace and blessings be upon the one who has been sent as a mercy for the worlds, our Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, his family and all of his companions.
As to what follows:
Whoever observes the Sirah (biography) and guidance of the Prophet (peace be upon him), will notice that ever since Allah Almighty said to him:
“O you who covers himself [with a garment]; Arise and warn.” [Al-Muddaththir 74:1-2]
…he never left a single domain of addressing the people, nor a single medium of conveying his voice and message, except that he dealt with it.
Thus, the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) would come at the time of the Hajj season every year, approaching the pilgrims and tribes at their camps, surrounding the people in the times of their seasons and places of gathering in the marketplaces of `Ukadh, Mijannah and Dhul-Majaz; calling them to the Tawhid and worship of Allah, even when there existed great sin in these places.
Rabi`ah bin `Abbad al-Dayli (may Allah be pleased with him), who was a disbeliever who embraced Islam, narrated, “I saw the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) in the Dhul-Majaz Market exhorting the people, saying, ‘O people, say: there is no deity worthy of worship but Allah, you will attain success,’ while entering their alleyways and the people bombarding him. I did not see anyone say anything, and he would not be quiet, saying, ‘O people, say: there is no deity worthy of worship but Allah, you will attain success.’” [Ahmad (15448)]
Thus the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) continued in this manner after his emigration to Madinah, surrounding the people in their gatherings, coming to their places of assembly, reminding them about Allah and inviting them to Islam; to the point where `Abdullah bin Ubay bin Salul said to him, before he had outwardly displayed Islam, “O man! There is nothing better than what you say if it is true. But do not trouble us with it in our gathering, rather return to your house, and if somebody comes to you, teach him there.” [Bukhari (5784) and Muslim (3356)]
That is why the scholars, inheritors of the prophets, must emulate the Prophet (peace be upon him), not leaving any method through which they are able to invite the people and provide them with insight into what will benefit them; for the people are most in need today of those who will direct them to the path and show them the way, especially when the callers of falsehood – in their different shades and colours – have dedicated themselves to spreading and promoting their material. The Sunnah of Allah with respect to warding off falsehood and its people necessitates warding off falsehood by calling to right guidance and the truth, and to rival the people of evil in every place of influence, how ever varying they are.
So there is no justification for the people of the truth to use constricted methods of influence in convincing others, while staying away from using open ones; just as there is no justification in hiding the truth or for its people to withdraw from the domains of influence under the pretext of the presence of falsehood and its people. Rather every lagging behind in participating in or reluctance in progressing to those places of influence is a cause for missing out on much good and occurrence of major corruption. How much has the da`wah and the Ummah lost as a result of many of its scholars and callers lagging behind in investing in the media to address and call the people?
It is therefore incumbent upon the callers of the truth and bearers of the Shari`ah to move forward to guide and call the people through the various possible media channels and through the available windows before the people are hijacked by the roads of death, paths of seduction and brokers of falsehood.
Dear beloved ones! We are in dire need of investing in someone who is active and intelligent concerning media channels and communicating with people, both Muslim and non-Muslim, under the condition that such communication is characterized with sincerity in working hard and powerful in good presentation, as Allah Almighty said:
“Say, ‘This is my way; I invite to Allah with insight, I and those who follow me. Exalted is Allah; and I am not of those who associate others with Him.’” [Yusuf 12:108]
So O callers of the truth! O bearers of the Shari`ah! O people of knowledge and virtue! There is no time for hesitation or review of a matter whose interests are profitable and detriments are disadvantageous; for how many are those who are waiting for an honest word and rightly-guided message that will bring them out of darkness into light, and guide them to the paths of peace? Is it Islamically or logically justifiable to put out the candles for darkness to spread?
So hasten to every means wherein you light up a lamp, or save one drowning, or guide one gone astray; for if a single person is guided by Allah through you, it would be better for you than a whole lot of red camels.
O Allah, inspire in us our guidance, and save us from the evil of our souls.
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