The Difference between A Caller who Calls to Allah
and A Caller who Calls to Something Else
By Ash-Shaykh Muhammad ibn Salih Al-Uthaymeen (may Allah grant him Jannah)
The Caller to Allah is divided into two categories:
1. The Caller who calls to Allah.
2. The Caller who calls to something else.
The Caller to Allah is sincere, and wants to connect the people to Allah. The Caller to something else sometimes calls to himself. He calls to truth in order to gain status and honor among the people. You find the Caller to himself angry when the people don’t do what he wants them to do. And when the people commit a great sin he isn’t angry; at the same time he doesn’t prevent them either.
Sometimes a Caller to other than Allah will invite people to his leader (and not Allah). This is witnessed in many of the lands where misguided scholars are: Scholars for the land and not scholars for the religion. These people call others to the leaders and figureheads. An example of this is when Socialism appeared in some of the Arab lands, the ulema of misguidance began to twist the meanings of verses in the Quran and hadeeth to support it. There is no proof in Islam to support Socialism; these people are Callers to other than Allah.
The Caller to Allah sees people turn away from him and he doesn’t give up hope and quit calling to Islam. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “ Carry on with your message. By Allah, Allah allowing one person to be guided through you is better for you than a red camal.“
This means that helping one man from a Jewish tribe to be guided is better for you than a red camel.
When the Caller to Allah invites to Islam and isn’t answered, he’s angry because the truth isn’t accepted and followed; not because he’s his call isn’t answered. If the Caller to Allah is angry because of this it means that he calls to Allah. When one person answers his call it’s enough, and if no one answers then he is free from any burden. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “ There is a Prophet who had no followers.”
It’s enough to call to the truth and warn against falsehood. The Caller to Allah must explain to the people what’s truth and what’s falsehood. Reason being, if the people remain silent on falsehood and don’t explain the truth for a long period of time, the truth will be taken as being false and falsehood will be considered as being the truth.
Taken from Qawlul Mufeed Ala Kitabil Tawheed vol1/ 129
Translated be Abu Aaliyah Abdullah ibn Dwight Battle
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