For Whom is it Obligatory to Call to Allaah?

For Whom is it Obligatory to Call to Allaah? Question: Is calling to Allaah an obligation o­n every male and female Muslim, or is it o­nly compulsory for scholars and students of knowledge to do so? Answer: When a person has insight into what he is calling to, then there is no difference whether he is a great and famous scholar, a serious student of knowledge, or an average person, as long as he has certain knowledge about the issue. Indeed, the messenger of Allaah said: “Convey (to others) from me, even if it is a single Ayah (Verse).” So, it is not a condition that the Da’iyah (caller) have reached a great level of knowledge, but he must be knowledgeable about what he is calling to. As for the case of someone standing up out of ignorance to call to something merely because he is emotionally charged about this is not allowed. We have seen many brothers who call to Allaah, who have but a little knowledge. We find them, out of their strong feelings, forbidding what Allah did not make unlawful, and they make compulsory that which Allah did not make compulsory for His servants. This is indeed a grave mistake. This is because prohibiting what Allaah allows is like allowing what Allaah prohibited. So, the two are the same, o­ne rebukes another, making something lawful, while the other rebukes them making it prohibited. Indeed Allah considers these the same, He said: “And say not concerning that which your tongues put forth falsely: ‘This is lawful and this is forbidden,’ so as to invent lies against Allaah. Verily, those who invent lies against Allaah will never prosper. A passing brief enjoyment (will be theirs) but they will have a painful torment” (An – Nahl:116,117) Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (rahimahullaah) Fatawa Islamiyyah Dar-Us Salaam Vol.8 page 32-33

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