Ibn al-Qayyim’s Advice To Those who Give Da’wah

Ibn al-Qayyim’s Advice To Those who Give Da’wah

‘…The intelligent one does not command people to abandon the dunya,
because this is impossible for them. Rather, he has them abandon sins while
they are established in their dunya. This is because abandoning the dunya is
an optional virtue while abandoning sins is an obligation. So, how can he
command them with something optional while they have not even fulfilled what
is obligatory?

If it is difficult for them to abandon sins, he should then strive to get
them to love Allah by reminding them of His signs, blessings, Kindness,
perfection, and Loftiness. This is because the hearts are naturally designed
to love Him, and if they become attached to loving Him, it then becomes
extremely easy to abandon sins and to detach oneself from them.

Yahya bin Mu’adh said: ‘The intelligent one seeking the dunya is better than
the ignorant one abandoning it.’

The smart one calls the people to Allah from their dunya, and this makes it
easier for them to respond to him. The zahid calls them to Allah by way of
abandoning the dunya, and this makes it hard for them to respond, since it
is very hard to pull someone away from the breast that he has developed his
mind while suckling on…’

[al-Fawa’id; p. 233-234]