One Inviting Others to Allah Should be Gentle with a Smiling Face


Question :
Some people who we consider to be very religious Muslims deal harshly with others, and it seems that some of them are constantly frowning. What is your advice to them? How should a Muslim act with his brother who has shortcomings in his adherence to the religion?

Answer :
That which is supported in the pure Sunnah - the Sunnah of the Prophet Peace Be Upon Him is that it is obligatory to invite others to Allah Almighty with wisdom, gentleness, and ease in manner. Allah Almighty said to His Prophet Muhammad Peace Be Upon Him:
Invite to the way of your Lord with wisdom and fair preaching, and argue with them in a way that is better.
"Invite to the way of your Lord with wisdom and fair preaching, and argue with them in a way that is better."
An-Nahl 16:125.
He also said:
And by the Mercy of Allah, you dealt with them gently. And had you been severe and harsh-hearted, they would have broken away from about you; so pass over (their faults), and ask (Allah's forgiveness for them).
"And by the Mercy of Allah, you dealt with them gently. And had you been severe and harsh-hearted, they would have broken away from about you; so pass over (their faults), and ask (Allah's forgiveness for them)."
Al-Imran 3:159.
When Allah Almighty sent Musa (A.S.) and Harun (A.S.) to Fir'awn, he told them:
And speak t him mildly, Perhaps he may accept admonition or fear Allah.
"And speak t him mildly, Perhaps he may accept admonition or fear Allah."
Al-Baqarah 20:44.
The Prophet Peace Be Upon Him declared:
Indeed, Allah gives because of gentleness that which He does not give because of harshness.
"Indeed, Allah gives because of gentleness that which He does not give because of harshness."
Muslim no. 2593.
When he used to send people on expeditions, the Prophet Peace Be Upon Him used to say:
Make matters easy, not difficult; give glad tidings, don't repel (People); for verily you were sent as people who make matters easy, not as people who make matters difficult.
"Make matters easy, not difficult; give glad tidings, don't repel (People); for verily you were sent as people who make matters easy, not as people who make matters difficult."
"Al-Bukhari no. 69 and Muslim no. 1732."
This is exactly how a Da'iyah (one who invites) should be - gentle, smiling, composed - if he is striving to affect people. Furthermore, his Da'wah should be to Allah Almighty, not to himself. When he is calling to Allah Almighty, Allah Almighty makes his affairs easy and will guide people through him according to Him will. But if he is calling to himself, it is as if he is seeking attention or that he wishes to overcome his opponent. In this case his Da'wah Will be deficient and void of blessing. Thus one should invite people out of compassion for them and to exalt and aid in Allah's religion.
Ibn 'Uthaimin



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