A STANCE AGAINST INFERIORITY COMPLEX TOWARDS DAWAH By Abdullahi Ọmọ Mashood
A STANCE AGAINST INFERIORITY COMPLEX TOWARDS DAWAH
In Allah’s name Who teaches the use of the pen is this article written. May the peak of blessing be upon whom Allah sent to teach us His path, Islam. Amin.
It is no news that Allah has elevated us for making us as human being; with knowledge, skills, freedom, wisdom and intellect that He has bestowed upon us, therefore these makes us distinct from other creatures in his Creation.
What do we have to query Allaah If He Has created us as a grass on the field which some people walk on? What if we have been created as a monkey caged in a zoo that people throw us Banana? Or if we were been created as anything less to human being? Out of his infinite majesty, he made us as good as we are. We were vouchsafed to be mentally, healthy, emotionally and intellectually plenary, even blessed to be among whom Allah has favoured.
Allah has warmly prescribed for us in His glorious Book, concerning the calling to his way (Dawah) which He buttresses by prescribing it, to annex it with wisdom and beautiful preaching. He further says, “…and argue with them with that which is best” (Surah An-Nahl, 16:12) -Meaning if any of them (whom you want to preach to) wants to debate and argue, then let that be in the best manner with kindness, gentleness and good speech (Tafsir ibn Kathir).
On many occasions, what people do want to prevent is argument and debate, that they won’t be seen or labelled as a bigot or fanatic, thus they get gripped with fear that yields them inferiority complex. Alas, Allaah that gives us a duty Has also prescribed how to carry out the duty successfully.
I wonder why one should stoop to compromise what he was created for! Human being were created that they should worship Allaah alone as explained in the Quran, Surah Adh-Dhariyat, Verse 56: “I have only created Jinns and men, that they may serve Me”.
What we need to mind is that, Allah has instructed that we should call in to His way, in light of this; DAWAH is also an act of Ibadah.
The way many Muslims feel inferior while Allah’s religion is meant to be propagated is unimpressed. A Christan can adopt anything it takes to preach Christianity. You must have met one of them preaching in a bus while traveling, or in a bus stop shouting their known anthem. They won’t hesitate to invite a bearded brother with jalabia to a so-called night vigil with a hand bill. They can go to any length to spread their falsehood, even if it is with deception.
Do we need to fear while Allah is in control? Hence, one needs to adopt being warm. Allah whose knowledge encompasses everything has known that, some people may want to argue with you whilst you give them a religio-moral-spiritual advice, then He admonish you to handle the situation in the way that is best. This can be taken from the analogy of what Allah instructed prophet Musa and Prophet Harun (Peace be upon them), when they were sent to Firaun (may Allah’s wrath be upon him), He commanded them to speak gently: “But speak to him mildly; perchance he may take warning or fear (Allah).” (Surah Taha, 20:44).
The same goes with us as the onus of lesson can be derived from Quran and Prophet’s (Peace be upon him) tradition. Many of us are ignorant that Allah will ask us concerning how we enjoin good with people around us.
Imam Sajjad said: “The people living in forty houses on either side of your house are your neighbors. You must respect their rights, live with them, and associate with them in peace. Seek God’s help to do so.”
Hudayfah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported that the prophet of Allah (ﷺ) said, “By Him whose Hand my life is, you either enjoin good or forbid evil, or Allah will soon send his punishment on you, then you will make supplication and it will not be accepted.” (Tirmidhi).
On this note, we should be cognizant that doing Dawah is a recommended task for us to execute, otherwise we may be punished alongside the wrongdoers. We seek refuge in Allah from such.
Allah says in the Glorious Qur’ân:
“Let there arise out of you a band of people inviting to all that is good, enjoining what is right, and forbidding what is wrong: They are the ones to attain felicity. Be not like those who are divided amongst themselves and fall into disputations after receiving Clear Signs: For them is a dreadful penalty.” (Surah Al-Imrân 3:104-105).
And Allah knows best!
© Abdullahi Ọmọ Mashood
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