CALLING PEOPLE TO GOD
Dawah work has been termed in the Quran ‘the call to God’. In other words, dawah works aims at bringing people closer to their Creator and Sustainer. Calling people to God is telling them that the only right way of life for them on this earth is to become true believers in God.
What does ‘calling people to God mean’? Primarily its purpose is to acquaint man with the creation plan of God. He should be told what is his relationship with God is and how God is going to deal with him, it is introducing man to God.
The target of this work is man’s realization of God. He should discover his powerlessness in comparison with God’s immense power. He should ‘see’ God before the veil of the unseen is removed. Before being directly confronted with Him, he should have the experience of realizing God indirectly.
The aim of calling man to God is that while still living in the world, he may become an inhabitant of the hereafter. He will thus discover the greatness of the God in the greatness of the world. He will start experiencing the heavenly blessings in the worldly comforts, while worldly hardships will remind him of the torment of the hell fire. The process of dawah is to bring a person under Lord’s blessings.
The task of the dawah is the most important mission out of all the works going on, on the face of this earth. This was the mission of the prophets. Those who will take up this mission will be given very special reward.
The work of dawah is a divine mission which is carried out by the men, on behalf of God, and they are, therefore rewarded for it by God in the hereafter. It is incumbent upon the followers of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) to carry out this mission from one generation to the next and present the message of Islam to people of every age and time, to bring people closer to God.
Ibn Ishaq (The Prophet’s earliest biographer) said that when the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) came to the companions and reminded them of dawah work, he said ‘God has sent me to the entire world as blessings, so you should carry out this responsibility on my behalf. God will show His mercy to you’.
There could be no greater honor under the sun than to be engaged in a mission which is directly God’s own mission. It is like working on behalf of God Almighty. It is indeed such a great honor that a greater honor than this one seems impossible. Those who come forward carry out this divine mission of dawah will receive special succor in this life and will be held deserving of great honor in the life hereafter.
The responsibility of the conveying the message of Truth to everyone has been place on Muslims is not like an optional subject, which you may either take up or make some excuse to leave off. This responsibility is of such a nature that it has to be discharged at all cost.
Thousands and men and women are dying every day without having had the message of God conveyed to them; without having had opportunity to accept it, they have missed their chance of improving their lives in the Hereafter. It is the grave responsibility of the believers to desist from making excuses and seriously take up the mission of proclaiming the divine truth.
SUMMARIZED FROM THE BOOK ‘CALLING PEOPLE TO GOD’ BY MAULANA WAHIDUDDIN KHAN PUBLISHED BY GOODWORD BOOKS