How to Become a Caller to Islaam

Reference: Fataawa wa Mukhtaarah – Page 497-498

Question: I desire from Allaah to become a daa’iyah (caller) to Allaah (‘Azza wa Jall), so what do you advise me with in terms of reading books, or listening to cassettes or other than that; [and] may you be rewarded?

Response: It is not sufficient for the learner of Sharee’ah knowledge to read books, or listen to cassettes, rather it is imperative upon him to take knowledge at the hands of one of the scholars; So he will teach him the authentic knowledge and clarify for him that which he finds difficult, just as some of the people of knowledge have said:

Whoever takes knowledge directly from a Shaykh, he will be safe from deviation and [the] distortion [of the revelation].

And it has [also] been said:

One whose guide is his book, then his mistakes are more prevalent than him being correct.

And he is [then] required to begin by reading from the smaller books, then progress to that which is broader [in knowledge content]. And we advise the questioner to learn and act in accordance with what he has learnt, and then to call [the people with what he has learnt], and Allaah will permit him to be of benefit [to the people], in shaa.-Allaah.

And with Allaah lies all success.

كيف يكون المسلم داعية

السؤال: أتمنى من الله أن أكون داعية إلى الله عز و جل، فبماذا تنصحوني في قراءة الكتب، أو سماع الأشرطة أو غير ذلك مأحورين؟

الجواب: لا يكفي للمتعلم العلوم الشرعية أن يقرأ الكتب، و يسمع الأشرطة، و لكن لا بد له من أخذ العلم على يد أحد المشايخ، فيعلمه العلم الصحيح، و يوضح له ما يشكل عليه، كما قال بعض أهل العلم:

من يأخذ العلم عن شيخ مشافهة

يكن من الزيغ و التحريف في حرم

و قيل:

من كان دليله كتابه كان خطؤه أكثر من صوابه

و عليه أن يقرأ في الكتب الصغيرة أولاً، ثم يتقدم إلى ما هو أوسع، و ننصح السائل بأن يتعلم، و يعمل بما علم، ثم يدعو به، و ينفع الله به إن شاء الله.

و بالله التوفيق.

He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2004. He currently resides in Birmingham, UK.

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