On the 9th of Dhul Hijjah 10 years after our beloved Prophets Muhammad (peace be upon him) made the historical migration in from Makkah to Madinah, he undertook his final Haj. On this day he reminded us and the entire humanity with his final sermon.
After praising and thanking Allah Almighty, Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) begins by saying,
“O People, lend me an attentive ear, for I know not whether after this year, I shall ever be amongst you again. Therefore listen to what I am saying to you very carefully and take these words to those who could not be present here today.”
Coming to a closing point, Prophet Muhammad (please be upon him) ended his sermon by saying,
“All those who listen to me shall pass on my words to others and those to others again; and may the last ones understand my words better than those who listen to me directly. Be my witness, O ALLAH, that I have conveyed your message to your people”.
In this very touching sermon, he (peace be upon him) indeed reminded us with a very important message that is to convey the message of Islam (Da’wah). Literally Da’wah translation mean “making an invitation” and those who practices Da’wah is called Da’ie. “Da’wah should only be done by those dedicated to Islamic studies and religious workers or volunteers” is a misconception among Muslim nowadays. All Muslims are born to be Da’ies;
“Who is better in speech than one who calls to Allah, does righteous deeds and says indeed I am among the Muslims.” (Surah Fussilat : 33)
Think about it, Da’wah doesn’t require vast knowledge in Islamic studies or comparatives religion. Da’wah is to convey the true message of Islam. A sincere smile and some kind words or greetings will be good start.
Smile is in our fitrah. The moment we were born, our first sincere cute smiles reminded our parents to shed tears of joy in remembrance of the gift from the Most Merciful Allah Almighty. To be able to smile is one of the greatest blessings of Allah Almighty but it is also a human nature to be forgetful as well. In the age of advanced technology, we often isolate ourselves with gadgets and enslaved to the creations of technology. Without realising we have already created an invisible barrier among us, we talk less with our love ones, our friends and neighbours. A sincere smile that doesn’t cost a cent from our pockets is the first step to break this barrier. It might have a great impact upon those who are going through hardship.
To convey the true message of Islam is every Muslim’s responsibilities. In another narrations Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) says;
“Convey from me, even if it is one verse” (Sahih Al-Bukhari; Hadith no. 667)
Just imagine in those days when accessibility to knowledge is so difficult, and there is no mass media like we have today. In order to gain knowledge, one must travel as long as days or months and even years just to meet learned people. And because of such dedication, by the will of Allah, our ancestor received Da’wah too. Thus, we are Muslim even until today. Hence, what is stopping you then? The only obstacle that can stop one is one’s own self. By doing Da’wah, it will even help us to become a better practicing Muslim. Remember, converting people to Islam is not in our hands to decide, for our only obligation is to convey the message of Islam.
“So remind, (O Muhammad); you are only a reminder. You are not over them a controller” (Surah Al Ghashiyah 21 – 22)
Hence, let us all follow this important advice of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). Start making a small step toward Da’wah by doing small good deeds.
May Allah Almighty make it easy for us and unite us all in Jannah.
About the author
Brother Adam Siew is a Chinese Muslim who was born and raised in the heartland of Malaysia, the Kuala Lumpur. Reverted to Islam since the year 2000, he joined MRM in 2015 and is currently pursuing his Islamic studies in Malaysia’s Arees University.
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