Da’wah Through Character

Da’wah Through Character

We Muslims living under the pressure that we are can take this aspect to our advantage. Allah doesn’t put forth something without a benefit or wisdom in there, it is up to us whether we firstly recognize this benefit and utilize and bring it about. Many opportunities arise where we miss rewards and chance of gaining Allah’s pleasure, and increasing our Imaan. Working, living or studying in large cities we meet many people, of different races, religions, and backgrounds. People like to express that part of them which they feel is important, or which defines them.  the Hijab, Niqaab and Jilbab, because regardless of whether you are Asian, white, or black, the first information we get about that person, is that they are Muslim. As for the brothers, those that wear the Jubbahs (Kutras), or have beards, same again, it indicates to us that they are Muslim.  These haven’t been chosen by us, like the fashion world, where we have one new style of jubbah one season, and another the next season, it is from the Sunnah and the Hijab is a command of Allah. We are carrying Allah’s Deen. We are carrying the identity of Rasulullah (SAW), therefore we should feel as though it is our responsibility to honour it, we truly are among the blessed to be part of this nation. We know of many instances where Rasulullah (SAW) expressed his noble characteristics and as a result many converted to Islam. We hear of people conversions resulted from a person observing the brotherhood shown by Muslims, or an act of kindness.  In contrast to that, we see Muslim youth, misbehaving or causing disruption, and even in the media, without going into too much depth, where we hear of gun crimes, honour killings, the tabloids slapped with the faces of the Muslims, if not the faces, names of Muslims, what upsets me the most, is hearing of a person named Muhammad committing a crime. A bad word travels faster, much more than a good word. The spotlight is everywhere we go, we can either use this to our advantage to bring, or it will become a means for our destruction. If we acted on our role model Rasulullah (SAW), for sure people would have an exemplary impression of not only Muslims, but Islam. This can be applied in many different situations. We should be ambassadors of this world. Muslim students at University should be the outstanding performers. At work, we should aim to be the best worker. We should put Rasulullah (SAW) in our life, imagine him conducting what we do, and compare him to ourselves. Rasulullah (SAW) has advised us, to do everything in its best manner. Many people have the view that Muslims are very stern people and don’t smile. Where is this view coming from? We must always pay attention of how we present and conduct ourselves. We don’t need to be extra nice to a non Muslim, or in the view of a non Muslim, just live Islam and practice it just as it is, then what bad impression can we give?  Be the best you can, not giving a person a chance to ever see any bad action from you which they can speak bad about, any person judging or speaking bad after that is only due to their narrow-mindedness and bad judgment. When people go to Saudi Arabia, some come back and talk about how hospitable the people were with their service, as Arabs are known for their high adab. We are all carrying a light with us, make it shine and gleam through our actions. Allah refers to Our Beloved Rasulullah (SAW) and praises his character:

وَإِنَّكَ لَعَلَىٰ خُلُقٍ عَظِيمٍ

“Surely, you are on an exalted standard of character.”(Surah Al-Qalaam 68:4)

Rasulullah (SAW) says: “I have been sent to perfect good qualities of character” (Mishkaat Shareef)

When we read about Rasulullah (SAW) character, we fall in love in an instant. How Rasulullah (SAW) honored each person that came to him, and made them feel most special to him, when he shook someone’s hands he wouldn’t let go until the other person would. Rasulullah (SAW) said, that the heaviest on the scale will be is a persons good character. There is a major barrier between the youth and the elders, which as a result, we see the youth rebelling and seeking other ‘ways of life’ i.e. gang culture. A simple thing such as saying salaam to the younger ones or being approachable, and keeping a good bond, breaks that barrier and engaging with the youth.  This relationship can be built in the Musjid. We need to aim to keep a good bond, so that when the younger ones ever fall into trouble, they know they can turn to the elders, be the imam at the mosque, or the general community, and invite them, rather than despising them, so they fall into the right hands. We see that many of the answers lay to what we can contribute from ourselves. Smile at those around you, as it is an act of charity, Rasulullah (SAW) was always seen smiling; it is amazing how a smile can brighten a person’s day up. Spread salaam for it is a greeting from amongst the heavens, not only to those you know, but those you don’t know. Approach each other with hugs and handshakes, for this spreads love. Always have good manners amongst you, and remember this Hadith: “Fear Allah wherever you maybe and follow up a bad deed with a good one and it will wipe it out and behave amongst the people with beautiful manners” (At Tirmidhi)

“May Allah give us all the ability to perfect our character and be among the righteous, Aameen”

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