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The best way of giving advice and making Da`wah

Q 2: What is the best way of giving advice and making Da`wah (calling to Islam)?

A: The way of making Da`wah and giving advice is to follow the manner that Allah (Glorified be He) tells His Servants about and commands them to follow by His Saying: "And say to My slaves that they should (only) say those words that are the best." [Surah Al-Isra', 17: 53]

Allah (Glorified and Exalted be He) also says: "and speak good to people" [Surah Al-Baqarah, 2: 83]

And: "Invite to the Way of your Lord (i.e. Islām) with wisdom (i.e. with the Divine Revelation and the Qur‘ān) and fair preaching, and argue with them in a way that is better." [Surah Al-Nahl, 16: 125]

And: "And argue not with the people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians), unless it be in (a way) that is better (with good words and in good manner, inviting them to Islāmic Monotheism with His Verses), except with such of them as do wrong." [Surah Al-`Ankabut, 29: 46]

Moreover, Allah (Glorified and Exalted be He) says while addressing His Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) in Surah Al `Imran: "And by the Mercy of Allāh, you dealt with them gently. And had you been severe and harsh-hearted, they would have broken away from about you."  [Surah Al-`Imran, 3: 159]

 In addition, when Allah (Glorified be He) sent Musa (Moses, peace be upon him) and Harun (Aaron, peace be upon him) to Pharoah; He said to them: "And speak to him mildly, perhaps he may accept admonition or fear (Allāh)." [Surah Ta­Ha, 20: 44]

On the other hand, the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: "Kindness is not to be found in anything but that it adds to its beauty and it is not withdrawn from anything but it makes it defective."

And: "O Allah, who 'happens to' acquire some kind of control over the affairs of my people and is kind to them, be kind to him; and who 'happens to' acquire some kind of control over the affairs of my people and is hard upon them, be hard upon him." (Related by Muslim in his Sahih (authentic) Book of Haadith).

The Prophet (peace be upon him) also said: "Din (religion)  is Religion is based on Nasihah 'sincerity that makes a believer submit fully to Allah and His Messenger and advise others'. Upon this we said: For whom? He replied: 'For Allah, His Book, His Messenger and for Muslims' leaders and public."

There are many other Ayahs (Qur'anic verses) and Hadith to the same effect. Muslim scholars, leaders, and Du`ah (callers to Islam) have thus, to follow such manner that both Allah (Glorified and Exalted be He) and His Messenger (peace be upon him) clarified to them. They have to advise people and help them to overcome their problems through the way told by Allah (Glorified be He) and His Messenger (peace be upon him).

However, Muslim authorities have also to implement the Islamic legal punishments on whomever wrongs others, assaults their rights, and does not benefit from advice.

They have to implement Had (ordained punishment for violating Allah‘s Law) and Ta`zir (discretionary punishment) on whomever is proven liable of any of such punishments. This is to deter those who are guilty and to protect the Muslim society against all kinds of corruption.

May Allah grant Muslims success, set right their hearts and deeds, and guide Muslim rulers to all that pleases Him and promotes the goodness of His Servants.!
May Allah set right the conditions of all Muslims, grant them comprehensive understanding of Din, and keep them firm on the truth.! Verily, Allah is the Most Bountiful, the Most Gracious.! May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions!

`Abdul-Aziz ibn `Abdullah ibn Baz

Chairman of the Departments of Scholarly Research, Ifta', Da`wah, and Guidance

Source: Ibn Baz Fatwas > Volume 27 > Book on Da`wah > The best way of giving advice and making Da`wah