Advice for King Faysal ibn Abdul-Aziz concerning Dawah
From `Abdul-`Aziz ibn `Abdullah ibn Baz to His Majesty King Faysal ibn `Abdul-`Aziz, may Allah guide him to all goodness and bless his life!
As-salamu `alaykum warahmatullah wabarakatuh (May Allah's Peace, Mercy, and Blessings be upon you.)
May Allah protect you! Your Highness assumes a high post, which is the hope of the Muslims after Allah (Glorified and Exalted be He), as you rule the Qiblah (direction faced for Prayer towards the Ka`bah) of the Muslims and the place where the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) migrated.
From this blessed place, the Message began and enlightened the world; the first generation of Muslims carried the responsibility to enlighten the whole world and they sacrificed themselves and their money in the Cause of Allah, so the world submitted to them and Islam prevailed.
Being the ruler of this blessed country and having inherited the legacy of your noble predecessors, you should undoubtedly bear the responsibility of Da`wah (calling to Islam) and Jihad (fighting in the Cause of Allah) as much as possible. As you have done this, praise be to Allah that He granted you success to do it.
Allah (Exalted be He), who is the Most Truthful One, warns the Ummah (nation) against hiding Al-Haqq (the Truth) and encourages them to perform Jihad and Da`wah in His saying, "(And remember) when All‚h took a covenant from those who were given the Scripture (Jews and Christians) to make it (the news of the coming of Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alaihe wasallam and the religious knowledge) known and clear to mankind, and not to hide it.." [Surah Al-`Imran, 3: 187]
He (Exalted be He) also says, "As for those who strive hard in Us (Our Cause), We will surely guide them to Our Paths (i.e. All‚h‘s religion - Isl‚mic Monotheism). And verily, All‚h is with the MuhsinŻn (good doers)."[Surah Al-`Ankabut, 29: 69]
He (Glorified and Exalted be He) also says, "Indeed in the Messenger of All‚h (Muhammad) you have a good example to follow for him who hopes for (the Meeting with) All‚h and the Last Day" [Surah Al≠Ahzab, 33: 21]
He (Exalted be He) also says, "And who is better in speech than he who says: "My Lord is All‚h (believes in His Oneness)," and then stands firm (acts upon His Order), and] invites (men) to All‚h‘s (Isl‚mic Monotheism), and does righteous deeds, and says: 'I am one of the Muslims.' "[Surah Fussilat, 41: 33]
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said in his Khutbah (sermon) which he delivered in the Farewell Hajj, Let those who are present convey to those who are absent.
He (peace be upon him) also said, "Convey (my teachings) to the people, even if it is a single sentence."
Praise be to Allah, there are many means of communication at this time throughout the whole world, which facilitates Da`wah. Your Majesty is the one now responsible for conveying Allah's orders to His Servants, which is undoubtedly a great responsibility that requires serious efforts, patience and persistence.
On the occasion of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the establishment of the United Nations, which will be next June and to which the kings and presidents of the member countries are invited to deliver a speech, I implore Your Majesty that you seize this opportunity to perform Da`wah and call for referring to Shari`ah (Islamic law) in this meeting that shall be attended by most of the Islamic world leaders as well as others.
You should also clarify to them the merits of Islam: it is the true religion, which is perfect for every time and place; it leads to the benefit of this world and the Hereafter; it is the religion of happiness and success and the only way to save humanity, which is lost, from the darkness of ignorance to the shore of safety. It is the only way to solve all the problems of humanity.
You should also explain that the Message of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) is general to all people and that whoever obeys him enters Jannah (Paradise) and whoever disobeys him enters Hellfire, which clears your conscience and establishes evidence against them.
I hope that Your Majesty gains high rank and glory in this world and wins high ranks in Jannah in the afterlife.
Out of my love to you and to all Muslims, exchange of sincere advice in cooperation in righteousness and piety, and desire to spread Islamic Da`wah among the people, I decided to remind you of this important matter. Your Majesty knows the reality and the corruption, dissolution, atheism and deviation that have afflicted the world.
I hope that you take care of this matter and apply it. May Allah set right your affairs; help you set right the affairs of others; guide you and help you guide others; increase your honor in this world and in the Hereafter; make you beneficial to the people and save them from Kufr (disbelief) and misguidance and lead them to righteousness and guidance due to your call. He is the Most Generous One.
As-salamu `alaykum warahmatullah wabarakatuh.
Vice President of the Islamic University in Madinah Vice President of the Islamic University in Madinah
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