The Manners and Etiquette of Da'wah
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The subject of calling to Allah is an important one. The call to Allah means inviting (others) to enter into the religion of Allah. Allah created the creation for His worship. Allah says:
The benefit of those worshipping Allah returns to them for they are the ones in need of the worship of Allah. As for Allah, , then He is not in need of them and He is self sufficient from their worship.
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So the worshippers are the ones in need of worshipping Allah so that acquire the pleasure of Allah and His forgiveness and mercy. This so that they may enter His paradise and save them from His punishment. This is why Allah created them. However, it was decreed from His wisdom that He will test them and test them so that there would be a distinction between the people of obedience and the people of sin.
Iblis (Satan) and his party call the people away from worshipping Allah to the disobedience of Allah and to the following of desires and lusts. This is why Allah sent messengers calling people to that which is good. The devils call them to evil.
And Allah calls to the and He guides whomsoever He wills to the Straight Path.
He calls you that He may forgive you your sins and He delays it until an appointed time.
So Allah calls His servants that they may worship Him and that they may have repentance towards Him, that they ask forgiveness. He has sent the Messengers calling the people to that and He has given the scholars (inheritors of the Prophets) the responsibility of calling to Him for the benefit of His servants and profit.
The call to Allah has been established ever since what happened between Adam and Iblis and when Iblis took it upon himself to lure whoever he was able from the children of Adam and misguide them.
No doubt there are callers to that which is good and there are callers towards wrong amongst the devils from the and the men. This being wisdom from Allah, , a trial and test for His servants from the time He created the creation until the end of the world. Conflict continues between the truth and falsehood and between the callers to good and the callers to evil. Allah has praised the callers towards Allah.
So Allah has mentioned that the callers to Allah are the best people in speech. He has also described the callers as those who practice what they call the people to. So the caller must first be practicing what he is calling to in terms of obedience and worship until he becomes a good example such that his saying and actions are truthful. This is why Prophet Shu'ayb said: