Why are you helping the Dawoodibohras?
Mu' meneen Brothers and Sisters,
As Salaam Aleikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh. (May Allah's Peace, Mercy and Blessings be upon all of you)
One of our brothers/sisters has asked this question:
Assalaam Alaikum. Dear Brother, I am very impressed by this site of yours which provides comprehensive knowledge about Islam. I would like to know as to when can we implement complete Islam in our lives since Islam is a deen but we have reduced it to just a religion at present. I would also like to why you have taken such keen interest in educating the Bohra community. Thank you.
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Why are you helping the Dawoodibohras?
In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is no one (no idol, no person, no grave, no prophet, no imam, no dai, nobody!) worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.
We would firstly like to thank you for your kind comments of encouragement. May Allah accept yours and our humble deeds and efforts in the propagation of the Truth of Islam.
Your Question: I would like to know as to when can we implement complete Islam in our lives since Islam is a deen but we have reduced it to just a religion at present.
Islam is not only a deen or a religion, but it is a complete way of life, where a slave of Allah recognizes His Lord and Creator through his Signs and Attributes, and submits his will to the Will and Command of His Creator.
You are right when you say that most people have taken the religion as rituals and rasms and do not implement Islam completely in their lives! Islam is not something that one can live part-time, and in the rest of his life, he does what he pleases. When one willingly submits his will to the Will of his Creator, he cannot do anything of his own from then on but rather he should always turn to Allah and His Messenger (saws) for guidance on every aspect of his life. That is the true spirit of Islam.
Brother, the time to implement Islam into our lives is NOW! Allah will not ask you or me what was the condition of the people; He will ask us what did we do with the guidance sent by Him. Did we accept, follow and obey His Guidance, or did we deny and reject it? Thus, brother, the time to implement Islam in our lives is now before we meet with our appointment of death and there is no turning back to this world!
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 2 Surah Baqarah verse 208:O you who have believed! Enter completely into Islam, and do not follow the footsteps of Shaitaan, for he is your avowed enemy!
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 29 Surah Ankaboot verse 38:Shaitaan made their deeds fair-seeming to them and misled them from the right path, although they were sensible people.
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 3 Surah Ale Imran verse 31-32:O Prophet, tell the people, If you sincerely love Allah, follow me. Then Allah will love you and forgive you your sins, for He is All Forgiving, All Merciful. Also say to them, Obey Allah and His Messenger. And if, in spite of this, they do not accept your invitation, warn them that Allah does not love those, who refuse to obey Him and His Messenger.
Your Question: I would also like to why you have taken such keen interest in educating the Bohra community.
Most of the brothers who volunteer their time and effort on this forum were born into Dawoodi Bohra families. At various times of their lives, Allah in His Infinite Mercy, guided them to study the Glorious Quran and come to the True Deen of Islam.
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 66 Surah Tahreem verse 6:O you who have believed, save yourselves and your families from a Fire whose fuel shall be men and stones; over which shall be appointed fierce and stern angels, who never disobey Allahs Command, and they only do as they are commanded!
To this day, many of our family members are still following the deen of Bohras, and we are concerned for their Hereafter if they do not leave the shirk and come to the guidance of Allah and His Messenger (saws). After Allah has guided us through His Mercy, we wished that we could help our family and friends take guidance from the clear teachings of the Glorious Quran; and that resulted in the starting of this forum. Allah has indeed been very very Merciful to us, and has allowed and honored us to work in the propagation of His Deen. We hope and pray that Allah accepts our humble and weak efforts and forgives us our sins when we ultimately return to our Merciful Lord.
Allah has made it a duty of every believer that he spread this knowledge of Truth to whoever is willing to listen to good caution. Allah has been merciful to the believers and the only duty He has laid upon us is to declare the Truth and invite mankind to it. To accept or reject the invitation is upto the listener.
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 28 Surah Qasas verse 56:You cannot guide whom you love, but Allah guides whomever He Pleases. And He best knows those who would accept guidance.
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 16, Surah An-Nahl Ayat 125:Invite to the way of your Lord with wisdom and excellent admonition and argue with people in the best manner. Your Lord knows best who has gone astray from His Way and who is Rightly guided.
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 7 Surah Aaraaf verse 164:And remind them that when some people from among them asked the others, Why do you admonish those people whom Allah is about to destroy or punish severely? They replied, We admonish them in order to be able to offer an excuse before our Lord (that we did invite them to the Truth), and we also hope that they might refrain from disobedience to Him.
Thus brother, we are only doing our duty and inviting our Bohra brethren and anyone who wants to listen to good caution to read and study the Quran, and align their lives with its clear teachings and guidance.
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 18 Surah Kahf verse 29:Proclaim, This is the Truth from you Lord: now whoever wills may accept it, and whosoever wills may reject it.
Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allahs Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.
Your Brother in Islam,