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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:

Assalam-o-Alaikum

First of all brother may Allah give you reward for your efforts. Its a good

effort keep it up. I read your answer to Q.95 regarding Dawoodi-Bohras, and totally agree with your answer. There is a small thing I want to bring to your attention. i read about your history of how you turned to the true path of Allah. Think about that time one of the reasons you turned to Islam was the patience and good nature of the brother who was talking to you about Islam. In Q95 the person who raised the question was very taunting, which we should expect, infact we can expect worse comments. But I couldnt help noticing a certain level of anger and skepticism in your answer. I understand that your intentions were totally right. But remember one of the purposes of answering these questions and sending them out by mail to other people is to basically make them more aware of Islam. Some of them people might not be on the right path already. Any aggression might alienate them and put them on the defensive.

Once again I'm not criticising you, infact I greatly admire the work you do and may Allah give you Ajar for it.

Assalam-o-alaikum

 

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Good Criticism

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.

 

My beloved and esteemed brother in Islam, we cannot thank you enough for your constructive criticism. We absolutely agree with you in your assessment, and we beg Allah Subhanah to forgive us our short-comings. Indeed, what you have said is the absolute truth, and Insha Allah, we shall endeavor to deliver the Message of Allah Subhanah in the most polite and humble manner; as is the command of our Merciful Lord.

 

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 is our witness, we meant nothing but good, and our one and only intention is to seek the Pleasure of Allah Subhanah with our humble efforts to invite our brethren to the Truth of Islam. We are only but human beings, and thus prone to error and short-comings. May Allah Subhanah reward you with the best for bringing this short-coming to our attention, and we sincerely apologize to you and our brethren, if any of our articles have transgressed the boundaries of wisdom and good manners. May Allah Subhanah forgive us our errors and short-comings, have mercy on us, bestow upon us patience and wisdom, and save us all from the torment of the Hell Fire.

 

We humbly beg Allah Subhanah that He bestow upon us control over our human emotions, and grant us patience and wisdom to invite mankind to the Truth of Allah Subhanah. We seek refuge in Allah Subhanah from the incitement of the Shaitaan, who is ever an enemy of mankind.

 

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 7 Surah Aaraaf verses 199-202:Adopt the Way of leniency and forbearance! Enjoin what is good and avoid useless discussions with the ignorant people. If ever Shaitaan incites you to anger, seek refuge in Allah; He is indeed the All Hearing, All Knowing. The fact is that if ever an evil suggestion from Shaitaan so much as touches those, who are God-fearing people, they immediately get alerted and clearly see the right course they should adopt. As regards their (Shaitaans) brethren, they drag them on and on in their crooked ways, and leave nothing undone to seduce them!

 

Once again brother, we sincerely apologize for our short-comings, and earnestly thank you, and humbly supplicate Allah Subhanah to reward you with the best, for bringing this to our attention. We shall, Insha Allah, try our level best to control our emotions and invite our brethren to the Truth of Islam in the best and most polite manner.

 

Jazak Allah Kheir and May Allah reward you generously for writing to us, and helping us to deliver this Message of Truth in the best manner.

 

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,

 

 

Burhan

 

 

 


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