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How to invite others to Islam?

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Assalam-e-Allaykum,
Burhan bhaijaan,
I am born in a Dawoodi bohra family.Presently i am undergoing with my education.There was my muslim friend who braught to my notice the translation of The Holy Quran.I was extremely excited when i braught it to my house when suddenly my elderly fellows informed me that syedna prohibits reading translation of this holy book for the simple reason that we the commom men cannot derive light from the honoured book.But when i heeded their sayings and started reading the words of owner of two worlds,i realised that how wrong my elderly fellow were.And when i stayed and looked at what i had been taught right from my childhood is nothing but manifest lie.Their is absolutely nothing i can see and say that this is what they(The Bohras) do which Allah commands to.They are in complete transgression and mischief to Islam .But few years ago before i can visualise how wrong and disrespectful to my lord i was, my father broke away with my mother for it was me who was protesting againts my father drunkenness.Now the responsibility of our whole family got shouldered on my maternal uncles.They are good people and made me continue with my studies but they are also devout bohras. By swear of Allah inspite of all the sufferings and mental frustrations i once undergone i am peacefully continuing my studies and study of Islam.
The thing which is tickling me today is that from where should i start inviting my loved ones to the truth for the truth of Quran has made completely impatient about my beleifs.let me also know What i can do to bring my father back through the islamic ways.
please let me know what the Rasool e allah `s way of propogating islam so that it will profit me.
May Allah help one who belevied and make his trial easy.May Allah forgive our sins and accept prayers .Allah ho Akbar.Aamin.
Allah Haafiz.

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How to invite others to Islam?

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.

 

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 22 Surah Hajj verse 78: Exert your utmost for the cause of Allah, as one should. He has chosen you for His service and has not laid on you any hardship in your deen. Therefore, be steadfast in the religion of your father, Abraham. Allah had called you Muslims before this, and has called you (by the same name) in this Quran also, so that the Messenger may be a witness in regard to you, and you may be witnesses in regard to the rest of mankind. Therefore, establish the salaat and pay the zakaat, and hold fast to Allah. He (Allah) is your Maula: what an excellent Maula and what an excellent Helper!

 

Allah-o-Akbar! Allah-o-Akbar! Allah-o-Akbar! Allah Subhanah is indeed the Greatest! All Praise is due to Allah Subhanah Alone Who has guided you to understand and comprehend the Truth of the Glorious Quran and showed you the path which leads to the Siraat-e-Mustaqeem. May Allah Subhanah have Mercy upon you, help you, guide you, protect you, and give you the wisdom and the courage to stay steadfast on the Straight Path. Ameen.

 

My beloved and dear Brother in Islam, it is indeed true that the High Priest and his family absolutely do not encourage our Bohra brethren to read the Quran with understanding, nor do they make any effort in guiding them to the Truth from the Glorious Quran. This is the standard modus-operandi of the unscrupulous and worldly priests whose only interest is in subjugating their followers to make them their slaves (Abde-syedna) rather than guiding them to become Abd-Allah (slaves of Allah Subhanah). They neither teach the meaning of the Quran themselves, nor do they encourage the understanding of the Quran from any other source available. And once they have succeeded in keeping the clear guidance of the Merciful Lord away from their followers, they lead them to all kinds of paths of shirk in the name of their forefathers, or themselves and their families, and even in the name of some of the most pious and obedient slaves of Allah Subhanah. These unscrupulous high priests promise them direct access to Paradise for the unconditional obedience of their followers, and these poor and misguided souls, in the absence of any knowledge whatsoever from the Glorious Quran believe in their false promises of Paradise and dare not do or say anything not acceptable to their high priest! May Allah Subhanah take full retribution from these evil and wicked deceivers, who have beguiled a multitude of our beloved brethren with their false promises of Paradise; and may Allah Subhanah open the hearts of our brethren to come to the understanding of the Quran so that they may worship their Merciful Lord Alone without associating any partners with Him. Ameen.

 

Alas! Only if our beloved Bohra brethren could understand the Truth of the Quran, they would recognize the price they would have to pay on that Inevitable Day of Judgment for their unconditional obedience of their high priests!

 

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 2 Surah Al-Baqarah verse 174: Indeed those, who conceal the commands that Allah has sent down in His Book and barter them away for paltry worldly gains, fill their bellies with fire. Allah will not speak to them on the Day of Resurrection, nor will He regard them as pure and there is a painful torment for them!

 

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 2 Surah Baqarah verse 159: Those who conceal the clear (Revelations) and Guidance We have sent down, after We have made it clear for the people in the Book, on them shall be Allahs laanah and the laanah of those who are entitled to curse!

 

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 9 Surah Taubah verses 34-35: O you who believe! There are indeed many among the priests and the holy men who devour the wealth of others by evil means, and debar the people from the Way of Allah. Give them the good news of a painful torment, who hoard up gold and silver and do not expend these in the Way of Allah. The Day shall surely come when the same gold and silver shall be heated in the fire of Hell, and with it will be branded their foreheads, their bodies and their backs. (And it will be said): Here is that treasure you had hoarded up for yourselves! Taste now the evil of your hoarded treasure!

 

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 22 Surah Hajj verses 13: Then, instead of Allah, he invokes those who can do him neither harm nor good. This is the last extremity of deviation. He invokes those who are more likely to do him harm, than good! What an EVIL Maula he chooses, and what an evil companion.

 

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 39 Surah Zumur verse 2-3: So worship Allah Alone, making your religion His exclusively. Beware! Religion is the exclusive Right of Allah. As for those who have taken other auliyas (guardians) with Allah (and justify their this conduct by saying): We serve them only that they may bring us closer to Allah. Allah will surely judge between them concerning all that in which they differ. Allah does not show guidance to any liar and denier of the Truth.

 

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 10 Surah Yunus verse 18: These people serve beside Allah those which can neither harm nor benefit them, and say, These are our shofaa (intercessors) with Allah! (O Mohammed), tell them, Do you wish to inform Allah of that thing which He knows not in the heavens, or in the earth? He is absolutely free from, and exalted above the shirk that they commit.

 

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 33 Surah Ahzab verse 66-68: On the Day their faces are rolled about on the Fire, they will say, Would that we had obeyed Allah and His Messenger! And they will say, O our Lord, we obeyed our CHIEFS and our GREAT MEN, and they led us astray from the Right Path. O our Lord, give them a double chastisment and curse them severely.

 

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 40 Surah Mumin verse 47-48: Then imagine the time when these people will be disputing with one another in Hell. The weak ones will say to the haughty ones, We were your followers! Now, can you save us from some part of our punishment in Hell? The haughty ones will say, We are all in the same state here, and Allah has already passed judgment between His servants.

 

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 18 Surah Kahf verse 102: What? Do these people, who have disbelieved, presume that they would make My servants their auliyaas besides Me? We have prepared Hell for the hospitality of such people.


 

Your Question: The thing which is tickling me today is that from where should i start inviting my loved ones to the truth for the truth of Quran has made completely impatient about my beleifs.let me also know What i can do to bring my father back through the islamic ways. please let me know what the Rasool e allah `s way of propogating islam so that it will profit me.
My beloved and dear brother in Islam, it is a condition of being guided aright that one does not hide this Truth with him, but rather strives his best to invite all who are willing to listen to good caution to the path of the Glorious Quran, starting with his immediate family as is the direct command of the Lord All-Mighty in His Book of Guidance.

 

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!

 

Beloved brother, your hatred and your impatience about the beliefs of your forefathers and your loved ones is nothing but a sign of your emaan and faith in Allah Subhanah and His Revealed Guidance. The Messenger of Allah (saws) said in an authentic and beautiful narration that when the one whom Allah has guided him aright hates to revert back to disbelief as much as he hates to be thrown in the Fire, has indeed tasted the halaawa til emaan or the sweetness of faith!

 

Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 1.15 Narrated by Anas

The Prophet (saws) said, "Whoever possesses the following three qualities will have the sweetness of eemaan (faith):

1. The one to whom Allah and His Messenger (saws) becomes dearer than anything else.

2. Who loves a person and he loves him only for Allah's sake.

3. Who hates to revert to disbelief, as he hates to be thrown into the fire."

 

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.

 

My beloved and dear brother, when someone is born into such a (dis)belief, and since his birth saw his fathers and forefathers and all his surroundings following this (dis)belief; it is obviously difficult for him to hear or comprehend something which is not endorsed by his belief! The culture all around him is so overwhelming, the rites and rituals and customs so overpowering, and the absolute and unconditional obedience and reverence of the High Priest and his family so demanding; that for him to even think about doing or even hearing something not endorsed or encouraged by his High Priest is as good as blasphemy and disbelief!

 

My beloved and dear Brother in Islam, in our humble opinion the best way to start this process of inviting to the Truth of the Quran is to try to use logic and leave no option for the brothers, whom you are trying to propagate to understand the Words of Allah Subhanah, but to use their intelligence and their common sense when evaluating your arguments; for this faculty of intelligence, and power of reasoning, and common sense are indeed very strong tools bestowed upon man from their Lord Most Merciful.

 

Sometimes, in the search of knowledge and to derive the best answers, it might be prudent to ask the right questions which challenge their faculties of intelligence and common sense! It indeed needs a lot of patience and wisdom for the one who Allah Subhanah has blessed with the knowledge from the Quran to argue with the ones who do not believe (or do not want to believe) in the Truth of the Quran! But that is precisely what our Lord has commanded the believers to do when inviting anyone to the way of Allah Subhanah.

 

It is imperative that you do not challenge their beliefs at the outset, nor say anything about their faith, no matter how much you think they are against the guidance of the Quran; for that will do nothing but close their hearts, put them in a defensive mode, and they will not want to hear a word of what you have to say; and worse they will label you a muslim and try their best to avoid talking anything about Islam to you! Man has been bestowed with enough intelligence, power of reasoning, and common sense by the All-Wise Creator that when presented with the Truth; he will easily be able to determine the Truth from the falsehoods, if he indeed wants to. Thus your duty is not to force them or coerce them to believe in what you have to say; but rather with extreme patience and wisdom present the Very Words of the Lord All-Mighty to them, as their genuine well-wisher and brother, and let their intelligence and common sense determine the Truth from the falsehood! The Truth is a power unto itself, and there is no bigger Truth than the Glorious Quran revealed by none other than the One Who Created everything in existence!

 

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 17 Surah Bani Israel verse 81: And declare, The Truth has come and falsehood has vanished. And falsehood is a thing that must by its nature, vanish!

 

Thus, if you have tried everything else, maybe its worth a try to get them to answer simple questions like these listed below. Brother, I repeat again, it is very important that you do not belittle or abuse them or their beliefs; but use the example of the wisdom of Prophet Ibraheem (a.s.) from the Quran when he, as a genuine well-wisher and brother of his people, tried to guide them by naming the stars, the moon, and the sun (which his people used to worship) and bring them to the Truth of The Oneness of Allah Subhanah (Quran 6:76-79).

 

Is there any doubt that the Quran is a Book of Guidance from Allah Subhanah?

Is the Quran authentic and verbatim and preserved in the way it was revealed to Prophet Mohamed (saws)?

Is there any book other than the Quran, which the Lord All Mighty revealed for the guidance of mankind?

If this is the only Book of Guidance from our Lord and Creator, then are we taking any guidance from it? How?

Does reciting it day and night in a language we cannot understand give us any guidance to the Straight Path?

Does carrying a few verses in our pockets, or wearing a few verses as a taweez on our necks, or chanting a few verses a million times give us any guidance?

Is not our duty to understand this Message the Lord has revealed for the guidance of all mankind?

Did Allah Subhanah not Know that not everyone in the world does not speak and understood the Arabic language?

Is the Quran a guidance only for those who speak and understand the Arabic language?

Will we be judged on the Day of Judgment according to the guidance of the Holy Quran?

Is Allah Subhanah so unjust that He will Judge mankind even though they could not understand His Message?

Will Allah Subhanah accept our excuse for not understanding His Message because it was in a language different from that we understood or spoke?

What would one do if one were to receive a letter in a foreign language which he could not understand, from the King or Ruler or President of a Country:

Would he keep reciting it again and again without understanding it?

Would he take a copy of the letter from the King and wear it as a taweez around his neck?

Would he recite the letter at every good and noble occasion, without ever trying to understand a word of it?

Or would he straight away go to a person he trusts and knows who speaks and understands the language the letter is written in, and get him to translate the meaning so that he may find out what exactly is required by the King?

Is it possible that the Just Lord would send his Message so that no one could understand it? and then Judge mankind according to this Message?

Is it possible that the Just Lord would reveal a Message which could only be understood by just one family, or just the one High Priest?

If only the High Priest and/or only his family are able to understand the Quran, then it must be mentioned by Allah Subhanah in His Message?

What if the belief we are born into is not the belief propagated by the Quran?

Would it not be wise to confirm even only once, that our belief, on which depends our ever lasting and never ending life of the Hereafter, is accordance with the guidance of the Quran?

Why do our High Priest or his family never ever encourage the understanding of the Quran?

Why do our High Priest or his family never run classes to understand the Quran?

Why do our High Priest or his family never translate the Quran for us so that we can understand the Message of his and our Lord and Creator?

They write and translate so many books, and saheefas, and qaidas, and haptis, and munajaats, and marseeyah, etc. in a language we understand. Then why not the Quran?

If they dont present a translation of the Quran, neither do they teach it, neither do they encourage it, neither do they allow it; then how are we to understand the Message of our Lord and Creator?

Are all the existing translations, and there are literally hundreds if not thousands of them in all possible languages spoken in the world, written with a political or ulterior motive?

Would it not be wise just to compare and see if the translation of even any one Surah from the several existing translations, and determine if the meanings of these translation match or differ?

When people who see movies or read books dubbed or translated from English to Hindi, or Hindi to Malyalam, or Telugu to Hindi, etc. can understand their meanings; could we not understand a simple translation of this all-important Message of our Lord and Creator?

Try translating a few phrases from Gujrati and translating them into English and see how many variation one can make in its meanings!

Could bethi jaa be translated to mean into anything other than sit down in English?

Could maru ghar be translated to mean into anything other than my home in English?

Could asmaan ane zameen be translated to mean into anything other than heaven and earth in English?

If translated with the best intentions, could it be possible that each and every one of all the hundreds and thousands of translations of the Glorious Quran were done with ulterior motives?

Is it even remotely a possibility that we are being deprived of the understanding of the Message of our Lord by some people who discourage us from understanding the Message of our Lord?

Is it even remotely a possibility that the beliefs we are born into are not the ones propagated and endorsed by the Quran?

Is it even remotely possible that the unconditional obedience and reverence of the family of the High Priest is not a requirement of the Quran?

If we try to understand the Quran, even only once, it will at least confirm the beliefs we are born into are true and our High Priest and his family are guiding us to the Straight Path of Truth! What then is the harm?

 

My beloved and dear Brother in Islam, if you ask some of these questions with the genuine intention of getting your beloved family and brethren to understand the Truth of the Quran, maybe, just maybe, you might be able to trigger their conscience, or their sense of intelligence, or their sense of reasoning, or their common sense and they come a step closer to making an effort to understand the Glorious Quran!

 

Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 5.521 Narrated by Sahl bin Sad

On the day of Khaibar Allah's Messenger (saws) said to Hadrat Ali ibn Abi Taalib (r.a.) "Proceed and do not hurry. When you enter their territory, call them to embrace Islam and inform them of Allah's Rights which they should observe, for by Allah, even if a single man is led on the right path (of Islam) by Allah through you, then that will be better for you than the nice red camels." (the absolutely best and prized possessions of those times)

 

My beloved and dear Brother in Islam, Allah is my witness, I have been trying for the last 15 years to get some of my closest family members to read the translation of the Quran; and have had very little or absolutely no success in most cases! My own beloved and aged mother, my two sisters, and one of my brothers still refuse to accept the Truth of the Glorious Quran and insist in their unconditional belief, and obedience, and worship of their High Priest and his family! So strong and unshakable is their belief, that my very own beloved mother refuses to even come to my house, or eat even a morsel of food from my house; just only because I have left her belief in her High Priest and his family, and aligned myself to the belief of the Glorious Quran! Had Allah not had mercy on me, helped me, and guided me; I swear by Allah Subhanah, I would have been absolutely and utterly ruined! May my life and the life of my children be the ransom of my beloved and aged mother! If Allah Wills and helps me, I will continue to try to invite her to the guidance of the Quran until the day Allah Wills to recall either her or me back to His Majestic Presence; for the Quran guides that the doors of Taubah of our Merciful Lord are open till the moment one meets with his appointment of death.

 

My beloved and dear Brother in Islam, it is nothing but the extension of our genuine love for our family and our loved ones that we invite them to understand the Glorious Quran so that they may take the steps to be guided aright. Allah Subhanah time and again guides us in His Glorious Quran that our duty is only to invite them to the Straight Path with wisdom and with patience, and in the best and most polite manner; to guide them aright or leave them astray is in the Absolute Will and Power of the Merciful Lord Alone.

 

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 Nahl verse 82: But if they turn away, your only responsibility is to convey the plain Message of Truth! They recognize the blessing of Allah, yet they deny it, for the majority of them are not inclined to accept the Truth!

 

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 18 Surah Kahf verse 29: Proclaim, This (Quran) is the Truth from your Lord: now whosoever wills may accept it, and whosoever wills may reject it. (As for those who reject it) We have prepared for such workers of iniquity a fire whose flames have encircled them. There, if they ask for water , they will be given a drink like the dregs of oil, which will burn their mouths! What an evil drink, and what an evil abode!

 

My beloved and dear brother in Islam, you continue your striving with extreme wisdom and utmost patience to invite your loved ones to come closer to the understanding of the Glorious Quran; and seek your reward only from Allah Subhanah, the Lord of the Worlds. Never ever let their abuse, or their ridicule, or their anger, or their boycotts scare or shake you from the path of the Quran that you have chosen for yourself. Be aware brother, that the path you have chosen from the Quran will demand untold sacrifices; your own family members might forsake you, your friends will no longer remain your friends, your community might outcast you, the ones you hold closest to your heart might detest and abhor you.but my beloved and dear Brother in Islam, you stay constant on the Straight Path of the Glorious Quran in these severe trials and tribulations of this one short and transitory life; for our return is ultimately back to Him Who Created us and everything in existence!

 

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 9 Surah Taubah verses 23-24:

23 O ye who believe! Take not for protectors your fathers and your brothers if they love disbelief above faith: if any of you do so, they do wrong.

24 Say: If it be that your fathers, your sons, your brothers, your mates, your kindred; the wealth that ye have gained; the commerce in which ye fear a decline; or the dwellings in which ye delight, are dearer to you than Allah, His Messenger (saws), or the striving in His Cause; then wait until Allah brings about His Decision: and Allah guides not the rebellious.

 

My dear and beloved Brother in Islam, I sincerely apologize if my reply has become too lengthy; for the question you asked is indeed one that is closest to my heart! Had it not been for Allahs Mercy, and had He not guided us to understand the Truth of the Glorious Quran, we would have been completely and utterly ruined. May Allah Subhanah keep you and us and all the believers who have aligned their lives to the guidance of the Quran steadfast on this Straightest of Paths.

 

Sahih Al-Bukhari HadithHadith 8.476 Narrated by Abu Huraira

I heard Allah's Messenger (saws) saying, Verily! Allah created Mercy. The day He created it (Mercy), He made it into one hundred parts. He withheld with Him ninety-nine parts, and sent its one part to all His creatures. Had the non-believer known of all the Mercy which is in the Hands of Allah, he would not lose hope of entering Paradise; and had the believer known of all the punishment which is present with Allah, he would not consider himself safe from the Hell-Fire."

 

Indeed the price our Lord demands from His believing slaves seems expensive; indeed the reward He has with Him is Paradise!

 

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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