|Bismillaah Al-Hamdulillaah wa salatu wa salaamu 'ala rasulullaah |
Call Disbelieving Parents to Islaam, then Travel to Seek Knowledge
Question: May Allaah bless you, our shaikh. We come from America, where the majority of our families are disbelievers. What advice do you have for us that can help bring our families to Islaam?
Answer by Shaikh Muhammad ibn 'Abdul-Wahhab al-'Aqeel (hafidhahullaah):
|This is a very good question, and extremely important question, because the finest gift you can give to your relatives is that you call them to Islaam. |
The first of the ways for their guidance is that you make a lot of du'aa, and supplicate to Allaah, asking Him to guide them. It's not just that you say, "O Allaah guide these people," and walk away; rather you must adhere to all the proper etiquettes and manners of du'aa.* And you repeat it a lot, in the night and the day.
Then, it is upon you to look towards and adhere to the way of the Prophet (salallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam) and his Seerah. Because the method of the Prophet in calling to Allaah was the most excellent method. Being good and benevolent to them, assisting them upon that which they have to do [in halal matters], trying to bring their hearts together, giving them gifts. Make them love you. And if they love you, they will follow you (accept your da'wah, accept your advice).
And this is the most obligatory matter you must do for them.
Indeed one of the Salaf left from Khurasan to seek some knowledge. So he met some people, who asked him, "Where do you want to go?"
He said, "I want to seek knowledge."
(One of them) asked, "Are your parents alive?"
He replied, "Yes."
(One of them) asked, "Are they Muslim?"
He said, "No."
(One of them) said, "Go back and call them to Islaam, for indeed that is better for you than seeking knowledge."
So he went back to them, and he served them until they accepted Islaam. And he said:
|That was the finest advice I ever received in my life.|
His parents died just a short while after that. He was extremely happy that they died upon Islaam. Then, he went on to seek knowledge afterwards, and he obtained a huge portion of knowledge.
Source: A Masjid Rahmah Hajj, 'Umrah (1431) tape The Guidance of Allaah; talk by Shaikh Muhammad ibn 'Abdul-Wahhab al-'Aqeel
* The following are Etiquettes, Manners, Guidelines of Making Du'aa from the Sunnah and Min Akhbar as-Salaf (From the Narrations of the Salaf)
|Fadalah bin 'Ubayd (radiallaahu 'anhu) said: "The Messenger of Allaah (salallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam) heard a man making supplication in his prayer when he had not praised Allaah or said Salah upon the Prophet. The Messenger of Allaah (salallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam) said: This man is rushing. |
Then he (salallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam) called him over and said to him or to someone else:
Imam Ahmad, Abu Dawud and At-Tirmidhi reported the above hadeeth and graded it Sahih; An-Nasa`i, Ibn Khuzaymah and Ibn Hibban recorded in their Sahihs.
|When any one of you supplicates, let him start by praising and glorifying Allaah, The Exalted, then let him send Salah upon the Prophet, and after that let him make supplication as he wishes.|
|Abdullah ibn Masood (radiallaahu 'anhu) said: |
(as-Saheehah no. 3204)
|When one of you wishes to ask (Allaah), then he should begin with praising and thanking Allaah with that which He deserves. Then he should ask Allaah to send His peace and blessings upon the Prophet (salallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam) then he should ask (for his need). For verily, that (the above method) is more likely to result in success.|
|The following is a summary of guidelines for making Du'aa - a summary (and fiqh) read by student of knowledge Abu Muhammad al-Maghribee (hafidhahullaah) who also read the narrations during one of his classes as part of a series of beneficial lessons under the title Min Akhbar as-Salaf (From the Narrations of the Salaf): |
1- one should be sincere in Du'aa
2- one's heart should be present in the Du'aa
3- while fearing Allaah
4- one's food should be halal
5- one should make Du'aa with truthfulness
6- the Du'aa should be made repeatedly, persistently
7- humble yourself to Allaah
8- be consistent in Du'aa
9- increase in Du'aa during times of fear
|10- Don't leave off making Du'aa (even if you commit sins), for Allaah answered the du'aa of shaytan - worst of all creation - "grant me respite until the Day of Judgment." Allaah said (what means): You are of those allowed respite. (Al-A'raf, ayah 15)|
11- Keep in mind that Du'aa is 'ibaadah (worship)
12- one should be fearful of being prevented from making Du'aa
13- Do not say "my Du'aa is not answered," while you yourself close the door by sins
Subhanak Allaahuma wa bihamdika ash-hadu anlaa illaaha illa anta astaghfiruka wa atubu ilayk
If I said anything correct, then it is from Allaah (subhanahu wa taa'ala), and if I erred, then that is from me and shaytan.