Qualities of a Caller to Islam
Fatwa No: 173411

  • Fatwa Date:13-2-2012 - Rabee' Al-Awwal 21, 1433
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Question

i like to be moslim scholar but i got many problem ahead of me and iam somali living in southafrica what i must do to success against this problems

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allaah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah, and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.

First of all, we ask Allaah The Almighty to reward you for your good intention and we ask Him to enable you to achieve your goal. We also ask Allaah The Almighty to make you a guided person who guides other people to the truth, and to guide them thanks to your efforts, as He is the All-Hearer and He responds to the supplication.

There are some pre-requisites that a person who wants to take up the task of Da’wah (calling people to Islam) must have, among which are the following:

1- Having a sincere intention when doing Da’wah and when seeking knowledge: Ka'b Ibn Maalik, may Allah be pleased with him, said, “I heard the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) saying: ''Whoever seeks knowledge in order to compete with the scholars or to prove himself superior to the ignorant or to make the people look up to him, Allaah will cause him to enter Hellfire.”' [At-Tirmithi]

2- Being patient in seeking knowledge and bearing the sufferings thereof: Ad-Daarimi  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him entitled a Chapter in his Sunan called ‘The Journey for Seeking Knowledge and Bearing the Sufferings While Doing so’. Besides, Al-Bukhari  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him entitled a Chapter 'The Chapter of Going out to Seek knowledge'. For instance, Jaabir ibn ‘Abdullah, went on a journey which lasted a whole month to meet ‘Abdullah ibn Unays, may Allaah be pleased him, to hear one single Hadeeth (narration) from him.

3- Choosing the scholars from whom one should learn knowledge: Al-Khateeb Al-Baghdaadi  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him said, “A seeker of knowledge should (aim to) go to the jurists [or scholars] who are known for piety and devotion, and who are not known to commit sins or acts of disobedience of Allaah.” Moreover, he (Al-Khateeb) narrated that Muhammad ibn Sireen  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him said, “Knowledge is (is the gate leading to understanding) religion, so you should see from whom you take it.” This was also reported by Muslim  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him in his introduction.

4- Avoiding learning (taking) knowledge by reading it from books only: Al-Khateeb Al-Baghdaadi  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him said, He should take his knowledge from the mouth of the scholars and not only from (reading) books.
5- Being humble: Al-Khateeb Al-Baghdaadi  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him reported from Ibn ‘Abbaas, may Allah be pleased with him, who said,I stayed a whole year wanting to ask 'Umar  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him about (the meaning of) one single verse, but I could not ask him out of reverence for him.

However, we did not understand exactly what you mean by the obstacles that prevent you from achieving this purpose, but a Muslim is blessed wherever he is. Thus, if you are unable to do Da’wah in your country, then you can do so wherever you are, and if you cannot find trustworthy scholars to receive knowledge from directly, then the modern means of communications, such as the Internet and the like, have facilitated benefitting from the scholars and Shaykhs.

 For more benefit, please refer to Fatwa 166265.

Allaah Knows best.

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