If They Don’t Respond to Your Da’wah, Move On

“And there is a third type of seclusion for the da’i, and that is to leave the disbelievers and move on to another group of people if he sees that he’s made an effort with them that has proved useless and brought about no result, or that it is very unlikely that they will respond to him within a reasonable amount of time, or if he is unable to handle the harm they inflict upon him.

In such a case, he should move on to another group and focus his efforts on calling them to Allah. This is because the abilities of the da’i are limited, and his time is limited. So, if he receives no response from a particular people, he should move on to other people and avoid those who didn’t respond.

In fact, it is up to him to temporarily avoid them all, as is mentioned regarding Prophet Ibrahim: {“And I shall turn away from you and from those whom you invoke besides Allah.”} [Maryam; 48]

…and what Allah Said regarding Prophet Musa: {“But if you believe me not, then keep away from me and leave me alone.”} [ad-Dukhan; 21]

…and His Saying regarding the People of the Cave: {“And when you withdraw from them and that which they worship besides Allah, then seek refuge in the Cave, and your Lord will open a way for you from His Mercy, and will make your affair easy for you.”} [al-Kahf; 16],

And Allah Knows best.”

[‘Usul ad-Da’wah’; p. 368]

3 Responses to “If They Don’t Respond to Your Da’wah, Move On”

  1. zanzabeel Says:

    Yes this is easy but what if its you ‘r children those who have reached adulthood in Islam is it better to have subr and see the decline in the younger children or to leave with the youger ones and break up the family, knowing there is no positive Islamic force in their life apart from yourself .

  2. ummruqayya Says:

    As Salamu alaykum wa Rahmatullah wa Barakatuh zanzabeel

    Good question!

    As I understood these words above it means that one should not focus his whole time and effort on one ‘group’ or individual that is not answering to his calliings in any way as much as one should do focus on a group or individual that do show signs of accepting the Truth, willing to search for answers etc.

    For my self, i do have parents (as many of us do) who are far from the Truth, but whom ever I asked what should I do, should I give up on them and move on, leaving them with their jahl (because I was afraid for my own Iman) but the constant answer I became was to stick on the callings and to have sabr. It is difficult, these are harb bites, but with the time (sabr) the results are coming, indeed alHamdulillah.

    May Allah guide us all, Amin

  3. zanzabeel Says:

    Jazakillah Khayr sister yes Allah does rewards those who have subr some must have subr for 5, 10 , 15 ,how many years as in the case of Prophet Yusuf and Ayyub asa) when I read the story of sister Aafia it made my problem seem insignificant but just a warning to young mums living in the west no matter how much we prepare our children with Islamic life once their teenagers thats when the real test start and damage will happen to the family unit bit by bit Khayr insha’Allah for all of us determined to seek the Pleasure of Allah Blessings of Jumah on you sister

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