Maslahat ad-Da’wah: An Idol Worshipped Instead of Allah

“…And zeal, fervor, and the incessant desire to spread and aid the da’wah can drive those involved in da’wah after the Messengers to use the help of some people while from the start overlooking inseparable implications and aspects of the da’wah that they think are not essential, and they compromise with them in some matters so that they wouldn’t be turned away and oppose the da’wah!

Likewise, they might be driven to use methods that don’t measure up to the specific scales or firm manhaj of the da’wah. They do this out of a desire to aid and spread the da’wah quickly, and in an effort to fulfill what they call ‘maslahat ad-da’wah’ (the interest of the da’wah). The true maslahat ad-da’wah is that it remain firm on the manhaj without deviating in the least. As for the outcome, this is from the matters of the Unseen that none know except Allah. So, it’s not for the carriers of the da’wah to think about these outcomes. Rather, they are to go forth with this clear, straightforward, specific manhaj, leaving the outcome of this firmness to Allah – and the outcome will be nothing but good at the end of the process.

And here is the Noble Qur’an warning them that Satan is waiting for these hopes of theirs to use them to turn them away from the essence of the da’wah: {“Never did We send a Messenger or a Prophet before you except that when he recited the Revelation or narrated or spoke, Satan threw some falsehood in it. But, Allah abolishes what Satan throws in. Then, Allah establishes His signs, and Allah is Knowing, Wise, so that He may make what is thrown in by Satan a trial for those in whose hearts is a disease and whose hearts are hardened. And certainly, the wrongdoers are in far opposition.”} [al-Hajj; 52-53]

Since Allah had protected His Prophets and Messengers from falling into error in this regard, there was no way that Satan could take advantage of their natural hopes regarding their da’wah. Those who are not protected by Allah from this trap need to be warned severely of it out of fear that Satan will enter upon them from the door of the desire to aid the da’wah and protect what they refer to as maslahat ad-da’wah.

Indeed, the term ‘maslahat ad-da’wah’ needs to be removed from the dictionaries of those involved in the da’wah, as it is a form of humiliation and subservience and is Satan’s entrance point, as it would be too challenging for him to enter upon them from the door of the interest of specific people! Maslahat ad-da’wah thus becomes an idol that is worshipped instead of Allah by those involved in da’wah, causing them to forget its fundamental manhaj!

Those involved in da’wah must stay firm on its manhaj and single this manhaj out without turning to look at the outcome that will be brought about by this. It might be suggested to them that this might lead to danger for the da’wah and its people! However, the only danger they should be cautious of falling into is the danger of deviating from the manhaj for any reason whatsoever, whether this deviation is big or small. And Allah Knows better than they do of the maslahah, and this is not something they are even tasked with. Rather, they are tasked with one thing, and one thing only: that they not deviate from the manhaj, and that they not steer off the path…”

[‘Fi Dhilal al-Qur’an’; 4/2435]

5 Responses to “Maslahat ad-Da’wah: An Idol Worshipped Instead of Allah”

  1. Rizwan Saiyad Says:

    A fine blog on the lives of Sahaba :


  2. Abu Sulayman Says:

    Dear poster,

    Assalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakaatuhu.

    First off I ask Allah to make us firm on the guidance of the Prophet SalllAllahu Alaihi wa sallam.

    Second, while reading this short article I am somewhat confused as to the meaning. I am not trying to be rude, but it seems like this is a translated article, the fact it starts with “and” confused me. The first paragraph is one sentence, making it jumbled and unclear.

    Third, could you please explain how it is “an idol worshipped besides Allah”. An idol refers to a statue made of stone metal or wood. I would like to know what is meant by this statement.

    Once again, I’m not trying to flame this article, but I would like to benefit from it and understand what it is saying.

    May Allah reward you

  3. Umm Khawla Says:

    Assalaamu`alaykum wa rahmatullaah,

    An idol doesn’t always refer to a physical statue made of stone. It can be an image (whether physical or mental as in a fantasy) or a person who’s admired, adored or blindly followed.

    In this case, maslahat ad-da`wah becomes an idol in the sense that the da`ees referred to in this excerpt are blind sided by their eagerness to spread the da`wah so much that they overlook many intricate issues pertaining to the deen, and hence become obsequious slaves to maslahat ad-da`wah. They end up compromising the deen for the sake of inviting someone to islaam, which in itself is a trap of shaytaan.

    Hope that makes sense.

  4. Abu Sulayman Says:

    I guess an example would be playing some dawah music s and having some dawah champaigne? So that people will like the dawah better?

    Extreme example but I think that’s what its saying right?

    May Allah bless you

  5. Abu Uthman Says:

    Interesting. Research should be conducted by scholars at the different factual ways the excuse Maslahat At-Da’wah is being used. The scholar should then discuss which of the ways is misusing the phrase and which ones is not, and the reasons for what he or she says what they say.

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