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

Posted in 'Abd al-Karim Zaydan on August 5, 2008 by Tarek Mehanna

“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]