Who should do Dawah?
الحمد لله رب العالمين والصلوة والسلام على نبينا محمد وعلى اله واصحابه اجمعين
Islam is a religion that is built on firm knowledge and there can be no two views about it. The very first verses that were revealed to the Prophet (peace and blessings be on him) commanded him to read / recite. In chapter Muhammad (Chapter 47), Allah commanded the prophet (peace and blessings be on him) to know that there is none worthy of worship except Him, The All-Mighty. For any Muslim, male or female seeking knowledge has been made obligatory. For a daee (caller) it is even more essential, since he calls people to Islam, the chosen religion of Allah. It cannot be that a person calls others towards something which he doesn’t have knowledge about.
Allah mentions in Quran Chapter 47: Verse 19, the meaning which can be translated as:
So know (O Muhammad Sal-Allahu 'alayhe Wa Sallam) that Lâ ilâha ill-Allah (none has the Right to be worshipped but Allah).
The prophet (peace and blessings be on him) said:
طلب العلم فريضة على كل مسلم
Seeking knowledge is obligatory upon every Muslim
And he (peace and blessings be on him) also said:
بلغوا عني ولو اية
Convey from me even if it were a verse
A lot of confusion exists amongst the youth as to who should be performing the great act of Dawah. It is a known fact that many capable youngsters, who have sufficient amount of knowledge on the fundamentals of Islam to be able to invite the people to the worship of Allah alone, are silent and shy away from doing Dawah. Shaytaan (satan), who tries his best to keep the people away from Tawheed (Unique oneness of Allah), whispers in their hearts a wrong notion, that only the Ulema (scholars) are eligible to do Dawah. This is in fact a wrong notion.
At this juncture, it is essential to clarify an important point. To extract rulings from the Quran and the Sunnah, to give verdicts and to deduce/conclude opinions based on the sources are all the right of the Ulema (scholars). The other Muslims should abstain from attempting any of the above. But for doing Dawah, i.e. to call people to the worship of Allah alone, it is not mandatory that the caller should be an Aalim.
If one analyses the Seerah, we can see that numerous delegations used to visit the prophet (peace and blessings be on him) from various places. They used to proclaim the Shahadah, learn Islam from him for a couple of weeks or a little more than that and then return back to their hometown. When they started their journey back, the prophet (peace and blessings be on him) would appoint them his ambassadors to their nations, so that they can call their people to Islam and preach to them.
Therefore, we humbly request those among the youth who have sufficient knowledge on the fundamentals, those that have sat with the Shuyookh (scholars) for so many days and weeks and months, to step out of their shells and start doing Dawah. We ask them not to give in to the deception of Shaytaan (satan), who only wishes to keep them away from doing a highly virtuous act.
وصلى الله على نبينا محمد وعلى اله واصحابه اجمعينو الحمد لله رب العالمين