In the Name of Allaah, the Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful.
O you who believe! Obey Allaah and His Messenger, and turn not away from him (i.e. Messenger Muhammad) while you are hearing. [Quran 8:20]
I used to say that calling people to the truth is like a doctor-patient relationship. If you have the truth from the Qur'an and Sunnah and someone lacks it then you are the doctor and he is the patient. The doctor tries as much as possible to make the patient understand the dangers posed by the ailment he's suffering from and oncee he succeeds in doing that, the patient is at the mercy of the doctor.
If he's told to spend millions to buy drugs, he won't antagonize the doctor but rather will be thankful and look forward to raising the fund.
We need to systematically make people realize how far they've derailed from the truth and the consequences of such so that they will be willing to accept the truth to save themselves from self-destruction.
The Prophet (P) preached, invited, prayed to Allaah and was patient in inviting the misguided folks into the right path. When we imbibe this culture we will go a long way in convincing others.
People can never be as misguided as the people of the pre-Islamic era (Jahiliyyah), yet the Prophet (P) never lose hope in preaching to them, he was persistent and consistent in his call until those among them whom Allaah has decreed guidance for accepted the truth.
Do not lose hope in teaching people the Qur'an and Sunnah no matter how steep they are in ignorance and misguidance. Be kind and persistent with the truth.
The Prophet (P) was victimized, insulted, blacklisted by those he was ardently wishing good for, he never relented until some accepted the truth because he was sent as a mercy to Mankind.
Don't lose your patience in the midst of excessive misguidance and think that force or violence will bring people to the truth.
Preaching using the methodology and the teachings of the Prophet (P) is a strong tool to guiding people.
Don't be complacent if you find yourself on the path of true Sunnah, you have no assurance that you will not derail, pray to Allah to keep you firm and be patient with those that are yet to accept the truth.
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