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Spreading Knowledge is an Obligation

Allah has ordered us to spread His Deen amongst the people, which reads: “Invite to the Way of your Lord with wisdom and fair preaching and argue with them in a way that is better.”  [Soorah An-Nahl (16): 125]

The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alahi wa-sallam) said: “The first defect that permeated Banu Isra'il was that a man (of them) met another man and said: O so-and-so, fear Allah, and abandon what you are doing, for it is not lawful for you. He then met him the next day and that did not prevent him from eating with him, drinking with him and sitting with him. When they did so. Allah mingled their hearts with each other.  He then recited the verse: "curses were pronounced on those among the children of Isra'il who rejected Faith, by the tongue of David and of Jesus the son of Mary"...up to "wrongdoers".  He then said: By no means, I swear by Allah, you must enjoin what is good and prohibit what is evil, prevent the wrongdoer, bend him into conformity with what is right, and restrict him to what is right.” [Sunan of Abu-Dawood # 4322, narrated by Abdullah ibn Mas'ud]

The Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) said encouraged making Dawah by addressing it as a Sadaqa: "Enjoining all that is good is a Sadaqa." [Sahih Al-Bukhari # 8.50, narrated by Jabir bin Abdullah]

The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) forbade his Ummah to refrain from enjoining good and forbidding evil. He (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) also alarmed us from the punishment of Allah, if we desist in it. He said: “By Him in Who’s Hand is my soul, you will enjoin good and prohibit evil or (else), Allah will soon send upon you a punishment from Him, then you will call Him and He will not answer you.” [Ahmad Musnad, Saheeh At-Tirmidhee. No. 1712]

The Excellence of the Caller and Calling to the Path of Salvation

Allah praises the one who invites with knowledge in His Book, He said: “And who is better in speech than he who invites to Allah and does good deeds ...” [Soorah Fussilat (41): 33]

 Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) supplicated for him who spreads the Deen of Allah, saying: “May Allah be well pleased with the servant who heard our words, remembered them, retained them well and then passed them on to others.” [Shafi'i reported it and also Bayhaqi in Al-Madkhal. [Al-Tirmidhi # 228, narrated by Abdullah ibn Mas'ud]

Allah's Messenger (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) said: “When a man dies, his acts come to an end, but three, recurring charity, or knowledge (by which people) benefit, or a pious son, who prays for him (for the deceased)” [Sahih Muslim # 4005, narrated by Abu Hurayrah]

Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) pointed towards the superiority of calling and inviting people to the path of salvation, saying (to Ali (radhi allahu anhu)): “If Allah guides a man through your help, it is better (for you) than red camels. (Red camels at that time were from among the people's most precious possession.) [Saheeh al-Bukhari and Muslim]

Once, when Allah's Messenger (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) happened to pass by two groups (of Muslims) in the mosque, he (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) said: “Both of them are good, but one is superior to the other. One group is supplicating Allah and praying Him. If He so wills He will confer upon them and if He so wills He will withhold. So far as those who are acquiring the understanding of religion and its knowledge and are busy in teaching the ignorant, they are superior. Verily, I have been sent as a teacher. He then sat down amongst them.” [Al-Tirmidhi, 257 narrated by Abdullah ibn Amr]

Those who acquire knowledge and then spread it are the most generous after Allah and His Messenger (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam): He (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) said: “Do you know who is most generous? They said: ‘Allah and His Messenger (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) know best. Whereupon he said: ‘Allah is the Most Generous, then I am most generous to mankind and the most generous people after me would be those who will acquire knowledge and then disseminate (spread) it. He will come on the Day of Resurrection singly, like a ruler, or he said: As a single Ummah. [Al-Tirmidhi, no. 259. Narrated by Anas ibn Malik]

The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) emphasized the reward for a Da’ee, due to whom people benefit and perform good deeds. He (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) said:“Whoever guides or directs to good, then he gets the same amount of blessing as the one who does it." [Saheeh Muslim]

He (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) also brought to our attention the punishment of him, who conceals his knowledge, saying: “Whoever acquires knowledge and keeps it concealed, Allah will bridle (check, control) him with a bridle of fire on the Day of Resurrection.” [Abu Dawood, Ibn Majah, At-Tirmidhi]

Whom to start with?

One should start with ones own-self and then progressing by his family and others. As Allah says in the Qur’aan: “O you who believe! Ward off from yourself and your families a Fire whose fuel is men and stones, over which are (appointed) angels stern and severe, who disobey not, from executing the Commands they receive from Allah, but do that which they are commanded.” [Soorah at-Tahreem (66): 6]

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