The Caller must destroy the obstacles that stand between him and the people – Shaykh Ibn Uthaymeen (رحمه الله)
The Fifth Provision: The Caller must destroy the obstacles that stand between him and the people.
The Caller must destroy the obstacles that stand between him and the people. This is since many of our brothers who are Callers, when they see people committing some evil, their over-protectiveness and hatred for this evil causes them to not go to these people and advise them. This is an error and it is not from wisdom at all. Rather, wisdom mandates that you go to them and invite them (i.e. give them da’wah), that you convey to them the truth, inciting them and intimidating them (with the Qur’aan and the Sunnah). Do not say that these people are sinners and that I cannot walk amongst them. O Muslim Caller, if you can’t walk amongst these people and go to them to call them to Allaah, then who will take charge of them? Won’t one of those individuals take charge of them? Won’t people who have no knowledge take charge of them? This should never be. This is why the Caller must have patience. And doing this is part of the patience that we talked about previously that the Caller must have. He must have patience and hate these evils. However, he must break the barriers between him and the people, such that he is able to bring his da’wah (call) to those who are in need of it. But as for him being haughty, then this is in opposition to what the Messenger (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) used to do. As is well known, the Prophet would go to the polytheists in their gathering places and call them to Allaah. And it has been reported on the Prophet (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) that he said: “Will not someone take me so that I may convey the words of my Lord, for indeed Quraish has prevented me from conveying the Words of my Lord.”
This was the habit of our Prophet, our Imaam and our role model Muhammad (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam). So it is obligatory upon us to be like him when calling (Da’wah) to Allaah.
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Provisions for the Caller to Allaah – Imaam Muhammad bin Saalih Al-‘Uthaimeen