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A caller must know the situation of the person he is inviting- Ibn Uthaymeen

 

When the Prophet [sallallahu alaihi wasallam] sent Muadh bin Jabal [radiAllahu anhu] to Yemen, he [sallallahu alaihi wasallam] said to him:

“Indeed you are going to a nation from the people of the Book.”

[Al Bukhari, 1395]

 

The Prophet Muhammed [sallallahu alaihi wasallam] informed him of that so that he could know their situation and then prepare for them.

 

Should you go to a person, inviting him [to Islam or to one of the teachings of Islam] without knowing his situation? At the very outset of your meeting with him, that person might proffer some specious argument that will leave you utterly confounded, in spite of the fact that you are upon the truth. Therefore, you must learn about the situation of the one you are calling. What is his level of knowledge? And how good is he in arguing and debating?

Know your opponent

 

You apprise yourself  to these matters so that you can prepare for him, and then discuss with him and debate with him. If you enter into a debate with one who is stronger than you in argumentation, and who then overcomes you with his arguments, however false they may be, a large spot will stain the truth, and you will have been the cause of it.

 

Do not think that one who is upon falsehood  will always be beaten, for the Messenger of Allah [sallallahu alaihi wasallam] said,

“You people present your cases to me and some of you may be more eloquent and persuasive in presenting their argument. So, if I give some one’s right to another (wrongly) because of the latter’s (tricky) presentation of the case, I am really giving him a piece of fire; so he should not take it.”

[Sahih al-Bukhari 2680]

 

 

This proves that even when a litigant is upon falsehood, he might be more eloquent in presenting his arguments than his opponent is, and so a ruling is issued in his favor by dint of that. The important point to understand here is that the caller [Da’i] must have the knowledge about the one he is inviting.

 

[The Islamic Awakening, page 32-33 by Ibn Uthaymeen]

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