As a Muslim and daa’ie (caller to Islam), it is essential that you are mentally and physically prepared for the consequences of your activities.
People will have no problem with you performing your individual duties, such as praying, fasting or growing a beard, but if you call them to give up their desires and live by the laws of God – as the Prophet (SAW) did – you will undoubtedly meet a hostile reaction.
Before the Messenger Muhammad came out publicly with the message of Islam the unbelievers were not that concerned about him, and he was even nicknamed al-Ameen (the trustworthy). However, the moment he was entrusted with the obligation of calling people to leave their false practices, abandon their way of life, and only follow and submit to the laws of Allah, he was vilified, boycotted, criticized, condemned and ridiculed.
The Prophet Muhammad (SAW) only called them to pronounce one Kalimah (word): “Laa ilaaha illallah, Muhammadur Rasoolullah”, so why did they react with such animosity and hatred towards Allah, His Prophet and the Believers (Sahaabah)? The disbelievers already believed in Allah (God), so why would declaring the Kalimah be so difficult for them?
The answer is simple. Laa ilaaha illallah did not – and does not – mean, “There is no god but Allah”. Laa ilaaha illallah meant that they would have to give up their customs, traditions, desires, habits, way of life, religion, ideology and beliefs, and only accept Islam as their identity and Allah as their Lawmaker. Hence, this was extremely difficult for them to accept and that is why they – like nations before – declared war against the Prophet of God and his Companions.
The Sahaabah were beaten, imprisoned, tortured, killed, attacked and belittled, and the Prophet (SAW) was slandered, accused of brainwashing the youth and labelled as a lunatic (majnoon), liar, poet and magician.
Dear Muslims, we must think and ask ourselves: If this happened to our leaders, what will happen to us?! How can we expect to live according to his (SAW) teachings and not anticipate the same reaction, hostility and consequences which he and his Companions faced? Did the Prophet (SAW) live and abide by their (man-made) laws, or did he call them to abide by God’s laws? Did Abu Lahab (the Tony Blair in the time of the Prophet) and his ministers praise him, allow him to speak about Islam and have his own centres and mosques, or did they order their police to arrest him (SAW) and stop his activities?
We must always bear in mind that Ahl ul-Haq (the people of truth, who are nowadays called “extremists”) will always be detested by the majority and that Islam will be seen as something strange. Furthermore, we should never expect the Kuffaar to love us and our Deen, and give us good publicity in the media. If the Kuffaar do praise us and are pleased with us, this means that we have either compromised our belief, or they are lying. If the unbelievers hated the Prophet (and even attempted to kill him) they will also hate those who seek to emulate him. They will only admire and praise the Munaafiqeen (hypocrites) and sell-outs (moderates).
Whenever Ahl ul-Haq (past and present) speak the whole world will listen to them; the Kuffaar, local community, their friends, foes and even those who disagree with them will visit their websites and be keen to hear what they have to say. This is because the daa’ie is like a live cell, full of electricity, new ideas and inspirational thoughts. He speaks like no other person and his views are unique and strange, and this is why he receives more attention and media coverage than the moderates – who simply regurgitate what the Kuffaar say.
The daa’ie will always comment on what he sees taking place around him and will never stay silent about the munkar (evil). He will apply the Text (Qur’aan and Sunnah) to reality and analyze current affairs based upon the Book of Allah and Sunnah of the Prophet (SAW).
When the Messenger Muhammad (SAW) used to invite the Mushrikeen to Islam he would address their current state of affairs. He would condemn their ill practices of gambling, killing children (abortion), nudity, adultery, homosexuality, cheating in the markets, racism and so forth, and subsequently introduce Islam as the only alternative and solution.
Dear Muslims, if you wish to be with the Prophet of Allah (SAW), his Companions (RA) and other previous Messengers in Paradise, you must endeavour to be like them and be prepared to suffer the way they suffered. The haq (truth) will always clash with the baatil (falsehood) and therefore they cannot coexist with each other. It is your duty to ensure that the haq excels the baatil.