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Traveling to Practice Da`wah

Name riyaz  –
Title Traveling to Practice Da`wah
Question Dear Scholar, Assalamu alaykum What is the ruling regarding going out to different parts of the world for specific number of days like 40 days or 4 months to call muslim brothers to perfect the duties of islam ?
Date 9/15/2004
Mufti Dr. Sano Koutoub Moustapha

Wa `alaykum As-Salamu wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.

Dear questioner, we would like to thank you for the great confidence you place in us, and we implore Allah Almighty to help us serve His cause and render our work for His Sake.

In Islam, practicing da`wah or Islamic call is not limited to a certain time or geographical area. Everyone of us can be a good practicing da`iyah in his own work, community, school, company without incurring the burden of traveling abroad for 4 months or less while neglecting his marital duties and parting from his family.

Responding to the question, Dr. Sano Koutoub Moustapha, professor of Fiqh and its Principles, International Islamic University, Malaysia, states the following:

“Thank you for your question. There is no doubt that all Muslims are invited to practice da`wah at the level of their best. Da`wah is a duty of every single Muslim. However, there is no harm of going out to different parts of the world for the sake da`wah with condition that one should not neglect his or her other obligations such as taking care of family, educating kids and spouses, looking after family in particular. Thus, all these activities are considered as da`wah. In other words, one should not abandon his family and travel for days under the name of da`wah. He should know that looking after family is another form of obligatory da`wah. This is said in the Qur’an (66:6). Therefore, for those who wish to go out to perform da`wah they have to make sure that they are not neglecting their marital duties nor they are giving less attention to the needs of their spouses.

Certainly, their spouses must agree on this. Meaning, if they are married they must bring along with their wives because 4 months are too long to be away from wives unless if the wives themselves accepted it without forcing them to accept. All in all, we should adhere to the teachings and the practices of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) while making da`wah. In these teachings, there is nothing calling upon Muslims to abandon their worldly duties for the sake da`wah but they have to practise da`wah in their daily lives. Meaning, da`wah should always be a part of whatever they are doing. It is unfortunate to learn that many of Muslims neglect their marital obligations and relations with their spouses by going out for days and months in the name of da`wah.

Islam doesn’t recommend such an attitude and behavior. Islam stands firm for the rights of family, wife and kids and it does also call upon all Muslims to start their da`wah from within before going out. This is said in the Qur’an (26:214).


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