Guess what this one's about. Go on. I dare you.
The khateeb at the Islamic Center of Naperville (Ogden Campus aka ICN-Al Hilal) was a fiery 30-something immigrant Arab. He had such passion for what he was lecturing us all about. What was he speaking about? About Da'wah and how it is EVERY Muslims duty to go out there and show the Kafirun (Infidels, Kafir -sing.) what we are made of!
Here is the gist of the khutbah:
The khateeb is encouraging Da'wah, saying that all the wrath from God possible is deserved for the one who does not do Da'wah.
What if your next door neighbor is dying and you don't give Da'wah to him and he dies without Islam, you will be the reason why he will be in hell fire for all eternity. Do you think Allah wants this? [This guy doesn't understand the concept of God guiding those whom He wills and misguiding those whom He wills.]
Dawah is a command by God! Wallahi!
There is a Hadith (Tradition) by Imam Bukhari, which talks about a village that God commands His angels to destroy because they are not doing as He has commanded, the angels point out one ardent worshiper, and ask whether or not he should be spared. God tells them to start the punishment with him because he is not trying to guide his community. [This is a solid Hadith, it is also one of my favorites, however, I believe the interpretation of this khateeb is being used for his own ends.]
Why do you come to the US? To get the American dream or whatever you were chasing, you got it, but God brought you here to spread His message.
(I hope the first Saf (row) had umbrellas.)
"You have to tell others about Islam, it is not just a task for the scholars."
Really? Even if you know nothing about Islam? I say you should simply be a good representative, not a bad one, and if you cannot be a good one, better to not give others a bad opinion, instead, take this as an indication that you need to learn more about your faith.
The Prophet (S) said to Ali (R), that if God guides one individual through you, it would be better than anything.
Another version of the hadith comes from Musa Ahmed (Not sure about the name, the khateeb was speaking way too quickly to grasp the details), "If God guides one individual through you, it would be better than the entire universe and whatever it contains."
The khateeb was promoting his Da'wah training event this weekend. I will not be attending, thanks.
The khateeb then said that this is our path, it is the most important thing we can do, if we are true followers, we will give Da'wah, this is more important than Hajj, Salah, and Zakah.
This statement above, this ludicrous claim the khateeb made destroyed his credibility before my eyes once and for all. What an ignorant thing to say. Hajj, Salah, and Zakah are three of the five pillars, Da'wah is not in that list, yet he is claiming that it is MORE important? What a fool.
The khateeb quoted another Imam Bukhari hadith, saying that whoever supports the acts of Da'wah of another Muslim monetarily will have the same reward as if they did the Da'wah themselves. "The Christians are spending $146 billion on missionary work EVERY year! Yet Islam is still the fastest growing religious group.
The khateebs drive to promote Da'wah is making sense to me now, he wants money, they all do. Also, I don't know why he followed up the statement about how much money Christians in general spend on missionary work with the statement that Islam is still the fastest growing religion. It sort of implies that we are doing just fine without spending butt loads of money on missionary activities. Also, for those of you who are excited by the claim that Islam is the fastest growing religion, please know that it's not solely due to conversions, it is more due to birthrates, some Muslim communities breed just as much as the Irish, if not more. So hold your horses.
The khateeb continued his khutbah by saying that a full time Da'wah giving person (or Da'eeh) brings 100 people a year to Islam. He then said that the Mormon church has thousands of missionaries. So, based on that logic, if we have 1000 Da'eehs, we will bring 100,000 converts (or the ever popularized term, "revert").
Just break this down for a second. Forget about what he said about the Mormon church, although he really shouldn't be making such comparisons, especially considering how the Mormon church is perceived by the general American public. If you take into account what the khateeb said, that one Da'eeh will bring 100 non-Muslims into the fold of Islam, that means that every 3.65 days, on average, that single person will be responsible for convincing one non-Muslim that Allah is God, that Prophet Muhammad (S) is His Messenger and that Islam is the one and true path to salvation and God.
But I will be fair, let's say it takes a total of 4 days instead of 3.65. That means, 96 hours. Now, I don't know if any of you have ever attempted to convert someone (I think that's just plain rude to begin with) but I guarantee you, it won't be accomplished in 4 days. Think about it. It's ridiculous. This man is lying.
The khateeb was pressuring everyone to donate "$500, $1000, $5000" to support an individual Da'eeh. Wow... He's not modest about that at all.
When I got up and left after the prayer ended, the khateeb was standing next to the door setting up his donation boxes to collect money for his 24/7 Da'wah program. I approached him, wanting to shake his hand and said, "Assalamu Alaikum," he didn't even look at me and whispered his reply of "Wa Alaikum Assalam."
Wow, this guy is gonna bring millions of people to Islam, he didn't even have the courtesy of looking me in the face and shaking my hand, he was too busy organize his money boxes.