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LEMU chides Muslim scholars over style of preaching

The President of Lekki Muslim Ummah, LEMU, Dr. Kamoru Omotosho has advised Islamic scholars to shun bitterness and acrimony while preaching, adding that Prophet Muhammad never practiced Dawah with bitterness even  when non-Muslims were involved.

Omotosho gave the charge during the quarterly dawah workshop tagged: “Da’wah without Bitterness” organised by LEMU held at the Vice Admiral Jubrila Ayinla Multipurpose hall, Lekki Central Mosque, Lagos recently.

LEMU’s quarterly workshop interrogates contemporary issues of spiritual and mundane importance for the benefit of Muslims.

According to Omotosho, the theme of the event was deliberately chosen to rectify the emerging acrimony and antagonism pervading Da’wah circles in this part of the country in recent times.

“Lately in the South West, particularly in Lagos, some Muslim scholars have turned Da’wah to an avenue for throwing tantrums and unwarranted vitriolic attacks on fellow Muslim scholars.

“The bitterness is so much that some so-called scholars do not even hesitate to declare fellow Muslims as unbelievers, on account of minor differences in jurisprudential opinions.

“Certainly, this is not the legacy bequeathed to us by our noble prophet (peace be upon him) who practiced Da’wah without bitterness even when non-Muslims were involved.

“If indeed we are true followers of the prophet (peace be upon him), we must eschew bitterness in our Da’wah activities and intensify our Da’wah efforts positively,” he said.

The chairman of the occasion, Prince Shamsideen Ope, also lamented the development noting that  Da’wah messages in recent times were replete with invectives directed at fellow Muslims.

“The effect of this development is that Da’wah messages now contain more abuses than constructive admonitions and glad tidings.

“Almighty Allah enjoined prophets Musa and Haroun (peace be upon them) to be lenient with Fir’aun (Pharaoh) when He sent them to minister to the recalcitrant king.

“Allah says “Go both of you, to Fir’aun (Pharaoh). Verily he has transgressed. And speak to him mildly, perhaps he may accept admonition or fear Allah.” (Qur’an 20:43-44)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Similarly, Allah says in Quran16:125 “Invite (all) to the way of thy Lord with wisdom and beautiful preaching; and argue with them in ways that are best and most gracious:”

The Chief Imam, LEMU, Shaykh Ridwan Jamiu lectured on “Da’wah Methodologies of the Prophet” while Shaykh Nojeemdeen Sulaimon discussed the “Misconceptions about Da’wah” just as Ustadh Shuaib Salis examined “Social Work as a Da’wah Tool”.

Imam Ridwan Jamiu charged every Muslim to participate in the act of Dawah according to their capacity

“Da’wah is not the responsibility of scholars alone, every Muslim must invite people to the way of Allah as stated in Qur’an 3:104.

He added that, Da’wah as enjoined by Allah and practiced by His prophets (peace be upon them) should simply be a mix of innocuous admonition and glad tidings.

He noted that calling to God is a honourable task in the sight of Allah and its success depends on how closely we adhere to the guidance and methodologies set out by the Prophet.  “The act of preaching and educating in the field of Da’wah are not easy tasks. They not only demand massive effort and God fearing character, but also instigate a comprehensive systematic approach that is based on the Qur’an and Sunnah. Without such a proper approach, the success of the efforts of inviting to Islam is a remote possibility,” he said.


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