by Maulana Waheed Uddin Khan
Islam is a way of life. Its philosophy demands that man not only follow it in his personal life, but that he also communicates it to others. In this respect Islam as well as being a personal matter, assumes the character of a universal mission.
Now what is the correct way to communicate this message of Islam to others? That is, what in effect is Islamic activism? Islamic activism means da’wah activism, which entails a total avoidance of confrontation and a strict adherence persuasion as a means of carrying conviction. This concept of Islamic activism is clearly laid down in the Qur’an and Hadith, the principle of which has been described in the Qur’an is these words:
Therefore give warning. Your duty is only to warn them: you are not their keeper. (88:21-22).
This shows that the responsibility of the people of Islam, or the target of the Islamic mission is not a mere matter of the practical implementation of the Islamic system. It is rather a question of making people aware of the message of Islam whilst we ourselves remain within a sphere of tranquillity and pacifism. While it is the responsibility of the preacher of Islam to communicate the message, it is the responsibility of the mad’u to either accept or reject that message.
The same point has been made in the hadith. Whenever the Prophet Muhammad had before him two options, he almost always chose the easier one (Al-Bukhari). To most problems, there are generally two or more solutions, some easier in there execution, some harder. According to hadith, the way of the Prophet was that of the easiest course.