Rectification of Modern Societies- by Shaikh Bin Baaz: [The Caller’s Approach to Rectification In a Society That Wages War Against The Believers and One That Aids The Believers]
In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy
The means to rectification are many depending on what the caller is commanding and forbidding. Therefore, call the people to the religion of Allaah- to fulfil the obligatory duties legislated by Allaah and abandon what Allaah has forbidden based on the path that was followed by Allaah’s Messenger [sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam].
If you live in a society that wages war against the religion and there is no Muslim ruler to help, you should do just as Allaah’s Messenger [sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam] used to do in Makkah. Call to the religion of Allaah with good speech, good etiquettes and lenient words, so that what you say will enter the hearts-leading the hearts towards obedience to Allaah and His Religion of Islamic Monotheism. You should cooperate with your brothers and those who adhere to your path [i.e. the call to Tawheed, the authentic Sunnah and understanding of the Salafus Saaleh], whilst calling the people to [Islaam] and utilising leniency until Eemaan becomes firmly settled in the hearts and established amongst the people with clear proofs.
And if you live in an Islamic society where a Muslim ruler is present to give you a helping hand, then you can be far more active in enjoining good, forbidding evil and contacting those in charge of authority when the obstinate ones are present- those whose obstinacy poses a danger to society. You should do this, whilst following an upright path and employing leniency, wisdom and patience, just as Allaah [The Mighty and Majestic] said:
إِنَّ ٱلۡإِنسَـٰنَ لَفِى خُسۡرٍ
إِلَّا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُواْ وَعَمِلُواْ ٱلصَّـٰلِحَـٰتِ وَتَوَاصَوۡاْ
بِٱلۡحَقِّ وَتَوَاصَوۡاْ بِٱلصَّبۡرِ
”By Al-‘Asr (the time). Verily! Man is in loss; Except those who believe (in Islamic Monotheism) and do righteous good deeds, and recommend one another to the truth (i.e. order one another to perform all kinds of good deeds (Al-Ma’ruf)which Allah has ordained, and abstain from all kinds of sins and evil deeds (Al-Munkar)which Allah has forbidden), and recommend one another to patience (for the sufferings, harms, and injuries which one may encounter in Allah’s Cause during preaching His religion of Islamic Monotheism or Jihad, etc.)
There has to be patience and calling one another to the truth until your mission becomes success. Likewise, the people with positions of responsibility in the society and those leaders about whom it is feared that their evil will harm the Dawah, the caller to rectification advises them whilst employing good etiquettes through written correspondence and speech [Ref 1] just as Allaah [The Most High] said:
[فَبِمَا رَحۡمَةٍ۬ مِّنَ ٱللَّهِ لِنتَ لَهُمۡۖ وَلَوۡ كُنتَ فَظًّا غَلِيظَ ٱلۡقَلۡبِ لَٱنفَضُّواْ مِنۡ حَوۡلِكَۖ – And by the Mercy of Allah, you dealt with them gently. And had you been severe and harsh-hearted, they would have broken away from about you]. [3:159] And just as Allaah [The Most High] said to Moosaa and Haaroon [alayhimas-Salaam] when He sent them to Pharaoh: [فَقُولَا لَهُ ۥ قَوۡلاً۬ لَّيِّنً۬ا لَّعَلَّهُ ۥ يَتَذَكَّرُ أَوۡ يَخۡشَىٰ -And speak to him mildly, perhaps he may accept admonition or fear Allah] [20:44]
Therefore, it is obligated on those seeking to rectify the affairs and the callers to Islaam to follow this path, and that they solve the problems of the society with wisdom and fine admonition-addressing every person with what he deserves, so that they can be successful in their mission and reach their goals. [Source: (Awaamil Islaah Al-Mujtama’a’ pages 21-24). Abridged and slightly paraphrased]
To be continued…InShaaAllaah
[Ref 1]: Imaam Ibn Baz on the Manhaj of Correcting the Rulers http://www.spubs.com/sps/sp.cfm?subsecID=MNJ16&articleID=MNJ160003&articlePages=1