Shaykh Uthaymeen Advice To The Youth Involved In Dawah
There are youth today whom Allaah has blessed with guidance; they strive ardently to apply the shariah, but at the same time they show aversion to those who disagree with them in matters wherein disagreement is valid, in matter of Ijtihad, when revealed texts can reasonably bear two interpretations, which lead to two different rulings. It has become common for one to want all people to follow his opinion, and if they of not do so, he considers them to be upon misguidance and error; and this is contrary to what the Companions of the prophet Sallallahu ‘Alaihi Wa Sallam were upon, and what those who came after them were upon.
Were you to pour through books of disagreement (in books of islamic jurisprudence), you would find that the scholars would differ in many issues, but not one from them rules that another is on misguidance because of his view or his Ijtihad; at the same time, one of them realizes that it is compulsory upon him to follow the truth without favoring any particular person. So yes, you should call the people to the truth, but invite them to it with gentleness, with ease, and with good words, so that you reach your desired goal.
Every single youth and student of knowledge should follow the one whom he sees as being closest to the truth, and he should excuse the one who has a different view in a given issue, if the latter disagrees based on proof. Whenever one feels that the people must follow him, he has – whether he realizes it or not – raised himself to the status of the Messenger!
It is fair for you to use your understanding as a proof against others, and not make their understanding as a proof against you? Think about those who despise Islam and who are the enemies to Islam; they rejoice greatly upon seeing division among the muslim youth. They hope from the very depths of their hearts to find that the Muslim youth are divided.
Verily, Allaah says:
وَأَطِيعُوا اللَّهَ وَرَسُولَهُ وَلَا تَنَازَعُوا فَتَفْشَلُوا وَتَذْهَبَ رِيحُكُمْ ۖ وَاصْبِرُوا ۚ إِنَّ اللَّهَ مَعَ الصَّابِرِينَ
And Allaah says:
شَرَعَ لَكُم مِّنَ الدِّينِ مَا وَصَّىٰ بِهِ نُوحًا وَالَّذِي أَوْحَيْنَا إِلَيْكَ وَمَا وَصَّيْنَا بِهِ إِبْرَاهِيمَ وَمُوسَىٰ وَعِيسَىٰ ۖ أَنْ أَقِيمُوا الدِّينَ وَلَا تَتَفَرَّقُوا فِيهِ ۚ كَبُرَ عَلَى الْمُشْرِكِينَ مَا تَدْعُوهُمْ إِلَيْهِ ۚ اللَّهُ يَجْتَبِي إِلَيْهِ مَن يَشَاءُ وَيَهْدِي إِلَيْهِ مَن يُنِيبُ
He (Allaah)) has ordained for you the same religion (islamic monotheism) which He ordained for Nuh (Noah), and that which We have inspired in you (O Muhammad Sallallahu ‘Alaihi Wa Sallam)), and that which We ordained for Ibrahim (Abraham) Musa (Moses) and Isa (Jesus) saying you should establish religion (i.e. do what it orders you to do practically) and make no divisions in it (religion) (i.e. do what it orders you to do practically) and make no divisions in it (religion) (i.e. various sects in religion).(Qur’an 42:13)
I invite you, the Muslim Youth, to come towards unity and mutual harmony upon the religion of Allaah (To Him belongs Might and Majesty). I call upon you to be deliberate and wise in your affairs and in calling others to Allaah: victory will be written for you insha-Allaah (If Allaah wills), because you will be upon what is right and you will be upon sure knowledge in the Religion of Allaah.
Taken from: The islamic Awakening, by Shaykh Muhammad Ibn Salih Al-Uthaymeen