How to Distinguish Between a Caller to Allah & Others

The Noble Scholar Shaykh Muḥammad Ibn Sâliḥ al-‘Uthaymīn (may Allāh have mercy upon him) stated:

The callers to Allah are divided into two categories: 1) One who (truly) calls to Allāh 2) One who calls to other than Him. The one who (truly) calls to Allāh: He is one who is sincere who wants to connect the people to Allah. The one who calls to other than Allāh: He can be one who calls to himself. He calls to the truth in order that he is magnified and respected amongst the people. For this you find him becoming upset when the people do not do what he commands them with and he doesn’t become upset when they embark upon a prohibition that is greater than it (i.e. that which he commanded them with). However he does not call to the abandonment of it (i.e. the prohibition.

Source: Al-Qawl al-Mufīd, 1/99-100

Translated by Abu Yusuf Khaleefah
7th of Rabī’ al-Thāni, 1437 (01-18-2016)
Masjid Nur Allah, Queens, NYC

Original Arabic

كيـف تعـرف الداعـي إلـى الله والداعــي إلـى غيــره

:قال الشيــخ العلامــة محمــد بن عثيميــن رحمــه الله تعالـى

 الدعـاة إلى الله ينقسمـون إلى قسميـن
● داعٍ إلى الله
● داعٍ إلى غيره

 فالداعـي إلـى الله تعالــى هو المخلص الذي يريد أن يوصل الناس إلى الله والداعـي إلـى غيـره قد يكون داعياً إلى نفسه يدعو إلى الحق لأجل أن يُعظم بين الناس ويحترم  ولهـذا تجـده يغضـب إذا لم يفعل الناس ما أمر به ولا يغضب إذا ارتكبوا نهياً أعظم منه لكن لم يدع إلى تركه

1/99-100 ،القول المفيــد