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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 Continue reading