Allah سبحانه و تعالى has favored us by giving us the opportunity to call to His book and the Sunnah of His Messenger (ﷺ) .
Allah سبحانه و تعالى says:
“And who is better in speech than the one who invites to Allah. He calls to Allah and he does righteous deeds and he says “Indeed I am from the Muslims.” Surat Fuşşilat (41:33)
However brothers and sisters, an individual calls to Allah, but there are things that can destroy this caller.
One of three things that destroys the one who is calling to Islam include:
- When an individual is giving da’wah for wealth/money. It is something that can destroy him)
- When an individual gives da’wah and he wants to be in charge; he is looking for a position or for status. This also destroys the caller to Islam.
- When he gives da’wah and he is concerned about women. (His intention is to impress women)
These three things are that which destroys the caller to Islam. The Prophet (ﷺ) was offered these three things by Quraysh in order for him to stop his da’wah (wealth, status, women). It is something that is extremely serious for the one who wants to call to Allah سبحانه و تعالى, whether he is studying and started off with a sincere intention, but at some point in time the shaitan came to him and the people began liking him, and then his call changed from being sincere to a call that is a call for showing off.
As narrated by Abu Sa’eed (رضي الله عنه), The Prophet (ﷺ) said to the companions (رضي الله عنهم):
“Should I not inform you for that which I fear for you most, after the fitna of the Dajjal?”
They said: “Of course O Messenger of Allah”
He (ﷺ) said:
“I fear for you most, the minor shirk”
Or the shirk that is considered light. The shirk that is invisible.
The Ulema mentions that the shirk that is invisible is showing off.
It is called the invisible shirk, because this type of shirk is in the hearts. And no one knows about this type of shirk except Allah سبحانه و تعالى.