Dear Muslim friends,
I am curious today. Is dawah – inviting non-Muslims to Islam – required of you? Is it truly your obligation – your “duty,” as this graphic above says?
And if you don’t do dawah, will you be held accountable for it on the Day of Judgment?
I see many things on the internet about dawah – many efforts of Muslims around the world to invite non-Muslims to Islam:
For me as a follower of Jesus – a Christian – it is most definitely my duty to call people to follow Jesus. It is called, “evangelism,” and comes from the Greek word for sharing “Good News.” It is required of me to invite all people to put their faith in Jesus as their Savior who loves them so much that he died for their sins. And yes, it will be brought up on the Day of Judgment for me.
But. . .having said all this, I want you to know some things that are very important:
* I don’t do evangelism primarily because it is my duty.
* I don’t do evangelism primarily because it is required of me.
* I don’t do evangelism primarily because I will be held accountable on the Day of Judgment.
I do evangelism – I share the Good News – because:
* I love Jesus and he told his followers to evangelize in very nation (the Injil, Matthew 28:19). Because I love him, I want to obey his commandments (the Injil, John 14:15 and John 14:23)
* I love people and I don’t want anyone to go to the hellfire. The thought of that grieves my soul so much! And. . .I know it grieves the heart of my loving God even more (the Injil, 2 Peter 2:9 and 1 Timothy 2:3-6).
* I love truth and I believe we can only be forgiven of our sins and go to Paradise through the sacrifice of Jesus. We can’t do enough good works to get to Paradise – no one can. But God has mercifully made a way. A bridge. It is Jesus. He is the way to Paradise (the Injil, John 3:16 and John 14:6). This I believe to be the absolute truth.
And so my dear Muslim friends, I hope you will feel free to practice dawah on me – to invite me to Islam – because you love me and you believe it will save me from hellfire.
And I hope you will allow me to do the same – to evangelize – to spread the Gospel (means “Good News”) of Jesus Christ. To share it honestly and respectfully with you – because I love you and I don’t want you to be in hell either.
I am not an Arab but I believe this proverb:
I have found water and it is not right to be silent.
I love you, my Muslim friends. I really do.
But God loves you so, so much more. He really does.
And this is why I share this Good News with you today. . .