بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
The Advice of Shaikh Saleh al Fowzan to the Sinful Caller
Our beloved Shaikh Saleh al Fowzan (حفظ الله تعالى) was asked the following questions at the end of his weekly lessons (over a year ago):
Question: There are some callers to Islam who have knowledge but these individuals fall in to sin and evil deeds. Should we warn against them or should we advise them privately?
Answer: You should advise them in private. It’s possible that you are not accurate in your accusations against them, and thus, it is upon you to investigate to find out if they have really made a mistake, and then advise them.
Source: Q & A session at the end of Fathul Majeed lesson 21/5/1434h. corresponding to April 2, 2013
Question: If I have fallen into a sin and then I seek forgiveness from Allah, should this sin prevent me from calling to Allah, or should I seek His forgiveness and continue to call to Allah?
Answer: If the only person who called to Allah were a person free from all sins, no one would be qualified to call to Allah! There is no one who is free from sins, but if the Muslim commits a sin, he should seek forgiveness, and the sin should not prevent him from calling to Allah and enjoining the good and forbidding evil. The caller should not say: I have sins and incorrect deeds, I am not fit (for calling to Allah), rather, he should leave off and avoid the sins. No one has forced him to commit them. He should abandon sinning and repent to Allah, (and at the same time) he should not abandon performing righteous deeds, calling to Allah, enjoining the good and forbidding the evil.
Source: Q & A session at the end of Igathatul Lahfaan lesson 28/4/1434h. corresponding to March 19, 2013
- Notice how the Shaikh is very keen on advising the individual in private.
- Notice how the Shaikh has encouraged the caller to strive to abandon sin and evil deeds.
- He likewise is encouraging the sinning individual to repent to Allah.
- The Shaikh is focusing on the greater benefit, which is calling to Allah.
- The Shaikh is also informing the public that no caller will be free from fault, but what is upon the people is to advise him. This informs of 2 issues: the first is the actions which are befitting for the caller (repentance and abandonment of sin, while continuing to call to Allah), the 2nd the actions which are befitting for the people (advice, and doing so in private).
Allah knows best.
May Allah reward our beloved Shaikh for his sincere advice and humble encouragements.
Mustafa George DeBerry