Deliver the message with Prophetic wisdom

Had your Lord willed, all the people on earth would have believed in Him, without exception. So will you compel people to become believers? Yunus: 99

The ayah is asking: Are you going to force people to be believers?

Allah Almighty has given the choice to people to believe or not, as in Surah Baqarah:

There shall be no compulsion in religion: true guidance has become distinct from error. But whoever refuses to be led by Satan and believes in God has grasped the strong handhold that will never break. God is all hearing and all knowing. Al-Baqarah: 256

You cannot force imaan on anyone.

You cannot put it in their heart.

You can only deliver the message to them.

We have sent you as a witness and a carrier of good news. Al-Ahzab: 45

Imaan that has been forced will not last and Allah Almighty does not want this type of imaan.

In Surah Kahf, Allah Almighty says:

Say, ‘This is the truth from your Lord. Let him who will, believe in it, and him who will, deny it.’ Al-Kahf: 29

Bear in mind the consequences of your choice.

Don’t make people hate imaan through your actions.

Do not make people hate the worship of Allah Almighty.

Some people despite good intentions put people off Islam.

Don’t present Islam in a way that makes people hate you or Islam – either by cheating them or being fake.

Do not make your deen a facade for defrauding others. Don’t use Islam as a curtain to hide.

Present Islam in a Prophetic manner, with mercy, kindness and gentleness, without forcing it on others.

We ask Allah Almighty to enable us to follow his footsteps. Ameen.

Shaykh Haytham Tamim

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Shaykh Haytham Tamim is the founder and main teacher of the Utrujj Foundation. He has provided a leading vision for Islamic learning in the UK, which has influenced the way Islamic knowledge is disseminated. He has orchestrated the design and delivery of over 200 unique courses since Utrujj started in 2001.His extensive expertise spans over 30 years across the main Islamic jurisprudence schools of thought. He has studied with some of the foremost scholars in their expertise; he holds some of the highest Ijazahs (certificates) in Quran, Hadith (the Prophetic traditions) and Fiqh (Islamic rulings). His own gift for teaching was evident when he gave his first sermon to a large audience at the age of 17 and went on to serve as a senior lecturer of Islamic transactions and comparative jurisprudence at the Islamic University of Beirut (Shariah College).He has continued to teach; travelling around the UK, Europe and wider afield, and won the 2015 BISCA award (British Imams & Scholars Contributions & Achievements Awards) for Outstanding Contribution to Education and Teaching.