Showing the way to good and calling to guidance or misguidance

Riyad as-Salihin (The Meadows of the Righteous)

by Imam Nawawi

20. Chapter: On showing the way to good and calling to guidance or misguidance

Allah Almighty says, "Call people to your Lord," (28:87)

and the Almighty says, "Call to the way of your Lord with wisdom and fair admonition," (16:125)

and the Almighty says, "Help each other to goodness and taqwa," (5:2)

and the Almighty says, "Let there be a community among you who call to the good." (3:104)

173. Abu Mas'ud 'Uqba ibn 'Amr al-Ansari al-Badri reported that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "Anyone who shows the way to something good has the same reward as the person who does it." [Muslim]

174. Abu Hurayra reported that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "Anyone who calls people to guidance has the same reward as that received by those who follow it, without that decreasing their reward in any way. Anyone who calls people to misguidance, is attributed with wrong actions the the same as those of those who follow it, without that decreasing their wrong actions in any way." [Muslim]

175. Abu'l-'Abbas Sahl ibn Sa'd as-Sa'idi reported that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said on the Day of Khaybar, "I will give the banner tomorrow to a man at whose hands Allah will conquer. He loves Allah and His Messenger and Allah and his Messenger love him." They spent the night wondering who it would be given to, and in the morning the people came to the Messenger of Allah, all of them hoping to get it. He said, "Where is 'Ali ibn Abi Talib?" He was told, "He has something wrong with his eyes." He said, "Send for him." He was brought and the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, spat in his eyes and made supplication for him, and it was healed as if there had never been anything wrong with him. He gave him the banner. 'Ali, may Allah be pleased with him, said, "Messenger of Allah, shall I fight them until they become the same as us?" He said, "Take it easy until you alight in their quarter and then invite them to Islam and tell them what is incumbent on them regarding the rights of Allah Almighty. By Allah, for one man to be guided by you is better for you than having red camels." [Agreed upon]

176. Anas reported that a lad from Aslam said, "Messenger of Allah, I want to go on an expedition, but I do not have the wherewithal with which to prepare myself. He said, 'Go to so-and-so. He has made preparations but has fallen ill.' He said, 'The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, greets you and says to give me what you have prepared.' He said, 'Girl, give him what I have prepared and do not hold anything back. By Allah, you should not hold back any of it and it will be a blessing for you.'" [Muslim]