Islamic orator an ex-Christian youth preacher Yusha Evans called upon Muslims to establish contact with the Almighty Allah through Salaah and fulfill the responsibility to pass on the great message of Allah and His Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him) to others.
He made the call while delivering a lecture on “The Prophet of Mercy” at the 11th Ramadan Forum, organised by the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) in Dubai.
He said that it is much more important to convey the message to ignorant people because situation is confusing in today’s world. Today, truth appears to be false and false appears to be truth. There is too much negativism and stereotype being associated with Islam. When it comes to Prophet Mohammed (PBUH), the confusion becomes insurmountable.
“For non-Muslims, the personality of Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) is unbelievable. Their comments come with negativism. It is happening because as Muslims we are not doing our duty. We need to clear this negativism,” he said.
Mentioning Quranic verses and sayings of the Prophet (PBUH), he said that the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) was mercy for the entire world not just for Muslims or the human beings alone.
“But do we live like the greatest Ummah? Have we passed on the message to others which could give them the mercy of Allah in this world and the hereafter?” he asked.
In his enlightening speech, the eminent speaker recalled several incidents from the life of Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) and connected them together to enlighten the audience how concerned was the Prophet (PBUH) about human being.
He said that the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) was equally concerned about his people even before the prophethood. The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) used to go to mountains outside the city Mecca and remain there contemplating how to better the lives of his fellow beings.
“He (PBUH) grew up in a society where ignorance and corruption were rampant, just like today. He wanted to give a proper life to his fellow beings. He was worried that his people had no morality, they had no mercy and respect for the weak, old people, female or the poor in the society. He was perplexed about how to help them,” said Evans.
He recalled many incidents from the life of the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) to explain the hardship he went through when he informed the people about Allah’s ‘deen’ and how he dealt with them with mercy, which ultimately won their hearts and minds.
Every other prophet came only for his people and told his followers to follow his teaching till the next prophet comes to them. But Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) was sent for the entire world and to guide the people till the Day of Judgement.
“After carrying the torch for 23 years, he (PBUH) gave it to this Ummah, which is the best Ummah and will remain till the Day of Judgement. But do we deserve to be the best Ummah? Did we pass the message to others? No,” said Evans.
“We did not really grasp from the last sermon of the Prophet (PBUH) when he called upon his followers to understand his words and pass on those words to others who could not be present there and those to others again because no prophet or apostle will come after him and no new faith will be born,” said the speaker.
Calling upon all Muslims to wake up and realise their duty, he said, “Islam is a gift from Allah, you cannot earn it, cannot buy it. Wake up, realise your duty before the death comes because you will be asked about this on the Day of Judgement,” he concluded.
Recalling sayings of Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) he told the audience to mend their ways and not to wait till the last breath. “The angel of death can knock at your door anytime and will not seek your permission,” he said.
The audience also witnessed a young Christian joining the fold of Islam in the hope and expectation of a better and a more satisfying life. Arnel Calisin, a Philippine national who works with Abela and Co. in Dubai, was encouraged to revert to Islam by a colleague. However, he said that he started learning about the religion even before coming to the UAE about two years ago.
“Many people in my town accepted Islam. Even I wanted to, but it was difficult. I decided to openly declare my Shahadah now because today I am independent,” he said.
He said he will also invite his parents, three brothers and two sisters to Islam. “But I want to learn more about Islam before asking them to accept Islam,” he added