As Salamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu
The Dawah of Nuh
قَالَ رَبِّ إِنِّي دَعَوْتُ قَوْمِي لَيْلًا وَنَهَارًا
فَلَمْ يَزِدْهُمْ دُعَائِي إِلَّا فِرَارًا
“He (Noah) said, ‘Oh my Lord, indeed I have called my people day and night,
and my calling as only increased them in running away,”
(Surah Nuh 71:5-6)
Every Da’ee should read Surah Nuh and the story of this great prophet.
Nuh (peace be upon him) did Dawah to his people for 950 years, yet only a handful of them believed. This is despite the fact that he gave everything to the Dawah. As clearly stated in this verse he called them day and night. Can you imagine the patience needed for calling people for nine centuries without a positive response?
This alone is a good enough reason for Prophet Nuh being included in the Ulul-Azm Min Ar-Rusul (strong-willed messengers).
In this is a very important lesson for all du’aat. Allah will not look at our results, but rather our efforts. If a Da’ee had to call people and they responded, then he would get the reward of both his calling and their good deeds. On the other hand, if a Da’ee called people and they did not respond, then he will get the reward of his calling as well as his patience to their rejection. Either way, it is a win-win situation for Du’aat.
The only option of loss is if we choose not to do the Dawah, because then we will be held accountable for not conveying the message.
Source: Verse of the Day Collection by Abu Muawiyah Ismail Kamdar