At the time of the Prophet (saw) in medina, the sahaba (raa) and the near 1300 years of Islamic rule after that. In the midst of Muslims we had
• The best of people
• Those that were committed to the deen ,
• Those who lived for it and died for it.
• The shuhadaa
• The Fasiqoon those that rebelled against Allah (swt )
• The A’asi sinful characters
• The zindiqs and munafiqoon
• Those that refused to pay zakat
• False prophets
• Jews, Christian and magians
• Adulterers and Fornicators
• Murderers and thieves
• Educated and uneducated
• Those who prayed and those that abandoned prayer
• The drinkers of Khamr
• Subversives , spies and crusaders
• Mongols and their spies and agents
• Weak Minded and insane
• Intellectuals and egoists
• Blind followers and mujtahids
• The selfish an selfless
• The poor and rich
• The zahid and those that live lavishly
• The loyal and the traitors
• Wars and conquests
• Invasions and Massacres
And the list can carry on with all the different characteristics of humans beings and Muslims
Many of those who carry an Islamic call fail to see the elephant in the room. All these different types of human characteristics good or bad are managed by the shariah rules, implemented by a judiciary and a ruling system. In addition to a strong public opinion about what is right and wrong Uthman ibn Affan (ra) spoke the truth when he said he who is not corrected by taqwa is corrected by the Sultan. So in the Shariah the Jew was given his right , the murderer is tried and dealt with in the light of the shariah, the insane or the sick are also given their rights.
Today it seems Muslims think that they have to address each character flaw or issue in piecemeal way. It is a new phenomena, not witnessed in the previous eras, that today we have all manner of organisations, calling for all manner issues.
The individual preaching, tazkiya and tarbiya of people was never the major focal point of the dawah at the time Prophet (saw) and the companions. Indeed charity organisations , (businesses that dress themselves as doing great good for the ummah) have never been seen in Islamic history.
Don’t get me wrong some of the work calling to aspects of Islam has its place but it certainly isn’t the main work. How can it be , giving dawah to non muslims on a mass scale , fighting Islamophobia etc are unattainable goals with out a state backer.
Some Muslims involved in work for the deen pick an issue and then focus in on it , a particular flaw or problem they identify.It is not possible that this type of dawah will ever manage all the different stripes of human nature that exist in society- and inevitably involves running around in circles until exhaustion and quitting due to lack of results.
Surely the priority then is not to busy oneself in preaching and teaching which has very little net effect on the revival of the ummah. Rather it is to make effort to return the basis of Muslim thought towards the implementation of shariah. This means to address change ideas on the collective level amongst Muslims.
Yes this means being aware of the politics in our societies and the erroneous ideas circulating in them. This means understanding what Islam is. This means calling for the implementation of Islam via Khilafah state and an Islamic judiciary.
The enemies of Islam ( with a a little help from their Muslims friends) succeeded in removing 3 issues to disrupt the management of a Muslim societies. Firstly the lack of clarity on how and why the rules Islam should be implemented, second the relegation of Islamic judiciary from the affairs of state and society to personal affairs. Third the removal of a centralised Khalifah that oversees the implementation of the shariah. Unless we focus our energies to engage in this work to correct these points to whatever our capability individually or in groups and associations – then we might as well be rearranging the deck chairs on the titanic.