Duty to invite to pray
Mu' meneen Brothers and Sisters,
As Salaam Aleikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh. (May Allah's Peace, Mercy and Blessings be upon all of you)
One of our brothers/sisters has asked this question:
Dear Mr. Burhan
Q.2 Person A: as it is prayer time, person A is going for prayer, he is inviting person B to join him Person B: gets annoyed and say, you go for prayer, donot force me. He says he is an adult and know what is right and wrong..........
my question is: is person A right or his fard to ask others to pray.
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Duty to invite to pray
In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is no one (no idol, no person, no grave, no prophet, no imam, no dai, nobody!) worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad(saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 9 Surah Taubah verse 71: The believers, men and women, are protectors one of another: they enjoin what is good and forbid what is evil: they observe regular prayers, practice regular charity, and obey Allah and His Messenger. On them will Allah pour His mercy: for Allah is Exalted in Power, Wise.
If the time of prayer has approached, and Person-A is going for prayer, it would be considered good character and a duty of a believer to invite his believing brother politely to join him in prayer.
But if Person-A knows that his invitation to Person-B will only instigate him, then it is best not to invite him in public; but talk to Person-B as his well-wishing brother-in-faith in private, politely and with humility; and invite him to fear and obey Allah Subhanah as He deserves to be obeyed.
Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allahs Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.
Your Brother in Islam,