When addressing the masses
in a sermon, an orator must take a step-by-step, systematic approach.
Systematic, in this instance, means that more important issues should be dealt
with first. This principle is corroborated by the advice of the Messenger of
Allah (bpuh) to Mu’aadh (may Allah be pleased with him), when he dispatched him
"The first thing that
you should call them to is to bear witness that none has the right to be
worshipped except Allah and that I am the Messenger of Allah..."
In our personal endeavors,
many of us realize that we should seek gradual development. Why then do we hurl
everything down people’s throats at once!
(And those who disbelieve
say: ‘Why is not the Qur’an revealed to him all at once?’ Thus [it is sent down
in parts], that we may strengthen your heart thereby. And we have revealed it
to you gradually, in stages [It was revealed to the Prophet in 23
years].) (Qur’an 25: 32)
Muslims should feel a sense
of comfort and ease in learning the teachings of Islam, especially since Islam
came to save people from inner strife.
The term Takleef which
literally means "a burden (at least in one of its connotations)," was
mentioned in the Qur’an only in the negative.
(Allah burdens not a person
beyond his scope) (Qur’an 2: 286)
When the Prophet’s
Companions would come to him asking for general counsel or instruction, he
would advise them in succinct and concise words which were easily memorized.
After understanding the questioner’s situation, the Prophet (bpuh) always gave
a practical and simple response.
We err greatly when we try
to present to an audience all of the advice, teachings, manners, and wisdom
that we have at our disposal.
(And [it is] a Qur’an which we
have divided [into parts], in order that you might recite it to men at
intervals.) (Qur’an 17: 106)