“Da’wat” is the spiritual mission encapsulated for the najaat-salvation of Mankind and it all started when there was no existence of this physical world in which we stay. Ambiyaa (as) was appointed time to time when the people failed to comply and act as per the Ilaahi Farmaan. They all came and propagated the message of this “Da’wat” and strived hard to guide people and guard them from evil handiworks of ‘Aduwullaah-Shaitaan. Last Prophet who happened to be the Chief of all his predecessors, Mohammad Rasoolullaah (saws)’s Da’wat of Truth, Devotion and Compassion proved first and final words of Allaah Ta’aala which will remain unaltered and unchanged till the Day of Qeyaamat.
When we refer to “Da’wat” and its followers-mumineen then it results into “Awdat” which means the final return from where the Being is put into life and existence. Mumineen who believe in seen and unseen of this Da’wat of Imaam uz-Zamaan (as) then they are ought to return to their final destination i.e. towards ‘aql and nasf which is our Nabi and Wasi. Da’wat is Jannat and the greeting of Jannati people is ‘Salaam’, for which Allaah Ta’aala says us,
“Udkholuha be-Salaamin Aameneen”
To enter into this Jannat with ‘Salaam’ having strong belief of safeguard and sanctuary. This is a command from the Supreme Authority and it is applicable to the believers of all times. Da’wat is Haram-e-Aamin for mumineen where there is no point of insecurity and apprehension.
Baatini aspect of ‘Salaam’ is the appointment of Da’i-e-Haqq on the darajah assigned by Imaam-e-Haqq during zuhoor or satr. It is a Nass by which the lower rank should in totality accept the authority of the higher rank. Without this the silsilah of Du’aat is not possible. Therefore, ‘Salaam’ forms the core of the teachings of Da’wat.
"Wa Salaamun 'Alal Mursaleen"
“Daar us-Salaam” is a supreme place in Jannat where a true mumin of Ahl ul-Bayt (as) will dwell and he would be given power to choose the select mumineen and make them enter into this place of Rahmat and Ne’mat along with him.
'Kalaam’ is the speech or dialogue between two persons. We are Ashraf above all makhlooq as we are graced with the power of communication with our tongue. Ambiyaa (as) did kalaam with the angels and they received heavenly payghaamaat as and when needed. Baatini aspect of ‘Kalaam’ is the ta’eed-spiritual assistance and intellectual connection with the higher authority of Da’wat in order to convey true sense of any religious obligation. Da’i needs kalaam from his Maulaa Imaam uz-Zamaan (as) to make the organization of his Da’wat steadfast.
"As-Salaamo Qablal Kalaam"
Rasoolullaah (saws) said that, “Say salaam before uttering kalaam”, a mumin should devote himself to his Da’i before taking ‘ilmi and ‘amali fayz from him. What is Imaan? Imaan comes from Heart. It is hidden and we have to manifest it in our conversations and actions. Imaan needs some basic things which includes, to keep silence, to listen carefully, to ward off doubt, to remember what is said, to be present mentally, not to discuss with the unconcerned person, to relate actions as directed, to respect the Saheb who is a Mo’allim-teacher, not to answer to any one unless allowed, to control anger and remain calm all the while, to think of well-being of fellow mumineen, to serve selflessly when asked for help, to keep faith and respect for Saheb-e-Da’wat in any circumstances.
Among mumineen of Da’wat-e-Haqq, offering salaam, as “As-salaamo ‘Alaykum” conveys the message of greeting in a complete different way. Both persons, the one who says salaam and the other for whom it is said, have complete ma’refat-recognition of the darajaat of Da’wat and believes that each and every thing that he does, his Imaam is aware of and he is answerable to all his zaahiri-baatini actions. Contrary to this saying salaam to a non-believer in Da’wat of Imaam uz-Zamaan (as), doesn’t invoke anything and it becomes simply a part of etiquettes.
"Wallaaho Yad'oo ilaa Daar is-Salaam"
To sum total all these subtle aspects, Allaah Ta’aala calls mumineen to Daar us-Salaam. This call is Da’wat and it leads to a city of Peace and Security. “Daar” is place to dwell with grace and calmness. It is a city having a door of Salaam which is the Walaayat of Maulaana ‘Ali Ameer ul-Mumineen (as). This “Daar” or city is the Madeenah of Rahmat assigned to Rasoolullaah (saws) and to enter into it, one should come near the door which is the ‘Alavi Salaam. Then comes the Kalaam that accounts to the ma’refat of Imaam uz-Zamaan (as).