Giving Dawah to Non-Muslims - II
above conditions may or may not all be of every Muslim’s character and dawah
at all times. However, experience shows that some of these conditions are more
critical than others when considering individual personalities. It is the
overall impact and impression that is made that is more important than the possession or lack of one characteristic or the lack of it to make
dawah successful. And since manners an examples are seen as a reflection of character, beliefs and convictions, dawah by examples is
most impressive. Therefore, the successful caller is one who uses common sense
to grow closer to people and influence them. Pay attention to, and make use of,
current events, situations, and occasions to introduce Islam to people in a
casual way. These are suggestion to help one improve self-awareness and manners:
ON REPRESENTING ISLAM
should be presented in a simple, clear, wise way. In these times, especially in
the West, one should bear in mind the misconceptions and stereotypes associated
with Islam. The following features should be emphasized:
Islam means total willing submission to Allah.
Allah is not the God of Muslims. The word “Allah” in Arabic
means “The one true God;” it is a word used by Arabs, Muslims and
Using the word “Allah” rather than “God” is preferred as
other faiths sometimes include Jesus, alayhe sallam, in their use of “God”.
Islam is not the religion of Arabs or the Middle East , rather it
is a universal religion. Muslims come from different races and ethnic
backgrounds. Arabs are actually a minority group among Muslims.
Islam is a major religion in the world supply facts and figures
(i.e., 1.2 billion worldwide, one quarter of the world’s population).
Islam is not a new religion; it was preached by all prophets of
Affirm the true meaning of Islam, peace and safety for all people:
“The true Muslim is he from whose hand and tongue people are safe.” (Muslim)
Qur’an is Allah’s Word, His last Message of guidance to
All people are equal in Islam.
There is no compulsion in religion.
Islam is the religion of ease and tolerance; no soul is charged
with more than it can bear.
Emphasize man’s personal responsibility for himself, and the
inevitability of the Judgment Day. In Islam no soul will be questioned about the
misdeeds of another soul.
Islam is an integrated way of life that satisfies man’s both
physical and spiritual needs.
Differentiate between pure Islamic teaching and the traditional or
culture practices of some Muslims, which are not part of Islam.
Advise people to turn to the pure sources of Islam, Qur’an and
Sunnah, to obtain a good understanding of it.
Stress the human side of Islamic teachings (Qur’an and Sunnah)
The Islamic social and economic system offers solutions to
problems of modern societies such as poverty, violence, homelessness, crimes,
sexually-transmitted diseases, spouse abuse, child abuse, drug use and family
disintegration. According to UN statistics, the crime rates in states that apply
Islamic laws are the lowest in the world.
Muslim communities in North America and Europe have the lowest
incidents in teenagers problems, violence, crimes, drug abuse, child abuse and
Women are elevated in Islam and their rights are protected. Stress
that any women from the west have accepted Islam and are pleased with it as a
way of life.
Islam is the fastest growing religion in North America and around
the world. Many people around the world have accepted it, in spite of the
adverse conditions in Muslim countries.
form of dawah, necessary for modern society, is dawah center. These are
specially prepared places where non-Muslim are welcome in a friendly environment
that providing answers to their question, reading materials and a place to talk
to Muslims. Now available in many countries around the world, many in the form
of reading rooms, dawah the world centers have proven to be very effective. In
addition to being run by able callers, these dawah centers should always be kept
clean, well maintained, and organized.
dawah centers need well-planned, relevant programs to be directed for both new
Muslims, and non-Muslims. These programs should be given by professional callers
who have appropriate knowledge, and are well aware of their community’s
current issues. Dawah centers should have books, video tapes, audio tapes,
flyers and other materials that can be distributed free-of-cost to non-Muslim.
· A calendar of the upcoming activities should be prepared in
advance and made available in addition to a list of phone numbers to contact and
books to borrow.
· Interesting entertainment programs should be offered.
· Speakers from the community should be invited to talk about issues
of interest to the public.
· Follow-up programs for new-Muslims, providing information and
· Educational planning is essential for the success of such
· Dawah activities could be financed from Zakah or a dawah fund.
dawah centers are not available, a separate room in the masjied, somebody’s
house, or a reserved hall could be used for dawah on regular basis.
GROUP & INDIVIDUAL DAWAH
of the present dawah activities are conducted by small groups and individual.
Because personal examples in word and by action are the most powerful for
successful dawah, Muslims should present themselves as workers for justice,
peace, and welfare of all mankind.
are some suggestions for good dawah approaches:
· Take active part in some of the activities going in non-Muslim
· Cooperate with organization of humanitarian interests such as
fighting drugs and crime, breastfeeding support, helping patients, caring for
homeless, monitoring children, and caring for orphans. Sharing in such
humanitarian activities reflect the human face of Islam. The first Qur’anic
teaching revealed in Makkah enjoined people to feed the poor, emancipate slaves,
and help the distressed and orphans.
· Conduct dawah in public places such as universities, scholars,
churches, and prisons.
· On Islamic holidays and special events, try to project a good
image of Islam and Muslims: arrange cultural festivals, public lectures,
bazaars, well-planned presentations; distributing food for the homeless and
treats for children.
· Arrange culture talks about history, traditions, customs, food,
clothes, feasts, and Islamic marriage customs indifferent countries.
· Invite professional people to talk about contemporary issues
important to the community.
MEANS OF COMMUNICATION
the latest communication technology is important for fruitful dawah. Radio, TV,
and the internet are very efficient means for local and international mass-dawah.
and informative radio and TV Islamic Programs, interviews, advertising, news,
on-line Fatawa, professional internet sites, large scale Islamic database, mail
lists, etc,. Are effective tools for spending Islamic awareness, correcting
hostile attitude against Islam, and defending Muslim.
maximize dawah efforts, Muslims should have their own radio and TV and at the
same time work hard to develop positive relations with media to improve the
image of Islam.
CHILDREN & DAWAH
are the future leaders of their communities. The most important factor for dawah
to continue effectively is raising callers from the new generation of Muslims
living in the West who are knowledgeable about Islam.
CHILDREN FOR DAWAH
is the responsibility of the entire Muslims community, particularly Islamic
schools, mosques, callers, and parents to established interesting long-term
educational programs for children, to strengthen their faith, accustom them to
Islamic practices, assert their Islamic identify, and protect them from negative
dawah should be part of our children’s upbringing by making them aware that
they are the future carriers of Islam; and Islam is their identity; without it
they are lost.
schools, mosques, and dawah centers should offer dawah training.
should be asked about their dawah efforts and rewarded or and kindly redirected
if they err.
have dynamic successful callers for our new generation, brilliant youth should
be sent to Islamic universities to learn Arabic and obtain good knowledge and
understanding of Islam.
& STEROTYPING OF ISLAM
in the West Muslim are stereotyped in a very negative way. They have been
associated with terrorism, suicidal attacks, mistreatment of women, etc.
in the West will not reach optimum levels of success until misconceptions about
Islam and Muslim are replaced by the true image of Islam.
of the aims of dawah should be correcting the popular untrue beliefs about
Islam. Establishing strong relations with media is a very powerful tool in
counter-acting the stereotyping of Muslims and improving public perception of
Islam. However, only skillful and qualified people should deal with media; they
should be alert and ready to act quickly whenever an incident against Islam
occurs. However, one should be careful not to supply inaccurate information, or
to defame or stereotype people.
DAWAH IN HISTORY
Islam; there is no compulsion to convert-people have always entered it
willingly. The historical presence of non-Muslim minorities among Muslims
evidence of tolerance in Islam.
spread in the most population Muslim countries: Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan,
Bangladesh, and Africa through the contact between native people and Muslim
travelers, merchants who brought with them not only goods but also values of
Islam-straight dealing, honesty, and generosity.
impact of Muslims upon these communities was tremendous. In Singapore, on Arab
Street, near the port where the Arab traders used to land, the residents say
that the natives used to prefer good treatment and fair prices.
my opinion it is unfair to compare the spread of Islam in Asia and Africa with
the spread of Islam in the West, and blame Muslims for not effectively promoting
Islam in the West. Unlike the modern western world their history was free from
hostility and enmity against Muslims, and there fore, their conversion to Islam
was natural and easy.
COULD DAWAH FAIL??
will guide through dawah, those who are qualified for His mercy; those who have
good hearts and are sincerely searching for the truth. And, He will turn away
from it those who chose to divert from His way. All of this is decreed according
to His perfect wisdom and knowledge.
success of dawah is guaranteed as a fulfillment of Allah’s promises; …and
who is more truthful than Allah.” [4:87]
Allah promised to make the way for dawah easy for Prophet Muhammad,
sallallahu alayhe wa sallam, and his followers alike, “We shall ease your way
unto the state of ease”. [87:8]
Allah also promised to preserve Qur’an, His last guidance to mankind.
It is forever protected from any sort of distortion, change, or modification:
“Verily We have sent down the Reminder and We shall indeed preserve it.”
Allah promised to make dawah prevail and reach everywhere in the Earth so
that all mankind will be aware that Islam is the truth from their Lord: “We
shall show them our signs in the horizons and within themselves till it will be
manifest unto that it is the truth.” [42:53]
Prophet Muhammad, sallallahu alayhe wa sallam, assured that Islam is the
religion of the future and it will spread all over the world; he said, “Verily
Islam will reach every place as the day and night reach. There is no house (in
city or desert) on Earth but Islam will enter it.” (Ahmed and at-Tabari)
to all of these reasons, the dawah could never fail; that is why Prophet
Muhammad, sallallahhu alayhe wa sallam, expected his followers to outnumber the
followers of other prophets. He, sallallahu alayhe wa sallam, said, (None of the
prophet before me but was given (physical) miracles because of which people
believed him. But the miracle which has been given to me is indeed a revelation
Allah revealed to me (Qur’an and Sunnah). So I hope, on the Day of Judgment,
my followers will outnumber the followers of other prophets.” (Bukhari)
and, above all, a strong sense of taqwa. If a Muslim truly lives to please Allah, subhanahu wa ta’ala, dawah is
effortless. In order to share Islam with people, we must develop strong
relationships within our Ummah to support these efforts with dawah centers and
well-written material. Each of us has a gift from Allah we should not ignore our
obligation in fear of rejection or failure but, join together to
contribute our talents and reasons to share the gift of Islam, truly a mercy
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