“And who is more better in speech than one who calls to Allaah (says: My Lord is Allaah – believes in His oneness) and does good deeds and says I am indeed from amongst the Muslims. Good and bad are not equal, Push forward with one which is better.” [soorah Fusuliat: 33,34]
The caller must be knowledgeable so that he can show and distinguish right from wrong in matters of aqeedah and actions and he should be practicing to what he is calling so that he becomes a good example. That is why it is obligatory for one doing da’wah to learn about the deen because an ignorant person will say haraam is halaal and halaal is haraam. Being a da’I ensures preparation for challenges in his mission and this requires him to be patient and reply good and kindness to harm. His call should be towards Allaah with sincerity and purity of intentions and not to gain praise from the people. This will allow him to feel content in doing da’wah and will not affect his personality if no good results come out of da’wah. It is also important to invite using the methodology used by the Prophet SAS from Qur’aan and Sunnah and not one invented by ourselves. Hence, discussing politics is not essential but inviting people to worship Allaah and explaining the concept of God in Islaam is important while doing da’wah.
There are principally three categories of people that are invited by the da’i:
2) Muslims with incorrect knowledge of Islaam
3) And Muslims who have knowledge but are sinners
For the first category of people, you invite them to tawheed the oneness of Allaah and the worship of Allaah alone without any partners. Our experience has shown, it is best to tell them what Islaam says about worshipping Allaah alone rather than being drawn into their arguments and addressing those arguments.
For the second category, you invite them to halaqah and discuss with them the principles of Islaam. Give them good websites and books to read
For the last category, it is important to spend time with the Muslims and encourage them to give up their sins. Show by example that it is possible to be good and give up wrong doing. Create an environment of positive peer pressure that is uplifting.
And remember, no matter what category that you are doing da’wah to, it is necessary to remain humble. It was through Allaah’s mercy that you are a Muslim and through His blessings that you have knowledge and are away from sin. When Sheikh Yusuf Estes was asked the question, “what should one do if they have fallen to sinning?
He replied, “May Allaah protect me from this.” This should be our attitude if we want to call anyone to Allaah’s path. May Allaah keep us on the righteous path and give us the ability to invite others to it.
Good article, mashallah. You correctly identified the mission of a Da'i: to call people to Tawheed. These days you see many Islamic workers comprising in their faith and claiming its necessity for Dawah. And you see others calling to they think what Islam is. Tawheed is not even a starting point nor its the main focus of their discussion. May Allah make of those people who practice and call to the oness of Allah.
Waslamalikomon September 30, 2004 4:00 PM
I am glad to see that you have your own column now. May your stay be long and beneficial for all of us at Hidaya. Ameen.
Jazakullaahu khair brother, you are very kind in welcoming me and making dua for the column. I will try my best to live up to that expectation, although whatever you write if it is good comes only from Allaah's will.
Barakullaahu fik ya akh
As Salaamu Alaikum
JazaKILLAH for that sister.May ALLAH give us the knowledge,courage and character to be true Daees of Islaam,which is a respondibility of every one of us.
Was Salaam.on October 1, 2004 1:43 PM
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