In the Name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful ...

THE OBLIGATION OF DAWAH m Presented By Khalid I. Al-Dossary Allah [swt] says in the Quran, Invite all to the way of your lord [i.e. Islam] with wisdom and beautiful

preaching, and argue with them in a way that is better. [Surah Nahl -125] And who is better in speech than he who invites to Allah and does righteous deeds, and says: I am one of the Muslims. [Surah Ha-Mim-33] Calling people towards Allah also means completing our own worship, the reason for which we are created. It is one of the Do we really believe that Dawah ?is our obligation Reflect over this Surah which we recite everyday? [Al Asr]

By the time, Verily, man is in loss, Except those who believe [in Islamic monotheism] and do righteous deeds, and recommend one another to the truth [to perform all kind of good deeds; Al Maroof which Allah has ordained, and abstain from all kinds of sins and evil deeds Al Munkar, which Allah has forbidden] ?Did you reflect Did you notice Why the word And has been

repeated so many times in the Surah? If fulfilling just one of the criteria was enough for us, the repeated word would have been Or. This implies that fulfilling each criteria is a must to hope for Jannah. [or we will be one of the losers] So, apart from believing, and doing righteous deeds, we should also call one another to the truth, and towards patience, i.e., do Dawah. Do we hope for Jannah, without fulfilling our There are also many related :Ahadeeth

Convey what you have received from me, even if it is one verse. [Bukharee]. Conveying a message therefore does not require a high level of scholarship, it is in fact a responsibility of each and every Muslim, according to his or her ability. Whoever hides knowledge, Allah will brand him with the branding iron from the hellfire. [Ahmed] If one of u sees a wrong, let him change it with his hand, and if he is unable then with

his tongue, and if he is unable then with his heart. And that is the weakest of faith. :Some Muslims say We are practicin g Muslims but, Dawah is not our responsi bility.

Allah commanded Jibrael to destroy a city because of the evildoers therein. Jibrael said, O Allah, there is a person in the city who has never disobeyed you. Allah said, destroy him as well, because he was not offended by their evildoing If there were people committing sins and people who had the power to stop them, but did not do so, then Allah would punish both parties before their death. Some Muslims say: [contd.] Prophet Muhammad

First, we [saw] couldn't should convince his only improve our uncle, Abu Talib. But it did not stop own him from doing community, Da'wah to others ! It isand muchthen easier to

tell Muslims, as they dont tell retaliateothers. much [e.g., when we tell them about hijab, salah, beard etc]. But we are afraid that if we tell Non-Muslims, they will retaliate, ask questions, argue ! We dont want to do our homework, make effort etc, and make excuses to escape the Some muslims say: [contd.] Lakum deenukum, wali ya deen.

To u is your way, to me is mine [Surah Al Kafirun] This is quoted out of context to again escape from our obligation. This Surah is referring to those who reject faith. The question of rejecting faith arises only when we have delivered the message in the first place

So, whom are we deceiving? Some muslims say: [contd.] La ikraha fi deen. There is no compul sion In Religion Of course No Compulsion.

But only after first delivering the message. On the day of judgment, the Mushrik will say these were our neighbors, our colleagues, our friends who were Muslims - they did not inform us, so how are we to blame? So, we too will Now, if we are convinced of the obligation of Dawah, lets move to some Qualities we need to have as a Daa'ie

Some Qualities we need as a Daa'ie [contd.] Knowledge: to call the people to the way of Allah with Knowledge, and not with ignorance. Lets beware of giving Dawah while being in a state of ignorance. Some pious people have said, Give knowledge [of Deen] everything you have, it will give you some of what it has. Lets ask

ourselves, how much will it give us, if we only give it our spare / leisure time? Some Qualities we need as a Daa'ie [contd.] Sincerity: it is waajib upon the Daaie to have Ikhlaas for the sake of Allah [swt]. He / She should not be desiring to show the people, or to have a good image, nor should he desire the

praises and rewards of the people Some Qualities we need as a Daa'ie [contd.] The beautiful style of speech: the Daa'ie is responsible for acquiring a respectable level of language proficiency, to effectively convey the message. It is worthy to note that all evil channels of communication convey its mischief, deceit, delusion, and falsehood through adorned speech. The

Daaie is more entitled to use this, to call for the truth. Brevity and eloquence in conveying the Message. Some Qualities we need as a Daa'ie [contd.] Akhlaaq: Be gentle and patient, and moderate in Dawah, while dealing with people. Beware of harshness , as it will make them distant, not close, and causes separation, not unity. Our words

need to have an affect on their hearts. The best believers are those with Some Qualities we need as a Daa'ie [contd.] Perseverance: Dawah will test us in many situations [afflictions, temptations, and obstacles] that try to lure us off from our mission. A Daaie should have a praiseworthy personality and an excellent behaviour, calling to patience. A Daaie should be

sincere in Dawah, and strive in spreading truth amongst the people, and keep them away from falsehood. And with that, we should supplicate for guidance for them. [May Allah guide u, grant u the ability to accept the truth. May he help u with acceptance of the truth. [hidaak allah wa faqak allah li Some Qualities we need as a Daa'ie [contd.] Practice what we preach:

We should not call to something and then not do it ourselves, which are the conditions of the losers. Some Qualities we need as a Daa'ie [contd.] Deliver the Message, and leave the rest to Allah. We must remain firm in our expectation, and hope for the good. We should not despair in the effect of

our call, nor even aboutifthe guidance of a long time people we call to. passes. We should not despair about the aid and the help of Allah, Some Qualities we need as a Daa'ie [contd.]

We need to use wisdom and tact, especially when informing someone not to continue in a prohibited act. This is not easy today, as people have come to regard some prohibited acts as simply ordinary, and cannot understand Some Qualities we need as a Daa'ie [contd.]

We should find out the interests of the people, and make conversation with .them around their interests We should provide literature according to their .interests. E.g A doctor could be given Maurice Bucailles The Bible, The Quran, and ]Science Some Qualities we need as a

Daa'ie [contd.] We should win the hearts of the people with the light of Islam, by simple measures such as Inviting them to our home, preparing food for them, being polite, and . well mannered etc Some Qualities we need as a Daa'ie [contd.] We should be constant in Dawah. Results often take place only after

some time, and so we should be aware of the stamina, efforts, and .the patience that is required Some Qualities we need as a Daa'ie [contd.] Strong will and confidence: Its desirable to exhibit a strong will, positive self-confidence, and the capacity to control emotions. Some Qualities we need as a

Daa'ie [contd.] Posing questions: This will often stimulate thought and sharing of ideas. Rewarding the right answers will encourage eager participation. Realize that People learn in different ways. Researchers confirm that some people learn from what they see, some learn from what they hear, while some prefer to read. Peoples acceptance

of a concept also depends on their scope of intellect, cultural background, or their field of operation. All these diverse factors call for various !ALWAYS REMEMBER Guidance is from Allah. Our job is only to convey the message in a clear way. We should not worry if people do not agree or listen to us. Shaytaan will use this fact to establish resignation and hopelessness in

our hearts, and make it appear that we could funnel our efforts elsewhere. Remember the priority Da'wah should start with fundamental issues, before proceeding with those that are less central. The oneness of Allah [Tawheed] is the beginning and the end. Each deed should be connected with it. Muslims argue over subsidiary matters, and give more attention to some voluntary forms of worship, neglecting those that are obligatory. This neglect

with regards to priorities has resulted in muslims losing their faith, the source of their strength. The present weakness is used by the enemies of Islam to further Prioritizing in different situations Keep the situation in mind: While there is a need to warn people against the deviations of the nation of Islam in North America, that is really of little importance in Bosnia, or Pakistan. Similarly, there are different shirkPractices in different places that need

to be corrected. Dawah also depends upon whether the people being addressed are Atheists, Polytheists or the People of the Book. Previously, people had to be called Ask yourself How do our efforts compare with those of the prophet [saw] and his companions? How many good deeds have we prepared for the day of judgment? What did we , as individuals and communities, do for Islam? Were we distracted by our money and our

children from the obedience of Allah and jihad for his sake? O you who believe! Let not your money or your children divert you from the Remind yourself The prophet saw said, No servant will be let go on the day of judgment until he is asked about the 4 matters: his lifetime, and how he spent it, his knowledge and what did he use it for, his money, where did he gain it from and where did he spend it. And his body, in what way did he wear it away.

[at tirmidhee]. Have we used our bodies for fasting, praying, enjoining good and forbidding evil, or have we used them up by succumbing to our desires? Means The means of any mission must serve its objectives. There are Muslims who stoop to unimaginable levels to promote their projects and ideas. It is the norm to see the funding of schools, books, etc, coming from interest money. Some allow mixed gathering to encourage

participation. The result will be identical. Anything that does not operate within the framework of Islam will inevitable fail. So we should be wary of the means we use. Continuous Improvement We should try to be a dynamic individual who commits to building up our skills and developing our talents continuously.

Conclusion Our prophet Muhammad [saw] conveyed the message, fulfilled the trust, counseled the Ummah, and then passed away. Our duty is to safeguard that trust handed down to us through generations of the Du a And finally to close from a Dua

O Allah, I seek refuge in You from a Science which gives no benefit, a Heart that does not fear You, a Soul which is not satisfied, and a Call which is not heard or answered May Allah Show us the straight path, and guide us all through the way

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