Da'wa: Invitation to Discover Peace?
It is important that all of us know the meaning and the importance of da'wa. Especially those Muslims living in the West need to understand the dynamics of da'wa and be an active participant in this process. It is the duty of every Muslim to explain what is Islam and to invite people to learn the essence of finding peace by submitting one's self to the Divine natural order.
The process of da'wa does not require us to convert people but it does require us to convey the message of 'submission to the will of God' through various means of communication and most importantly by being an example of our faith. Participation in the process of da'wa can be at various levels.
Every one of us has to bear witness to the truth before all mankind as Allah says in the Quran:
"And thus have We willed you to be a community of the middle way, so that (with your lives) you might bear witness to the truth before all mankind, and that the Apostle might bear witness to it before you". Quran 2:143
Under a rapidly growing influence of globalization, people are forgetting the meaning of faith, of religious practice and seldom think or speak about God. Following the example of the Prophet we should start with our family and relatives:
"And warn (whomever thou canst reach, beginning with) thy kinsfolk". Quran 26:213
This means that every one of us, man and woman, brother and sister, must first pay attention to what is going on in our own family and among our relatives. It makes no sense to go around speaking about Islam whereas our own children are left behind, abandoned and lost.
We need to focus on the fundamental principles and the methodology of Dawa as a reminder to ourselves so that we can adapt these to our day-to-day life.
Following are some major principles we must not forget when we are speaking about da'wa:
First: To speak about Allah, Islam, iman, and truth are by no means to speak about something new even when we are speaking with people of other faiths who may know little or nothing about Islam. They may not have any idea of what the Islamic way of life is but deep in their heart, without sometimes being aware of it, the knowledge and the intimate feeling of tawhid (Oneness of God) is imprinted on every human beings conscious. This is what we find in the Quran:
"And whenever your Sustainer brings forth their offspring from the loins of the children of Adam, He thus calls upon them to bear witness about themselves: Am I not your Sustainer? to which they answer: Yea, indeed, we do bear witness thereto. Of this we remind you lest you say on the Day of Resurrection, 'Verily we were unaware of this" Quran 7:172
Thus to speak about Allah, the creation and destiny is not to speak about something new but, on the contrary, it is to wake up and give a new life to a feeling which may be dormant. Allah says:
"O you who have attained to faith, Respond to the call of God and the Apostle whenever he calls you unto that which will give you life and know that God intervenes between man and his heart" Quran 8:24
Our call adds nothing new to our nature; our call needs to make people aware of something their hearts have forgotten. This must influence our way of speaking and dealing with people for we try to lead them to the origin and not to anything new. In Islam, to call is to recall.
The second principle we must never forget is that there exists a link of brotherhood between all the human beings. We are from the same origin and Allah says in the Quran "O men!" addressing all mankind for we are all 'sons of Adam' (bani Adam). As such we should develop in our heart, affection towards all of humanity regardless of their faith. Every human being is a sign of the greatness of Allah. With this state of mind, our sincerity should be reflected in the way we communicate, without being judgmental and as genuine callers to truth and justice,
A well-known hadith quoted by Muslim and Bukhari says "None of you perfects his belief (or truly believes) until he wishes for his brother what he wishes for himself". We often reduce the scope of this hadith to our brothers in faith. But this wish should concern, and especially in the West, our brothers in humanity and we should wish for them to be guided and to find the right path. To be a da'iya in the West requires that we avoid this conflicting attitude in order to present Islam as a reminder, a message of brotherhood, of love and hope. There are not simply words... but the genuine manifestation of a state of mind and of a state of heart.
Our methodology, our fiqh ad-da'wa, is based on these principles and is also constituted by three important elements. Our religion teaches us that the knowledge of the tawhid is written in the heart and in the soul of every human being but some of them have forgotten this truth. The function of the Prophets - and ours following in their footsteps - is to remind people by spreading the knowledge and the understanding of Islam. This is the function of ar-rasul, an-nazir, and ad-da'iya and it is only when this recall has been carried out that we can say that the people have denied themselves (are in kuffar). Al-kufr is to have been recalled, to know, and then to deny.
On the Day of Judgment people will be asked:
"Has no Warner ever come to you?" and the kuffar (those who denied themselves) will reply, "Yes, a Warner did indeed come unto us but we gave him the lie and said, Never Allah sent down anything" Quran 67:8-9
The first dimension of our methodology is then to spread knowledge and especially in the Western societies where Muslims are living in large numbers. As Muslims, we are taught that two things have to be avoided, ignorance and forgetfulness. Today we are witnessing a great lie: the people in general and the youth, in particular, think that they are free to choose and very often they know nothing about their religion. But freedom cannot be based on ignorance for they are antithetical words. The ignorance of faith and religion in our societies works as a constraint, as a coercion, and as such this fact sheds a new light on the well-known aya: "No coercion in matters of faith". There exists not only coercion through power and strength but there is another type of compulsion, more harmful in fact, for it uses the ignorance to deceive people and leads them astray. As Muslims, we need to spread all forms of knowledge so that all people have the opportunity to choose in full awareness.
Allah has power over all
To explain what are the fundamentals of Islam is important but the real message of Islam will be the manifestation of how our faith transforms us and helps us to be sincere, trustworthy, and confident. To be a da'iya is to be an example, a model as the Prophet was (quduwa). Good words, books, theories do not change or guide people, the example does. To bear witness to the truth is to act as a model and it is not necessary to speak so much.
"And who could be better of speech than he who calls unto God, and does what is just and right and says "Verily I am of those who have surrendered themselves to Allah" Quran 41:33
For this purpose, we need to live among the people, to be in touch with them and not to be isolated from the society we live in. There is an important verse, which gives us a specific teaching on how we should conduct ourselves with people. It reads:
"As for such (of the unbelievers) as do not fight against you on account of your faith, and neither drive you forth from your homelands, God does not forbid you to show them kindness and to behave towards them with full equity: for, verily, God loves those who act equitably" Quran 60:8
As noticed by az-Zamakhshari "does not forbid you" in this verse implies a positive exhortation. Allah gives us two keys: kindness (al-bir, same root as the word used for our parents, bir al-walidayn) and equity. The kindness is related to our heart, our sensitivity: in our day to day life, our kindness, our generosity are means through which people can understand the intimate meaning of our religion based on faith, peace and brotherhood. This is the language of the heart and it comes first in this verse. - Then, we find the language of the mind and the acts: one of the great sign of our religion is to promote, to defend and to protect justice in every circumstance. This has to be our distinctive feature: to be fair, equitable, just intellectually, socially, and financially. To be Muslim is to respect both the heart and the mind of our fellow human, to be both kind and fair, with both Muslims and non-Muslims. Our message is love, our message is justice: not only in words, but also their real internalization in our day-to-day life.
To believe is a blessing from Allah and we cannot guide aright everyone whom we love and we must be aware of our limited role. However, the latter remains of a great importance and we will be called to account by Allah as to the way we bear and transmit the message of Islam to these societies in which we live.
Asked about the destiny of those who did not know anything about Islam, a scholar answered: "I fear that we will be called to account by Allah for not having conveyed the message as we were supposed to". Every one of us is a da'iya - a conveyer of truth and justice and an example for our family, friends, neighbors, and humanity.
Adapted from "Da'wa in the West" by Tariq Ramadan
Tariq Ramadan is a Geneva-based author and university lecturer.
Topics: Dawah (Outreach), Iman (Faith And Belief) Values: Peace
I realized that Dawah is part of my duties as Muslims. I will learn more about Islam so that I can spread the message and ready for challenging questions. Spreading the message without proper knowledge will lead to misunderstanding. The most important is the dawah to ourselves. We should do what we preach. May Allah give us knowledge and strengthen our faith. Amen!
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1) Talk about it, its okay to discuss your views with other, non-Muslims. I think many would be surprised just how curious many non-Muslims are about the religion.
2) Have open forums for discussion. Here we can discuss the religion openly where the attendees are encouraged to ask questions and participate.
3) Access media. This web-site is invaluable. But it is a portion of what we could be doing: television, radio, magazines, etc.
Again, I say that if more people knew about Islam, the more converts we would have. I know because I am one.
"Let there be no compulsion in religion: Truth stands out clear from Error: whoever rejects evil and believes in Allah hath grasped the most trustworthy hand-hold, that never breaks. And Allah heareth and knoweth all things." (2:256)
This applies only to the non-believers, that they should not be compelled to join Islam, but should do so in sincerity of recongizing the truth.
However, when someone submitts their will to Allah(Islam), there is every obligation to fulfill your covenant with him to the fullest possible. No one can judge you, but they can advise you.
Even more so, if you truly have faith, your faith should inspire you to align your actions and being with what Allah has guided us to, and in accordance to what prophet Muhammad(pbuh) has prescribed and exemplified.
Too many muslims take this "there's no compulsion in religion" verse as a an excuse or relief from the structure that Islam inspires them to have in their lives.
It doesn't make sense to testify shaheeda, but not live up to it to one's fullest that they can.
It is everyone's responsibility to enjoin one another in righteousness. And everyone should be open to the fellow muslims questions and suggestions, so that the questioner and the one in questioned can both learn how to truly live their lives in Islam. We have Quran, we have Sunna, we have tafsir. We can do this.
But this must be done gently and kindly. Remember, a muslim is humble with the believers and might against the disbelievers. It doesn't make sense to be might against a believer.
1. We are currently spreading the wrong Da'wa. To fight and kill others, suicide bombers, anti-west anti-america. This is a negative portrayal of Da'wa
2. Then we spread the Da'wa, "where is your beard, where is your hijab" It is none of anybodys business where it is. There is no compulsion in religion and people should stay off others' territories
3. Then we spread Hadith, many of them without authenticating their veracity. The most popular ones are the fabricated ones and we like puppets pass along messages that make our religion look stupid
4. Then we have governments who have no respect for human rights, women, or indivduals, treating citizens liks children allowing this forbidding that. No temporal authority has been given the power over believers.
5. Then we want to take the world back to the 6th century. We refuse to adapt or change ouselves even though the Quran itself adapted and changed during the 23 years of Muhammad's (pbuh) life by revelaing new ayats abrogating earlier ones. But for 1500 years we still follow outdated sunnats of the Prophet.
Once we can correct our actions then we should spread Da'wa otherwise we are doing a dis-service to God Almighty and his great religion of Islam
Actually it very unfortunate that in the modern time Muslims are failing in our responsibilities and which is the primary goal exixtence.
We are called the best of all Ummah, first because of Dawah and secondly because of faith (monotheism).
But, we are failing in in our primary role and which need all effort and in all ramification to go back to our root.
The only way foward is dawah.
Wa Salam alakum
This article is an eye opener for Muslim Ummah at large and specifically to those who are engaged in religious activity. Such topics should be brought in more details to change the conventional thinking of Religion.
This article is just what I needed to answer some of my questions about conveying the meaning of Islam and still respecting other religions. Jazakallah.
I have always wanted to help spread the message of Islam, but didn't know how because I am not aware of all its rules and regulations. I have tried answering some of the questions posed by non believers about Islam. My father gave literature on Islam to one Christian family.
May Allah guide everyone towards Islam and enrich them with its true meaning so that this world can be a reflection of Heaven. Ameen.
Speaking of respect, brotherhood and harmony, is saying Merry Christmas to a Christian wrong for a Muslim? Please, anyone, answer this question.
God Bless Tariq Ramadan.
I agree with the overall perspective of being kind and humble towards the humanity.
But I don't agree with the interpretation of brotherhood in the hadeeth "None of you perfects his belief (or truly believes) until he wishes for his brother what he wishes for himself" being interpreted as brother in humanity. As if it was referrd to whole humanity, there was no need to specify the word 'brother', simply it the word 'another human' could have been used. Also there is distinct hadeeth of rasool Allah SAW stating that Muslims are brother to each other. Also Qur'an itself asks Muslims not to make non-believers there frined otherwise they are warned that they won't have Mercy of Allah. So when all people are not even entitled to be friends, how can concept of brotherhood be extended to all human beings?
"To believe is a blessing from Allah and we cannot guide aright everyone whom we love and we must be aware of our limited role." I disagree with "whom we love". How can we love a person who refuses to accept guidance? Whereas we have been told to have no affection towards these MUNKIREEN even if they happen to be our parents (love should not to be confused with the duties and respect towards them). So we should sop loving anyone who is a Munkir.
And Allah t'ala knows best.
" The process of da'wa does not require us to convert people "
" The duty of every muslim is to ivite people to learn the essence of finding peace and happiness.."
and that is only possible " by submitting one's self to the Divine natural order " this process in arabic language is called 'Islam '. " Thy will and not mine shall be done" (Bible) So nothing new in Islam!. "in Islam, to call is to recall to lead people to the origin and not to anything new", to the concepts people have forgotten or have erred in getting them correctly.
And finally, " Al-kufr is to have been recalled to the truth, any truth, ( and of course the first and the biggest truth is that there is a Creator and we are the created beings )and to know, and then to deny."
This process of kufr can take place among any group of people about any truth, even among the muslims too.
Kufr then should be left alone, undisturb and "still wishing them what we wish for our selves", Unless, of course, they commit some act of agression. Even then we should act with restrain and "repell bad with what is good"
Indeed a very timely, appropriate and relevant article.
May Allah give you wisdom and ability to write more.
this is such a beautiful article which has hilighted the concept of all individual being's .
in today's life it is the right of all muslim brothers and sisters to go forward and spread the powers and miracles of allah and spread the ways of living of mohammed (pbuh).
May Allah help us all and guide us to the straight path.
It is a good and well explained article
Too many Ayas and Hadith mentioned , might confuse the reader, that he need to use them in his Da'wa. Since the listner is not a believer to start with.
In the west, people are reasonable, educated, and the product of CAUSE AND EFFECT school. Da'wa must be based on this, Prophet said" UMERTU AN UKHATEBA ANNASA 'LA KADRI 3OKOLEHIM".
Marketing and Sales technics must be adopted and taught to our Da3i-he who delivers Da'wa. The pope said few years ago in the Time magazine that a full marketing plan is now approved and budgeted to convert two hundred million africans to Christianity.
When I, as a moslem discuss Islam with non moslems, I always start with all sales technics that I learned in my life. Salesman has to love and respect his customer, he is a human, and we need each other.
Talking to a Christian as an example, I have to know alot about Christianity, and I bring the discussion to a common ground,"KALEMATEN SAWA'" i.e. there is no contradiction between our faith:
- but moslems deny crucification of Jesus
- We understand you belief, Allah in Qur'an says that he made it looks like it happened, it is Allah's Will that you believe in this, but how can you justify the disappearanc of Juda, the traitor. Mohammad (slam)came to clarify all this.
- What about the nature of Jesus as God?
- Christians suffered great schism on this issue by the time of Constantine, Nestorians and most of Middle East christians refused that belief, and said exactly as moslems say" he is human with special status, i.e. no father". In this we were not far from the belief of Arius followers. Here you can mention, the magnificent letter of our profet to Hercules about the blood of the ARISIANs, and to ask him to refer to the Encyclopedia Britanica about Arius. It mentions also how Constantine returned to the Human nature of Jes
Muslim world, 80 % are traditionally, mostly uneducated people. Islam is spreading in 4 continental; Asia (69,1 %), Africa (27,4 %), Europe (2,8 %), and America (0,7 %); It is interesting to know, Arabs only 17 %. Now (Islam)becoming the second largest religion in the world. Unfortunately, most of Muslim are poor and lack of education. It's spreading from a country with a GNP more than 10,000 US dollar per capita to a country with a GNP less than 500 US per capita. My understanding, da'wa is good. However, the most priority is jihad (strugling, effort), globally jihad, against "poorness" and " foolishness", besides--injustice.
I think if all leaders can inculcate this type of information and spread it, it will erase the ill conception of the non-muslim about Islam as the religion of the terrorist.
This type of dawa should be continue everyday of the year.
Thanks may Allah bless the writer.
FIRST, THE MAJORITY OF THOSE WHO LEAVE THEIR COUNTRY AND TRAVEL SOMEWHERE ELSE ARE LOOKING FOR A FINANCIAL INCOME THAT IS NOT OFFERED IN THEIR HOME COUNTRY. THEIR GOAL IS MATERIAL. ONCE THEY FIND A SOURCE OF INCOME IN THE WEST THEY BECOME MATERIALLY INVOLVED WITH THE NEW SOCIETY. FOR SURE THE SOURCE OF INCOME HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH ISLAM. IT IS PURE BUSINESS.
SECOND, A GROUP OF MUSLIMS LEAVE THEIR COUNTRY BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT ACCEPTED IN THEIR OWN CULTURE. THEY ARE IN MOST CASES INDIVIDUALS WHO REBELED AGAINST TRADITIONS AND CULTURE. THEY FIND MIGRATION AS A WAY TO ESCAPE FROM THE CHAINS THAT TIES THEM TO THEIR HOME LAND.
THIRD, MUSLIMS CANNOT PRESENT A ROLE MODEL OF ISLAM IF THEY CLAIM TO BE MUSLIMS AT THE TIME THEY LACK THE UNDERSTANDING OF THE BASIC PRINCIPALS OF THE ISLAMIC RELEGION.
FINALLY, A MUSLIM WHO CAN LEAD AN IDEAL ROLE MODEL AT HIS OR HER HOME COUNTRY ARE CAPABLE OF DOING THE SAME JOB ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD.
Example, give Dawah to an American Muslim. And then invite them to your local Mosque. See how well they are treated. If they are not asked what their social status is. Blamed about how their scarf is incorrect or lack of. These are just a few of the things that really do not qualify many to give adequate dawa.
Islam is a perfect religion. Given to us by Allah (swt). But are our ACTIONS reflective of true Islam? I think for every minute spent in Dawa, 100 should be spent on eduction through ACTION within our own community. We need to love one another, and be honest and realistic of the shortcomings so we can work towards a better reality. Dawa is useless if most of the people in the community will turn any new convert away through their racist and ignorant actions. I know these actions are not Islamic but how many converts or seekers know that? So Muslims, spend time educating our own community so that our dawa can really be used for good inshaAllah.
It is healthy thing to expose ourselve before others. That is, to a stranger; an indroduction is much healthy. Islam as a religion, an indroduction is required to clear the nonmuslim brothers doubt. For that in my openion i would say that each muslims should be taught what true islam says. We should take non muslims people's openion, their thought how they picturise muslim with in themselves.
A non muslim find a muslim always away from the mainstream of the society. He is isolated by his own man. Strict religious conduct has made them(muslims) to think differently. Veils and caps in crowd make a psychological distance. Excessive religious talking, and the way teaching kids like,"islam is best and others are bad", it will definitely create bad sense in children and their approach to other religion.
I am a christian but i have somany muslims friends.
i have noticed certain things and new developments which will spoil the peace loving society.
Another thing i have objection to interpretation of jihad. Jihad should be taken only rarely as to keep the purity of the word and purpose. But it is used,taken all over the world, misinterpreted. Mostly islam preists might have never seen the school other than madrassas. It will make them to think only one side. Seing the newspaper i find they make highly irreponsible(cruel) statements. Their approach has got no uniformity and always project them as warlord.
And i object to sariya law also.
.If a man steals why islam cut his hand. A fair trial is not given always( i believe).
I write this only to clarify myslef and some doubts. You may please take it positively and kindly advise me through my email if possible. Becouse islam, though is not my way of worship, is always friend to me. (I am only an ordinary graduate. May be what i assume right could be wrong too).
36:69 We have not instructed the (Prophet) in Poetry, nor is it befitting for him...
36:46 Not a Sign comes to them from their Lord but that they are ever turning away from it.
36:10 It is the same to them whether you warn them or do not warn them; they will not believe.
The poetry of the verses above might perhaps be discernable by examining transliterated Arabic provided within the following pages:
Also, while translations of the Quran are accurate enough to revert readers to Islam (Alhamdulillah!) it is my impression that many of the verses in the original Arabic are more informative. For example, Quran 1:7 uses the name Alaihim twice and yet Alaihim is missing from all English editions of the Quran that I have encountered - even although the first surah contains only seven verses and is the most important surah in the Quran. I think this makes a case for learning Arabic. (Insha'Allah.)
The world needs peace yes but we need to work harder with our global human sisters and brothers who are ever awake across the globe promoting humanity, fighting for justice for the poor, the marginalised basically those who have no voice across the globe.
Our voice is missing in that part of activism. We need to lobby for human rights for children, women and the rights of destitute citizens of this globe.
If every human started using his/her heart as a thinking tool and not his/her brain peace on this earth will Insha'Allah be a reality for all.
May Allah reward every soul on this planet that promotes humanity.
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One customer's story: "We took our little boy to Disneyland and he saw his favorite character 'Barney' there. He ran up to Barney saying 'Let's Sing your song!' Barney started his famous 'I love You' song and my little boy said 'No the one that goes like this... God is great. God is One' Barney was speechless!"
Yahya asks: did the child not perform dawah?
God has truly said that the best of example for us is the prophet Mohammed(pbuh), and we are again a witness to the fact how well the Message of God was diffused during his lifetime and subsequently how countries after countries submitted to the Word of God. Submitting not to the might of the sword but they obliged to the Message delived through barehanded Believers.
we would like to see more of that kind of tolerance in our talks, lectures, articles, publications Teach the ummah not to hate but to love only then we can be a means of guidance for others insha'allah.
This article is about PEACE and Islam means peace and many also many molims forget that Islam is about peace. One of the names of Allah is Peace(asSalaam).I regret that many have gotten the wrong message about Islam, some of the moslims think be an enemy to everyone who is no moslim. No you have to give a good example to non-believers. There is an verse in the Koran that says;'FOR YOU YOUR RELIGION AND FOR ME MY RELIGION'. Islam does not say push a person into religion, it has to come from your heart, Allah guides one if He wants to. I want to to add something i red ones;'A person who was a king in this world forced people to bow for him', now this;'Allah chooses the ones He want to serve Him and the one He wans to bless and guide. Ihope and i know InshaAllah people will read this article and that it would open their eyes and heart and start listening to the koran and not to what people are saying without knowledge. There is a verse in the Koran;' most of the people know the truth but hate it and hide it', for the time our Prophet was here(saws) we had Light and now we are back in the time of Ignorance. InshaAllah we all shall be guided into the Light of eternity and enter paradise were there is no grieve no pain but only 'Sallaam'
May Allah bless the ones who made this article,
Your Sister Ummkulthum
Perhaps even head coverings might afford additional protection from the wrath of what some of our neighbors (currently) refer to as nature.
Why should we not promote more modest fashion - through our own examples, et cetera - for the well being of our neighbors - even if we were not inclined to do so merely for our own sakes?
Subhanallah (Glory is Allah's).
Wassalam (and peace).
May Allah bless you. I could not say it any better. Excellent article and a true character of Muslim way of life. Muslims today are other way around. Couple weeks ago a 16 year old American girl whose parents are strict Catholic come to the Islamic center asking us to say Shahadat. She come to us to become to Muslim instead of us going to her to tell Islam. That is a wake up call to us. However, my point is Allah will take this message to every door and I ask Allah to make me a part of those who take his message. Allahu Akbar. Lets start know from ourselves, and then family and friends and nieghbors etc.
Allah will always protect Islam itself, after all Islam is the fastest growing reliegion in the world even after these big lies and negative sterotypes. Allahu Akbar. May Allah guide us all to the right path. amin.
not only muslims even learned christians agree
that a muslim is a da wee,is recognised in detail
in the book written*the Spread of Islam in the world"
A history of Peaceful Preaching .
by Prof.Thomas Arnold..
Assalamu alaikum (Peace be with you).