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PostSubject: Divine Methodology of Dawah   Mon 5 Oct - 21:22

Divine Methodology of Dawah


Da'wah,
as we know, is an obligation upon every Muslim man and woman. The Holy Qur'an
tells us Da'wah is the most favorite act loved by Allah (swt). It is the
practice of His Prophets (Peace be upon them), the chosen servants of Allah who
struggled in order to convey Allah's message to people despite afflictions, and
hardships. While doing so, they were humiliated, insulted and abused. But they
demonstrated patience and steadfastness. Whenever they faced hostile reaction
from their people, they followed Divine Methodology in their Da'wah effort and
repelled the evil in the best possible manner. They showed highest moral
character.


Da'wah
is also the Sunnah (practice) of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him). Allah
recognized him as Daa'ee Ila-Allah ("Daa'ee" or "Daa'iah"
means the one who calls people to Allah).


"O' Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) We have sent you as
witness, and a bearer of glad tidings, and a warner. And as one who invites to
Allah (Islamic Monotheism) by His leave, and as a lamp spreading light."
(Qur'an 33:45-46)


He
(Peace be upon him) worked in the most difficult circumstances and gave a
practical demonstration of excellence in moral character during his Da'wah
effort. He did everything possible to convey Allah's message despite the most
difficult response from the Makkan people. He remained firm, patient and
confident of Allah's help and victory. He associated his will to the will of
Allah and showed how to follow Allah's method in doing the Da'wah work.


Doing
Da'wah is the individual responsibility of every Muslim man and woman. Allah
commanded the believers to do whatever they can in order to spread Allah's
message. He made the Muslim Ummah (community), both individuals and groups
responsible for this noble cause.


"You (true believers in Islamic monotheism and followers of
Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) and his sunnah) are the best of peoples
ever raised up for mankind; you enjoin Al-Ma'roof (good) and forbid Al-Munkar
(evil), and you believe in Allah." (Qur'an 3:110)


"Let there arise out of you a group of people inviting to all
that is good (Islam), enjoining Al-Ma'roof (whatever is good) and forbidding
Al-Munkar (whatever is evil). And it is they who are successful." (Qur'an
3:104)


Abu-Saeed
Al-Khudhri narrated the Prophet (Peace be upon him) saying: "Anyone among
you who notices some thing evil should correct it with his own hand, and if he
is not able to do so, then he should prohibit it with his tongue, and if he is
not able to do so, he should at least consider it as bad in his heart, and that
is weakest of faith, i.e. the lowest degree of faith." (Narrated by
Muslim)


While
the Qur'anic text talks about the importance of this obligation on the Muslim
community both individuals as well as groups, we note Da'wah provides a unique
way to open communication channels with other communities in order to inform
them about Al-Islam, the religion of human dignity and honor. Through Da'wah, a
Daa'iah can remove lots of misunderstandings, misrepresentations about this
beautiful religion, and spread messages of peace, justice and fairness.


Since
Qur'an declared Da'wah an individual responsibility, the question that arises
here as to what should be the right way of doing Da'wah and what methodology
and manners can be useful and result oriented.


In
the Qur'an, Allah (swt) mentioned a complete and comprehensive set of Divine
Guidelines about Da'wah, which include methodology, manners as well as the main
characteristics necessarily acquired by those engaged in the field of Da'wah.
They should learn and acquire those characteristics, and prove themselves as
devoutly obedient servants of Allah. It is extremely important they apply
Divine methodology and manners in their Da'wah effort to make it a complete
success.


It
is therefore, required from individuals, groups, and people in-charge of
organizations involved in Da'wah work, to make sure they pay necessary
attention towards their personality building process; thereby making themselves
as perfect examples of true and sincere obedience of Allah. They should develop
permanent habit of seeking Allah's help and forgiveness. By following the
sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) in their daily life they should
provide excellent examples of moral and ethical behavior. "Indeed in
the Messenger of Allah you have a good example to follow, for him, who hopes
for (the meeting with) Allah and the Last Day, and remembers Allah much."
(Qur'an 33:21)


Allah
(swt) guided His Prophet (Peace be upon him) throughout his Da'wah effort and
asked him to apply divine manners when he conveyed Allah's message to the
Makkan people, including his own family members, and others. Allah addressed
Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) and said:


"O'Muhammad (Peace be upon him) invite mankind to the way of
your lord (Islam) with wisdom, and fair preaching, and argue with them in a way
that is better. (Qur'an 16:125).


Applying
wisdom-full approach in Da'wah is key to success. Hikmah (wisdom) is a gift
from Allah. "He grants Hikmah to whom He wills, and he to whom the Hikmah
is granted, is indeed granted abundant good. But none remember (receive
admonition) except men of understanding". (Qur'an 2:269)


Good
communication skills and presentation style as well as nice way of talking help
make Da'wah effort a true success. Allah commanded Musa (Moses) (Peace be upon
him) to adopt a soft and mild approach when He sent him along with his brother
Haroun (Aaron) to the Fir'aun (Pharaoh).


"Go both of you, to Fir'aun (Pharaoh). Verily he has
transgressed. And speak to him mildly, perhaps he may accept admonition or fear
Allah." (Qur'an 20:43-44)


Development
of necessary skills that make the Daa'iah able to defend evil with good and
ability to face hostile reaction with patience also make Da'wah effort
successful. This quality leaves a good impression on people and provides
instant and positive results by mercy of Allah.


"The good deed and the evil deed can not be equal. Repel the
evil with one which is better, then verily he, between whom and you there was
enmity (will become) as though he was a close friend." (Qur'an 41:34)


The
most essential quality required during Da'wah work is that of patience and
steadfastness. Quality of patience and self-restraint will be of tremendous
help to the Daa'iah to carry out his work in all circumstances.


Allah
commanded His beloved Prophet (peace be upon him) to keep patient. A Daa'iah
must show self-restraint in case of hostile reaction, argument, or abuse.


"And be patient; verily Allah wastes not the reward of the
good doers." (Qur'an 11:115)


In
Qur'an we find several examples where Allah commanded His Prophet (Peace be
upon him) to practice patience.


"O
Muhammad! (Peace be upon him) keep patience to what they say and ignore them in
a good way" (Qur'an 73:10)


"And endure you patiently O' Muhammad (Peace be upon him),
your patience is not but from Allah, and grieve not over them (polytheists and
pagans), and be not distressed because of what they plot." (Qur'an 16:127)


"Therefore be patient O' Muhammad (peace be upon him) as did
the "Messengers of Strong Will" (i.e. Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus,
and Muhammad, Peace be upon them) (Qur'an 46:35)


"Verily many Messengers were denied before you O' Muhammad
(Peace be upon him), but with patience they bore the denial, and they were
hurt; till our help reached them, and none can alter the words (decisions) of
Allah. Surely there reached to you the information (news) about the Messengers
(before you)." (Qur'an 6:34)


A
Daa'iah should always try to turn to Allah, learn how to increase his trust in
Him and seek His help and protection. Allah commanded His Prophet (Peace be
upon him):


"And
if an evil whisper comes to you from Shaitan (Satan), then seek refuge with
Allah. Verily He is All-Hearer, All-Knower." (Qur'an 7:200)


Prophet
Muhammad (Peace be upon him) said: " The case of a believer is wonderful.
There is good for him in every thing, and this characteristic is for him alone.
If he experiences something pleasant, he is grateful, but if he comes across
some adversity, he patient and submissive (to Allah's will) and that is good
for him." (Narrated by Muslim)


A
Daa'iah should, therefore, develop necessary skills that help him carry out his
work in all circumstances and try to maintain a purely practical approach with
beautiful communication and preaching style. This kind of approach will help
Daa'iah become more acceptable to people. In case of hostile reaction, Allah
requires Daa'iah to learn how to repel evil in the best possible way.
Therefore, they should be well-prepared and patient enough to face any possible
evil; be it in the form of mockery, un-necessary argument, or refusal,
resistance, or non-acceptance and try to respond with the best possible way. At
the same time the Daa'iah should demonstrate highest moral and ethical behavior
to Muslim & Non-Muslim communities at all times. The Prophet (Peace be upon
him) said: "The best among you are those who possess the best
manners." (Al-Bukhari/Muslim)


He
(Peace be upon him) also said: "I have been sent to bring good behavior to
the highest perfection." (Musnad Ahmad)


The
Daa'iah need to show highest amount of patience and self-restraint at the time
of anger and learn how to forget and forgive people in order to excuse those
who treat them badly.


"Show forgiveness, enjoin what is good, and turn away from
the foolish." (Qur'an 7:199)


This
particular quality should be a permanent part of the Daa'iah's personality.


"And the (faithful) slaves of the Most Gracious (Allah) are
those who walk on the earth in humility and sedateness, and when the foolish
address them (with bad words) they reply back with mild words of
gentleness." (Qur'an 25:63)


A
Daa'iah must show kindness and mercy in all his actions and endeavors. The
Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) said: "Whoever is devoid of kindness
and mercy, is devoid of all goodness." (Abu-Dawoud)
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PostSubject: Re: Divine Methodology of Dawah   Mon 12 Oct - 19:50

This goes without saying, madam. Daawah is to softer and more efficient by having and providing stronger proofs that there is no go but Allah



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