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    Five Steps for Effective Da'Wah (Calling People to Islam)

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    written and distrubuted at an MSA dawah workshop by Khadija Haffajee

    I. Ways of Relating to People


    A. Be attentive and show concern. When shaking hands. The Prophet (pbuh) never released his hand first, and never turned his face away from others until they did.
    1. Be consistently considerate
    2. Inquire about the absent
    3. Visit the sick
    4. Share in others' interests.
    5. Exchange gifts
    6. Listen to and look at the speaker
    B. Address people by the names they like One day the prophet asked a man about his name, and he replied that it was Abdulhajjar (slave of stone). The prophet said "No, you're Abdullah" (the slave of Allah)

    II. Requirements for Effective Da'wah

    A. Don't blame the people for their mistakes or be critical.
    1. Many people are hypersenstive to criticism.
    2. Some people become defensive when blamed. When Musa went to Pharoah, Allah said, "but speak to him mildly........perchance he may take warning or fear (Allah)".
    B. Don't embarrass by correcting someone in front of others.
    The Prophet (pbuh) used to use plurality when correcting a particular person in front of a group. For example, he would ask the group, "what do you think about those who do such-and-such a bad thing?".

    C. Satisfy the people's halal needs.

    1. Help those in need
    2. Don't wait to assist the needy until they ask you
    3. The prophet (pbuh) always helped the needy
    4. The Prophet (pbuh) said, "Whosoever removes a worldly grief
    from a believer, Allah will remove from him one of the griefs
    of the Day of Judgement. whoever alleviates [the lot of] a
    needy person, Allah will alleviate [his lot] in this world
    and the next.

    D. Always be fair, just, and honest
    E. Give others sincere respect and heighten their self-esteem.

    1. Remember, if the respect you show others is not genuine you will be showing hypocrisy, rather than respect.
    2. One day a mushrik came to the prophet (pbuh) who was sitting with Abu Bakr on his right. The Prophet had Abu Bakr move to left, and had the mushrik sit on his right,a position of honor.
    3. Two brothers came to speak to the Prophet (pbuh) when the younger of them spoke first, the Prophet interrupted him and asked the older to start.

    F. Don't be angry or retaliate for injury to yourself, but be angry or retaliate only for wrongdoing in the view of Allah.

    III. Techniques for Growing Closer to Others


    A. Attempt to understand deeply those you deal with
    1. Find out their background (cultural, educational, social, etc) because that helps in finding access to their minds and hearts.
    2. Attempt to know everyone equally well. Favoritism creates mistrust and hurt feelings.
    B. Be simple, moderate, and respectful
    C. Do not insulate yourself from the bad people. They need you more than the others.

    D. Be tactful

    1. Avoid personal questions and embarassing comments
    2. Address the person according to his level of understanding
    E. Be cheerful and enthuisiastic
    Al-Harith, a companion said, I have never seen anyone who smiled most of the time as the Prophet (pbuh) did.


    F. Present a pleasant appearance

    1. Be clean and neat
    2. Observe decency in dress
    3. Wear clothing that is harmonious to the total outfit
    4. The prophet (pbuh) saw someone with uncombed hair and asked,
    "Didn't you find something with which to comb it?"
    5. Never eat raw onion or garlic when going to the masjid or to
    meet with people.

    IV. Obstacles to Da'wah


    A. Don't be afraid of temptation. Some peole fear contact with non-Muslims for fear of succumbing to their bad influence. the remedy for this is to strengthen one's faith.
    B. Don't be shy.
    1. Some people lack the courage to mix with others and socialize.
    2. The remedy for this is practice.
    C. Fear of one's inability to express oneself and lack of confidence in one's capabilities for logical analysis and persuation. The remedy for this is practice.

    V. The field for Da'wah: school, neighborhood, workplace and family.




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    "I put my trust in Allah, my Lord and your Lord! There is not a moving creature, but He has a grasp of its forelock. Verily, my Lord is on the straight path. (The truth)"
    (11:55-56)

    "...Indeed my prayer, my sacrifice, my living and my dying are for Allaah, the Lord of the worlds" (6:162)

    #2
    Jazakallah khair for sharing Saadia.

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      #3
      jazakallah! i hope ppl learn from this.

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        #4
        JazakAllah very nice..

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        "Only for Allah and to gain His pleasure"
        "You are either slave to what made man or u are slave to what man made"

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          #5
          A. Be attentive and show concern. When shaking hands.
          1. Be consistently considerate
          A. Don't blame the people for their mistakes or be critical.
          1. Many people are hypersenstive to criticism.
          2. Some people become defensive when blamed. B. Don't embarrass by correcting someone in front of others.
          E. Give others sincere respect and heighten their self-esteem.
          1. Find out their background (cultural, educational, social, etc) because that helps in finding access to their minds and hearts.
          B. Be simple, moderate, and respectful


          Thank you Saadia. This should be required reading for using the Religion Forum.

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          Verily in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest ~ XIII.28

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            #6
            Jazak'Allah nadia and sadia!!

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            ~yeh noor ke sholay uthtay hain, mera hee dil garmanay ko
            jo bijli ufak main chamki hai, chamki hai mere taRpanay ko~
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            Apnay akailay pan ka main kis say gila karoon
            Jis ko bhi murh kay daikha woh tanhayOon maiN hay~
            keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps the singing bird will come

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              #7
              Tanhayaan Credit for this excellent post goes to Saadia alone, she is always posting such useful Hadiths and other information Masha'Allah this is just another of her many excellent posts.

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              Verily in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest ~ XIII.28

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                #8
                yeah thats very NICE
                but ( plz dont take ths wrong) would u tell me is there any thing which is not being followed by tableeghi jammat ...... trust me or not but but thsi is the exact way in which they are performing DAWAT... AND u thanks for giving me the reference ..... next time i will not face difficulty in giving evedence !
                well despite of all that was VERY GOOD

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                  #9
                  Jazakallah khair all for reading. Please do pass this on to your friends, family, etc.

                  Nadia_H: Jazakallah khair! Do read the one on 'Al-Qadr' as well. I know it's long, but it's worth it. Also, your posts and threads are equally as good rather even better!

                  buttJee: Jazakallah khair for reading. No offence, but please keep the tableeghi stuff out of this thread. Thanks!

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                  "I put my trust in Allah, my Lord and your Lord! There is not a moving creature, but He has a grasp of its forelock. Verily, my Lord is on the straight path. (The truth)"
                  (11:55-56)

                  "...Indeed my prayer, my sacrifice, my living and my dying are for Allaah, the Lord of the worlds" (6:162)

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