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Five Steps for effective Da'wah

The Prophet (peace be upon him) never released his hand first, and never turned his face away from others until they did.

By Khadija Haffajee / 26 Feb 2013

I. Ways Relating to People

A. Be attentive and show concern. When shaking hands. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) 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 (peace be upon him) 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 Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) 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 Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) always helped the needy

4.  The Noble Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, "Whosoever removes a worldly grief from a believer, Allah will remove from him one of the grieves of the Day of Judgment. 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 Noble Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him)  who was sitting with Abu Bakr (may Allah be pleased with him) on his right. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) had Abu Bakr (may Allah be pleased with him) move to left, and had the mushrik sit on his right, a position of honor.

3. Two brothers came to speak to the Noble Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) when the younger of them spoke first; the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) 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 embarrassing comments

2. Address the person according to his level of understanding

E. Be cheerful and enthusiastic

Al-Harith (may Allah be pleased with him), a companion said, “I have never seen anyone who smiled       most of the time as the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) 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 Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him)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 people 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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