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|03/20/02 at 14:22:41|
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Every one know how important Da'wah is , that is why some of us try their best to do da'wah in daily basis . So, can we share how we make da'wah? and how we use opportunities to make da'wah.?
|03/20/02 at 14:53:00|
|YASIN THIS IS A ICE TOPIC. :-/|
you know that we could all learn how. what do have to say now?
|03/20/02 at 21:09:47|
| Building a Better Dawah Program|
Muslims have perhaps the least organized community in the world, yet we are gaining converts faster than anyone else. But what if we were more organized? American convert Yahiya Emerick sets out a strategy to utilize our resources and build up the size and strength of the Muslim community.
"So brother," he asked me, "how did you become a Muslim?" Now this isn't a rare question for one who embraced Islam. In fact, it seems this was the most often asked question in my first two years of entering the faith. Alhumdulillah, "born" Muslims always have a keen interest in how others have found their way into the fold of Islam.
Partly this is a reaffirmation of their own identity, ("Hey, if others are choosing it then it must be good") and partly it is often an unusual phenomenon not seen in the countries from where the average Muslim came. ("Hey, converts are like aliens from outer space in my country.")
Whatever the motivation, I sometimes lament being the only convert in a crowd or at a meeting. I don't have any prejudicial feelings towards my fellow compatriots in the deen, I merely wish there were more people who accepted Islam around me so I could experience the feelings of reaffirmation and say, "Alhumdulillah" too.
It's really amazing when you think about it. We have perhaps the least organized community in the world- even the Hindus are more organized world-wide- yet we are gaining converts faster than anyone else. Some attribute this to the Mercy of Allah, others add that it is a testament to the truth of Islam.
But what if we were more organized? What if we had million dollar da'wah centers for the total work of spreading Islam? What if we rented out stadiums and did Billy Graham style conversion drives? What do you think? I tell you that in my gut I am convinced we would have so many converts that we would be surprised if we met someone who wasn't Muslim.
Islamic teachings beat Christian hodge-podge doctrines any day of the week. You and I know this. Hinduism, Bahaiism, Buddhism and the new age movement have nothing on us. They can't even touch our coat-tails. So how can we utilize our resources to rival everyone even further and build the size and strength of our community?
To begin with, we have to get our act together and organize national standards for da'wah workers, literature and programs. Let me illustrate why: Have you ever attended the following type of da'wah gathering? The mostly-Muslim audience shows up late, the speaker can't speak English right, the sound system squeals horribly, the refreshment table is filled with warm milk-tea and half-eaten doughnuts and the da'wah literature, if there is any, is poorly written gobbledygook which wouldn't convince a mouse that it likes cheese.
I'm sure you can relate to such experiences. For all the good intentions, the entire atmosphere was skewed. Non-Muslims, if they could read the hand-scrawled announcements taped on telephone poles, leave with the feeling that there's nothing for them here.
But what would national standards encompass? It's nearly impossible to get anyone, especially our leaders, to agree on anything. So to solve this problem, I'm going to pretend I have the ear of every Muslim in the country and I'm going to impose national standards right now. So listen up everyone and take notes!
First, nobody will be allowed to speak in front of non-Muslims, or Muslims for that matter, unless they can speak the language of the people clearly. We don't want any thick accents, no Englabic or Urdulish. Only clear, understandable English. No exceptions no matter how "big" the man is.
Second, the only topics that will be allowed in any gathering where non-Muslims are addressed will be limited to subjects about life, our purpose, Allah' guidance/forgiveness, the Qur'an and its role in life and the example of the Blessed Prophet. There will be no lectures on fiqh, politics, tassawuf, Unani healing or the psychothematic paradigms found in the writings of obscure Persian or Urdu poets. No exceptions no matter how "big" the money behind the event is.
Third, women will be allowed to address non-Muslim and Muslim audiences on any of the above approved topics with the addition of the role and rights of women in Islam. (Men will not be allowed to speak at length about this topic but can mention it. You figure out why.) Women will be allowed to decide what they wish to speak about and will be given authority in the planning and carrying out of the da'wah program. Women will appear in proper, fashionable hijab. Duppattas and circus tents need not apply.
Fourth, all programs will be planned well in advance. Sound systems will be checked and rechecked many times for quality reception. Reliable people will be assigned duties in advance and will be briefed many times as to their function. Ushers will be present (not eleven year olds) and the program will not exceed two hours. Everything will proceed on time and the program will begin on time no matter how many "big-shot" community members are late. (Remember: today's big-shots are tomorrow's people of the grave. Don't fear them or the money that is temporarily in their hands.)
Fifth, all children under twelve- and babies- will remain at home. The only exception to this rule is when on-site day-care is available. In such a case, under no circumstances will these children be allowed in the main program area.
Sixth, only da'wah materials approved by native-English speaking Muslims will be distributed. For a current list of approved da'wah literature, see the book, "How to Tell Others About Islam" available from most Islamic bookstores. If you don't have your materials read for accuracy and readability first, don't use them.
Seventh, no da'wah program or effort can be initiated unless the following three criteria are met: 1) good, friendly da'wah workers must be utilized. 2) A follow-up plan for interested prospects must be developed. 3) A mentor program linking converts with designated "mentor" families must be established.
Eighth, No door-to-door da'wah or street corner shouting will be allowed. We are not Jehovah's Witnesses nor do we want to be stigmatized as similar to them.
Ninth, all the latest techniques for mass-da'wah efforts must be studied and tested. Everything from mass-mailing, TV advertising, telethons, self-improvement seminar-type activities, videos, home-study courses, gimmicks, sloganeering, etc.. must be looked at in a specially created da'wah institute which will be established to facilitate the National Standards in Da'wah effort.
Finally, every Muslim and convert will be encouraged to move to areas where the majority of the population are Muslims. Islamic education programs for converts and youth must be established that are fun and interesting, and the community must make every effort to find the convert a job, if they need one, a good husband or wife, if they're single, and a recognized place in the life of the community.
There, I've done it. National Standards have been enumerated. Now if you don't wake up and take a good look at how you're spreading Islam (or trying to) then you'll still find a new convert as an unusual, special thing to be admired and praised. I would rather find converts as common as water, myself.
|03/20/02 at 21:43:02|
| Assalamu alaikum :-) and ;-)|
What make me start this thread .
I was getting ready to go back home for vacation and i went to buy an hand bag for my mom as gift , I was in the middle of a shop realy confuse which one i'm gonna take it for my mom , a woman came to me and said ' may help you ' I said sure.she choose one for my mom , during selecting the bags she asked where i from and what i'm doing here all these stuffs, after i told her she asked me to visit a place very well known for it's beaches before i go home , I told her that i'm a muslim and muslims are not suppose to go a beaches where people are nude, she at look at me and she said are you muslim i said yes (mostly foreign students are muslim but they live muslim populated area where christian student live christain and hindu area like where i live now . so, non muslims thought that you're christian if you're african ).Then i try to explain ISLAM for her ( I miss a lot of opportunity like this before :( ) i forget my bag and the whole stuff trying my best to explain what ISLAM is all about at the last she asked me to give her a copy of Quran . After one week i got one copy for her and i print out some articles from internet and i gave to her ( still i dont take my mom's hand bag) then the night i'm taking my mom's bag she told me that she need another copy for her friend who want to get married to muslim man . Alhamdulilah, i got another copy for her and i gave her last night with same copy of article.
In our daily lifes there is a lot opportunity to make a da'wah if you really want to make it.
|03/20/02 at 22:14:05|
Sorry to barge in, but I have to ask one question.--- Circus tents? That is in reference to what?
[wlm] :-) Laila
|03/24/02 at 07:08:10|
Circus tents- i think that refers to being overly dressed.
da'wah is a skill that more of us need to master.. just being able to give a quick 30 second speil on Islam would be invaluable... say you're in an elevator and someone asked you about Islam... you may only have a 30s window to explain it to them. Also educating ourselves on Islam and clearing up any misconceptions within ourselves is important before we go out to tell others about it.
I'm attending a da'wah course this coming weekend called "Train the trainers" inshaAllah I'll write more on the topic after the course.
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