This blog is based upon the da’wah video ‘The Dos and Donts of da’wah’
( 2014). Too can watch the fun style video:
Invite to the path of your Lord with wisdom and good advice. (An-Nahl 16:125)
Da’wah might not be one of the five pillars of Islam but it is definitely an important duty and a lot of us do da’wah without realising it.
The question you have to ask yourself oh reader of this blog is:
Are you interested in engaging Da’wah to Islam? To Allah?
Do you have the desire to share Islam, to spread the message and educate those around you?
Do note You don’t have to be a scholar or a very eligible person in order to call people to Allah. If you have correct authentic Knowledge even if it is little because there is always room for growth and immense love for the Deen then….
you’re all set!
There are numerous ways calling to Allah swt. Including:
•One to One
•Public/addressing a gathering
REQUIREMENTS FOR A STALL STYLE DA’WAH:
To set up a stall- The basic you need add
1. A Table
2. Flyers /pamphlets📜
3. A pure sincere heart💚
4. A sharp mind 📌
5. A bunch of cool happy mates
To have a pure and sincere heart alongside with a sharp mind is very important in order to focus and get your priorities right and to allow yourself to carefully listen and show deep concern to their words.
So let us now discuss some basic
DO’S AND DON’TS:
Rapport building, Language, tone and flow:
Try and get to know the person in. Smooth flowing way. Tell them about yourself and slip in a few open questions. But do not make it feel like an interrogation! It is not an interview, it’s a discussion. Give compliments where appropriate.
One also needs to make sure that he/she does not talk too fast and is clear. Make sure you don’t intimidate the other person or shoot them with too many questions leaving them confused. Try and talk in the native tongue of that place where the stall is set up to have better impact. Be very careful not to contradict yourself!
One has to self check that he/she is not being judgemental. To have a negative opinion about someone is not appreciated while giving Da’wah as the mind is entitled to one’s opinion. A lot of us approach people with outlook that they are destined for the fire! Try and avoid this!
Be relevant and Connect with the person
The conversation should be a connection of hearts. If you want to reach out to a particular someone, then the person giving Da’wah should share something in common or be of the same type.
Start by complimenting them or sharing a nice thought. This breaks the ice and awkwardness.
Be friendly and simple and not forceful.
Try and be informal and carry the conversation with ease making them comfortable.
When trying to invite people to your stall, do not be aggressive nor be forceful in getting the person to the table or speak to you! One of the ways to get people to come to your stall is to point something nice out from their attire or grab their attention with some thing unique, provoke curiosity.
Do not interrupt another Da’ee.
If another brother or sister is already having a conversation with another person and they may seem ‘ struggling’ then best to leave it! Don’t think that you need to rescue them!
It is the overall impact and impression made that is of utmost importance. So try and Be that caller who uses common sense to grow closer to people and influence them in the right way. Pay attention to current affairs and make use of present situations and events to relate and introduce Islam in a casual way.
Most importantly, Do not dishearten or get discouraged if you get no result because you did your Job and guidance comes from Allah.
You guide not whom you like, but Allah guides whom He wills. (Al-Qasas 28:56)