Making sense of God Blog
People are guests in our story, the same way we are guests in theirs. But we all meet each other for a reason because every person is a personal lesson waiting to be told. lauren klarfeld
The above quotes summarises my one day trip to the southern coastal town of Portsmouth.
As a volunteer for iERA, I was asked to talk about the topic entitled: Making sense of God.
It was a wonderful drive through rural England. Taking into the journey the counties of West Sussex and then Hampshire. The one of many bonuses that one receives when travelling to call people to Allah swt is the joy of observing beautiful valleys. Usually I always have a few podcasts on standby, snacks or something to pass the time by in this instance the views outside my window whilst driving on these A roads were more than enough entertainment.
Before the talk, I hung around with the ever so lively Br Yasir. I have a lot of hopes for this br, he has the potential to become a great Daee Insha’Allah. We conducted some campus da’wah at Portsmouth University library. The highlights of which were me showing brothers how stopping someone & then building quick rapport with someone is easy. So rather than doing just theory I exclaimed “let me show an example” and literally the first guy that caught my eye I called out and said something along the lines of, how are you man, listen stop for a few minutes.. and he did! 😎. My usual compliments about his jacket ( and it was a cool jacket ) we began a quick discussion, he said he was a Christian. I posited to him that in Islam, God is one, transcendent, not a part of creation at all and that if he was then he ceased to be God! From a common sense point of view. My point was to try and making him re think that Jesus is the son of God. He nodded and agreed to take a book away with him.
Alhumdulilah the young brothers who were looking on were inspired that a Muslim in the year 2020 is capable of stopping and engaging with such confidence and ease. I am forever in training and mentoring mode.
Yasir, who I mentioned earlier, although has the cheeky bubbly persona, coudnt some how transfer that persona into stalls Dawah or when approaching people. And herein lies a lesson for all duaat. Why aren’t you being yourselves? Why so formal on the da’wah stall?’ Let people see your whacky side! They want to see that Muslims are relaxed and funny.
For some reason we are different at home and with mates but in a street da’wah situation we become so serious and not ourselves. Perhaps me showing a practical example during this campus da’wah may help him and others to be themselves more.
Between the actual lecture at 6pm and campus da’wah, we went to a nearby place to eat. The third brother with us, Br Othman was a hugely enterprising brother. He said he’d been following me on social media and wanted to connect for a long time. Here I want to make the point that when you travel for Allah for one thing, other doors always open. Masha’Allah this bro has a lot of plans for Portsmouth city. Very energetic and enthusiastic. After conversing with him, this motivated me to perhaps work with this team in the near future. It’s new unexpected opportunities like this that make these trips worthwhile.
In the talk, I went through themes such as the origins of the universe & the design argument. This was as a part of showing a couple of the rational arguments one could use when it comes to discussing with atheists. I also pressed upon the ideas that this is just one means in order to awaken the truth within. I also touched upon a couple of beautiful names and attributes of Allah swt. Something we do not use enough in our conversations. Finally I spoke about some personal aspects of my relationship with God. A few anecdotes from my own life to drive home the point that this isn’t a purely academic affair.
So Alhumdulilah, A highly satisfying and productive trip to the coastal city of Portsmouth. I felt a strong vibe from this city & will be making frequent trips here in the near future Insha’Allah.
This blog & all these other blogs on this site have been written with a few purposes including providing practical tips in the dawah and general inspiration. The other aspect is for readers to build upon these blogs, take whatever you can and improve them Insha’Allah..
The next blog is the big one. THE GAME PLAN. Written in a unique manner and I hope an invigorating read!
May Allah swt accept.
Aslamo alaikum warahmatulahi wabarakatuhu
I am really happy to read this! Yes sometimes we become very formal while giving dawah, we should change our style. I will try to improve myself in Sha Allah
Cool ma sha Allah
JazakAllahu khayran. May Allah swt give us this determination and sincerity. This is the need of the hour rn.
Jazakom Allah khair
Important points Da’e shall follow
-let people see that Muslims are fine and relaxed too. So, be creative in your approach
-talking about personal relationship with Allah will make the conversation practical like look how I feel when I did so and so, my emptiness and perplexity when I was away disappeared
-It is important to talk about Allah’s attributes, the thing I did(saying do you ever know Him) when an atheist was talking in unsuitable way about God.
Interesting to follow your journey.
Jzk. One day soon, I hope you start one similar too Insha’Allah
What an amazing blog nadeem bahi. Sometimes while following deen we become so rigid . Jazakallah for an amazing blog
That’s a beautiful scenery you posted in the beginning. And yes when we are giving dawah we become more reserved and serious, we need to work on that and try nd be ourselves InshaAllah. I really liked the point that God can’t be in human form, if he does he cease to be God.
Indeed! we are different at home and with mates but in a street da’wah situation we become so serious! We should be ourselves and discussion on Allah’s names and attributes is essential key!
Asalamu alaikum brother. Mashallah what a great read! I really enjoyed reading about your dawah experiencess and in such detail. It is very inspiring and uplifting to read these kind of posts. Jazaakallaah khayr for sharing your
Alhamdulillah. That’s the desired objective, to inspire you and others to alway he connected and involved
Let people see your whacky side! They want to see that Muslims are relaxed and funny.
As usuall very inspiring blog.
the way you portrayed scenery, is 👌👌👌
We need to show our Whacky side! We need to be a good ambassadors of Islam.
True we shouldn’t be so serious 👍🏼👍🏼
Jazak Allah Khair for coming down Nadeem sahab! and thank you writing about Portsmouth in your blog. I for one can relate to the correlation made by the quote in the beginning and your trip to Pompey. I think the personal lesson i took home from that day was just how if you speak to someone genuinely, from the heart, and be “down to earth” this really makes people open up to you. When people open up to you, this is a heightened level of listening, which is good for dawah.
Absolutely lobed reading this and appreciate your unmatched enthusiasm for DAWAH. And very true, we do become super serious when we engage with another person at dawah stalls. Reminds me how informal I was during my exhibition :p I had to make the fall in love with products that reflect the Deen and being serious wouldn’t cut it 🙂 I noticed how being myself and engaging like I normally would helped get attention of people that were standing on other stalls. It’s magnetising when you are yourself 🙂
Mashallah this brother makes that trip worthy by this dawaah.We often forget that what we have learned we should transfer that to others as well its our duty as a Muslim.He talked about people getting serious at the time of Dawaah is so true.As far as i have interacted with non Muslims i got to know that they think we live this life forcefully if i talk about pardah they think that Islam enforced this on us and we are not doing it by our choise they dont know that if a person is doing pardah its the height of their love for Allah that is why they are doing it Islam is not a burden on us Naozubillah it teaches us the way of living and what Islam says indeed there are benefits for ourselves in it.
Jzk for reading. Do share with others if you feel it could be inspirational for them!