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|Assalamu alaykum dear brothers and sisters. I have a question that deals with performing dawah (by which I mean giving lectures). I am sure Islam gives some approaches. I am particularly interested in dawah in the Netherlands for Muslim youth, students at High School and Universities and also for the non-Muslims. May Allah bless your fantastic work. Give my greetings from Holland to the whole staff. Salam.|
Salam Dear Brother,
Thank you for this question and for contacting Ask About Islam.
May Allah help us to accomplish the task of conveying the message of Allah, Amen.
Your words are used when you give lectures, sermons or circulate books, pamphlets, etc., that help people understand Islam. Your actions are used when making dawah through your manners, i.e. being a role model and bringing into practice the noble teachings of Islam.
Once asked about the Prophet's manners, Aishah (may Allah be pleased with her) replied that his actions were the living example of all the noble teachings and principles imbedded in the glorious Quran. (At-Tirmidhi)
Thus, in the light of all the propaganda that is going on against Islam and Muslims these days, Muslims have to exert efforts in applying wisdom, good preaching and sound arguments.
The more the non-Muslims get attracted towards Islam, through its noble teachings and humane precepts, the more the bad manners of some Muslims scare off those non-Muslims. So you need to make them realize that as there are non-practicing Christians, whose acts run in sharp contrast to the dictates of Jesus Christ, there are also some people who call themselves "Muslim" while not actually practicing what it means.
Many non-Muslims wrongly identify Islam as being simply "what Muslims do" and this is a big problem when we have non-practicing Muslims.
"Indeed, gentleness adds more beauty to the atmosphere it reposes therein." (Muslim)
However, when she knew him and saw his lenient manners, she told him "I never wished someone on the face of this earth to be abased more than you and your family. Now, I do not see someone on the face of this earth more honored than you and your family."
There is also a need to change the language of dawah itself. Observing many Friday sermons nowadays, will give one a quick impression that the majority of attendants do not follow the speaker.
Actually some take Friday sermons as a suitable time to take a nap or read a newspaper, for the speaker fails to attract their attention as the audience. The Friday sermon, as a form of dawah, needs to be presented in a very compelling way and must serve the purpose of educating people and conveying the true message of Islam to them.
Each situation calls for a certain approach. Always try to choose a suitable time for preaching. Not all the time will you find attentive ears.