INVITATION TO ISLAM PART -2

Verily, this Quran guides to that which is most just and right

Holy Quran - S3A19



HOW TO INVITE OTHERS TO ISLAM ?

1-Our noble Prophet Mohammad -Salla 'Allahu Alaihi Wa Sallam,- said: "If Allah guides one person through you to Islam, it is better for you, than having the greatest wealth". He also said: "Whoever calls (others) to guidance has the same reward as the rewards of those who follow him, without decreasing anything from their rewards".

2-Therefore be keen to invite to Islam those non-Muslims whom you know with love and sincerity.

3-Make clear to them the right religion, and make them interested in it.

4-Tell them of the glad tidings of which Allah has promised, and the blessings and favours that Allah shall endow upon them in this world and the next if they follow Islam.

5-Be quick in doing good and in helping others. And yourself, should be an example of good character.

6-If you do so, you will be a propagator of Islam by your actions as well as your words.

7-Your friends will be quick to accept what you invite them to, and then Allah will lead them to guidance.

8-They will come to know that what you say is the truth.

9-They will consequently embrace Islam and love this religion.

10-You must know well the wise approach of inviting others to Islam and teaching them. Thus you should speak what is suitable for every occasion.



	
		           Five Steps for Effective Da'Wah

written by Khadija Haffajee


I. Ways of Relating to People

   A. Be attentive and show concern. When shaking hands. 
      The Prophet Muhammad(PBUH never released his hand first, 
      and never turned his face away from others until they did.

      1. Be consistently considerate    4. Share in others' interests.
      2. Inquire about the absent       5. Exchange gifts
      3. Visit the sick                 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 Prophet Musa(PBUH) 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 Prophet Muhammad(PBUH) 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 prophet Muhammad(PBUH) always helped the needy
       4. The Prophet Muhammad(PBUH) said, "Whosoever removes a worldly grief 
          from a believer, Allah will remove from him one of the griefs 
	  of the Day of Judgement. 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 Prophet Muhammad(PBUH) who was sitting 
          with Abu Bakr (Ral) on his right. The Prophet had Abu Bakr (Ral) move to 
	  left,and had the mushrik sit on his right,a position of honor.
       3. Two brothers came to speak to the Prophet Muhammad(PBUH) when the 
          younger of them spoke first, the Prophet 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 embarassing comments
     2. Address the person according to his level of understanding

  E. Be cheerful and enthuisiastic

      Al-Harith, a Prophet companion said, I have never seen anyone who smiled 
      most of the time as the Prophet Muhammad(PBUH) 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 Prophet Muhammad(PBUH) 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 peole 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.

There is no compulsion in Islam and Choose your path

Conclusion:
Our Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) passed away after he had conveyed the Message, fulfilled the trust and counselled the Ummah. Our duty is to safeguard the trust handed down to us through generations of the Muslim Ummah.

"May Allah bless a man who hears my sayings and commits them to memory, then faithfully communicates them (to others)" [Bukhari]

The purpose is to understand and apply the message of Islam, staying away from dogma and divisions, sticking to the Quran and the Sunnah. I hope to give every person the chance to discover and learn the truth about Islam. To help each other in piety. To share and help in Da'wah - the call, or invite to Islam. May Almighty ALLAH guide us all to His Straight Path. Aameen!

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Islam Is A Complete Way Of Life

Islam is peace, Islam is ease,
Islamís not danger or disease.
Islam is love and prosperity.
Islamís not hatred or adversity

Islam is salvation through repentance.
Islam has love for all in abundance.
Islam means no harm or affliction.
Islam implores you with affection.

Islam is neither maze nor craze.
Islam is giving Allah all praise.
Islam is acing through the race.
Islam will be on everyoneís face.

Islam is worshipping only the Creator.
Islamís following the Great Messenger.
Islam gives you power when you surrender.
Islamís not a terrorist or a pretender.

Islam is winning hearts through honesty.
Islam is giving openly in charity.
Islam makes you wholesome and trustworthy.
Islam is in wealth as well as in poverty.

Islam is your shield against all evil.
Islam is for your soulís retrieval.
Islam not fundamentalism or fanaticism.
Islamís not nationalism or racism.

Islam is patience and perseverance.
Islam eases your vengeance through tolerance.
Islam is life for all eternity.
Islam gives you respect, moreover dignity.

wake up, people, Islam is here.
Islam is here, so have no fear.



INVITATION TO ISLAM PART -1

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