By Aysha Abrar
Before stepping into the field of Da’wah: Recheck your intention again and again
Alhamdulillah, you have finally decided to pursue something that will be a huge source of sadaqa jaariya for you. Have your intention straight and clear how you want to go about your dawah work. You must be having background knowledge, sources , practices to uphold your efforts. Keep rechecking your intention periodically in every step you take once you enter this important responsibility
“Actions are (judged) by motives (niyyah), so each man will have what he intended. Thus, he whose migration (hijrah)was to Allah and His Messenger, his migration is to Allah and His Messenger; but he whose migration was for some worldly thing he might gain, or for a wife he might marry, his migration is to that for which he migrated.”[Al-Bukhari & Muslim]
Are you up for it?
Anyone and every one can give da’wah EXCEPT those who don’t have the courage to stand up for the HAQQ. If you are truthful, honest and sincere you will have the courage to think logically what is right or wrong and with correct knowledge will be to defend Islam with wisdom and action.
A true action leads to the path of virtue and good deeds, and virtue paves the way of a person to Paradise, and the said person continues to speak the truth till in the sight of Allah he is named Siddiq or Truthful. Lying leads to vice, and vice leads to indecent acts and if a person goes on lying till in the sight of Allah he is named a liar.
——– The Prophet (s) as reported by Abdullah Ibn Mas’ud (r) in Bukhari and Muslim.
What is your character?
Are you unsure about yourself? Do you wrongly judge others? Are you intolerant? Do you break trusts/ promises, then da’wah is not for you because you will be questioned on the day of Judgement if you conveyed the information wrongly or you don’t practice what you preach.
“Make your character good for the people.“
——– Prophet Muhammad (s) as narrated Al-Muwatta, Volume 47, Hadith 1
Do you have the FIQH?
Fiqh linguistically is defined as understanding but technically it means, the true understanding of the Qur’an and Sunnah.
قد فصلنا الآيات لقوم يفقهون
Undoubtedly, we have explained the signs in detail; for those who understand.’[Surah al-An’aam Verse 98]
يفقهون– for those who understand
One must understand that Fiqh is not Aqeeda and Aqeeda is not Fiqh. Fiqh is flexible whereas Aqeeda is not.
Islam v/s culture
When you are intending to become a Da’ee ( caller to islam) you must understand that any form of cultural influence that contradicts the Qur’an and Sunnah cannot be considered . This is one area in which many muslims confuse themselves and try to mix and match their own understanding with Islamic knowledge and thus its totally a different result.
“Whoever recommends and helps a good cause becomes a partner therein, and whoever recommends and helps an evil cause shares in its burdens“
——– The Holy Quran, Chapter 4, Verse 85.
They are the losers, those who make the religion hard and tough. They imperil themselves who enforce tough practices of Islam. They destroy themselves, those who are extremes.
——– Prophet Muhammad (s) as reported by Ibn Masud in Sahih Muslim.
Make things easy and convenient and don’t make them harsh and difficult. Give cheer and glad tidings and do not create hatred.
——– Prophet Muhammad (s) in Riyadh us-Saleheen, Volume 1:637.
Have you done your homework?
Before steeping into da’wah and even before giving out any type of information during Dawah, you must research , research and research. Have the evidence, in hand , or at least authentic sources form where you can find them or direct them towards it. If you are unsure about any Hadith, keep it on hold and don’t state your own opinion on it.
The seeking of knowledge is obligatory for every Muslim. […]
——– Prophet Muhammad (s) as reported by Ibn Majah and Bayhaqi in Shu’ab al-Iman; also reported by Anas Ibn Malik in Al Tirmidhi, hadith #74.
Have your basics right
Tawheed & Aqeeda is what is intended here. Know that Allah is the one and only and you are perfecting your Fara’id, the 5 pillars of Islam. You can’t preach to someone the virtues of Fajr Salah when you not intending to improve on your own. Make it a point to strive hard to perfect your Salah , your 5 daily prayers before you even think of talking about it. Likewise for hijab, intermixing etc.
2:43] And be steadfast in prayer; practice regular charity; and bow down your heads with those who bow down (in worship).
[2:45] seek (Allah’s) help with patient perseverance and prayer: It is indeed hard, except to those who bring a lowly spirit,-
[2:238] “Guard strictly your (habit of) prayers, especially the Middle Prayer; and stand before Allah in a devout (frame of mind) (283). If you fear (an enemy), pray on foot, or riding, (as may be most convenient), but when you are in security, celebrate Allah’s praises in the manner He has taught you, which you knew not (before). (239)”
Are you giving the rights of Allah’s creation?
You did not expect this to be one of the points , right? But this is one important factor in which we lack our understanding of our deen. We may pray 5 times , give charity, have voluntary fasts and so one, but are we good to our fellow human beings? Do we have humanity and forgiveness? Do we oversee the faults of others? If you are a person who thinks critically in a relationship or has grudges against someone, leave that right now or else this feeling may affect your efforts and Allah does not like it.
The Prophet Muhammad (s) said: ““It is better for a leader to make a mistake in forgiving than to make a mistake in punishing.”
——– Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 1011.
The Prophet Muhammad (s) said, “None of you truly believes until he wishes for his brother what he wishes for himself.”
——– Bukhari and Muslim.
The Prophet Muhammad (s) said: “He will not enter Paradise whose neighbour is not secure from his wrongful conduct.“
——– Sahih Muslim, Hadith 15.
The Prophet Muhammad (s) said: “Anybody who believes in Allah and the Last Day should not harm his neighbor, and anybody who believes in Allah and the Last Day should entertain his guest generously, and anybody who believes in Allah and the Last Day should talk what is good or keep quiet (i.e. abstain from all kinds of evil and dirty talk).“
——– Narrated by Abu Hurayrah, Sahih Al Bukhari, Vol: 8 Hadith 47.
Willingness to learn and improve for the sake of Allah
At the end of the day it is you who are responsible for the knowledge you pass on to others. If you don’t improve in your practice of Islam your Deen will become stagnant and you will fail to realize your mistakes. You need to have an open mind to accept your faults and shortcomings and learn from your mistakes. If someone advices you, do not take it as criticism instead find the sources of their advice and if it is a part of good etiquettes and good knowledge strive to improve.
Be patient (in adversity); for, verily, God will not let the reward of the righteous be wasted.“
——– The Holy Quran, Chapter 11, Verse 115.
Dawah is not easy, its not difficult- its challenging. You must be tolerant and patient . You will come across a lot of people who will be aggressive , rude and may even make fun of you. Bare it with utmost patience and kind words.
“The (true) servants of (God) the Most Gracious are those who walk on the earth in humility, and when the ignorant address them, reply with (words of) peace.”
——– The Holy Quran, 25:63.
The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said “(God) has revealed to me that you should adopt humility so that no one oppresses another.”
——– Riyadh-us-Salaheen, Hadith 1589.
The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Islam began as something strange and will revert to being strange as it began, so give glad tidings to the strangers.”
Al-Sindi said in Haashiyat Ibn Maajah:
So remember to reflect on yourself before trying to pursue your goals. When you have a sincere intention and tawakkal in Allah, Allah will grant you ways you never imagined. In sha Allah you will be successful