Wednesday 13 December 2023

Da'wah - The Invitation to Non-Muslims to Islam

Islam is the final Divine religion which was introduced for the entire mankind through Divine revelation to last of the prophets, Muhammad ﷺ. Since Islam is the final Divine Decree, there will be no more religions or prophets till the "Day of Resurrection" of the dead (Yawm al-Qiyāmah), followed by a "Day of Judgment" (Yawm ad-Din) when all human beings who have ever lived will be held accountable for their deeds by being judged by God. 

To fill in the void and to continue to extend the invitation of Islam to the mankind, Da'wah has become the religious obligation for each Muslim to first understand the Islam in depth and then extend the invitation to the non Muslims.

“And who is better in speech than he who [says: ‘My Lord is Allah (believes in His Oneness),’ and then stands firm (acts upon His Order), and] invites (men) to Allah’s (Islamic Monotheism), and does righteous deeds, and says: ‘I am one of the Muslims.’”[Fussilat 41:33]

In one of our earlier posts on Da'wah and calling people to do good and refrain from sins, we had quoted the 104th verse of Surah 3. Al Imran:

“Let there arise out of you a group of people inviting to all that is good (Islam), enjoining Al-Ma‘ruf (i.e. Islamic Monotheism and all that Islam orders one to do) and forbidding Al-Munkar (polytheism and disbelief and all that Islam has forbidden). And it is they who are the successful'' [Aal 'Imran 3:104] 

This explains why we as Muslims need to invite others to Islam for Islam is the purest and unadulterated religion left out of the previous Divine religions as lot of additions have been made by humans to suit the wishes of the pastors and religious scholars. Therefore we as Muslims must present to the world Islam and wrinkle out many alterations and misconceptions about Islam and also the adulterations that have taken place in other religions.

However it should be borne in mind that discussion on religions is a delicate issue and any lose language may hurt the followers of other faiths and leave a bad impression of Islam. Therefore those engaged in Da'wah must have very good knowledge and understanding of Islam, besides having patience, forbearance, gentleness and kindness. 

And it is for this reason that Allah had directed the Prophet of Islam, Mohammad ﷺ to:

“Invite (mankind, O Muhammad) to the way of your Lord (i.e. Islam) with wisdom (i.e. with the Divine Revelation and the Quran) and fair preaching, and argue with them in a way that is better. Truly, your Lord knows best who has gone astray from His path, and He is the Best Aware of those who are guided.” [al-Nahl 16:125]

With this small introduction, let us share a number of posts we have already shared on the dynamics of Da'wah and its modalities:

In time we will add more on modalities and concept of Da'wah in Islam to assist brothers and sisters in Islam engaged in this sacred religious duty. 

May Allāh (سبحانه و تعالى‎) help us understand Qur'ān and follow the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, which is embodiment of commandments of Allah contained in the Qur'ān. May Allah help us to be like the ones He loves and let our lives be lived helping others and not making others' lives miserable or unlivable. May all our wrong doings, whether intentional or unintentional, be forgiven before the angel of death knocks on our door. 
وَمَا عَلَيۡنَاۤ اِلَّا الۡبَلٰغُ الۡمُبِيۡنُ‏ 
(36:17) and our duty is no more than to clearly convey the Message.”
That is Our duty is only to convey to you the message that Allah has entrusted us with. Then it is for you to accept it or reject it. We have not been made responsible for making you accept it forcibly, and if you do not accept it, we shall not be seized in consequence of your disbelief, you will yourselves be answerable for your actions on Day of Resurrection.

Reading the Qur'ān should be a daily obligation of a Muslim - Reading it with translation will make it meaningful. But reading its Exegesis / Tafsir will make you understand it fully. It will also help the Muslims to have grasp over social issues and their answers discussed in the Qur'an and other matter related to inter faith so that they are able to discuss issues with non-Muslims with authority based on refences from Qur'an.

May Allah forgive me if my posts ever imply a piety far greater than I possess. I am most in need of guidance.

Note: When we mention God in our posts, we mean One True God, we call Allah in Islam, with no associates. Allah is the Sole Creator of all things, and that Allah is all-powerful and all-knowing. Allah has no offspring, no race, no gender, no body, and is unaffected by the characteristics of human life.

For more Selected Verses, please refer to our reference page: Selected Verses from the Qur'anYou may also refer to our Reference Pages  and Understanding Al Qur'an for knowing more about Islam and Qur'ān.
An effort has been made to gather explanation / exegesis of the surahs of the Qur'ān from authentic sources and then present a least possible condensed explanation of the surah. 

Disclaimer: The material for this post has been collected from the references given above. If anyone differs with the material contained in this post, one may consult the references and their authors.  If someone has more material about the subject, he/she is most welcome to share in the comments box to make the post all encompassing.

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