Monday, June 08, 2009

"Am I going to Hell?"

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Bismillāh ar-Rahmān ar-Rahīm In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful Continuing from the previous report "Messengers of the 20th Century", this article would be talking about how to go about doing da'wah and what to avoid. Brother Syed Ali gave us his recipe for da'wah and they are:
  • Attractive Approach
  • Break the Barriers
  • Cash on Commonalities
  • Discuss the Differences
  • Evaluate your Efforts
  • Future Follow-up
He reminded us to always keep our smile because it is the lowest common denominator for all of humanity - everyone shares the same meaning towards a smile. One thing that he reiterated time and time again over the 2-days workshop was how we should focus on basic human concepts that are found in Islam instead of preaching about the 5 Pillars of Islam and the 6 Articles of Faith. For example, instead of bombarding your mosque visitors (or your non-Muslim friends at school & at work) with facts about Muslims having to pray 5 times a day and fast during Ramadhan etc, we should instead talk about values that every human share - not harming others, being good to parents, speaking kindly, not being arrogant, do not gossip, etc. Each of these values that I've mentioned have their dalil in the Qur'an! They are just as Islamic as the 5 Pillars of Islam. When you set the foundation of your connection to your visitor or not-yet-Muslim friend on basics such as moral goodness, it is a good way to start linking those values to lines of the Qur'an and slowly introducing Allah and His Messenger SAW. Going straight [...]

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