(Inviting to Islam)
Ayah 12:108 "Say, This is my Way, I do invite.."
Ayah 16:125 "Invite to the Way of your Lord.."
Ayah 22:67 ".. but invite to your Lord, "
Ayah 28:87 ".. and invite to your Lord, .."
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Focus On Goals
For New Muslims
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#1 - Feature in All Programs
"What? & Who?"
How to Use For Dawah
What Are The Rules?
Stay in Touch
The Right Way To Do It
Proof of Effective Dawah
The Real "Calling to Islam"
Plan Work - Work Plan
GOD - the Proofs
Youth in Islam
Women's Role In Islam
Stick to the Main Subject
Focus on Allah & Islam
Avoid Negative Discussions
Only In Writing
No Discussions From the Floor
USE FOLLOW UP
Do use email & telephone to follow up
Encourage Use of Websites
GIVE FREE BOOKS
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Tour of Masjid
Bismilah Rahman Raheem
Salam Alaykum wa Rahmatulah Dear Brothers and Sisters in Islam:
is an Arabic word which comes close to the word "invite"
or "invitation" in English. The understanding of the usage
of the word "dawah" with regard to the faith of Islam is
that it is the responsibility of the Muslims to "invite"
all to the way of Islam, i.e., submission to the One True God on His
terms. Dawah is incumbent on all Muslims and must be done in compliance
with the methodology already established by the last prophet of Islam,
Muhammad, peace be upon him. It is an order from Allah the Almighty
in His Book the Holy Quran:
"Say: "This is my Way: I do invite
unto Allah,- with certain knowledge, - I and whoever follows
me. Glory to Allah, and never will I join gods with Allah!"
"Invite (all) to the Way of thy
Lord with wisdom and beautiful preaching; and argue with them
in ways that are best and most gracious: for thy Lord knows
best, who have strayed from His Path, and who receive guidance."
"To every People have We appointed rites which they must
follow: let them not then dispute with thee on the matter,
but do invite (them) to thy Lord: for
thou art assuredly on the Right Way."
"Let no one turn you away from Allah's revelations after
they have been revealed to thee: and invite
(men) to thy Lord, and be not of the company of those who
join gods with Allah."
links will take you to the actual page from Quran]
Step by Step Dawah
Lessons - [click
All activities, need
to be planned out just as you would plan any type of affair or program
which you would invite others to attend. Might I mention some of the
things that we have tried to establish over the last 6 or so years
with regard to setting up programs and dawah efforts?
First of all, we try to plan things ahead by at least
3 months minimum and make sure that all involved will have the chance
to attend every meeting or at least have a copy of the minutes of
the meetings to help them in preparing for the next meetings.
Next, we make it a strong policy never to accept last
minute programs or events that might compromise the existing ones
that are already scheduled and in the works.
Third, we try our best to bring in the right person
for the right job. This is one of the most crucial aspects of the
Fourth, we limit the time that we use for meetings and
keep to the points at hand and make sure that all of the essentials
are worked out before discussing any item of lesser importance. And
useless wastes of time are not tolerated during the meetings and in
the phone conversations which pertain to the programs.
All the meetings and gatherings are conducted according to the Quran
and the Sunnah to maximize the Blessings and to insure the success
here and in the Hereafter, inshallah.
Travel arrangements are made well in advance including
backup plans to assure that everyone is where he/she needs to be on
Timing is very crucial to the success and must never
be taken for granted (please don't look at me on this issue -- I'm
the worst in our organization on this point).
Also make efforts to know other conflicting events which could limit
the number of attendees and speakers who might be affected by the
Materials and any equipment that might be needed are
listed, located and secured at the earliest possible opportunity.
Promotion and advertising of the events are begun as
soon as the commitments are in place and this continues right up until
the time the event actually starts.
Each person has his/her own particular job as well as being well informed
of those jobs which effect their part of the program.
Task assignments are most important. Each person is
responsible for his/her part as well as assisting those who are nearest
to them in their area.
Likewise, every aspect of the program is discussed on a level so that
anyone may understand what are the goals and how they are to be achieved.
Financial arrangements must be made in advance and each
thing must be specifically cleared for approval of expenditure and
how the funding will be arranged. This is a very serious detail and
must not be left to chance. It is in fact, one of the worst shortcomings
of the Muslims today.
Cooperation and ongoing encouragement is a duty incumbent
on all. Everyone working within the program is accountable to all
of the others as this is an interdependent operation. That is to say
that, if anyone fails then in affect we have all failed to a certain
Main goal should always be in sight. We must keep in
mind that this dawah effort is not that we are going out with the
idea that we are going to make other people become Muslims. Not at
Our aim is and must always be to increase our own level of faith and
bring ourselves closer to Allah and His Messenger, peace be upon him.
Focus the dawah from the center outward because it is like
a circle or ripples in the water which surround the rock once thrown
into the pond. We have to understand that the first line of dawah
begins with ourselves, then our closest relatives and then our wider
circle of relatives, then our friends, the Muslim body at large, our
neighbors and then the general public.
This understanding is derived from the 80th surah in the Quran, Abassa
[the Frowning]. We must not turn our backs on those who are already
Muslim in favor of those who are not yet being guided by Allah.
So, for this purpose we always try to design our workshops into segments:
- New Muslims
- Existing Muslims
in Islam are the most critical issue. Remember always, the number
one subject at each and every program must at least be included along
with the other subjects is "The Correct Beliefs In Islam."
[this is not optional]
"What? & Who?" of Islam and the Muslims are
most important issues which must always be brought out into
the light is the subject of: "What Exactly is Islam?" and "Who Are
For more on this subject you might like to visit our web site address
Another page we have
on our web site entitled "Beliefs" could prove to be very helpful
in planning the content for some of your seminars and workshops:
And also one which is
linked to it at:
the Quran is of course a major topic in Islam and should be treated
with the highest of respect and consideration in the efforts of the
dawah. We are linked to a number of sources for the various topics
on Quran, such as:
- Message of Quran
- Revelation of Quran
- Preservation of
- Science in the Quran
- Miracle of the Quran
It is important when conducting these types of programs to consider
how you will leave the people even before you work out all of the
details of what you are going to do while you are with them. As an
example you might consider even before you start, what you will give
them along the order of follow up and staying touch. One very simple
[and FREE] method is to use our "Big Links" page for everything on
the subject of Islam at:
This is a very "heavy"
page which actually contains hundreds, if not thousands of links to
many other very outstanding web sites for total research of Islam.
Another simple thing to offer as a method of staying in touch is your
email address and at the same time you might like to include my email
address if they would have any additional considerations or concerns
that perhaps you either were not able to cover due to lack of resources
or due to the lack of time.
And now to return back to the presentation itself, inshallah.
One must always keep in mind what the objectives and goals are and
structure each program accordingly. This is a key issue and if overlooked
can spell disaster.
Of course we can use
the old cliché that we are simply "Going to make a lot of dawah."
And then go about whatever we are doing in any manner and say that
this is dawah. But the question will quickly arise, "Yes, but is your
DAWAH getting any SHAHADAHS?" and "Is your DAWAH benefiting the Muslims?"
If the answer in both cases is "No" then your DAWAH is nothing but
conversation and a waste of your time. Allah will ask you about it.
PLANNING & WORKING
T hink things
through to a conclusion in all cases. Plan your work and then work
your plan. Be sure to constantly go back and check and then recheck
your game plan of action, being sure to adhere to the original structure
as possible unless there is some very large advantage in making any
changes after the program is under way. There is an old saying in
Texas (I'm from Texas, what did you expect?) that says: "Never change
horses in the middle of the stream."
It should be mentioned that it is most important to keep in mind that
all of those whom you are working alongside in this project are also
in need of the product (DAWAH) and therefore it is essential that
we do everything in a spirit of cooperation and consideration for
the other brothers (and sisters).
It could never be acceptable that we would go about calling people
to Islam while at the same time abusing other Muslims even in the
slightest way. (May Allah save us and forgive us from these types
of actions, ameen).
Reciting Quran in the programs or in presentations and then having
some translation of the meaning is excellent and is founded on the
teachings in Islam. Children or adults, whoever are best able to recite
correctly should be encouraged to participate in this form of dawah.
are very good as well. Those who are coming into Islam might speak
a few words about the good treatment of the other Muslims, generousity,
pleasure in keeping good company, etc. But not focus on putting down
the former religion.
I might also like to suggest that the use of a program called "Power
Point" or some equivalent be put into use to developed a professional
and attractive package so that everyone concerned can feel excited
and proud to be a part of the program and will be more than ready
to participate in future events as well.
Specific topics can be set up and approached from various angles.
But great care should be taken to allow speakers and guests to select
areas that they are familiar with and are comfortable presenting.
Examples include asking a non-married young man to discuss the details
of "Sex in Islam" with a group of sisters or asking a person who is
not strong in a particular are of Islam such as Fiqh or Seerah to
speak on those subjects to those who may be somewhat educated in these
I do not like to limit
a speaker by choosing his/her topic or even offering a title for the
subject, such as "What the Islamic Resurgence in Scientific Discoveries
Means to Muslims in Central Asia."
And for sure, it is
not acceptable to change the topics and titles at the last minute
and notify the speaker as he is going up on the stage (happened to
me in NJ in the Spring).
All of these things
are against the sunnah of the prophet, peace be upon him, as it is
also logically unacceptable to be so unorganized and in disarray for
such an important project as attempting to influence someone's choices
in this life to prepare themselves for the Next Life.
As to planning the specific
subjects for any occasion, I suggest that you consider how Islam comes
in the first place and then structure your program according to those
- Example: A new crowd
of non-Muslims should hear about how we can prove that there is
a GOD in the first place and how we can come to the logical conclusion
of the purpose of our lives here on this earth.
- Example 2: A group
of new Muslims and a few older Muslims should be reminded of the
correct belief in Allah and how He is not ever "Everywhere" like
some people might be tempted to say when trying to explain His abilities
in sight, hearing and presence.
- Example 3: Some
young Muslims who grew up in this country while their parents are
actually from Muslim countries would benefit in learning how to
understand Islam and how to practice it without compromising religion
or giving up some of the things that they might enjoy.
- Example 4: Muslim
and non-Muslim women sitting together might benefit in learning
what the true prospective of Islam is on "Women's Rights of Inheritance"
or "Women's Dress Code in Islam" or "Marriage and It's Benefits."
These of course are only a tiny part of the spectrum of the topics
in Islam. And I'm sure you could name a hundred more very quickly.
I would like to caution about a few things, though.
Subjects which are not properly researched, no matter how popular
or exciting should never be presented or discussed without a scholar
on hand to handle difficulties that are bound to arise in these
types of situations.
Example: Some newspapers are reporting that a certain Muslim country
or government is doing so and so and everyone is stimulated and
talking about it, while not even having the basic understanding
of the history, direction or even if the newspaper was true.
Motto: "Stick to the Basics -- or you'll get stuck."
Please forgive me for taking so long to reply and for any mistakes
I may have made.
I look forward to working with your organization anytime in the future
and ask Allah to guide me to do all that I do for His pleasure alone,
May Allah forgive me and guide me to do better, ameen.
Jazakalah khair, was-As-Salamu Alaykum wa Rahmatulah.
Your Brother in Islam,
Chaplain Yusuf Estes
Director Today Islam Project
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