Dawah Training #4 – Character of Duaat

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Episode Notes

In this 4th episode, we discuss the some of the personal requirements of the one who invites to Allah’s religion.

1 Being sincere in one’s dawah

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Actions are (judged) by intentions …” ~Bukhari & Muslim~

2 Knowledge and Sharing

  • Share – The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Convey (my teachings) to the people even if it was a single sentence, …” ~Bukhari~
  • Having an understanding of what is being conveyed.
  • Being truthful and refraining if one doesn’t know.

3 Dawah etiquette

“Invite to the Way of your Lord with wisdom and kind advisement, and only debate with them in a most courteous manner …” ~Quran 16:125~

“It is out of Allah’s mercy that you (O Prophet) have been gentle with them. Had you been stern or hard-hearted, they would certainly have withdrawn from you …” ~Quran 3:159~

4 Speak with people according to their level of understanding

5 Refrain from extremism

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “… beware of going to extremes in religious matters, for those who came before you were destroyed because of going to extremes in religious matters.” ~Nasa’i~

Conclusion

Episode Transcript

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Assalamu alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh peace blessings and mercy be upon you all. And welcome to the fourth episode of Dharma Thursdays. In our episode today we are going to look at a very important aspect in Bella and that itself is the characteristics of a dwarf. The first characteristics I want to focus on is the concept of sincerity when it comes to performing Dhamma. And it we love it Prophet peace and blessings be upon him said in Hadith Bukhari and Sahih was that actions are judged by intentions. Now, what this means is that every act that we perform in this life will only be judged by the intention behind that action. So even every action of goodness or

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righteousness, if the intentions are impure, that we will not necessarily receive the reward of that action itself. And only this lies with Allah Subhana Allah to Allah to declare and to define. Now oftentimes, it's very good to reevaluate the intentions for specific actions. To give you guys an example of this. You guys are watching this video, I had to spend time in order to create this video. But the question is, what is my intentions in creating this video? Is it fundamentally just to teach you about Dawa? Or am I doing this for Allah subhanho wa Taala to glorify Him through sharing this knowledge to be able to disperse that knowledge to others that he sees fit. Now,

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ultimately, we reach the same goal. I'm sharing that knowledge with you. But fundamentally, the intentions are completely different. They are two different intentions here. The one is to please the audience and the other one is to share this knowledge to glorify and worship Allah subhanho wa Taala. And to thank him for the knowledge that he's blessed me with. Now fundamentally, we might perceive that this has the same end result you watching this video, but fundamentally, it isn't the same. Because if I do this glorify Allah, He will ensure that whoever needs to watch this video is currently watching it right now. He will ensure that this knowledge is installed within the heart

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suppose it is supposed to be installed in if this is in accordance to his law in accordance to his decree and his work. So what does this mean for us in the field of Dharma, fundamentally, if we go out there to invite people towards the way of Islam, if my intentions are just to go out there to get a Shahada tele to see how many people we can get to embrace Islam, the intentions are not pure. But if we go out there, because we love for others, we love ourselves and we love Allah subhanho wa Taala more than anything in this life, we go out there to share his message to share the knowledge he has blessed us with, to glorify and worship His name in that action, then my intention is to

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glorify Allah. And in that we will share the message in that local people towards Islam. If it is the courage and the will of Allah Spano. That's the second characteristic that is very important is the concept of knowledge. Now there's a beautiful Hadith where the Prophet peace and blessings be upon him declared, that convey from me, even if it is one idea. Now in this there are two very important points that we need to understand. The first one is that we are instructed to convey the message of Islam. Whenever knowledge we have to go out there and to share it. The second point to understand which is very important is that data is not based on ignorance, emotion, or unknown.

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Therefore, it is very important for us to have knowledge about the things that we convey. Don't ever go out there to share something that is not truthful. And if somebody comes and they ask you a question regarding something that you do not understand, say that I do not have the answer for you right now. Give me an opportunity to research this question that you've asked me and I will come and I will convey that message to you. The reason why it is so important to not share misinformation with an individual is that that individual might go out and they might research the question that they are asked you. And they might find the true answer to that question. And then they will turn to

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you as a person that is not truthful. And having shared more information with that person, they might see that you are untruthful, and they might doubt everything that you've taught them. And also understand that you are representative of Islam. And if you share something that is not truthful, or something that you don't understand, then fundamentally you will taint the image of Islam as well in the process. Another point that is very important is our character. If we go out there, we need to be kind, we need to be gentle, we need to be soft and compassionate. And when we speak to people, we need to do it in a way that is not harsh. For instance, as it says within the Holy Quran in chapter

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16, verse 125, invite to the way of your Lord with wisdom and beautiful preaching, and argue with them in a way that is better. When you go out there and you perform Dhamma and you get into a conversation with an individual that turns into a debate. It's very important for us to do it in a way that is best and most gracious. So if a person raises their voice, be sure that you do not raise your voice. If they have domineering body language, be sure to retract to them. Because fundamentally, if we do this, if we do it in a way that is soft and compassionate, that person will see it and they will realize that you're not there to dominate or to dictate what you're there to do

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just to share knowledge with them. It is very important when we performed our to have good manners and a polite time when we speak to people. And this all is invalid within soft heartedness. And there's a beautiful body

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Within the Holy Quran, I would like to share with you in chapter three was 159. And it reads as follows. And by the mercy of God who dealt with them gently, and had you been severe and harsh hearted, they would have broken away from you. And this is truly something that we find in the field that as soon as you are harsh, and as soon as you want to offensive, and as soon as you are trying to attack another person based on their faith, you're building a wall between you and that individual. And you can forget about doing that with that person, because they will not want to deal with you. And as soon as you apply an ego, whenever you speak to people within the field, you need

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to understand that it will be a barrier between you and that individual. And it prevents from connecting with others. because fundamentally, what your ego and your pride is projecting to them is that you are better or that you perceive that you are right and that the other person is wrong. It doesn't matter what you know, as factual truth, do not bring that into the field of dharma. Be compassionate, be soft hearted, speak in a way that is best and have good manners when you speak to individuals. Another characteristic that is very, very important is that you should speak to people based on their level of understanding. Now you won't walk up to a person that you know doesn't

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necessarily have a high education, and use profound language with them, or start talking to them about the intricacies of the Quran itself, you will speak to them in a way that is simplistic and easy to understand. For instance, once we look at the concept of God, there are two arguments that we are going to use to speak to people about the existence of God, the one is very intellectual, we would break down the possibility for existence. And the other one is rather simplistic, where we speak about the characteristics, the names and attributes of Allah. The final characteristic I would like to focus on within the new art is that one should never go into the extremes, refrain from it

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and reject all forms of extremism and hate speech, both in your actions and the things that you say. And we know that our beloved prophet also spoke about this because he said that we were of extremism in religion, because the only thing that destroyed those before you was extremism in religion. So when you are out there in the field, be sure to share the message of peace and compassion with all of humanity and implement some of the things that you have learned. I hope you enjoyed today's episode. And if you have, please leave a like and share this message and I look forward to seeing you at the next episode. All the best Blessings to you and your loved ones.