Channel: Ashraf Schneider
In this 5th episode in our 12 part Dawah Training series, we discuss some of the hindrances to successful dawah.
1 Establishing the premise of truth.
2 Establishing a foundation of rationale.
3 To make the Quran and Hadith the foundation and criteria of truth rather than reliance on referencing Biblical texts.
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Assalamu alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh Peace, blessings and mercy be upon you all. Welcome to the first episode of Tao Thursdays. And in our episode today we are going to be looking at the downfall of Dawa. Now you might be asking yourself, what exactly is the downfall of Tao? Now fundamentally, the downfall might be some questions that you perceive within the field. Some things that you are approached with that you don't necessarily know how to comprehend, or how to answer or it might be a cycle of questions that you are continuously asked. But fundamentally, it doesn't reach a proper conclusion for you to share the message of Islam. Another downfall might be that a
person would link to completely unrelated things, and then try to use that as an argument against you. I want you guys to imagine something. Imagine that you are at work. And one of your work colleagues in you are taking a break. And this work colleague asks you a question about Islam. They asked you as to why do Muslims pray five times a day? And to the best of your own capacity? You answer this question. But then your work colleague asks you another question. So why do you wash your hands your face in your feet before you pray? And to the best of your capacity? You answer this question? And then they have another question. And they say, but why do you face the Qibla acaba?
And to the best of your capacity, you answer this question. Now fundamentally, I want you guys to think about this. Have you brought forward the concept of tau? We'd have you shared the foundations and the fundamentals of Islam? No, because this is a cycle of questions that we oftentimes fall into. But fundamentally, we do not share the message which is most important. Now, what is good to implement in a situation like this? Fundamentally, if a person comes with a question to you, and they asked you something about Islam, you tell them that in order for you to understand the answer to this question, it's important for you to understand the foundations and fundamentals of Islam.
And then you would have an opportunity to share the foundations and the fundamentals of what we believe. And they come to an understanding that this is built on a premise of truth, they will also realize that whatever comes from this foundation that is built upon a premise of truth, must be truth itself. Because once you share this with them, they will come to an understanding of what you believe what is within your heart and why you practice and do the things that you do to worship the Almighty Creator. Another point I would like to reference is that when we have conversations with individuals, it's very important for us to build a foundation for our conversation based upon
rationality, and not philosophical argumentation. When you start a conversation with someone ask them that, shall we agree to be rational one another, and bold the conversation based on that premise? because fundamentally, this takes us away from philosophical argumentation. Now, you might ask exactly what is this? What do you mean with this? To give an example, there's a philosopher by the name of Descartes, he had a famous saying that says that, I think, and therefore I am now he would have many philosophical augmentations based on the existence of this universe and an individual's sensory experiences of the things around them. Now, I don't necessarily want to concern
you guys regarding that. If you have any questions or ever feel free to ask in the comment sections below, but what I want to emphasize is that if we build conversations based on philosophical argumentation, our conversations is not always rooted within rationality, and there can be no objective truth for us to declare as to what is right and what is wrong. Therefore, it is very important to bold conversations on rationality. Now, the third and final points I would like to reference regarding the downfall of Tao is that oftentimes do art go out there and they bolt the entire dollar approach upon the biblical text. What some do art would do is they would reference
verses like john chapter 17, verse three, where Jesus peace be upon him says that this is eternal life, that they may know you the only true God and me whom you have sent, or they would speak about john chapter five, verse three, seven, where Jesus peace be upon him says while standing in front of his followers, the Pharisees and disciples that you've never heard the voice of God or you've never seen the shape, or the wood referenced verses like john chapter 20, verse 17, we it tells Mary that I'm returning to my God, enter your God, I'm returning to my father and to your father. However, this is problematic, because fundamentally, as soon as you do this, people will start referencing
verses within the Bible to try and to test your point. In conclusion, it is very important for us to speak to individuals and to have them understand that in order for them to understand the answer to the questions that they have, they need to understand the foundations and fundamentals of Islam. We need to comprehend that when we have these conversations, that we build these conversations on rationality, that we not bear to have philosophical debates with other individuals. And finally, when we go out there to performed our we build a foundation upon the Holy Quran and the Hadith of the Prophet peace and blessings be upon him. Because this is often a common criteria to judge what
is right and what is wrong. We there to share the message of Islam, and you just tell people what we believe, to invite them towards our foundations to have them comprehend that this is truth and the whatever comes from it must be truth in itself. I hope that you enjoyed today's episode, and if you have, please leave a like and share it with your friends. I look forward to seeing you at the next episode. All the best Blessings to you
You know, loved ones.