Dawah Training #7 – Initiation

Ashraf Schneider

Channel: Ashraf Schneider

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In this 7th episode of our 12 part series, Dawah Training, we discuss how to initiate a conversation with someone.

1 Passive Initiation

  • Passive initiation is when you are approached regarding Islam
  • Foundation building – premise of truth (see episode 4: Downfall of Dawah)

2 Active Initiation

  • Approaching people to give dawah
  • Engaging etiquette – Character, courtesy, etc.(episode 4)
  • Greeting
  • Opening introduction
  • Direct questions
  • Indirect questions – elicit broader discussion to better understand the person and their beliefs (episode 6)
  • Example: ‘life’s purpose’ conversation

3 Conclusion

Episode Transcript

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As Salaam Alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh peace blessings and mercy be upon you all. Welcome to the seventh episode of Tao on Thursdays. And in our episode today we are going to be discussing the initiation part of performing dharma. So initiation when performing Dharma is probably one of the most important aspects. Because what we do is we make another individual feel comfortable with the conversation that we are going to have with him. And if your initiation is a little bit Rocky, your entire conversation is going to be built on this foundation. So what I'm going to do today is I'm going to teach you guys about the two different aspects of initiation, active and passive. Passive

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initiation means that you are either at $1 table, or you at a social gathering, or you're walking outside and somebody comes to you and they ask you a question about Islam. Now, remember, in our episode regarding the downfall of dollar, how to answer some of these questions, so you would tell this individual, in order for you to understand the answer to this question, you need to understand the fundamentals and foundations of Islam. And that will give you an opportunity to share the message of Tajweed to share the message of our beautiful revelation and to speak about Prophet Muhammad peace and blessings be upon him, which we will discuss in a later episode. Now, this gives

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you the foundation to start your conversation with regards to passive data. And it seems very simplistic and truly it is, because fundamentally, if somebody asks you a question about Islam, you just bring them back to the foundations of what we believe. The second type of initiation that we find is active initiation. So this would be where we go on. So we walk up to individuals, and we start a conversation with them. And this can oftentimes be a little bit more tricky until you know how to do it. And I'm going to teach you guys as to how I perform active dalawa. And going out there to start conversations with individuals. So the first thing we would do is ensure that our

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characters represented in the right way. And fundamentally the when we represent ourselves, we do so in a way that is best. So we would walk up to an individual, and we would greet them peace and blessings be upon you. My name is Ashraf and I'm here today with my friends, we are looking for individuals to speak to, to ask them profound questions about things in life. And that is it. It is truly that simple. And then you start the conversation with this individual. Now, if you said that you are starting a conversation regarding some of the profound things in life, you would ask them a question. For instance, do you believe that God exists? This is a simple question to ask them and it

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takes you directly towards the foundation. Or you can start a conversation with them to hear a little bit more about their opinion, to be able to read this individual understand empathetically as to who they are, where they come from, for instance, you would ask them, What do you believe is the purpose of life? Now it's a very difficult question to answer, because a lot of people attempt at answering this question but they're not able to find a concluding statement. Now you would give this person an opportunity to contemplate this and to work through this process with you. And we know that the Holy Quran tells us Allah subhanho wa Taala says that we have not created jinn or humankind

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except but to worship me. So fundamentally, that is our purpose in life, that everything that we do in this life, we do so to worship the Almighty Creator. But how do you introduce that to an individual that doesn't know about the Quran as of yet, or doesn't know Allah subhanho wa Taala. So what I would do is I would walk up to an individual, I would smile and greet them politely. And then I would ask them this question, what do you believe is the purpose of life, and I would sit there and truly try to listen as to what they have to say. Because this will give you insight as to the individual, the human being that you are speaking to, to understand where they are coming from the

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emotions that they hold within themselves and the perspective that they have about life. And then it will give me an opportunity to introduce the purpose of life. And fundamentally what I start with disaster, everything in life has a purpose. an earthworm has a purpose to cultivate the ground. A bird has a purpose to pick up that earthworm and displaces seed. And then his tree would grow, which has a purpose to create shade. We can cut down the street to create housing and so forth. And everything in life has a specific purpose. But the question remains, what is our purpose as humanity as a whole? It doesn't matter what ethnicity we come from, what background what race or history, but

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fundamentally for us as a collective as humanity, what is our purpose in life, and so introducing them to this idea of a purpose of life, I have an opportunity to share our perspective. Now, how exactly do you do that? So I would tell them, imagine I had a bag in front of me, full of a million US dollars, and I were to gift this to you today as charity, would you accept it? Now 99% of the people that you tell this to that there's no strings attached, that I'm truly just gifting? They will say yes, of course I will accept it. But if you tell this individual that would you accept this, if I tell you that you need to give me your eyes, your ears and your arms. 100% of the people

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will say absolutely not. Their ability to see their ability to hear their ability to work with their arms is more valuable to them, then a mountains waiting gold. Now this explanation in itself is an amazing stepping stone to explain the purpose of life to this individual. Because what I like to tell them then is that we believe

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That through the gifts that we have been given our ability to see, to hear and to work with our arms. We did not ask for this, we did not earn this, this was a gift that was given to us by the Almighty Creator. And we believe that through these gifts that the Creator has given us that we should utilize them to the best of our own capacity to serve and worship this Almighty God. Let me give you an example how that through our eyes, whatever we look at, we only look at things that are pleasurable to this Almighty Creator. But throughout years, everything we listen to, we only listen to things that are pleasurable to this Almighty Creator. And through our arms, we only work in

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something that is pleasurable to the Almighty Creator. And that through these actions, we worship this creator and that is what we believe is the purpose of life. Now, this means of active initiation gives the purpose of life to a person within a natural to give them something to contemplate and to think about. And it's also a great stepping stone for you to introduce this methodology that we are going to discuss and in our next episode, we are going to look at this framework to give you the capacity to go out there and speak to people now I hope that you enjoy today's episode. And if you did, please leave a like and share this message and I look forward to

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seeing you at the next episode. All the best Blessings to you and your family.