Rethinking Methods of Da’wah & Call to Islam (Nov 04, 2016)
Summary of Nov 04 2016 Khutbah
Dr. Hamid Slimi
Sayeda Khadija Centre (http://www.skcentre.com)
Rethinking Methods of Da’wah & Call to Islam
3 Major points:
A) Da’wah is essential for Islam and is needed today more than ever but it has to be done with the following:
- 1. Sound knowledge of the Deen
- 2. Knowledge of the people (culture, customs, views, perceptions, history, interests…)
- 3. Wisdom: practical knowledge & doing the right thing at the right time in the right way at the right place
- 4. Good manners and beautiful speech or action
- 5. Intelligent, respectful and ethical debate
(Invite (all) to the Way of your Lord with wisdom and beautiful preaching; and argue with them in ways that are best and most gracious…) (Quran 16:125)
B) The Call to whatever is good is also a Call to Allah. All what is good for humanity is our duty to promote and advocate (justice, peace, human rights and dignity, environmental protection, poverty reduction, animal rights, social issues…). We should build alliances in the world and join everyone who is calling for good and become known as promoters of good.
(Let there arise out of you a group of people inviting to all that is good, enjoining what is right, and forbidding what is wrong: They are the ones to attain felicity.) (Quran 3:104)
C) Other than the Qur’an, the Sunnah and the principles of the major schools of jurisprudence and Ahlu-Sunnah wal Jama’ah, many works and books that were written to cater for other realities and contexts might not be adequate for our reality. Therefore, only those who understand the reality and context where people live can do justice to them.