Last edited by ahsanirfan; 03-07-2012 at 06:14 PM.
Is your question a fiqhi one? In which case a faqeeh would be able to answer whether it is a kifaaya or an ayn and if its a kifaaya, when the kifaaya would become an ayn. We have no shortage of fuqaha to answer such questions.
However, if the point is a discussion point, that's another matter.
I feel that knocking on doors is not good da'wah. Most people find their doors being knocked on as rather strange, and few listen to such utterers anyway. I personally find the JW method quite offensive, and most people bang their doors shut when they knock, and that's just the christians.
I heard shaykh ahm say that when JWs come to him, he is very cynical and has little time for them.So he says You are doing the lords work in as much as you are creating divisions in christendom, and that must be good for Islam. He says by the time they have figured out what that means, he has escaped!
Da'wah to me is creating beautiful structures. A bit like what this man is doing.
Or designing beautiful books, or "music"(melodies)
Or books that deal with a rational exposition of islamic rational/intuitive coherencies for believing in the Divine.
Or good conduct
Or advertised exhibitions/talks
Or natural daily conversations with fellow humans that will sometimes involve metaphysics.
Or the serenity that the saints have on their faces, which mirrors the truth that they have experienced that draws the restless to them as thirsty ones are drawn to an oasis.
The question also revolves around the asbaab of hidaaya. WOuld be good for someone to comment on that.
Also we need to understand the peoples' temperament.
The temperament of the Germanic christians was different and gave rise to a pugnacious element in Luther
The Italians had remnants of Saint worship and so catholocism
The eastern christians had remnants of mysticism and hence orthodox christianities mystical side.
Similarly the Pathans are a noble warrior people. The chinese have a placid conemplative temperament.
In the west, the massive impact of explosive wahhabi da'wah with the conservative indo-pak somewhat harsh mentality(which may well be suited to their region of the world- Indo pak is a land of climatic extremes- the Himalayas and the extreme heats of calcutta/ etc etc), but it needs to be debated if it should be the sole method of expression in the West, when we have so many different models to choose from.
My tool box has a screwdriver,scissors, a hammer, nails, glue, ,filings, a lythe etc etc.
We don't have to use the hammer everytime. Some of our "extreme" brothers in the west need to learn this lesson insha'allah
Lol that's funny. Never thought of it that way...... In the west, the massive impact of explosive wahhabi da'wah with the conservative indo-pak somewhat harsh mentality(which may well be suited to their region of the world- Indo pak is a land of climatic extremes- the Himalayas and the extreme heats of calcutta/ etc etc)...
I think metaphysics would appeal more to philosopher-minded than ordinary people.
The Nabi Sallallahu `alyhi wassalam sent letters of Dawah to Imams of the people. Reaching every single person is not even possible.