Eloquence does Half of the Job; The Art of Dawah
The Art Of Dawah
- Major Elements Of Dawah
- The Key Is Inner, Not The Outer
- Caution Against Exaggeration
- Hastiness In Seeking Results
- Two Fatal Qualities Quick Anger And Rushing
- Respect Of Qadr
- Ultimate Manner
- Transparency is the Key
- Eloquence Does Half the Job
Quran Chapter 51
Surah Adh Dhariyat
I have only created Jinns and men, that they may serve Me.
This is the word of Allah SWT which declares the purpose of our existence in this earth. If we conform our existence to the purpose for which we are created, we can attain pure joy and happiness; but if we try to fulfill our soul with other than what the Creator wants for it, then we are filled with anxiety and sorrow.
One Of The Highest Forms Of Service To Allah
Is To Invite His Creation To His Oneness
And That In Islam Is Called Da’wah.
Da’wah In Arabic Means
Invitation To A Feast...
This by extension means that the person who is intending on inviting people to the feast must have made preparations because if he hasn’t prepared the banquet, he is not only going to turn his guests hungry, he is also going to ruin his own reputation and lose his trust.
Another Important Factor In A Da’wah
Is The Quality Of The Service And Preparations,
Since This Is What Makes
Any Feast Or Occasion Memorable.
A person can arrange a beautiful party but if the food runs short or its quality is low, then the feast will be a failure. Just like this, da’wah to Allah requires a lot of preparation and quality. It requires an untarnished character with high moral and ethical credentials.
Allah Chooses Certain People And Decorates Them
Inside Out With The Choicest Qualities
Until They Are Ready
For The Noble Job Of Inviting People
To The Creator; To His Oneness,
And To His Obedience...
This requires calmness of character and wisdom because, as history teaches us, bearing this message is not easy; it usually generates a lot of opposition from influential people in power, from ignorant and prejudice masses, and jealous competitors.
By This Way We Can See That
This Job Is Very Difficult Yet Very Delicate
And Requires A Lot Of Wisdom And Quality!
In my video sessions about Da’wah, I have emphasized the most important pillar to be that the person has to live the message, believe in it with complete conviction, and disconnect his heart from all except the Creator who is the owner of all quality and the one who will be supporting him with all means possible.
Major Elements Of Dawah
Today, we will talk about some of the major elements which I consider very important for anyone who wishes to invite others to goodness on personal, family, or societal level.
THE KEY IS INNER, NOT THE OUTER
It Is Imperative That A Da’ee
(The One Who Invites Others To Allah)
Focuses In Building The Main Core Of The Faith
Inside People’s Hearts And Souls,
And Not To Start With The Outer Part.
He has to protect himself from being quick at making judgments based on the way people dress or behave—this is called the fiqh of priority.
When human beings commit sins or are involved in any action or reaction, it can be divided into two categories:
The Sins From Outside.
And The Sins From Within The Heart.
Let’s examine the first sin committed on earth: Adam AS disobeyed Allah and ate from the tree; right away he humbled himself and went to Allah and asked Him SWT for forgiveness.
Quran Chapter 20
In the result, they both ate of the tree, and so their nakedness appeared to them: they began to sew together, for their covering, leaves from the Garden: thus did Adam disobey his Lord, and allow himself to be seduced.
But his Lord chose him (for His Grace): He turned to him, and gave him Guidance.
Allah Accepted His Repentance,
Forgave Him, Opened For Him
And Elevated Him To The Level Of Prophet-hood.
On the other hand, Iblees, who was elevated to the level of angels due to his knowledge, plunged to the status of Satan due to his arrogance and jealousy. When Allah created Adam, He commanded angels to prostrate to him; everyone obeyed except Iblees who refused due to his ego and then blamed Allah SWT of tricking him.
Quran Chapter 20
Surah Al Araf
He said: "Because thou hast thrown me out of the way…
On one hand we see adam who upon committing sins blamed himself and sought forgiveness and allah swt forgave him; whereas shaytaan was arrogant and blamed allah which prevented him from seeking allah’s forgiveness...
At This Point, I Want You To Stop And Reflect:
Adam’s Sins Were Outer,
And Upon Showing Humbleness And Humility
His Sins Didn’t Mean Anything And Allah Forgave Him.
Iblees’s Sins Were Inner, [From The Diseases Of The Heart]
Which Caused His Destruction...
By this way, today a lot of people worry about the way they look, the way they dress, and outer appearances while they ignore the inner reality. Prophet SAW informed us that no one will enter jannah who has an atom of arrogance in his heart.
How Many Of Us Try To Get Rid Of
The Arrogance From Our Hearts?
How Many Of Us Are Looking To The Mistakes Of Others
And Are Ignorant Of Our Own Mistakes To The Point
It Is Drowning Our Hearts In The Diseases That Can Destroy Us?
From here also, we can see that all the sins from outside are easier to make tawba (repent) from whereas the diseases of the heart are very difficult to change—sometimes the person is not even aware of their existence because he is so busy focusing on the outside and blaming others.
If we go to Qur’an we find out that from beginning to end, it deals with the inner, not the outer; and if this is the case we have to set priority according to how Allah prioritized. This is where the distinction between Quran Makki and Quran Madani becomes important.
Quran Makki Is 2/3 Of The Quran
And Focuses On Developing The Inside—
Your Faith And Your Relationship With The Creator...
If This Pillar Is Strong,
Everything Would Be Strong.
Now your manner will be according to Qur’an, your criteria of dealing with others will be according to Qur’an and now you will have justice and good manner with everyone you deal with.
Justice signifies justice of the eyes, ears, tongue, heart—in general justice in all your actions.
This Is The Core Of Everything You Do
And Reflects In All Your Relationships!
Your Relationship With Allah,
Yourself, And Other Humans.
We have to be elevated from the state of emotion and hastiness without rational thinking and reflection to the level of wisdom, calmness, simplicity, realistic thinking, and awareness of the consequences of our actions.
Meaning, How To Cast Aside Emotions
And Deal With Situations With Wisdom, Patience,
Compassion, Intelligence, Knowledge And Justice...
CAUTION AGAINST EXAGGERATION
The extreme exaggeration of looking at things or dealing with them with either too much love or emotion causes two major obstacles for us.
It Makes Us Deny Our Thinking
And Drowns Us In Fantasy And Fake Behavior,
Or It Generates Hostility And Anger
Which Leads To Hate-filled Actions
And Reactions According To Our Emotions.
By this way exaggeration in thinking or action can cause a lot of problems and prevents us from dealing with others with justice.
HASTINESS IN SEEKING RESULTS
Our hastiness to produce results makes us skip many steps and generates a lot of problems. These kind of actions are bereft of the blessing of Allah SWT. RasulAllah SAW has told us:
“CONSIDERATION IS FROM ALLAH,
AND HASTINESS IS FROM SHAYTAAN”
If we deal with other with rahma and with the intention of benefitting them, we have to respect who we are talking to and address them according to their level. RasulAllah SAW said:
“Talk To People According To Their Level Of Understanding.”
We cannot set agenda according to what we want and rush to bring people to the level of perfection; rather take them step by step until they develop a level of maturity and strength to the handle the next level of knowledge.
A General Mistake That Some Muslims Make
When Inviting Others[Muslim And Non-muslims]
To Islam Is That
They Advise Them Of Hijaab Or Halaal And Haraam
Instead Of Focusing On Developing The Faith...
This can result in the person becoming overwhelmed and abandoning the message completely. All because the da’ee couldn’t wait for the results and hastened the da’wah.
TWO FATAL QUALITIES
QUICK ANGER AND RUSHING
These are absolutely unacceptable if you want to be an inviter. This condition applies to your niyyah, actions and reactions.
These Qualities Can Destroy
Everything From The Base,
Even Your Niyyah.
If the inviter has quick temper and hastiness, he will have poor judgment and will not be able to judge any situation with rationality and wisdom. In fact, he will not be able to implement any of the elements mentioned here.
RESPECT OF QADR
It Is Imperative For An Inviter
To Respect The Condition And Situation,
Study It According To Qur’an And Sunnah Of Allah,
And Behave Accordingly.
This makes it important for a Da’ee to study the Sunan of Allah so he will know what to expect in certain situations and conditions and how to deal with them. This belief and knowledge helps crystallize all the other elements mentioned above in his character.
This leads us to the exploration of the relationship between manner and will-power, and the importance of dealing with things with the ultimate manner.
The Ultimate Manner Is The Manner Of Allah
According To The Teachings Of Prophet Muhammad SAW.
Meaning The Way I Act Or React
Has To Be Driven From
The Attributes And Knowledge Of Allah
And The Teachings Of Prophet Muhammad SAW...
You have certain innate manners that you are created with, but you also have a will; and this will is generated from your knowledge, desire, and your goal. This will keeps changing as you grow and acquire more knowledge, as your desires and goals change etc.
They are all linked with each other like a chain and the glue that holds it all together is called sidq—truthfulness. Truthfulness will lead you to be prepared, and always be alert to your surrounding and in perpetual state of questioning and learning; and this leads one to the pillar of talking.
It Is Said That To Speak One Minute
You Need 30 Minutes Of Preparation
And To Speak One Hour,
You Need 10 Hours Of Preparation!
One honorable scholar was requested to deliver an hour long speech, he asked for one week of preparation time; the person asked him, ok give me 10 minutes speech, he said you make it too difficult for me, now I need one month of preparation.
Because Sincere People Think Very Thoroughly
Before They Talk
And They Know That This Talk Is An Amanah,
A Trust From Allah
For Which They Will Be Questioned...
Transparency is the Key
One of the traits of a believer is transparency; the need to be real, not fake. Don’t try to be somebody you are not. This is all the more important for a da’ee, someone who is not only representing Islam, but calling others to it. RasulAllah SAW said:
"The Worst People In The Sight Of Allah
On The Day Of Resurrection Will Be
The Double Faced People
Who Appear To Some People With One Face
And To Other People With Another Face."
Eloquence Does Half the Job
You have to think about the benefit of what you are going to say. If you feel it has benefit, say it; if there is no benefit, be quiet. Prophet Muhammad SAW said:
“Should You Wish To Act,
Ponder Well The Consequences.
If Good, Carry On;
If Not, Desist.”
Have a polite, wise way of talking— neither too low, nor too high, neither slow, nor fast; pace yourself according to your audience and topic. Don’t make your talk too long, keep the duration according to the attention span of the listener. This is justice and mercy.
Prophet Muhammad SAW Used To Shorten The Prayers
When Women Attended With Children
In Order Not To Discomfort Them!
Versatility Of Knowledge
A da’ee is open minded and always on a look out to seek new and different kinds of knowledge. Versatility of knowledge and understanding enables him to have command of various topics, which helps him develop confidence and eloquence.
Islam Is Deen, Meaning A Way Of Life;
All The Topics Related To Life Are Part Of Islam
And A Successful Da’ee Is One
Who Has Knowledge Of Every Day Affairs
As Well As Religious Knowledge.
The more knowledgeable about life a da’ee is, the more he will hold sway over people and the more respect he will get. Always emphasize the message and repeat it.
According to the companions of Prophet SAW, he SAW never taught them more than 3 to 5 verses per day. They also mentioned how Prophet SAW used to repeat himself sometimes up to three times in order to emphasize a point.
A successful speaker has three elements:
Way of addressing oneself
A study determined that substance is of only 7% importance; body language is of 55% and speech is of 38% importance. What it really means is that if you master the body language and way of addressing yourself, you can win any speech.
Don’t Speak Too Slow Or Low
To Put People To Sleep,
Neither Speak So Fast That
You Lose Them...
Make sure to break your talk into segments; the art here is which word or sentence you stop at and for how long—the pause shouldn’t be too long, or too short, just enough to give listeners time to digest your words.
The Speech Should Be Delivered
With A Clear Pronunciation In Eloquent Words!
The Words Don’t Need To Be Sophisticated,
Rather It Is Best To Use Simple Terminology...
Always have evidence of what you are saying and don’t ever say things you are not sure of. There is no insult in saying ‘I don’t know’. If you give wrong answers, you lose credibility and come across as incompetent or a liar.
ACTIONS ARE BASED ON INTENTIONS
This Entire Talk Is Rendered Fruitless
If The Niyyah Is Corrupted
And Not Purely For The Sake Of Allah Swt...
The sign of corrupted niyyah is that the person is focused on showing off his actions and has different personality in front of people than when alone. This is called sincerity.
A Sincere Person Will Never Give Advice To People
That He Is Not Living Himself...
May Allah Make Us Among Those Sincere Ones Who Make It Their Life’s Mission To Invite Humanity To The Pleasure Of Allah ; Those Who Seek Knowledge, Live It And Spread It Purely For His Sake. Ameen!
by~Daee Ahmed Moait