PRINCIPLES OF MAKING
Allah says in the Holy Qur'an, "Call unto the way
of thy Lord with wisdom and fair exhortation, and reason with them in
the better way." and He says, "And there may spring from you a nation
who invite to goodness, and forbid indecency. Such are they who are
Da'wa is the term used, in Islam, to invite others to Islam. It is commonly and sometimes exclusively considered an invitation for non-Muslim, but this is where we’re wrong. We live in a very turbulent world. Preoccupation with this life and the ‘things’ contained herein has become all consuming. When I originally wrote this opening I had written it as an advice to my brothers and sister in Islam on how to deal with non-Muslims in giving da’wa, but I’ve come to understand my fellows and myself and I realize the da’wa is needed at both ends, for the non-Muslims and Muslims. As I read the steps below I see no contradiction in using these upon another Muslim, however, the intent perhaps is different. We need to want for ourselves what we want for our brother, our intention must be pure and with one pure focus; to bring them back to the Qur’an and Sunnah, but not just that. We need to revive the Sunnah, we need to bring it to life for others and ourselves. Imagine we are gears in a machine, each one of us performing our task and each one of us equally as important even if we have higher or lower roles. We are running by the permission of Allah and oiled by the Sunnah. Well, we’re running out of oil. This machine is not running right. We need to enjoin the good and forbid the wrong. I’ve edited the above, but below I haven’t… notice now the advice if we use it on another Muslim. Subhann Allah.
updated February 21, 2004 / 30 Thul Hijja 1424 A.H.