[Da’wah Series] 9 Practical Tips on Giving Da’wah

[Da'wah Series] 9 Practical Tips on Giving Da’wah - Productive Muslim
Source: AlKauthar.org
We understand that as Muslims, da’wah is an obligation upon us all. In my previous article, I discussed the benefits of giving da’wah. In this article, I will discuss how we can fulfil this important duty. I have listed some points below about how we as productive Muslims can bring this blessed act into our lives.

1. Take a Short Da’wah Course

You can contact a da’wah organisation that can guide you on how to give da’wah to individuals from various backgrounds in a variety of situations. These courses are not particularly time consuming and most organisations will provide it for free as well, so cost is not a problem.

For those based in the UK, I highly recommend IERA, which specialises in offering free and focused training for Muslims in different parts of the UK. It offers sharp techniques that involve using logic, common sense, reasoning and evidence from the Qur’an and authentic hadith.

For my brothers and sisters outside the UK, it is worth spending a few minutes on the Internet researching for organisations in your area or country that offer a similar service. If there really is nothing available, then you can always look for online courses where there is plenty of material accessible.

2. Pass on a CD or Book

This is an easy and effective solution to those who feel they do not have sufficient knowledge or even know where to start when having a conversation about Islam. Giving a CD of an experienced Da’ee (caller to Islam) who is able to break down the fundamentals of Islam in a logical manner may be better for you. Without the necessary skills and application of giving da’wah, we may actually hinder the effort of bringing someone towards Islam and trip ourselves up and more importantly, say something we may regret. If you are worried about this, direct them to someone more knowledgeable. Nevertheless, do not let this put you off from speaking to someone by giving da’wah and telling others about the greatness of Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He).

Offering a translated copy of the Qur’an is probably the most effective device you can give to someone. You will not find a better read in the world than the Qur’an (and you can tell them that too!).

There may be times when you engage in da’wah using excellent logic and examples, but the other person is just not interested. The Qur’an is very powerful and it will have an effect on a person’s heart and therefore it is something we should not underestimate. Consequently, it is a good idea to let people have a copy of the Qur’an and read at their leisure.

3. Inform Others About an Upcoming Class or Conference

This can be achieved through various means, for example word of mouth. You can tell people, Muslims or non-Muslims, about a local event that is taking place or the upcoming visit of a famous sheikh. This is something that can be done through modern means i.e. reminders sent by text messages, posting information on your Facebook/Twitter account, and any other means which you feel is effective in reaching people.

More traditional methods can be used if you prefer those. For example, you can distribute leaflets to different Islamic centres where they can hand them out to big crowds of people, such as at Jumu’ah prayers. Most large conferences will also have special invites for non-Muslims. Try to encourage a non-Muslim to go along with you by promoting it as a pleasant evening out with plenty of free food available!

4. Look at Improving Your Character

Improving your character would be one of the most effective ways of indirectly giving da’wah. By showing high excellence, manners and conduct at all times, those around you are likely to be drawn to you as a person, and therefore, towards Islam. A person with poor character is not likely to have any credibility, despite you telling them how beautiful and wonderful Islam is. Many rewards of a good character can be acquired not only in this life but more importantly, the next. As the Prophet Muhammad ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said:

“Nothing is heavier on the Scale of Deeds than one’s good manners.” [Tirmidhi]

A tip to help you improve your character is to study the seerah of Prophet Muhammad ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him), where you will find the best of examples. We can also study the behaviour and mannerisms of the companions raḥimahum Allāh (may Allāh have mercy upon them) of the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him), as well as the pious people of the previous generations. It is also worth looking online for lectures regarding improving your character and how significant and pleasing to Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) having a good character is. Additionally, we should supplicate to Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) to help us work on our weaknesses and to positively develop our character.

5. Arrange to Post Lectures Online/Live Stream from Your Local Islamic Centre

This largely applies to centres that do not already have this facility. You would be able to create a stronger link between the local Islamic centre and the local community by providing materials to those who may not be able to regularly attend gatherings. This is also an effective tool to help prevent you from being of those that withhold knowledge, as the Prophet Muhammad ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said:

“Whoever hides knowledge, Allah will brand him with the branding iron from the hellfire.” [Tirmidhi]

This may take a bit of your time initially, but if there is anything you can think of starting that will benefit the people then, In sha Allah, this will be a sound investment of your time.

6. Engage Yourself in Charity Work

A great benefit of this is that it will count as sadaqah for you In sha Allah. I am sure there are many forms of charity work you can get involved in your local area e.g. the old and disadvantaged, or working with causes supporting the environment, animals, individuals with physical and mental disabilities etc. Taking part in noble causes is also an effective way of helping to remove misconceptions about Islam.

Moreover, this is something that was part of the Prophet Muhammad’s ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) life, as he fought for people’s rights before becoming a prophet. This made the acceptance of his message easier among his people as they were well aware of his true nobility, exalted character and mannerisms prior to his message.

People are likely to respond positively to your da’wah and have an open mind about your message. Those witnessing your upright character may become curious about Islam and then research about the teachings of Islam themselves. Finally, getting involved in charity work should provide you with great opportunities within your career and thus providing you with success in this life and the hereafter.

7. Try to Integrate Islam into Your Life as Much as You Can

This means that you live and breathe Islam. So whether you are at the park, in the masjid or workplace, you have a consciousness of Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) and what you should and should not be doing. This can be achieved by making sure you maintain the physical appearance of a believer e.g. maintaining a beard, wearing a hijab etc. This is important because how you dress and look will impact greatly on how you feel. Consequently, how you feel will affect your speech and conduct.

Studies have shown that clothing affects how we think about ourselves as well as how others perceive us. If you are in clothing that indicates modesty, the chances are your thoughts and actions will be modest, which can help improve your character.

Having Islam in your life continuously will make it easy for you to do that which is pleasing to Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) and consequently, this will impact positively on your character. As a result, you can indirectly give da’wah and help to leave a positive impression of Islam and also remain alert to potential da’wah opportunities.

To practically help you integrate Islam into your daily life at the workplace, for example, is by keeping Islamic material with you at all times such as books or an Islamic calendar that you can keep at your desk and are visible to others. This makes your job of giving da’wah easier, as this allows others to initiate a conversation and ask about Islam. A great advantage of allowing somebody else to start a conversation is you do not have to start the conversation, which can be difficult to do with some people and therefore seen to be simply ‘preaching’. Little things such as these allow opportunities to be created and therefore making the da’wah easier.

Another idea is to bring food into the workplace/class on a special Islamic occasion e.g. Eid. People will naturally ask what the occasion is and therefore create an opportunity to give da’wah. This is a very useful tool as people always respond positively to food!

Furthermore, ensure you are praying in the workplace/class when the time for salah arrives. Try to speak to a manager/senior staff member to arrange for a room where you can pray if there is not already one there and let them know salah is very important to you. By highlighting this, those around you are likely to respect you more In sha Allah and hopefully it will open their hearts to Islam.

Lastly, if you are using public transport, be sure to have reading material with you. You will be using your time productively by seeking knowledge as well as potentially creating a da’wah situation where other passengers may be curious about what you are reading.

8. Obtain a Small Booklet About Common Questions About Islam

If it is not practical for you to attend a da’wah course, then having a booklet is a quick and easy way to know the types of questions running through the minds of non-Muslims about Islam. In sha Allah, this will provide you with confidence and the start-up knowledge in the field of da’wah. You can usually find them from local Islamic centres and also, for those in the UK, IDCI can provide cheap and effective da’wah material to help get you started.

9. Keep it Simple!

If you are speaking to a non-Muslim, try to mention the simplicity of the religion and what it requires to be a Muslim e.g. believing in one God, acknowledging the Qur’an as a direct revelation from God, and recognising Muhammad subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) as the Messenger of God.

People may try to ask you lots of questions regarding Islam. For example, “Why does Islam allow such and such?” An effective response is to say, “I can answer that, but you need to understand Islam as a package. So if you have a few minutes I can answer that for you.” This is when you can start giving da’wah about the Creator and the greatness of Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) and create the beautiful picture of Islam.

Additionally, this approach applies to Muslims. When giving da’wah, it may suffice to remind others about the greatness of Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He), His names and attributes and to remind others of His favours and blessings. Keeping a simple approach makes your job easier and helps to avoid conflicts and philosophical debates.

What other effective ways do you know of to give da’wah? What da’wah organisations do you know of that can support our brothers and sisters in giving da’wah? What concerns do you have about giving da’wah? Please share your knowledge in the comments section below so we may inspire each other to take part in this blessed act.

35 thoughts on “[Da’wah Series] 9 Practical Tips on Giving Da’wah

  1. aoa. brother! point no. 4 and 7 are the amazing tips mashaAllah. In my profession, i feel difficult to give message about islam cz ppl are reluctant to listen to lectures.jazakAllah for giving tips

  2. Salaam…. may Allah reward you with this article.

    I think da’wah works both ways. By enriching other people’s lives, we enrich ourselves. Motive for da’wah itself in the end, makes us motivated to learn Islam more, so we could share more. We really must seek refuge in Allah from not practicing what we preach!

  3. I know there are more and more organization that focus on Da’wah. I have only tested one thing so far: Yusha Evans Da’wah Training http://yushaevans.com/ I know he travels a lot to give lectures, trainings and intensive seminars on the topic : theory, history of da’wah as well as practice and role playing. I definitely recommend!

  4. Alhamdullah a lot of what you just explained is what I currently am practicing. 5 yrs ago I retired from the coprate world, the best decision ever. I am since involved in social work. Once a week on. Mondays, I assist the The Maleeha Laylah Centre for Special Needs. We have 14 children at this school with different disabalities. On Tues mornings I collect Senior Citizens, those that live alone, take them shopping help them with their packagages then drop them home. On Wed I attend meetings with the Al-Khaleel Support Group. Here we offer support to recovering drug addits & their families, mainly their Mums & wives, advise on how to intergrate them back into society. On Fridays I give my time at Baitul Ilm girls Madrassah/hostle . Here we currently have 60 re-vert Muslim girls (mainly street girls taken in , and from broken homes) that are studing to become Aalimas. Each term I teach a different skill to them ie baking, sewing, computer litrecy and crafts. Then we recently formed a “Young Muslima’s Club” (YMC) wereby every Sat (2-4) we get all the young girls together at a recreation centre to play a sport, net ball, table tennis as well as do some sort of crafts.
    Alhamdullah all of this is only for the pleasure of Allah, which brings me much inner peace. and joy subhanallah.
    The cherry on the top is that I have my dear Mum with me she is 90 yrs old. 4 months we employed a lady to assist us with taking care of Mummy and within 3 months Ma taught her so much about islam that 1 week after the blessed month of Ramadaan subhanallah she reverted to islam, I got her firstly a copy of the Quraan and simple basic books and am trying my best to guide her inshallah may Allah (swt) except our efforts.
    So that is it for now my dear brother in Islam Abu. يحفظه الله.
    Your Sis Shamshard.

    1. Assalamualaikum sister,

      May Allah the Almighty reward you greatly for your work and keep you steadfast in your work.
      It would be great if we all did a little to support our community in some way. May Allah the Almighty give you and the other sisters the blessings to work within Da’wah as sisters play a very important role in this field. May Allah the Almighty guide all those He has given you the privilege of working with.
      Please remember me and all your brothers and sisters in Islam in your supplications.
      Jazakhallah khair

  5. Assalamualaikum,
    I always feel obligated to give Da’wah and I am never really sure how to go about it since every situation is different, but the main problem I have is how do I give Da’wah without offending the other person? Btw really affective article. Jazakallah.

    1. Walaikumusalaam,
      A great benefit from the courses such as IERA courses (I’m not too aware of the other organisations mentioned so cant really comment on them) is that they will Inshallah various situations. For example, when a person puts you on the back foot by asking a direct question, how to start a conversation you’ve just met etc. Therefore, I highly recommend taking up the training (which can last upto 3-4 hours).
      They may also give you the opportunity to engage in role plays which will give you vital experience about how to tackle different situations.

      Again, the training can help to support you to come across to a person as friendly, informative and helpful and not just ‘shoving it down their throat’ which can offend them.
      Also, to avoid offending others, I advise (which I’m sure the Dawah organisations will do aswell) that you focus on what Islam can offer them, the beauty of the Qur’an and the good points about Islam and see if that’s something that makes sense to them (if they have any common sense they will agree with you, Inshallah). Try to avoid criticizing their belief and making them feel stupid even if you know what they believe does not make sense.
      Think of them as a patient you’re trying to give medicine to.
      Jazakhallah khair

  6. Jazak Allahu Khair brother for sharing such useful tips with all of us. Actually we forgot our responsibility as muslim Ummah…..
    May Allah make us responsible muslim Aameen

  7. as salaamu alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,
    may ALLAH SWT reward you for this article
    it is very practical and anyone can apply it
    Al HamdulilLah

  8. salam i have a non- muslim friend and we were like talking about religion and i began to talk about how people see islam as a bad religion how people nowadays misunderstand it and thanks to productive muslim i have learnt a lot more about my religion than before so like i was talking about how culture and religion are in ‘battle’ and other things and how we are a peaceful religion and she seems interested to now more about it do u think i was doing dawah? and i still need to increase my knowledge inshallah like im a beginner ive only just started learning about my religion so i told her what i learnt

    1. @Fatima – Wa alaikumussalaam warahmatullah. Yes, that was da’wah. :) Keep it up and remember never to forget learning. Anything you’re not sure about, always refer to a scholar for. It’s okay to tell them “I don’t know, but I’ll find out.” :)

      1. thank u abu productive however i am not able to access scholars i look all around the internet to find out more about islam like i listen to you, mufti menk, dr zakir naik and others and now i am trying to listen to zohra sawair’s videos as i saw the article which u posted i was trying to find muslim speakers :)

  9. i have another non muslim friend who asks the question which u posted on the article “Why does Islam allow such and such?” she is an atheist btw so like they were asking about why i cover my hair as i didn’t before and it all started from there and then she was like that’s another thing i don’t like about it how comes it permits u from drinking alcohol and stuff ? obviously i don’t know as much so i told her about how god prohibits things which are harmful for us and stuff and like i asked her how do u think u was born? she said we just came here but i felt really good about answering her questions because i now know what i need to increase my knowledge on inshallah i will be able to now everything and become a good muslim

  10. Walaikumusalam,
    In response to your earlier message Fatma, as Abu Productive says, you were giving Da’wah. Alhamdulillah, you said the right thing that and try to be honest and say “I don’t know but can find out for you” as was mentioned before.

    In relation to your second post, it seems like you managed it well alhamdulillah by saying Alcohol has many drawbacks and can cause harm greatly e.g. to yourself and others.
    However, for your atheist friend, this may just seem cruel and imposing rules and regulations on people and stopping them from “living their lives”. Therefore, try to make the point back about how we came into existence which is what you tried alhamdulillah.

    There is a methodology which many Da’wah organisations use which involves 3 main steps:
    1. Try to make the other person understand believe logically there is a creator
    2. Convince the other person that all the evidence points towards the Qur’an being a revelation, the unchanged word of the creator and that it cannot be from other than the creator.
    3. Finally, by looking at the life of Muhammad (peace be upon him) e.g. highlighting his simple life, honesty and character, we can conclude he was the Prophet (peace be upon him) of the Almighty.

    The methodology for Da’wah on this can be found below:
    http://www.justdawah.org/ (The Methodology of D’awah manual)

    However briefly, when speaking to your atheist friend, you can mention what science is telling us today e.g. there is a law and order of the universe for example the laws of gravity, the way the planets are situated and even looking at the animal kingdom who have certain bodily features for their climate. Is this part of a random accident? All of this is a design and if there is a design, it indicates a designer. To say all of this comes from a random accident, is not very believable. Also you can mention, everything we see in life, serves a purpose. To say, the most complex machine in the world (human beings) has no designer/producer and has no purpose for its existence is illogical.
    Try to stick to using logic and reasoning and using common sense and this should Inshallah help you greatly in this situation.
    Regarding, “why you follow different rules e.g. covering the head?” etc can be answered by proving that the Qur’an is the word from the creator. Therefore, if the order has come from the one who created and owns me, I should have no problem in taking on his orders. Also, by knowing the creator through the Qur’an e.g. His beautiful names and attributes, we will understand that He is the most wise and ultimately knows what is best for us.
    However, if you wish to answer the question directly without proving the existence first of the creator and following the 3 step guide above, I would advise checking some videos online on “Women’s rights in Islam” from people including Abdur Raheem Green and Dr. Zakir Naik.
    There’s some great clips you can find on youtube regarding this topic and links have been included below:
    Hope this is useful. Inshallah.
    Jazakhallah khair.

    1. jazakhallah khair i will surely take this into account i am trying to memorize the quran i have learnt some of the small surahs of the quran but i was thinking that i haven’t got time to be wasting so i have started to learn the bigger surahs of the quran like surah ar rahman inshallah i will be able to learn it as i wake up for fajr namaz now so because abu productive says that we should stay awake after fajr i thought i should learn the quran btw what is the dua which will help me to get closer to allah? and dua for knowledge jazakhallah kair brother

      1. It is one of the ways of performing the pray and therefore it would be considered correct, and Allah knows best.
        The New Muslim material which covers how to pray is used as the standard material by the majority of dawah organisations worldwide which is given to New Muslims.

    2. salam I emailed some information to my atheist friend which I found on onereason.com website about 3 reasons for god like reasons why he exists and she said that she doesn’t like those kind of things I told her that then when u die where do u think ur going to go? she said that he would just take death as it comes I feel really sorry for her because she is such a nice friend however she just doesn’t want o hear about it she goes that there is nothing really. like there is no god or anything :(

      1. Walaikumusalam,
        MashaAllah it seems like your telling them the right things in your Da’wah. Try to remember that its Allah alone who guides and your job is to covey the message. Therefore, continuously make supplication to Almighty Allah for your friends guidance.

        However, you could point out that everything we have and see around us, serve a purpose. Similarly, humans have a purpose too and it would be illogical for humans that have been created to not have a purpose and simply get eaten by worms after they die.
        A key point you could mention to her is what is the proof that there is no God ie. her belief. She will not have any and therefore only making an assumption without knowledge.

        Although, as a Muslim, you could state there is proof for your belief which is the Qur’an. Therefore, try to encourage her to take a copy of a translation (it would be useful if you gave her a free copy InshaAllah) so she may see for herself.
        The power of the Qur’an should not be underestimated. There has been a large portion of reverts who reverted simply after reading the book of Almighty Allah.

        There is an excellent small book ‘The man in the red underpants’ which you can view as a PDF on the onereason.org website. This discusses in depth how the belief in a creator is logical considering many points.

        I pray to Almighty Allah He guides your friend and all of us to the straight path, Ameen.

        Jazakhallah khairan.

        1. thanks a lot sir well u see she said that she just doesn’t believ in it I asked her abt her belief and she said that she doesn’t believe in anything he basically did what u said he made an assumption that the big bang created the world and I was like well u made the big bang? obviously there is a cause to it but I wil try to send her a copy of the quran u see one of my other friend understood that I said like she asked abt why women cover them selves and wear a head scarf and why they are not allowed relationships and if there is a god or not? I explained everything that I knew abt islam like I have little knowledge but I am trying to learn as much as I can inshallah I am planning on learning the quran and the meaning so that when i am in this situation again i wount really need to look at website and take time to answer peoples questions and i don’t think ill be able to dawah when i grow up so im using my young age to do dawah to people inshallah, i want to become a scholar are there any female scholars? ive only heard of male scholars so im worried and i feel that if i learna lot abt my religion and step up my pace ill become a good muslimah in no time i also have started waking up for fajr namaz so EVENTHOUGH I AM SOOO TIRED AND SLEEPY i try my best to learn my tajweed i have found a great website which helps with tajweed do u know loveforquran.com its an amazing website which has onkine courses for free for everyone to learn tajweed all they want is for us to pray for them anf make duas for them i have been looking for website like this one for ages , i have had so many of my duas answered by allah swt i am so shocked!

          1. Assalamualaikum,

            It seems you’ve made a good attempt with the da’wah. Keep trying but remember its only Almighty Allah who guides and keep remembering your friends in your supplications.
            I would advise, give them a copy of the Qur’an and then leave them for a while so they don’t feel pressured and constantly ‘preached to’. InshaAllah, they will ask questions themselves when they feel.
            In the meantime, you can look at doing more research to help you in your Da’wah.

            MashaAllah, you are looking to learn a lot but I would advise (as most of the scholars do) to take it easy. You don’t want to ‘burn out’ by doing too much too soon. There are some great articles you can find on productivemuslim.com that can support you with this including great tips for getting up for Fajr InshaAllah.
            I would also advise prioritise what you want to learn about Islam because knowing Islam that can not be done overnight.

            Personally, I don’t know much about loveforquran.com, sorry. But, I can recommend Bayyinah.tv (lead by the famous Nouman Ali Khan) who make it easy for beginners to understand Arabic.

            I don’t know of any female scholars to be honest but the ummah definitely do need them. Yasmin Mogahed is a really good da’ee’a who has quite a few lectures that can be found on Youtube.
            If the readers know of any, please share with us.

            Anyway, keep at it and remember us all in your supplications.

            “Whoever Allah wants good for, He grants him understanding in the religion” (Bukhari)

            May Almighty Allah reward you, Ameen.

  11. Assalamualaikum,
    It’s good your not wasting time alhamdulillah. Wasting time and getting people to delay good deeds is a classical trick of the shaitaan.
    To get closer to Allah, I don’t believe there is a specific dua you can say (but if anyone else reading the article knows then please share, jazakhallah khair). I would suggest speaking from the heart in your own mother tongue and tell Almighty Allah you wish to get closer to Him. Allah understands all languages and He wants something from the heart which would be better than reading something you don’t understand, and Allah knows best.
    To help you with increase of knowledge, recite “‘Rabbi Zidni Ilma’ (O my Lord increase me in knowledge).

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