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Having Patience While Giving Da’wah

Posted in Dawah Toolkit with tags , , , , , , on September 14, 2014 by TheAuthenticBase

The young male and female Muslim who take up the duty of calling others to Islaam are subject to ridicule, harassment and derision – in pubic areas such as the marketplace and school, but even in their own homes. Many among the youth complain that their mothers and fathers are harsh with them, outwardly showing disdain for their religious zeal.

What is our position and attitude in the face of these difficulties? It is compulsory upon us to be patient and to bear hardship, all the while hoping for reward from Allaah (swt). Yet such difficulties should not prevent us from making da’wah to the way of Allaah (swt). Allaah sent Muhammad (saw) with guidance and the true religion, yet when he (saw) stood to call others to the truth, was he left alone to peacefully convey his message or was h harmed along the way? Were the Messengers sent before him left alone to peacefully convey the message of Islaam or were they harmed as well? Allaah said:

“Verily, (many) Messengers were denied before you (O Muhammad), but with patience they bore the denial, and they were hurt, till Our help, reached them.” [6:34]…

Some of the Prophet’s neighbours in Makkah would leave foul-smelling, impure filth at his doorstep, yet all along, he patiently endured the harm thy inflicted on him saying, “What kind of neighbourliness is this?” [Related by At-Tabaraanee in his Taareekh, 2/343]

In other words, “Why do you inflict harm upon me in this manner? How does your treatment of me reflect on your duties as a neighbour?”…

Along with being patient, should we continue to invite our families or should we become angry and observe silence? We should continue to invite them without loosing hope, and when we do invite them, we should deal with them gently and in a wise manner, without resorting to harshness or severity…

Know for sure that people do not become guided overnight, except for those whom Allaah (swt) exempts from this general principle. It is the way of Allaah that matters come to their completion gradually. The Prophet (saw) remained in Makkah for 13 years, inviting the people to Islaam, yet his da’wah still did not achieve complete success. Then he went and lived in Al-Madeenah, and in total, the Religion only became complete 23 years after the Prophet was sent.

Never delude yourself into thinking that people will change overnight. You must tread the path of da’wah with patience and with imperturbable determination…

Be patient and determined; i one does not change for the better today, he may do so tomorrow. In attempting to better the manners of your family, begin with easy matters an then move on gradually to the more difficult ones. By the Might of Allaah, I am confident that, if one is patient, determined and consistent in his da’wah, he will in the end succeed.

[The Islamic Awakening, by Ibn ‘Uthaymeen, pp.54-57]

O Muslims Of The West, Behave! By Sh. Muqbil Ibn Haadee Al-Waadi’ee

Posted in Adab (Manners), Dawah Toolkit with tags , , , , , , on February 20, 2014 by TheAuthenticBase

If we are compelled to go to a land of disbelief, we should fear Allaah with regards to our Islaam for indeed many Muslims that travel to America, Britain, Germany or one of the other disbelieving countries serves as barriers for some Christians, atheists and Jews (to embrace Islaam). They serve as obstacles between them and Islaam.

This is due to the fact that these Muslims do not practise Islaam (as it should be practised). A Muslim is prohibited from selling alcohol, but yet he sells it. He is prohibited from selling pork, but yet he sells its meat and so on. He is forbidden from doing many things, such as stealing and treachery, but yet he doesn’t act upon Islaam.

In fact, he may even have worse conduct than the Jews and Christians. So these kinds of people give Islaam a bad reputation, even though Islaam is free from them. This is even the case with us, even though we fall short in acting upon Islaam, Islaam is still Islaam – it is a proof against us and we are not a proof against it.

The comportment of the Muslims in these times has become an evil type os comportment. It is based on treachery. You will find that when a Muslim is entrusted with an item or is put in charge of some organization, that most of the time, he displays nothing but treachery and deceit, contrary to the enemies of Islaam, for they display good conduct for the sake of worldly reasons, not to mention trustworthiness…

So it is upon the Muslims to fear Allaah. Many people in Indonesia accepted Islaam as a result of good conduct. This was die to the good conduct and behaviour that they saw from the Muslims. For example, a Muslim would go from Hadramaut (in Yemen) to Indonesia for business purposes and they would see his good manners and thus accept Islaam because of that. And yet this man only travelled there for the purpose of conducting business.However they saw is good manners and dealings and embraced Islaam because of that.

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Guidelines For A Preacher

Posted in Dawah Toolkit, Knowledge with tags , , , , , on April 16, 2013 by TheAuthenticBase

Ibn Al-Jawzee said:

“A preacher, in particular, should not be seen behaving like common folks or spending time in the market place or laughing out loud. This is to make sure that people have a good opinion about him and lend an ear to him when he speaks.” [“Sincere Counsel To Students Of Sacred Knowledge” by Ibn Al-Jawzee, p.84]

Some of the Salaf have said:

“We used to joke around and laugh, but once people began to follow our example I realized we shouldn’t do that.”

Sufyaan Ath-Thawree said:

“Learn this knowledge and keep silent. Do not mix it with joking around lest the hearts spit it out.’  [As-Said, p.232]

Ibn Rajab said:

“He who spreads his knowledge to the people and speaks to them must be very careful of not asking things from them. He must not be covetous for any of their wealth or provisions nor wish to win their hearts. He should just spread his knowledge and be content with not hoping anything from them through careful godliness. This is because greed of worldly matters and yearning them are ugly traits especially when found in a scholar.” [Quoted in his explanation of the hadeeth of Aboo Dardaa, P.150-151]

Every Mother Is A Da’ee, By Ibn ‘Uthaymeen

Posted in Dawah Toolkit, Knowledge, Parenting, Sisters Base with tags , , , , , , on December 3, 2012 by TheAuthenticBase

A woman first and foremost needs to be righteous herself, so that she can be a good example for her daughters…

A woman should train her children properly, for her children represent the men and women of the future. In the earliest stages of their development, it is the mothers that human beings learn from. If she is a good mother, good in her manners and dealings and good in the way she brings up her children, then those children will take after her and contribute positively to the betterment of society.

Every mother, then, must dedicate herself to training her children, and if she cannot undertake their training on her own, then their father or another guardian – for example, a brother or uncle, if their father is dead – should help her to raise them.

A woman should not yield to difficult circumstances, feeling that she cannot change her situation or her family’s situation for the better.

[The Islaamic Awakening, by Ibn ‘Uthaymeen, Pp. 223 & 229]

The Bible And Polygamy

Posted in Dawah Toolkit with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 24, 2012 by TheAuthenticBase

There are a number of examples of polygamous marriages among the Prophets recorded in the Torah.

According to Father Eugene Hillman:

“Nowhere in the New Testament is there any explicit commandment that marriage should be monogamous or any explicit commandment forbidding polygamy.” [Polygamy Reconsidered, p.140]

Below are examples of polygamous marriages in the Bible:

Prophet Abraham had two wives:

“So after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan, Sarai, Abram’s wife, took Hagar the Egyptian, her maid, and gave her to Abram her husband as a wife.” [Genesis 16:13]

Prophet David is likewise said to have been polygamous:

“And David dwelt with Achish at Gat, he and his men, every man with his household, and David with his two wives, Ahin’o-am of Jezreel, and Abigail of Carmel, Nabal’s widow.” [1st Samuel 27:3 ]

Solomon is said to have had:

“… seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines.” [1st Kings 11:3]

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A Believer Is Never Totally Free, Doing Nothing

Posted in Dawah Toolkit with tags , , , , , , , , on March 28, 2012 by TheAuthenticBase

Qataadah Ibn Khulayd said:

“You will never find a believer except doing one of three things:

(1) Offering worship in the masjid.

(2) Resting in a house that screens him.

(3) Or handling some worldly business that is binding (on him).”

[Sifatus Safwah, 3/231]

‘Abdullaah Ibn Mas’ood said:

“Indeed, I hate to see a man totally free, not doing anything from the work of the life of this world nor the Hereafter.”

[Al-Hilyah 1/130]

Book: Al-Jawaab As-Saheeh (Answering Those Who Altered The religion Of Jesus), By Ibn Taymiyyah

Posted in Books (pdf's, html's & doc's), Dawah Toolkit with tags , , , , , on March 3, 2012 by TheAuthenticBase

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Why will Jesus descend at the end of time instead of our Prophet?

Posted in Dawah Toolkit, Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 29, 2010 by TheAuthenticBase

As for why Allah – the Exalted – will send Jesus at the end of time and not our Prophet (peace be upon him), then Allah – the Exalted – Says: “…and your Lord Creates what He Wills and Chooses. The choice is not for them…

And this touches upon a wisdom: that the Christians lied regarding Jesus and fabricated on his behalf – they, and the Jews. So, the Christians claim that Jesus was killed by them, and the Prophet (peace be upon him) informed us that at the end of time, he (Jesus) will descend. And if he descends, we can benefit from this in two ways:

Firstly: That the Prophet (peace be upon him) spoke the truth, and that he is the seal of the Prophets, because he informed us of something that would happen in the future. Therefore, he is truthful in everything that he reports from his Lord.

Secondly: The Christians have lied in their fabrications regarding Jesus.

And from the additional wisdoms: That it will be truthfully shown that Muhammad (peace be upon him) is the Seal of the Prophets, because if it was Muhammad (peace be upon him) who descended, we would not benefit from that in any obvious way. But, if Jesus (peace be upon him) is the one who descends and then follows the Shari’ah of our Prophet, and ruled by it, and obligated the people to follow it, and obligated himself to follow it – and, rather, prayed behind the expected Mahdi – all of this would undoubtedly show that the Prophet (peace be upon him) is the seal of the Prophets, and that his Shari’ah is the seal of all the divine messages, and that nobody will benefit from claiming that he is a follower of Jesus – even if he had the original Gospel, without its alterations – because Jesus will rule by the Shari’ah of the Prophet (peace be upon him).

And from the additional wisdom: That the death of the Anti-Christ will be by the hands of the true Christ, as the false Christ will be killed by Jesus the son of Mary – so the Masih of Kufr will be killed by the Masih of Iman.

And from the additional wisdom: That Jesus (peace be upon him) is the one who gave glad tidings of the Prophet (peace be upon him) in the Qur’an, as the Exalted mentions: “…and a giver of glad tidings of a Messenger that will come after me whose name is Ahmad…”, and in the Gospel likewise. So, he will descend to see if those who ascribe themselves to him listened to him – did they listen to his glad tidings? Or did they insistently remain upon their disbelief and stubbornness?

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A Word Of Advice For Those Giving Da’wah

Posted in Brothers Base, Dawah Toolkit, Words Of Wisdom with tags , , , , , , , , on July 4, 2010 by TheAuthenticBase

Call to the way of Allaah with wisdom.

Allaah says;

Invite to the way of your Lord with wisdom and fair admonition and debate with them in a manner that is best.” [Soorah Nahl: 125]

And be kind when calling and reminding the believers.

Allaah says;

And lower your wing (i.e., be courteous) to the believers.” [Soorah Al-Hijr: 88]

Make things easy for the one receiving your call.

Anas bin Malik narrated that the Prophet (saw) said;

Facilitate things to people (concerning religious matters), and do not make it hard for them and give them good tidings and do not make them run away (from Islam).” [Sahih Bukhari Volume 8, Book 73, Number 26]

In another narration, he (saw) mentioned;

Verily among you are those who chase people away.

Not wrapping oneself in this golden advice wil eventually cause people to turn away from you!

Allaah says;

And had you been severe and harsh-hearted, they would have broken away from about you.” [Soorah Aali ‘Imraan:159]

Severe against the disbelievers?

As for the aayah describing the believers as “…severe against the disbelievers…” then this is referring to when they do not accept our call of tawheed (i.e., Islaam). We fight against those who deserve to be fought. But this is of course after the proper introductory steps.

If only people would take heed upon this golden advice!

The Bible And Peace – Part 2

Posted in Dawah Toolkit with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 1, 2010 by TheAuthenticBase

The Book Of Kings

[1 Kings 2:24-25] Solomon has Adonijah murdered.

[1 Kings 2:29-34] Solomon has Joab murdered.

[1 Kings 2:46] Solomon has Shime-i murdered.

[1 Kings 13:15-24] A man is killed by a lion for eating bread and drinking water in a place where the Lord had previously told him not to. This is in spite of the fact that the man had subsequently been lied to by a prophet who told the man that an angel of the Lord said that it would be all right to eat and drink there!!! WHAT?!

1 Samuel And 2 Samuel

[2 Sameul 12:1, 19] The Lord strikes David’s child dead for the sin that David has committed.

[1 Sameul 6:19] God kills seventy men (or so) for looking into the Ark (at him?). (Note: The early Israelites apparently thought the Ark to be God’s abode.)

[1 Sameul 15:3, 7-8] “This is what the Lord says: Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have; do not spare them, but kill both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass ….’ And Saul … utterly destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword.” !!!

[1 Sameul 14:31] Jonathan and his men strike down the Philistines.

[1 Sameul 15:33] “Samuel hewed Agag in pieces before the Lord ….”

[1 Sameul 18:7] The women sing as they make merry: “Saul has slain his thousands and David his ten thousands.”

[1 Sameul 18:27] David murders 200 Philistines, then cuts off their foreskins.

[1 Sameul 30:17] David smites the Amalekites.

[2 Sameul 4:7-8] Rechan and Baanah kill Ish-bosheth, behead him, and take his head to David.

[2 Sameul 4:12] David has Rechan and Baanah killed, their hands and feet cut off, and their bodies hanged by the pool at Hebron.

[2 Sameul 5:25] “And David did as the Lord commanded him, and smote the Philistines ….”

[2 Sameul 8:1-18] (A listing of some of David’s murderous conquests.)

[2 Sameul 8:4] David hamstrung all but a few of the horses.

[2 Sameul 8:5] David slew 22,000 Syrians.

[2 Sameul 8:13] David slew 18,000 Edomites in the valley of salt and made the rest slaves.

[2 Sameul 10:18] David slew 47,000+ Syrians.

The Wisdom Behind Short And Long Soorahs

Posted in Dawah Toolkit, Qur'an with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 15, 2010 by TheAuthenticBase

The Wisdom Behind Shorth Soorahs:

The Makkan soorahs (chapters) usually had short verses, catchy rhymes, and very strong rhythm. These qualities were meant to catch the attention of the listeners who were opposed to the message of Islaam.

The verses had to be short because the audience would not be willing to listen to long, drawn out statements. As soon as they heard any of the Qur’aan, they would stick their fingers in their ears and turn away. Thus, the verses had to strike home immediately. The meanings were very clear whereas the oracles and chants of the fortunetellers were mostly onscure and vague.

The Wisdom Behind Long Soorahs:

The Medeenan verses tended to be longer than those of Makkah. In fact there are a number of Madeenan verses which are longer than whole soorahs (chapters) of the Makkan peroid. The longest verse of the Qur’aan is the verse on loans in the Madeenan soorah, Al-Baqarah (2:282). The shortest soorah of the Qur’aan is the Makkan soorah, Al-Kawthar (Ch. 108), which contains a total of only 11 seperate words in three short verses.

The need to catch the attention of unwilling listeners was no longer there, because Islaam had become strong and its followers were many. Thus, the audience at this stage was quite willing to listen attentively to longer verses teaching the vital laws of Islaam.

[Taken from ‘Usool At-Tafseer, p. 210 & 214]

BENEFIT GAINED:

One benefit gained from understanding this is to know a bit about the person to whom you are giving da’wah to. If you’re giving da’wah to a brother who is already established himself on deen, then ulhumdulillaah you can speak to him longer.

If however, you are speaking (giving da’wah) to an individual who is not on deen, then you would need to be concise and short in your speech. I remember, before I was practising, my mind used to switch off after about 3/4 mins when being given da’wah. I also remember about 5 years ago when I started practising, I was in Madeenah, walking back to my hotel, and I had a brother speaking to me about the deen, and within about a coulpe of mins my mind was switched off.

So know, O Da’ee’s, that giving da’wah needs wisdom…