Archive for the Dawah Toolkit Category

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.

Continue reading

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]

Continue reading

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

Click here to download the book.