Soft and Kind Dawah is commanded by Allah

A brother posted this on a forum, so I thought I’d share a few ayat from the Qur’an regarding dawah. After reading them, I felt that these ayat have not been read by many Muslims who give dawah. Especially the Muslims who are very harsh in there words and nasiha.

Regarding inviting people to Islam

“You shall invite to the path of your Lord with wisdom and kind enlightenment, and debate with them in the best possible manner. Your Lord knows best who has strayed from His path, and He knows best who are the guided ones.”

(Qur’an, An-Nahl [The Bee] 16:125)

When teaching people about Islam, we must be wise with our words and speak with kind words. We should be smiling and deal with the listener(s) with the most positive behavior. Only Allah knows who will go to heaven. You don’t know.

Regarding refuting or replying to others harshly

“And if you do catch them out, catch them out no worse than they catch you out: But if you show patience, that is indeed the best (choice) for those who are patient. Be patient, for patience is from Allah; do not grieve over them: and be stressed out because of their actions.”

(Qur’an, An-Nahl [The Bee] 16:126-127)

Clearly, Allah is telling us to have patience with people who argue, attack and ridicule you. Patience is better then revenge, becuase patience is from Allah.

When Islam is mocked and rejected.

“And have patience with what they say, and leave them alone. And leave Me (alone to deal with) those who reject (Islam) who live in this world with ease and good things. Let Me respite them a little bit.”

(Qur’an, Al-Muzammil 73:10-11)

We must be patient and disregard the mocking and insulting words from those who reject Islam. We should leave them alone and let Allah deal with them justly. Allah is the most just.

In conclusion it is very important, in fact it is extremely important, for Muslims to try there utmost to follow these orders from Allah. If we are true slaves of Allah then we will do this. It is best to apply these ayat when we are giving dawah to non-Muslims and Muslims during our daily lives.

InshaAllah, may Allah (swt) make it easy for us to follow His orders and the sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him). Ameen.

8 Replies to “Soft and Kind Dawah is commanded by Allah”

  1. It is written that if we forgive..then all the Earth and heaven rejoices and the angels are able to see us. Our Prophet(pbuh) intercedes for us everyday; He sees our actions..His were the most perfect of actions..when we submit to Islam we make the choice to follow in his footsteps…he was not disuaded from his mission regardless of the obstacles and now we are over one billion strong all walking the path to our destination. As usual thank you for allowing me to share my thoughts.

  2. I once heard Shaykh Hamza say: People will not accept an invitation from one who is not gracious, nor one they do not trust.

  3. JazakAllah khair.
    Just a quick question for mehnaz gibson:
    I’m not saying you’re wrong, because i don’t have enough ‘ilm to say so, but your saying that the Prophet pbuh can see us and our actions, and that he intercedes for us everyday, was something i haven’t heard before. So thankyou for sharing that information! I was wondering though,if you could provide a source for that? jazakAllah khair.

  4. slmz. Shaykh Hamza Yusuf’s words from RIS come to mind: When a muslim is told by a non mulsim taht Islam was spread by the sword, what does the muslim do? He takes out his sword and says wanna bet???

    May Allah give us the ability to spread Islam eloquently.

  5. Jazakallah wa khair for always keeping us informed brother! Muslims generally are always decent in the approach of giving dawah. It’s just that much too often, the non-beleivers take advantage of our sweet natures and provoke us and Islam. It is here that many of us are quick to lash out in anger. We need to develop the quality of patience, like Prophet Nuh who preached fervently for 950 years….

  6. may allah unify us and thank you brothers for being insightfull, we definately need to be patient and insha allah we all can be like this. to many times muslims definately including myself just want to go to the military jihad. First we need to unify under the term muslim, followers of al quran and the hadiths of our prophet pabbuh, so please for the sake of allah dont label yourself as shiah, sunni, suffi, wahabi, or i only go by this madhab or that madhab. unite under la illaha ill allah muhammadur rasulullah!

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