[Note: Sorry for the spotty editing. As you can see, I’m very picky about it. However, sometimes wordpress just has a life of its own….]
Yes, Ramadan is the Month of Dawah. How could it not be? After all, it was the month that the Quran was revealed which is the book of guidance. On of the rights of this Book is that it be called to.
Sadly, we aren’t fulfilling this duty today. Why? Well, some reasons could be:
1) Thinking that one needs a great deal of knowledge to do dawah – False. One just needs to know about that particular issue that he is calling to.
Narrated Abdullah ibn Amr: The Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasallam) said, “Convey (my teachings) to the people even if it were a single ayah.” [Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume No.4, Hadeeth No. 667]
So if you know just one ayah (verse) then you should just call to that one ayah and not more than that.
2) Thinking that this is not important – False. The one who thinks this has not spent one second thinking about the job profile of the Prophets (alaihimissalam). What was it? Dawah.
“And Verily, we have sent among every Ummah (community, nation) a Messenger (proclaiming): “Worship Allah (Alone), and avoid Taghoot (all false deities).”[Surah An-Nahl (16) : 36]
3) Thinking that there are enough people doing it – False. If this were true, then our ummah wouldn’t be in such bad shape. And EVEN if it were true, so what? Don’t YOU want the reward for doing the dawah?
4) Not being interested – Oh dear. ِِAll I can say is “May Allah guide you”. What do you think of the following surah?
“By Al-Asr (the time). Verily! Man is in loss. Except those who believe and do righteous good deeds, and recommend one another to the truth and recommend one another to patience.” [Surah Al-Asr (103) : 1-3]
There are two things that everybody interested in doing dawah needs to know:
1) Why are we doing dawah?
Is it because it’s “kewl” and everybody is doing it?
No, we do it because it’s an act of worship that we are required to do. Therefore, dawah must be done for the SOLE purpose of seeking Allah’s pleasure.
I would suggest that everyone reads the story of the People of the Sabbath.
2) How do we do dawah?
The same way that we do everything else: the way the Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasallam) did it.
“When the Messenger of Allah sent Muadh to Yemen, he said (to him), “You are going to the People of the Book. First of all, invite them to worship Allah (alone) and when they come to know Allah, inform them that Allah has enjoined on them, five prayers in every day and night; and if they start offering these prayers, inform them that Allah has enjoined on them, the zakaah. And it is to be taken from the rich amongst them and given to the poor amongst them; and if they obey you in that, take the zakaah from them and avoid the best property of the people as zakaah.” [Saheeh Al-Bukhari, Volume No. 2, Hadeeth No. 537]
So we start with what the Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasallam) started with and we focus on what he focused on. What is that? Tawheed.
Does this apply when doing dawah to Muslims too? Yes because many Muslims are unaware of tawheed. If they were aware then why do we see so many of them doing things like praying to the dead? That’s not from tawheed, rather it is completely contrary to the whole concept of tawheed.
For more on the methodology and pillars of doing dawah, please read these posts on my tafsir blog.
So, here’s an article encouraging us to do dawah in Ramadan: Ramadan is the season for inviting others to Allah by Shaikh Muhammad Al-Hamad