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Topic: WhyIslam Da’wah Workshop
Posted By: Naadir Muhammed
Subject: WhyIslam Da’wah Workshop
Date Posted: 16 April 2006 at 12:05pm

Bismillah

As-salaamu 'alaikum wr wb,

Did any of you brother attend the Da'wah workshop on Saturday?

If so how did you like it?



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There is only one death, so let it be in the path of Allah"

Shaykh 'Abdullah 'Azzam (RH)



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Posted By: Emad
Date Posted: 16 April 2006 at 12:14pm
I went for most of it, it was pretty good.  You should have came. 

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Verily, either we or you are rightly guided or in plain error. (Quran Saba:24)

Emad@whyislam.org


Posted By: Naadir Muhammed
Date Posted: 17 April 2006 at 12:49pm

Bismillah

I went as well.



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There is only one death, so let it be in the path of Allah"

Shaykh 'Abdullah 'Azzam (RH)


Posted By: M.A.R.W.A.N
Date Posted: 17 April 2006 at 12:51pm

Can someone give us some toe hte lessons learned, or any pointers from ths workshop.

I got so busy helping people with heir taxes all day.



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Posted By: Emad
Date Posted: 17 April 2006 at 1:46pm
Originally posted by Naadir Muhammed

Bismillah

I went as well.

Bro I wish you told me you were going, we could have met each other. 



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Verily, either we or you are rightly guided or in plain error. (Quran Saba:24)

Emad@whyislam.org


Posted By: Eternity
Date Posted: 17 April 2006 at 5:04pm

Salaam Emad,

Br. Nadir spoke at the workshop for about 15 minutes. He did a pretty good job.. I think you were outside at the registration ?..  



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Posted By: Emad
Date Posted: 17 April 2006 at 5:06pm
Originally posted by Eternity

Salaam Emad,

Br. Nadir spoke at the workshop for about 15 minutes. He did a pretty good job.. I think you were outside at the registration ?..  

He isn't edit is he? 



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Verily, either we or you are rightly guided or in plain error. (Quran Saba:24)

Emad@whyislam.org


Posted By: Eternity
Date Posted: 17 April 2006 at 5:08pm

Salaam,

Yup. If he has a problem with his name being revealed here, you may want to edit it out.. lol.



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Perhaps the greatest Freedom is to have the Freedom to define what Freedom should mean to me.


Posted By: Naadir Muhammed
Date Posted: 18 April 2006 at 1:25pm

Bismillah

Yes, that was me.



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There is only one death, so let it be in the path of Allah"

Shaykh 'Abdullah 'Azzam (RH)


Posted By: Emad
Date Posted: 18 April 2006 at 2:06pm
Originally posted by Naadir Muhammed

Bismillah

Yes, that was me.

Oh mashaAllah, I was the brother at the registration table when you came. 



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Verily, either we or you are rightly guided or in plain error. (Quran Saba:24)

Emad@whyislam.org


Posted By: Sana K
Date Posted: 22 April 2006 at 1:53am

Assalaamu ALaykum,

 

I learned TONS from the workshop. SubhanALlah been out of the Why Islam loop for  a while....but I do have notes from the session if you would like me to post then I'll bemore than happy to do so.

 

Wasalaam



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O people who take pleasure in a life that will vanish, falling in love with a fading shadow is sheer stupidity.

-Ibn al-Qayyim


Posted By: Zahrah
Date Posted: 22 April 2006 at 9:10am
Originally posted by SanaKhan

Assalaamu ALaykum,

 

I learned TONS from the workshop. SubhanALlah been out of the Why Islam loop for  a while....but I do have notes from the session if you would like me to post then I'll bemore than happy to do so.

 

Wasalaam

Walaykumsalam Sis,

Yes please .



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Ramadan Mubarak


Posted By: Sana K
Date Posted: 22 April 2006 at 2:47pm

Sure thing Insha'Allah. The main question is HOW am I suppose to post/attach a file?? or should I just email you??

Can any moderators chime in Insha'Allah:) JazakAllahu Khayr

 



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O people who take pleasure in a life that will vanish, falling in love with a fading shadow is sheer stupidity.

-Ibn al-Qayyim


Posted By: Emad
Date Posted: 22 April 2006 at 7:45pm
Can you copy/paste it here? 

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Verily, either we or you are rightly guided or in plain error. (Quran Saba:24)

Emad@whyislam.org


Posted By: Sana K
Date Posted: 22 April 2006 at 10:26pm
I can but it'll be really long..is that okay with the moderators?

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O people who take pleasure in a life that will vanish, falling in love with a fading shadow is sheer stupidity.

-Ibn al-Qayyim


Posted By: Emad
Date Posted: 22 April 2006 at 10:32pm
Yes as long as it is from you, you can put it here.

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Verily, either we or you are rightly guided or in plain error. (Quran Saba:24)

Emad@whyislam.org


Posted By: Sana K
Date Posted: 22 April 2006 at 11:04pm

These notes aren't as consistent as they should be but here it goes:

Obstacles on the Path to getting Shahadah (internal):

 

  1. Expecting Instant Results

-         people might outwardly not look like they are being convinced when deep down they are.

-         It may be possible that they don’t want to loose the argument

  1. “I don’t have enough knowledge”

-         reality is that as one is giving dawah the questions posed are simple and basic

-         if you don’t know the answer tell the person you will get back to them

-         if being pushed to a degree where no one knows the answer then you can reverse it and bring it back to them

Example of Abu Bakr was that he brought to Islam 5 of those who were given the glad tidings of Jannah. This was done immediately after he had accepted Islam.

 

  1. “I myself am in need of dawah

-         has to deal with Iman

-         you’ll keep waiting for this day then you will die

-         you work with what you have

-         if you have a scarf you try to handwash then at the end of the process your hands are clean which was not your intent and that’s the same with Dawah. It increases your Iman, makes you a better person

  1. Too shy

- go with a partner

  1. Not knowing who you’re talking to

 

Excuses for not taking the Shahadah (External):

  1. Looking for a “sign”

-         tell them the signs of Allah SWT for those who reflect

-         this is why the signs are subtle

-         ask them what type of sign they are looking for or what obstacles they have

  1. Misconceptions about Islam/Muslims
  2. Problems are caused by religion

-         take blame await from religion rather state it is the PPL of that religion that are causing the problems

-         instead people die more for land and wealth

-         do they die b/c of religion or something mixed with that?

  1. Influences of family and society

-         ask them bluntly what is keeping them from accepting Islam, then present a solution on that

-         remind them that each person is going to be held accountable for their own deeds

-         worst approach is to fool them that they’ll be accepted by their family

-         rather we should prepare them for the worst; talk about the companions of the Prophet and what they did, remind them that in the end the family will somehow come back together

  1. Problems apply across the board

-         people are that all religions are man made

-         most people think that what’s wrong with their religion goes for all others

-         we need to remind that they don’t know the other religions in details as their own

 



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O people who take pleasure in a life that will vanish, falling in love with a fading shadow is sheer stupidity.

-Ibn al-Qayyim


Posted By: Sana K
Date Posted: 22 April 2006 at 11:05pm

Pamphlet Pushing

A. Setting: Areas with heavy traffic

- goal is to hand out as much material as possible

- requires a plan for canvassing the area

- not much talking (to each other)

- cover the entire pathway so you don’t miss a single person!

- have a catch phrase to arouse interest! “Take it or Hear it!”

- know what you’re handing out.

 

Group Dawah

A. Setting: Giving a talk or lecture to a group of people

1.      Stick to the point

 

One on One (Street Dawah)

  1. Time is of the essence. Be efficient!
  2. Travel in groups or pairs
  3. Take security into consideration!

*walk with me!

 

One on One (Sit down)

A detailed oriented theological discussion; usually pre-planned

  1. Begin with ho much the person knows about Islam, diagnose to find obstacle, apply remedy
  2. You have time, but use it wisely!
  3. Listen, don’t interrupt and let them finish

 

*Common Problem: If they repeat an argument, rephrase it then say it back to them

 

Dawah through the Internet or mail

A. Setting: the use of email, chat rooms, IM or letter to propagate Islam.

 

  1. Stick to the point
  2. The rules are the same
  3. Send links to websites for further reading

 

*men communicate with men and women communicate with women!

 

Do’s and Don’ts

These are helpful tips to help you use every potential asset to your best possible advantage. As long as it’s not haraam or deceitful then do it!

 

The biggest mistake it to take one experience of dawah and make it a rule.

You are representing a misrepresented religion so make it a good experience



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O people who take pleasure in a life that will vanish, falling in love with a fading shadow is sheer stupidity.

-Ibn al-Qayyim


Posted By: Sana K
Date Posted: 22 April 2006 at 11:06pm

Do’s

Don’ts

Be patient: be prepared to run across people who don’t want your dawah

Don’t start by attacking or being aggressive

Be neat and clean in appearance

Don’t use an approach that may annoy ppl

Be straightforward

Don’t e evasive

·        makes it look like you don’t have the answers

·        makes it look like your religion has faults

Ask for a name

·        Don’t forget the name

·        Use the name b/c it makes it personal

Never use the ‘ let’s not push him’ technique

Find out the beliefs of your prospect

Never interrupt a person giving dawah

·        unless for a very good reason or you have a point your partner overlooked

Smile

Don’t begin a sentence with ‘no’ or ‘what you need to understand.’

·        don’t use “but” it erases all that was said before; instead use “and”

Avoid unnecessary confrontations, arguments…simply move on!

Don’t get into a negotiation

·        this is done by trying to make Islam look like the other religions

Have a partner with you

Don’t give up if the person seems uninterested or makes fun of you

Keep your eye on the ball and keep the ball rolling

·        main talking point is Tawheed

 

Falsify nor exaggerate information

Use simple language

Misrepresent Islam’s position regarding the other party

·        “Don’t make the kaafir comfortable with his Kufr!”

For peaceful coexistence all you have to do is understand one another rather than AGREE

Understand needs, obstacles, and issues

·        whenever someone says something strange to you there is a meaning behind it

Make a judgment based on looks!

Listen with your eyes and your ears. 70-80% of communication is non-verbal

 

Get your prospect to listen:

·        Nod

·        Use open gestures

·        Lean forward

·        Maintain eye contact but don’t stare

 

Find points to agree upon. Present them with concepts that will get you a ‘yes’

·        Surah Al Ankaboot: 46

·        Start from points you agree upon

 

Acknowledge their questions as intelligent:

-         “That’s a good question”

-         “I’m actually glad you brought up that point…”

-         “I can see why you understood it that way, however…”

 

Avoid human obstacles (partner)

 

Explain concept/logic, then ask if there is a problem with that logic

 

 



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O people who take pleasure in a life that will vanish, falling in love with a fading shadow is sheer stupidity.

-Ibn al-Qayyim


Posted By: Sana K
Date Posted: 22 April 2006 at 11:06pm

Golden Rule: Go for the gold! Make the sale! ( Ask for the Shahadah)

 

Example of how to give Shahadah: (narrowing the gap and keep moving forward)

Do you believe there’s a creator?

Day of Resurrection

Out of fairness of Allah prophets are sent to guide these people

Is it logically possible for Allah to send a prophet after Jesus? The answer is always yes.

Explain the 5 pillars (ask if they make sense)

·        we do this because the people want to know what they are getting into

·        helps to give the basic idea of Islam and what the religion is built upon

·        if this makes sense then there’s less of a chance that something with less of an importance that scares them away from Islam

Tell them how one becomes a Muslim

Ask if they are ready

 

 

Methods and Techniques

  1. Avoiding Handshakes

-         occupy your hands

-         you should start the greeting showing that there’s no handshake involved

-         explain to them that you don’t

  1. Using the name “Allah”

-         it sets you apart from the other preachers

-         explain that name of Allah

  1. Clothing: thobe vs. pants

-         there’s no difference

-         the slight difference (to the advantage of the thobe) is that it brings you dawah

-         people tend to think of you as clergy or gives you credibility when you wear the thobe

  1. Using aggression appropriately

 

Walk Away Point

Depends on the type of Dawah- but what would they be?

 

Understanding Dawah from the Qur’an:

Al Nahl: 125= calling to the way of Allah SWT because of this you should not be personally offended when someone doesn’t say the Shahadah.

 

The Simplicity of the Matter…Thinking Outside of the Box

 

·        They said: “Are you the one who has done this to our gods, O Ibrahim” He said: “Nay, this one, the biggest of them did it…” referring to the one he had left alone and had not broken.

·        (Ask them if they can speak!) He was hoping that they would admit of their own volition that these idols could not speak and that this idol would not say anything because it was inanimate.

·        Surah Ibrahim: 64-67

 

Thinking Outside of the Box

Questions you can ask:

  1. What is the purpose of life?
  2. Trinity: three in one or one in three?
  3. How many Gods where there when Jesus died for three days?
  4. Why never an explicit mention of Trinity in the Bible, since it is the crux of the religion?


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O people who take pleasure in a life that will vanish, falling in love with a fading shadow is sheer stupidity.

-Ibn al-Qayyim


Posted By: Sana K
Date Posted: 22 April 2006 at 11:07pm

Trinitarian Analogies…

 

  1. The egg: The white, the shell, and the yoke…three things that are in one matter

-         the moment the three are separated that are not called an egg.

 

  1. The flame: the light, heat, actual flame

-         the moment the three are separated it is not a flame

 

  1. Water: liquid, solid, gas

-         the three states can’t exist together at the same time

 

Refutes the trinity b/c gives the example of three in one to explain one in three

 

Using Stories and Analogies

When doing this make sure you follow these guidelines:

-         Begin with the most simple explanations first, and the more complicated as the situation necessitates

-         Make comparisons to the dunya

1.      Why kill someone if they apostatize? (Deuteronomy 13:8-9 go to bible.com)

Check out Ahmad Deedat “Combat Kit”

·        ask what the punishment for treason is? It is death

·        if you leave you allegiance to a country you should be killed so then what should

happen to you if you were to leave your allegiance to God? Rhetorical question

·        Al Imran: 72 becoming Muslim in the morning and leaving it in the evening

2.      Why cut off the hands?

·        This system works better than the system here

( keep your eye on the ball!)

 

Don’t ever be pushed into a corner where you are forced to apologize

Point out that these people are asking the wrong questions                    

 

Using Stories and Analogies

  1. Put all religions under the microscope
  2. Human value system
  3. Evil and the Jar of darkness
  4. Women polygyny 1+1=2
  5. Concept of Justice and resurrection
  6. Prophet continuation chart
  7. Organized religion
  8. Fun and Happiness
  9. The names of Jesus and Moses mentioned in Qur’an more than Muhammad

 

Why do people convert?

  1. concepts agree with human nature and make sense
    1. Seerah Ibn Hisham (Story of Hamza hitting Abu Jahl)
  2. Prayers
  3. Solutions to social ailments
  4. Devotion of Islam’s followers

 

Golden Rule: Create the Sense of Urgency

 

  1. Uqbah ibn Abu Mueetn (offered to fix the relations between the Quraysh and the Prophet. The prophet refused to eat until the Shahadah is taken hoping that this sentence would pull him into Islam as it did Hamza)
  2. Omar ibn Al Khattab
  3. Abu Sufyaan (reverted on the Eve of the Makkan victory, Ibn Abbass urged him to say that Shahadah)
  4. Say “La ilaha ilalah”

 

People confuse Islam with Imaan, the first stage however IS submission because THEN Imaan will come. This is how the Prophet did it.

 

The real challenge is doing the follow up for those who take the Shahadah

 

How to Approach People: Direct and Indirect approaches

 

Indirect approaches

  1. Dawah through manners and behavior
  2. Having a discussion with a friend or partner intending for non Muslims to hear
  3. Performing acts of worship in Public
    1. Prayer at airport
    2. Foot in the sink?

 

  1. Leaving pamphlets on trains and bus seats/ bus stations/doorsteps/ hotel rooms/ Dr. office etc.
  2. Bumper stickers, T-shirts?
  3. Other methods?

 

Direct Approach (street Dawah/table)

  1. Are you a Muslim?
    1. Why not?

                                                                     i.      From this response, you see how far or close they are to Islam

                                                                   ii.      How to establish a straightforward dialogue?

a.       Prepare them that you will be blunt with them

 

If you ignore one’s attitude and speak normally they will calm down

 

Scenario…Someone believes in God but not organized religion?

 

  1. Disorganized?
  2. Fallacy of religion and war
  3. Evil in the world/jar of darkness
  4. Human value system
  5. Science & Qur’an
    1. Sit down rule: use a sheet of paper and write points agreed upon! Why?

 

  1. Islam fastest growing religion for a reason
  2. All claim to have the truth, put religion under the microscope
    1. If everybody’s wrong nobody’s right, and if nobody’s right where’s the justice?

 

Atheist

  1. Building in desert/watch in the woods. Ridiculous to come from nothing
  2. How did we hear of creator?
  3. Fairness/sending prophets
  4. Justice
  5. Authored a Book
  6. Sit down
  7. Fastest growing religions

Two Theories:

    1. ‘Strong faith’ shake the foundation, when they reel back then show them Islam

                                                                     i.      Mormons: “The Pearl of Great Price”

    1. ‘Weaker faith’, don’t get into biblical debate unless necessary, just present Islam, it makes more sense and is more acceptable in its theories

                                                                     i.      you don’t need to know the other religion, just know yours

 

Read the books of Sh. Ahmed Deedat

 

Life After Shahadah: Follow up Methods “Quality brings about quantity”

  1. Encouragement after Shahadah
  2. Forewarn them that they may encounter hardship/tests
    1. Keep in contact during early stages
  3. Brotherhood System
  4. Commitment System
    1. Community Challenge
    2. Separation of Responsibilities


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O people who take pleasure in a life that will vanish, falling in love with a fading shadow is sheer stupidity.

-Ibn al-Qayyim


Posted By: Zahrah
Date Posted: 23 April 2006 at 8:09pm

Assalamualaykum waRahmatullahi Sis,

MashaAllah, excellent notes. InshaAllah Sis they will help us with our dawah techniques here and in our daily lives.

May Allah reward you for  all your efforts ameen.

Your Sis in Deen,

Zahrah



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Ramadan Mubarak


Posted By: mgarcia
Date Posted: 24 April 2006 at 3:49pm

ASA,

Yes, I went and really enjoyed it.  I also had the honor of seeing Brother Kamal again the following day.  He gave the same workshop at our masjid, and we had excellent reviews.

BTW, Jazaki Allahu Khair, Sis for posting your notes.  I took notes as well, but I would like to use both yours and mine, and distribute it among our masjid.

Also, Brother Kamal's powerpoint presentation can be found online at http://www.muslimaudio.com - www.muslimaudio.com or you can google his name/Shahada in Ten Minutes and find the presentation, inshaAllah.

Wa Salaam,

Michelle

 



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"Change the method, but not the message." - Imam Kamal El-Mekki on giving dawah

Knowledge is not what is memorized. Knowledge is what benefits.


Posted By: Sana K
Date Posted: 24 April 2006 at 11:30pm
SubhanAllah! JazakAllahu Khayr Michelle for pointing that out. It was a great class MashaAllah. I pray everyone who wants to give Dawah takes this class. May Allah SWT reward Br. Kemmal for his efforts. Ameen!

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O people who take pleasure in a life that will vanish, falling in love with a fading shadow is sheer stupidity.

-Ibn al-Qayyim


Posted By: Faaz
Date Posted: 25 April 2006 at 12:24am

Thanx Sis Sana, this is very helpful, I might have to reread this a few times, before it sinks in, it is a lot of info.

Faaz



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Faaz


Posted By: Sana K
Date Posted: 25 April 2006 at 12:45am

No doubt, InshaAllah 877 Why Islam is working on either getting tapes or getting a follow up to this workshop. Allahu Alam. But, if this brother is in your community then you should definitely make it a point to attend this workshop.

 

 



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O people who take pleasure in a life that will vanish, falling in love with a fading shadow is sheer stupidity.

-Ibn al-Qayyim


Posted By: Ameera
Date Posted: 12 August 2007 at 5:45pm
Shahada in ten minutes ...he came to the masjid in Baltimore for an all day dawah training, I attended but it was only a handful of people there...I enjoyed it and the smaller crowd made it easier for me to ask questions and it was a much more personal setting. Worked out well..and it was free, more people should have taken advantage of it

He was funny...and informative. I wanted to email him and see if he would come to new york and do an intensive dawah training program, I lost his email address sadly...inshaAllah if I can find a way to contact him I would like to set that up...I enjoyed it

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When He decrees a thing, He only says to it: "Be!"--and it is. (Surah Maryam)


Posted By: Ameera
Date Posted: 12 August 2007 at 5:46pm
I appreciate seeing the notes on here! Im going to copy and save it...my notes are back in Baltimore.

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When He decrees a thing, He only says to it: "Be!"--and it is. (Surah Maryam)



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