Don’t Intimidate, Propagate!

Assalaamu-Alaykum – Peace be Upon you

How do people spread Islam?

What methods do they use? Is there more than one?

Well to be honest, the way of life which is Islam is extremely diverse, spanning all aspects of a person’s lifestyle and therefore, its methods of propagation are also as diverse.

You have the standard method of Dawah (preaching) from the Minbar (a sort of raised couch) which is quite similar to the preaching from the Pulpit which is common in churches. This practice can be traced back to the time of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) when he used to deliver his sermons leaning on the trunk of the tree that was part of the Masjid-e-Nabawi (Mosque of the Prophet).

But because of the fact that Islam is such a progressive, dynamic religion, this means that there are many other methods of spreading Islam.

Just think of the way of life of Islam, which consists of the commands of Allah shown to us by the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) as the product, and the Dawah of Islam as the advertising used to ‘market’ that product.

Once you grasp that concept, then a whole new world of possibilities opens up.

There are some people who are ‘traditionalists’ in the sense that they think that there is only one set way to do it and that if it is not done in that way, then you are not involved in Dawah.

But the way I look at it, Islam is not about ‘narrow-mindedness’ and tunnel vision – no. Islam is about Unity and that means that we should never look down upon others or frown upon something new just because we do not understand it. As the saying goes, what we do not understand, we fear.

Therefore, it is conduct unbefitting of a Muslim to belittle the efforts of any other Muslim who is trying to propagate Islam. As long as it does not fall into the category of Bid’ah (Innovation) and is in line with the practices of the great Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), then we should all make Dua (supplication) that Allah accepts the effort and makes it a means of spreading Hidayah (guidance) throughout the four corners of the world.

Who knows which method of ‘marketing’ and who’s intention is most accepted and liked by Allah?

So let’s all get together and spread the beauty of Islam, and let’s not intimidate those who try to do so – let’s propagate!

And Allah knows best.

Ma’as-salaam – With Peace

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6 Responses to “Don’t Intimidate, Propagate!”

  1. Nice article shame about
    the generalised remarks &
    DIG at a certain Green
    Domed mosque in Yorkshire.

  2. It wasn’t meant to be a DIG Abdullah, but I’ve taken it off cos it seems to be misconstrued. Jazakallah for your comment.

  3. ‘Marketing’, nice way of putting it. Your right, as Muslims we’re able to ‘market’ even as we pass our day. At Uni or work whilst interacting with colleagues,portraying good character would inshaAllah indirectly serve as dawah and break common sterotypes. Even at the checkout, for example, a please , thank you, from a person identifiably Muslim could challenge pre- conceptions and thus work as dawah.

    The timing of this post is great! There’s an art exhibition open to the public from 25th June- 12th July. ‘Change in Perspective’ displays the work of 4 local Muslim girls. The website of one of these is: naila-afeefah.co.uk, but is currently unavailable (but will be up and running again soon, inshaAllah!). Through her work she is introducing Islam, directly and indirectly, to the world of art, thus propagating Islam and also challenging sterotypes of Muslim women.Her method of propagating Islam. Her work is definitely worth viewing!

  4. Sounds good M. I’ll be sure to check it out when the website’s up and running.

  5. Im sorry sid but i agree with abdullah .shame about the remarks & DIG at a certain Green Domed mosque in Yorkshire.

  6. Golly – the remarks have been taken off and it definitely was NOT a dig, jazakallah for your comment.

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