The arenas of performing dawah- Sh. Ibn Uthaymeen


By the arenas of dawah, we mean the different locations wherein one can perform dawah, since performing dawah to the way of Allah is not limited to the Masjid or to any other particular place; among those locations are the following:


1] Private locations, whereby the Da’i betakes himself to a specific person, to his home or otherwise, and then invite him to the way of Allah, expressing his message in as clear a manner as possible and following a specific order.


2] Important places, so the Da’i can call people in the Masjids, places of gatherings, such as gathering places during Hajj; or social clubs, coffee shops, restaurants and so on. One calls in that place which is most suitable to the occasion and need. This is why Prophet Muhammed [sallallahu alaihi wasallam] would present himself to the tribes during their festivals and business gatherings, calling them to the way of Allah. Imam Ahmed related that Rabi’a ibn Ibad al-Daili [radiAllahu anhu] said:

“I saw the Prophet Muhammed [sallallahu alaihi wasallam] in the market place pf Al-Majaz, and he was saying, ‘O people, say: none has the right to be worshiped but Allah, and you will succeed.’

[Musnad 3/492, 4/341]


In another hadith, Jabir [radiAllahu anhu] said:

“The Prophet [sallallahu alaihi wasallam] would present himself to the people at Al-Mawqif [during the Hajj session], and he used to say, ‘Is there a man who will carry me to his people, for the Quraish has prevented me from conveying the speech of my Lord.'”

About this narration, ibn Kathir said: Each of the compilers of four sunan related it, and al-Tirmidhi said, “Hasan sahih”.


Ibn Ishaq said,

“This was the way of the messenger of Allah [sallallahu alaihi wasallam]: every time people gathered during Hajj session, he would go the tribes, calling them to the way of Allah and to Islam. He would present himself as well as guidance and mercy he came with from Allah. Whenever he heard that a person of name and status among the Arabs was coming to Makkah, he would accost him, inviting him to the way of Allah and presenting to him the message he was sent with.”


3] Places of study: the Da’i can call others at institute, schools, and universities either by way of open lectures and symposiums or by way of lessons in a classroom setting. Through his words while he is delivering a lecture, the teacher who is sincere to his religion is able to call others to the way of Allah. Since a teacher is supposed to be role model for others, he can invite his students to Islam by setting a positive example through his worship, his good dealings and so on. The deeds and manners of a teacher leave a permanent imprint on  the minds of his students, and the effects of that become manifest later on in their deeds and manners.


[The Islamic Awakening, page 141-142 by Ibn Uthaymeen]


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