Al Mustafa – The Chosen One part5

One of the most important things we can learn from the Prophet (saw) is his methodology in inviting to the truth. The way in which he gave dawah. This is so important for us right now with everything going on in the world. I am no expert in giving dawah but I thought I would share what we learnt about his (saw) methodology. Which is obviously the best methodology. 

There is two types of dawah, private and open. 
  • Private dawah is to your family and friends. It’s all about giving sincere naseeha because you love that person. It has to be for their benefit or  you won’t achieve anything. 
  • Open dawah to those people that you don’t know personally. You should find things that you both agree on and begin your dawah from there. 

We then went on to discuss the prophetic methodology in inviting to the truth.

  1. Speak at the intellectual level of the listener.
  2. Don’t bore the listener.
  3. Use questions, sound arguments and eloquence in debate.
  4. Use analogies.
  5. Use diagrams or drawings.
  6. Use gestures whilst talking.
  7. Use tangible examples.
  8. Anticipate the follow up questions and provide answers for them.
  9. Answer with more than what is asked.
  10. Turn the question into something that will be of more benefit.
  11. Take advantage of “teaching moments”.
  12. Be playful and fun
  13. Repeat, repeat, repeat.
  14. Use stories and accounts from the past.
  15. Use cliff hangers.

When we think about giving dawah it is to non-Muslims but we also need to remember that we need to give dawah to each other too. We need to remind each other and teach each other so that we can also become better Muslims. 

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Al Mustafa – The Chosen One part4

One of the best ways to know what our beloved Prophet (saw) was really like is to read the Hadith. These give us an insight into his character and what Islam really is. So this was one of the things we discussed. We were given 85 “gems” which gave us a better understanding of Islam and the prophet (saw) and his sunnah. We went through some in detail and I thought I would share what we learnt about some of the Hadiths.
1. The deeds most loved by Allah (are those) done regularly, even if they are small. (Bukhari)
  • The best acts of worship are the simplest.
  • If you make your life difficult it will destroy you.
  • Your life is meant to be simple, the den is meant to be easy.
  • We need to have moderation, especially the youth who lack maturity, wisdom and experience.
  • The Shaytan loves it when you are extreme in your ibadah.
2. Beware of envy, for envy devours good (deeds) like fire devours firewood. (Abu Dawud).
  • Don’t look at the one above you, look at those below you.
  • Be content with what you have.
  • Don’t let your heart be corrupted by what others have.

3. Allah is not merciful to him who is not merciful to people. (Bukhari)

  • This is the foundation of our faith.
  • The mercy that you expect from Allah is tied to your mercy to others.
  • Our generosity shouldn’t be selective.

4. The strong man is not the one who is strong in wrestling, but the one who controls himself in anger. (Bukhari).

  • Anger is a poison.
  • Anger destroys homes and communities.

5. Leave what you have doubt about, for that you have no doubt about; for it is the truth that brings peace of mundane it is falsehood that brings doubt. (Ahmad).

  • Endeavour to hold onto the things that are pure.
  • Focus on doing what there is no doubt about rather than comtemplating what there is doubt about.
  • Hold onto what is certain.

6. Wonderous are the believers affairs. For him there is good in all his affairs, and this is only for the believer. When something pleasing happens to him, he is grateful, and that is good for him; and when something displeasing happens to him, he is enduring (sabr), and that is good for him. (Muslim).

  • We should submit to our Qadr, which are of three types: 1) Things that happen to you, that you can’t change. 2) Things that happen within you, that you can’t change. 3) How you react to the first two.
  • The first two we are not accountable for but we are accountable for the third.

7. The best of you is he who has learnt the Quran and then taught it. (Bukhari)

  • This is where we should start our Islamic study.
  • Understand what the Quran says and your Allah will have a whole different meaning.

8. Spend (in charity), o son of Adam and I shall spend on you. Hadith Qudsi.

  • To make money you have to spend money.

9.  Allah makes the way to paradise easy for him who treads the path in search of knowledge. (Muslim).

  • The easiest way to get to Jannah is to learn about what gets us there.
  • Coming to knowledge means we have more about Islam that we can implement.

10. A believer is never satisfied with acquiring knowledge till he reaches paradise. (Tirmidhi)

  • The one who loves to seek knowledge until he dies, will find it easier to meet Allah.
It is so important for us to learn and study the Hadiths and not just pick out random ones out of context so it serves our benefit. The Hadiths are there to teach us the sunnah of the Prophet (saw) and how we should be living our lives. When you study the Hadith together only then can you build a coherent structure that is the sunnah of the Prophet (saw).