» Dawah.“Invite (all) to the way of thy Lord, with wisdom and beautiful preaching, and argue with them in ways that are best and  most gracious!” [Al-Qur’an 16:125]

 

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Dawah is an Arabic term meaning "invite" or "invitation". It is considered to be an obligation on Muslims to invite others to Islam. Dawah is often referred to as the act of "preaching Islam".

For example, in the Qur'an, Sura An-Nahl 16:125 states:

"Call unto the way of thy Lord with wisdom and fair exhortation, and reason with them in the better way. Lo! thy Lord is best aware of him who strayeth from His way, and He is Best Aware of those who go aright." (Pickthall translation)

"Invite (all) to the Way of thy Lord with wisdom and beautiful preaching; and argue with them in ways that are best and most gracious: for thy Lord knoweth best, who have strayed from His Path, and who receive guidance." (Yusuf Ali translation)

A Muslim who practices dawah, either in a religious worker career or in a volunteering community effort is called a Da'ee or Da`i (plural: du'āt, singular: dā'iya). A da'i is thus a person who invites people to understand Islam, and may be categorized in some cases as an Islamic equivalent of a missionary. The activity of such a person is referred to as Dawah. The term is the active participle of a verb literally meaning "to call to" or "to invite" (derived from triconsonantal root. The plural of Da`ee in Arabic is du'aat.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dawah

 

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Dawah, as we know, is an obligation upon every Muslim man and woman. The Holy Qur'an tells us Dawah is the most favorite act loved by Allah (swt). It is the practice of His Prophets (Peace be upon them), the chosen servants of Allah who struggled in order to convey Allah's message to people despite afflictions, and hardships. While doing so, they were humiliated, insulted and abused. But they demonstrated patience and steadfastness. Whenever they faced hostile reaction from their people, they followed Divine Methodology in their Dawah effort and repelled the evil in the best possible manner. They showed highest moral character.

 

Dawah is also the Sunnah (practice) of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him). Allah recognized him as Daa'ee Ila-Allah ("Daa'ee" or "Daa'iah" means the one who calls people to Allah).

 

"O' Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) We have sent you as witness, and a bearer of glad tidings, and a warner. And as one who invites to Allah (Islamic Monotheism) by His leave, and as a lamp spreading light." (Qur'an 33:45-46)

 

He (Peace be upon him) worked in the most difficult circumstances and gave a practical demonstration of excellence in moral character during his Dawah effort. He did everything possible to convey Allah's message despite the most difficult response from the Makah people. He remained firm, patient and confident of Allah's help and victory. He associated his will to the will of Allah and showed how to follow Allah's method in doing the Dawah work.

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