This article is written to help Muslims understand that dawah (inviting people to Islam) is very important and encouraged in Islam. Many Muslims today regard dawah to be trivial. By reading this essay, I hope reader should come to realise just how important dawah is regarded in the Qur’an and by the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).
“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.”
From the above verse alone it can be understood that dawah (inviting people to Islam) is very important in the house of Islam. The verse (16:125) strongly encourages Muslims to propagate Islam to non-Muslims. The verse also informs: Muslims should do dawah with wisdom and attractive preaching, not by methods which make what is being preached uninteresting and boring. Also it should be noticed that is not up to the Muslims to convert non-Muslims (that is only up to Allah), but should at least try to convey the message of Islam.
Narrated ‘Abdullah bin ‘Amr: The Prophet said, “Convey (my teachings) to the people even if it were a single sentence”
This narration allows us to recognize that also the Prophet (pbuh) encouraged Muslims to propagate Islam. If one knows a single sentence (and it is accurate), then it must be educated it to those who don’t have the knowledge.
Do you love Allah?
“Say: If it be that your fathers, your sons, your brothers, your mates, or your kindred; the wealth that ye have gained; the commerce in which ye fear a decline: or the dwellings in which ye delight – are dearer to you than Allah, or His Messenger, or the striving in His cause;- then wait until Allah brings about His decision: and Allah guides not the rebellious”
In this verse Allah is telling the believers (Muslims): if one loves anything else more than Allah, His Messenger or the striving in His cause, then he/she will see the decision that Allah brings upon. What could possibly be a better way to show love for Allah and His Messenger (pbuh) than to spread the message of Islam throughout the world?
Too busy for Islam
What troubles can a Muslim have that stops him/she from doing dawah? One does not have to be an expert to propagate Islam, if he/she knows a single fact about Islam and it is accurate (Sahih Bukhari Volume 4 Book 56 Number 667), how hard can it be to propagate it? If Muslims keep on saying say that they will do dawah when they are experts or when they know enough, then that time will never come.
We hear many Muslims say that they are too busy in life to do dawah. These people should be asked; don’t they know one single thing about Islam? How long will it take to explain it to someone? Can’t they spare at least ten minutes of their time for Islam? In honesty, some Muslims today are not bothered about Islam; they try to find the slightest excuse to walk away when it comes to Islam.
Islam doesn’t need us but we (Muslims) need Islam. There are many misunderstandings about Islam in the world today and something needs to be done. If we are to keep Islam as part of our lives then we need to propagate and teach our fellow non-Muslim brothers and sisters the truth about our faith. We need to show them that Islam is a peace loving religion. There are many individuals in the world today who believe that Muslims are educated to commit acts of terror and violence, but in truth Muslims are taught to be peace devoted people. There are non-Muslims who think Islam degrades women, but in truthfulness Islam uplifts the woman. There are many more misconceptions that need to be corrected and it is our (the Muslims) job to see that misconceptions such as are answered to.
 Qur’an 16:125
 Sahih Bukhari Volume 4, Book 56, Number 667
 Qur’an 9:24