"We must understand that dawah is firstly for us before anyone else. Dawah is not something like a profession where we go through some procedures. People should believe in the dawah themselves before inviting others" - Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi
Many Muslims think that dawah is something where they can be trained in some formulas or techniques and repeat them with non-Muslims. However dawah is not such a lowly and cheap thing to be done this way, the way Christian missionaries invite others to their faith. Dawah is something very high and lofty in Islam.
The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) embodied dawah in every sense. His speech was dawah and his silence was dawah; his action was dawah and his inaction was dawah; his worship was dawah and his socialising was dawah; his external character was dawah and his internal attitude was dawah; his public life was dawah and private life was dawah. In other words he WAS dawah. He was coherent so his message was coherent. The people around him including his enemies understood this very well.
Sadly we think that dawah is some words we say or something written in a booklet or some "positive gestures" we make for the "sake of dawah". However we ourselves go against what we are calling for in many ways including our attitude, character, spirituality, worship and outlook. This not only gives a confused message to the non-Muslims but sometimes it completely puts them off Islam.
This is your opportunity to have a comprehensive understanding of dawah in the upcoming seminar Purposeful Dawah - The Art of Inviting to Allah According to Qur'an & Seerah on Saturday 18th February 2012 in Cambridge with one of the foremost Islamic scholars and thinkers of the West today Shaykh Dr Mohammed Akram Nadwi. You have only a few more hours to register and places are limited.
The Art of Inviting to Allah according to Qur'an & Seerah
By Shaykh Dr Mohammed Akram Nadwi
When: Saturday 18th February 2012 Time: 9:30AM - 6PM
Venue: Lady Mitchell Lecture Theater, Cambridge University
Advance/Online Tickets: From £18 onwards
Facilities: Free Parking, Crèche/Childcare, Bookstalls, Foodstalls
Register online to book your place now and save 50% or more on standard ticket price.
"Of all the scholars I have had the opportunity to study with, I have found Shaikh Akram Nadwi to be the closest, in knowledge, manners and teaching, to how I would imagine some of the great Hadith scholars of the past would have been. He has a vast knowledge of Hadith and Fiqh, a down-to-earth, humble, approachable style, and great teaching ability. His classes are not just beneficial from a learning perspective, but also to marvel at the awe-inspiring wealth of knowledge of our scholars masha Allah. His 40 volume work going through the biographies of some 8,000 women scholars of Hadith is a monumental endeavour. The mere fact of its existence can be a major talking point in discussion with Muslims and non-Muslims, and is almost a stand-alone proof of Islam's unparalleled wealth of female scholarship." - Dr Omar Mahroo, Cambridge/London
"As a non Muslim (currently!) I have been delighted by the whole experience of the MEOC lectures and have found them so helpful in my studies and 'quest for the Truth'. I had been doing lots of reading and studying and had started to read the Qur'an and this lecture seemed to come at the perfect time. The whole experience has been well organised, welcoming and informative and the depth and breadth of knowledge of Shaykh Dr Mohammed Akran Nadwi is truly inspiring and motivating. Excellent course delivery with suitable breaks allowing for reflection and brief stretch of legs, plus useful and interactive question and answer sessions. The two lectures I have attended thus far have benefited me enormously and I look forward to more God willing." - Sarah Jarman, Bedford