There are so many da'wah training courses and workshops conducted across the UK. Although they may have some benefit, almost all of them focus on very superficial things such as methods, techniques and arguments. Therefore, the results we see are also superficial with no real substance. If these training courses and workshops are of so little use and even harmful, then how does one train to be a da'i or caller to Islam?
"The duty of da`wah is a high and difficult obligation. It should not be undertaken carelessly, but after the most careful preparation. The da`i must be knowledgeable about the religion, be regular and comfortable in the practice of it, and develop a strong relation with God. He or she must make time to be still, as in solitary prayer at night, away from the day’s business (al-Muzzammil), so that he or she can receive and gather the inward strength to believe profoundly and to speak from that profound belief. Stillness is necessary whenever you contemplate any serious, difficult task; it allows you to gather your forces so that you become clear about your resolve to perform that difficult task. After this stillness and being with God and praying to Him, the da`i is better prepared to ‘arise and warn’ (al-Mudaththir)." - Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi
Surah Al-Muzzammil teaches us how Allah (SWT) Himself trained His chosen Messenger - Muhammad (SAW) - to be the best da'i the world has ever seen. The focus of this teaching is entirely different - it is deep, profound and highly spiritual. It operates on an entirely different plane such that Allah (SWT) becomes his or her guide in every step that they take.
<<So have fear (taqwa) of Allah; and Allah will teach you.>> [Qur'an 2:282]
Surah Al-Muzzammil is one of the earliest Surahs to be revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) in preparation for the great mission that was ahead of him. This is the same preparation that we need to be callers to Islam. Why do we not take the lesson?
Surah Al-Muzzammil (The Enfolded)
The Blueprint For Every Muslim
The Magnificent Journey Seminar Series
By Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi (Oxford)
Date: Saturday 23rd March 2013 Time: 9:30AM - 6:00PM
Venue: Cambridge University and Live Online Web Access