What is Da’wah

The Literal meaning of” Da’wah”  in Arabic is to invite or call to something.When it is used in combination with Islam it means to invite mankind to submit to Allahwillingly.meaning to worship him alone,follow his straight path,and keep away from all sorts of disbeliefs and evil.Allah (swt) says

Invite to the way of thy Lord with wisdom and beautiful preaching”   

This is the call of Islam.the messege,all the prophets and messengers of Allah preached the same message to their peoples.Allah (SWT)says 

وَلَقَدْ بَعَثْنَا فِي كُلِّ أُمَّةٍ رَّسُولاً أَنِ اعْبُدُواْ اللَّهَ وَاجْتَنِبُواْ الطَّاغُوتَ فَمِنْهُم مَّنْ هَدَى اللَّهُ وَمِنْهُم مَّنْ حَقَّتْ عَلَيْهِ الضَّلالَةُ فَسِيرُواْ فِي الأَرْضِ فَانظُرُواْ كَيْفَ كَانَ عَاقِبَةُ الْمُكَذِّبِينَ 

  And We did raise among every people a Messenger, preaching: ‘Worship Allah and shun the Evil One.’ Then among them were some whom Allah guided and among them were some who became deserving of ruin. So travel through the earth, and see what was the end of those who treated the Prophets as liars! 16:36]

The ultimate aim of Da’wah is the total obedience to Allah,sincerely from one’s heart,in his inward and outward,in his private as well as public life.

How to deliver Da’wah.

The preacher’s aim and focus should be insuring that Da’wah is delivered to people with wisdom and in good manners.she/He should make sure that Allah’s message reaches people in clear,proper,and convincing  ways so that they are targeted according to their level of understanding,background and cultute.

The significance of giving Da’wah to Non-Muslims

.Da’wah among Non-Muslims occupies a very high rank in Islamic good deeds because it is the heritage of the prophets of Allah,the continuation of their mission,and core of their message.

Islam is for all peoples,not for muslims only

The muslim ummah is entrusted with the duties of  Da’wah among non-muslims because Islam is the final message of Allah  to all mankind.

Every prophet before Islam was sent to his people only.and after left this world,another prophet carried his mission after him.prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was not only the last prophetbut was also sent to all peoples.there are no prophets coming after him to continue preaching the message of Allahas it used to be with previous nations.Therefore ,the task of delivering the final messge of Allahto mankind after him(PBUH)has been laid on the muslim nation.

“And we have not  sent you but to all mankind as a bearer of good news and as a warner,but most people do not know (34:28)

And it is the responsibility of all muslims to make the message of Islam reach people in every place of the world ,and from all backgrounds.







Quranic guidelines for women’s dress

 The Best Garment

“O children of Adam, we have provided you with garments to cover your bodies, as well as for luxury. But the best garment is the garment of righteousness. These are some of God’s signs, that they may take heed.” 7:26

Righteousness is the basic rule of dress code in the Quran. Any woman knows quite well what is decent and what is revealing. Women do not need to be told, they know how to maintain righteousness and how not to. God created the woman and therefore He knows that she can make that distinction, and that is why God set this rule of righteousness as the first rule.

  Cover your Bosoms

The second rule can be found in 24:31. Here God commands women to cover their bosoms. But before quoting 24:31 let us review some crucial words that are always mentioned with this topic, namely ‘hijab’ and ‘khimar’.

The word ‘hijab’ in the Quran

Hijab is the term used by many Muslim women to describe their head cover that may or may not include covering their face except their eyes, and sometimes covering also one eye. The Arabic word ‘hijab’ can be translated into veil or yashmak. Other meanings for the word ‘hijab’ include, screen, cover(ing), mantle, curtain, drapes, partition, division, divider.

Can we find the word ‘hijab’ in the Quran?

The word ‘hijab’ appeared in the Quran 7 times, five of them as ‘hijab’ and two times as ‘hijaban’, these are 7:46, 33:53, 38:32, 41:5, 42:51, 17:45 & 19:17.

  Not to reveal any of their beauty spots

The third rule can also be found in 24:31. Here God commands women not to reveal their beauty spots except what is normally apparent (face, hair, lower arms and lower legs .. etc).

“They shall not reveal any of their ‘zeenatahhunna’ (beauty spots), except that which is normally apparent.”

  Lengthen your Garments

“O prophet, tell your wives, your daughters, and the wives of the believers that they shall lengthen their garments. Thus, they will be recognised and avoid being insulted. God is Forgiver, Most Merciful.” 33:59

When we reflect on the above words, we would understand the great wisdom of God. In this verse, God, deliberately said that women should lengthen their garments, but did not say how long is long. God could have said tell them to lengthen their garments to their ankles or to their mid-calf or to their knees, but He did not. God knows that we will be living in different communities and have different cultures and insists that the minor details of this dress code will be left for the people of every community to decide for themselves, as long as righteousness is always maintained.

Conditions  for women’s dress

  1. Clothing must cover the entire body ,only the habds and face may remain visible.
  2. The material mus not be so thin that one can see through it.
  3. The clothing must hang loose so that the shape of the body is not apperent.
  4. The female clothing must not resemble the man’s clothing.
  5. The design of the clothing must not resemble the clothing of the non believing women.
  6. The design must not consist of bold designs which attract attention.
  7. Clothing should not be worn for the sole purpose of gaining reputation or increasing one’s status in society.

I hope that with this article Muslim women will be able to decide for themselves what sort of life they want in this world, and how they want to be treated on the day of judgement.