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.