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10 Ways to do Da’wah from the Comfort of your Home

If you’ve always wanted to be a Da’iyah; to invite people to the Truth, but felt you don’t have time, then you’d better take a fresh look at da’wah! Check out these 10 ideas and make your home a Da’wah hub!

1. Bake a cake for your neighbours
It’s amazing what effect reaching out to our neighbours can have. A simple gesture such as baking a cake for them can really change their perception of Islam and Muslims. It is those little day-to-day interactions that make people think twice about how Islam is often portrayed in the media.
The Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “O Muslim Women, do not think that any gift is too insignificant to give to a neighbour, even if it is only a sheep’s foot.”[1]

2. Start a Blog
Even if it’s to write about a verse of the Qur’an that has affected you, having a web presence is an effective da’wah tool. Every time someone Googles ‘Islam’, they are met with a plethora of links many of which misrepresent Islam. So your web presence means that people are more likely to come across correct information about Islam. The Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Convey (my message) from me, even if it is one Qur’anic verse.”[2]

3. Phone or write to a friend
Supporting our sisters in Islam is also da’wah because while you chat you can help renew a sisters Eaman, give her some timely advice regarding something she’s worried about, and remind her to have Sabr, which all come under ‘enjoining the good.’ Remember that Allah says in the Qur’an: “By Time, Indeed Man is in loss, except for those who believe, and work righteous deeds, and advise one another with Truth and advise one another with Sabr (Patient perseverance).”[3]

4. Send a cheque to a Da’wah organisation
There are plenty of organisations that print booklets or translations of the Qur’an and hold exhibitions to spread the word of Islam. By sending them a donation you will not only be participating in da’wah, you’ll be rewarded for Sadaqah Jariyyah (ongoing charity) as your donation may cause a ripple effect, touching future generations, or it may mean someone accepting Islam and practising it. “By Allah, if Allah were to guide just one man through you it would be better for you than red camels.”[4]

5. Call up a Radio Phone-in show
The society we live in has many social problems: poverty due to debt, absent fathers, criminal youth, abortion, and sexual depravity of all kinds. By presenting the Islamic solution to society’s problems you could leave a lasting impression on millions! Islam is being discussed regularly nowadays on all major radio stations. Call up and correct a misconception someone has about Islam and be a guardian of our Deen! The Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Whoever of you sees an evil action, let him change it with his hand, and if he is not able to do so, then with his tongue, and if he is not able to do so, then with his heart – and that is the weakest of faith.”[5]

6. Invite someone round for tea.
Whether it is the Jehovah’s Witness lady, who knocks on your door, or someone else you have met, you can invite them round for an informal chat. Let them learn a little something about Islam. You could just tell them what we believe about the Prophet ‘Isa (as) and you will have conveyed an important part of our message.

7. Write an article for a magazine or website.
There must be something you feel passionately about or an experience you’ve had, that others may benefit from. Put pen to paper and let your ideas flow. Base what you write upon the Qur’an and Sunnah and have it checked by a person of knowledge. It’ll be a chance for you to do a bit of research, increase your knowledge and it may be a valuable resource for other sisters.

8. Start a study circle
Host a small gathering of sisters for an hour every week. Present a short talk about one aspect of Islam you have looked into, or study the tafsir of a particular surah together. Invite sisters who don’t normally go to a circle. Allah will put so much barakah in your home insha Allah! The Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said in a Hadeeth Qudsi, that Allah says: “I am as My servant expects Me to be. I am with him when he makes mention of Me. If he makes mention of Me to himself, I make mention of him to Myself; and if he makes mention of Me in an assembly, I make mention of him in an assembly better than it.”

9. Be your husband’s Rock
When we support our husbands’ efforts in da’wah, we will be rewarded too. Allow him time to spend in this cause and help him in any way you can. Remember the hadith, in which Asmâ bint Yazîd ibn as Sakan (RA) came to the Prophet (sallallâhu alaihi wa sallam) and said: “Oh Messenger of Allâh, may my father and mother be sacrificed for you. I have come to you on behalf of the women. We have believed in you. We do not go out and we remain in your homes. We are your source of physical pleasure. We carry your children. A man goes out to pray jumu’ah and jamâ’ah and follows the janazah. And if you go out fo Hajj, or ‘Umrah, or Jihâd, we look after your wealth. We wash your clothing. We raise your children. Shall we not share in the reward?” The Prophet (sallallâhu alaihi wa sallam) turned to his companions and said: “Have you ever heard anything a woman has said better than what she has said?” Then he said to her: “Understand O Woman, and inform the other women. Indeed a woman’s perfection of her relationship with her husband, her seeking his pleasure, and doing that which he approves of is equivalent to all of that.” Asmâ left exclaiming “La ilâha illa Allâh!”[6]

10. Teach your children
Bringing our children up to understand and love the message of Islam is our most important da’wah project! Remember that everything you do to increase their knowledge and make them strong, righteous people is priceless and will be rewarded. The Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “All of you are shepherds and are responsible for their flocks. A leader is a shepherd and is responsible for his flock. A man is a shepherd over his family and is responsible for his flock. A woman is the shepherd in the house of her husband and is responsible for her flock…”[7]

 

Notes:
Source: www.islam21c.com
This article is copyright of SISTERS Magazine.

[1] Agreed upon by Bukhari and Muslim.
[2] Fat’h al Bari (Explanation of Sahih al-Bukhari), 6/496
[3] Surah Al Asr 103:1-3
[4] Fat’h al Bari (Explanation of Sahih al-Bukhari, 7/476
[5] Sahih Muslim 2/22, Kitabul Iman
[6] Adh-Dhahabi related it in Siyar A’lâm An-Nubalâ
[7] Agreed upon by Bukhari and Muslim.


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9 comments

  1. can I know who was writing this article

  2. can I know who was written thia article

  3. Salam, jezek’Allahu khair.
    what is the grading of the hadith mentioned in the footnote no.[6] “Adh-Dhahabi related it in Siyar A’lâm An-Nubalâ”

  4. That was beautiful and inspiring masha allah….Jazakallahu Khair! May allah reward you and keep you on the path of truth always x

  5. Fatima Barkatulla

    That footnote was meant for my editor! Not for publishing!

    FB

  6. You are right about that footnote…it was actually something that was a note to my editor! Not meant to be published…and wasn’t published in the magazine but I left it on by mistake here…will ask for it to be removed….

  7. Very strange footnote! Do you need permission from a Shaikh to quote someone? I think you should remove it as it is unnecessary and not at all academic.

  8. You don’t need to know how to cook…just get one from Tesco…it’s just about making some meaningful contact with neighbours at the very least.
    This piece was actually entitled: “10 Ways to do Da’wah from the comfort of your home.”

    One neighbour of mine, when we gave her a cake and a card, replied with a card that said:
    “Thank you for your kind gesture and words. It is a pity that so many of your co-religionists do not share the same sentiments”!

    She probably didn’t know hardly any of my co-religionists so her image of how Muslims are was probably just through the media -that is in the absence of meaningful contact with an actual real-life Muslim. I think that’s sad…but that’s how most people in her shoes will think.

  9. really good advice, although its a shame that I can’t cook lol

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