[Source courtesy of Al Huda TV]
AlhamdulilLah. I'd like to share this video (the first of 3 series) by Yusuf Estes, which I benefitted from as he provides clarity on da'wah - why we must do it, attitude of a sincere Muslim, priority of who we invite to da'wah and how to do it.
Coincidentally, following up on my intent to learn more about comparative study of religion, I listened in on Brother Shah Kirit's talk about da'wah to non-muslims:
That our niat (intent) in doing da'wah is essential in conveying that there is no compulsion in Islam:
"There is no compulsion in religion. The right direction is henceforth distinct from error. And he who rejecteth false deities and believeth in Allah hath grasped a firm handhold which will never break. Allah is Hearer, Knower." [Surah al-Baqarah: 256]
That remember in our heart that truth prevails over falsehood:
"And say: Truth hath come and falsehood hath vanished away. Lo! falsehood is ever bound to vanish." [Surah al-Isra: 81]
Pray to Allah SWT for the inspiration and blessing in our efforts to do da'wah, which needs ikhtiyar, planning and then tawaqal.
He also shared that there are 2 types of da'wah - progressively over a long-term period and short-term where you will only meet the person once in his or her lifetime.
The approach to take is that of a caring doctor - knowing what dose of medicine to prescribe for the type of person one is talking to. Build rapport through small talk until the person is comfortable with you.
Listen more than you talk (to understand the background of the person and where he or she is at that current moment of his or her life and if he or she is searching for the truth without any judgment).
Avoid negative words (use positive words):
"Call unto the way of thy Lord with wisdom and fair exhortation, and reason with them in the better way." [Surah an-Nahl: 125]
And always remember that hidayah is Allah's right not ours.
Maybe next year, if Muhammadiyah conducts the same workshop again across 2 days, I will definitely enrol :)
Afternote: Immediately reminded of mum's constant advice to me - only Allah SWT has the right to judge one's ibadah; our duty is to just convey the message with patience and mercy and leave the rest to Allah SWT.