Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Tayammum ( Dry Ablution )

In Arabic, the word Tayammum literally means an 'aim' or 'purpose.' In Islamic Law, it refers to: 'Aiming for or seeking soil to wipe one's face and hands with the intention of purification and preparing oneself to pray, and so on."
Proof of its Legitimacy
This act of ritual cleansing is proven by the Quran, Sunnah (prophetic tradition) and Ijmaa' (consensus of Muslim scholars). The Quran says (what means):"…And if you are ill or on a journey or one of you comes from the place of relieving himself or you have contacted women [i.e., had sexual intercourse] and find no water, then seek clean earth and wipe over your faces and your hands [with it]. Indeed, Allah is ever Pardoning and Forgiving." [Quran 4:43]
From the Sunnah, we have the Hadeeth (prophetic statement) related by Abu Umaamah  in which the Prophet  said: "All of the earth has been made a pure place of prayer for me and my nation. Whenever a person from my nation wants to pray, he has something with which to purify himself, that is, the earth." [Ahmad]
Finally, there is a consensus that Tayammum forms a legitimate part of the Sharee'ah (Islamic Law), as it replaces ablution with water or Ghusl (ritual bathing), under specific circumstances.
A Blessing from Allah
This form of ablution is viewed as a blessing from Allah to the Muslims. Jaabir  related that the Prophet  said: "I have been given five things that were not given to anyone before me: I have been made victorious due to fear of a distance of one month's journey; the earth has been made a place of prayer for me and a source of purification - wherever and whenever any member of my nation wants to pray, he may pray; and the war booty has been made lawful to me, and this was not lawful to anyone before me. I have been given permission to intercede. Prophets before me used to be sent to their own people only, but I have been sent to all of mankind." [Al-Bukhaari & Muslim]
When to Make Tayammum
One is permitted to make Tayammum in any of the following cases:
1- If one cannot find water or the amount one finds is insufficient for ablution
'Imraan Ibn Husayn  said: "We were with the Messenger of Allah  during a journey. When he led the people in prayer, one man stayed apart. He  asked him: "What prevented you from praying?" He replied: 'I need a ritual bath (because of having a wet dream) and there is no water.' The Messenger  said: 'Use the soil, for it is sufficient (i.e. Tayammum).''' [Al-Bukhaari & Muslim]
2- If one is injured or ill
If one is in this condition and thinks that using water will worsen it (he does not have to be absolutely sure, but may base his assumption on past experience or what a knowledgeable person has told him), he may perform Tayammum.
Jaabir  said, "We were on a journey and one of us was injured. Later, he had a wet dream. He asked his companions, 'Can I perform Tayammum?' They said, 'No, not if you have water.' He performed Ghusl, which caused him to die. When news of this came to the Messenger of Allah  he said: "They killed him! May Allah kill them! Do you not ask if you do not know? The remedy for ignorance is to ask. He could have performed Tayammum and not dropped water on his wound, or wrapped it with something, then wiped over the wrapping, and then washed the rest of his body.""
3- If water is cold enough to physically harm the user
Tayammum is allowed when water is available but is too cold and cannot be heated, or there is no public bathroom available. 'Amr Ibn Al-'Aas  narrated that he was once participating in a military expedition. He had a wet dream during an extremely cold night, and was afraid that if he performed Ghusl he would die. He prayed the morning (Fajr) prayer with his companions. He then went to the Messenger of Allah  to ask him about this. The Messenger said: "O 'Amr! Did you pray with your companions while you needed a ritual bath?" 'Amr said to the Prophet  the verse (which means):"…Do not kill yourselves [or one another]. Indeed, Allah is to you ever Merciful." [Quran 4:29] The Prophet  smiled at this and did not say anything. [Al-Bukhaari]
4- If water is nearby, but one cannot fetch it due to fear
If one fears for his life, family, wealth, [for example, if an enemy (beast or human) is nearby or if one is a prisoner, and so on], he may perform Tayammum. This is also allowed if there is water but one lacks the proper means to get it, or if one fears some accusation against him if he gets it.
5- If one is saving his water for later use
This could be for dough, cooking, or to remove an impurity that is not pardonable. Imaam Ahmad  said: "Many of the Companions performed Tayammum to save their water for drinking." 'Ali  said: "A man who is traveling and becomes unclean because of sexual intercourse, or a wet dream, can perform Tayammum if he fears he will go thirsty. He should perform Tayammum and not Ghusl." [Ad-Daaraqutni]
6- If one can get water, but fears that the prayer will be over by the time he gets it
He can perform Tayammum and pray, and does not need to repeat his prayer (after he gets water).
The Soil Used for Tayammum
It must be pure soil: this can be sand, stone, gypsum, and so on. Allah Almighty Says in the Quran (what means): "…Perform Tayammum with pure soil..." [Quran 5:6] and all scholars of the Arabic language agree that 'soil' (in Arabic) is whatever covers the earth, dirt or otherwise.
How to Perform Tayammum
First, one must have the intention to perform ablution and purifying himself, then he mentions Allah's name, strikes the soil with his hands, and wipes his face and hands up to the wrist, starting with the right hand. Nothing is more authentic and clear than what 'Ammaar related. He said: "I once became sexually impure and had no water, so I rolled in the dirt and prayed. This was mentioned to the Prophet who said: "This would have been enough for you," and he struck the earth with his hands, blew in them and then wiped his face and hands with them." [Al-Bukhaari & Muslim]
This Hadeeth shows that one strike of the earth is sufficient, and one only wipes the arms to the wrists. It is an act of Sunnah that one who makes Tayammum with dirt should blow into his hands first and not make his face dusty or dirty.
What Tayammum Makes Permissible
After performing Tayammum, one is pure and may perform any of the acts requiring prior ritual purification, such as praying and touching the Quran. He does not have to perform it during the time of prayer, and he may pray as many prayers as he wishes (unless he nullifies it), exactly as it is the case with regular ablution. Abu Tharr  reported that the Prophet  said: "The soil is a purifier for a Muslim, even if he does not find water for ten years. Then, if he finds water, that is, to make ablution, and so on, it becomes incumbent upon him to use it." [Ahmad & At-Tirmithi]
Source: Fiqh Us-Sunnah, Volume 1 
 Written By: Sayyid Saabiq

Monday, 20 May 2013

How To Set Up A Dawah Table

Correct Intention
As with starting any endeavour, the most important thing is the intention behind it. As the Prophet (SAW) said: "Indeed, actions are based on intentions. For every person is what he intended." (Bukhari and Muslim) First make sure that the intention for this effort is only to please Allah (SWT). We need to ask ourselves this question again and again.

Dua to Allah
While we may have many shortcomings, still, the power of dua is great. Imagine our humble, but sincere dawah effort turning into a major dawah movement in this country! Just imagine it! And us, reaping the reward of everyone who accepts Islam through this movement, through years to come... Think and plan big: Allah's powers are not to be underestimated:
"And when My servants ask thee concerning Me, I am indeed close (to them); I listen to the prayer of every suppliant when he calls on Me; let them also, with a will, listen to My call, and believe in me; that they may be rightly guided."(Qur'an 2:186)
"O Allah, bestow on us, mercy from Yourself, and dispose of our affair for us in the right way." (Qur'an 18:10)

Step 1 - Preliminary fundraising
Asking family and friends, Food sales, Collecting money after Friday prayers, Fundraising lectures and dinners ,T-shirts and poster sales, Direct funding from your university. You would need from about £50 to £250 to start up.

Step 2 - Obtaining the dawah literature and Qurans
Start the search for dawah literature and Qur'ans early, so that there is enough time for materials to be sent to you. If you want to start a table right away, you may want to photocopy what you can for a start. Dawah literature and further information sources are also available here. You will also need to buy a dawah table, a couple of chairs and a banner. Dawah tables and chairs can be purchased online, at Argos or other DIY stores. You can contact other local dawah teams to get information on where they printed their banner.

Step 3 - Reserving the table and obtaining peripherals
Contact your local council to inform them of what you are doing, they may give you some locations to put your stall. If you want to put the stall on private property then ask the permission of the owner of the property. If organising the stall for your university contact the appropriate department office in your university in advance to find out their deadlines if any for reserving a table for daw'ah purposes. Reserve your table early for the whole semester. This is to ensure getting a good spot for your table. You may also want to reserve or purchase two or three stands or easels to mount posters as well as have some business cards printed so that interested people have a contact to follow up later. From a coordinator's point of view, it is convenient to have a weekly table consistently on the same day of the week. However, in order to reach the maximum number of people, switching to another day in the middle of the semester may not be a bad idea.

Step 4 - Getting the Volunteers
Getting volunteers requires creating a motivating vision for your table and good man management. You will need minimum two people however a good number would be to have around 10 volunteers so that two different people can manage the table each week with 2 for backup. The amount of volunteers you will need depends on how often you want to have the dawah table running. As mentioned you also may need some back up volunteers encase some volunteers are unable to attend a specific day.
Make a signup sheet and pass it around at your university or mosque. Have one person in charge of calling or texting all the volunteers a few days before the dawah table every week to remind them of their shifts. Arrange for wake-up calls if needed and encourage people to find a backup if they cannot make their shift. However, the coordinator should be prepared to deal with occasional absenteeism and be available on call (if possible) for the duration of the table.

Step 5 - Making signs and posters
Attractive signs and posters can go a long way in encouraging people to stop by the table. Also, putting up posters with Quranic verses and other information about Islam is dawah in itself, as people who don't stop by the table will also learn something about Islam. Short Qur'anic verses and a hadith written clearly and attractively seem to be the most beneficial.
Political issues also attract attention, but are NOT good dawah tools. It is advisable to keep the dawah table away from politics as the goal is to call people towards Islam with hikmah (wisdom), which will be better achieved by removing the focus from political issues and bringing it to Tawheed.

Step 6 - Advertising for the table
It may be a good idea to put up posters and use email and other means available for advertising the dawah table. Encourage people to tell their non-Muslim friends about the table. You could even find facebook pages focused on your area and use that to invite non muslims to the table.

Step 7 - Procedural meeting of volunteers
Before starting the table, have a meeting where the volunteers are informed of policies concerning the daw'ah table and also given a briefing on the basics of doing daw'ah. Procedural things to go over may include the following among others:
The use of a log book. This should contain the names and particulars of the volunteers along with their assigned shifts, any specific instructions that you may want to give them, and a section for special requests, such as if someone wants to be informed of Islamic events, or wants a copy of the Qur'an, or anything that you can provide but may not have handy at the table. It can also be used to keep track of how much literature is being given out and how many people are stopping by the table. Delegate responsibilities. Have specific people in charge of photocopying, calling up the volunteers, following up on special requests, ordering Qurans and daw'ah material as needed etc. Organise a dawah training course for all the volunteers. Contact us to organise a dawah course.

Step 8 - Ready to go
The procedural meeting should mark the completion of the preparations for the table. The night before the table, tie up any loose ends, make sure all materials are packed ready to go and call up volunteers to reconfirm their shifts. The materials you will typically need are: Dawah brochures; Qur'ans; Selected Posters; and basic information for the Da'ees; Tape and scissors (or something to put up the posters); Stands or easels (if needed); Log Book; Chairs. Insha Allah, have a successful dawah table the next day.
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A Brief History Of Christmas

The Christmas Tree here in ancient carvings shows the Pagan custom... The fish symbol you see today stems from these same pagan customs.... The Roman Pontiff is simply a regurgitation of the old pagan sun god’s hat dating back to Nimrod of Ancient Babylon 2234 B.C.
In ancient pagan times, the last day of winter in the Northern Hemisphere was celebrated as the night that the Great Mother Goddess gives birth to the baby Sun God. It is also called Yule, the day a huge log is added to a bonfire, around which everyone would dance and sing to awaken the sun from its long winter sleep.
In Roman times, it became the celebrations honouring Saturnus (the harvest god) and Mithras (the ancient god of light), a form of sun worship that had come to Rome from Syria a century before with the cult of Sol Invictus. It announced that winter is not forever, that life continues, and an invitation to stay in good spirit.The last day of winter in the Northern Hemisphere occurs between the 20th and 22 December. The Roman celebrated Saturnalia between 17 and 24 December.
The early Christians to avoid persecution during the Roman pagan festival, early Christians decked their homes with Saturnalia holly. As Christian numbers increased and their customs prevailed, the celebrations took on a Christian observance.
But the early church actually did not celebrate the birth of Christ in December until Telesphorus, who was the second Bishop of Rome from 125 to 136AD, declared that Church services should be held during this time to celebrate "The Nativity of our Lord and Saviour." However, since no-one was quite sure in which month Christ was born, Nativity was often held in September, which was during the Jewish Feast of Trumpets (modern-day Rosh Hashanah). In fact, for more than 300 years, people observed the birth of Jesus on various dates.
In the year 274AD, solstice fell on 25th December. Roman Emperor Aurelian proclaimed the date as "Natalis Solis Invicti," the festival of the birth of the invincible sun. In 320 AD, Pope Julius I specified the 25th of December as the official date of the birth of Jesus Christ.
Christmas official, but not generally observed
In 325AD, Constantine the Great, the first Christian Roman emperor, introduced Christmas as an immovable feast on 25 December. He also introduced Sunday as a holy day in a new 7-day week, and introduced movable feasts (Easter). In 354AD, Bishop Liberius of Rome officially ordered his members to celebrate the birth of Jesus on 25 December.
However, even though Constantine officiated 25 December as the birthday of Christ, Christians, recognising the date as a pagan festival, did not share in the emperor's good meaning. Christmas failed to gain universal recognition among Christians until quite recently. In England, Oliver Cromwell banned Christmas festivities between 1649 and 1660 through the so-called Blue Laws, believing that Christmas should be a solemn day.
When many Protestants escaped persecution by fleeing to the colonies all over the world, interest in joyous Christmas celebrations was rekindled there. Still, Christmas was not even a legal holiday until the 1800s. And, keep in mind, there was no Father Christmas (Santa Claus) figure at that time.

Christmas becomes popular
The popularity of Christmas was spurred on in 1820 by Washington Irving's book The Keeping of Christmas at Bracebridge Hall. In 1834, Britain's Queen Victoria brought her German husband, Prince Albert, into Windsor Castle, introducing the tradition of the Christmas tree and carols that were held in Europe to the British Empire. A week before Christmas in 1834, Charles Dickens published A Christmas Carol (in which he wrote that Scrooge required Cratchit to work, and that the US Congress met on Christmas Day). It was so popular that neither the churches nor the governments could not ignore the importance of Christmas celebrations. In 1836, Alabama became the first state in the US to declare Christmas a legal holiday. In 1837, T.H. Hervey's The Book of Christmas also became a best seller. In 1860, American illustrator Thomas Nast borrowed from the European stories about Saint Nicholas, the patron saint of children, to create Father Christmas (Santa Claus). In 1907, Oklahoma became the last US state to declare Christmas a legal holiday. Year by year, countries all over the world started to recognise Christmas as the day for celebrating the birth of Jesus.

Have a merry Christmas
Today, many of the pagan uses are reflected in Christmas. Jesus was born in March, yet his birth is celebrated on 25 December, the time of solstice. The Christmas celebrations end the 12th day of Christmas (6 January), the same amount of days that the return of the sun was celebrated by ancient and Roman pagans. It thus is no surprise that Christian puritans - or even conservative Christians - often are upset that Christmas "is not as religious as it was meant to be," forgetting that Christmas was not celebrated at all until fairly recently.

Does Christmas have Biblical Evidence?
The word 'Christmas' does not exist in the Bible. The Bible has closed lips on the entire feast of Christmas, with one exception, the decoration of a tree. The Bible itself criticizes the decoration of the (Christmas) trees:
"The customs of the people are worthless, they cut a tree out of the forest, and a craftsman shapes it with his chisel, they adore it with silver and gold, they fasten it with hammer and nails so it will not totter" (Jeremiah 10-3,4).
European Pre-Christian pagans superstitiously believed that the green trees had special protective powers. In fact the use of the Christmas tree began only in the 17th century in Strasbourg, France and from there it spread to Germany, Britain and then to the U.S. "Tree worship was a common feature of religion among the Teutonic and Scandinavian peoples of northern Europe before their conversion to Christianity…German settlers brought the Christmas tree custom to the American colonies in the 17th century. By the 19th century its use was quite widespread". (Compton's Encyclopedia, 1998 Edition)

Was Jesus born on Dec. 25?
Neither the date 25th Dec. nor any other date on Jesus' birth is mentioned in the Bible. It was not until the year 530 C.E. that a monk, Dionysus Exigus, fixed the date of Jesus' birth on Dec. 25th. . "He wrongly dated the birth of Christ according to the Roman system (i.e., 754 years after the founding of Rome) as Dec. 25, 753". (Encyclopedia Britannica, 1998 ed.) This date was chosen in keeping with the holidays already indoctrinated into pagans beliefs.

Roman pagans celebrated Dec. 25th as the birth of their 'god' of light, Mithra.
"In the 2nd century A..D., it (Mithraism) was more general in the Roman Empire than Christianity, to which it bore many similarities" (The Concise Columbia Encyclopedia, 1995 ed.)
Other pagan 'gods' born on Dec. 25th are: Hercules the son of Zeus (Greeks); Bacchus, 'god' of wine (Romans); Adonis, 'god' of Greeks, and 'god' Freyr of Greek-Roman pagans.

What about Santa Claus?
If aliens descended on earth during the Christmas season, they would undoubtedly believe Christmas as being Santa's birthday. The words 'Santa Claus', appear nowhere in the Bible.
However, Saint Nicholas (Santa Claus) was a real person, a bishop, who was born 300 years after Jesus. According to legend, he was extremely kind and set out at night to bring presents to the needy. After his death on 6th of Dec., school boys in Europe began celebrating a feast day each year.
Queen Victoria later changed the celebration date from Dec. 6th to Dec. 24th eve.

Did Jesus or his Companions Celebrate Christmas?
If Jesus meant his followers to celebrate Christmas, he would have practiced it himself and enjoined it on his followers. There is no mention in the entire Bible that any of his followers ever celebrated Jesus' birthday like Christians do today.
"The church did not observe a festival for the celebration of the event of Christmas until the 4th century" (Grolier's Encyclopedia)
Thus we see that neither the Bible nor Jesus and his companions say anything about the celebration of Christmas which currently involves fanfare, commercialization, and extravagant spending, devoid of any spiritual relevance.
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Shahadah Count & Pictures

Dawah should not be motivated by the actual number of shahadas but the quality of Dawah you are giving.

As much a satisfaction we get when Allaah chooses us as a means for a brother or sister to become a Muslim, we get just as much satisfaction just speaking to a member of the public who leaves understanding why Islaam is the truth; but needs a little more time to digest and further research. We have even trained our du'aat to figure out the level where a person may be, as to advise further reading around the subject rather than asking them to become a Muslim (though of course we always invite them to Islaam, but do it for example like when;
"We have rationally agreed that Islaam makes sense, that it is the Guidance from the Creator informing us of His Oneness, His Ever-Living nature, His Uniquness, His Perfection, the Purpose of Life, How to live Life, how to attain closeness to Him etc. It is the criterion by which you will be judged, this life being a test. I realise it's a lot to take in, and I would love for you to be a Muslim, I really would as I want what is good for me to also be for you and the rest of mankind. If you need a little time, here are some pamphlets you can have a read through, some website addresses where you can learn more, the address of our Mosque if you ever want to pop in to our weekly open days and we are here every Saturday too. But don't leave it too long, as we never know when our time in this world will come to an end"
i.e. we really don't push for a Shahadah. What is a Shahadah if the person is not certain, doesn't love it, and doesn't yearn for it? The Shahadah has conditions, and merely professing to it isn't enough. Don't get us wrong, we are not advocating that you shouldn't ask for a Shahadah or be discouraged if you believe the person is ready and thereafter strengthening their yaqeen (certainty) and building muhabba (love) for it, but we really shouldn't set the number of Shahadas as the criterion..
 'Some people have been asking why we are not uploading pictures of the brothers & sisters taking their Shahada or not mentioning them as much..
2 reasons:
1- We do not want to inspire people to give Dawah by the Highlighting the Shahada count. We at Team Dawah Manchester believe that giving Dawah is much much more than that. It is about several different things, such as;
- going out in the first place, making the effort even if you are ignored by the majority
- exercising patience & kindness when people reject or even ridicule the message
- having some great rationale conversations where we challenge the minds of the people we speak to, generating thoughts on the logic and truthfulness of Islaam
2- In the past we did take pictures of our new Muslim brothers & sisters taking their shahada & uploading them onto our facebook, but upon advice from a new Muslim group, we decided that we would no longer upload them as it can potentially damage the new Muslim brother's/sister's life. How? Well, we & they don't really know how their friends, family, colleagues, neighbours etc will react with the news that they are Muslim. They may want to keep it a secret for a while and sharing them on facebook can cause some problems..
we've taken these pictures that we have in the past and they have been shared, so we will keep them up, but will not be adding to them.."
So, be satisfied in making the effort in the first place, be satisfied that you are developing your Dawah skills (over time) and using this in trying to bring people back to Allaah. Be satisfied in trying your upmost best, and do not ever view a low Shahadah count as something negative? Who is to say that you didn't have a great conversation with this man/woman, articulated your points clearly in an inviting manner and some time later they decided to become a Muslim?
Remember, there are two types of Hidayat.
1- We we can guide someone to the truth by presenting it to them, but the most important is point 2
2- Hidayat from Allaah (Glorified be HE), which is based upon the Tawfique He gives to this individual, and this is ONLY from Allaah azzawajal!!

Da'wah In The Workplace

Think how you can fit da'wah into your everyday routine.
That'll be £8.90 please and by the way can I ask you a question!
What is the purpose of life ?
There are lots of diffrent ways we can engage with the public.
Effective da'wah is done in a gentle and loving manner. I'll never forget a da'wah course I attended, in which the speaker said that the best way to give da'wah is to "plant a seed in a person's heart". The purpose of da'wah is not to convert people as having that as goal will scare people away if nothing else. Instead, by planting a seed, we leave the person wanting more; let them know enough about Islam to interest them and, insha Allah, lead them to want to find out more when they are ready.
"I find people are genuinly intrested in Islam and when they see my beard they tend to ask me why I keep it,which leads onto further questions and good progressive dialogue.I find many of my passengers don't know much about Islam other then what the media protrays and as such they feel enlightened about discovering the beautiful reality of Islam.
One thing they usually do bring up that they are led to believe certain things about Islam by looking at the way certain muslims project themselves especially with their way of dress or their rituals that they find unpleasing but so far all these practices they have mentioned to me have been down to culture not religion and when I clarify this to them they say these muslims really need to learn about Islam. Many take material from me to read such as The Quran and many stay in touch as they look into the beliefs of Islam and have questions that need clarification.I find to be humble and to smile goes a long way to getting someone to listen to you".
The main point is that we give Dawaah by the way we are. If we follow the Qur'an and Sunnah we will represent Islam in the best way possible."I think the best form of da'wah is teaching others through your actions, such as being respectful, polite, always being positive and, most of all, being proud of one's Muslim identity as in the beard etc.Ultimately, it is Allah who is the changer of hearts, so as long as we engage in da'wah through our character and action, we can rest assured that not only are we multiplying our good deeds but also following the steps of the greatest man that ever lived, the Prophet Muhammad ( peace and blessings be upon him).
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We Need To Do More

This weekend just gone I was helping out on Team Dawah Manchesters dawah table in City Centre Manchester and during the course of the day I had many intresting conversations.One of the conversations that stuck out was the one where I was giving dawah to three young men who were from catholic backgrounds but were leaning towards being agnostic due to having lost faith in the teachings they had been brought up with due to the fact they found so many contradictions and statements that just made no sense at all.They believed that beliefs should be based on reason and rational and facts that made sense.
So We talked about Tawhid and they said it made perfect sense.Then we talked about the miraculous nature of The Quran and went onto talking about The Prophet Muhammad ( peace and blessings be upon him ) and then we discussed Islamic beliefs. The young men decided that they were very intrested in looking further into the teachings of Islam and took copies of The Quran as well as other litreture to read.
A short while later the young men returned with further questions which I was more than happy to answer.However what really stuck out was they asked me "do muslims keep a beard because someone in their family is ill,and do you have to be asian (brown skinned) to be a muslim".I explained why we keep a beard and that Islam is a universal religion for the whole of mankind regardless of race,creed or tongue.They again thanked me and took my number and said they would call if they had further questions and would like to look into Islam a little more before deciding on taking their shahada's.

You see what all this makes me realise is that people do not know anything about Islam. They either believe a biased media, folklore or cultural customs and rituals.
This is why we as a ummah need to do more we need to tell people about Islam and to not conceal what we know. The Qur'an also tells us that concealing the message amounts to disobedience to Allah (glorified and exalted be He),"Those who conceal the clear (signs) We have sent down, and the guidance, after We have made it clear for the people in the Book -on them shall be Allah's curse, and the curse of those entitled to curse." (Al-Qur'an 2:159)
This reminds me of another problem we have where we do not support new reverts. A few weeks ago a sister from a christian background retook her shahada with me after having left the fold of Islam due to lack of support. She told me that after becoming a muslim she had many issues and questions and so joined a sisters group at a mosque but all they ever talked about was what curry they were going to cook or which salwar kameez  is best with their shoes. She coudn't get support or be put in contact with people who could help her as she was looked upon as a stranger,she found she did not fit in.I  put her in touch with a revert sister who has experience in this field and now this sister is very happy.
So my point is we need to allso help people who do revert to Islam and invite them in to our communities, circles, gatherings, clubs, events, our homes and support them and show them the beauty of The Islamic brotherhood/sisterhood.We need to help them to fit in and answer the questions they have.We need to show them Islam in our actions, our everyday actions, our way of life according to the sunna of the prophet ( peace and blessings be upon him ). My intention is not to point fingers at anyone but to say we all, myself included need to do more for the whole of mankind.
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Da'wah In 10 Minutes

A summary of a Dawah Conversation from beginning to end kindly put together by Ghulam Esposito Haydar. In real time with interaction it shouldn't take more than 10 minutes. They have mentioned quite a few examples within each category of miracles from the Qur'aan. You don't always have to mention every single on. A few examples from each will usually suffice insha'Allaah.
1.Initiation -
We usually have some sort of hardback A5 piece of card with a snappy catch lines such as "is Life Just A Game?", "What am I doing here?" which either have an ayah of the Qur'aan on the back, or summary of the message; that we haven't been created to follow the masses, but have a Purpose in Life which revolves around recognising & acknowledging our Creator, and building a relationship with him by fulfilling the Purpose He created us for. These have been provided to us by iERA which we hand out to passers by, asking the very question "Do you think that Life is just a Game? or is it something else?" "Ever wondered if there is more to life?" etc. Many of the passers by stop to take the card, but don't have the time or not interested for a conversation, but around about 15-20% stop and decide to hear out what you have to say. "My name is __, what are you called? Nice to meet you Mark/Claire, thank you for taking the time to talk."
The Creator -"So what do you think? Is Life just a game or do we have some sort of purpose?" Here, we hear out what the person has to say, whether they believe in some sort of organised religion, an afterlife, or if they have no idea whatsoever and just go with the flow. We usually make the claim here that "In order to know whether you have a purpose, you have to know where you came from."
We usually ask at this point, "Do you believe in some sort of Creator?" At this point, we usually agree to have a discussion that will focus itself around using common sense. We usually follow the questions that Allaah Himself puts forward in the Qur'aan. Along the lines of:
1- Did you come from nothing?
2- Did you create yourselves?
3- Or were you created?
"So Mark/Claire (name), before we can understand the purpose of life or whether we have one in the first place, we need to know where we came from? If we think about it, there are only really 3 options.
1-That we came from nothing? But if you think about this Mark/Claire, this really doesn't make sense because we wouldn't accept this in our daily lives for the most mundane of objects. Think about it, what if I told you that I stumbled across your funky adidas trainer on the middle of the High Street, and the stitching, the shoelaces, the toe cap, the sole, the tongue etc came together all by itself, manifesting as a trainer? It just came together by mere chance over a process of millions if not a billions of years? You would think I'm mad, that it wasn't possible. Things just do not come from nothing. Or if I told you that over the space of millions of years, the leaf changed form, became carbon, which became oil, which became plastic and then eventually shaped itself into the form of a trainer? You would just think, naah, not possible. The trainer is too intricately designed and fit for the purpose to fit the shape of my feet too perfectly. There has to be a Creator, a Designer, who willed for it to be put together for a purpose. It is just too much of a coincidence. If we can accept this for a mere trainer, then what about the Solar System and all that exists within it? Do you know that if the Sun was even a millimeter further away from our planet, life would not exist as it would be too cold? Likewise if it was millimeter nearer, our planet would be too hot, therefore life wouldn't be able to exist. Did you know that the other planets and the moon, their gravitational pull act like magnets deflecting dangerous meteors away from our planet? Is this all a coincidence? Or did a Creator Design t to be this way?
2- That we created ourselves? This is an impossibility as it means that we would have had to be in existence & non existence at the same time. Let me give you an example; it is as ludicrous as me suggesting that in order for your adidas trainer to have been in existence, the adidas trainer made itself. Yeah right!!
3- That we were created. It only leaves us with this possibility. Does this make sense?"
At this point the person would agree if he or she is thinking rationally. If however after agreeing to common sense, he or she decides to reject this position, there are two options. You can remind them that they agreed to use common sense or you can go down the lines of,
"Ok, you disagree, but let me progress with my viewpoint. Whether you agree or disagree, that is entirely up to you"
Remember, we are here to convey the message & to invite, so try and get through the whole conversation even if he or she agrees or disagrees. Deep down, they will know it makes sense if you present it to them in a friendly, non compulsive and logical manner.
2.Purpose -
"So, you would agree Mark/Claire, that it makes sense to believe in a Creator, but were we really created without a purpose, some sort reason. Think about it, even your adidas trainer has a purpose. To keep your feet protected from the rough and tough of hard ground, to keep it warm & insulated and of course, to look good ;) The Sun has a purpose to keep our planet warm and an energy source for life to progress. As discussed earlier, it seems that even the planets and the moon surrounding our planet have a purpose, to protect it. Even a croaky old chair has a purpose. So what is our purpose? Wouldn't you agree that as humans we have needs, such as food, water, shelter, love etc? But what about the need to know the ultimate purpose of life? To fill that void we often ask ourselves? How will we ever know what our purpose is. You could say we work it out for ourselves and but I will explain why there are problems with this."
3.Revelation & Prophethood -
At this point, you dismiss internal sources for guidance from the offset, because many people will think that external Revelation is not required until you point out to them the flaws of internal sources.
"Would you agree Mark/Claire that our brain is developing throughout the early stages in life and deteriorating during latter stages? Therefore our relative intelligence is at different stages throughout life? At 5 years of age it would be different to when we are 10, 18, 25, 80 years of age? This would mean that our perceived realities also change. Likewise if we based our purpose of life according to our life experiences. These change according to age, place and opportunity. We can't rely on our dreams as we dream differently everyday, and much of our dreams are either the things that we desire, or a random hash up of the thoughts we have accumulated throughout the day or week, or in many cases, just plain random dreams.
Mark/Claire, this is just an example of one individual person. What about extrapolate this onto a mass scale where there are differences between one person and another; where the level of ability, experience differ between one person and another. Each person would have their own conjured up perspective on reality, their purpose in life, thus how they should live their lives. Inevitably, the risk of this clashing with one and another is quite high. It would create more problems than solutions. Therefore, it makes complete sense that the One who created us in the first place should Reveal some sort of Guidance which informs us of our Purpose in life, and how to live towards it. And this makes sense because the One who created us is best suited to propagate Purpose & Guidance, just like you would accept the manufacturer of a Samsung TV to provide you with manual, guiding you on the correct use and purpose of the television"
Now we often hear of such Divine Revelation, where 'God has spoken to man'. We have probably heard of the different names throughout time such as Abraham, Moses, Jesus & Muhammad, and some of the guidance they received from God such as those that can be found in the Torah, the Gospels and the Qur'aan. But the question is, how can we ever know that these people were telling the truth, and if what they brought down was the truth, does it remain in it's preserved true form till this day. It's simple:
1- We test the message they bring with them, In other words, could it have ever come from a man. Does it have the mark of an External Creator? There must be something special about it that makes it stand out from the work of a normal man.
2- Does it remain in the exact form that it was revealed?
3- What was in it for the person who brought this message to us. Did he have ulterior motives. Could it have come from him?
Now I believe the Qur'aan fulfills the 3 criterion we have mentioned, and I will explain to you why:
The Qur'aan is the miraculous Divine Revelation that was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (upon whom be peace). It was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (upon whom be peace) over a period of twenty-three years. It is the Final Testament in a long line of divine scripture that were revealed to different Prophets in different times. It is the Final Revelation given to the final Prophet, Muhammad (upon whom be peace) that is to be used and relied upon till the end of time. Unlike the previous scriptures, The Creator, who calls Himself Allaah has promised mankind that He will protect and preserve the Qur'aan, thus there has been no alteration to His Divine words from the time of inception till this present day. All the Prophets of Allaah were given miracles along with their Prophethood. The greatest miracle that was given to the Prophet Muhammad is the Qur'aan. We will cover some of its miraculous nature.
A) Linguistic Masterpiece
The use of the Arabic language by Allaah in the Qur'aan itself is proof of Divine origin. None of the linguist past or present have been able to create something on its level. Considering at the time of revelation, those that were looked upon as the pinnacle of society, were those who had studied and practised the mastery of the Arabic language. it was a miracle for the people 1400 years ago who excelled in poetry and linguistics. It was revealed in a Language and the style in which they would boast about.
These people were perplexed at the amazing use of the pure Arabic language. They marveled at it. The amazing use of the Arabic language has been commented upon by many reputable western personalities:
Forster Fitzgerald Arbuthnot, a notable British Orientalist and translator states:"...and though several attempts have been made to produce a work equal to it as far as elegant writing is concerned, none has yet succeeded."
It is no wonder that Professor Bruce Lawrence says in his book 'The Quran: A Biography':"As tangible signs Quranic verses are expressive of inexhaustible truth, they signify meaning layered within meaning, light upon light, miracle after miracle."
B) Historical
The Qur'aan recalls many historical events with such accuracy and consistency that give us reason to believe that it must be a Divine Revelation. The Qur'aan is the only religious text to use different titles for the ruler of Egypt at different historical periods.For instance while addressing the Egyptian ruler at the time of Prophet Yusuf (Joseph) ('alayhis salaam) the Arabic word Al-Malik in used which refers to a ruler, a king or a sultan.
"The King said, 'Bring to me straight away!'..." [Qur'aan 12:50]
When in contrast we look at the the ruler of Egypt at the time of Prophet Musa (Moses), the ruler is referred to as Firaown (Pharaoh). This particular title began to be employed in the 14th century B.C, during the reign of Amenhotep IV. This is confirmed by the Encyclopedia Britannica which says that the word Pharaoh was the title of respect used from the New Kingdom (beginning with the 18th dynasty; B.C 1539-1292) until the 22nd dynasty (B.C 945-730), after which this term of address became the title of the King.
The Qur'aan is historically accurate as the Prophet Joseph (Yusuf 'upon whom be peace) lived at least 200 years before that time, and the word al-Malik was used and not the word Firaown. It is very unlikely that the Prophet Muhammad (upon whom be peace) knew such a minute historical difference from his own research, since the people at the time of the revelation did not know this information. No other religious text mentions such a difference. At that time it would have been impossible to know this because the hieroglyphs was a dead language so no one knew the language. So how does the Qur'aan know this information? The hieroglyphs were only deciphered in the late 19th century. We can't say that it was copied from the Bible because what was revealed in the Qur'aan actually corrects the Bible. For many, this would have been a trivial matter.
The Prophesising of the Victory of the Byzantines (Easter Roman Empire) over the Persians soon after the Byzantines had been defeated.
"The Byzantines have been defeated, In the nearest land. But they, after their defeat, will overcome. Within three to nine years..." [Qur'aan 30:2-4].
Another prophecy is contained within Chapter Masad [Qur'aan 111] where Abu Lahab (an uncle of the Prophet Muhammad [upon whom be peace]) is condemned to hell fire 10 years before his death, i.e. that He would not accept Islaam. For 10 years the challenge was open but he did not accept Islaam, so he died as a non believer.
C) Scientific
In the Qur'aan, Allaah mentions nature as signs for His existence, Power and Majesty. Every time these signs are mentioned, they are expressed with great accuracy, giving us information that could have never been known at the time of Prophet Muhammad (sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam).The Qur'aan mentioned the following over 1400 years ago
Origin of Life-
"And We made from water every living thing". Something we have only discovered fairly recently, hence the search for water on the Planet Mars, thus potential life form.
The Big Bang - The Beginning of the Universe - "Do not the unbelievers see that the heavens and the earth were a closed-up mass, then We clove them asunder?" [Qur'aan 21:30] Again, we have only come to know of this during the last century.
Mountains as pegs- "Have We not made the earth as a bed and the mountains its pegs?" [Qur'aan: 78:6-7]
"We placed firm embedded mountains on the earth, so it would not move under them..." [Qur'aan: 21:31]
In the book Earth, by Dr. Frank Press, former president of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, states that mountains are like stakes, and are buried deep under the surface of the Earth.
M.J Selby says in his book 'Earths Changing Surface';
"With regard to the vital role of mountains to prevent excessive shocks in the earth I formerly understood that mountains were merely protrusions rising above the surface of the Earth. However, scientists realised that this was not actually the case, and that those parts known as the mountain root extended down as far as 10-15 times their own height. With these features, mountains play a similar role to a nail or a peg firmly holding down a tent, which has been discovered by modern geological and seismic research."
Expansion of the universe- "And it is We who have built the universe with (our creative) power and keep expanding it". [Quran 51:47]. This was only discovered after Edward Hubble put together his now famous Hubble Telescope and observed of the Universe's expansion.
Another scientific miracle found in the Qur'aan is in reference to the fly.
"O people, an example is presented, so listen to it. Indeed, those you invoke besides Allaah will never create (as much as) a fly, even if they gathered together for that purpose. And if the fly should steal away from them a (tiny) thing, they could not recover it from him. Weak are pursuer and the pursued." [Qur'aan 22:73]
In this verse, Allaah uses the example of the fly and the impossibility of us retrieving the food particle after the fly snatches it away. Although many animals digest their food via a two stage process, most of the digestive process takes place in the stomach. This is not the case with the fly. The fly digests its entire food externally, before it has even been consumed. The fly literally vomits a digestive dissolving substance onto the food particle, which then dissolves into a liquid and is then sucked up using the fly's straw like tongue. Thus, it is absolutely true as in the verse above that once the fly successfully takes away the food particle, there is absolutely no way that we can retrieve it, even if we catch the fly a second after it has landed on the food, unlike with other animals where it is still possible to retrieve what was originally taken.
The Qur'aan is not a book of science, but a book of guidance, yet it contains many other verses similar to the ones above that could not have been known to the Prophet Muhammad (upon whom be peace) or his people at the time.
D) Numerical
The Qur'aan was reveal over a period of 23 years, and the first chapter in the Qur'aan (Al-Baqarah) was revealed over a period of 9 years. Its structure is evidence that it's not from a human being. It was revealed in specific times and place but was brought together to have this amazing coherent connection. It has 286 verses, that halved 143 verses and in that verse we find the word 'middle' (Wasata).
Allaah says that Men & Women are created equally, and it is no coincidence that the word Woman is mentioned the same amount of times in the Qur'aan as the word Man 25 times.
The word Dunya which means the temporal life is mentioned 115 times, the same number of times as Akhira which means the afterlife.
The word Mowt which means death is mentioned 145 times, the same amount of times as the word Hayaa which means life.
In the 3rd chapter of the Qur'aan, Allaah says: "Indeed, the example of Jesus to Allah is like that of Adam. He created Him from dust; then He said to him, "Be," and he was." [Qur'aan 3:59],It is no coincidence that both Adam & Jesus (upon whom be peace) are mentioned in equal numbers, 25 times.
How many days are there in a year? 365? Allaah mentions the word Day (Yawm) 365 times in the Qur'aan.
Allaah mentions in the Qur'aan the word Water in the context of the Sea (Bahar) 32 times, and he mentions Land 13 times. When you work this out as a percentage, it gives us a figure of 71% Water & 29% land and it is this exact percentage of sea to land that exists in this world
E) Challenge of the Qur'aanIn the Qur'aan,
Allaah directly challenges mankind to produce a single verse that is similar to the Qur'aan. This is to prove its authenticity, that there can be no doubt that Allaah is the One who sent down this book, not a human."And if you are in doubt about what We have sent down upon Our Servant [Muhammad], then produce a chapter the like thereof and call upon your witnesses other than Allah, if you should be truthful. But if you do not - and you will never be able to - then fear the Fire, whose fuel is men and stones, prepared for the disbelievers." [Qur'aan: 2:23-24]
Till this present day, no one, no group nor any nation has been able to create a single verse that measures up to the Qur'aan; in both its style and content. This is a miracle in on its own, considering that the Qur'aan was revealed over fourteen-hundred years ago, and that the Qur'anic style has been studied by many. When you consider the great English poet William Shakespeare, there is no doubt that he was blessed with a talented writing style. A style that has been praised and celebrated, but this style upon studying it has been replicated by many.
F) Preservation of the Qur'aan
-The Qur'aan and its oral preservation
The Qur'aan was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (upon whom be peace) through the angel Gabriel (Jibreel) over a period of twenty three years, sometimes in brief verses and other times in longer chapters.Upon receiving revelation, the Prophet (upon whom be peace) engaged himself in the duty of conveying the message to his companions through reciting the exact words he heard in the exact order.
The Qur'aan's rhythmic style and eloquent expression made it and continues to make it easy to memorise, particularly more so in the Arab society at the time which prided itself on its eloquence of language and poetry. In previous times, oral preservation was seen as the strongest form of preservation. It was a time when writing was scarcely used. Memory and oral transmission was exercised and strengthened to a degree now almost unknown.
Large portions of the revelation were thus easily memorised by a large number of people in the community of the Prophet Muhammad (sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam).Prophet Muhammad (upon whom be peace) encouraged his companions to learn each verse that was revealed and to transmit it to others. The Qur'aan was also required to be recited regularly as an act of worship, especially during the Salaah.
Through these means, many repeatedly heard passages from the Qur'aan recited to them, and thus it re-enforced their memory and they used them frequently in their own prayers. The entire Qur'aan was memorised word for word by some of the Prophets companions.
Not only were the words of the Qur'aan memorised, but also their pronunciation, later which formed into a science itself called Tajweed. This science meticulously elucidates how each letter is to be pronounced, as well as a whole, both in context of other letters and words. This is precisely why you will find people of all different languages being able to recite the Qur'aan as if they are Arabs themselves, living in the time of the Prophet(sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam).
The sequence of the Qur'aan was arranged by Allaah and revealed to the Prophet (upon whom be peace) himself and was well known to his Companions. Every Ramadaan, the Prophet (sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam) would recite after the angel Jibreel the entire Qur'aan in the exact order that Allaah commanded it to be in, as far as it had been revealed. In the year of Prophet's (sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam) death, it had been revised twice.This memorisation of the Qur'aan has passed from on generation to the other and last till this day, where there are millions of men and women who have memorised the whole Qur'aan with its Pronunciation (Tajweed), forming an unbroken chain going back to the Prophet (upon whom be peace).
-The Qur'aan and its written preservation
The entire Qur'aan was also recorded in writing at the time of revelation from the Prophet's (upon whom be peace)) dictation, by his Companions.The first compilation of the Qur'aan, in the form of a book in which we recognise it today called the mushaf, took place shortly after the death of the Prophet (upon whom be peace) during the time of the second Caliphate of Abu Bakr (may Allaah be pleased with him). It occurred at the suggestion of Umar bin Khattaab (may Allaah be pleased with him), the third Caliph after many of those who memorised the Qur'aan passed away during a battle.
To safeguard the compilation from errors, only material which had been written down in the presence of the Prophet (upon whom be peace) himself, and which could be verified by at least two reliable witnesses who had actually heard the Prophet (upon whom be peace) recite the verses in question.Once completed and unanimously approved of by Companions, this mushaf was kept with Abu Bakr (may Allaah be pleased with him) during his Caliphate, and then passed to Umar bin Khattaab (may Allaah be pleased with him) during his Caliphate, and then passed to Umar bin Khattaab's daughter and the widow of the Prophet (sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam), Hafsah bint Umar bin Khattaab (may Allaah be pleased with her).
During the time of the third Caliphate, Uthmaan ibn Affaan (may Allaah be pleased with him), the third Caliph requested Hafsah (radiAllaahu anha) to send him the mushaf that was kept in her safekeeping, and ordered the production of several bounded copies of it. Upon completion, Uthmaan ibn Affaan returned the original mushaf to Hafsah (may Allaah be pleased with her) and sent the copies to the major Islamic provinces at the time.
-The Historical Credibility of the Qur'aan
The historical credibility of the Qur'aan can be established by many means, one of them being the strong oral tradition that remains to this day. The Qur'aan has been memorised from generation to generation all over the world. Its credibility can be further established by the fact that one of the copies sent out by Uthmaan ibn Affaan (may Allaah be pleased with him) still exists today in the Museum of the city of Tashkent in Uzbekistan, central Asia. This copy is proof that the text of the Qur'aan we have in circulation today is identical with that of the time of the Prophet (upon whom be peace). A copy of the mushaf sent to Syria which was duplicated before a fire in 1892 in Jaami' Masjid where it was housed, also exists in Topkapi Museum in Istanbul.The institute for Koranforschung in the University of Munich, Germany, collected over 42,000 complete or incomplete ancient copies of the Qur'aan. After around fifty years of research, they reported that there was no variance between the copies, except the occasional mistakes of the copyist which could easily be ascertained. This institute was unfortunately destroyed by bombs during World War Two.Due to the efforts of the Companions with the assistance of Allaah, the Qur'aan as we have it today is recited in the same manner as it was revealed to the Prophet (upon whom be peace). This makes it the only religious scripture that is still completely retained and understood in its original language.All this evidence confirms Allaah's promise in the Qur'aan:"Verily, it is We who have sent down the Reminder (the Qur'aan) and surely We will guard it (from corruption, i.e. preserve it)." (Qur'aan 15:9)
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It is very difficult to deny one stand alone miracle, but to deny a host of them together would be absurdNow, it would be foolhardy to make the suggestion after discussing all of these miracles that a man was capable of this producing this Book. I mean, to suggest that would mean giving super human powers to Muhammad. Does this mean he was a special man? If we were to sum up the possible sources of the Qur'aan, then they can be reduced to 3.
1)- The Qur'aan could have come from an Arab, a non-Arab, Muhammad (upon whom be peace) or Allaah
2)- It couldn't have been from an Arab, a non Arab or Muhammad ((upon whom be peace)
3)- Therefore it must have been from Allaah
The logical conclusions to be drawn are:
1- The Quran could not have come from an Arab;
The Arabs during the time of revelation were linguists par excellence and they failed to challenge the Qur'aan. They had even admitted that the Qur'aan could not have come from a human being.
2- The Qur'aan could not have come from a non- Arab;
The language in the Qur'aan is Arabic, thus, knowledge of the Arabic language is a pre-requisite to successfully produce the Qur'aan.
3- The Quran could not have come from the Prophet Muhammad (upon whom be peace).;
Due to the following reasons:
The Prophet Muhammad (sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam) was an Arab himself and all the Arabs failed to challenge the Qur'aan.
The Arab linguists at the time of revelation never accused the Prophet (upon whom be peace) of being the author of the Qur'aan. One of the best Arab linguist of the time Walid Ibn al-Mughira said "By God; None of you is more conversant than I with poetry, melodious hymns and songs, and by God never did I hear anything similar to what he says. It is so sweet, and so graceful that it remains at the summit with nothing to surpass it".
The Prophet Muhammad (upon whom be peace) experienced many trials and tribulations during the course of his Prophetic mission. Yet the Quran's literary character remains that of the divine voice and character. Nothing in the Quran expresses the turmoil and emotions of the Prophet Muhammad (upon whom be peace). It is almost a psychological impossibility to go through what the Prophet (upon whom be peace) went through ad yet none of the emotions are expressed in the literary character of the Qur'aan.
The Hadith or narrations of the Prophet Muhammad (upon whom be peace) are in a totally different style than that of the Qur'aan. How can any human being express themselves orally over a twenty-three year period in two distinct styles? This is a psychological and physiological impossibility according to modern research.
All types of human expression can be imitated if the blueprint of that expression exists. For example artwork can be imitated even though some art is thought to be extraordinary or amazingly unique. But in the case of the Qur'aan we have the blueprint- The Qur'aan itself- yet no one has been able to imitate its unique literary form.
4- The Quran can only have come from the Divine;
It is the only logical explanation as all the other explanations have been discarded because they do not explain the inimitability of the Qur'aan in a comprehensive and coherent manner.
4. Oneness of Allaah -
"So once we have agreed that the Qur'aan is from Allaah, and it has been preserved, then we must accept it as the truth. Who better than the One who created us to tell us who He is, who He isn't, the reason why He created us and our Purpose in Life?Allaah says He is One. He is not like His creation. He has no offspring and He is not an offspring. He is different from His creation. He is outside of His creation. He is the Majestic, The Lord, The Sustainer, The All-Able, All-Powerful, The All-Seeing, The All-Hearing, The All-Knowing, The All-Wise, The All-Loving, The All-Merciful, The Forgiving, The Ever-Living, The Self Subsisting, The Self-Sufficient and much more. He created us for one reason; to Worship Him alone in a holistic way be Submitting to Him. To worship Him by following the True Guidance that He has sent to His final Messenger Muhammad (upon whom be peace); which are split into the rights of the Creator and the rights of the people.
He tells us that this life is a temporal life, a test that we will be judged upon after we die and are resurrected before Him. He tells us that we will be accountable for all our actions; both the good and the sins. That the biggest is sin is associating partners with Him, and this includes rejecting Him as the Lord, The Creator, The Only One worthy of Worship. That He has prepared for us an Eternal Life, that of either Eternal Torment for those who disbelieved, disobeyed and transgressed, or an Eternal Bliss for those who believed, submitted and attained righteous deeds.Does this make sense?"
5) Would you like to accept Islaam? -
At this point, you have gone through everything you have wanted to go through in a Dawah conversation. You have successfully managed to articulate using common sense & rationality the need for a Creator, the need for a Purpose, the need for external Divine Revelation that can be tested for authenticity and preservation, the need for an accompanying Messenger who has the honest attributes befitting to carry this message and thus the core content of the Message which is Allaah is One & Not like His Creation that His Messenger is Muhammad (sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam), that we have been created to worship Allaah alone, and that this life is a temporal life in preparation for the next."So Mark/Claire, would you like to become a Muslim? Allaah says that those who accept Islaam, accept it as if they are born a new baby, i.e. free of any sin. I only want what is best for you and I only wish to convey and invite you to this belief. It is truly up to you if you want to accept. There is no compulsion in this Religion."
Remember, our job is to convey. Only Allaah can convert. You may want to assess the situation. Sometimes, even though we ALWAYS invite, the nature of your ivitation may differ according to what level the brother or sister may be at, it may be best to say something along the lines of:
"I realise it is a lot to take in. You wish to reflect on what we have spoken about. If you require some further information to digest then please feel free to take any of these books/pamphlets. It's all free of charge. Also, here are some good websites you can visit along with our contact details. Feel free to contact us whenever you want. Alternatively, we are here every Saturday. God Bless, have a great weekend"
Just Dawah

The Arabic word Da'wah means a call or an invitation

The Arabic word Da'wah means a call or an invitation. In Islamic context, it means to strive for the propagation of Islam.The obligation of Dawah has been made clear in the Qur'an.
Allah (glorified and exalted be He) says in the Qur'an, "Let there arise out of you a band of people inviting to all that is good, enjoining what is right, and forbidding what is wrong: they are the ones to attain felicity." (Al-Qur'an 3:104)
Most Muslims know that Islam is a universal religion, meant for all mankind.Allah (glorified and exalted be He) is the Lord of the entire Universe, and Muslims have been entrusted with the duty of conveying His message to all mankind. Alas, most today have become callous towards this duty! while accepting Islam as the best way of life for ourselves, most of us are unwilling to share this knowledge with those to whom the message has not yet been conveyed.
Allah (glorified and exalted be He) says in the Qur'an "Ah! Who is more unjust than those who conceal the testimony they have from Allah? But Allah is not unmindful of what ye do!" [Al-Qur'an 2:140]
In order to convey the message of Islam, dialogue and debate become inevitable.
Allah (glorified and exalted be He) says in the Qur'an "Invite (all) to the way of thy Lord, with wisdom and beautiful preaching, and argue with them in ways that are best and most gracious!" [Al-Qur'an 16:125]
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said,"Convey from me, even (if it is) one verse." (Bukhari)
The Qur'an also tells us that not conveying the message amounts to disobedience to Allah (glorified and exalted be He),"Those who conceal the clear (signs) We have sent down, and the guidance, after We have made it clear for the people in the Book -on them shall be Allah's curse, and the curse of those entitled to curse." (Al-Qur'an 2:159)
Conveying the message of Islam also means completing our own worship, the primary reason for which we were created. Dawah is one of the most noblest acts any Muslim can do and its rewards are immense.
Allah (glorified and exalted be He) says in the Qur'an,"Who is better in speech than one who calls (men) to Allah, works righteousness, and says, "I am of those who bow in Islam"?" (Al-Qur'an 41:33)
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, "Whoever guides (another) to a good deed will get a reward similar to the one who performs it." (Muslim).
He (peace be upon him) also said, "By Allah, if Allah were to guide one man through you it would be better for you than the best type of camels." (Bukhari and Muslim)
Da'wah is an obligation upon us all - Bring the light of Islam into someone's life