Originally Posted by jimbo123
Asalaamu Alaikum, this is a very good question. The best form of dawah is our actions as the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) was perfect in behaviour manners and ettiquette and people turned to Islam just by observing his behaviour as well as by meeting him. By far the best form of dawah is our actions and that is why we should all excell in good behaviour, manners, ettiquette and helping others for the pleasure of Allah and being kind and generous. This will certainly have a positive effect on those around us.
One of the individual obligations of a Muslim is that we must also give verbal dawah of course depending on the situation we are in we should try our best to tell non Muslims about Islam even if it is a couple of good words. If we know the truth then why should we not tell others this truth so that they may also learn about it? It may be that they have a distorted view on Islam which we can clarify for them.
"Invite to the Way of your Lord (i.e. Islam) with wisdom and fair preaching, and argue with them in a way that is better. Truly, your Lord knows best who has gone astray from His Path, and He is the Best Aware of those who are guided." [al-Qur'aan, an-Nisaa'(16):125]
"Let there arise out of you a group of people inviting to all that is good, enjoining al-ma`roof [i.e. Islamic Monotheism and all that Islam orders one to do] and forbidding al-Munkar [polytheism and disbelief and all that Islam has forbidden]. And it is they who are successful." [al-Qur'aan, Aal `Imraan (3):104]
We should of course use wisdom and tact in our approach and NEVER become defensive or on attack mode when giving dawah especially if they do not agree on any aspect on Islam as this will just have a negative effect as oppose to a positive one. Just keep cool and calm and refute their argument using wisdom and logic. If you do not know the answer then tell them that you will look up the answer and get back to them for there is no shame in that.
On the day of judgement it may be that if we had non Muslim colleagues who we never gave any dawah to then they may turn to Allah and say that we never gave them the message of Islam and we will be held accountable for that. So it is incumbant that we as Muslims try our best to the best of our ability to give dawah to non Muslims in a beautiful manner using wisdom and tact.
It maybe that one word of dawah to a non Muslim may be enough to open the doors of guidance and for them to enter the fold of Islam. One may even e mail them information if they ask for it or if requested give them a copy of the Qur'an translated or a book on Islam. If a non Muslim shows interest then there is no need to pester them. Talk to them and then leave them for a while and then go back to them again. If they start coming to you then even better.
We should all do whatever we can depending on our situation to the best of our ability. Even giving dawah on the internet is a very good way of inviting others to Islam as many non Muslims will look for information on the internet. One should use all avenues to give dawah to others including verbally at work, school, college, uni, even at the gym as well as on the internet as this is a brilliant way of reaching non Muslims on a global scale. We can all do a little and a little is better than nothing at all because all deserve to know the truth of Islam in the correct context as knowledge will wipe way all misconceptions.
"And who is better in speech than he who invites to Allah and does righteous deeds, and says: 'I am one of the Muslims.'" [al-Qur'aan, Fussilat(41):33]
And Allah knows best in all matters