Originally Posted by SirZubair
Salam Aleykum Wa Rahmetula,
I have never disagreed more. Actually maybe thats abit too far lol.
I think it will help if I break down what I understood from this thread and your post, two main points are brought up:
1.Muslims shouldnt be lazy, but should seek knowledge of their religion.
2.Muslims shouldnt write articles/make comments about other people's faith which show mistakes or errors in their faith.
With regards to the first, I do agree, a Muslim should seek knowledge of his deen and do that from cradle to the grave.
The bit I disagree about is that it seems that Muslims should have a certain knowledge of Islam before they can call people to Islam.
I agree that a person should not focous on writing articles about other faiths 100% of the time, as this will undoubtly slow his progress in his own religion, but what if there is a balance?
It seems, or it comes across to me that, your saying Muslims should study this and this and then go give da'wah, what if Muslims at the present time do not have such paths available, what if a Muslim is learning already aboutthose things? Does he have to wait till he finishes before he can go and give da'wah?
What about the Muslims who have just taken shahada and are still learning, are they expected to spend their whole 100% of time reading about such things? They should spend their majority of time on it, but what would be wrong if they allow 15% of their time on reading abit on da'wah material or sharing their views on their old faith? To be honest nothing has, to me, been more interesting than hearing a revert speak of his old experiences, even if that revert hasnt "learnt aqeedah?fiqh?etc...".
As in all things i think it is a balance.
Also coming on to the topic of articles such as 101 contradictions in the Bible, your example of spitting in someone's food and then inviting them again is nice I believe khalid yaseen used an example of slapping someone then telling them to become Muslim, not many would.
Similarly, we shouldnt expect to curse others and say things like 'haha your going hell, your bible is rubbish' and then expect them to become Muslim.
But such articles as 101 contradictions do help, but the key is as is with all things, that they are used properly.
Thus the example of spitting in someones food, can easly turn into someone not spiting into food but just warning others that their food is poisonus.
I have at first hand, personally, benefitted from Muslims pointing out mistakes in what I believed was G-ds word, I know a few people also whom have benefited from such things.
Is it that those things are really 'offensive' or are they just used in the wrong way.
I guess its the same with Islam, is Islam really offensive? or is it that some use it in the wrong way.
I also have a question, with regards to this statement bro, "GO learn enough about islam before you decide to come online and preach to others."
How much is enough?
Also may Allah bless Shabbir Ally.
Salam Aleykum Wa Rahmetula Wa Berekatu