What I learn from the ways of my teachers: “ Sometimes a way to motivate action in students is to tolerate their childish fantasy in regard to their having high sense of self-esteem; but do not overlook to remind them of Adab* ”
* “Adab” – sense of proportion and knowledge of placing things in their rightful place. Absence of which indicates injustice (zulm).
“ Call thou (all mankind) unto the way of Thy Lord, with wisdom and goodly exhortation, and argue with them in the most kindly manner: for behold, thy Lord knows best as to who strays from His path, and best knows He as to who are the right-guided”
“ Indeed, there has come unto you (O mankind) a Messenger (Prophet Muhammad) from among yourselves: heavily weighs upon him [the thought] that you might suffer [in the life to come]; full of concern for you [is he, and] full of compassion and mercy towards the believers”
“ Muhammad is Allah’s Messenger; and those who are [truly] with him are firm and unyielding towards all deniers of the truth, [yet] full of mercy towards one another. You can see them bowing down, prostrating themselves [in prayer], seeking favor with Allah and [for His] goodly acceptance: their marks are on their faces, traced by prostration”
DA’AWAH – today, has been understood generally, to refer to every initiatives to call people towards adhering to every teachings of Islam, without any distinction with regards to the audience concerned (al-mad’uun).
DA’WAH – in the original sense refers to the calling of mankind (unbelievers).
For Muslims, DA’WAH (the call) is still continuously done but more towards their gradual improvement and perfection in Islam. This, technically is regarded as “ ISLAH ” – to distinguish it from the original meaning of Da’wah which is directed to non-Muslims.
Exclusive (i.e. tends to be inward looking primarily for Muslim community.) Thus activists’ knowledge, comfort level and confidence in dealing with their clients easily developed to suit their work with clients or audience.
Inclusive (i.e. must look outside our community). Thus activists’ knowledge, comfort level and confidence in dealing with their clients cannot be assumed but require specific and intensive preparation, especially their knowledge of other communities.
Activists’ developmental needs can be only focused on the project at hand; need not have to know bigger picture. Can have different activist. Can harness their personal professional expertise, as high level of religious knowledge need not be so crucial a requirement.
Activists’ developmental needs must all be focused on Da’wah and therefore require commitment for continuous training. Need to utilize same activists’ involvement in various projects. Relatively high level of religious knowledge is crucial.