What isDa’wahin Islam?
Allah says in the Quran, 16:125
ٱدْعُ إِلَىٰ سَبِيلِ رَبِّكَ بِٱلْحِكْمَةِ وَٱلْمَوْعِظَةِ ٱلْحَسَنَةِ ۖ وَجَـٰدِلْهُم بِٱلَّتِى هِىَ أَحْسَنُ ۚ إِنَّ رَبَّكَ هُوَ أَعْلَمُ بِمَن ضَلَّ عَن سَبِيلِهِۦ ۖ وَهُوَ أَعْلَمُ بِٱلْمُهْتَدِينَ
“Invite (all) to the Way of your Lord with wisdom and beautiful preaching, and argue with them in ways that are best and most gracious. For your Lord knows best who have strayed from His Path, and who receive guidance.”
What is Da’wah?
Da’wah is to invite anyone, Muslims and non-Muslims, to understand how the worship of Allah (God) is described in the Quran & the Sunnah of the Prophet (peace be upon him), and how that is practiced in Islam. Giving Da’wah entails that a person gives advice & guidance on making good choices and how to live an Islamic lifestyle.
Who can give Da’wah?
The idea that you need to be a top-class scholar with 10+ years of experience to be able to give Da’wah isn’t entirely accurate. As long as what you teach is correct (i.e. is a verified verse, narration or ruling), anyone can teach whatever they’ve learned. We’ve developed this idea in Islam that unless you go the scholarly route – you cannot teach others about Islam. The Prophet himself informed us that if all you can teach an individual is the only verse in the entirety of the Quran that you know, then share that knowledge, because something is always better than nothing.
Nobody, no matter how far they climb the scholarship ladder, will NEVER learn enough. Everybody can always learn something new. There will always be something more to learn. Imam Malik (may Allah have mercy on him), said, “It is not befitting for anyone with knowledge to give up learning.” [Jami Bayan al-Ilm 423]
How can I get involved with Da’wah on campus?
Da’wah Crew is a sector of MSA that deals with giving da’wah on campus. We host a variety of events & activities where we give da’wah to Muslims and non-Muslims alike! Do you need any experience giving Da’wah to apply? Absolutely not! Anyone interested can apply to be a part of the crew! Here is a general list of roles and responsibilities of a Da’wah Crew member:
Da’wah Crew Roles & Responsibilities
- Be an Islamic role model in your personal life
- Act respectfully & kind with others
- Be willing to learn & grow
- Do not force your views upon others
- Have faith dialogues, not monologues
- Attend & represent at MSA events
- Present Islam through an understandable angle
- Help setup and takedown tables for da’wah
- Be a resource for those interested in learning more
- Interact & engage with people of different faiths
Introducing our Da’wah Coordinator for 2021-2022!
Major: IT Infrastructure
Graduation Date: May 2022
Salam everyone! I’m incredibly honored to be the Da’wah coordinator for this school year & I hope that this year is filled with success and lots of fun through the blessings of Allah (SWT)! Ever since I was a child, I was raised in a very religious household and I would frequently attend many Islamic seminars & programs, while also enrolling in the customary weekend Islamic school at my local Masjid until I completed high school. After I graduated from high school, I spent some time at Masjid Darussalam in Lombard, Illinois, where I received a lot of my formal Islamic education in subjects such as Hadith, Seerah, Aqeedah & Fiqh.
Alhumdulillah over the last few years, I’ve been teaching and running youth programs at different Masajid across the Twin Cities such as Masjid al-Rahman in Bloomington, Eastern Twin Cities Islamic Center in Woodbury & South Metro Islamic Center in Rosemount to name a few. I also work very closely with organizations like the Muslim American Society (MAS) & Islamic Resource Group (IRG), where I’ve gone to other places of holy worship (i.e. Churches) and given presentations on Islam while also hosting Q&A sessions to tackle some of the lingering or challenging questions people had about Islam. I am incredibly passionate about working for the Deen and nothing gives me more joy than to just converse with someone about the Quran, Hadith, or any Islamic topic for that matter.
My goal for this year is to really engage with as many Muslims on campus as we can while also working on establishing relationships with individuals of different faiths. I believe dialogue is the best way to understand another person and so encouraging interfaith discussions is one key area we are looking to expand on. Lastly, we want to provide resources for both Muslims & non-Muslims alike so they could have a safe space to get the answers to all their thought-provoking questions, and to educate people on Islam & the core values and principles that it has been established on.
May Allah grant us a lot of success this year, put barakah in our efforts & accept all the work that we do.
Da’wah Crew 2021-2022
Coming soon Inshallah!