Education - Dawah

The word "Da'wah" in Arabic simply means to invite to something. When it is used in conjunction with Islam it is understood to mean "Inviting to the Way of submission and surrender to Allah." Da'wah in Islam is actually an order from Allah (swt) as revealed in the Holy Qur'an in a number of places. Let us consider one:

"Kuntum khairan ummatin ukhrajat linaasi tawmaruna bil maruf wa tan anna anhil munkar."
You are the best of people raised up, for you call to all that is right and righteous and you forbid the evil, and you believe in Allah.
[Qur'an 3:110]

"Invite to the way of your Lord with wisdom (hikmah) and beautiful preaching and argue with them in ways that are best."
(Surah An-Nahl 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]

The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam) has said: "Convey from me, even one verse.". Conveying the message therefore does not require a high level of scholarship, it is in fact a responsibility of each and every Muslim, according to his or her ability.

Calling people to Allah also means completing our own worship, the reason for which we are created. It is one of the noblest acts that entail a high reward.

"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]

With regards to the reward, the Prophet (saw)said: "By Allah, if Allah were to guide one man through you it would be better for you than the best type of camels.".

With this guidance from Allah (swt) and His Prophet (saw), the Institute for Islamic Services conducts Dawah work at its head-quarters and in all the areas including informal settlements, especially amongst the underprivileged. We network and facilitate Dawah activities, including the publishing as well as distribution of free literature & Qurans. You may also play a role in Dawah by kindly referring anyone interested in Islam to us.

DIFFERENT MEDIA OF DA'WAH USED BY THE INSTITUTE:

The media through which Da'wah can be done is broadly divided into four categories:

  • i) Print Media
  • ii) Audio (e.g. Radio 1584).
  • iii) Video (IIS Audio / Visual facilities)
  • iv) Electronic Media (e.g. our email address: islamic1584@gmail.com Website: www.islamicservices.co.za).

    We also use audio media to convey the message to a group of people, social and cultural gatherings, functions, meetings, etc. (as we do during our feeding schemes). Furthermore, we use audio media to reach a multitude of people through Radio 1584 broadcast.

    RADIO 1584

    The use of media has become one of the most successful and beneficial means of communication in this age. This is due to its popularity and it being a weapon with two edges.

    If the media, such as radio, newspapers and television, are used for giving da`wah, and for guiding people to Allah and what the Prophet Muhammad has brought, then this is a great thing which can benefit the Ummah wherever they are, by the permission of Allah. This can also benefit the non-Muslims in helping them to understand Islam and comprehend it, learn about its merits and know that it is the path to success in this world and in the Hereafter.

    Radio 1584 is run under the auspices of the I.I.S. & serves as a voice for the community & aims to be fully representative. The community is urged to participate by volunteering in the technical, programming, presentation & related areas of the radio.

    DAWAH THROUGH BILL-BOARDS

    We have seen a lot of direct and indirect references to Islam in the media that not only misconstrued Islam's image but also spread hatred towards Islam and Muslims. Hence there is a tremendous need to convey the real image of Islam. The Institute for Islamic Services is proud to announce the launch of a lot of billboards on Islam, first time here in South Africa. We have heard enough of the stereotypes and misconceptions conveyed about Islam and it's now time to convey a positive message about Islam and Muslims.

    This billboard informational campaign, aims to reach out to as much South Africans as possible by promoting understanding through answering common questions on Islam and Muslims, and InshAllah, will work to bridge the gap between Islam and non-Muslim. A contact number, 012 374 1584, is provided on the Billboards along with the email address:
    islamic1584@gmail.com. Interested individuals may call and ask questions about Islam, request free translation of the Quran along with free Islamic literature, audio / visual cassettes, request a guided visit to the Mosque. Our trained daees are working all out to disseminate positive information by responding to the calls initiated through the Billboard Ad and other various projects.

    This is an ideal time for such a campaign due to the number of people wanting to know about Islam. Billboards are one of the most cost-effective ways of reaching to the public. Based on the statistics, an average billboard, the number of people viewing the billboard on any given day is estimated to running into thousands. Imagine how many people would be seeing this message inviting to Islam in a month.

    BOOKS PUBLISHED

  • THE DAWN.
  • MYTH OF THE CROSS.
  • WHAT IS HIS NAME? SINCERELY WRONG
  • MUHAMMAD (SAW) THE GREATEST.
  • IS JESUS GOD?
  • WHO MOVED THE STONE?
  • DID JESUS REALLY DIE FOR YOUR SINS?
  • CHRIST IN ISLAM
  • AL-QURAN, THE MIRACLE OF MIRACLES.
  • WHAT WAS THE SIGN OF JONAH.
  • WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT MUHAMMAD (SAW).
  • CONCEPT OF GOD IN MAJOR RELIGIONS
  • SALLAH - THE MUSLIM PRAYER
  • MUHAMMAD (SAW) THE NATURAL SUCCESSOR TO CHRIST.

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