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As Muslims, it is our responsibility to remind and invite people toward the beautiful Deen of Islam. Somewhere, somehow over the years, we have become distracted by the Dunya (world), thus resulting in many of us becoming negligent in fulfilling our obligation of giving Da'wah.
Occasionally, we feel that we are unable to give Da'wah due to our limited resources. However, this is not justifiable, as 'Passive Da'wah' (meaning Da'wah given unconsciously on a day to day basis) may be provided in numerous ways, regardless of a person's availability of resources or formal education. Da'wah can be executed by anyone and at anytime.
We are ambassadors of Islam. How we behave and interact with the creation of Allah Azza Wajal reflects upon us as Muslims. It is imperative that we aspire to acquire good character. Our good characters and manners will leave a positive impression on those whom we meet. Religious injunctions are not commanded by Allah Azza wajal to oppress us, but to protect us and to provide us with an identity. Hijab gives us identity and weaves us into a community that is "Proud to be Muslim." Regardless of whether we are alone or in public, we need to remember that Allah see's us. Let us be ambassadors by sitting with the truthful, keeping our desires at bay, making Shukr for everything that we have and by being patient. Passive Da'wah is relatively easy and does not need a large amount of expendable resources. It is fundamentally the giving of ourselves.
So read on dear sister, with an open heart and an open mind. The following are simple ways in which you could serve and participate in the work of Da'wah, Insha'Allah, Allah Azza Wajal will assist us with our endeavors through trying to assist others. Ameen.
1. Your neighbors-
Exchanging gifts was a great Sunnah of Rasulullah Sallallāhu Alayhi Wasallam and is encouraged in Islam. Perhaps bake a cake and send it over to the neighbors. A simple gesture such as calling them to enquire about their health can really change their perception of Islam and Muslims.
2. Phone or write to a friend-
While you chat, you can help renew a sisters Iman (faith),advise her regarding something she's concerned about, and remind her to have Sabr (patience), which all come under 'enjoining the good.' Allah says in the Qur'an, "And remind, for indeed the reminder benefits the Believers."
Participate in spreading the Da'wah by writing for publications, websites etc. There has be something you feel passionately about. Put pen to paper and let your ideas flow! Base what you write upon the Qur'an and Sunnah and have it checked by a reliable scholar. It will be a chance for you to do a bit of research, increase your knowledge, and it may be a valuable resource for others.
4. Support an Islamic Institute-
There are plenty of Islamic organizations that help to spread the word of Islam. By sending them a donation you will not only be participating in Da'wah, you'll be rewarded for Sadaqah Jaariyah (ongoing charity) as your donation may cause a ripple effect, touching future generations, or it may mean someone accepting Islam and practicing it.
5. Distribute Authentic Islamic literature-
Spread the publications of the truthful and righteous scholars to create awareness and promote their cause of defending Islam.
6. Start a study circle-
Have you thought about joining or starting a study circle? Ask reliable ulama to guide and check your notes so that you may actively pass on authentic information to your peers. Attend classes where we can learn the Tafseer of the noble Quran and get back to the basics such as Wudhu (ablution) and Salaah.
7. Encourage -
Your husband and men folk in the family and make them realize their duty to Allah and the Ummah. When we support and aid their efforts in Da'wah and upholding the banner of Islam, we will be rewarded just as much. Allow your husband time to spend in this cause and help him in any way you can.
8. Teach your children-
Bringing up our children to love Allah and defend Islam is our most important Da'wah task! Our children and spouses need to be given Da'wah first. Remember that everything you do to increase their knowledge and make them strong, righteous people is priceless and will be rewarded. Rasulullah (sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam) said, "All of you are shepherds and are responsible for their flocks. A leader is a shepherd and is responsible for his flock. A man is a shepherd over his family and is responsible for his flock. A woman is the shepherd in the house of her husband and is responsible for her flock.