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 All praise is due to Allah the Lord of the worlds, and prayers and peace be upon the Master of the Messengers, Muhammad, and all his family and company.

Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him was sent by Allah to achieve one goal which is to take people out of darkness to enlightenment, to guide them to the way of Paradise and warn them against the Hellfire. This can only be achieved by embracing Islam and following his teachings and principles, Allah said:

"ادْعُ إِلَىٰ سَبِيلِ رَبِّكَ بِالْحِكْمَةِ وَالْمَوْعِظَةِ الْحَسَنَةِ ۖ وَجَادِلْهُم بِالَّتِي هِيَ أَحْسَنُ ۚ إِنَّ رَبَّكَ هُوَ أَعْلَمُ بِمَن ضَلَّ عَن سَبِيلِهِ ۖ وَهُوَ أَعْلَمُ بِالْمُهْتَدِينَ" (النحل:125)

Interpretation of the meaning:

"Invite to the way of your Lord with wisdom and good instruction, and argue with them in a way that is best. Indeed, your Lord is most knowing of who has strayed from His way, and He is most knowing of who is [rightly] guided” (16:125)

This is not confined to him alone, rather it is moral duty of each of us to communicate message of Islam to those who are unaware. This effort is made obligatory to perform on everyone who has religious knowledge. Allah Almighty says:

 

'Abdullah bin 'Amr bin Al-'As (May Allah be pleased with them) reported:

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, "Convey from me even an Ayah of the Qur'an; relate traditions from Banu Israel, and there is no restriction on that; but he who deliberately forges a lie against me let him have his abode in the Hell." [Sahih Al- Bukhari].

Imam al-Nawawi (may Allah have mercy on him) commented on this hadeeth in his book Riyad al-Salihin: " It stresses the importance of acquiring knowledge of the Qur'an and Hadith and imparting it to others. No matter whether one has more or less knowledge, he must communicate it to others. There is no justification to presume that preaching or inviting to the Message of Allah is the duty of religious scholars and those who are well-versed in this sphere. In fact, it is a duty upon every Muslim, so much so that if a person knows even a single Verse of the Qur'an, that is to say if he knows only one injunction of Allah, he is duty bound to communicate it to other people."  (Hadith no. 1380)

 

How to Present Islam to Non-Muslim?

 

First:  Be a good example:

you have to be a good example. The prophet peace be upon him is a good example for us; before becoming prophet. When Aisha may Allah be pleased with her was asked about the character of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, she replied, 'His character was the Qur'an. (i.e. was implementing the teachings of the Qur’an in all aspects of his life.)

Show the values of Islam through your good conduct and mannerisms. No one will trust or believe a person whose words are contrary to his actions. Allah almighty declares clearly His hate to those who say what they do not do; Allah almighty says:

"يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آَمَنُوا لِمَ تَقُولُونَ مَا لَا تَفْعَلُونَ (2) كَبُرَ مَقْتاً عِندَ اللَّهِ أَن تَقُولُوا مَا لَا تَفْعَلُونَ"  (الصف:2-3)

 

Interpretation of the meaning:

“O you who believe! Why do you say that which you do not do? Most hateful it is with Allah that you say that which you do not do” [61:2-3]

 

Second: Call with wisdom and good instruction

Allah Almighty says:

 

Calling to Islam needs to be carried out with utmost compassion, good character and kind words so as to easily convince and attract your them to Islam. Show respect and good character while persuading your friends to Islam. Keep your calm and smile. Also, this is not confined to words, but even actions. You may visit them when they are sick and pray for Allah to cure them, or give and receive gifts from them so as to soften their hearts towards Islam. Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) gave a Hullah (suit) to his mushrik brother in Makkah, as was narrated by al-Bukhaari (2619).

You may also involve them in the Islamic events, for example: Iftar during Ramadan, Eid Al-Fitr and Eid Al-Adha.

 

Third: Use of useful means

You can give them books, brochures and tapes that talk about Islam in their language. Choose carefully titles that attract them. You may also take them to a learned scholar who knows how to present Islam to them and answer any doubts they may have.

The following books are recommended for non-Muslims:

1.    "How to enter Islam" by Muhammad Sulaymaan al-Ashqar

 

2.     "Do not grieve?" by Shaykh ‘Aa’id al-Qarani 

 

Fourth: Be patient

 

You should not quickly seek the fruits of calling to Islam. Expect any reaction but don't give up, try repeatedly without despair or disappointment.

 

 

"وَأْمُرْ بِالْمَعْرُوفِ وَانْهَ عَنِ الْمُنْكَرِ وَاصْبِرْ عَلَى مَا أَصَابَكَ إِنَّ ذَلِكَ مِنْ عَزْمِ الْأُمُورِ" (لقمان:17)

 

Interpretation:

"enjoin what is right, forbid what is wrong, and be patient over what befalls you. Indeed, [all] that is of the matters [requiring] determination." (31:17)

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