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Fourth: Progression in the use of means and methods:

Progression here means a gradual process, bit by bit wherein the propagator progresses in presenting his message bit by bit as Allah the most High said:

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"And it is a Quran which We have revealed in portions so that you may read it to the people by slow degrees, and We have revealed it, revealing in portions [Al-Israa :106]

The Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be on him) applied the principle of progression in the usage of the means and methods of propagation, starting by giving a general announcement of the subject of propagation, to immigration, to sending brigades, to invasions, to writing messages  and sending messengers to delegations, to the missions, until he began to launch Jihad throughout the world.

Fifth: The means or method must not be a symbol of the unbelievers: such as the horn of the Jews  and the bell of the Christians, for the Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be on him) has prohibited all these means when he said: He is not one of us he that takes to the ways of others besides us. Do not emulate the Jews and  Christians – e.t.c.

He further said: “In fact, the Jews and Christians do not dye their hair, so oppose them”.

There is a role model for us in the prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be on him) in this control regarding the means and methods of propagation in the episode of the beginning of the Adhan which is a means of displaying the symbol of Islam and the word of Monotheism (Tawheed), by informing about the time and place of prayer as well as calling to congregation.

Abdullah Bin Umar, may Allah be pleased with him and his father, narrated saying: “On arrival at Medina, Muslims used to assemble and wait for the time of prayer as no one was calling to it. One day, as they discussed among themselves about that some said: let’s have a bell like that of the Christians. Some others said: Let’s have a horn like that of the Jews. Thereupon Umar said: Why don’t you send a man to call for the prayer? Then Allah’s apostle (blessings and peace of Allah be on him) said: O’ Bilal! Go and make the call to prayer”.

The messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be on him) didn’t adopt any means that is a symbol of the unbelievers to promulgate the time and place of prayer, which is one of the supreme ceremonies of Islam because that will insinuate emulating the unbelievers. Islam has come to distinguish itself from other religions with respect to doctrines and acts of worship.

The propagator has to avoid any means of propagation that is considered a symbol and characteristic of the unbelievers whatever that means may be. This is with respect to doctrinal issues. As regard mundane affairs, he has to be clever enough to take whatever that agrees with the Islamic Legislation and reject what opposes it. Wisdom is an object or goal of persistent search for a believer, which he grabs wherever he finds.

In a nutshell, means and methods of propagation are not all based on Divine revelation as they are not also completely left to Man’s discretion. Those of them stated in the Qur’aan and Sunnah are based on Divine revelation while the others are discretional but they are also binded by Islamic legal controls. By this, I think I would have added something new to the field of Islamic propagation.

In conclusion, I seek the assistance and guidance of Allah.

 (Translated from the book: Wasaail Ad-da’wah Ilallaahi Ta’aala wa Asaalibuha Baynat-Tawqeef Wal-Ijtihaad).

 

 

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