questions are being asked about Islam, Muslims, Quran, Muhammad
(peace be upon him), jihad, fasting, pilgrimmage and the list
goes on. The big question for Muslims is, "What is the
best way to answer them?"
this reason we would like to offer a method that has been very
effective in the area of dawah (sharing and inviting to the
truth of Islam). Many of those who are most successful in presenting
the best picture and helping others to overcome stereo typing
and even entering into Islam themselves use the following techniques
or something similar to them. It should be noted that this is
also in line with the teachings of the Quran and the prophet,
peace be upon him, for assimilating and sharing the messsage
of Islam. "Laa
elaha illa lah, Muhammadan rasoolulah" (There
is none worthy to be worshipped except the One Almighty God
and Muhammad is the last messenger and prophet of Almighty God).
Thank you for writing and for your question.
Before we begin to offer information there are a few simple
things to have ready for your discussion. Here are some important
points to keep in mind and these should be used when you are
answering questions about Islam:
First - Tell them that we are pleased they are asking about
Islam. Say, "Thank you for asking me about my religion."
Second - Say to them, "Before trying to answer any specific
question, it is best to first begin with Basics
Of Islam [Click]
Third - tell them two important things about our religion:
- "As Muslims, we cannot lie about anything, especially
about our religion."
- "We have original recorded sources of our religion."
- The two sources in Islam are:
- The Quran [click]
- Teachings of Muhammad [click]
Next - Tell them: "This is a unique part of Islam, not
available in any other ancient religions."
Then - Explain to them, sometimes "questions" contain
misinformation. We must qualify what it is that someone is
saying against what they are implying. We will need to straighten
out the questions before giving answers.
Now - Ask them; "If during the answer, you hear yourself
saying, "I didn't know that" or "This is something
good," then are you ready to worship your God and your
Lord without and partners?
Finally - Say; "This what Islam is really all about.
The most important subject is the worship of Almighty God,
without any partners or associates or "gods" besides
After going through the above steps we are much better prepared
to share the correct answers about Islam.
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