If you’ve always wanted to be a Daa’iyyah (caller to Islaam); to invite people to the Truth, but felt you don’t have time, then you'd better take a fresh look at Da’wah! Check out these 10 ideas and make your home a Da’wah hub!
1. Bake a cake for your neighbors
It’s amazing what effect reaching out to our neighbors can have. A simple gesture such as baking a cake for them can really change their perception of Islaam and Muslims. It is those little day-to-day interactions that make people think twice about how Islaam is often portrayed in the media.
The Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said, “O Muslim women, do not think that any gift is too insignificant to give to a neighbour, even if it is only a sheep’s foot.” (Agreed upon by Bukhari and Muslim.)
3. Phone or write to a friend
Supporting our sisters in Islaam is also Da’wah because while you chat you can help renew a sisters Eemaan (faith), give her some timely advice regarding something she’s worried about, and remind her to have Sabr (patience), which all come under ‘enjoining the good.’ Remember that Allah says in the Qur’aan, “By Time, Indeed Man is in loss, except for those who believe, and work righteous deeds, and advise one another with Truth and advise one another with Sabr (Patient perseverance).” (Surah Al Asr 103:1-3)
6. Invite someone round for tea.
Whether it is the Jehovah’s Witness lady, who knocks on your door, or someone else you have met, you can invite them round for an informal chat. Let them learn a little something about Islaam. You could just tell them what we believe about the Prophet ‘Isa ('alyhissalaam) and you will have conveyed an important part of our message.
7. Write an article for a magazine or website.
There must be something you feel passionately about or an experience you’ve had, that others may benefit from. 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 person of knowledge. It’ll be a chance for you to do a bit of research, increase your knowledge and it may be a valuable resource for other sisters.
8. Start a study circle
Host a small gathering of sisters for an hour every week. Present a short talk about one aspect of Islam you have looked into, or study the Tafseer (Qur’anic exegesis) of a particular Soorah (chapter) together. Invite sisters who don’t normally go to a circle. Allah will put so much Barakah (blessings) in your home Inshaa’ Allah! The Prophet (sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam) said in a Hadeeth Qudsi, that Allah says, “I am as My servant expects Me to be. I am with him when he makes mention of Me. If he makes mention of Me to himself, I make mention of him to Myself; and if he makes mention of Me in an assembly, I make mention of him in an assembly better than it.”
9. Be your husband’s Rock
When we support our husbands’ efforts in Da’wah, we will be rewarded too. Allow him time to spend in this cause and help him in any way you can.
10. Teach your children
Bringing our children up to understand and love the message of Islaam is our most important Da’wah project! Remember that everything you do to increase their knowledge and make them strong, righteous people is priceless and will be rewarded. The Prophet (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…” (Agreed upon by Bukhari and Muslim.)