Dinki Di Dawah

The musings and poetics of a revert Aussie.

Double Sestina?! The Behemoth of Structured Poems…

Let me tell you write now that this is by all means a work in progress. A Double Sestina, depending on its particular form as used by the poet, is essentially a Sestina or Sestinas. Using the same set of twelve words to end the lines of each verse, only in different order each time (which I’ve already calculated so that part of the work is done), it is eventually twelve verses long. Similarly, the Crown Sonnet or Sonnet of Sonnets is of similar difficulty.

So far, I have three of the twelve verses completed. So far, I am trying to base it off the Dreamtime stories of the Rainbow Serpent. Feel free to critique it, that I may continue this endeavour anew. Cheers!

In bursting light now flies this enigma,
Longing for this land’s spirit to fall back
Over golden glades of Baw Baw Plateau.
Victors are we? So shall end our tale’s arc?
Embrace these folks, be they Irish or Thai,
Save those who’d dare spread new faith here again.
He, the native, has no cause to lament;
Instead, we’re told, he causes false drama,
Not to reinvigorate, but to mark
Their reintegration to this idea,
If one will, of our land defined by them
And ruled by none. Now it lies before you.

A land that harvests drought and fire; dare you
To sweep this land as rains, in spite of them
Whose roots run deep, whose song, the enigma,
Has crossed this land as a web? An idea
At such power can only sung back
To gumbuya and forth to streams. Its mark
Can dance from the Mallee to the Plateau
Of Jargungal, Kosciuszko. The drama
Sings on, upon the serpent’s spine, its arc
Traversing shores, slopes and gullies, to tie
A people to their land. They shan’t lament.
Their nations live, to one day sing again. 

So long as this spirit rises again,
We remember this land, not to lament
Its passing nor its death. Know that for you
I fight despite my shortcomings. No tie
Of colony nor nationhood binds them
To cause or hope. My venomed words they’ll hark.
Give pause. So dream that ashen enigma,
A land born in fire, for no small drama
Is creation, yet a dance, an idea
Borne from a trance, a dream. Let it plateau
And flow over plains, then rise and vault back
To soaring heights beyond your previous mark.

© James “Abdulmalik” Randall, 2014.

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Sestina No. 1 OR Hayatul-ad-Dunya

Often lies there no patience
For the desires of this world’s
Many pleasures that we trek after,
Despite the harms they render on
Ourselves and our families as they watch,
Helpless to save the ones they love.

Yet it is in pursuit of love
We exercise more care and patience
Than we would in seeking after worlds
Of joy and ecstasy, and only after
We discover our bodies lying on
The funeral bier with none to watch

Over in vigil. For against time’s watch
We fight to live, to lie, to love
Out our own time, needing no patience
To live nothing but happy in our own worlds.
With nothing to die for in the hereafter,
Yet everything to live for here upon

This earth… How cynical and hard on
Ourselves can we be, to believe none watch
Over creation, one devoid of love
Let alone hope… Why have care or patience
When amongst all of the planets and worlds
We’d know beyond death is nothing thereafter.

Yet maybe I fooled myself even after
Believing a thing I’ve no evidence to rely upon
In any existential sense; nothing to watch
And observe for proof. So here I believe with love
In some entity I, as a Muslim, with patience
Call Rabbi-l’Aal’Ameen, Lord of the Worlds,

Whose Lordship would reign over not only this world’s
Denizens but of every planet thereafter
Imagined. Yet what could I base such thinking on
Other than moral deductions, yet while watch
Suffering worldwide in contrast to the love
And peace that others might find. Yet slowly, patience

And care we take to watch what time we’ve left in this world’s
Life and despair and love whereafter
We leave nothing thereupon but our soul’s continued patience.

© James “Abdulmalik” Randall, 2014.

PS. This poem is a reflection on the thoughts and feelings I had before I embraced Islam and became a Muslim. Written in Sestina form as a challenge to myself, I figured that it was as good a time as any to ponder my own past in a way that would branch out to the many Atheists and Agnostics among my friends, to express my own similar feelings of times past, even when my lifestyle may seem to clash with theirs. In reality, we all face the same dilemmas and trials of belief and conviction as one another at one point or another.

Term on Earth – A Villanelle

One’s end of term on earth comes oft too late
When hands of angels push souls to life’s edge,
Man’s indignant rage to no more create

Naught but accrue wealth for their estate
Worthless. Graves have no room for gold to wedge
One’s end of term on earth comes oft too late.

Fear not. The Creator will not negate
Your precious wealth. Your gold they’ll find and dredge.
Man’s indignant rage to no more create

For your dear Trust. Your legacy falls straight
To the maws of kin who can’t share nor pledge.
One’s end of term on earth comes oft too late.

Yet on we strive, never question our state,
Given the degree we’re thrust to life’s ledge
One’s end of term on earth comes oft. Too late

We are then to weigh up any good trait
We saved up, no matter what we allege.
One’s end of term on earth comes oft too late,
Man’s indignant rage to no more create.

© James “Abdulmalik” Randall, 2014.

Da’wah to Christians: The Biblical concept of Prayer and Worship

According to the Bible, as mentioned in numerous passages, the method of prayer between the prophets has remained nearly unaltered and identical, from the time of Abraham (Peace Be Upon Him), then known as Abram, leading to final Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). During street missions I have mentioned this often to Christians during our dialogues, but they refute this by asking, why didn’t I see the worshippers kneeling and prostrating during Sunday prayer, during my time as a Christian? I have yet to find a reason for this, as have they, but my reply is always that I am baffled why they don’t worship as their Messiah did equally as much as I am with the fact they continue to worship him as a man-god instead.

Getting back to the point, the Bible refers to this common method of prayer through kneeling and lowering one’s face to the ground in humility, or “prostration”, beginning from Abraham (pbuh):

“And Abram fell on his face, and God talked with him, saying, As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations.”  Genesis 17:3.


It is continued through the legacy of Moses and his brother Aaron, who both in several occasions during the narration of the Torah, pray with their faces to the ground in submission before their Lord:

 

Numbers 14:5 Then Moses and Aaron fell on their faces before all the assembly of the congregation of the children of Israel.

Numbers 20:6 And Moses and Aaron went from the presence of the assembly unto the door of the tent of meeting, and fell upon their faces; and the glory of the LORD appeared unto them.

Leviticus 9:24 And there came forth fire from before the LORD, and consumed upon the altar the burnt-offering and the fat; and when all the people saw it, they shouted, and fell on their faces.

 

The Prophet Joshua (Peace Be Upon Him):

Joshua 5:14 And he said: ‘Nay, but I am captain of the host of the LORD; I am now come.’ And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and bowed down, and said unto him: ‘What saith my lord unto his servant?’

Joshua 7:6 And Joshua rent his clothes, and fell to the earth upon his face before the ark of the LORD until the evening, he and the elders of Israel; and they put dust upon their heads.

 

The Prophet David (Peace Be Upon Him):

1 Chronicles 21:16 And David lifted up his eyes, and saw the angel of the LORD standing between the earth and the heaven, having a drawn sword in his hand stretched out over Jerusalem. Then David and the elders, clothed in sackcloth, fell upon their faces.

 

The Prophet Ezekiel (P.B.U.H.):

Ezekiel 1:28 As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. And when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spoke.

Ezekiel 3:23 And I rise and go forth unto the valley, and lo, there the honour of Jehovah is standing as the honour that I had seen by the river Chebar, and I fall on my face.

Ezekiel 44:4 And he bringeth me in the way of the north gate unto the front of the house, and I look, and lo, filled hath the honour of Jehovah the house of Jehovah, and I fall on my face. 

(Also refer to Ezekiel 9:8Ezekiel 11:13Ezekiel 43:3)

 

Finally, the Prophet Jesus (P.B.U.H.) also prayed in such a manner, also referenced in the Scripture in numerous places.

Matthew 26:39 “And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will,, but as thou wilt.” (also Mark 14:35)

Luke 22:41 “He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed.”

On a similar note, when I discuss the Prophethood of Jesus and the lack of proof and self-witness of his divinity, Christians will tell me that his followers ‘worshipped’ him after his so-called Resurrection. However, after the reading the Bible in its entirety it becomes obvious that the translations use the phrases “fell”, “kneeled” or “prostrated before” alternatively and interchangeably with the word “worship”. So while the King James Version will say his followers worshipped Jesus, the Revised Standard Version will narrate that they kneeled before him as his disciples. An obvious evidence of this error of interpretation is found in the Book of Acts, when Peter, the most well known disciple, entered the home of Cornelius, a devout early Christian, and his reaction was one of reverence and submission. Several translations narrate:

Acts 10:25 “When Peter entered, Cornelius fell at his feet and worshipped him.” 

I ask the Christians, if we were to accept the Bible in its entirety as the word of God, are we to bow and worship Simon Peter, son of Jonah, as a god, simply because the same translation narrates the disciples worshipped Jesus in the same way?

Da’Wah to Christians: Slavery in the Bible and Qur’an

The Qur’an makes it clear that a person enters slavery under only one of two circumstances: they were taken prisoner during an ordained and legitimate war of jihad (only declarable by a Caliph) or that person was born into slavery due to both parents being slaves. This makes the slave trade of the European empires, and also of rogue Arab pirates throughout history, un-Islamic and against Qur’anic teaching. However the Bible here mentions how a father may sell his daughter into slavery, to be used by her new master as he will. No similar mandate is found anywhere in the Qur’an or Hadith, for it is an abhorrent teaching that goes against all common morality.

  • Exodus 21:7
    When a man sells his daughter as a slave, she shall not go out as the male slaves do.
  • Keluaran 21:7
    Maka jikalau seorang sudah menjual anaknya perempuan menjadi sahaya, maka tiada ia akan keluar seperti keluar segala hamba laki-laki.
 Islam is the only religion which commands its followers to give slaves the best living conditions, and even entitles them to receive sustenance from the master, which includes shelter, food, clothing, and medical attention. It is a requirement for this sustenance to be of the same standard generally found in the locality and it is also recommended for the slave to have the same standard of food and clothing as the master.

Al-Qur’an, Surah an-Nisa 4:36:

  • WaAAbudoo Allaha walatushrikoo bihi shay-an wabilwalidayni ihsananwabithee alqurba walyatama walmasakeeniwaljari thee alqurba waljarialjunubi wassahibi biljanbi wabniassabeeli wama malakat aymanukum inna Allahala yuhibbu man kana mukhtalan fakhoora.
  • Worship Allah and associate nothing with Him, and to parents do good, and to relatives, orphans, the needy, the near neighbor, the neighbor farther away, the companion at your side, the traveler, and those whom your right hands possess. Indeed, Allah does not like those who are self-deluding and boastful.
  • Sembahlah Allah dan janganlah kamu mempersekutukan-Nya dengan sesuatupun. Dan berbuat baiklah kepada dua orang ibu-bapa, karib-kerabat, anak-anak yatim, orang-orang miskin, tetangga yang dekat dan tetangga yang jauh, dan teman sejawat, ibnu sabil dan hamba sahayamu. Sesungguhnya Allah tidak menyukai orang-orang yang sombong dan membangga-banggakan diri.
 Along with that, should a Muslim be in the possession of a slave of the other gender, and they wish to marry, they are perfectly entitled to, provided the slave is also Muslim in the case of a female owner. Allah (SWT) says in Surah an-Nisa, 4:25, how the believers are equal to one another in every aspect, even in marriage:

al-Qur’an 4:25

  • “And Allah is most knowing about your faith. You [believers] are of one another.”
  • “Allah mengetahui keimananmu; sebahagian kamu adalah dari sebahagian yang lain…”

 Also in contrast, Allah reminds us throughout the Qur’an of the virtue of freeing slaves, as a method of redemption from our sins and as simple charity for His favour. They also have the right to liberate themselves after a duration of work or the death of their master, which can be determined through an agreement between master and slave, and also through purchasing and freeing themselves. However, in regards to the manumission or freeing of slaves, the Bible only speaks on Israelite male slaves being freed after 6 years of service. Otherwise, they are, as the scripture says, to remain slaves forever, along with their descendants.

  • Leviticus 25:46
    You can will them to your children as inherited property and can make them slaves for life, but you must not rule over your fellow Israelites ruthlessly.
  • Imamat 25:46
    Kamu harus membagikan mereka sebagai milik pusaka kepada anak-anakmu yang kemudian, supaya diwarisi sebagai milik; kamu harus memperbudakkan mereka untuk selama-lamanya, tetapi atas saudara-saudaramu orang-orang Israel, janganlah memerintah dengan kejam yang satu sama yang lain.

Da’wah to Buddhists: The Most Successful Man in the World

The final part of the prophecy of Buddha Maitreya I mentioned earlier describes the final Buddha being the most successful man in the world. This of course might be the easiest part to prove in pertaining to Muhammad (pbuh), as even from a secular perspective, dozens of western scholars have constantly pointed to the legacy of the final Prophet of God having the most influence on world political and social history.

Most notably, the book “The 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History”, written by Michael H. Hart and published in 1978 (republished in 1992), ranks Muhammad (pbuh) as the most influential man in human history, in itself causing a great academic controversy. Hart asserted that Muhammad was “supremely successful” in both the religious and secular realms. He also believed that Muhammad’s role in the development of Islam was far more influential than Jesus’ collaboration in the development of Christianity.

The link below also leads to an essay written by a western scholar on the global impact of Muhammad and his followers, and also shows how it was his revelations alone, and not just the factors of the times, that managed to unite the Arab tribes and turn them into a medieval superpower to rival any power on Earth.

http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/med/watt.asp

When one looks the historical evidence and the fact that his revelations, the Holy Quran, are the most read and recited piece of literature in history, it’s easy to see how from even a non religious perspective, Muhammad (pbuh) was truly the most influential, and thereby successful, man on Earth, and therefore, truly the prophesied final Buddha Maitreya.

Da’Wah to Christians: Jeses (pbuh) prayed Salah (Islamic prayer)

To begin my series on making da’wah to followers of Christianity, I’m going to draw upon several references in the Bible (King James) which show occasions when Jesus Christ and several other Prophets (pbut) worship and pray to God in a manner similar to the Islamic form of prayer, Salah. These quotes also specifically mention them prostrating before God, a manner of prayer not performed or endorsed by either Jews or Christians, but only the Muslims. If used in a timely fashion, the use of these references can prove to the Christian how the Muslims are truer followers of the teachings and behaviors of Jesus Christ (pbuh):

Matthew 26:39

And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.

Numbers 20:6

And Moses and Aaron went from the presence of the assembly unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and they fell upon their faces: and the glory of the Lord appeared unto them.

Genesis 17:3-4

And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying, As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations.

Joshua 5:14

And he said, Nay; but as captain of the host of the Lord am I now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto him, What saith my lord unto his servant?

Da’Wah to Buddhists: The Compassion of Muhammad (pbuh)

Any thoughtful non-Muslim, especially one who has been indoctrinated by the wide spectrum of Islamophobic literature available in the media and on the world wide web, will no doubt need further explanation of the mentioned prophecy in Dhammapada Sutta 151, be they Buddhist, Christian or Atheist. One must therefore explain further on each of the three conditions of this prophecy, in his/her own manner accordingly, but here I will illustrate my own logic and appropriate response:

“Compassionate to the Whole of Creation”:

Among those who profess to be skeptics, this condition will certainly raise eyebrows, especially since so many non muslims are familiar with Muhammad (pbuh) being a “severe and brutal tyrant who used lies and threats to reach power”. If such were the case, it’d be hard to justify from a historian’s perspective, as there were liars and tyrants in pre-Islamic Arabia, but none so who were able to command the infinite respect and loyalty of the followers to the point where their message was being spread to the far reaches of the Earth by ye time of his death, at which point he was living in dire poverty.


Narrated by Abu Hurayrah: the Messenger of God said: “There is a reward for serving any living thing.” – Hadith al-Bukhari 8:38.

If historical facts don’t persuade a da’ee’s listener (facts recorded not ony by Arabs but by Roman and Persian dignitaries, who were enemies to the Prophet and had no reason to lie), then his legacy will. True compassion is not merely an unending and all-forgiving love shown towards someone. Rather, like the love of a guiding parent, it is a love which is willing to chastise the learning child from committing wrong, and by dealing with total justice ad impartiality. The message of Muhammad (pbuh) never sought to overthrow or usurp the old laws of the Jews as brought by their previous prophets, as did the message of Jesus (pbuh), as both sought out to renew and revive the original message given to Adam and his wife Eve.

Narrated by Abu Hurayrah: The Messenger of God said: “When God created the creation, God inscribed upon the Throne, ‘My compassion overpowers My wrath.’” – Hadith al-Bukhari 9:501.

This message is not one of total love and forgiveness (as professed by modern Christians) or total law and restrictions (as eventually became the Jewish tradition). Rather it is one that prescribes the appropriate solutions to humanity’s problems, being realistic in outlining all of them as they are and not embellishing on any point. It prescribes the appropriate justice and laws which would best lead a society to a state of moral purity, if properly followed. True compassion isn’t submissive forgiveness of all, but rather it is impartial justice yet the encouragement of forgiveness. A loving parent exercises restraint to her child, such as when it touches a hot stove and doesn’t let go even when in pain. Often the truest love is one that is willing to show discipline to those one loves.


The Prophet Muhammad (s) said: ““It is better for a leader to make a mistake in forgiving than to make a mistake in punishing.” – At-Tirmidhi, Hadith 1011.

An example of this undying compassion of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is in the beginning of his mission in Mecca, when he faced great enmity from the people around him and even those who once loved him. One such person was a neighbor of his, a woman who lived in a house along a road he took every day into the city. Every morning when he did, this woman, who hated his message, would empty the house’s chamberpot onto the street below as the Prophet passed underneath. Every morning this pattern continued, him being covered with excrement every time he did. He never even altered his path nor complained, until one day when she wasn’t there that morning to throw out the chamberpot. His concern was so great that he went to the door of the house and knocked to find out what had happened. When a maid answered and asked who he was, he said he was a friend and asked where the woman residing here was. The maid led him to where she was, in another room where upon seeing him she was shocked. When he asked how her health was and stated his concern for her when she wasn’t there that morning, her eyes were filled with tears, and soon after she became a Muslim.


Narrated by Abu Hurayrah: Someone urged the Messenger of God, “Call down a curse upon the idol-worshippers!” whereupon he said: “I have not been sent to curse. I have been sent as compassion.” – Muslim 6284.

Nevertheless, I’m sure a much better formulated response can be put together with more preparation, as these are just thoughts from the top of my head. If anyone has a better idea or response, feel free to mention it below in the comments.

Da’Wah to Buddhists: The Prophecy of Muhammad (pbuh)

While much of the da’wah material available to Australian Muslims has so far concentrated on preaching to the dominant religious group in Australia, the Christians, I felt that in my first article, I should pay attention to the fastest growing “religion” (way of life as they call it) in Australia. Buddhists follow the ancient teachings of Indian preacher Gautama Buddha, an “enlightened being” who never claimed to be God, and never claimed there was not one. Yet he nevertheless had the concept thrust upon his name by his followers for all eternity. Although none of his teachings or sayings were recorded till centuries after his death, he is still revered even by many outside of Buddhism as the ultimate embodiment of wisdom. Despite his critical and prejudiced views against women which led to him banning them from his religion until he was at his deathbed, with the words “My religion was to last for five thousand years. Now that women have entered it, it will not last five hundred”, people still look to his words of wisdom for guidance-or at least, only the ones they wish to remember. Whether his true teachings have survived or not is open to speculation. Even then, it has become the view of some Islamic scholars that he may have been an early prophet of Islam. One proof of this theory is the prophecy of a future Buddha, the Maitreya, one which bears startling resemblance to the story of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).This prophecy is written in Dhammapada Sutta 151, where Buddha supposedly writes: “My future follower will be: compassionate to the whole of creation; a messenger of peace, a peacemaker; the most successful man in the world.”Now in order to convince any Buddhist or intelligent listener of the validity of this prophecy pertaining to Muhammad (pbuh), let us first examine each of the conditions listed:

–       “Compassionate to the whole of creation”: As many non-Muslims might argue that this point looks away from Muhammad, him being the vilified anti-Christ he is traditionally portrayed as in Judeo-Christian dogma, it is the duty of the da’ee to clear this misconception and explain how true compassion to creation manifests itself. (this will be explained in my next article, so hang tight)

–       “A Messenger of Peace, a Peacemaker”: Another popular misconception non-Muslims will pose to the da’ee at this point is that of Muhammad being a bloodthirsty warmonger, inciting conflict against those who refused to believe in Allah’s religion. This must also be clarified by the da’ee and promptly, so as not to prolong on any point of his explanation. (see future article also)

–       “The Most Successful Man in the World”: This one’s a doozey, as one can easily point out the numerous ways in which Muhammad (pbuh) succeeded as the most influential man on history, on both a religious and secular level, as noted in the book “The 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History”, written by Michael H. Hart in 1978. Although by the end of his life he was living in severe poverty, this aspect can be used to identify the strong similarities between Gautama Buddha and the Messenger of Allah. They were both born into honourable and wealthy families, married into wealth, and gave up nearly everything for the sake of their mission to humanity.

A second prophecy should also be noted, one that describes direct correlations between the stories of Muhammad in the Hadith and Quran, and in the Buddhist prophetic descriptions of the coming Maitreya Buddha.

 

(this next part is sourced from the Da’wah website: http://www.islamawareness.net/ For more excellent resources for making the Da’wah, refer to this website)

According to the Gospel of Buddha by Carus pg. 214:

“The Blessed one said, “There are two occasions on which a Tathagata’s appearance becomes clear and exceedingly bright. In the night Ananda, in which a Tathagata attains to the supreme and perfect insight, and in the night in which he passes finally away in that ultra passing which leaves nothing whatever of his earthly existence to remain.’ ”

According to Gautam Buddha, following are the six criteria for identifying a Buddha.

–       A Buddha attains supreme and perfect insight at night-time.

–       On the occasion of his complete enlightenment he looks exceedingly bright

–       A Buddha dies a natural death.

–       He dies at night-time.

–       He looks exceedingly bright before his death.

–       After his death a Buddha ceases to exist on earth.

Now let us compare this prophecy, to the Prophethood of Muhammad (pbuh):

–        Muhammad (pbuh) attained supreme insight and Prophethood at night-time.

According to Surah Dukhan:  “By the books that makes thing clear ? We sent it down during a blessed night.” [Al-Qur’ân 44:2-3]

According to Surah Al-Qadar: “We have indeed revealed this (message) in the night of power.” [Al-Qur’ân 97:1]

–       Muhammad (pbuh) instantly felt his understanding illumined with celestial light.

–       Muhammad (pbuh) died a natural death.

–       According to Ayesha (r.a.), Muhammad (pbuh) expired at night-time. When he was dying there was no oil in the lamp and his wife Ayesha (r.a.) had to borrow oil for the lamp.

–       According to Anas (r.a.), Muhammad (pbuh) looked exceedingly bright in the night of his death.

–       After the burial of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) he was never seen again in his bodily form on this earth.

 

Looking at both of these prophecies, it can be clearly inferred that the Lord Buddha indeed predicted the coming of the Prophet Muhammad, Peace Be Upon Him, if these are indeed truly his own words. If so, this would prove his authenticity as a Prophet of Islam, whose message has been distorted through time and human corruption and idolatry. Do not let this statement come across as an attack to any who adhere to Buddhist beliefs, but rather a bridging ground between them and those who follow the Last Prophet of Allah (SAW), indeed the “Buddha Maitreya”.

In a later article, I will elaborate on the similarities between Buddhism and Islam, and how one further bring the Message of Islam closer to the hearts of the Buddhists. In the meantime, be sure to check out many other websites on the internet which provide further material and resources on this field of Da’wah, including and not limited to: http://www.islamawareness.net/Buddhism/scriptures.html which I have directly quoted in parts within this article.

May Allah reward you for your future efforts in propagating Islam, brothers and sisters. I will be writing again shortly.

 

Jazakallah khair.

The Beginning…

Da’wah in Darul-Fitna

 

Assalamu’alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu brothers and sisters! (If the reader here is non-Muslim, I have greeted you with the traditional Islamic greeting meaning “May the Peace, Mercy and Favour of Allah be upon you”.)

 

I pray that this blog post is read in the best of health and state of mind, for not only yourself but also your friends and family. This is not only just for flattery or the sake of being cordial to new readers, but also so that you are best prepared to read what I have to communicate to you.

 

My name is Abdul’Malik, although my christened name is James. I am a Muslim revert of 18 years, and already have been training in the art of Da’wah, the concept of Islamic propagation or preaching. Although a fine science which has been studied greatly by scholars and students (myself being of the latter category), only so much of this content is available on the internet, and in a readily usable format.

 

I’m here setting up this blog so that I can find what information and knowledge there is on current Da’wah techniques, and present them to you here in a readable fashion so that you may you use them in not only conscious Da’wah efforts to your friends and family, but also in day to day life, when meeting strangers or even chatting on the internet.

 

Insha Allah (God willing) the resources I find, review and post here will be of use to all of you here, and I make du’a (prayer) that you might apply them often and effectively in your efforts for Da’wah.

 

May God bless your efforts and give you good health and iman (faith). Peace be with you all.

 

P.S. If the reader is a non-Muslim, please feel free to read on through my material nevertheless, as it may enlighten or at least widen your perspective. I am not pressuring you to revert and become a Muslim…I am merely help train others pressure you effectively!

 

P.P.S. Let it be known henceforth that I am affiliated with IREA, an Australian Da’wah organization, just so that people are aware and do not call me up on it later if I post their resources and make myself look like I am favoring them as a 3rd person. Because I am not. Simple.