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The Dawah Guide of Prophet Abraham

Abraham primarily adopts a logical and deductive approach rather than a blind belief approach. Moreover, he involves his audience and presents demonstrations in front of them rather than lecturing them on it theoretically.

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Benjamin Franklin once said: “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” In the later years, this practical approach of teaching has come to be thought of as highly efficient and increasingly competent method compared to the theoretical lecturing approach which was in practice throughout human history.

An analysis into the life of Prophet Ibrahim (AS) and his approach in Dawah, a particular aspect is peculiarly like no other, that he always involved his audience in his moral teachings. when he preached theism, he didn’t lecture the people on the essence of one God and how multiple Gods would create havoc, he instead waited for his fellow villagers to go for a festival and utilized the chance to demonstrate how one God unlike all the others they worshiped was the only true creator and deity worthy of worship.

When Abraham wanted to demonstrate to his people that the sun and the moon can’t be the creators of this universe which requires full-time surveillance and omnipresence,  he showed himself to be a believer in those celestial bodies and then showed his dismay when they disappeared thus presenting his point of view in a creative and non-offending manner. This practical approach, the method of demonstrating the facts before the audience rather than lecturing them on it is what makes the Dawah approach of Ibrahim (AS) quite a unique and ideal one.

Another distinguished quality is that of his use of logic and common sense rather than dogmatic blind belief. He didn’t claim he believes in a God because that’s what he feels to be true, but because the sun, the moon, and the stars can’t be a substitute for an omnipresent God who has to cater to the needs of the fellow creatures all the time. He didn’t deny the idols and statues because he doesn’t merely like them, he denies them after logically proving that they hold no powers, neither could they harm nor could they benefit, and thus worshipping them is a practice in vain. Ibrahim (AS) uses all the philosophical tools like deduction, inference, and reasoning to consolidate his opinion, and thus leaves his audience with no answer but to resort to violence and threats of burning and exiling him.

A person who takes Dawah as his life mission would realize that patience and compassion towards the target audience is invincible. This is a feature one finds to the brim in the character of Ibrahim (AS).

A relentless sagacious man driven for the love of God hence faces his consequence of speaking truth to power. Even after being thrown in the fire, he never asked Allah (SWT) to punish them or to avenge his sufferings. Such thoughts never occur to his compassion-filled soul and forgiving heart.

Other stories and incidents of his life point to the fact that he started his spiritual journey in his teenage. At the age when most people were enjoying their time doing everything the youth normally do, Ibrahim (AS) was pondering over the universe and in search of the origin of the universe.

when he found God, he started propagating the message he knew to be right. And this is how a true believer must be. He doesn’t have to wait to get old to start spreading his ideas. The active and fearless approach of Ibrahim AS even at a tender age remains a guiding light for anyone looking forward to Dawah work.

Overall, we find in Ibrahim (AS) all the qualities of a good Daee. Primarily, he adopts a logical and deductive approach rather than a blind belief approach. Moreover, he involves his audience and presents demonstrations in front of them rather than lecturing them on it theoretically. He uses soft words and strong arguments than otherwise. A heart filled with compassion and love for his fellow mates and sympathy for their strayed lives, he goes on spreading his message of monotheism, belief in one God, and liberating the people from the shackles of all the man-made deities.

Moving between Iraq, Palestine, Egypt, and Makkah, he keeps spreading the message of monotheism and does not loose hope when the response of the people is very cold and opposing.

Thus, Ibrahim (AS) is an ideal of a life of Daee, filled with struggles, a burning mission, and aspiration that keeps him moving and working tirelessly from his tender years till his old ages.

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