When I share information about Islam with others do I keep it short and sweet or is it too long winded?
Before getting this reflection question I had not really thought about whether I keep the information short or long. I share short and to the point. It occurs to me now and then, but then I think, I have to tell them this other thing also, because it’s kind of related and it’s interesting!And end up not really noticing if the other person is beginning to lose interest. Everything I learn ,I want to share with others, because I find it all so fascinating! But part of being a good da’iee is knowing when to stop, how much information the other person can handle, and to be able to interpret body language and facial expressions. If the other person is bored, then no matter how excited you are, it will not have an effect on them.
Also, it is important to pick the right situation ,when and where to speak to the other person, so as not to annoy them .Sometimes, a straightforward, short speech is better than a long winded lecture in terms of conveying the point.
I’ve realized that sharing especially with regards to deen and specifically ayahs of the Qur’an has a few pre-requisites:
- Sound ilm of the topic or event being shared. The knowledge encompasses not only of the ayahs given in the Qur’an but also its context as to why or when it was revealed. Unless I have ilm of the ayahs, the sharing will not be effective.
- Complete submission to the idea being shared. Unless I believe in it with complete conviction, it comes out haphazard and random and I am at a loss of words. Then the conversation sounds like a rambling one as opposed to a do the point and purposeful.
I have realized that EVERYTHING in the Qur’an relates to life and vice versa. Hence, deen-al-Islam is a way of life. All lessons of life are given in the Quran and can be referenced back to. All dealings of life are given in the Qur’an and can be referenced back to it. We just need to understand the reference to the Quran as life happens to us. We need to get the most of its guidance for it to serve in our daily life. This is exactly what I hope to achieve (inshallah) with the study of the Divine Book.
Sharing Combined with Personal Experience
I have realized another thing related to sharing about Islam. The word of Allah is powerful but very forceful at times and people are wary of it. Kalam Allah combined with sharing my own personal experience on the journey of coming closer to deen has had very positive effects on people I have spoken to. They can relate to it. The best part is when someone asks you: So how is your course going? I feel that is the few minutes you have to make them feel they are missing out on the best thing of the world! Usually the good thing is that all being Muslims are well aware of the generalized Message of course. It is that element of being totally submitted to it that is usually missing so sharing becomes very eventful!