Do We Always Need a Table for Da`wah?
By Mariam Al-Kalby
We have the assumption that when we want to participate in da`wah, we imagine a long brown table of splayed Qur’ans, brochures, books, and articles introducing Islam. A booth parked on a university campus or at an event: this is the standard or common way of doing da`wah.
What we fail to realize is that da`wah does not always have to be this elaborate and time consuming. Da`wah comes in various forms and ways, and having a booth is only one way of calling people to the religion.
A dawah table is an admirable and honorable venture to commit oneself to, but there are more and subtler ways of inviting others to the deen (religion); those people who believe they do not have the time or the knowledge to be a missionary in the name of Islam need not to fret because we do da`wah everyday.
Da`wah is an obligation on every Muslim and we participate in da`wah whether we are aware of it or not. The way we act, speak, and communicate within society shows what type of Muslim we are.