Using Social Media For Islamic Da’wah

Da’wah i.e. preaching of Islam is a continuous process which never stopped from the day Allah’s Apostle Muhammad SAW was given prophethood. Da’wah majlis (event) was held first in mosques and in personal gatherings. Then people started arranging da’wah majlis in their homes and in private gatherings. With the advancement of technology, da’wah was done on TV and then the internet came where God-fearing Muslims started their da’wah activities.

The Internet has become the most effective tool of communication because now a day’s computers have become tv as well. All the tv channels are now hosted on the internet as well. Thus, TV is losing its importance and the computer is becoming a work station as well as the entertainment source. Many social networking websites are working successfully where millions of people are registered and log in daily. These social networking sites are actually created to gather people on one platform for social and political to philosophical discussions.

Muslims started da’wah on such social websites too. The most used social websites in the world are facebook and twitter. On these websites they work of da’wah is being done continuously. From common Muslims to scholars, everyone has official pages and accounts where they can be accessed easily. For example, Dr. Zakir Naik has his official community on facebook and twitter as well.

There are two points of views on doing da’wah on social networking websites. One group says that it is not useful because, on the internet, people with lack of knowledge or half baked knowledge present Islam very differently which makes rather a wrong image of Islam on non muslims. These internet scholars are actually a danger for Islam and for the process of da’wah.

The other group says that da’wah on these social websites is rather one of the most effective and useful tools because these social websites are the hub of general public virtual meetings. To attract masses towards Islam is easy on these social websites than by using websites. Since these websites are used daily, so Muslims and non muslims, both get daily dose of da’wah which ultimately is useful for the people.

Da’wah needs good and authentic knowledge and enthusiasm. Good and authentic knowledge may be not likely to be known by the internet scholars but their courage, enthusiasm and their good intentions must be appreciated. It is a good da’wah tool which must be used by all those who have authentic and good knowledge of Islam.

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Author: Abu Tariq Abu Tariq Muhsin is a zakat officer for Zakat Centre of Federal Territory of Malaysia. A writer, researcher and publisher of various writing focusing on Zakat & Islamic studies.

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