DAWAH MODULE # 1 Doing Dawah through the Internet A. Aim of the Dawah Mission Al-Quran Mission has a two-foldth aim: 1. To make Islam a discovery for Non-Muslims 2. To make Islam a rediscovery for Muslims and to revive the dawah responsibility in them B. Material of Maulana Wahiduddin Khan Maulana Wahiduddin Khan is an Islamic spiritual scholar who has adopted peace and dawah as the mission of his life. A recent book, The 500 Most Influential Muslims of 2009 by Georgetown University, Washington DC, has named him “Islam’s Spiritual Ambassador to the world.” His approach, the book points out, is “popular among Indians, both Muslim and non-Muslim.” Having made peace and dawah the mission of his life, he presents Islam in the modern idiom through its original sources – Quran and Sunnah. For this mission the first step was to prepare Islamic material that addresses the mind of the modern educated people of today, both Muslims and non-Muslims. Accordingly he translated the Quran and wrote its commentary in Urdu that has been translated in English, Hindi and Arabic (Commentary). He has written thousands of articles and more than 200 books and recorded hundreds of lectures (in Urdu and English) on Islam as presented in the modern, scientific idiom. Many of his lectures are available in DVDs and hundreds have been streamed online. He has been a regular contributor of articles for newspapers, magazines and journals such as Speaking Tree (Times of India), Sunday Guardian and Pioneer since 1960s. This material is distributed by Goodword books worldwide. To address the Muslim mind he established Al Markazul Islami (Islamic Centre) in 1970 through which he takes out a monthly magazine in Urdu, Al Risala since 1976 (it also comes out in English since the 1980s). To address the minds of the madu he launched Centre International (Centre for Peace and Spirituality) in 2001. Through these two institutions he has reengineered the minds of thousands of individuals based on the teachings of Islam. In a span of over five decades a dawah team is in place that is using every peaceful means to spread the message of Islam to mankind throughout the world. Quran, books, Al Risala’s, articles, books, videos, audios, FAQs, etc. are available online. C. Undertaking Effective Dawah through the Internet
One of the most important means being employed by the dawah team is the use of the Internet. The Internet is the most powerful information and communication platform in the world today. The mission makes effective use of this platform to spread the message of the Quran and Islam through its websites, partner sites, blogs, newsletters, Facebook, twitter, etc. 1. Websites: mission sites â€“ www.cpsglobal.org and www.alquranmission.org and partner sites. www.cpsglobal.org The CPS Site has primarily been developed to address the mind of madu. The site introduces visitors to CPS International through a presentation and its brochures. It has Quran translations and commentaries and the archives of all material of Maulana Wahiduddin Khan as mentioned above. The site further has sections such Our Message, Our Activities, News and Events, Photo Gallery that further gives insight into the organization. The organization undertakes dawah through the site by offering a feature of Order Free Quran from which any person from anywhere in the world can order a Quran copy and it is delivered to their doorstep free of cost. To cater to this and to spread the Quran and Islamic material the centre is in the process of partnering with people across the world to open Quran Distribution Centre. We aim to have one Quran Centre in each country and one in each State of India. Many are already in place such as in USA, UAE, Maldives, Indonesia, Europe and India - Karnataka, UP, Punjab, Bihar, Jammu, Kashmir, Hyderabad, Mumbai, and Maharashtra. Finally through the site we are asking like-minded people across the globe to become Ambassadors of Peace by joining hands with CPS to spread the message of peace throughout the world. How to use for dawah? You can share the links of the website with others. You can become an Ambassador of Peace or a Quran Distributor or motivate others to become Ambassadors and Quran Distributors. You can download material from the site and use in your dawah activities. www.alquranmissin.org The Al-Quran Mission Site has primarily been developed to address the mind of dayees. The site introduces visitors to Al Quran Mission through a presentation and its brochures. It has Quran translations and commentaries and the archives of all material of Maulana Wahiduddin Khan as mentioned above. The site further has sections such as Quran, Islam to make Islam a rediscovery for Muslims and the Dawah section to remind them of their responsibility of spreading the message of the Quran and Islam throughout the world. The section Join Al-Quran 2
Mission gives an opportunity for potential or existing dayees to join the mission and form Quran Distribution Centre. The aim is to one Centre in each country and State of India. How to use for dawah? You can share the links of the website with others as dawah work. You can become a member of Al-Quran Mission and/or a Quran Distributor or motivate others to become Distributors. www.speakingtree.in/maulanawahiduddin.khan This is a site that has been developed and launched by the Times of India group under the Speaking Tree banner. The site addresses the intellectuals and contemporary minds by offering material of various Spiritual Masters. Maulana Wahiduddin Khan is the only Master that offers the Islamic perspective on the site. His daily blog, tweet, regular articles and videos are posted that address the visitors of the site which are more than __ million. How to use for dawah? You can share the links of the website with others as dawah work. You can become part of the network and give your responses to do dawah work. Life Positive Website Another of the missionâ€™s online partners is the Life Positive Website. The site offers a positive living platform to address intellectuals and contemporary minds. The site uses the material of Maulana Wahiduddin Khan to present the Islamic perspective to the world. How to use for dawah? You can share the links of the website with others as dawah work. You can become part of the network and give your responses to spread the message of the Quran and Islam. 2. Quran Translations and Commentaries on Websites: The Quran translations and commentaries are available on both www.cpsglobal.org and www.alquranmission.org. These can be read online or downloaded and shared with others. How to use for dawah? You can read the Quran translations and commentaries online or download them. You can share the links as dawah work. You can become a Quran Distributor. 3. About CPS and AQM To get to know CPS and AQM just go through the presentations and brochures and other links. How to use for dawah? If you want to introduce the mission to anyone, just send them the links of the CPS presentation and its brochure as well as the Ambassador of Peace or a Quran Distributor form and AQM presentation, brochure, AQM form and Quran Distributor form. 3
4. Archives of Material on Websites: The websites archive all of Maulana Wahiduddin Khan’s dawah material, articles, books, Al Risalas, FAQs, Videos and Podcasts besides hundreds of pages to address the contemporary minds. You subscribe to the updates by visiting the pages of your choice. How to use for dawah? The material on the sites is copy write free and can be used by anyone to further their peace and dawah efforts. 5. Blogs CPS Blog – The CPS Blog is updated daily and can be subscribed to personal email. Al Quran Mission Blog – The AQM Blog is updated daily and can be subscribed via email. How to use for dawah? The first thing to do is subscribe yourself to the blogs and then motivate others to subscribe by visiting the CPS Blog and AQM Blog pages. 6. Social Networking CPS Facebook – The CPS Facebook page is updated daily with daily quotes of Maulana, photographs, articles, videos and more. These updates can be subscribed to personal emails. CPS Twitter – The CPS Tweets are sent daily and can be subscribed by becoming a follower to this twitter page. Al Quran Mission Facebook – The AQM Facebook page is updated daily and can be subscribed to personal emails. Al Quran Mission Tweets – The AQM Tweets are sent daily and can be subscribed by becoming a follower to this twitter page. How to use for dawah? The first thing to do is join the social network and motivate others to do the same and then use the platform to reach the message to others. 7. Newsletters CPS Weekly Newsletter – Every Thursday CPS dispatches a newsletter to more than 1, 50,000 subscribers giving the weekly updates of press releases and the schedule of the Sunday lectures as well as the links, MP3 and transcript of last week’s lectures. This is a must read for all. CPS Monthly Newsletter – Once every month CPS dispatches a mailer to more than 1, 55, 000 subscribers giving updates on the monthly activities of the centre.
Al Quran Mission Monthly Newsletter â€“ Once every month AQM dispatches a mailer to more than 21,000 Muslims giving updates on the monthly activities of the mission. To see the Archives click here. How to use for dawah? The first thing to do is to subscribe yourself to the newsletters and then motivate others to subscribe. There is a Share link on all mailers that allows you to share the mailer to other email ids. You can also send email ids of all people so that we can send CPS Newsletters to them and of Muslims so that we can send the Al Quran Mission Newsletters to regularly. Our present list of 1, 55,000 ids has been compiled through people like you. 1. To send email ids for CPS Newsletters send them to email@example.com with CPS Newsletters Email Ids in the subject line. 2. To send email ids for AQM Newsletter send them to firstname.lastname@example.org with AQM Newsletters Email Ids in the subject line. 8. General Use of This Material for Dawah Go through the website pages for preparing yourself for dawah work and developing yourself intellectually, then share relevant links with others as dawah work keeping this in mind. www.cpsglobal.org has primarily been developed keeping the needs of the madu in mind. www.alquranmission.org has primarily been developed keeping the needs of dayees in mind. These are some broad guidelines. Contact us if you have new ideas or need our assistance in any way at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.