Over the course of a month, iERA’s Outreach Specialist Murtaza Chaudhary held weekly Dawah Training sessions at the Munara Islamic Centre in West Drayton, London.
The first two sessions focused on core aspects of the dawah. Beginning with the definition of dawah, sincerity, sincerity, motivations and rewards of dawah. Expanding on the holistic nature of conveying the call further, Murtaza dived into the characteristics of the caller (gentleness, body language etc.), engaging with people on their level and not going to extremes. The attendee internalised with the material well, where Outreach Specialist Murtaza Chaudhary questions to the attendees were answered with accuracy and conviction. The attendees came from a diverse background and notably one being as young as 11 years old.
Sessions 3 and 4 honed in on the important areas of initiating a Dawah conversation with a non-Muslim using iERA’s trademarked methodology “GORAP”. The acronym stands for; God’s Existence, Oneness, Revelation, And Prophethood. Murtaza covered the useful ‘common sense agreement’ dialogue which ensures ground rules of logic and sensibility are laid out before any conversation begins. He moved on to the powerful concept of ‘The Fitra’ – the innate belief in all humans that there is One God alone who deserves to be worshipped. Murtaza spoke to the audience about how the Fitra becomes clouded and how the Qur’an along with life experiences can ‘uncloud’ the Fitra, which is the key component to the guidance of people to the truth! Murtaza further explored “GORAP” framework. One example uncovers the illogical fallacy, if there is more than one God, would it result in a conflict of wills between the multips creators. Allah says in the Quran this paradox would lead to chaos:
“If there were in them (the Heavens and the Earth) other gods besides Allah, there would have been chaos. Glory be to Allah; the Lord with absolute authority. He is high above their claims.” [Quran 21:22]
One super motivated attendee, by the name of Abdur-Razzaq, attended all four sessions was very attentive, answering questions thoughtfully. Abdur-Razzaq has taken the opportunity to become an iERA volunteer, carrying out Dawah activities on the weekends within the areas of Uxbridge, Hayes and other the Hillingdon. Abdur-Razzaq has also been offered further specialist training from iERA to further strengthen his dawah skills.