Using Social Media For Islamic Dawah

Dawah i.e. preaching of islam is a continuous process which never stopped from the day ALLAH’s apostle Muhammad s.a.w.w was given prophet hood. Dawah majalis were held first in mosques and in personal gatherings. Then people started arranging dawah kajalis in their homes and in private gatherings. With the advancement of technology dawah was done on TV and then internet came where GOD fearing muslims started their dawwah activities.

Internet has become most effective tool of communication because now a day’s computers have become tv as well. All the tv channels are now hosted on internet as well. Thus TV is losing its importance and computer is becoming work station as well as 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 plat form for social and political to philosophical discussions.

Muslims started dawah on such social websites too. The most used social websites in the world are orkut, facebook, twitter. On these websites they work of dawah 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 orkut and his official page in also created and active on facebook and twitter as well.

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

The other group says that dawah on these social websites is rather one of the most effective and useful tool because these social websites are 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 dawah which ultimately is useful for the people.

Dawah 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 dawah tool which must be used by all those who have authentic and good knowledge of islam.
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