A brief welcome message:
The Da’wah Arm of the Islamic Da’wah Movement main goal is to:
1) Educate the general public about Islam
2) Clarify many misconceptions Non Muslims may have about Islam
3) Make an effort for the integration of new Muslims into the Muslim community
4) Develop material resources and provide training for Da’wah workers.
To this effect, the Da’wah Arm of IDM has distributed Islamic literature through walkabouts and displays at malls, libraries, schools and business places. Every year we also have a week concentrated on Da’wah activities known as “Islamic Awareness Week” where we have actives such as interfaith discussions, displays, visits to schools, social services and walkabouts. Those who are new to Islam, converts to Islam, are provided education about Islam through our yearly Basic Islamic Course.
The Arabic word Da’wah means “an invitation” or “a call to share”. Therefore, Da’wah in its essence merely means the conveyance of the message of Islam to people. Da’wah should not be understood as the struggle to convert people intothe faith. Islam never declared the conversion of people to the faith as an obligation of Muslims. We read in the Quran what means:
“But if they turn aside, We have not sent you as a watcher over them; on you is only to deliver (the message); and surely when We make man taste mercy from Us, he rejoices thereat; and if an evil afflicts them on account of what their hands have already done, then surely man is ungrateful.”
All Muslims strongly believe that their duties in Da’wah are limited to the conveyance of the message. They also believe that embracing Islam is due to guidance, which only occurs by the grace of Allah.
“It is true you will not be able to guide everyone whom you love; but Allah guides those whom He will and He knows best those who receive guidance.”
Past Da'wah Activities:
The IDM has for the past 30 years engaged in Da’wah throughout Trinidad and Tobago. Some of our past activities are as follows:
1) Community walkabouts – Almost every Saturday a group of brothers walk the communities engaging in literature distribution and discussions about Islam.
2) Displays – We have displays in malls, libraries and business places.
3) Social Services – We have programs such as the “feed the forgotten” where food is prepared and distributed.
4) Hospital visits
5) Newspaper printings about Islam
7) Interfaith Discussions
8) Civic Engagements
9) Muslim Next Door Project – an initiative where we provide different Mosques with Da’wah packages for distribution within their communities.
10) Open Houses
11) Da’wah Training – Where we equip Muslims in different communities with the skill sets required to give Da’wah
12) Conferences and Basic Islamic courses – Advancing the Islamic knowledge of muslims and non muslims alike about this wonderful religion.