Checklist: 20 Things To Know Before Starting Dawah Work


If you’re thinking of joining an Islamic Organization – or if you’ve just joined one – keep these points in mind.

1. You are the most important part of the organization you’re about to join. People are the lifeblood of dawah.

2. You are totally and completely replaceable. And probably with someone better. You are not Allah’s gift to your organization, you should be grateful you’ve been picked.

3. Your motivation levels will go up and down. You’ll have good days and bad days. You might stop working, but Allah’s work never stops.

4. Don’t ever use one organization against the other for personal gain. You’re not negotiating free agency. There aren’t enough organizations as it is. This isn’t the corporate world.

5. This will be the hardest thing you’ll ever do. Mentally, emotionally, physically. You will be drained, every day. And it’ll be worth every second of it.

6. There is no by-passing sincerity.

7. You can’t give what you don’t have. Learn so you can teach. Practice so you can apply. Improve always.

8. Backbiting. It will light your deeds on fire.

9. You must be a servant before you can become a leader.

10. You can’t condemn people and help them at the same time. Pick one.

11. Stick together.

12. You will be overworked and underpaid and oft criticized. If that doesn’t sound like a good deal, please keep moving.

13. You’re not doing this to advance your career, you’re doing this to advance a cause.

14. This isn’t a job, it’s a life mission.

15. You will be burned. Badly. And likely more than once.

16. Islamic administrative work is not inherently spiritual, your connection with Allah matters, so take care of it.

17. The actions of those you work with may not reflect ideal Islamic work ethics. Don’t expect it either.

18. Forgive first, ask questions later.

19. There is no such thing as a day off.

20. You don’t just work for an organization, you represent Islamic Dawah work. During work hours and after hours. Online and Offline. You’re not an employee, you’re an ambassador.

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Imran HaqChecklist: 20 Things To Know Before Starting Dawah Work

4 Comments on “Checklist: 20 Things To Know Before Starting Dawah Work”

  1. Gh Fran

    I’d add to the point about being a servant before being a leader that the best leaders are those who, when needed, can be the best servants.

    Also, as an addition to not condemning and working for an organization at the same time – internal criticism is very very good for organizations and you should hold your organization and its leadership to account when needed but this should be done with wisdom and in private so it doesn’t seem like you’re airing dirty laundry. Most importantly, just because you volunteer for a group or an organization, it doesn’t mean they’re perfect and you, as an insider are the best person to fix problems but always know that you could be wrong in your assessment. The world is far far more grey than black and white.

  2. Yusef Abdullah

    As salaam alykum. My name is Yusef Abdullah and I live in Kentucky inside America. There are allot of brothers here and I would like to start a organization to battle social problems, reach out to other faiths and establish ourselves here but I’m not sure where to start. Any help would be appreciated.

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