How to Get to Know Your Tabligh Contact
SELECTION OF A SUITABLE SOIL
This is one of the requisites of wisdom to select a suitable soil. There is a myriad of mankind in the world that has to be called unto Allah. By seeing, a man can find out the type of people, who would require a relatively less effort, and the type of people who would require a relatively greater effort. If one doesn't make this decision and begins working in relatively harder soils, his efforts will certainly bear fruit.
- Find means of communication.
It is not difficult. The art is to take interest in him. Like a sportsman sees his game. Praise him; ask him to take a cup of tea with you. We will not refuse you. Do not make false praise. But good qualities must be addressed. Everyone has them: even in thieves and bad characters. So in Nationalities. Mention their good traits. Talk about them.
- METHOD OF GAINING CONTACTS:
“If you are out for a walk and you are going through a park, you may come to know many people by saying hello to them. If you treat them with love and sincerity, they will immediately take interest in you. The contacts thus developed could then be expanded for Tabligh. Thus those who are enthusiastic in Tabligh work, they are able to develop new friends while they are on the way to some place, or they are out for shopping in the markets, or doing any other odd job. It is not difficult at all. To select a few friends during a year, to treat them with special love and affection, to explain to them slowly and gradually why you are different from others, and to let them take interest in your person, and then convert personal interest into an interest in Jama’at, --it is a very common thing, and it is not difficult at all. Once you take the initiative and pray for it, you will also learn how to do it.” FS 11-6-87
“When embarking on preaching, it is more important to win the heart first rather than the mind. For once the heart is won, the mind will usually surrender without much difficulty. The heart is ¾ of the battle. Once this is achieved with the utmost care and compassion, all barriers that once existed between the person and the Promised Messiah’s teachings will be removed. Always be polite when you speak and compassionate in your heart. Always behave with the utmost humility and humbleness and you will then observe how Allah rewards your efforts with His blessings in all your endeavors. If you follow the above instructions, then you will always succeed in preaching.” FS 4-28-87
“One starts taking account of his time and how it is spent on different engagements. He thinks how to start this campaign. When he looks around, he finds that he does not even have closer ties and contacts with his next door neighbors. Then his work place comes to his mind and he thinks that he never spoke there about Islam and Ahmadiyyat or talked to them in a way that they started taking interest in it… No interest can be created as long as the personality of the Ahmadi does not become interesting. When someone will start taking interest in you, then will he be interested in your faith which has made the person interesting. For this, the most important thing is that you become a person of excellent morals.”
Once a Da’ee is assured of his or her qualifications and readiness to engage in tabligh, the next step involves deciding how to do it and with what resources. There are three levels of tabligh work which can be examined.
- Personal Tabligh Efforts
These include any tabligh activity you carry out with friends, family and acquaintances. At this stage very few resources are needed other than yourself, the Holy Quran, some books of hadith, a few books of the Promised Messiah(as) that you have read, MTA, and, if possible, in your area, a local mosque or prayer center, in which to gain inspiration and any additional help you may need.
Possibilities for action are:
A. Living Ahmadiyyat as your way of life, thus showing others a positive image of your faith. Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IV(ra) has said: Always conduct your self-evaluation: Ask why you are facing failures? Check your manners; speech; interest. Examine where your faults are. Offer prayers to improve yourself; also pray to improve your prayers; abhor your own bad actions; present your account of bad manners to God for seeking improvement. Then turn towards Allah for improving your actions.
B. Donating books to libraries.
C. Responding to anti-Islamic propaganda on radio talk shows or in the newspapers.
D. Tacking flyers up or taking out small advertisements.
E. Subscribe to Jama’at literature such as the Review of Religions, Muslim Sunrise etc. and thereby help to strengthen Jama’at media.
F. Supporting Jama’at by participating in whatever auxiliary you should be affiliated with (Khuddam, Ansar, Lajna) Being regular in subscriptions (chanda aam) and living your life as best you can to conform to the 10 conditions of Ba’aiat.