Q. Should da’wat to nonMuslims be done by giving them translations of the Qur’aan?
A. Islam should not be propagated to nonMuslims by means of distributing translations of the Qur’aan Shareef. This is the method of the Christian missionaries who distribute bibles. Furthermore, non-Muslims are liable to gain a distorted picture of Islam from the many Verses which command hatred and killing of the kuffaar. Since there is no tafseer of these aayaat in the translations, they will gain a negative attitude towards Islam. Also, non-Muslims will desecrate the Qur’aan Majeed. Non-Muslims should be given simple and concise articles which explain Islam. When an opportunity develops, explain Islam to them as best as you are able to. Never debate with them about the falsity of their religions. Only explain Islam and its beauties. It is necessary to understand that hidaayat comes from only Allah Ta’ala. A non-Muslim will embrace Islam only if Allah Ta’ala wills Imaan for him. While we should make the effort, it does not follow that our efforts will succeed. It depends entirely on the decree of Allah Ta’ala. Even the Ambiya could not grant hidaayat.
Allah Ta’ala, addressing Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) in the Qur’aan Majeed, says: “Verily, you (O Muhammad!) can not guide those whom you love. But Allah guides whomever He wills, and He knows best who has to be guided.”

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