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Q: Is it permissible to give a translated version of the Noble Qur'an to non-Muslims, especially that during our discussions they ask me to offer them a copy of the Qur'an to read? What are the effective methods that we should follow to call non-Muslims to Islam? |
A: There is nothing wrong with giving a non-Muslim who is expected to convert to Islam the translations of the meanings of the Qur'an, because it is not permissible to give them Mus-hafs (copies of the Qur'an). The translations of the meanings of the Qur'an are considered Tafsir (explanation/exegesis of the meanings of the Qur'an) and not a Mus-haf.
When calling non-Muslims to Islam, a person should explain to them its principles and show them its merits. They should be asked to embrace Islam, because Allah (Exalted be He) does not accept any religion other than Islam and this should be done in a kind and gentle manner, and by setting good examples for them, and by explaining the true principles of Islam through the deeds and opinions of Du'ah (callers to Islam).
Q: Is it permissible to distribute, throughout the country, pamphlets about Islam? They are published in Chinese and include contact numbers for those who want to ask for further interpretation about Islam. Please advise us with the correct method to spread Islam in Taiwan.
A: Calling to Allah (Exalted be He) is one of the precious deeds that brings a Muslim closer to Allah (Glorified and Exalted be He). Allah praises those who practice it when He says:(Surah Fussilat, 41: 33) And who is better in speech than he who [says: "My Lord is Allaah (believes in His Oneness)," and then stands firm (acts upon His Order), and] invites (men) to Allaah's (Islaamic Monotheism), and does righteous deeds, and says: "I am one of the Muslims." The Da'y (caller to Islam) to Allah, who calls with insight, follows suit of the Prophet (peace be upon him). Concerning His Prophet (peace be upon him), Allah (Exalted be He) says:(Surah Yusuf, 12: 108) Say (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه و سلم): "This is my way; I invite unto Allaah (i.e. to the Oneness of Allaah - Islaamic Monotheism) with sure knowledge, I and whosoever follows me (also must invite others to Allaah i.e. to the Oneness of Allaah - Islaamic Monotheism with sure knowledge). And Glorified and Exalted be Allaah (above all that they associate as partners with Him). And I am not of the Mushrikoon (polytheists, pagans, idolaters and disbelievers in the Oneness of Allaah; those who worship others along with Allaah or set up rivals or partners to Allaah)."
Accordingly, there are many methods to follow in spreading Islam and calling to Allah; such as individual Da'wah (calling to Islam) in which the Da'y follows what suits each invitee, and public Da'wah by delivering speeches and Khutabs (sermons) and the like. There are also other fruitful means like printing and distributing well-prepared and understandable books and pamphlets to those who may be inclined to embrace Islam.
1. Excerpts from Permanent Committee Fatwas Group 2 Vol. 11 pg. 28
2. Excerpts from [url=http://alifta.com/Fatawa/FatawaChapters.aspx?View=Page&PageID=14051&PageNo=1&BookID=7]Permanent Committee Fatwas Group 2 Vol. 11 pg. 32[/url]