In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful
How to Deliver Speeches
By Irshad Mahmood – Director, Siraat-al-Mustaqeem Dawah Centre

Delivering Speech is an art which needs Effective Communication. Generally people think that those who have louder and clear voice and have studied from Madarsas etc. are Scholars/Alims and only those need to be promoted, but they forget that Prophet Muhammad (Peace-Be-Upon-Him) was illiterate and no human taught him, he didn’t attend any Madarsas/Schools etc. It is Allah who opens the heart of people to understand and follow His Guidance in sprit. Yes being a human there might be few errors and mistakes, since no human is free from errors/sins. Remember: Allah opens hearts of those who sincerely devotes himself/herself towards Allah and takes Guidance from His Only Protected Book the Quraan, true book of Guidance for mankind.

Effective communication is important for living systems for power, control and survival. Without effective communication societies or systems cannot organize themselves or perform desired functions.

Living systems or societies are information processing units and information can only be communicated effectively if the communication channels are free from any disturbance or noise.

As an example: For transactions in banks, they need error free transactions, “NOT A SINGLE MISTAKE”.

True Contents, Style, Audience, Repeating & Reminding and Listening Attentively are the Key ingredients for Effective Communication. Speakers must restrict themselves to the Topic assigned as well as they must know audience very well.

Allah told to listen to the Quraan with full attention is a part of Effective Communication, (Ref: Al_Quraan_007.204).

Allah told to mind your language as well, (Ref: Al_Quraan_004.148, 010.015 - 016).

Keep in mind YELLING means FORCING but there is no compulsion is Religion, (Ref: Al-Quraan_002:256). Prophet Muhammad (Peace-Be-Upon-Him) was very soft spoken and respecting his audience. Yelling creates negative effects and people runaway because of Yelling. Sometimes kids run away from their parents too due to Yelling. Because of Yelling kids become aggressive, loose self-confidence and in extreme cases it might damage their brains because of that they are unable to play and learn well.

Always make Duaa that “If I am wrong, May Allah Correct me, if you are Wrong, May Allah correct you, and if we both are wrong, May Allah correct both of us, AMEEN.”

Islaam educates to respect all without any discrimination. You must listen to all BUT follow the truth according to the Quraan, true book of guidance for the mankind.

We need to take Guidance from the Quraan. Allah commanded us to speak with polite/respectful, read the Quraan neither very loud nor very low rather in moderate voice.

Musa (Peace Be Upon Him) was a visible Prophet/Messenger while Khizr (Peace Be Upon Him) was an invisible prophet; similarly after Rasool Allah (Peace Be Upon Him), we have visible and invisible Auliyas (Scholars) and you must obey them as long as they follow the Quraan. Please do not underestimate this person (Auliya/Scholar) if he/she is among your relatives or friends by behaving as if Home Grown Chicken is the same as Lentil (Chick Peas/ Daal) (GHAR KEE MURGHEE DAAL BRAABER), because Allah may question you on this matter. You must have a positive attitude for all specially on religious issue.

It was revealed to Musa (Moses) (Peace Be Upon Him) that there is a man who has vast knowledge than him, Moses (Peace Be Upon Him) prayed to Allah about his willing to meet the person (Hazrat Khizr Peace Be Upon Him), then he was ordered to make a journey, take a cooked fish and you will meet him (Hazrat Khizr Peace Be Upon Him) at the place where this fish will missing. Musa (Peace Be Upon Him) started his journey to search for Hazrat Khizr (Peace Be Upon Him) and on how he met him and what are the reasons behind the three acts done by Khizr (Peace Be Upon Him), please read this interesting and meaningful story, (Taken from Al_Quraan_018:060-082).

When Allah sent Prophet Musa (Peace-Be-Upon-Him) towards Pharaoh, He commanded him to speak to him politely/respectfully, (Ref: Al_Quraan-020:009-048).

Allah mentioned in the Quraan that Prophet Muhammad (Peace-Be-Upon-Him) was soft spoken/Polite/ Respectful otherwise people could have runaway, (Ref: Al_Quraan-003:159).

When there was time of idolatry Allah sent Prophet Ibrahim (Peace-Be-Upon-Him) to guide people and bring back towards Allah instead of idols. When there was time for magic Allah sent Prophet Musa (Peace-Be-Upon-Him) to break their spells to call them towards Allah and leave behind all their magic. Later Allah sent Prophet Jesus (Peace-Be-Upon-Him) to show some of His signs to people so that they can return towards to Allah.

Similarly Allah sent Prophet Muhammad (Peace-Be-Upon-Him) with miracle of miracles the Quraan (the living miracle) to guide people and bring back towards Allah.

Nowadays it is time of modern science/technology of Global World and people need to look for those Scholars/Auliyas who have Global Thinking and their hearts are linked towards Allah by taking Guidance from the Quraan. Those who don’t have Global Vision cannot help you guide in today’s time while still thinking like living in 7th century. Look for those whose thinking is for 21st century and beyond to lead you to get success in this world as well as in the hereafter.

Invite (all) to the Way of thy Lord with wisdom and beautiful preaching; and argue with them in ways that are best and most gracious, (Ref: Al_Quraan_016.125).

No matter what, it is duty on each and every Muslims to speak politely/respectfully and with wisdom.

After Prophet Muhammad (Peace-Be-Upon-Him), who was the Last and Final Prophet/Messenger, Allah put the responsibilities on whole Ummah, some for Full Time Dawah and the rest for Part Time Dawah:

You are the best of peoples (doing Part Time Dawah), evolved for mankind, enjoining (order) what is right, forbidding what is wrong, and believing in Allah. If only the People of the Book had faith, it was best for them: among them are some who have faith, but most of them are perverted transgressors, (Al_Quraan_003.110).

And from among you there should be a party (doing Full Time Dawah like Scholars, Ulemaas, Auliyas) who invite to good and enjoin what is right and forbid the wrong, and these it is that shall be successful, (Al_Quraan_003.104).

Duties of Auliyaas and Global Auliyaas (Mujaddids) of Present Time:

And from among you there should be a party (of Auliyaas  and Global Auliyaas/Mujaddids) who invite to good and enjoin what is right and forbid the wrong, and these it is that shall be successful, (Al_Quraan_003.104).

Duties of rest of Muslim Ummah of Present Time:

Allah sent prophets and messengers all around the world and at all ages till the last Prophet Muhammad (Peace-Be-Upon-Him). Similarly Auliyaas and Global Ayliyaas are all around the world and around in all eras, after Rasool Allah (Peace-Be-Upon-Him). Prophet Nooh (Peace-Be-Upon-Him) was preaching for around 950 years but only a few people were listening to him, so Allah saved only those who were following Prophet Nooh (Peace-Be-Upon-Him). Similarly in the past and present time Auliyaas and Global Auliyaas are calling people towards Allah and will be in future as well Inshaa Allah, and it is totally up to the people to listen and follow Auliyaas and Global Auliyaas (Mujaddids) of the Present Time on their call to Allah, otherwise severe punishment may catch them as well.

And withhold yourself with those who call on their Lord morning and evening desiring His goodwill, and let not your eyes pass from them (always yes sir, till Auliyaas and Global Auliyaas (Mujaddids) follow the Quraan), desiring the beauties of this world's life; and do not follow him whose heart We have made unmindful to Our remembrance (Quraanic Directive), and he follows his low desires and his case is one in which due bounds are exceeded, (Al_Quraan_018.028).

Media MUST Play an Active Role on Promoting Right AULIYAS, if they are truly according to the Quraan.

Prophet Muhammad (Peace-Be-Upon-Him) was walking/talking Quraan, (Ref. Al_Quraan_005.067, 033.021, 034.028).

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