By William Wagner
Few Christians in the West are familiar with the Arabic word Da'wah. Many other words such as Jihad, Allah, Koran and Ramadan are now accepted words in many English language dictionaries, but Da'wah remains unknown. One of the reasons is that it is the quiet way that Muslims are attempting to make new converts to Islam especially in the West. Da'wah is their quiet revolution. They like to compare it to a story that is popular in the Middle East. It goes like this:
An Arab was making a long trip across the desert. During the day the heat can be scorching, but at night it can get bitter cold. On one especially cold night, the Arab was in his nice warm tent where some embers kept the environment warm. As the man began to go to sleep, he noticed a large camel nose sticking in under the tent.
“Camel,” he said, “why is your nose in my tent?
“O Master,” he replied, “ it’s so cold out here, and if only my nose were warm, then I could have a good night’s sleep.”
The Arab thought it over and allowed him to keep his nose in. A little later the man awoke and saw that the camel now had his whole head in the tent. “What are you doing, Camel? You said you only wanted your nose in the tent.”
“O Master, you just do not know how cold it is out here, and if my head is in the tent, then I will be satisfied.”
After thinking it over, the Arab agreed and he went back to sleep. Once again he was awakened, this time to find that the camel had his head, neck, and two feet in the tent.
“Camel, this is too much. You must stop.”
“O Master, now I am really comfortable. I can sleep the whole night through.”
“O.K. said the Arab, “but this is the last time"
Later in the night the Arab awakened to discover that the tent was now full with the whole body of the camel inside the tent, and the Arab had little room. “Camel” he shouted. “What are you doing?”
“If you are not happy with the ways things are then get out of my tent, you stupid Arab.” Was the camel’s reply’
Da’wah is Islam’s method of taking a little bit at a time always using somewhat convincing arguments as to why we should accept them. The results could be rather dangerous for us in the West.
Da’wah could be compared to our word "Missions." The meaning of the word is "to call" or "to invite." It is an activity that embraces Muslims going out into the world and inviting non-Muslims to come to Islam. One of the reasons that Islam is one of the world's fastestest growing religions is the fact that many within Islam practice Da'wah. Another important word in Arabic is the word daa’i that means missionary. As Christians send out missionaries to the far corners of the earth so does Islam. In fact my studies have convinced me there are now more daai’s working in the United States that there are Christians missionaries from the U.S. working in all the Muslim countries in the world. They are being very successful in their mission work.
The leading institution in this renewal of missions from Muslims is "The World Muslim League" located in Mecca. They are the ones that both developed their modern strategy and also finance most of their work. They continuously claim great success. They are developing a form of Islamic Ecumenicalism whereby they are trying to bring together the various branches of Islam to work together for the purpose of establishing a worldwide umma (Nation of Islam). In Iraq the Shiites and the Sunnis might be waging a civil war but there is much more of a unity in their attempt to make the World Muslim.
But what is their strategy? Who are they targeting? Here are some examples
Islam sees Da'wah as an important and useful tool in their search for world dominance. It is not correct for us as Christians to condemn what they do through Da'wah but it is necessary to understand the dynamics of Da'wah as we seek to reach Muslims with the message of Jesus Christ.