My confusion on this verse has engulfed me for quite some time.
"He sends down water from the skies, and the channels flow, each according to its measure: But the torrent bears away to foam that mounts up to the surface. Even so, from that ore which they heat in the fire, to make ornaments or utensils therewith, there is a scum likewise. Thus does Allah (by parables) show forth Truth and Vanity. For the scum disappears like forth cast out; while that which is for the good of mankind remains on the earth, Thus does Allah set forth parables."-ar-Ra'd,17-
I did not really understand exactly the connection between the parables that Allah gave in the verse. Then after referring to Tafsir Ibnu Kathir and some experts explanation, I do understand it!
This noble verse includes two parables which testify that the truth is set to firmness and duration, while falsehood is destined to fainting and vanishing.
'Water from the skies' in reference to rain, 'and the channels flow, each according to its measure' i.e. each valley preserve of water according to its capacity. As there are some vast valleys can retain more water than small valleys that keeps smaller measure of water. This parables implies the fact that hearts vary; as some of them can comprehend substantial knowledge and some can comprehend only a little amount of knowledge or rather are too narrow to acquire it.
How to tackle someone?
As the Malay saying goes,"Rambut sama hitam tapi hati lain-lain". So here Allah gives us a clue on how to tackle someone. Win her heart first then you will get the girl! Tackling that I mentioned here is not something usual like a boy tackled a girl to be in loved with him.
Well, this tackling that I'm trying to convey here is the unusual tackling that is between a daie and her mad'u. Well, same principle is being used here as we need to win their heart first then we will get them to be in loved with Islam. I have to say it will never be an easy task beacuse here comes the DF (Da'wah Fardiah), where it requires us to get personally in touch with our mad'u.'One by One concept'. We need to get involved in her routine, if possible, pleasure yourself to visit her at her place for couple of times weekly.
REMEMBER TO PLAN YOUR DAILY ACTIVITIES and do include the visit in your timetable. Thus you will not miss any other important occasions e.g. study group etc. Don't forget to bring snacks or anything fun to enjoy with her.The more comfort they feel,the more closer you become.(^_^)
Sometimes your wisdom words and a warm smile can make them more comfortable to share their stories and most importantly, if they start to share their feelings, then it's a sign of a good kick-start to move to the next DF level.
Bear in mind...different mad'u,different heart,different approach!
So the DF need to be done accordingly.
After all,the topmost crucial task for a daie is to ask from Allah. For Him to give assistance in our da'wah by opening the heart of the mad'u to Islam.
"And He has united their (i.e. believers') hearts. If you had spent all that is in the earth, you could not have united their hearts, but Allah has united them. Certainly, He is All-Mighty, All-Wise."-al-Anfal,63-
Not to forget pray for ourselves...to be a good Muslim,a pious Abid(Servant) and a great Daie(Preacher).
Well,I'm not done with this. There's more fascinating stories to write about this noble verse.
Will be continued....
p/s: For my juniors, this is for you.All the best with the newcomers k!(^_^)
And this is also as a guidance for this high-curious non-muslim girl, Ning,who really interested in Islam. Sis, this post as a reply of what you did asked me before.