Avoid shaking hands with people of opposite gender and politely mention that ‘my relig
me from doing so’.
When asked why, then explain the concept of modesty in Islam. Be sure to stayprofessional as you are representing the Muslim Ummah.12.
Outline of the presentation with references, resources (website, books, CDs, DVDs) and contactinformation.13.
Information booth. When allowed, request for and host a dawah booth consisting of brochures, oneminute cards, translations of the Quran and other items as needed.14.
Request a M
uslim to moderate the lecture. Moderator’s
job is to do crowd control, especially during Q and A, so discussion stays on topics.15.
Practice exercising your mouth. Do this, it really helps to loosen up any tension and makes your facemore relaxed and natural and not rigid and monotonous.16.
Try to inculcate the following characteristics:
Characteristics of a Presenter
Pray for success before the presentationa.
(Moses) said: My Lord! Relieve my mind, And ease my task for me, And remove theimpediment from my speech, So they may understand what I say
We are doing this solely to please Allah (swt), not for name, fame, pride etc. ‘
Verily, my Salât(prayer), my
sacrifice, my living, and my dying are for Allah…’ (Quran 6.162)
Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, "The deeds are considered by the intentions, and a
person will get the reward according to his intention.’… (Bukhari)
Your audience may use harsh words and unfair criticism of Islam and Muslims. Try to maintainyour composure and be mild. You can win a debate, but purpose is to win hearts. Even ProphetMusa (as) was commanded by Allah (swt) to be mild in his speech when interacting withPharoah, the
tyrant of his time: ‘"And speak to him mildly, perhaps he may accept admonition
or fear Allah." (Quran 20.44)4.
At time the audience may not be able to comprehend the point or concept you are trying toshare. Repeat it, reword it, provide examples, analogies,
but don’t lose temper,
or appearfrustrated, maintain composure. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said,
"…whosoever would be
patient, Allah will give him patience, and no one is granted a gift better and morecomprehensive than patience".(Bukhari)5.
Be friendly and relaxed. Have a smile on your face. First impressions count and people judgeothers by appearance. Abdullah ibn Haarith, radi Allahu 'anhu, said,"I have never seen anyonewho smiled more than Allah's Messenger."(Tirmidhi)b.
Br. Shabir Ally, a presenter and debater from Canada, is a good example of maintaining a smilingand friendly composure about himself.6.