The Islamic Education Trust’s department for da’wah, is the Da’wah Institute of Nigeria (DIN). It has its headquarters in Minna, and Zonal Coordinators across Nigeria and West Africa. The DIN Complex in Minna, houses the Institutes’ offices, an audio and video recording studio, research room, library and reading room, classrooms, a hall (1000 people capacity), store, and the DIN Hostels (40 residential capacity).
The DIN Vision
To be a dynamic organisation that develops resources and methods for the effective realisation of the Ummah’s potentials for the dissemination and application of the correct message of Islam for greater social justice and peaceful coexistence.
The Primary areas of DIN activity:
1. Research and development of resource materials and methods for da’wah.
2. Human (“manpower”) resource development – directly building up the potentials of selected individuals through courses
3. Da’wah outreach to specific communities and the general public
4. Networking and cooperation with other organisations and groups
5. Literature support for da’wah, through the Intellectual Development Fund
6. Post-graduate sponsorship for da’wah workers and supporters.
Criteria for DIN da’wah activities
Below are a list of suggested criteria developed by the DIN to guide itself and hopefully others, in the selection of programmes, projects, activities and presentations for Muslim youth. These often ensure greater success and effective use of da’wah resources.
Da’wah activities should try to meet any (one or preferably more) of the following criteria.
- Be relevant to the challenges they are presently facing in their intellectual, emotional, social, physical, and spiritual lives
- Be relevant to issues that most of the target generation discuss in their daily conversations
- Be part of preparing them for their next stage or challenge in life
- Create a sense of mission, priority, focus, obligation, service and stewardship (khilafa) in all aspects of their lives
- Give the youth an opportunity to develop life skills that increase their sense of worth and self-confidence
- Give them a important comparative edge (or advantage) over their colleagues, and a desire and opportunity to share it
- Be something which if not known, would be a disadvantage to the youth
- Utilize appropriate teaching methods, techniques and tools for the age group and audience concerned
- Be planned and implemented with significant involvement of real representatives of the target group.
- Be the most efficient, yet effective use of da’wah resources.
To this end, the DIN has focused on the following 8 broad objectives for its da’wah activities among the youth.
DIN’s Da’wah Objectives
Through various training programmes, literature, multimedia outlets, etc., the DIN intends to help Muslim youth as individuals and collectively, appreciate the importance of, and …
- Become more confident about their faith and the skills to share it with others. To have an understanding of Islam that removes any inferiority complex among Muslim youth in their practice of Islam.
- Possess the tools and know-how for their self-purification and personal development in all spheres of their personal and inter-personal life – spiritual, intellectual, emotional, social, physical and financial.
- Possess the tools and know-how to establish and lead effective families.
- Possess clear visions of Islamic ideals for various aspects and fields of societal life in their unique environments (fardu kifaya ideals)
- Possess the tools and know-how to lead in various capacities, create team spirit and climb the organizational or corporate ladder.
- Possess the tools and know-how to strengthening respect and brotherhood within and between the various “departments” of the Ummah.
- Possess the tools and know-how of dealing with the leadership and contributing to positive social change.
- Possess the tools and know-how to pass on (da’wah) all of the above, to the next generation.
DIN Tutors and Experience
The Course Conductors or tutors of the Da’wah Institute are educationists, management heads, student counselors, psychologists, human welfare coordinators, business consultants, lawyers, administrators, and scholars or specialists on pertinent aspects of Islam. They were trained in Nigeria, Jordan, Ghana, the U.K., Australia and U.S.A. They have also trained members of various organisations in a number of the DIN courses in the U.S.A., the U.K., Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Sri-Lanka, the Philippines, Bahrain, Qatar, Jordan, the Gambia, Kenya, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Niger, Cameroun, Liberia, Sudan and Nigeria. To date, the various DIN courses have been used to train over 150,000 participants across the globe and in Nigeria in particular.