International Preparation Of Arbaeen Mobaleghin (preachers)
In the name of Allah, the compassionate, the merciful
⭐️Imam Ali's methods of preaching:
It is recommended that the preachers follow the preaching methods of Imam Ali (A.S.).
1. Applying Quranic methods:
Quranic methods of preaching are based on three concepts of Reasoning, Fair preaching, and The best argument accroding to the following verse of Quran:
اُدْعُ إِلىٰ سَبِیلِ رَبِّکَ بِالْحِکْمَةِ وَ اَلْمَوْعِظَةِ اَلْحَسَنَةِ وَ جٰادِلْهُمْ بِالَّتِی هِیَ أَحْسَنُ
[O, Messenger!] Invite mankind to The Way of your Creator and Nurturer With Divine Reasoning and fair Preaching and argue with them in The best manner. (Al-Nahl,125)
Reasoning in preaching refers to being considerate about your interlocutors and about the current circumstances. The first prerequisite for succeeding in preaching is the mutual understanding and providing information which is supported by reason.
In most of Nahj-ul-balaga discussions to prove the concept of Monotheism، the philosophical reasons have been provided; for instance, Imam Ali (A.S.) says the following words about the system of creation:
" Any creature (which is Non-Allah) is an Effect and and Allah is the Cause of them." (Nahj-ul-balaga, p. 272)
The essence of understandings and knowledge are mentally established in memory. But as time goes by, these mental images are forgotten temporarily and in order to preventing this from happening Recalling is a necessary action.
By inspecting Nahj-ul-balaga and other words of Imam Ali (p.b.u.h) we come to realise that He has applied this method very often. The best examples for this are Humam Khutba and 216th Khutba about which Ibn Abi-Al-Hadid says, "I swear that since 50 years ago I have read this Khutba more than thousands times and each time I have been filled with awe and advices and my heart has felt frightened."
One of the most effective ways of preaching is Arguing. The concept of Argument is in the nature of human-kind. Therefore, Allah says
" وَ کٰانَ اَلْإِنْسٰانُ أَکْثَرَ شَیْءٍ جَدَلاً "
And mankind is Mostly after disputation.
Here is a short instance from Nahj-ul-balaga.
Once upon the time one of the jewish people told Imam Ali (A.S.), "You started disputing among yourselves very soon after your prophet's burial." In response Imam said: "We disputed over what is remained from Him, but not over Himself; But very soon after your arrival at the land from the (splitted) sea you asked your prophet to make a god for you as the idols have and he replied, "Certainly you are unwise folks."
(To be continued)