By Dr. Yusuf al-Qaradawi | Translated by Yasir Fikry Fahmy
11. A steady gradual development in da`wah (the call to Islam), teaching, fatwa, and change, to not rush something before its natural occurrence; gradual and steady development is a law of nature as well as a law of doctrine.
12. The emphasis of da`wah is in the fusion of spirituality and materialism, between one’s godly existence (rabaniyyah) and human existence, between one’s brain and its perceived reality, to give each seemingly opposing side its right and due balance, never skewing to one side. From this point one can begin to comprehensively maintain balanced care of their need for worship, culture, sports, and arts. Worship nurtures the soul, culture nurtures the brain, sports nurture the body, and the arts nurture one’s taste.
13. Da`wah is in everything from the simple lifting of one’s hand in greeting, to struggling in the way of Allah in defense of the religion and its holy sites, as well as those in a position of weakness. Da`wah is to stand up against the tyrants and unjust dictators of the world. This is coupled with the necessity to differentiate between the various types of struggle, be it one’s internal struggle, one’s struggle in Da`wah, or one’s struggle for the defense of land and country, etc.
14. Making the Muslim Ummah (The global community of all Muslim believers) aware that a just struggle in the way of Allah is a fundamental Islamic principle.
15. To acknowledge the rights of the minority denominations and to afford them their Islamically guaranteed rights such as freedom of religion, etc.
16. Respect for the brain and thinking, to enjoin others to observe Allah’s examples in nature as well as the examples in His revealed verses; the development of intellectual self-reliance without blindly following others.
17. The support of basic human and societal liberties such as individual freedoms, justice, and civil rights.
18. To emphasize what Islam has given the woman in terms of rights, dignity, and social standing. To free her from the dregs of moral and social degeneration. To protect woman from the societal exploitation that has cast her out of innocence, and has left her femininity unprotected.
19. Taking care of the family structure through acknowledging its importance as the first circle in the establishment of a healthy society. To protect the rights of each spouse over the other, and to not resort to divorce except in the absence of happiness and accord.
20. To respect that a people have the right to choose their own leader, without encumbering that right or imposing an oppressive leader upon them they do not want. If such a leader made it to power and persisted in their oppressive ways, one must peacefully resist them and ask them to leave.