When I was at Imperial College I tried to do da’wah to my fellow non-Muslims friends only to end up with them saying back to me, “Airil, if Islam is so great, tell me what is so great about you, about your country? Aren’t the Muslim’s countries are the poorest, and ones that always at war. What are the Muslim contributions to this contemporary world ?” and so on which stroke me like a lightning. How can we do da’wah, how can we promote the syiar of Islam if people do not even want to listen to us in the first place simply because we are ‘nothing’, we have ‘nothing’. Look around us, look at the computer, the lights, the fan, the air conditioner, the cars, the plane, the ship, which one is ‘ours’? Out of thousands books at the Kinokuniya’s Science, Engineering and Mathematics sections, it was hard for us to even get ten books authored by Muslims.
From that very day, I have made a pack with myself that; there will be no longer a day without knowledge for me. I will go on jihad by striving to be the best and the smartest in the field so that when I want to talk about Islam, people will listen just as they listen to me when I talk about mechanics and finite element.I must earn their respect and trust by first being the authority in my fields, then maybe this one of the way I have the chance to say whatever I want to say and preach whatever I want to preach and this way, there will be a better chance for some of them to agree and to follow. InsyaAllah.