conveying the message of Islam to a non-Muslim, it is usually not
sufficient to highlight only the positive nature of Islam. Most
non-Muslims are not convinced about the truth of Islam because there
are a few questions about Islam at the back of their minds that
They may agree with your contentions
about the positive nature of Islam. But, in the same breath, they
will say - "Ah! But you are the same Muslims who marry more
than one woman. You are the same people who subjugate women by keeping
them behind the veil. You are fundamentalists, etc."
I personally prefer asking the non-Muslim
upfront, what he feels is wrong in Islam. I prefer asking directly,
what they feel is wrong in Islam with their limited knowledge, whether
right or wrong and from whichever source it may be. I encourage
them to be very frank and open and convince them that I can take
criticism about Islam.
In the past few years of my Daawah
experience, I have realized that there are barely twenty most common
questions that a common non-Muslim has regarding Islam. Whenever
you ask a non-Muslim, "what do you feel is wrong with Islam?",
he poses five or six questions, and these questions invariably fall
among the twenty most common questions.