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What basic guidelines would you suggest for Muslim speakers or online pundits?

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Basic, common sense guidelines for known Muslim speakers, online pundits and supposed students of knowledge or experts in sciences/philosophies:
1. Don't behave like an insolent child when you are pulled up on your mistakes - it makes it apparent that you are less about knowledge and more about image.
2 - Don't abuse people who correct you, even if their manner of correction is somewhat wanting. If you are in the business of giving da'wah and refuting kufr, its pretty evident you are meant to be engaging in something Prophetic and noble. Don't sully divine responsibilities by behaving like a childish imbecile who can't control themselves when shown their obvious lack of knowledge on an issue.
3 - Be careful claiming things about classical Islam. If you don't have the knowledge or reading to back up claims, it makes you look pretty irresponsible (in the least) and outright callous otherwise. Also does immense damage to the brands/co-operative initiatives you are part of, or MSAs you are speaking at, or "Institutes" you are part of. It makes them instantly look cheaper for having you on their books. Consider the impact on them. And no, there is no "multiple hats" system where you choose where you are speaking for yourself and where for them: if you are full-time associated to any cooperative, the association will be immediate, constant, etc.
4 - Be careful claiming things about 'non-Islamic' sciences and knowledges when its clear you know nothing about them. Knowing about Islam doesn't mean you can use it as a mace against any new theory or worldly discourse that seems to unsettle you. Learn the subject matter of new theories first before wielding out silly, half-baked "refutations" that clearly expose your lack of knowledge in them.

It is incredible how many well known speakers, du'aat etc keep doing stuff like the above. Its such an affront to knowledge and the manner in which da'wah should be carried.

The online public should advise (in private first, where possible) or hold to account anyone that repeats the above patterns. If they don't correct their ways, they are unworthy of being du'aat that speak for Islam.

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