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Da‘a is the root of a verb meaning to call up, ask for, invoke or pray. Da‘a also means to invite. In the Qur

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often means to spread the revelation or supplicate. In the Qur

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commendations for the prophets and the believers to make du

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tion to God, ‘Invoke your Lord with humility and in secret. He likes not the aggressors’ (7.55); and in another verse describing the attributes of Allah: ‘And all the most beautiful names belong to God, so call on Him by them’ (7.180). The Qur

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call of disbelievers as a call to hell and the way of the Prophet as a call to salvation.