Al-Da'wa Verse

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Al-Da'wa Verse
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NameAl-Daʿwa Verse
AboutManners of treatments towards opponents

Al-Daʿwa Verse (Arabic: آیة الدعوة) is the 125th verse of the Qur'an 16 (Sura al-Nahl), which recommends three manners of treatments towards one's opponents, logical demonstration (wisdom), preaching (instruction), and a good debate.

Text and Translation


In Qur'an 16:125, God recommends three ways of treating one's opponents, wisdom, good instruction, and the best argument.[1]

  • Wisdom: It is to arrive at the truth via logical demonstrations. A logical demonstration relies on reason-based and self-evident premises with which the interlocutor finds the way to the truth.
  • Good instruction: It is to remind good actions in such ways that the hearer is impressed and accepts the truth. The qualification of the "instruction" with the adjective, "good", implies that every instruction or preaching is not good.
  • The best argument: It is a good debate, that is, a debate in which one does not speak in ways that the opponent is led to blind rejection and obstinacy. In his al-Mizan, Allama Tabataba'i takes "the best argument" to be a debate in accordance with the Qur'anic tradition, where God is taken as the role-model for arguments.[2]


  1. Ṭabāṭabāʾī, al-Mīzān fī tafsīr al-Qurʾān, vol. 12, p. 371-374.
  2. Ṭabāṭabāʾī, al-Mīzān fī tafsīr al-Qurʾān, vol. 12, p. 377.


  • Fūlādwand, Muḥammad Mahdī. Tarjuma-yi Qurʾān karīm. Tehran: Daftar-i Muṭāliʿāt Tārīkh wa Maʿārif Islāmī, 1379 Sh.
  • Ṭabāṭabāʾī, Sayyid Muḥammad Ḥusayn al-. Al-Mīzān fī tafsīr al-Qurʾān. Beirut: Muʾassisat al-Aʿlamī li-l-Maṭbūʿāt, 1417 AH.