What is the ruling on dawah (preaching) in Islam?

What is the ruling on dawah in Islam? There is a saying by the Prophet to prevent the wrongdoers by hand and so on. Does this mean we can force people to stop doing their wrong-doing while we do preaching? Does not this conflict with chapter Al-Maidah, verse 105, which calls Muslims to mind their own business? I am confused with this.

Correcting the wrong doers by hand or by preaching is for the ones who have the chance to do it. You should prevent the people you can influence and rule over from doing wrong by your hand or by preaching. It is also possible that the people in authority prevent the wrong-doings by force in the cases where they transgress the limits of others’ freedom. However, you cannot force anybody about Islam. Because there is no compulsion in religion.

Please click the following links for further information:

http://www.islamandquran.org/fatwas/should-we-hurt-people-who-do-not-fast-in-ramadan.html

http://www.islamandquran.org/fatwas/should-i-put-pressure-on-my-family-to-practice-islam.html

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Date: Aug 24, 2012