Ta’leem and tazkiya are one thing & they are an important amal of dawat. To make one independent of the other will make both customary/routine.
Ta’leem is more important than bayan but today bayans have become more important than Taleem.
Taleem is to take direct effect from the Ahadith of Nabi ﷺ, otherwise there will be no tazkiya.
The purpose of our ta’leem is to divert our convictions from the visible promises of the world to the promises of Allah. It is to affirm our convictions. Therefore we need to participate daily in the halqah of taleem.
Today T’aleem is regarded as being a ‘Tablighi programme’ only.
In the time of Nabi ﷺ, ta’leem consisted of Nabi ﷺ making promises that went against that which was apparent.
Since the purpose of ta’leem is not before us, the amal has become a ritual devoid of tazkiya.
We have been prescribed two ta’leems, one in the home & one in the Masjid. This is to eradicate the false convictions that develop in the heart during the day when we’re in the shops or at work.
Is our ta’leem creating the fear of Allah inside us & is it bringing the conviction in the promises of Allah? If not, then we must know that our ta’leem is not taking place in accordance with the Sunnah.
We should sit in ta’leem with wudhu & not lean. To sit with mujahida against the nafs throughout the taleem will result in the noor of Hadith entering the heart & the capability to perform amal.
We must contemplate that the only thing missing from the taleem today is the presence of Muhammad ﷺ. Everything else is constant, Allah, the aamal, the words etc.
Each Hadith should be read thrice. This is the masnoon tariqa adopted by Prophet ﷺ when conveying an essential message.
The first time the Hadith is read, the words will be heard; on the second occasion the Hadith will be understood & on the third reading the words will affect the heart. To read each Hadith three times is Sunnah.
A teacher is that person that becomes content with the listener.
The person conducting the Ta’leem must conduct it like a teacher. He must ensure that the gathering imbibes the message. For this, he must ensure that he is giving as opposed to reading the ta’leem. The person conducting ta’leem should not have his head down & just keep reading.
His ‘state’ must be such that fulfilment of Allah’s promises are before him, i.e. he is visualising the promises of Allah being fulfilled for the Sahabah.
The reader should try, where possible, to look at the audience in order to draw & keep their attention.
The halqah of ta’leem is the halqah of Iman because it brings us on to the commands of Allah. If after participating in taleem, the conditions of the dunya are still preventing us from fulfiling the commands of Allah, then know this is the trait of the hypocrites, because Allah’s promises are only with those who have full conviction.
The promises of Allah came with the Sahabah in times of difficulty so that they could be distinguished from the hypocrites.
For example in the Battle of the Trench, the Sahabah, in the condition of extreme fear & hunger, dug a trench for their protection. At this juncture Allah promised them the palaces of the Persians & the Romans, at which point the Munafiqs questioned, where is the help of Allah now OR why is he not giving us this now?
The workers in this effort, let alone others, are, Allah’s qasam, taking greater effect from reading the newspaper than from the Qur’an and Ta’leem.
Making ta’leem a ritual & methodical will not change convictions. We need to sit with the intention that I want to rid myself of the conviction that wealth, weapons & means are doing & that Allah’s promises are true.
With ta’leem, there is ta’leemi gusht, which is the Sunnah of Sahabah, e.g. Abu Hurairah (Radiallahu Anhu) would pick up people from the bazaar & send them to the Masjid.
Make new people listen to virtues/promises so that it creates a desire inside them & make old workers listen to punishments (waeed); this will create steadfastness inside them. If we make new people listen to punishments etc. this will create despondency inside them.
The purpose of ta’leem is to create the conviction of promises & reprimands inside our hearts.
Ta’leem is to be done with 6 points & the 6 points are to be delivered with reference to Muntakhab Ahadith.
The minimum duration of Masjid taleem is 30 minutes. In fact, the objective, according to Maulana Yusuf Rahmatullah Alayh, is that ta’leem in one’s local Masjid should be an hour and a half & in the Path of Allah it should be 3 hours.
Ta’leem should continue for the full 30 minutes even if everyone gets up and walks away, because ta’leem is not dependent on musallis, the musallis are dependent on the ta’leem. Today we have ‘new workers’ who are shortening the amal of nabuwwat on the basis that people cannot sit that long because they don’t have talab for the amal of nabuwwat. We should never take effect from people departing. Ta’leem is the amal of the Masjid & should be completed in full. Ta’leem is not limited to what the majma wants. This is our work. There is no limit.
One day ta’leem should take place from Fazail Aamal/Fazail Sadqah; the next day it should take place from Muntakhab Ahadith.
Three persons came to the halqah of Taleem of Nabi ﷺ. Two stood nearby, One left. From the two, one sat at a distance due to shyness, the other sat close. Rasulullah ﷺ said to the nearest meaning, one of them came close, Allah brought him close. One became shy, so Allah also shied away. The third turned his back, so Allah also turned his back on him.
It was not said, let’s not do ta’leem because a person has left.
The Hadiths read should be according to the needs & circumstances of the time. If the majma is devoid of Salah & Dhikr, read from these sections of the book. If they are not going out in the Path of Allah, place greater emphasis of reading from Virtues of Tabligh. Look at what the majma needs.