Rebuttal Of The Objections Against Women’s Tabligh

  • by ML Sa’ad DB

To bring perfection/completeness to our a’maal, there are 2 conditions:

(1) To know the virtues of and have conviction in the promises of Allah on the amal (action) that we’re doing.

(2) We’ll also need to know the rulings pertaining to the amal so that it is capable of being accepted (qabil-e-qabool)

To achieve condition 1, i.e. to refresh our conviction in the promises of Allah, we need to participate in the halqah of Taleem.

The purpose of participation in Taleem, morning and evening is twofold:

(A) Reject the conviction that we’ve been indoctrinated with that it is the asbab (objects/means) that is sustaining us.

(B) To contemplate and bring conviction on the Promises of Allah.

If we go to work without Taleem, we’ll go to asbab without conviction in the Promises of Allah. To clear the contamination of conviction after our day’s work, we should sit in the halqah of Taleem in the evening.

Today there are too many so called intellectuals who argue that a’maals in this effort are not the only means of Tarbiyah. People will only say this if they are unconvinced that the method of Tarbiyah of Sahabah is insufficient. You’ll not find a methodology today that was present in Sahabah’s era which is considered correct in this day an age. All other methods are either customary or analogous to the era of Sahabah, but they are not the branches of Deen. We need to move away from customary methods to the Sunnah method. Our methods are not the methods of Tabligh Jamat, but the methods of Sahabah.

The a’maals that the women are made to do at home in the effort are the same as those that took place in Sahabah’s homes. Qur’an has mentioned these a’maals and the qualities they bring so that people do not become doubtful as to whether this is the only method of Tarbiyah. It’s astonishing that people who pray & understand Qur’an then say: “Don’t say that this is the only way.”

Qur’an says: “Wa qarna fi booyootikunna wa la tabarrajna tabarroojal jahiliyyatil oola…” People translate half the verse & say: “Women should stay at home.” This does not mean women must not go out in the Path of Allah. The verse in full refers to going out to the bazaar without purdah as was the case in the times of Jahiliyyah.

Therefore, to say that women should not go out in the Path of Allah is to assert that they are not responsible like men. Ummah is not only men. Is anybody able to prove that women are not within the term Ummah? Ummah includes men, women & children from the inception (Hadhrat Abu Bakr [RA], Hadhrat Khadija [RA] & Hadhrat Ali [RA]). Hence when Qur’an instructs the Ummah to call towards good & forbid from evil, women are included in this verse. To bring to life Deen is the responsibility of men and women equally. Yes, the methodology of fulfilling this command will be different, but the command nevertheless subsists for both men & women. To distinguish between men and women with regards the command itself is to damage to the Deen. Hadhrat used to say that part of the Ummah unengaged in Dawat will become the means through which falsehood will spread.

Umm Haram (RA) was designated by Nabi ﷺ to go with a jamat to a foreign country where she passed away. It’s not the case therefore that women shouldn’t go out. We want Masturat Jamats in every house so that every household comes on to Dawat, Ibadat, Dhikr and Sunnah.

The false mentality that we have today has resulted in the parents complaining about the children’s irreligiousness and the wife complaining about the husband’s irreligiousness and vice versa. Why? Because falsehood has come through the road where there was no Dawat. If utmost importance is not given to masturat effort, apostasy will become widespread in the Ummah, because to stop apostasy, there is no other method besides Dawat. We should not be affected by the comments of people that don’t understand.

Qur’an has categorically stated women and men should do these a’maals in the home, i.e. they should recite Qur’an and on a collective basis they should speak about the power & greatness of Allah so that He may purify them completely – “Wadhkoorna ma yootla fee booyootikunna min ayatillahi wal hikmah.” Therefore to doubt what will happen through these a’maal is to reject an unequivocal verse of Qur’an, because the verse also goes on to say: “tahhirookoom tatheera.” These words are used to give emphasis. Therefore, we should have yaqeen that these a’maal are for tarbiyah (complete purification).

Further, the verse goes on to state that the a’maal of the home are not for women only, because the words ‘mu’mineen, mu’minat, muslimeen and muslimat etc. are used. People have simply not read Qur’an properly in relation to masturat work. They then belligerently say: “We’ll do Mashwarah as to whether this should be done or not.”

Hadhrat Umar (RA’s) basis of guidance was Qur’an halqah in his sister’s home and that too was him not clearly hearing a full verse. In other words, just by the sound of recitation his heart was affected. Imagine if he heard with clarity what would have happened? And this was a man whose enmity for Islam was so severe that it was famously said that: “Umar’s donkey would bring Imaan, but Umar wouldn’t”, yet today people still have the audacity to question: “What will happen through these a’maal?” Neither have they read Qur’an nor Seerah properly. They think Tabligh is the name of a few a’maals. I am making it categorically clear that the work is based on Seerah of Sahabah. It’s compulsory for all workers to make effort to establish all the a’maals present in the time of Sahabah.

To restrict the Sahabahs’ moving in the Path of Allah to qital only is immaturity. If the virtues of striving in the Path of Allah are restricted to qital, this will cause stagnation within the Ummah and stagnation results in damage.