Words of our elders

Maulana Saad Kandalovi Said,

Understand that Taleem, Tabligh, Tasawwuf all are the works of Nubuwat. Only a foolish person will consider one aspect of Nunuwwat in conflict to another aspect of the work of Nubuwwat. In my opinion, I do not see any one more foolish and ignorant that this.

Every branch of deen will come alive through Da’wat. This is the reality of the matter and an undeniable effect of this work.

(قُلْ هَذِهِ سَبِيلِي أَدْعُو إِلَى اللَّهِ عَلَى بَصِيرَةٍ أَنَا وَمَنْ اتَّبَعَنِي وَسُبْحَانَ اللَّهِ وَمَا أَنَا مِنْ الْمُشْرِكِينَ (يوسف: 108

Say, This is my way. I call (People) to Allah with full perception, both I and my followers. Pure is Allah and I am not among those who associate partner with Allah.

Therefore, such Daee (one who invites towards Islam) need to be developed, whose desires should be consistent in knowledge, action, thought, perception, passion, compassion, and the manner of invitation to Islam following the aspirations of prophets, particularly Muhammad ﷺ.Not only should they possess a strong Iman (Faith) and virtuous deeds, but their inner inspirations should be on the pattern of prophets. They should cherish a fervent love of Allah and His fear, and a state of intimacy with Him. In character and habits, they should adhere to the Sunnah of the Prophet ﷺ. Their love or hatred should be for the: sake of Allah. The motivating factor behind their inviting to Islam should be a deep compassion and mercy and kindness for all mankind. The often-repeated Devine principle for prophets. “Our reward is solely with Allah,” should be their hallmark. They should have no other objective except the pleasure of Allah. May Allah help us (Ameen)

Maulana Yusuf Rahimullah said,

To achieve strong connection with Allah and to gain his divine help, the only means are the way of Muhammadﷺ.If the following the prophet will be in all sphere of our life then Allah will make us successful irrespective of the situation & worldly means. (Biography page 767)

Maulana Ilyas R.A. said

“I consider every Muslim as my Mushin as his acceptance of Islam has reduced my burden and work otherwise being an ummati of Muhammadﷺ it would have been my duty to reach him with dawah of Islam”

“In my humble view, the ultimate purpose of Tabligh to which I invited you and for which I am, also, striving to the best of my ability is to bring the trade, commerce and agriculture of the Muslims under the control of the Shariat. The starting point of Tabligh is worship, and without the perfection of worship, no progress can be made towards the observance of the teachings of Islam in social conduct and monetary dealings. The primary object of the earnest bond­men should, therefore, be the propagation and perfection of the A, B. C. of Tabligh, i. e., worship in the world. Moral conduct, social behaviour and monetary dealings can be reformed only through it.”

“Every limb of a man has a function to perform. The eye is meant for seeing and it must do that. It cannot be used for hearing. In the same way, it is the function of the heart to react to the surroundings, and the mind gives a definite form to what the heart feels. Mind is governed by the heart and feeling is produced in the heart by external environment, and the giving of form to it is called know­ledge. The mind will form the correct image, i. e., acquire knowledge only when the response of the heart is correct, and this is not possible through the books. It can be produced only by action. I do not say that the Madrassas should be closed down. The Madrassas are for the perfection of edu­cation, but they are not sufficient for the elementary and basic education of all Muslims.”(Only 5% of Muslims can join the formal system of Madarsa)

Another thing needed for the advancement of education was to share with others the knowledge one had acquired. To put it in Maulana’s own words:

“Know that a scholar cannot make progress in learning until he imparts what he has learnt to those who are inferior to him in knowledge, particularly to those who are on the borderline of Apostasy.”

One of the greatest Islamic scholar of last century Faisal Award Winner Fazilatus SheikhSyed Abul Hasan Ali Nadvi Rahimullah said,

The Tabligh movement is ideally suited to meet the demand of time and repel the mounting challenge of disbelieve and irreligiousness. The present-day materialists and Baatil movements make a direct appeal to the common masses and sedulously sow the seed of doubts among them. Ideological debates religious literature and plans and activities that are confined to the elite and do not involve the common man cannot arrest the progress of apostasy and materialism. Only a religious movement which begins at their grassroot and goes straight to the labourers’ cottage and farmer field and ignores no section of the society can provide an effective answer to the menace of irreligiousness. (Book Life and Mission of Maulana Ilyas Page no 204)

The Great Hadith Scholar and compiler ofMaariful Hadith Hazrat Maulana Manzoor Nomani said,

It (Tabligh Movement) is the start of an era of purely religious effort.Those people who will take part and move forward with courage are certainly the distinguished one. The only thing is at stake is the proper utilisation of time and capabilities given by Allah Tabarak o Taala and the reward is so precious that is even beneficial at the cost of life.

This description is not only to read and close it, rather it is a live Dawah (30th March 1946)

Hazrat Qari Muhammad Tayyib Rahimullah Founder President of All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) said,

“There are four ways of attaining self-reformation and by good chance, they all happen to be found in the tablighi jama’at.It includes sitting in the company of the pious, it includes dzikr and fikr, it includes brotherhood for the pleasure of Allah, it includes taking lessons from enemies and also taking account of oneself. The tablighi jama’at is a conglomeration of the four. For an average person there can be no way better than this for attaining self-reformation.