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Question:

A request came to the Darul Iftaa for a Fatwā clarifying the motives of the Tablīghī Jamāt in order to present to the Kazakhstani court. According to the letter, the Kazakhstani government banned the movement of the Tablīghī Jamāt. The Tablīghī Jamāt is no longer considered a religious movement in Kazakhstan and is classified as an extremist movement.

The Fatwā was presented to Sheikhul Hadith Hadhrat Moulana Fazlur Rahman Azmi Saheb Damat Barakatuhum. Hadhrat checked the Fatwā and approved it.

 

The Fatwā:

The Honourable Judge,

Assalamualaikum.

In response to a request seeking clarity on the Tablīgh Jamāt movement, we hereby present the following.

An independent investigation on any issue is the corner stone of justice and fairness as also understood from the following verse of the Holy Quran:

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا إِنْ جَاءَكُمْ فَاسِقٌ بِنَبَإٍ فَتَبَيَّنُوا أَنْ تُصِيبُوا قَوْمًا بِجَهَالَةٍ فَتُصْبِحُوا عَلَى مَا فَعَلْتُمْ نَادِمِينَ (سورة الحجرات، رقم الآية 6)

O’ those who believe, if a sinful person brings you a report, verify its authenticity, lest you harm a people out of ignorance then become remorseful on what you did. (Qurān 49:6)

We understand the importance of political stability and the need for the intelligence of the Government to closely observe and monitor the activities of various organizations. We appreciate that and welcome such scrutiny as that process helps to filter the true and sincere organizations working for the general welfare of mankind from disruptive ones.

We take this privilege to introduce your honourable self to the noble activities of the Tablīgh movement.

At the outset, the Tablīgh movement is apolitical and has no political agenda at all.

The core of the movement is to create Allāh consciousness in people and make them obedient slaves of Allāh. The aim and objective of the Tablīgh movement is to secure eternal success for every human being and to prepare for life after death and accountability to Allāh.   

The Tablīgh movement instills this sense of responsibility in every person and creates in him the desire to sacrifice his time and resources to come out in the path of Allāh for self-reformation and to inspire others.

This self-sacrifice approach driven by Allāh consciousness and concern for eternal success has been proven to be exceptionally successful throughout the world. Millions of people have reformed their lives and started coming to the Masjids to perform Salāh. They have changed their lives from immorality and shamelessness to being spiritually motivated. They have eradicated the debasing qualities and spiritual illnesses from their hearts and have replaced them with noble characteristics such as sincerity, humility, kindness, and well-wishing for all the creation of Allāh including non-Muslims and animals.

The Tablīgh movement has impacted many nations and communities and inculcated a great sense of responsibility in people. The core message of focusing on Allāh and placing one’s trust in Allāh (Imān and Yaqīn) has made:

  1. a)The poor to be content with their lot.
  2. b)The rich and affluent to share their resources and develop the under privileged.
  3. c)The negligent to stand up to his responsibility and support his family with earning an income.
  4. d)The careless to abandon wine and intoxicants
  5. e)The immodest to live a life of chastity and avoid fornication and adultery which erodes the moral fibre of the community

While a Government may be searching and contemplating on solutions to its various domestic, social, and economical challenges, the Tablīgh movement positively contributes to the reformation and solutions of the various problems solely for the pleasure of Allāh and well-being of mankind. They do not seek any political position or any reward. Their reward is by Allāh:

إِنْ أَجْرِيَ إِلا عَلَى اللَّهِ (سورة يونس، رقم الآية 72)

My reward is only with Allāh. (Surah Yūnus, Verse 72)

The Tablīgh movement focuses only on the following six points to achieve self-reformation:

  1. 1.Entrenching the belief in the Oneness of Allāh (Tawhīd)
  2. 2.The importance of performing Salāh
  3. 3.Education and Remembrance of Allāh
  4. 4.To honour fellow Muslims
  5. 5.Sincerity (Ikhlās)
  6. 6.Propagating the message of Islām

These six points can be condensed in two points-

  • Being sensitive to Allāh and thereby being obedient to Allāh.
  • Being sensitive to fellow creations and induce love and harmony for each other.

If anyone attributes anything else to the Tablīgh movement other than what we have stated he is misinformed.

Honourable Judge, we are sure you will be guided by your training and skill of justice and fairness in independency, examining the Tablīgh movement. We are sure you will conclude that the Tablīgh movement is an asset for mankind and contributes to establishing and promoting a wholesome way of life for one and all.

(Mufti) Ebrahim Desai

Checked and Approved by,
Sheikhul Hadīth Hadhrat Moulana Fazlur Rahman Azmi Saheb Damat Barakatuhum

 

 

 

Radiance of the Ulama Haqq

 

 

The real knowledge of Shari’ah which comprises primarily of Quran and the noble Ahadith of Rasulullah Sallallāhu Alayhi Wasallam is not only information contained in books. In fact, the real knowledge of Shari’ah is actually a noor (divine light) which enters the heart and spurs one to follow the dictates of Shari’ah. The various sources of information from the Quran and Ahadith etc are the means to attain the divine noor of Shari’ah which is inculcated in the heart by showing respect to the Shari’ah and various means of attaining the Shari’ah.

Allah says: “When the Qur’an is recited, listen to it and be quiet so that hopefully you will gain mercy.” (7: 204)

Knowledge of Shari’ah invokes the mercy of Allah. To attain that, it is important to display utmost respect by listening attentively to the discourses of Shari’ah and to maintain silence. If one attends a discourse of Shari’ah, for example, a tafseer or Hadeeth lesson, or tarbiyyah classes with a divided attention, for example eating or talking during the discourses, such a person will not secure the noor of that discourse. He may understand the overall message of the lesson but he will be deprived of the noor of that knowledge in his heart. This is because he did not show adab and respect to the discourses of Shari’ah. The consequences of which is the heart is not enlightened and not refreshed to practice on the information achieved in the discourses.

 

It is so painful to observe that when national anthems which contains Kufr with its various angles are read, a momentum of respect and honour is created. The participants display deep respect for their country and that attitude has an impact on the audience who even break down with emotions. After the anthem, a degree of reverence for the country and its people is created in the heart.

The Shari’ah is divine. It is from Allah. It is fardh to display respect to the discourses of Shari’ah. It is Haram to display any disrespect to the discourses of Shari’ah. It is disrespectful to Allah and His Rasul to conduct and observe lessons of Quran and Ahadith and general aspects of Shari’ah on mediums that are littered with various forms of filth and dirt. In one moment one is listening to a verse of the Quran prohibiting intermingling of the opposite genders-

“Tell the believing men to lower their gaze and guard their modesty. That is purer for them, verily Allah is All-Aware of what they do.” (24:30)

“Tell the believing women to lower their gaze and guard their private parts”(24:31)

and immediately after the discourse an unexpected add of a semi nude male/female appears with various unislamic conduct that diminishes the effect of the Shari’ah discourse. Furthermore, how can one attain the noor of Shari’ah when listening to the discourse while eating or drinking, the focus is on the meal rather than on the discourse? The attention to the discourse is subordinate and merely serves to be an entertainment. If one wants to really empower oneself in Shari’ah and inculcate the noor of Shari’ah, take out time and attend discourses of Shari’ah from Ulama-e-Haqq whose heart is filled with the noor of Shari’ah. That noor will travel in you to awaken the dead spirit and refresh you to be closer to Allah.

We observe that there are some people who have great amount of knowledge of Shari’ah. They are able to quote freely from the Quran and Ahadith. Yet their outward appearance does not resemble the Sunnah of Rasulullah Sallallāhu Alayhi Wasallam. There is no practical example of Shari’ah, for example they commit open violations of Shariah like intermingling of opposite genders or involvement in interest bearing transactions, they present explanations from Shari’ah to justify their Haram. The only reason for this is while they know the text of the Shari’ah, they do not have the noor of the Shariah in their hearts. It is the noor of Shari’ah that leads to Allah consciousness and adherence to the Sunnah. It is the noor of Shari’ah that leads a person to deep insight of Shari’ah. He understands the spirit of the texts and abides by them. He leads by example of Shari’ah and if he errs, he regrets it and makes tawba. He does not justify his wrong. When he preaches, his audience feels the noor of Shari’ah in their heart. They see the radiance of the divine noor on his face; his discourses jolt the people to transform their lives.

People with real knowledge don’t pretend to be sincere. They do not put up shows to impress people. Allah puts in the heart of sincere people to believe and respect true Ulama and follow them.

Ulama -e-Haqq do not pursue pomp and show and they may not be popular like some presenters. If you want to benefit from the Ulama-e-Haqq, take out the time and search for them like how you would search for a precious pearl.

 

By: Mufti Ebrahim Desai (Hafidhahullah)

(In response to a query received regarding etiquette’s of acquiring Shari’ah through various social media networks)

By: Al Maqdisi

Admin Darul Iftaa

13 January 2013

 

The pages of history are replete with accounts of unbelievable hardships faced by righteous men and their piety. Not only men but women too have endured untold hardships and shown extraordinary patience.

The wife of Firoun was among these strong willed women. In today’s terminology we would call her a first lady, the consort of the king, your royal highness. She was a woman who enjoyed every privilege and comfort. Rivers flowed beneath her palace and she had a view of the river Nile. She was intelligent and well-admired by all the women of Egypt, who all wished to be in her position.

After picking up Moosa (alayhis salam) from the river Nile she took care of him and paid attention to his upbringing. For this she appointed 400 slaves and when he went out, he rode with such grandeur that people thought him to be the son of Firoun.

Moosa (alayhis salaam) later left Egypt and returned to challenge the magicians of Firoun. This was not only between Moosa (alayhis salaam) and Firoun but it was between truth and falsehood for the people of Egypt. Aasiya who watched the victory of Moosa (alayhis salaam) over the magicians was left impressed. She and her slave girl Maashita went to Moosa (alayhis salaam) to express their desire to accept Islam. They then kept their imaan hidden from Firoun.

 

One day while combing the princess’s hair, Maashita the slave girl dropped the comb. She uttered “Bismillah” as she bent down to pick it up. The princess was astonished on hearing this and said, “Do you mean my father?”Firoun was informed about her iman and here began a difficult trial for her, a trial where even strong men falter. Firoun ordered a large brass vessel to be brought.A fire was kindled in it until it was venomously hot. Her children were then thrown in one by one in front of her eyes until it was the turn of the last child who was still suckling from his mother. This made her sob.The infant suddenly spoke to her saying, “Mother jump!  The punishment of this world is light compared to the hereafter.”

 

Aasiya after witnessing the brutal punishment of her slave girl now revealed her Imaan. Firoun became enraged. She was given a last chance to accept Islam when Firoun threatened to drop a boulder on her. Firoun announced if she left Islam he would take her as his wife and if not, this would be her end. However Aasiya was convinced of her faith and she remained steadfast. As Rasulullah Sallallāhu Alayhi Wasallam mentioned in a hadeeth, “When imaan enters the recess’s of the heart there is nothing to deny it from the sweetness of imaan”. She made Dua and Allah mentions it in the Quraan. “And for the believers Allah has set an example in the wife of Firoun who said: My Rabb build for me a house in paradise, deliver me from Firoun and his misdeeds and save me from the wicked nation.” Her gaze then turned towards the heaven and she recited her Shahadat. In some narrations it is mentioned that Allah showed her palace in Jannah before she passed away, and that Allah took her soul away before the boulder fell on her.

 

Wealth and position should not make us compromise on Deen. When a person is sincere in faith then its blessing make it easy to tolerate persecution. It was only her sincerity that gave the Royal Queen, Aasiya the strength to bear oppression and cruelty. Those who walk the path of truth are never alone. At every step Allah grants them patience and steadfastness. A woman is naturally weak and a Queen more so by being waited on but when she tasted faith she stood by every kind of injustice.

 

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