||Explaining our Manhaj and Beliefs|
By Mufti Ebraheem Desai
Q.) Could you be more
definite in your fatwas so that your manhaj and beliefs are crystal clear to the
You seem to avoid many specifics in your answers to questions such as is Sufism
right or wrong or what did scholars say about Ibn Taymiyyah and what about going
out with Jamatul-Tableegh. Perhaps you are trying to be tactful or avoid
controversy but when giving fataawa your concern should be the truth and
upholding the responsibility of guiding those who ask you and those who read
Answer 1051 2003-03-17
Assalaamu Alaykum Wa Rahmatullaahi Wa Barakaatuhu
Jazaakumullah for your advise. Hereunder are our beliefs on:
Sufism is a process of spiritual upliftment. It is a way of reforming oneself
and attaining closeness to Allah Ta'ala. Spiritual upliftment, reformation and
attaining closeness to Allah are orders replete in the Qur'an.
If it is possible for any individual to reform himself, he should do so.
However, it is generally noticed that individuals experience difficulties in
reforming themselves and seek assistance of a spiritual guide who is pious and
adhere to Shari'ah in reforming themselves. The practise of taking allegiance (Bay'at)
and following the guidance of one's spiritual mentor is called Sufism.
Shaykh Taqi-u-ddin Ahmad ibn Taymiyah was a prominent Aalim (scholar) of Deen.
Shaykh Taqi-u-ddin had his independent views on many matters based on his vast
knowledge and research. It is incorrect for non-scholars and non academics to
pass a judgment especially on such learned people. They should fear Allah and
abstain from engaging themselves in such discussions. Differences of opinion is
a salient feature among the Ulama-e-Haqq (true scholars).
Allah Taăla states that one reason for this
Ummah being titled as the best of Ummah, is the practice of commanding good and
Nabi (Sallallaahu Álayhi Wasallam) states,
'Whosoever from among you witnesses evil, he should change it with his hands.
And if he is unable to do so then he should change it with his tongue. And if he
is unable to do so with his tongue, then he should at least consider it to be
wrong. And this is the weakest stage of Imaan. (Mishkăt)
Hadhrat Nuúmaan bin Basheer (Radhiallaahu Ánhu) says that Rasulullah (Sallallaahu
Álayhi Wasallam) gave an example of people sailing on a boat having an upper
deck and a lower deck. The people from the lower deck require water and request
water from the people of the upper deck. The people from the upper deck refuse
water so the people from the lower deck decide to make a hole on the floor of
the ship and get water from the sea. Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Álayhi Wasallam)
said, 'If the people from the upper deck don't stop the people at the bottom
from making a hole, the ship will sink and all the people travelling will drown.
(Mishkăt vol. 2 p. 436)
Similarly, if people do not prohibit evil and sin in the society, the entire
society - innocent and evil - will equally suffer.
Hadhrat Abu Hurayra (Radhiallaahu Ánhu) states that Rasulullah (Sallallaahu
Álayhi Wasallam) said, 'Command good and prohibit evil or else Allah will send
such a punishment that will destroy everyone'. (Ibid).
The above quotations of the Qurăn and Ahaadith of Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Álayhi
Wasallam) are clear that commanding good and prohibiting evil is an emphasised
injunction of Allah and His Rasul. Every person must carry out this injunction.
All the Prophets (Álayhimus salaam) followed the footsteps of their respective
Prophets and after the demise of their Prophet, they carried out the same
mission. The Sahaaba of Rasulullah (Radhiallaahu Ánhum) spent their entire lives
in commanding good and prohibiting evil. Since there is no Prophet to come,
every Ummati of Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Álayhi Wasallam) is the deputy of the
Prophet and he has to carry on the mission of the Prophet. The people of
Tabligh Jamaat sacrifice their time, wealth and comforts to undergo difficulty
and hardships to go in the path of Allah - to carry out this Sunnah of the
Prophets - commanding good and prohibiting evil.
As far as the Tabligh Jamaat is concerned, it is our humble view that they are
acting upon this injunction of Allah Taăla and are fulfilling this obligation of
Shariáh. the Jamaat advocates strict adherence to the Sunnah and confines itself
within the ambit of the Shariáh. The purpose of any individual taking part in
the Noble work of Tabligh is firstly to reform oneself and dutifully save
mankind from the fire of hell. The overwhelming success of the Jamaat is mainly
because of the manifestation of the six points which involves the purification
of the Naffs and the entity of Tawheed.
The word, 'Tashkeel', literally means to form. In the terminology of Tabligh, it
means to urge the people to give time, to come out in the path of Allah for self
reformation and propagating good for a number of days 3, 7, 40, 4 months, 1
year, etc. The number of days is also not compulsory, it is only recommended
just as it is recommended that a person studying first aid, for example, serves
one month as practicals. While he will not be an expert in medicine, he will
know the basic things to do during an emergency. Similarly, a person going out
for 3 days, 40 days, 4 months, etc. does not become an expert on Shariáh, but he
will learn the basic requirements of Shariáh. The more time he gives, the more
he will learn and perfect himself. The time frame is not a criteria according to
and Allah Ta'ala Knows Best
taken (with Thanks) from Islam.tc