Moulana, some people claimed that Tablighi Jamaat is not doing what our Beloved Prophet had done which is calling the Non-Muslim towards Allah because till this day there is no effort has been done to called the Non-Muslim to enter Islam by this Jamaat. The Tabligh Jamaat only emphasize on spending time in the path of Allah for 3 days, 40 days & 4 Month which they claim has no basis of whatsoever in the Quraan and Sunnah. What is Moulana opinion pertaining to this matter.
(1) The basis on which they are criticizing the Tablighi Jamaat is baseless. They are in fact talking drivel. If a person recites Qur’aan Shareef in abundance every day, performs his five daily Salaat, but does not perform Tahajjud, it will be wrong to criticize him for reciting Qur’aan in abundance by saying that it is not Sunnat to recite 12 and half Juz a day. No one has the right to impose on another person his personal fancy and inclination. The Shariah allows a man to recite twelve and half Juz a day. It is stupid to argue that because there is no basis in the Qur’aan and Sunnah for reciting twelve and half Juz a day, it is wrong and not permissible for this person to recite this amount of Qur’aan.
You should ask those people who are criticizing the Tabligh Jamaat if they are calling non-Muslims to the Path of the Deen? How many of them are making Da’wat to non-Muslims? Why do they want to impose this act on the Tabligh Jamaat when they themselves are not executing it? If a group chooses to do a particular Deeni activity, then no one has the right to criticize them for not doing another Deeni activity. If someone performs 50 raka’ts Nafl a day, no one has the right of criticizing him for not keeping Nafl fasts. If there is a group giving da’wat to non-Muslim, but not to Muslims, then no one has the right to criticize them. They are doing an activity to which they are inclined.
Similarly, if we are engaged in writing Deeni books and our form of da’wat is restricted to publications distributed to only Muslims, no one has the right to criticize our Deeni activity because we are not printing books for non-Muslims. If there is someone who distributes books to non-Muslims, and not to Muslims, then no one has the right to criticize him for not distributing to Muslims. Everyone is entitled to engage in any field of Tabligh and Da’wat to which his heart inclines.
The Tabligh Jamaat is not denying that Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) had called non-Muslims to Islam. But what is wrong with calling Muslims who have become like non-Muslims back to the Path of Islam? And, did Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) not give da’wat to Muslims? Those who deny this, must produce their evidence. Did Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) not spend 23 years teaching Muslims how to perform Salaat, Fast, perform Hajj, trade, get married, bury the dead and all the thousands of masaa-il related to all the departments of Islam? Who taught the Sahaabah all the rules of Islam? Were the Sahaabah Muslims or non-Muslims when Nabi-e-Kareem (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) gave them the da’wat of the masaa-il of the Deen?
(2) The objectors are plain stupid and soft in the brains. The greater part of Rasulullah’s mission was consumed teaching Muslims, not non-Muslims. Once the non-Muslims embraced Islam, the da’wat did not end with their acceptance of Islam. In fact the da’wat then commenced and continued until the demise of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) to Muslims.
What is wrong if anyone spends 3 days, 40 days and 4 months in the path of Allah? What is wrong if someone spends one hour in the path of Allah? What is wrong if someone spends 10 minutes or 10 years in the Path of Allah? What is their logical and Shar’i basis for this stupid objection? When some of these objectors go for Umrah for 19 days or five days or one month, then are they committing a haraam deed because they do not spend exactly the same time in Umrah as Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) had done?
Even if there is no specific basis for the specific methodology of the Tablighi Jamaat, the question to be asked is: “On what basis does this methodology conflict with the Sunnah?” Why would this methodology not be permissible? And, why would the methodology of publications, Madaaris, Khaanqas, etc. be permissible? The objectors should present arguments based on the principles of the Shariah to vindicate their case. Personal opinion and stupid logic have no Shar’i validity.
The objections of the detractors have to be rejected and dismissed as utterly baseless. There is no Shar’i substance in their objections.
[Answered by Maulana A S Desai]