THE TABLIGHI JAMAAT – DEOBAND’S FATWA AND AN ERRONEOUS PERCEPTION
Some quarters as well as enemies of the Tabligh Jamaat are disseminating an erroneous perception basing it on the recent Fatwa issued by Darul Uloom Deoband. One press report states: “This is for the first time the Darul Uloom has come out openly against the Tabligh Jamaat and its head.....”
This is an erroneous perception. Darul Uloom Deoband did not criticize the Tabligh Jamaat per se. Nor did Darul Uloom criticize the ‘head’ of the Tabligh Jamaat. This is a false perception. The Tabligh Jamaat has no Ameer. Its affairs have been conducted by a Shura since many years. Darul Uloom Deoband criticized an individual who had installed himself in Nizaamuddin (the Tabligh Jamaat headquarters) by means of violence.
Darul Uloom at no stage criticized the Jamaat. Just as we do, so too has Darul Uloom criticized the errors and deviations which become attached to an institution. All Deeni institutions deteriorate with the passage of time. Bid’ah and deviations are innovated and the shayaateen who join the institutions attempt to dig up the foundations of the Deeni institutions. The satanic plot is to derail the Deeni Institution from Siraatul Mustaqeem.
Bid’ah and dhalaal have crept into and derailed almost all Deeni institutions, be they the Madaaris, the Khaanqahs or the Tabligh Jamaat. Darul Uloom has highlighted the excesses which some of the Jamaat members have innovated, and has warned that if this trend is not arrested and eliminated, the Jamaat will develop into a sect of baatil just as all the Sufi Tareeqahs have gone astray and have become cults of bid’ah and shirk. Even the ‘shaikhs’ associated with the Ulama of Deoband are today plodding the way of baatil under khaanqah guise. Despite calling themselves Chishtiyyah, they are following in the footsteps of the Barelwi grave-worshippers.
The Tablighi Jamaat is an Institution of the Ulama of Deoband, hence it pains us when we observe deviation becoming attached to the Jamaat, and cause for greater pain is the intransigence of some of the elders of this age. Those who proffer valid criticism and sincere naseehat are regarded as enemies of the Tabligh Jamaat.
A fundamental error of the Ulama, which has led to the current crisis in the leadership of the Tabligh Jamaat, is the accursed policy of dubious ‘hikmat’ (baseless wisdom and diplomacy). When a defect or bid’ah develops or when the evil of ghulu’ is introduced, the elders tend to sweep it under the carpet. With time, the carpet is unable to conceal the amount of rot and stench emitted by constant under-carpet sweeping. The stench ultimately becomes unbearable. It is then like a bloated corpse bursting. In fact, Hadhrat Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi (Rahmatullah alayh) had made this prediction about Darul Uloom Deoband. He had compared the expansion and material development and progress of the Darul Uloom with a bloating corpse. He said: “The day the bloated corpse bursts, everyone will flee from the stench.” And that moment did happen when Darul Uloom split into two factions over material and worldly issues. This history is well-known.
The Tabligh Jamaat is currently wallowing in this self-same disease – nafsaaniyat. If it is established that Molvi Sa’d who has installed himself in Nizaamuddin is disseminating a kufr ideology, then there is no alternative other than to cut him down and remove him from Nizaamuddin. However, if he is repentant and submits fully to the Code of the Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jama’ah, and accepts to strictly follow the Maslak of the Akaabir Ulama of Deoband, then the crisis could be easily resolved.
The Jamaats on the ground should continue with the work of Da’wat and Tabligh as if nothing has happened. The work of the Jamaat should not become adversely affected by the crisis in Nizaamuddin. They should adhere to the Six Points and not become involved in disputes pertaining to the leadership. It is nothing but nafsaaniyat and shaitaaniyat for the workers on the ground to fan the flames of discord by siding with this or that faction. They should ignore the leadership crisis and continue with the work of Da’wat and Tabligh for the Pleasure of Allah Ta’ala.
It must be reiterated that Darul Uloom Deoband is not anti-Tabligh Jamaat just as it is not anti-Madaaris or anti-Khaanqah. But drawing attention to the ills and offering advice and remedies are not to be misconstrued. A Muslim has the incumbent duty of presenting naseehat to his errant brother. Abstention from Amr Bil Ma’roof Nahy Anil Munkar is the cause for numerous cancerous mutations in the Ummah.
12 Rabiul Awwal 1438 - 12 December 2016
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