Tableegh Is Not Dependent on the Use of Doubtful Means (Asbaab)

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The final bayaan of Allamah Sayyid Yusuf Binnori (rahmatullahi alayhi) holds even greater significance today, as the Ulama become increasingly influenced by the tide of modernism that is presently engulfing the Ummah. New methods of tableegh being utilised which clearly conflict with the Shari’ah and the Way of the Salaf, include the use of television, publications with animate pictures, mass movement of women travelling far and wide for dawa purposes,  nasheed concerts, gatherings of bid’ah, etc.

Regardless of numbers of people attracted through such means, they will only serve to perpetuate Allah’s Azaab (Divine Punishment) that is currently afflicting the whole Ummah.

‘Allamah Binnori: Adopting Impermissible Means for Propogation of Din
By Mawlana Sayyid Muhammad Yusuf Binnori

Edited by Abu Ishaq Afriki

Foreword: ‘Allamah Yusuf Binnori’s (Allah have mercy on him) final lecture which took place in Dhu l-Qa’dah 1397 AH. Mufti Muhammad Taqi Uthmani (Allah protect him), after penning the following incident, writes: “These last advices of Mawlana Binnori (Allah have mercy on him) should be inscribed on the heart of every person involved in propagating and spreading din.”

A few days before his demise, Mawlana Binnori (Allah have mercy on him) attended a meeting of the Islamic Advisory Council in Islamabad . On the second day of the meeting, some people approached Mawlana, requesting him to deliver a bayaan (lecture) which would be broadcast on television. Mawlana politely excused himself and did not accede to their request.

This then led to the question of whether television, videos, etc. should be used for the sake of spreading and propagating din, if it is kept free from immodesty, shamelessness and other such elements which negatively affect peoples’ character. Although not on the agenda of the meeting, this topic was unofficially being discussed. The crux of what Mawlana Binnori (Allah have mercy on him) said on this occasion is as follows:

I would like to mention one important usul (principal) regarding the topic under discussion.

Allah has not made us mukallaf (duty bound) to use any and every means possible, in order to bring people onto din.

Yes, we have most definitely been made mukallaf to use the various permissible means and methods of propagating din at our disposal.

Together with commanding us to propagate and spread din, Islam has shown us the method and adab (etiquette) of propagating din as well.

We are mukallaf to propagate din, but within the confines of those methods and adab.

If we, by adopting the permissible methods and means of propagating din, achieve our goals and objectives, then well and good. But, supposing, if we adopt the permissible means and methods, and by so doing, we do not achieve our goals, then we have not been made mukallaf to adopt those methods and means declared impermissible by Shari’ah, just for the sake of propagating the message of din and winning people over to our side.

If by adopting those methods and means which Shari’ah has permitted, together with the adab of propagation, only one person is brought onto din, then our propagation efforts have been successful.

On the other hand, if, by adopting those methods and means which are declared impermissible by Shari’ah, even a hundred people are affected and won over, then this ‘success’ or ‘achievement’ holds no value in the sight of Allah, because that propagation which entails trampling upon the laws of din, can never be the propagation of din, but rather it is propagation of something else.

Videos and films are in itself against the laws of Islam, therefore we have not been made mukallaf of using it for the propagation of din.

We will extend our heart and soul for those who are prepared to listen to our da’wah through the correct and permissible means, but as for those who are only prepared to listen to our da’wah if it is done via those means and methods which are not permissible, like videos and films, then we are ma’zur (excused) from conveying the message to such persons in such a manner.

If we do not adopt this stance which has been explained, then today, for the sake of the people, we will be using films to propagate din, tomorrow women without hijab will be used for spreading din, and we will try to bring people onto din through gatherings of music and dancing…and in this way, in the name of propagating din, we will be trampling upon and destroying the laws of the Shari’ah, one by one.

[Adapted from Ulama-e-Deoband ki akhri lamahat, p.170/171]

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