RIOTS IN NIZAAMUDDEEN
[By Hazrat Maulana Ahmad Sadeq Desai]
The fracas, uproar and riots which have rocked the foundations of the Tabligh Jamaat threatening to destroy the noble work initiated by the Akaabireen Ulama and Auliya, are no longer secret issues. The riots have been widely publicized in the newspapers in India and elsewhere. The police have made a number of arrests of gangsters employed by one Molvi Sa’d who is the culprit plotting to usurp the imaarat (leadership) of the Tabligh Jamaat.
At the Markaz, Ulama have been assaulted by Sa’d’s goondas (gangsters), and rooms and property have been smashed. While it grieves us immensely to mention these developments, it is not something which can be swept under the carpet and concealed. It is already in the public domain. The newspapers have splashed the haraam fracas at the Markaz.
We are grieved because the Tabligh Jamaat is part of the Institution of Deoband. It is the movement to revive and establish the Sunnah initiated by the Ulama of Deoband. Now the enemies such as the Barelwi Qabar Pujaaris will sit back, observe and enjoy the internecine struggle which has culminated into hooliganism and thuggery plotted by one thug-in-chief intoxicated with the lust for power and leadership. The chief goonda of this plot to undermine the Tabligh Jamaat is one Molvi Sa’d who has installed himself at Nizaamuddeen with the aid of his hired thugs and gangsters.
While the disturbance in Nizaamuddeen is sad and lamentable for us and all our Ulama, it is not at all surprising. It is surprising for only those who have no understanding of history, the nafs and dunya. All Institutions of the Deen have undergone an evil metamorphosis with the passage of time. The Madaaris and Khaanqah have suffered the same fate. Even our headquarters, Daarul Uloom Deoband had suffered the same shaitaaniyat which ultimately split the Madrasah down the middle into opposing factions. The same has happened in Mazaahirul Uloom in Saharanpur, and likewise in Jalalabad, and in almost every place where there existed a flourishing Deeni Institution.
This evil fate has now overtaken the Tabligh Jamaat. It was just to be expected. Unity of the Ummah is an unattainable dream. No matter how much the Ulama pipe the theme of unity and offer naseehat to achieve it, it is simply not to be realized because Allah Ta’ala did not accept Rasulullah’s dua for the unity of the Ummah. Disunity and infighting are forms of punishment for Muslim transgression of the Law of Allah Azza Wa Jal. The commencement of the disunity was during the very era of the Sahaabah. Since that time, it has continued, and so will it be until the Day of Qiyaamah.
That the Tabligh Jamaat was entering the doldrums and was on the downward slide intellectually, morally and spiritually is no secret. The ghulu’ (extremism) as well as other un-Islamic tendencies which have crept into the Jamaat were the signs foreshadowing the evil which has now broken out into the open. The fossilization of the Jamaat signified loss of direction.
Success has come to be measured in the number of jamaats going out and the number of buses and people at an Ijtima’. Pride and arrogance have become the hallmark of its present-day seniors who deride the Tablighi efforts of all those who are not associated actively and physically with the Jamaat. Their seniors have become fat cats, and this is conspicuously noticeable at big Ijtimas where special quarters are reserved for the Ulama, and the laity requiring ‘visas’ to visit and make musaafahah with the elders.
Also, too much of extravagance and waste have become evil accretions of Ijtimas. A deplorable degree of commercialisation also accompanies the Ijtimas. Some corruption and Shar’i violation underlay the granting of rights to business people for setting up trading stalls within the precincts of the Ijtima venue. The concept of the Tabligh Jamaat being the Ark of Hadhrat Nooh (Alayhis salaam) has become an ingrained belief. Anyone outside the ‘Ark’ is doomed for Jahannam.
Then comes the women’s jamaat which was a sure sign of liberalism planting the seeds of the Jamaat’s demise. Senior Jamaat members no longer sleep and eat in the Musaajid. They have abandoned this principle of simplicity. They now put up at homes and expect hotel treatment. Big pots of food are prepared by the neighbourhood females and sent to the Musaajid for the rank and file Tablighis while the fat cats receive special treatment and service in homes.
The introduction of bid’aat such as kitaab reading immediately after Fardh Salaat thereby displacing the Sunnah requisites, and the kabeerah and haraam act of permitting and encouraging women to go on Tabligh journeys without a valid mahram also were indicative of the descending Wrath of Allah Ta’ala which has erupted in the uproar in Nizaamuddeen. The fracas in Nizaamuddeen is a real volcanic eruption of heartrending proportions.
As long as the reality of the Jamaat’s deflection from Siraatul Mustaqeem and its restoration to its original simplicity by firm adherence to its foundational principles are not attended to and rectified, the Jamaat will continue to wither away into extinction, and become just like the worn out, desolate khaanqahs and the Darul Ulooms which are devoid of Soul and Spirit.
The goonda-in-chief, molvi Sa’d, is only the symptom. The Jamaat elders should do much soul searching, and not endeavour to solve the problem and eliminate the rot by focusing only on the symptom. The goondagerry of molvi Sa’d is a punishment for deflection from the Sunnah and the original principles of the Jamaat, and for the ghulu’ which characterizes the Tabligh Jamaat of today. Undoubtedly, it is necessary to strive for the removal and expulsion from Nizaamuddeen of the goonda-in-chief. But for enduring success it is imperative to eliminate the unislamic and anti-Sunnah tendencies and ideas which are throttling the Jamaat. Even laymen members of the Jamaat have become so vile with arrogance that it means nothing to them to insult Akaabeer Ulama and Auliya such as Hadhrat Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi (Rahmatullah alayh) and Hadhrat Masihullah (Rahmatullah alayh) simply because they were not participating in Tabligh Jamaat activities.
As an interim act for immediate implementation we advise that all the Jamaat Shuras in all countries should write to Sa’d to vacate the Markaz premises. As long as he tarries there, all jamaats should bypass the Markaz. He must be pressurized to quit the Markaz. The rot should not be allowed to continue with its decomposition. The stink will only be incremental until it becomes totally unbearable. Sa’d’s introduction of goondagerry at the Markaz is intolerable and unacceptable.
If the Jamaat’s elders are going to adopt silence and turn a blind eye to the rot which has overtaken the Markaz, they will be guilty of a great disservice to the Deen. It is imperative that the Tabligh Jamaat be kept on track. It is currently wildly veering off course. This deflection must not only be stemmed. It has to be eliminated. The immediate step is to institute measures to kick the GOONDA out of the Markaz. This will be achievable only if the Jamaat elders act on a universal basis.
This Goonda displays shocking audacity bordering on kufr. He once claimed that even Imaam Abu Hanifah (Rahmatullah alayh) did not fully/correctly understand the meaning of Imaan. During the current uproar, in a tumultuous slanging match with his adversaries at the Markaz, he shouted like a drunk man, that all those who do not accept his imaarate (Leadership) are ‘jahannamis’. Well, this is just a reflection of the mentality of recent elders of the Jamaat. Their idea of the Tabligh Jamaat being like the Ship of Hadhrat Nooh (Alayhis salaam) implies that all those outside this ‘ship’, i.e. the Tabligh Jamaat, are inmates of HellFire. Their conception of Tabligh is that 100% of Tabligh is confined to the Tabligh Jamaat, and all other branches of Tabligh are redundant.
A fatal defect of the Jamaat was its inability to appoint an Ameer. For years the Jamaat has been floundering without an Ameer. This is in stark conflict with the Sunnah. Besides a Shura, a Deeni Institution requires a strong Ameer who can override even the Shura should it resolve issues in conflict with the Shariah or in conflict with the principles established by the Akaabir Ulama who were the founders of the Movement.
A Deeni institution without a strong Ameer is like a rudderless ship. Today the Jamaat has become a rudderless ship tossing in the raging waves of the nafs. The elders of the Jamaat should immediately install an Ameer and strive for the expulsion of the Sa’d Goonda from the Markaz. If this cannot be immediately accomplished, Nizaamuddeen should be bypassed and an alternative venue as Markaz should be established. If necessary, and if possible, a court order should be acquired for the eviction of Sa’d from the Markaz premises.
No matter how distasteful this step will be, in the larger interest of the Jamaat and the Ummah, it may be imperative. After all, the police had been called more than once to the Markaz to handle the rioting and to make arrests. A court order for the eviction of the chief goonda will be permissible. The Jamaat elders should broaden their outlook and endeavour to understand the criticism and naseehat of well-wishers and supporters.
Every critic is not anti-Tabligh Jamaat. A downfall of the Jamaat is also its abhorrence for criticism and naseehat no matter how sincere and how beneficial it may be. They simply refuse to accord any attention to good advice coming from beyond their narrow confines.
Hadhrat Maulana Salimullah Khan, the most senior Aalim today in Pakistan has written letters of naseehat to Molvi Sa’d and to Maulana Arshad Madani Sahib. The naseehat is standard advice which will fall on deaf ears. In other words, it will have no affect on the Sa’d character. One who resorts to goondagerry suffers from a chronically diseased nafs. It is not possible for such a diseased person to accept good advice. Nothing will penetrate a nafs rendered impervious by the filth of nafsaaniyat. Hubb-e-Jaah and Hubb-e-Maal preclude the possibility of understanding. He will not understand and not accept any advice for him to step down from the pedestal he has usurped by means of gangsterism.
It is quite probable that there is a sinister dimension to the upheaval in Nizaamuddeen. Only a naive person lacking in baseerat will believe that the Tabligh Jamaat hierarchy has not been infiltrated by sinister western agencies. This Sa’d goonda appears to be manipulated by these agencies to destroy the Deeni work of the Jamaat from within. This aspect should not be overlooked.
ADVICE FOR THE TABLIGH JAMAAT ELDERS
Regardless of the fracas in the Markaz, the Tableegh work of the Jamaat must continue as usual. The shenanigans of Molvi Sa’d should not deter the elders from continuing with the work in terms of the original principles of the Jamaat.
The elders should add a new principle to be observed by all workers on the ground. And that is: What is happening at the Markaz should not be made an issue by the workers on the ground. Sa’d will most certainly plot to export his fitnah to other countries. He will have cronies and supporters who will attempt to derail the work by scavenging for support among the rank and file Tablighi workers. Any worker who attempts to introduce such nafsaani politics should immediately be expelled. He should not be tolerated. He should not be given a second chance. A second chance will only present a further opportunity for sewing the seeds of discord.
Sa’d is not the Ameer of the Tabligh Jamaat. He has merely installed himself at the Markaz by capturing some buildings with his thuggery. This does not bestow any real power to him. The elders of the Jamaat will be committing a fatal mistake if they continue sending foreign Jamaats to Nizaamuddeen as long as the Goonda occupies the premises. The presence of foreign Jamaats will bestow recognition and honour to him, and in the long term it will filter through that he is the Ameer.
Sa’d must be starved out from the Markaz which should become desolate as a result of the total absence of Jamaats. The manner in which he has conducted himself strongly indicates that he is on the payroll of sinister kuffaar forces bent on destroying the Jamaat from within. The elders should immediately establish a Shura with an Ameer to ensure that the work of the Jamaat stays on course. It is our fervent Dua that Allah Ta’ala eliminates the conspirators.