Why don’t Tabligh Jama’at do Dawah to non-Muslims and what is Daleel for 3, 10, 40 days etc.?

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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 your opinion pertaining to this matter.

ANSWER (By Hazrat Maulana Ahmad Sadeq Desai)

(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.

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2 thoughts on “Why don’t Tabligh Jama’at do Dawah to non-Muslims and what is Daleel for 3, 10, 40 days etc.?

  1. omar khan

    There will be nothing wrong if tablig jamat strat giving dawa to muslims and nonmuslims togather whenever there is a suitable chance or opportunity……once I crossed 200 non muslims in a city but no dawa or greeting was given to no one beacuse they were not muslims……….but the intention is there that umma is muslim and nonmuslim……but there is no practical thinking only beacuse Maulana iliyas did not implement direct dawa to nonmuslims …it is totaly wrong……I personaly think Maulana started this dawa work with an intention for umma for both muslims and nonmuslims………on the way of weekly ghast dawa can be given to both muslims and nonmuslims in non muslim country..just start with salam or hello..rest will done automaticaly…….without changing the orginal osssul……..thus tablig jamat falls in a catagory of gaint group
    who has no interest for original dawa work of Mohammed (s) I AM SO SAD

  2. Asan Ramzan

    These people how do preaching will be rewarded. A reminder benefits all. I am preacher of all non-Muslim and Muslim. Sometimes I ask these tablig jamat people to join me but they refuse saying that they must focus on the Muslims first. The reply of many Muslims is that we must first rectify the Muslim ummah which is at a critical state before preaching the non-Muslims. And they story they usually give is that when they go to non-Muslims these non-Muslims say “we know certain Muslim that is drinking alcohol or gambling or not praying, so why do you not preach your our people first”. I have preached for over 6 years to non-Muslims and muslims, never have they said anything along these lines rather it is the opposite, it is the Muslims that I preach that usually say why are you preaching us Muslims, we are already Muslims therefore preach the non-Muslims.

    But no must know that Da’wah is actually a word that means invite or call. For tablig jamat a better word is islah, which means to reform or improve.

    The quran tells us to invite people to islam, so it is a command from god:

    “Invite (all) to the way of thy Lord with wisdom and beautiful preaching; and argue with them in
    ways that are best and most gracious for your lord knows best who have stayed from his path and who receive guidance” (Qur’an 16:125).

    The Quran is for everyone, islam is for everyone. We must not become like the Jews who said “only for us” and become greedy with the scripture. This is mentioned in the Quran:
    The similitude of those who were charged with the (obligations of the) Mosaic Law, but who subsequently failed in those (obligations), is that of a donkey which carries huge tomes (but understands them not). Evil is the similitude of people who falsify the Signs of God: and God guides not people who do wrong. (62:5)

    But these people how are doing preaching, even to Muslim only will still be rewarded, but the correct way is to preach to everyone. In the Quran it says.


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