Respected Mufti Saheb, Muslims are supposed to be doing amr-bil-ma’roof and nahi-anil-munkar as part of our duty. We have forgotten this responsibility. Moulana Iyaas was inspired to revive deen and hence he started the tabligh movement. It is difficult in todays time to go around pointing out the ummats evil what with our sorry and weak state. Hence, I’ve heard that it was part of his original usool of the jamaat that they only do amr-bil-ma’roof and not nahi-anil-munkar. Is it actually part of the pure original ussool in the writings of Hazrat Moulana Ilyaas saheb (R.A.)or not ? Jazaakallah-fid-darain.
The desire of Hadhrat Moulana Ilyaas Saheb (RA) was to revive the pure Deen
of Allah Ta’ala. For this, he had laid down certain principles (Usools)
which were based on Qur’aan and Hadith. In order to achieve this, he
constantly reminded the people about the responsibility of Amr bil Ma’roof
and Nahy anil munkar.
The actual problem today is that we have misinterpreted the real meaning of
Nahy anil munkar. Nahy anil munkar does not refer to being hard, rough,
power, strength, weapons and the likes thereof. A simple example will show
us exactly what is Nahy anil munkar. A villager during the time of Nabi
(Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) entered Musjid-un-nabawiy and began urinating
in one corner of the Musjid. Sahaaba (Radhiallaahu Anhum) immediately wanted
to take action but were prevented by Nabi (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam).
Nabi (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) let the villager relieve himself
comfortably and thereafter called him aside and with love, compassion and
kindness made him understand that this is the house of Allah which is clean
and pure, etc. Look at the level of the evil that this villager had caused.
Urinating in front of Nabi (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) inside
Musjid-un-Nabawiy. Yet, look at how Nabi (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam)
carried out the duty of Nahy anil munkar.
This is exactly what was the desire of Moulana Ilyas Saheb (RA). In doing
Amr bil Ma’roof as done by the brothers of the Tablighi Jamaat, they
encourage us to spend time in the path of Allah Ta’ala, so that once we are
in a pure environment, the Musjid, we will automatically realize the
importance of making an effort for Deen and understand the harms of leading
a life full of disobedience.
and Allah Ta’ala Knows Best
Mufti Ebrahim Desai