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The Jama’ah of Tabligh and Da’wa.

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The grand mufti of Saudi Arabia has clearly stated his dislike of the tableegh and Jam’at. What my question is that, WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS WORK……even imams of the haramain have clearly stated their dislike.
Please give your pearls of advice regarding this topic.


In the name of Allah, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful,

Enjoining the good and forbidding the evil is a collective responsibility of the Muslims (Fardh al-Kifaya). Allah Most High says:

“You are the best of Nations, involved for mankind, enjoining what is right and forbidding what is evil.” (Surah Ali Imran, V:110).

This collective responsibility of the Muslims requires an organized effort, and this is exactly what the Jama’ah of Tabligh is doing. How can someone be condemned for carrying out the responsibility which Allah Almighty has ordained upon him?

It should be noted that although the method which the Jama’ah of Tabligh use for their Da’wah was not prevalent in its full context during the time of the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him & give him peace), yet it will not be considered to be an innovation (bid’a).

Shariah has not prescribed a special method for the Da’wah work. The responsibility of Da’wah will be discharged by using any method, whether this is by teaching religious knowledge to thirsty students, writing books, inviting people to Islam, going to peoples homes and calling them to the Masjid’s (as the Jama’ah Tabligh does) or any other means.

Those from Saudi Arabia who criticize this group usually are unaware of the reality of the Jama’ah Tabligh. It should be said to them : if this work is wrong, then you should close down the Islamic universities in Makkah and Madinah and all the other types of Da’wah work, as the methods of many were not prevalent in the time of the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him & give him peace).

In conclusion, there is nothing wrong with the work of Jama’ah Tabligh in general. People should be encouraged to join and participate in this auspicious work. The forces of evil are very active and the work of this Jama’ah has assumed special importance and al-Hamdulillah this Jama’ah is (overall) discharging the responsibility of Da’wah very well.

If there are any mistakes made by people involved in this work (as indeed some do), it should be corrected by the scholars with wisdom, insight, gentleness and politeness.

And Allah knows best

[Mufti] Muhammad ibn Adam
Darul Iftaa
Leicester , UK

This answer was collected from Daruliftaa.com, which is headed by Mufti Muhammad ibn Adam Al-Kawthari. He’s based in the United Kingdom.

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