The purpose of Tableegh and Da’wah work

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by

Q: I am interested in Tableegh and Da’wah work but have heard from some people that it is a bid’ah. Is this correct?


A: This is incorrect. To engage in Tableegh and Da’wah is not a bid’ah. It is fardh for every believer to learn Deen. Learning Deen entails the following:

1. Learning the correct Aqaaid (correct beliefs)

2. Learning how to carry out the various Ibadaat (acts of worship and righteous deeds) and learning how to carry out the injunctions of Deen that relate to the different departments of one’s worldly and Deeni life.

3. Learning Muaasharat (learning social etiquettes and how to conduct when dealing with people)

4. Learning Muaamalaat (mutual dealings and transactions)

5. Learning Akhlaaq (good character and mannerisms).

The Madrasahs, Khaanqahs and the Jamaat all aim towards assisting people to acquire these values and goals. However, the method that each one has adopted differs. We all understand that in a Madrasah, this object is acquired through following a set curriculum (regarding the various Deeni courses that are offered) designed to be completed over a specified period of time (e.g. three years, five years, etc. with each year comprising of three semesters, three examinations and the holiday period). No one regards this to be an innovation in Deen or a bid’ah. Instead, it is an effective way of acquiring the desired objective and goal. Similarly, the Khaanqahs have their own method of imparting this knowledge and acquiring this goal. As far as the Jamaat is concerned, they have seen that most people do not have the time to take admission in a Madrasah or spend lengthy periods of time in a Khaanqah. Hence, they have adopted this method of imparting Deen which has proven effective in changing the lives of many thousands around the globe.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.

فَاتَّقُوا اللَّـهَ وَأَصْلِحُوا ذَاتَ بَيْنِكُمْ وَأَطِيعُوا اللَّـهَ وَرَسُولَهُ إِن كُنتُم مُّؤْمِنِينَ ﴿الأنفال: ١﴾

عن ابن عمر رضي الله عنهما قال قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم بني الإسلام على خمس شهادة أن لا إله إلا الله وأن محمدا رسول الله وإقام الصلاة وإيتاء الزكاة والحج وصوم رمضان (صحيح البخاري رقم 8)

عن ابن عباس رضي الله عنهما أن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم بعث معاذا رضي الله عنه إلى اليمن فقال ادعهم إلى شهادة أن لا إله إلا الله وأني رسول الله فإن هم أطاعوا لذلك فأعلمهم أن الله قد افترض عليهم خمس صلوات في كل يوم وليلة فإن هم أطاعوا لذلك فأعلمهم أن الله افترض عليهم صدقة في أموالهم تؤخذ من أغنيائهم وترد على فقرائهم (صحيح البخاري رقم 1395)

العلم بالعقائد الصحيحة ومن الفروع ما يحتاج إليه كل أحد كالطهارة والصلاة والصوم وكذلك كل عبادة أوجبها الشرع على الآدمي يجب عليه معرفة أحكامها مثل علم الزكوة إن كان له مال وعلم الحج ان وجب عليه وكذلك من المعاملات يجب معرفة احكام ما يتعاطى بها ويمارسها فيجب معرفة احكام البيع من الصحيح والفاسد والربوا للتجار والإجارات لمن يتاتى بها ونحو ذلك قال رسول اللّه صلّى اللّه عليه وسلم طلب العلم فريضة على كل مسلم (تفسير المظهري 4/ 323)

Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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