MUSLIM DEGENERATION AND ITS ONLY REMEDY
PROCEDURE TO WORK
The most important factor in the task of Tabligh is the manner and the method of approach, which simply means to follow closely the lines adopted by the worthy Companions of Holy Prophet (Sallallaho Alaihe Wasallam) strictly in accordance with his teachings and practices. The method adopted by the Holy Prophet (Sallallaho Alaihe Wasallam) was as follows:
A jamaat or group of at least ten men should be formed. One of them should be selected “amir” (leader). They should get together in a mosque, make ablutions and offer two *rakaat ‘nafil’ prayers. After this, all should supplicate together and beseech for Divine mercy, help and guidance for success in their efforts and remaining steadfast and resolute in their task of Tabligh. For all this time, “zikr” should be recited by all, and every precaution should be taken not to indulge in the idle talk. One reaching the place for “Tabligh”, once again the “jamaat” should supplicate and beseech for Allah Ta'ala’s mercy and help in their mission. The place of Tabligh will be the vicinity of a mosque of the locality where the work is to be conducted. A part of the “jamaat” should be detailed to tour the locality calmy, and quietly inviting people to the mosque, where “Ta'aleem, (reading and teaching out of religious books) should be in progress and later the “namaz” (prayers) of the time should be offered. After this, one of the members of the “jamaat” should place before the people, in an affectionate and calm manner, the importance and urgency of reviving Islam in each and every Muslim as ordained by Allah Ta'ala and the Holy Prophet (Sallallaho Alaihe Wasallam), giving out as simply as possible the cardinal points of Tabligh and the way to accomplish them. Finally, the people should be persuaded, again in a cordial manner, to join hands in this sacred task and come out to do the work of Tabligh like the Jamaat itself.
Later, some members of the “jamaat” may accompany the people to their homes, where the womenfolk should also be addressed and persuaded to do similar duty among women.
They should be told be regular in their daily prayers. All this should be done without entering the private portion of any house. The women should also be told to strictly follow the cardinal points of “Tabligh” in their daily life and observe “pardah” in accordance with the “shariat”.
After this, all such people who may be prepared to join the work should be organized into a separate “jamaat” with and “amir” form among themselves. They should first be made to work under the guidance of the members of the original “jamaat”. The important point to be remembered at this stage is that every person engaged on “Tabligh” must fully obey his “amir” and the latter, in turn, should ensure that his personal services and attention are available to each and every member of his Jamaat. He must see to every person’s welfare, comforts and morale and, before taking any decision, th must consult all his colleagues. The following general principles of the work of “Tabligh” should be carefully noted at all times.
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