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Indeed, all praise is due to Allah, we praise Him, seek His aid and ask His forgiveness. We seek Allah’s refuge from the evil of ourselves and the evils of our actions. He, whom Allah guides, none can misguide him, and he whom Allah allows to be misguided, none can guide him. I bear witness that none has the right to be worshiped (in truth) except Allah alone, having no partners and I bear witness that Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam), is His slave and Messenger. May the Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam), his family and his Companions (radhi allahu anhu).
The Jamaat Tableegh is the well-known group, whose members travel from Masjid to Masjid for fixed number of days, following a pre-defined syllabus. Their activities center mainly upon readings from the Fazaail-e-Aamaal (also known as Tableeghi Nisaab) and gathering others to join them in their activities. In general, they stick to non-controversial issues and claim that their sole aim is to encourage people towards following the religion by mentioning the virtues of different acts of worship.
They claim to have no affiliation with any group or party, but in reality, they are adherents to the Deobandi School of thought – which is a sub-sect of Sufism and has its origins in the Indian subcontinent. The Deobandis are the bearers of many extreme Sufi beliefs, which are clearly reflected in the Jamaat Tableegh, its methodology and Dawah.
The Jamaat Tableegh puts a lot of emphasis upon traveling for Dawah, which is one of their six fundamentals. Their Dawah groups are headed by appointed Amirs or group leaders, who are responsible for giving speeches and teaching their fellow members. These Amirs are for most part ignorant and extremely careless when quoting the Qur’aan and the Sunnah. It is seen very often that they base their Dawah upon stories, experiences and sayings of their elders.
The undocumented actions of the ignorant Amirs and workers of the Jamaat Tableegh are a major reason behind the spread of many false beliefs and concepts. However, we shall base our analysis of the subject purely upon what has been mentioned in their books and writings and thus leave the Deobandis and the Jamaat Tableegh to speak for themselves.
Most of the quotations of the Deobandis are from books published for the ordinary reader like, Fazaail-e-Aamaal or from books translated into English. These quotations will show how the Jamaat Tableegh has been instrumental in spreading Sufism and its deviant concepts under the garb of virtues and obedience.
The Fazaail-e-Aamaal is the one and only book that is read and re-read at every gathering of the Jamaat Tableegh. Never is any authoritative Tafseer of the Qur’aan read from, nor any book of authentic Hadeeth. Even Riyaadh as-Saliheen that is read by the Arab members of this Jamaat is never read amongst the non-Arab circles.
Amr Ibn Qais as-Sakoni said: “I went with my father in a delegation to Muawiyah (radhi allahu anhu). I heard a man (Abdullah Ibn Amr) giving a speech to people, and saying: “Some signs of the Last Hour are when the evil ones are in control and the pious ones are controlled; when actions and adherence are non-existing, and sayings (without actions) are posted; and to read al-Mathnah to people, none of them refutes or tries to change it.” He was asked: “What is al-Mathnah?” He said, “Whatever is written, other than the Book of Allah, the Mighty One.”
It is claimed that this book because of the simplicity of approach is most suitable for the reformation of the masses. Yet, the fact remains that even those who have spent a lifetime in this Jamaat hardly understand many of the Sufi concepts that the author, Moulana Zakariyah Kandhalvi, has filled it with.
As the discussion in this book will highlight, the mistakes of the Jamaat Tableegh are not limited to minor issues, or in their specifying three days or forty days or the Khurooj, etc., but in Aqeedah (belief) and Ittiba (following the way of Allah’s Messenger (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam)). In the course of this book, we shall also see many examples of self-contradictions in the beliefs of the Deobandis, which is a sign of falsehood (Batil) as the Qur’aan says:
“Do they then consider the Qur’aan carefully? Had it been from other than Allah, they would have found therein much contradiction.”
These contradictions can never be the result of following the Qur’aan and the Sunnah. The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) said: “I have left you upon clear proofs, its night is like its day, no one deviates from it, except one who is destroyed, and whoever lives (long) from amongst you will see great controversy. So, stick to that you know from my Sunnah and the Sunnah of the rightly-guided caliphs...”
Thus, we present this book, with hope that it might serve as an eye-opener for the open-minded reader, and encourage towards the seeking of Islamic knowledge from its true sources.