By Maulana Arshadul Qadri
This is an established fact that the decision about the desirability or undesirability of a movement and association with it depends upon its aims and objects. A movement may have dynamic, moving, effective, resources, but if its aims are undesirable, then nobody would like such an association.
Therefore in order to form a final opinion about the Tableeghi Jamaat, it is necessary to observe deeply, its objects, which were in the mind of its founder.
THE REAL AIM OF THE TABLEEGHI JAMAAT WAS TO PUBLICISE THE TEACHINGS OF MOULANA THANVI SAHIB
We are very grateful to Maulana Manzoor Nomani in this respect that he has pointed out this fact in the words of the founder of the Jamaat, in the book "Malfoozaté Ilyas": He writes, quoting one of his statements: "He once said, ‘Hazrat Maulana Thanvi had done a great job, therefore it is my desire that his teachings be propagated amongst the masses and the method of preaching must be mine, so that his teaching will become popular among the public." (Malfoozat, pp/5 7)The structure of any missionary association has two parts, firstly teachings, and secondly the method of preaching. From these two if either is related to Islam then this association is qualified to be called an Islamic Association. But in the above statement of Maulana Ilyas the disturbing fact is that in both the aspects, neither is related to Allah and His Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam). The teachings of Thanvi Sahib and the method of preaching of Maulana Ilyas himself. This makes it quite clear that the real object of the Tableeghi Jamaat is not to propagate the teachings of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) but to propagate the teachings of Thanvi Sahib.
I have no objections as to why the Tableeghi Jamaat has declared Moulana Thanvi’s works as its object of preaching, because every person decides the objective according to his choice, but I do object and protest as to why the people of the Tableeghi Jamaat hide their true objective, why don’t they say openly that we have stood up to make the teachings of Thanvi Sahib popular among the public, those who are in agreement with the teachings of Maulana Thanvi should accompany us.
But why deceive the public? Their aim is something else but when they contact the Muslims they say that we have come out to propagate the religion of Allah and His Messenger (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam). A Jamaat that begins its activities with falsehood can never be expected to do any good.
Now read another writing in this connection. The Compiler of "Malfoozat" writes: "Maulana Ilyas said that to increase relations with Hazrat Thanvi, to benefit from his blessings and simultaneously to participate in the efforts of developing the spirit, and to increase the happiness of the soul of Hazrat, one should carry out the instructions, and teachings of Hazrat and make endeavours to propagate it to other circles." (Malfoozat, pp/67)Every line of this writing clarifies, that the central idea of the efforts of the Tableeghi Jamaat is not to gain the good-will of Allah or His Messenger (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam), but only to gain the good-will of Thanvi Sahib. Again the question arises as to who will try hard to propagate extensively the teachings and instructions of Thanvi Sahib? Nobody but the Tableeghi Jamaat.
Now read a part of a circular sent by Maulana Ilyas to the Missionary workers of Meiwat. He writes, initiating the object of his preaching: "To achieve benefit from Maulana Thanvi, it is essential that one should love him, and one should gain benefit from his followers, and one should read his books, one should gain knowledge from his books and learn the deeds from his followers." (Makateeb-e-Ilyas, pp/ 138)From the above-narrated writings much light has been thrown on the relations between Thanvi Sahib and Tableeghi Jamaat. Now as far as the question of starting a movement for propagating the teachings of Thanvi Sahib, and to gain benefits from his books, is concerned, its fatality could not be understood, till the teachings and books of Maulana Thanvi are not examined impartially.
If in reality, the teachings and the books of Maulana Thanvi damage the unity, integrity and the belief of the Ummah, then undoubtedly this endeavour of the Tableeghi Jamaat is no less than a fatal attack on the Muslim Ummah.
A FEW SAMPLES OF THE TEACHINGS OF THANVI SAHIB
I shall quote a few examples of the teachings of Thanvi Sahib so that you may really assess the religious damages done by the Tableeghi Jamaat.
Maulana Ahmed Sayeed Akbarabadi, a member of the Majlis-e-Shoora, Darul Uloom Deoband, writes in his monthly magazine "Burhan", about Thanvi Sahib: "This one incident should bear testimony of Maulana Thanvi’s habit of ignoring and by-passing people in his relations with them. Once a disciple wrote to Maulana that I dreamt that I was trying to recite the Kalima-e-Tayyib properly but every time the words of Ashraf Ali came out from my tongue instead of Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam)."
"Evidently, the straight forward answer to this was that this is a Kalima of Infidelity, it is a deception of Satan, a fraud of your baser self. You should at once repent in the name of Allah for the same."
But Maulana Thanvi closes the Chapter by saying: "You love me devotedly and this is the result and fruitful outcome of that." (Burhan, Feb. 1958, p/107) On this incident the comments of a co-thinker are quite enough, but for the completion of the remaining portion of this event. I deem it necessary to tell that the Chapter was not closed on a dream alone, but after awakening, the acceptance of his Prophet hood continued on his tongue. He has confessed it in one of his own letters to his Spiritual head, Thanvi Sahib, after describing the scene of the dream, he writes: "I constantly thought of ‘Hozoor’ (Ashraf Ali) but in the state of consciousness I remembered the mistake in the recitation of the Kalima. I decided to rectify it so that it is erased from my mind and its repitition avoided. With this intention I sat up and then turned to another side and laid on the bed to correct the mistake of the Kalima Shareef by reciting Darood Shareef (Salawaat) on Rasoolullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam). But while reading the Darood Shareef again, instead of the name of Rasoolullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) I read Ashraf Ali.
"I am awake, not dreaming but uncontrollable, helpless and my tongue was beyond my control. That entire day I had the same thought. The next day, while awake, I felt this ecstasy and cried bitterly. There were many other reasons, which were due to the love of ‘Huzoor’ (Ashraf Ali). How much can I say?’"
N.B.: - This unfortunate Mureed (Disciple) of Ashraf Ali informed his Peer (Spiritual Guide) about this incident and experience, who in return replied to him as follows: "There is consolation for you in this incident that the person towards whom you turn, is, by the Mercy of Allah, a follower of Sunnah." (Maulana Thanvi is a follower of the Sunnah). 24 Shawwal 1335. (Al-Imdaad Article of Safar 1336, pp/34/35, No. 8, Vol. 3, Published in Thana Bhawan)How unfortunate and crooked is that tongue which never goes out of control to criticize its Spiritual Head, but which goes out of control to accept the declaration of his Prophet-hood. The most admonishing show of this incident is that, instead of the Spiritual Head warning his devotee against this word of blasphemy, he sends him an encouraging reply: "This incident was a form of reassurance that your Spiritual Head (Thanvi Sahib) with the blessing of Allah is a follower of Sunnah." (Al-Jamdad, pp/ 34)
With what cheerful mind this open blasphemy has been praised, how many silent indications and hints are hidden for the devotees and disciples, needless to say. A question could be asked here, that surely if the tongue of the disciple had gone out of control, the pen of the Spiritual Head was indeed quite sober, why did he endorse the word of blasphemy deliberately?
Tell me honestly that if such type of teachings, full of blasphemy, are propagated among the Muslims, what will be the end of their faith and Islam? But it is really surprising that after such open misconception and waywardness, the Tableeghi Jamaat still insists to propagate the teachings of Thanvi Sahib among the Muslims at large. I do not comprehend as to why this Jamaat is taking such a hazardous step against the integrity of Islam. I cannot say that it is trying to recite a Kalima in the name of Thanvi Sahib, but in its missionary activities we are clearly observing the signs of a new Qadian.
Maulana Ahmad Sayeed Akbarabadi has pointed out the particular nature of Thanvi Sahib in the "Burhan" monthly in a specific manner, now read about its confession from Thanvi Sahib himself. The editor of the "Malfoozat", Khwaja Azizul Hasan writes: "Hazrat Thanvi said, addressing me personally that: My numerological name amounts to ‘great hypocrisy’ is it not correct? After all I am the son of a Sheikh, and these sons of Sheikhs are very hypocritical. I also know so many mechanisms of fabrications." (Hasan Al-Aziz, Book 1, pp/13)There is no need to tell the Muslims what kinds of "benefits" are achieved through the teachings of a hypocritical man. However I would like to say this much that hypocrisy is the most shameful vice of a man, but Thanvi Sahib haughtily confesses possessing this art. Consider, that if the Tableeghi Jamaat spreads amongst Muslims such type of teachings, what will the fate of Muslims be? Whatever little signs of piety, are scattered here and there will also vanish.
Now observe one more sample of the teachings of Thanvi Sahib. The editor of his "Malfoozat" writes: "Once Thanvi Sahib became angry with a man and asked his followers to severe all relations with him. When he came back for personal pardon, he was instructed: ‘Make this apology daily after Magrib prayers, then only will you be excused of your fault.’"
Now read these shameful words due to that announcement which he was forced to utter: "Respected Sirs, because I belong to that particular cast and because of the deficiency of my courage, I began to consider myself great due to the blessings of my patron (Thanvi Sahib), hence the punishment I am undergoing."(Kamalaté Ashrafia, pp/ 169)It is no crime to make a criminal confess to his crime, but to ask him to say that he belongs to a particular low cast, that is why he committed that crime, amounts to total degradation and humiliation of an entire people.
This is that very ignorance which Islam has crushed for good, but through the teachings of Thanvi Sahib, the Tableeghi Jamaat wants to revive and resurrect that very caste system among Muslims. (The Gujerati speaking communities who generally belong to the Wahabi sect are very prone to practice this Hindu caste-system. They are also the ardent supporters of Maulana Thanvi).
In conclusion, observe one more "grand sample" of the teachings of Thanvi Sahib, the editor of his "Malfoozat" enumerates his spoken statement below: "Thanvi Sahib said: ‘I am not too choosy about invitations and gifts and I do not distinguish between Halaal and Haraam, because I am not pious."(Kamalaté Ashrafia, pp/4O6)If the Tableeghi Jamaat wants to propagate such teachings among the Muslims, then may Allah protect this nation’s morals and its righteousness and character. There shall be no spiritual progress, such teachings will destroy the remaining wealth of morals and piety.
This is a concurrent faith of Thanvi Sahib and all the Ulema of Deoband that to think of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) in Namaaz is worse than to get immersed in the thought of a bull or an ass. As soon as a man will think of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam), his prayers will be null and void and he will be committing shirk. These Ulema argue that because the thought of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) will come to mind with honour, hence in prayer the thought of a person other than Allah will lead to polytheism. For reference see the standard book of Deobandi Religion, Siratê Mustaqim pp / 78, which is very well known. This is what they believe about the imagination of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam), but what are the instructions of Thanvi Sahib regarding imagining him (Maulana Thanvi) in Salaah.Maulana Abdul Maajid Daryabadi who is the special caliph of Thanvi Sahib, wrote a letter to him: "Lack of concentration in Salaah is an old problem. But it is my experience that whenever I imagined you in Salaah the problem of concentration vanished, only for a short while though. Nevertheless, please advise me if this action is correct, if it is not, then I shall be careful in future!" (Hakimul Ummat, pp/54)This was the personal question of Maulvi Abdul Maajid, now listen to the answer of Thanvi Sahib: "It is correct as long as you do not disclose this to other people."(Hakimul Ummat, pp/54A)
The double standard of faith and mind, ‘The enimity with the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam)’ and ‘The worship of Sheikh (Spiritual Head)’ are the teachings of Thanvi Sahib. And "The information must not be disclosed to others" is so sensational that from this very sentence the integrity of ‘their religion’ is fully exposed. At this point the theft of the heart can be detected openly, that externally they pretend to be torch-bearers of the Unity of Allah, and secretly they ask their devotees to worship them! I now ask every Allah fearing Muslim, that if such ‘Anti-Prophet’ and ‘Polytheistic Teachings’ are spread amongst the Muslims, won’t the Muslims end up in Hell?
AN IMPORTANT QUESTION
Another question is that when according to the faith of the Tableeghi Jamaat, to imagine the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) during the execution of prayers is polytheistic, then how will they execute their own prayers, because it is obligatory to recite ‘Attahiyat’ in prayers and while reciting it when one reaches ‘Assalam-o-Alaika Ayyo-han-Nabi’, naturally one will think of the Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam). Now there are only two ways, either one will think respectfully or with degradation - if one thinks about the Messenger (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) respectfully it will be infidelity according to Deobandi Religion, and if one thinks with degradation then it is an insult to the Messenger (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) which is declared a blasphemy, concurrently.
Now to avoid this difficulty either a man must abandon ‘Attahiyat’ in prayer totally, but the difficulty is that its recital is compulsory (Wajib) and by abondoning the compulsory, prayer remains incomplete. Another position is that ‘Attahiyat’ must be recited but the thought of the Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) may not be brought to mind, but the saying of Hazrat Imam Ghazali (Rehmatullah Alay) warns the Muslims: "Firstly you must imagine that the Messenger (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) is present in your heart and then say ‘Assalamo Alaika Ayyohan Nabi’." (Al Hawi Lil Fatawa and Fatawa Shami)In any case there is no way for the Tableeghi Jamaat members to offer prayers according to the rules set up by their own leaders! It is necessary for them to obtain pardon from Allah because of their faith, which they have expressed in "Sirate Mustaqeem." But they never retract from their beliefs. And when the followers of the Tableeghi Jamaat can never perform their own prayers properly, how can they stimulate others to do so!
It is said that a person questioned Thanvi Sahib, that on the occasion of the Birth of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam), when a declared infidel like Abu Lahab gets the reward in the hereafter, then if Muslims rejoice on the Birth of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam), what blessings and rewards do they stand to gain?
Thanvi Sahib gave the following reply: "Displaying this type of happiness would have been legitimate if the Divine logic did not abstain us from doing so and it is clear that the collection of good and evil is always evil." (Kamalaté Ashrafia, pp/444)It means, to rejoice on the Birthday of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) is illegitimate, therefore it is clear that no reward shall be gained in the hereafter for this.
This was the legal verdict (Fatwa) of Thanvi Sahib for the Beloved Prophet of Allah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam), now read another Fatwa by him about himself. The author of "Ashrafus Sawanah" Khwaja Azizul Hasan, who was a beloved devotee of Thanvi Sahib, wrote about himself remarked to Thanvi Sahib modestly and bashfully: "I always think that had I been a woman, I would certainly have married you."
At this expression of love, Hazrat Maulana Thanvi became extremely cheerful and started laughing uncontrollably. He then proceeded to the Masjid, saying: "This is your love, you will be rewarded for this, and you will be rewarded for this."(Ashrafus Sawanah, pp/28)Are you noticing this show of self-worship and self-conceit on the part of Thanvi Sahib? By celebrating the Birth Anniversary of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam), if Muslims express their love for the Beloved Messenger (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) then there will be no blessings or rewards for them in the hereafter, but if the disciples of Thanvi Sahib express their obscene love by desiring to be his wife, then on the obscenity also they are entitled to be rewarded by Allah! This is the height of enmity against the Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam). We cannot imagine that the hearts of so-called Muslims to be so black and harsh towards the Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam).
Now tell me honestly that if the Tableeghi Jamaat spreads such type of Anti-Prophet teachings among Muslims then in spite of being a Namazi (one who regularly offers five times obligatory prayers) what is there to guarantee their salvation?
A man who remains dormant or inactive may be pardoned but if a man is antagonistic towards Allah’s Messenger (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam), he cannot be pardoned in spite of his good deeds.
Now observe certain samples of the teachings and instructions of Thanvi Sahib connected with the social, traditional and collective system of life.
Specifically instructing the men, he says: "Aqeeqa and Circumcision ceremonies and to assemble in the Maktab of Bismillah, abandon them all, neither celebrate them in your house nor attend these functions in other people’s homes. During the periods of grief and demise, third day, tenth day and fortieth day Fathehas should be discontinued. Do not prepare Halwa in Shabé Baraat or participate in the Muharram functions in your homes also do not go to other people’s homes to participate in them." (Qasadus Sabeel, pp/26)Now read the instructions of Thanvi Sahib for women, he writes: "Do not perform Fateha or Niyaz of the friends of Allah (Aulia-Allah). Do not pray to Allah through the wasila of these Sufis, do not prepare Halwa in Shabe Baraat, do not observe Muharram, Arfa, etc."(Qasadus Sabeel, pp/26)After this he writes: "Do not attend the ceremonies of marriages, Aqeeqa, shaving of head, 6th day ceremonies of the birth of a child, engagements, etc. and never call anyone at your house for these ceremonies. You must read or listen to a book called Behishti Zevar, and you must follow it." (As if to say that it is more important than the Holy Quran).
Now study a list of those ceremonies, which must be abandoned in order to establish relations with Thanvi Sahib, and also to get benefits from his blessings. He writes: "The third day fateha of deceased, the tenth day, the twentieth and the fortieth day fatehas of dead persons, to attend the annual Urs of the Sufis, to make request to Sufis, to celebrate publicly, Fateha, Niyaz, Egarween etc., to celebrate the Birthday Anniversary of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) (to arrange grandly to observe the relics), to prepare Halwa in Shabe Baraat, to distribute sweets on the occasion of the finishing of the recital of the Holy Quran in Ramadaan." (Abstain from all these acts). (Qasadus Sabeel, pp /31)Stop here for a few moments and consider what the condition of the Muslim Society would be if it follows the teachings and instructions of Thanvi Sahib. Those ceremonies of life, which require collective performance, how will they be held? The mutual relations of families and the mutual connection of relatives can never continue if links are not established even on the occasions of joy or sorrow.
We could have agreed to this if Islam had demanded it from us but Allah and His Messenger (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) have not asked us to abstain from these acts, then what right does Thanvi Sahib has to destroy our social traditions because of his whims and fancies.
Now the book Behishti Zevar, which Thanvi Sahib has instructed to follow. Have a glance at the list of those ceremonies, which, according to him throws a Muslim out of the folds of Islam: "To call someone from a distance and to think that he has received the message, to ask for fulfilment of desires from someone, to bow down before someone or to stand like a picture before someone, to put floral sehra over the head of a bridegroom, to keep the names of Ali Bakhsh, Husain Bakhsh, Abdul Nabi, etc., to say that if Allah and His Messenger (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) wills, this work will be done."(Behishti Zevar, Part 1, pp/3 7, under the description of the things of Polytheism and Infidelity)Just imagine, if these teachings of Thanvi Sahib are admitted as true, then out of 250 million Muslims of the Sub-Continent, only a few shall remain, who could be rightly called Muslims, the rest of them will be ejected from the sphere of Islam immediately.
Perhaps this is the reason why the Tableeghi Jamaat insists on Muslims renewing their Islam by reciting the Kalima once again, if not there is no need to ask born Muslims to read the Kalima. In any case how many non-Muslims have they converted to Islam?
Now at the end of this discussion, I appeal to your spirit of honesty and integrity to ponder over the various samples of the teachings and instructions of Thanvi Sahib given on previous pages, which I have quoted from his books.
These writings possess those ingredients that provide stimulus to the spirit of insolence against the Messenger (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) and it also opens the path for believing in the office of Prophethood for Thanvi Sahib. And there are certain portions of his teachings that stink of artificial piety and then that part of his teachings is very explicit, through which all the system of the collective society and religious traditions of Muslims go topsy-turvy, to this extent that nobody remains a Muslim.
Now, under these circumstances, decide for yourself what the Tableeghi Jamaat is achieving by propagating such dangerous and misleading teachings among Muslims, what else can result besides disunity, in every house, a war of differences of faith and ideas, and it may break into pieces, the traditional, collective and religious unity of the life of Muslims, resulting in disaster in both the worlds.
After giving such details, there is no need to repeat that a Jamaat, which has such poisonous, and disuniting literature, is not worthy of being supported. If anybody doubts the reality of my statements then he should impartially survey those circles where the ‘good’ steps of the Tableeghi Jamaat have reached, and there is no shortage of such places, where because of its teachings, atmospheres have been polluted by the differences of opinions and the fire of hatred is becoming more violent day by day.
THE OTHER FRONT OF THE TABLEEGHI JAMAAT
THE ACCOMPLISHMENT OF THE INNOVATIONS OF MAULANA RASHID GANGOHI
After visualizing one front of the Tableeghi Jamaat now please go along to the other side. Firstly read the remaining portion of the missionary sketch of Maulana Ilyas, so that you may not lose sight of half of the map of his objects. Maulana Ilyas, praising his spiritual head Maulana Rashid Ahmad Gangohi, says: "Hazrat Gangohi was a Mujaddid (reviver in religion) and a great Saint. It is not necessary for a Mujaddid (reviver) that all the work of revival may be exhibited by his hands alone, but whatever is evident from his disciples, belongs to him indirectly." (Malfoozat-e-Ilyas, pp/ 132)Have you understood? He wants to say that our hands shall accomplish the work of revival left after him. Therefore, to comprehend his remaining portion of the work of revival it is necessary to survey the work of revival performed by Gangohi Sahib, because, it is obvious that the succeeding Mujaddid (reviver) shall plan his map on the lines established by his predecessor.
Let us study a few examples of the revival works of Gangohi Sahib, given below:
For the last fourteen centuries, this has been the undisputed faith of the Muslim Ummah that Allah has addressed Hazrat Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) with the title of Rahmatul-lil-Aalameen (blessings of the worlds). It is a title exclusively for him. There can be no other person in this universe to become a blessing for the worlds.
But Gangohi Sahib says that the quality of ‘a blessing for the entire worlds is not exclusively for the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam), other people can also be called ‘a blessing for the entire worlds’.
Now listen to this new ‘discovery’ in his own words: "Someone asked Gangohi Sahib if the title ‘Blessing for the entire worlds’ is exclusively for the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) or can we use this title for every person. He replied: ‘The title ‘a blessing for the worlds’ is not an exclusive quality of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam).’" (Fatawahé Rashidia, Book ii, pp/9)And note that this reply of Gangohi Sahib did not remain a reply only, but which he practically acted upon himself.
As the author of "Ashrafus Sawaneh" writes about Thanvi Sahib: "Hazrat Wala’s (Thanvi Sahib) personality was full of blessings from head to foot and that title of Kafa Billahe Shaheeda (Allah is a witness to it) rightly fits him without exaggeration. Infact Hazrat Gangohi addressed the Sheikh of Arab and Ajam, Haji Sahib (meaning thereby his spiritual head) after his death. He was uttering repeatedly "Alas, Rahmatul-lil-Alameen." "Alas, Rahmatul-lilAlameen."(Ashrafus Sawaneh, Book iii, pp/ 153) Astagfirullah! Observe these claims, repeatedly denying an attribute, exclusive to the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam). Firstly, Gangohi Sahib bestowed his spiritual head with the title of ‘Rahmatul-lil-Alameen’, now the author of "Ashrafus Sawaneh" making Allah a witness says that the title of ‘Rahmatul-lil-Alameen’ may be truly applied to Thanvi Sahib and he uttered that Thanvi Sahib is also ‘Rahmatul-lil-Alameen’.
And then he has the audacity in making Allah a witness to the insolence of the beloved of Allah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) equaling him with Thanvi Sahib. Allah forbid! There can be no greater attack than this on the status of the Beloved of Allah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam).At this point we wish to say nothing more than that if the Ummah of the Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) has an atom of modesty, love and faith, then it should nip in the bud all the shameful plans of the Tableeghi Jamaat whose missionary activities desire to accomplish innovations of this nature. They must be aware that even today there are such devotees of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam), who will die defending the Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam), and will not allow the Wahabis to concoct another ‘Rahmatul-lil-Alameen’.
For the last 14 centuries it is an undisputed belief of Muslims that whosoever calls a Sahabi a Kafir, he himself becomes a Kafir, but Gangohi Sahib says that let alone being out of the fold of Islam, he will not even be out of the fold of Ehlé Sunnat wa Jamaat. He writes: "If any person calls a companion of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) a Kaafir (an infidel) he is a cursed man. Such a person should not be appointed as an Imam (to lead prayers in a Mosque) because it is disallowed, but he will not be ejected n from the Ahlé Sunnat wa Jamaat for this sin of his." (Fatwa-e-Rashidia, Book ii, pp/ 141)" He is a cursed man and to make such a person an Imam of a Mosque is disallowed." Please do not be deceived by these words because a cursed man in the language of the Quran is referred to a liar also, yet he can be appointed as an Imam, in spite of this evil there is no doubt about him being a Muslim.
The most heart rendering thing is that the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) says: "If any Muslim calls another Muslim an infidel, then if he is really so, then the utterer is devoid of accusation, otherwise the Fatwa (legal verdict) shall return to the utterer himself." (Bukhari Sharief) In this instance if any person calls the companions of the Holy Prophet a Kaafir, if he is not expelled from Islam and Sunnat, then that means that his utterance of Kufr is correct according to the incident, because if it is not correct then according to the Sayings of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) he must be a target of his own Kufr.
Is this black deed of Gangohi Sahib not enough to make a righteous Muslim shudder? Which believing Muslim will tolerate this unholy attack on the Sahaba and their Imaam?
At this stage a point is also worth remembering, that if according to these people the person calling the Prophet’s (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) Companions Kaafirs is not to be expelled from the Ahlé Sunnah Wa Jamaat, then one can gauge what kind of Sunnis they are, because they too sometimes call themselves Sunnis. (To mislead the Muslims).Hence, make a decision that by indulging in such heart burning activities the Tableeghi Jamaat desires nothing more than this, that the Muslims may not live peacefully, amicably and united but their sentiments must be so much injured that they may remain restless as if lying on fire flakes.
It has been the belief of Muslims for 1400 years that the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) is the Last Messenger and in following he alone rests the Salvation of Humanity. But Maulana Gangohi claims that in this age, guidance and salvation rests upon following him. (Meaning himself).
His Biographer writes that he had reiterated this so many times. "Listen! Truth is only that which comes out from the tongue of Rashid Ahmad! I swear that I am nothing, but in this age, salvation and guidance depends only upon following me."(Tazkiratur Rashid, Book ii, pp/I 7)Be impartial and think for a moment, the claim that during ‘this age salvation and guidance depends upon following me’ is no less than the claim to Prophethood, because this exclusivity belongs to Prophets. In other words there used to be an era when Salvation was subjected to following the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam). Now that era has ended and Salvation now depends on following Maulana Rashid Ahmad Gangohi.
Being Warisul Ambia it is the duty of the Ulema to encourage people to follow the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam). To ask people to follow themselves is not the job of the Religious Scholars. But Gangohi Sahib’s claim is quite evident that he is not content with being an ordinary Ummati (follower) and desires to achieve the status of the Messenger (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam). No wonder that the entire Deobandi Sect follows him so blindly. At this point my emotions are running quite high! When I think of the seriousness of this sentence my eyes become blood-shot. People say that one should not attack anyone’s intention. This is no co-incidence that from Moulana Ilyas, the founder of the Tableeghi Jamaat, to Thanvi Sahib and Gangohi Sahib, every one of them has made advances towards the office of Prophethood. Had it been just one odd Molwi whose pen had slipped, the matter could have been ignored, but here we see so many leaders of the Tableeghi Jamaat guilty of the same offence!
On one side he tries to reduce the Messenger (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) to the level of a Follower (Ummati) and on the other hand he tries to raise himself to the level of the Messenger (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam). Now decide for yourselves what the aims and objects of the Tableeghi Jamaat are. Is not the disruption created by Qadianis enough, or do we have to feed and breed another Fitna?
Conservatively speaking, 90% of the world’s Muslims subscribe to Urs, Shrines, Hermitages, Meelaad and Fateha. The Muslim World not only recognises such Muslims as Muslims but also has had social, cultural and religious ties with each other for centuries.
Suddenly Maulana Gangohi insists that all relationship should be severed with those people who organise Urs, Meelad, Salaams, etc. Everything must be abandoned from marriage relations, visiting the sick, talks, and salutation and funeral ceremonies.
"Are we allowed to marry anybody who indulges in the following acts: Covers the graves with sheets and seeks help from Sufis or participates in ‘polytheistic ceremonies of Urs etc., and considers that these are good actions?"
"The person indulging in such actions is totally misleading and a wicked man and is liable to be accused of infidelity. To perform marriage with him as a Muslim is illegitimate because we are not allowed to keep relations with a wicked man and to say Assalam-o-Alaikum to such a person is not correct and if trouble is anticipated, then do it, and going to visit such a patient, or to attend the funeral of such a man is not allowed." (Fatawa-e-Rashidia, Book ii, pp/I43) Rise above sentiments, and judge, purely on the basis of facts, that if this poison of mutual hatred is spread among the Muslim Society what will the end result be? There is a continuous increase of polarization among various groups of Muslim Society now days. After this well organised conspiracy, who will be able to pull down the walls erected between several groups of Muslims?
Below is a list of Gangohi Sahib’s attacks on the Traditional, Social, and collective lives of Muslims at large.
1) He says: "To make speeches on the Martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Husain (Radiallahu Anhu) regardless of truth and authenticity, to offer drinks to people, to subscribe for Sabeel or Sherbet, or to offer milk, all of these things are incorrect and Haraam because similar practices are undertaken by other sects, like Raafzis." (Fatawa-e-Rashid,a, Book iii, pp/111)Muharram functions are held in almost the entire sub-continent, but Gangohi Sahib is not even willing to tolerate the authentic lectures given to highlight the brutality, sacrifice and oppression witnessed at Karbala.
Be just! Is not the spirit of favoring Yazid openly and the spirit of prejudice against the beloved grandson of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) transparently evident here?
2) Now observe another display of the cruelty of heart: The Sherbet in the name of the family of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) is illegitimate for these gentlemen but to eat the roving crow is not only legal for them but also an act, worthy of reward. Listen to this innovation from his tongue:
"In a society where eating of crows is regarded Haraam, and the person who eats it is scorned, under such circumstances will the crow-eater gain some reward or will he neither be rewarded nor punished?"
The reply was: "He will be rewarded."(Fatawa-e-Rashidia, Book ii, pp/130) Think about it, what will the condition be of those Muslim in populated areas when members of the Tableeghi Jamaat will include this act of heavenly reward along with their movement? Where else can they get a better prescription for earning heavenly reward? (Shocking! To have Eesale ‘sawaab Jalsas in Muharram is ‘Haram’ because the Shias and Rafzis (misled devotees of Hazrat Imam Husein (Radiallahu Anhu) do the same. If this is the yardstick to judge what is Halaal and Haraam then may we ask the Deobandis, Wahabis and Tableeghis as to why they organise their Ijtema during Easter when the entire Christian world celebrate(Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam)s Mass, the Crucifixion of Christ, Resurrection, etc. Is it not the Easter Ijtema to show solidarity with the Christians too? Are all these functions not similar and is not the Ijtema Haraam because it is similar to Christian practices during Easter?)It is also shocking that auspicious nights are not observed in Mosques controlled by the Wahabis. After all, these nights have been highlighted by the Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) himself.
The night of Rabi-ul-Awwal (Birth of the Prophet - Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam - goes by as just another night. No functions are held in Mosques under their control. The 10th of Muharram night (Ashura Night) goes by un-noticed. In fact the feeling of the Wahabis towards Hazrat Imam Husein (Radiallahu Anhu) is cold, to say the least. Some Wahabis openly declare Imam Husein as a traitor.
The 27th of Rajab (Lailatul Me’raj) is an insignificant night to them.
15th of Shabaan (Lailatul Baraat) is observed in very few Mosques under their control. In fact Fatawas have been circulating to discourage the observations of these nights. It is quite clear that the Wahabis are campaigning to strip Muslims of those networks and forums that promote education and love. On Eid days the Wahabi Imam does not even read a dua, or meet the people. He alights from the Mimbar and just walks away. The Islamic Musafaha (shaking hands) as practiced by the Sahaba, even Muanaqa (embracing) has been labeled as Bidah and has been stopped! These Fatawas can be seen in Fatawa Rashidia.
3) Note a new and astounding discovery of Gangohi Sahib. He says that to send money through Money Orders amounts to interest. He writes: "To send money through Money Order is incorrect and amounts to interest taking." (Fatawa-e-Rashidia, Book ii, pp/ 128)In the light of this Fatawa can you imagine how many Muslims of the Indo-Pak Subcontinent could have been saved from this big Sin. More-over a new question emerges from this verdict that if this is actually declared as interest taking then what will be the solution for the economic difficulties of the Muslims? How are Muslims to transfer money to other countries?
One gets the impression that by pursuing such Fatawas the Tableeghi Jamaat wants to paralyse the religious as well as the economic life of the Muslims, and by involving them in an endless chain of controversies they wish to leave them restless forever.
4) Now note another anti-unity Fatwa! "Somebody asked (Gangohi Sahib) how is it to embrace each other during Eid days, he replied that on Eid days to embrace each other is an act of Bidah." (Fatawa Rashidia, Vol. ii, pp/ 154)In the hadith the punishment of a Bidati is Hell. Now in the Light of the utterance of Maulana Gangohi, estimate how many scores of Muslims have reached the gates of Hell because they had embraced each other on Eid days!
If the Tableeghi Jamaat has come out to perform this deed then we congratulate them and their efforts in leading Muslims to Hell. It is our experience that these people systematically eradicate all infrastructures of Unity and love under the pretext of eradicating Bidah and establishing Sunnah.
5) Finally go through another miracle of knowledge and art. Islamic Divine Laws (Shariat) has established guidelines for respecting the Mosque, but Gangohi Sahib says: "To place beds in the Mosque is correct for the traveler and the resident."(Fatawa-e- Rash idia, Book ii, pp/89)It appears that Fatawa Rashidia was especially written to cater for the Tableeghi Jamaat. This book seems to have a license to declare Ja’iz and Na’jaiz freely. Evidently the objective is not only placing beds but obviously of sleeping with stretched legs on the bed too. May Allah save us. Up to now the members of the Tableeghi Jamaat have been using the Mosques for eating food and sleeping in the nights, but the day the beds are spread in the Mosques, there will be no difference between a residential house and a Mosque.
THE QUESTION OF ACCEPTANCE AND REJECTION OF THE PROGRAMME
You have gone through a detailed discussion in connection with the aims and objects of the Tableeghi Jamaat.
What is the atmosphere in which the Tableeghi Jamaat wishes to remodel you? What is the central point of its efforts? What are the objects under its review? Whose teachings and instructions has it come out to propagate? With whom does it intend to connect the link of your thoughts? All these questions have been answered in the previous pages. Now you have to make a clear decision as to how far you agree with the aims and objects of the Tableeghi Jamaat? Do you agree to propagate the samples of teachings and instructions, which are produced before you? Can you breathe peacefully for a moment whilst the Messengers of Allah are openly criticised, and people are invited to believe in the greatness of the Tableeghi Jamaat.
If your answer is in the negative then we have nothing more to say regarding your avoiding or sidetracking the Tableeghi Jamaat, the decision of your conscience is sufficient for you. However, I want to elaborate at this point that there is no association in the world, which does not possess some good points together with bad points. Therefore, before deciding to accept the program of the Tableeghi Jamaat one should consider its corrupt beliefs and realise that the evils of this Jamaat exceeds it’s good.