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CHAPTER 8: TABLEEGHI JAMAAT IN THE HADITH
By Maulana Arshadul Qadri
The Holy Prophet (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) has prophesied that many individuals and religious sects will cause dissension and mischief till the Day of Judgment. He has made a particular reference to the Wahabi Movement.
Hazrat Abu Huzaifa (Radiallahu Anhu) narrates a Hadith concerning the leaders of the mischief makers: "I swear by Allah that the Holy Prophet (Sallalaahu Alayhi Wasallam) has not left out a single leader of Fitna from this day to the Day of Qiyamah. Their followers would number 300 or more and further gave their names and that of their tribe." (Abu Dawood)
Imam Bukhari (Radiallahu Anhu) quotes this Hadith from Abdullah ibn Umar (Radiallahu Anhu) that the Holy Prophet (Sallalaahu Alayhi Wasallam) once prayed for Syria (Shaam) and Yemen. It is narrated that there were some people of Najd also present in the gathering and requested the Prophet (Sallalaahu Alayhi Wasallam) to make Dua for Najd also. The Holy Prophet (Sallalaahu Alayhi Wasallam) continued saying: "0! Allah, Shower Blessings on Shaam and Yemen." The people of Najd again requested the Prophet (Sallalaahu Alayhi Wasallam) to offer prayers for Najd. The Prophet (Sallalaahu Alayhi Wasallam) said: "It is a place of tremor and Fitna (Mischief) and the horn of Shaitaan will rise from there." (Bukhari Shareef)
It can be deduced from the above Hadith that Najd is neither blessed nor a good place but one of Fitna and Evil. Najd has been deprived of the prayers of the Holy Prophet (Sallalaahu Alayhi Wasallam) and therefore has the seal of misery and misfortune and hoping for any good from there is going against the Will of Allah.
The Arabic word used in the above Hadith is Qarnush Shaitaan, which normally means the horn of Shaitaan. But the ‘Misbahul Lughaat’, a dictionary printed in Deoband has the following meaning: "One who follows the advice of Shaitaan." (Misbahul Lughaat, pp/663). Thus we learn that a Najdi/Wahabi group will emerge, as pointed out by Rasoolullah (Sallalaahu Alayhi Wasallam) and this group will follow the advice of Shaitaan (Shaitaan refuses to respect Prophets and Saints, remember his refusal to bow to Hazrat Adam - Alayhis Salaam - as mentioned in the Quran.). It will create havoc in the Muslim world. We are now witnessing the emergence of the Wahabis who, with the assistance of petro-dollars, are sweeping the Muslim world and are bribing them into accepting Wahabism as the official version of Islam. Wahabism is a disease but so many are misled into believing that it is curing the Ummah of Shirk, Kufr and Bidah. It is being portrayed as a revivalist movement. This is against the Ahadith. Looking at the geographical position of Najd, it lies to the east of Medina. The Prophet (Sallalaahu Alayhi Wasallam) pointed towards the east and said: "There, that is the direction from where Fitna will emerge."
Abdullah bin Umar (Radiallahu Anhu) narrates in Muslim Shared: "The Holy Prophet (Sallalaahu Alayhi Wasallam) once emerged from the room of his wife, Hazrat Ayesha (Radiallahu Anha) and pointing towards Najd exclaimed: ‘This is the centre of Kufr from where the horn of Shaitaan will rise.’" (Muslim Shareef, Vol. ii, pp/394)
Allama Dahlan narrates an authentic Hadith in his book "Addarus Sunniah", which he has quoted from Sihaah. The Holy Prophet (Sallalaahu Alayhi Wasallam) is reported to have said: "There will raise a group of people in the East who will recite the Holy Quran, but alas, the Quran will not go beyond their throat. This group will keep rising till the Day of Judgement and they will eventually rise with Dajjal." "Their main symbol will be to sit in groups." (Halqa) (From Bukhari Sharief, Vol. iii)
It will be noted from the above Hadith that the center of Kufr and Shaitaan is situated on the East of Medina. You will also note that Najd also lies on the East of Medina from where a group of so-called Muslims will recite the Holy Quran but it will not penetrate beyond their throat. They will invite the masses towards the Holy Quran and religion. Now, if you examine the situation carefully, one would observe without any fear of contradiction, that reference is made to no other Group besides the notorious Tableeghi Jamaat whose one end is in Delhi and the other is implanted in Najd (Riyadh).
CONFIRMATION BY MOLWI MASOOD AALAM NADWI
The above Nadwi writes in his well known book "Muhammad Ibnê Abdul Wahab" - on the side commentary: "The Southern part of Najd has the famous town of Riyadh, the Capital of his (Wahabi) headquarters in Dariya. Both these villages are in the valley called Waadi Hanifa (situated in Najd)." (Pp/16)
Allama Dahlaan has quoted these Ahadith from the Sihaah: The Holy Prophet (Sallalaahu Alayhi Wasallam) said: "During the initial part of my Dawah in Mecca, I particularly invited the outside tribes who used to arrive during the Hajj season. From all these tribes the most hostile and ugly reaction was from the Banu Hanifa tribe." (The same tribe in which Ibné Abdul Wahab was born. He founded Wahhabism which is being followed by the Tableeghi Jamaat) (Addarus Sunniah, pp/52)
He quotes a further Hadith: Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddiq (Radiallahu Anhu) reports that the Prophet (Sallalaahu Alayhi Wasallam) said: "From the tribes that live in Waadi Hanifa, fine shall emerge till the final era. That valley shall be notorious for its fine because of the rise of false leaders." (pp/52)
Hazrat Imraan, the son of Hazrat Haseen (Radiallahu Anhu) reports that the Prophet (Sallalaahu Alayhi Wasallam) disliked three tribes life long. (1) Banu Saqeef (2) Banu Hanifa (3) Banu Umayya (Tirmizi Shareef)
It is reported in Mishkat from Hazrat Abu Said Khudri (Radiallhu Anhu) who narrates that: "Once we were in the presence and company of the Holy Prophet (Sallalaahu Alayhi Wasallam). He was distributing booties (Spoils of War) when a person named Zul-Khawaisara who was from the tribe of Bani Tamim addressed the Holy Prophet (Sallalaahu Alayhi Wasallam): "Oh Muhammad Be Just!"
The Prophet (Sallalaahu Alayhi Wasallam) replied: "A Great pity that you have doubts, if I am unjust then who will be just you are a loser and a failure."
Zul-Khawaisara’s attitude infuriated Hazrat Umar (Radiallahu Anhu) and he pleaded with the Prophet (Sallalaahu Alayhi Wasallam) to permit him to slay Zul-Khawaisara. The Prophet (Sallalaahu Alayhi Wasallam) remarked: "Leave him as his slaying will serve no good purpose as he is not the only individual but there are a host of others like him and if you compare their prayers and fasting to that of yours, you yourself will feel ashamed. These are the people who will recite the Quran but it will not go beyond their throats, with all these apparent virtues they will leave the fold of Deen just like the arrow leaves the bow." (Miskhat Shareef pp /535).
The previous Hadith has also been narrated as follows: "A person with eyes protruding, with a long beard and head clean-shaven came to the Prophet (Sallalaahu Alayhi Wasallam) and declared: ‘O Muhammad (Sallalaahu Alayhi Wasallam) fear Allah.’"
The Prophet (Sallalaahu Alayhi Wasallam) replied: "If I disobey Allah then, who else will obey Him? I am obedient to Allah at all times and never disobedient. Allah has sent me as Amin (Honest) for the entire world, but you don’t accept me as an honest man?"
A Sahabi (Companion) became infuriated and sought permission to remove him from the presence of the Prophet (Sallalaahu Alayhi Wasallam). The Prophet (Sallalaahu Alayhi Wasallam) prevented the Sahabi from doing so. After the person had left, the Holy Prophet (Sallalaahu Alayhi Wasallam) said: "From his progeny will rise a Group who would recite the Holy Quran but it will not go below their throats. They will leave the Deen just as an arrow leaves the bow-string. They will kill the Muslims but spare the idolators. If I ever confronted these people I would slaughter them just as the people of Aad had been destroyed." (Mishkat Shareef pp/535)
Shareekh Ibn Shihab (Radiallahu Anhu) also narrates a similar incident of a person who displayed disrespect towards the Holy Prophet (Sallalaahu Alayhi Wasallam). He states: "The Prophet (Sallalaahu Alayhi Wasallam) said: ‘Nearing Qiyamat there will be a Group of people who will recite the Holy Quran but it will not go below their throat. They will leave the true Religion of Islam as fast as the arrow leaves the bow. They will be recognised by the shavings of their entire head and they will move in Groups and their last Group will emerge with Dajjal. When you meet them you will discover their nature and character the worst of its kind’." (Mishkat, pp/309 - Prints may vary and pages may be djfferent in other publications)
The afore-mentioned Hadith are the words of a Great and Noble Prophet of Allah (Sallalaahu Alayhi Wasallam) who is the possessor of Unseen Knowledge, who knows the signs and the secrets of the future.
All Praise is due to Allah, that we do not have to search far for that Group as the Prophet (Sallalaahu Alayhi Wasallam) had mentioned the different signs of this notorious Group that we are able to detect our enemies without difficulty.
Other signs mentioned in recognizing this particular Group are that they will be so punctual and devoted to their Salaat that one will feel ashamed of one’s own Salaat compared to theirs. It is obvious that these qualities are prevalent amongst the Tableeghi Jamaat. For example, you will agree that there are thousands of individuals, nay, many millions of individuals that are performing Salaat for a period of over 40 to 50 years, and yet, they do not possess a sign on their forehead (sign of Sajda) whereas very surprisingly, the devotees of the Tableeghi Jamaat get the mark of Sajda on their forehead within a few weeks! The reason for this is very clear, they deliberately press and rub their foreheads on the mussallah to obtain the much-coveted mark. This is to display to the Muslims, their so-called piousness. Another sign of this Group is that they will consider all other persons as being inferior to them and even those of high standing in society are looked down upon by them. The most glaring sign of recognizing these people is their constant attempts in degrading the Prophets, Ambiya and Aulia (Prophets and Saints).
These signs are prevalent amongst the Tableeghi Jamaat. They look down upon all the Sunni Muslims who are, without any doubt, true and devout Muslims. They openly challenge the Ulema and Imams. They engage in discussions and arguments on matters, which they themselves do not understand, and yet they have the audacity to degrade the Status and the Glory of the Holy Prophet (Sallalaahu Alayhi Wasallam).
In the fifth Hadith it is mentioned that another sign of this notorious Group is that they will shed the blood of fellow Muslims and will have no dispute whatsoever, with the idolators. This glaring sign is also present in the present Tableeghi Jamaat. You have often witnessed or heard that in certain Musjid the Tableeghi Jamaat had a dispute or in a certain Musjid the Tableeghi Jamaat had come with sticks, chains, knives, etc. You have also noticed that when and wherever they fight it is always with the Muslims and not the Kafirs and Mushriks (Polytheists). You may have also noticed that when or wherever they confront the Kafirs or Mushriks, which is seldom or never, they tug their ‘tails’ between their legs and run. This is true in India, during Hindu Muslim Riots.
In the sixth Hadith it was mentioned that a peculiar sign of this Group will be the shaving of their head completely. This act is now reckoned to be its sign and emblem as such they advise their followers and Mureeds (Disciples) to also shave their heads and therefore you will notice that most of them are bald.
A STRANGE FACT
The Arabic word ‘Thaleeq’ (Shaving) as used in the Ahadith must be taken into consideration. The common translation of the word ‘Thaleeq’ is clean shaving of the entire head. The Deoband scholars in "Misbahul Lughat" - page 148, give it’s meaning as: To turn around and sit in a circle. This translation fits as a glove with the Movement of the Tableeghi Jamaat, the one translation is regarding the moving around and the other indicating their sitting in circles in Masjids and doing Kitaab-reading as a splinter group, detached from the other Musallies. They cut across the Imam and display a defying attitude. They never read the Quran. They love the Kitaab written by Molwi Zakariya. They will never participate in Khatamul Quran organised in Mosques on certain nights or auspicious nights. If the Imam is delivering Tafseerul Quran, or Darsé Hadith or Fiqah lessons or even Zikrullah, these people never take part, as if they are the only super-Muslims and everybody else are 3rd grade! These Tableeghis are programmed internationally to behave in this manner. It is not peculiar to any country. This is their global strategy to de-stabilise the Muslims. The anti-Muslim West has realised that they cannot break the Muslims from outside. They will have to use a group of hypocrites who will use Western financial resources, and creep in Muslim Society, systematically dismantling them and fragmenting them. Remember, all this is done in the Name of establishing the Sunnah and "The Mubarak Tareeqa of our Beloved Rasoolullah (Sallalaahu Alayhi Wasallam)," as claimed by them!
Hazrat Abu Saeed Khudri (Radiallahu Anhu) and Hazrat Anas (Radiallahu Anhu) report that the Holy Prophet (Sallalaahu Alayhi Wasallam) stated: "My Ummat is destined to differ and be divided. So a group will arise whose talks will sound very good but their character will be misleading. They will read the Quran but it will not descend below their throats (just oral reading). They will leave Deen just as an arrow pierces and goes right through the prey. They will not return to Islam. They are the worst of creation because of their nature and constitution. They will call the people towards the Quran and Deen whilst in reality they will have nothing to do with Islam. Whoever will confront them, he will be the most beloved servant of Allah. The Sahaba enquired: "Ya Rasoolullah, (Sallalaahu Alayhi Wasallam) what is their sign?" He replied: "Sitting in a Halqa (circle)." (Mishkat Shareef pp/3O8)
Hazrat Ali (Radiallahu Anhu) once narrated: "I swear by Allah that to fall from the sky to the earth is very simple for me, but to utter one false word in reference to the Holy Prophet (Sallalaahu Alayhi Wasallam) is a very difficult and impossible task for me."
Hazrat Ali (Radiallahu Anhu) then narrated as follows: "I heard the Holy Prophet (Sallalaahu Alayhi Wasallam) as saying that as the Day of Qiyamah approaches, there will appear a Group of Youths with a low mental capacity and understanding. Apparently they will talk of good but their Imaan will not go beyond their throat and they will leave the true Deen like an arrow leaves the prey. Wherever you find them, you should make Jihaad with them. (Bukhari Shareef pp/1024)
The following Hadith is reported by Hazrat Abu Naim (Radiallahu Anhu) in his book entitled "Huliya".
Hazrat Abu Umana Bahili (Radiallahu Anhu) narrates that the Holy Prophet (Sallalaahu Alayhi Wasallam) said: "Before the Day of Qiyamah, they (Tableeghi Jamaat) will spread and attack bitterly like the small and the large insects and whosoever witnesses this period must seek refuge in Allah." (Huliya)
Hazrat Hassan Basri (Radiallahu Anhu) narrated the following hadith: "The Holy Prophet (Sallalaahu Alayhi Wasallam) said that there will come a time when people will speak of worldly affairs in the Masjid and when this period arrives, keep away from such people as Allah has no relation with them." (Mishkaat)
In the previous Hadith above it is stated about that Group consisting of youths of low mental capacity and understanding. If one desires to confirm this sign then one has to go to their Ijtima (as an observer) and one would find people of both these categories. You will also notice that a great number of ignorant people joining the Tableeghi Jamaat with the idea in mind that they are doing a great service to Islam. You will also find a group of little children from schools, colleges, madressas and the general public who, without thinking or understanding, join the Tableeghi Jamaat in the belief that they are rendering a religious service. These innocent, simple-minded individuals unwittingly become a target of their deception and fraud. Thus, many youth and unwary persons have unconsciously joined the Tableeghi Jamaat due to their mis-leading tactics.
In the eighth Hadith it is stated that before Doomsday the ‘Mullahs’ will multiply like the insects and the Musjids will be turned into a village pavilion or rural club. It is apparent from observation and experience that the Tableeghi Jamaat is a living picture of this Prophecy. There are a great number of individuals who by merely reading a few pages of the "Tableeghi Nisab" (Teachings of Islam) automatically become Moulvies and Alims. These so-called ‘Mullahs’ show utter disrespect and disregard for the Great Ulema who have spent the best and greater part of their lives in attaining Islamic Knowledge at reputed Colleges and Universities, here and abroad.
The state of Musjids has now become the center of various activities besides a place of Worship. These ‘gypsies’ (Tableeghi Jamaat members) have transformed the Musjid into a hostel, with canteen and sleeping hall and engage in other worldly affairs. This disgraceful and tormenting attitude towards the Musjid is both shocking and disheartening.
Sayed Allama Dahlan (Rahmatullahi Alaihi) quotes in his book ‘Addarus Sunnia’ an authentic Hadith of the Holy Prophet (Sallalaahu Alayhi Wasallam) which states: "There will be a Group of people emerging from the East who will recite the Holy Quran but it will not go down their throat. They will leave the folds of Islam like an arrow leaves the bow never to return. A feature to recognise this Group is that their heads would be shaven clean." (Addarus Sunnia, pp/49)
From the above Hadith it will be noted that since they deviate from the truth it is impossible for them to return to the Right Path. This Hadith could be put to a simple test by yourself, for the sake of confirmation of your doubts, if any, then confront a staunch follower of the Tableeghi Jamaat and try and influence him a thousand times and try to rid him of his false belief and not to associate with those who degrade the Prophet (Sallalaahu Alayhi Wasallam) and to believe in the true status of the Aulia Allahs (Saints). Surprisingly, you will note that your attempts and confrontation will fall on deaf ears and they will neither return to the truth nor will they try to reason and see the truth.
Mohaddith Kabir Imam Abu Ya’la (Rehmatullah Alay) narrates a Hadith from Hazrat Anas bin Malik (Radiallahu Anhu) and the Author of ‘Ibriz’ who states: "Hazrat Anas Bin Malik (Radiallahu Anhu) narrates that in Medina, there lived a very ‘pious’ youngster. One day we made reference about this youngster to the Holy Prophet (Sallalaahu Alayhi Wasallam). In spite of the Sahaba describing the youngster’s features and character to the Prophet (Sallalaahu Alayhi Wasallam), the Prophet (Sallalaahu Alayhi Wasallam) was unable to recognise the youngster made mention of. However, a few days later, whilst we were in the company of the Holy Prophet (Sallalaahu Alayhi Wasallam), the young man passed that way. On seeing the young man, the Prophet (Sallalaahu Alayhi Wasallam) exclaimed: ‘I see the scabs of Shaitaan imprinted on his face.’ The youngster then approached the Prophet (Sallalaahu Alayhi Wasallam) and made salutation. The Holy Prophet (Sallalaahu Alayhi Wasallam) then said to him: ‘Is it not true that right now you are thinking that there is no one better than yourself here.’ The youngster then replied: ‘Yes, these thoughts did pass my mind.’ He then walked away into the Musjid. The Prophet then enquired as to who will kill this person. Hazrat Abu Bakr (Radiallahu Anhu) volunteered to do so and entered the Masjid and saw the person he was to kill engrossed in performing his Salaat and he remembered a Hadith of the Holy Prophet (Sallalaahu Alayhi Wasallam) which prohibited one from killing a person who is performing his Salaat and returned to the Prophet (Sallalaahu Alayhi Wasallam).
The Prophet (Sallalaahu Alayhi Wasallam) again enquired as to who will kill the youngster, this time Hazrat Umar (Radiallahu Anhu) volunteered to kill him and entered the Musjid and found the youngster performing his Sajda and with the same thoughts as Hazrat Abu Bakr (Radiallahu Anhu), Hazrat Umar (Radiallahu Anhu) returned to the Prophet (Sallalaahu Alayhi Wasallam). For the third time the Prophet (Sallalaahu Alayhi Wasallam) again enquired who will kill the youngster, this time Hazrat Ali (Radiallahu Anhu) volunteered to do so, the Prophet (Sallalaahu Alayhi Wasallam) said: ‘You will surely kill him, if you find him.’
When Hazrat Ali entered the Musjid, he was surprised to see that the youngster was no longer in the Musjid and he too like the others returned to the Prophet (Sallalaahu Alayhi Wasallam). The Holy Prophet (Sallalaahu Alayhi Wasallam) said: ‘If you had only killed him then all the Fitna in my Ummah till Day of Qiyamah would have been wiped out and no two persons in my Ummah would have fought between themselves.’" (Ibreez Shareef. pp/277, Author Allama Shah AbdulAziz Dab baag (Rehmatullah Alay)).
The Holy Prophet (Sallalaahu Alayhi Wasallam) informed the Sahaba (Companions) that among my Ummah will rise a Group of people who will recite the Quran, invite to good talks, will be punctual for their Salaat and will be mindful of their fasting, yet they will have no relation with Islam. With this confusion in their minds the Sahaba asked the Prophet (Sallalaahu Alayhi Wasallam) to forecast a sign to recognise this particular Group of people. The Prophet (Sallalaahu Alayhi Wasallam) replied that their heads will be shaven clean or sitting in circles.
Let us all fervently pray to Almighty Allah, with the Grace and Blessings of the Holy Prophet (Sallalaahu Alayhi Wasallam) that Allah grants protection to all true Muslims from this false and strayed Sect.
I invite you to be impartial and ask yourself one question. Where is that group which the Holy Prophet (Sallalaahu Alayhi Wasallam) described so vividly in so many Ahadith? Is it so difficult to pinpoint them? Surely these prophetic statements are a pen-portrait of Tableeghi Jamaat.
SUMMARY OF AHADITH
(1) Zul Khuwaisra - the man who showed so much disrespect to the Prophet (Sallalaahu Alayhi Wasallam) was from the tribe of Bani Tamim. The Prophet (Sallalaahu Alayhi Wasallam) foretold that the Wahabi group who will cause much Fitna will be the offsprings of the above Munaafiq.
Alamo Dahlaan, the celebrated Historian of our era writes: "Zul Khuwaira was of the Banu Tamim tribe and so was Ibné Abdul Wahab Najdi." (Addarus Sunniah, pp/51) These Ahadith certainly do not fit the Kharajees because they were not the offsprings of Bani Tamim. Shah Abdul Haq, the great Muhaddis of Delhi writes: "The Kharajees were not the descendants of Zul Khuwaisra." (Ashatul Lamaat, Commentary on Mishkat, pp/535)
Moulana Muhammad Ali Jauhar has made the following observations about the Wahabi Najdi Jamaat: "The hands of the Najd and Najdis are red with the blood of Muslims. This is their only achievement. Now too, there are hostilities with the Yamenis, and a war is looming." (Ma qaalaaté Muhammad Au, Part 1, pp /37)