5 April 2020
Maulana Saad Kandhalvi
Maulana Saad Kandhalvi’s first speech
on Corona virus pandemic in Hazrat Nizamuddin headquarters of Tablighi Jamaat delivered
on 20th March
Transcription and Translation from
Urdu by New Age Islam Edit Desk
20 March 2020
The point is that in the current
situation every Muslim should think that Allah has directly put his hand on me.
This should also be kept in mind that it can never happen that the wrath of God
will inflict the Kafirs (infidels) and the Muslims will also be afflicted by
it. Some people have got the wrong belief that the contagion was meant for 'others' but Muslims fell prey to it. God directly deals with every momin (Muslim).
In the light of faith and belief, we cannot subscribe to the idea that the
wrath of God had descended on the 'people of the world' but Muslims also got
trapped in it. The Quran says that we know who will be afflicted by our wrath
and who will not. All will not be afflicted by our wrath.
However, if we bring our wrath on
others as well, it is because we bring it as a warning to them and to drive
them towards good deeds.
Therefore, these circumstances
inspire us to learn a lesson. But it does not mean that we should leave namaz
for some time or suspend other religious duties for some time and the calamity
will be taken away. Oh really! (Recites a verse) In this verse of the Quran
Allah says that such contagions and calamities will not hold any lessons for
these people. They don't think that this is a transitory period and will pass
on. So, let's go ahead and do. Exhortations do not benefit such people.
Even today many Muslims believe that
this disease is a temporary affliction and will disappear soon. Allah says
(recites a verse) that we shall remove the calamity for a short period. We know
that you will return to the sinful ways saying the calamity is over.
Therefore, my friends, this is the time for repentance and for reciting the
Quran and for reverting towards God.
This the time to bring the ummah to
the mosques, not of leaving the mosque. This is a matter of extreme perversion
of faith and ignorance. I said in the beginning that only an animal runs away
from his master after seeing a stick in his hand.
You know that the master of the
buffalo shows his stick to scare it and to bring it back. No one would drive
his milking buffalo away. Sometimes you will see that he tries to get past the
buffalo so that he can drive it towards home.
And this is the degree of ignorance
of the Muslims. We thought that the Kafirs would not prevent you from performing
Amal (religious duty). If the Kafirs prevented you from your Amal
Allah will destroy them.
Islam will suffer damage at the hands
of Muslims, not Kafirs. This is a false belief of people that Islam is being
harmed by 'others'. Not at all. Whatever harm Islam will suffer, it will be at
the hands of Muslims. Others cannot do any harm to Islam. If the entire
Falsehood comes together against even a single Sunnat of 'istinja'
(ritual cleansing after urination), it is sufficient to destroy the Falsehood.
Simple. So, imagine, if it tries to prevent the 'faraiz' (mandatory
rites) what degree of destruction will befall them.
But it is the Muslims who are
preventing the faraiz (religious duties). Instead of thronging the
mosques, they are saying, "leave the mosque, for if you gather in the
mosques, the disease will spread."
What a pity! The wrath of God has
descended on you because you had assembled for acts of sin, so why won't the
wrath of God be removed if you congregate for good deeds?
They are fools. The wrath of God in
the form of the calamity has struck them as a punishment because they had collected
at the places of sins but they are looking for the remedy of the calamity by
leaving the mosques. Will the calamity be removed or aggravate!
They say ' Don't pray in mosques,
pray at home.' though there is a Sahih Hadith that the calamity that has been
decreed is removed thanks to those who gather in mosques. Will you deny the
authenticity of this Hadith? Then they will say that we are doing it
temporarily. Temporarily? The purpose of the wrath of God that descends is to
bring people towards good deeds. It's not without purpose. It's not like,
"We have brought this calamity for a few days. So, after we remove the
calamity, you can come back towards your religious duties." It's not so.
The Aamaal (religious deeds) are for removing the calamity, not that
deeds are to be suspended till the removal of the calamity. Therefore, my
friends, this is the time to populate the mosques with deeds.
Head of Tablighi Jamaat Maulana Saad Kandhalvi’s second
speech on Corona virus pandemic in Hazrat Nizamuddin headquarters of the Tablighi Jamaat
delivered on 20th March
Now you can understand what kind of darkness may prevail in the society
where mosques are deserted, what kind of sins may be committed in this darkness
and what kinds of calamities may befall us due to the sins. That's why, my
friends, this is the time to bring the ummah towards the mosque, not to drive
them away from the mosque. Allah does not send a calamity so that men get
engaged in taking remedial measures and treatment. In these times, causes of
the calamity are ascertained, measures of preventing the calamity are not
conceived. Material measures of preventing the calamity are not conceived but
the causes of the calamity are determined. Along with that, it is also
ascertained what are the deeds that please God and may ward off the calamity.
The teams of the Jama'at in any area should not slow down their activity in any
circumstances. Maulana sahab would say that those who delayed in setting out
due to circumstances invited even a greater calamity. Hazrat would say that due
to slowing down of the activities of the Jama'at's teams, the calamities that
were supposed to descend in centuries would descend in months.
What Hazrat meant is that if you delayed the setting out of Jama'at
teams, you will invite a greater calamity. Those who venture out on the path of
God are not going to suffer but those who sit back due to some calamity will.
The Quran says, 'There are people who will ask for permission to stay at
home saying time is not suitable for venturing out. The place where you are
going is afflicted by a fitna (calamity).'
Fitna can be in any form. It can be in the form of a social evil, in the
form of a disease. Then they said, ' Please give us permission to stay back in
Madina because it is not a suitable time to venture out'. Allah says in the
Quran, 'Those who ask for your permission to stay back in Madina and refuse to
venture out, their venturing out is not a fitna, but their staying back is a
fitna in itself.’
It was the routine of Maulana sahab that whenever the news of a
calamity, or disease would come from a place, he would send a Jama'at there. If
the Jama'at could not enter the place due to the circumstances, he would ask
them to go to the mosque of the adjoining area and invite the people of the
locality towards repentance and tell them that good deeds are the only means of
warding off the calamity.
It is in the Sahih Hadith that the calamity which has already been
decreed for a place is removed thanks to those who populate the mosques. In the
current circumstances, leaving the mosques is a denial of this Hadith.
Denying this tradition saying that congregations in the mosque will
bring the disease means you intervened in God's decision to send help and
remove the calamity. I personally witnessed in Mewat that the moment a Jama'at
entered a place, the calamity would disappear.
Therefore, I say that this is the time to speed up your activities, not
to slow it down. This is the time you should organise gasht (visits) and
bring people to mosques, because the calamities that have struck us due to our
leaving the mosques will not be removed through suspending prayers or other
religious duties, rather they will be removed through increasing the deeds.
Channel: Tabligh Voice
Published on March 20, 2020
Third Speech delivered
by Maulana Saad Kandhalvi, Amir Tablighi Jamaat, Nizamuddin Headquarters on 22nd
22 March 2020
They (government) have adopted measures to fight
the wrath of God and advised us to adopt the same measures and then believe in
Fate. What is the use and justification of believing in Fate after adopting
remedial measures? Only the person who prefers obedience to God, his worship
and dawah (preaching to others) over Fate can claim to have faith in Fate.
If God forbid, Muslims prefer remedial
measures over Fate, I swear, these remedial measures will drive you away from
mosques. You will cause the azaab (wrath of God) to intensify and not to
diminish. Your resources for remedial measures will drive you against the
system of God whereas the injunctions of God, the Sunnah of the Prophet pbuh,
the routine of the sahaba (companions of the holy Prophet) and the
practices of the four rightly guided caliphs enjoin on you that whenever a calamity
befalls on you, you should be running towards the mosque.
It's a false belief the disease spreads
through assembling in the mosques. Therefore, I say that even if you observe
that man dies after entering the mosque, there cannot be a better place to die.
What an irony it is
that the holy companions (sahaba) would wish that they may die while
propagating Islam, they would wish that they may die while offering prayers (namaz).
On the contrary, these people perceive dangers in namaz. They will run
away from namaz to ward off the calamity (azab).
Allah has brought
the calamity as a punishment for leaving the mosques, and they think they can
ward off the calamity by leaving the mosque. Think over it. How ridiculous! (Kitni
ulti soch hai. ).
God has brought the
calamity for leaving the mosques and they will ward off the calamity by leaving
the mosque. Think over it. How ridiculous!
This is only the
mischief of Satan and all the believers in falsehood cash in on the opportunity
and say that we the worldly wise know, you maulvis and ulema will
never know, how to fight diseases. Do the doctors know? No, the advice of only
those doctors who are pious, religious minded and God-fearing and are punctual
in the observance of religious practices will be followed. Even then, if the
doctor gives an advice which causes a religious duty to be suspended, his
advice will not be complied with, leave aside the advice of a scholar or an
educated man to lock down the mosques. Shrug off the idea from your heart.
precautionary measures are good, but leaving the mosque due to the belief that
the calamity will intensify by going to mosques is against the injunctions of
God, the routine of the rightly guided caliphs, the ways of the sahaba and
the Sunnah of the holy prophets and Messengers.
As for these holy
men, they would consciously rush towards mosques in times of every calamity and
every contagion, and here in this age we leave the mosques to ward off the
calamity. It is a very wrong way of thinking. May God reward 'ulema-e-Haq'(Ulema
on the right path meaning ulema of Tablighi Jama'at) who are steadfast in
the opinion that in the current situation, there is no question of and
justification for locking down the mosques.
The Satan is using
this opportunity as it has always done to lead us astray from our religious
duties in the name of precautions, treatment and protection. Whenever a
calamity strikes, Satan makes the victims of calamity commit such acts which
destroy their rewards and add to their woes.
This is the time to
populate the mosques and to invite the ummah towards repentance.
As I have already said, this is the time to make
our supplications effective.
This is not the time
to pay heed to false remedial measures.
Satan has inculcated
whims and deep fear in the hearts that if you do this, that will happen, and if
you do that, this will happen. Hazrat Ali would say that if someone says that
if I had done this, that would have happened, he must put a burning piece of
coal on his tongue so that it would burn his tongue. It would be better for him
than saying that if he had done this, that would have happened. No, always think
over what God expects from us and what was the routine of the sahaba.
The false fear of disease has embedded itself in your hearts. Tell me a place
where deaths don't occur? And how many deaths are caused by diseases.
Always remember that
it is the belief of a momin (true believer) that no death occurs due to
a (worldly) cause. True, sometimes God brings death with some (worldly) cause.
My statement needs
attention. Death is not driven by a (worldly) cause, though sometimes death does
occur apparently due to some cause. Why are there causes for deaths? God brings
death with causes not because God wants someone to die due to some cause.
Because God does not need cause to show for someone's death, nor does the Malakul
Maut (Angel of death) need a cause to draw the soul out of the body.
When the time of
death comes, God decrees the cause only to see if the dying man or his
relatives attribute his death to some cause or to God's will. As simple as
that. You will see in the whole world, when the time and God's decree comes, no
one says that the time has come. They ask, "What had happened?"
"Was he suffering from some disease?" Hazrat Aysha's brother suddenly
died. She said, "Alas! No one dies like that. I doubt that people buried
my brother Abdur Rahman without death. He did not die. He neither fell ill nor
did he have any pain? I always had this feeling". One day I saw from my
chamber that a healthy man came and alighted from his carriage. He entered the
mosque and putting his sheet under his head he lay on the floor. After a while
the time for namaz came. People tried to wake him up but he was dead.
She said that after that incident, my doubt was cleared forever.
So as I said death does not come with a cause.
If really death came with a cause, there are more causes for death than for
life. And the more the world progresses, apparently the more we saw the causes
of death. That's why I said that Satan has put the whim and the fear in our
hearts. We keep thinking about the laws, and precautions. There is no room for
evading Amal (religious duty).
precautions is a Sunnah (practice of the Prophet pbuh) and there is no room for
denying a Sunnah or considering it against the belief in God but saying that if
we do this, that will happen is perversion in faith and belief. This is the
time to bring the ummah towards repentance, towards Allah and His mosque
instead of taking precautionary measures.
And faith in God?
How will they have faith in God, when they don't read the Quran? They read
newspapers, poor folks. They read a news item and lose heart. They read another
news item and panic. They read some other news and they run away from their
religious duty (Amal). They read some news and lose hope in the
benevolence of God.
God causes a
calamity or a contagion only to see what his slaves do in that situation. If he
spends all his energy in taking remedial measures, he cannot benefit from
Nature (God's benevolence). But if he is absorbed in Aamaal (religious
duties) God will provide him remedies or solutions through intuition. You may
not even imagine that even in this age God may help the Muslims against
calamities or enemies as it had helped the sahaba against the Zahir
(material might) ................" The sword has broken... What should I
do now? The enemy is ready to strike." And then he got hold of a tender
green branch of a tree and it turned into a sword. This is what God expects
from us. "Do what I command you to and then I will take care of you."
What will you say about
today's Muslims? They want to deal with God's wrath with their own resources.
Thus, when man loses faith in the unseen powers of God, and of angels and God's
army, they rely on their army, and weapons and material resources to defend
themselves. But remember what I say: The ways and principles of these material
forces are such that they will compel the Muslims to abandon their Aamaal (religious
The ways of the
'others' are such that they will make Muslims leave their own ways. They will
ask the Muslims to follow their scheme and their scheme is that Muslims should
lock down their centres of learning and suspend prayers in mosques. They will
say, "Hand over your system to us and we will cure your malady".
Never, never. Muslims are the essence of this universe. Kafirs (infidels) are
not the essence of this universe. The system of this universe will run thanks
to the Muslim. All the inanimate and animate objects and all the creatures will
benefit from the good deeds of Muslims, and they will suffer due to the
wrongdoings of Muslims.
Muslims are the core
of this universe. Muslims don't need to think on what they should do in the
current circumstances. Only those who don't know the Supreme Being need to
think how to defend this calamity, this disease. It's only the kafirs who
rely on the material remedies and resources. Muslims rely on aamaal (religious
deeds) and prayers. If Muslims too follow them then he will also say that the
circumstances require us to abandon this and this duty for the time being.
If you abandon your
religious duties in view of the current calamity, it will only aggravate. The
holy Prophet (pbuh) had brought the Muslims so close to the mosque that they
did not find the solutions of any of their problems outside the mosque. Coming
towards God is actually coming towards the mosque in the same way as going
towards the lawyer means going towards his office and going towards a minister
means going towards his ministry. Just imagine, if a non-Muslim had asked
Muslims to leave mosques because he did not know what a mosque is. Where there
is health and solace thanks to the descent of angels, they perceive disease
there. It's sheer blindness, it's sheer blindness.
Head of Tablighi Jamaat, Maulana Saad
Kandhalvi’s fourth speech on Corona virus pandemic in Hazrat Nizamuddin
headquarters of Tablighi Jamaat delivered on 25th March
25 March 2020
Do fasting and chant God's name abundantly. This is the only remedy for this
calamity. As for the doctors' advice and precautions, following them is not
against the faith and Shariah, rather if you suffer losses due to noncompliance
of precautionary measures, only you will be blamed. Therefore, we should follow
the doctors' advice and take precautionary measures only to the extent that
your religious duties are not sacrificed. If your Aamaal (religious
duties) are sacrificed, God will leave you to the mercy of the doctors and pull
His hand off you.
I am telling you again: follow the doctors'
advice and the government directives. It's our responsibility. It is our
fundamental principle to follow the law and the doctors' advice. It's the
fundamental principle of Dawat and Tabligh. Violating the law of the land and
the instructions of the police is against the principles of the Dawat and
Tabligh. Therefore, I have said that following it is not against the Shariah
and the faith in God, rather it is in conformity with the Shariah.
If we consider precautions a
violation of the faith in God, then we will have to develop the faith of the
prophets and sahaba, to be very clear. It is a dangerous proposition if
we take it lightly. So, as I said, that even the prophets and sahaba
took precautionary measures for their safety. Despite God's promise of
protecting the holy Prophet pbuh, his wearing protective gear and safety
measures taken by the sahaba all came under precautionary measures.
Denying it and showing complacence is
not sensible behaviour. Therefore, my advice to you is that you should follow
the precautionary measures prescribed to you but at the same time I will
reiterate my position that precautionary measures should be followed only to
the extent that they do not cause suspension of your religious duties.
If you abandoned any of your religious duty
due to your zeal to take precautions God will pull His hand off you. Your
religious deeds are based on your faith. Remedial measures are not faith-based,
religious duties are. Remedial measures are akin to precautions. And religious
acts are based on faith. You should keep it in mind and pray at night. Instead
of discussing the disease, remember God.