Now more than ever, i am really appreciating the teachings of my shaykh. In the last few days, these blessed teachings of the awliyah and the saliheen were re-enhanced within me. With my father being taken to hospital due to a minor heart attack, I am truly, from the bottom of my heart, grateful for having a shaykh who trough the thick and the thin can guide an individual according to the Quran and sunnah. Be a spiritual backbone, a support, through the times of turmoil and difficulty one may face. Alhamdulillah, the shaykh is often times is a great source of comfort and solace.
The following piece of archived notes is from the date mentioned above. It was at a time when the winter days of the north-west of england would generally be a more stern and hostile winter, although it was nearing the end of winter by mid march, and nearer to spring. Where the snow coupled with the wind were ruthless in its effort at causing much harm and destruction it can cause. I remember having prayed salahtul esha in the local masjid and then making our way back to the humble house, in which the gatherings used to take place. A house which would go down in history for playing its part in the revival of the true sunnah of the messenger of Allah (saw). I clearly can recall how the family living in the house would relocate themselves for one evening a week and let the house be used for such a blessed and heavenly gathering. These struggles and the sacrifices made by that particular family will not go un-noticed and the lord of all the worlds is fully aware of it. It will be a tremendous source of help and relief for them on that day, when comfort and ease will be most sort after! – the day of judgement. With there being a handful of brothers present at those days, it enabled us as a small group of brothers to be more homely and as a result see one another as our own blood brothers. We would occasionally, on the way to and from the masjid walk in silence and the serenity of that experience was something exceptional. Although it was done almost each and every week. The experience none the less never failed to wean on us. At times our beloved shaykh would even ask some of us to walk in front of him, with him being in the center or the back of the brothers walking back to the house. It was one of the eternally blessed sunnahs of the prophet (saw) that whenever he (saw) walked, would allow some companions to walk in front and sometimes he (saw) would be at the back of the group of companions if they were going somewhere together. It is amazing how the awliyah and the saliheen do not even fail to act on these sunnahs which we have long left and buried!
Monday 24.03.03 – Start Time: 8:05pm Finish: 8:29pm
Doing Tabligh and Dawah
Three things are required:
1) Your intention should be sincere.
2) If someone replies to you in a harsh tone, you should not respond harshly. Or even reply. If he saying against the sharia and the sunnah, then ou may correct the individual in a good manner.
3) One should learn the manners of doing dawah.
Monday 31.04.03 – Start time: 8.29pm Finsihed 9.31pm
Continuation from the past two lessons.
The two types of dawah
1) Fard-e-Ain (Compulsory) One MUST do it.
2) Fard-e-kifaya (Fard, but on a lesser degree than the 1st) If someone or another group is doing it, then you are excused.
Inorder to have an effect on what you are trying to portray, and it seems not to be getting through. First look at yourself, are you sincere? If, you are then know that the stop may also be because of the ego (nafs) of the other person.
- Ali (ra) said wisdom and knowledge is the lost property of the believer. It belongs to the believer. If someone says the truth regarding Islam, rather than you rejecting it. Or opposing it you should listen. When someone gives you advice don’t throw it back on their face.
- Syyiduna Abdul Azeez Dabbagh said; Even the cows get together at a time and they talk about what happened during the past days or the current one. The point is like the cows, people will always talk. Take the good from what they have to say and ignore the rest.
When someone says something good or bad, think that it is either from Allah or the devil (shaytan). Remember whenever you want to do dawah; firstly, do an introspect and think, does you heart really want to do dawah? or are you doing it because you want to carry out the command of Allah? Also remember that whenever someone is saying a good thing in amongst evil, and the fitnah around the individual is still there, then that person has done dawah work out of his nafs. Remember when you are doing dawah work to look at the situation of that person. How he is feeling, then carry out the dawah. If there are no good signs, then don’t.
- Unlike other religions Islam gives the permission to the khalifah to stop fitnah even if they are not muslims.
The method should be from the sunnah of the prophet Muhammad (saw). Once a blind man came to the prophet Muhammad(saw) and wanted an answer to a question. The prophet ignored him, as he (Saw) was in converse with a quraish elder, doing dawah to him. Then a revelation was sent down by Allah regarding this episode. It was a gentle reminder to even the prophet (Saw). Those who come seeking knowledge and guidance they should not be stopped! After this revelation whenever the prophet (Saw) saw that companion he (saw) would stand for him, and would say to the nearest meaning “Allah sent down a revelation and i was helped more because of this companion of mine”. The method in which you should to do dawah is cautiously. To think before you speak, whether or not to use harsh tone when speaking. However, it it mostly recommend that you use a soft tone when speaking. Whenever you do dawah, you should have reference and evidence to your claim. Where it can be found in the Quran and the sunnah, and not say “i heard someone say this and that”. This is because then the shaitan will begin to interfere, and put questions in the other persons mind and heart as to the authenticity of your words.
The only people who can say without any hesitation, that e.g follwo the sunnah are people like parents, a shaykh to his disciple or an older brother or a sister. Whenever and if someone does not act on the sunnah ghair muak’kidah (the less recommended sunnahs, eg the sunnahs of asr salah). You cannot reprimand them for not doing it. Simply because Allah (swt) will not ask them about it on the day of judgement, then who are me and you? Assessing the situation you should do dawah accordingly. To asses should i use a harsh or a soft tone?
When someone says something without knowing you should not condemn them. but see what you are doing. What parts of their actions and right and what parts are wrong. When someone goes to the grave and he/she prostrates to it. Ou should assess the situation and use that method to correct him.