The people who are sincere to the faith must be knowing the way the Holy Prophet [pbuh] preached. It was not the monologous discourse that he had with the kuffars of Mecca but amicable, passionate interactions that most of Mecca’s non believers turned to the fold of Islam.
However, much to the disdain of hapless listeners and believers, common Muslims are, being bombarded with the tableegh by our tableeghi brethren in a manner that stands exactly opposite to what the Holy Prophet [pbuh] would wish us all Muslims to follow.
THE WAY WE PROSELYTIZE!
by Nayyar Hashmey
While I upload this next post, let me recount my personal experience of our tableeghi brothers. Longtime back when I was a student of the Punjab University Lahore, on a weekend I was travelling from Lahore to Lyallpur via the Faisalabad bound Daachi Express. There at the Railway station Lahore, I met a school fellow of mine. He was not only a school fellow but also a mohallaydar as well. So being two Lyallpurias studying in Lahore, we tried to find a joint seat in the train which we got without hassle.
Now in the train while our journey was on, the train passing through the vast expanse of Punjab plains on our right and left, my buddy the mohallaydar and the class fellow of the school days, started his tableegh. He told me to follow the five pillars of Islam and to strictly try to become a religious man like him and after that likewise start the tableegh as he was doing.
Frankly speaking, am a Mussalman and firmly believe in the five rukkans and try my level best to follow them as much as possible However, what I did not and still don’t understand is the way the tableeghi brothers start preaching without looking into what state of mind the other person is, what mood he is in, what thoughts he has – about his family, his own self his job, his business etc. etc. So this is what was happening in my discourse with this friend who was speaking all about Islam [of course of his own version, of his own approach and in his own mood]. Every time I tried to open my own mind, my own approach — was of no avail, he did not intend to listen to and kept on his monologous tableegh – non stop.
Later in my life I had some encounters with these tableeghis but it were just casuals and, therefore, need no mention. However, during my stay in Lahore, it happened so often that in peak summer months of Punjab, at noon while you are in deep sleep [enjoying your siesta] a strong bell call may buzz and go on ringing without any stop. Thinking that the person might be in some trouble and perhaps needs your help in emergency, you get up and with sleepy eyes meet the “guests”. And guess who are these guests. Five or six gentlemen with long beards who come to inform you just about a meeting of “Ahabab” in so and so mosque and you “must” come.
Of these some groups do have the courtesy to tell you that meeting of these “Ahbab” is after Ishaa prayers but then there are also the ones who will not even give you time but persuade [and mind you, their persuasion is almost a coercion while they go on painting to you the dreadful picture of what will happen to all those non tableeghis, the non practicing Muslims [and I count myself as one of them].
I have nothing against these tableeghi brothers except their modus operandi which I do find is as much lacking in one’s civic responsibility as has been found by Ejaz Haider which he describes in this latest post.
Two years back when I shifted from Lahore to Rawalpindi Bahria Town, I developed acquaintance with some co-residents here in Phase VIII of the Bahria. Here again few guys happen to be Tableeghis. Now whenever these Tableeghi Bhais meet me, their sermons start, like a recorded tape.
Like typical tableegh walas, they won’t listen to your viewpoint, will go on talking about the tableegh-e-Islam with their persuasive/coercive invitations to become a tableeghi.
Having no grudge, no bias against these men of piety, I sincerely believe their mode of tableegh is oppressive, aggressive and non inviting. I do not know how the real tableeghi’s will respond to my request to them i.e. to be amicable and compassionate in their discourse, but I do know that those who are sincere to their faith must be knowing the way the Holy Prophet [pbuh] preached.
It was not the monologous discourse that he had with the kuffars of Mecca but amicable, passionate interactions that most of Mecca’s non believers turned to the fold of Islam. However, much to the disdain of hapless listeners and believers like me, common Muslims are, however, being bombarded with the tableegh by our tableeghi brethren in a manner that stands exactly opposite to what the Holy Prophet [pbuh] would wish us all Muslims to follow.
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