By Ghazala Abbasi
THE IMPORTANCE OF TABLIGH TIPS FOR DOING TABLIGH
“Call unto the way of thy Lord with wisdom and goodly exhortation, and argue with them in a way that is best. Surely, thy Lord knows best who has strayed from His way; and He knows those who are rightly guided.” (The Holy Qur’an 16:126)
THE IMPORTANCE OF TABLIGH
Any plans for the new semester? If your answer to this question is all about early mornings, buses and train journeys, lectures, revision, assignments and exam preparation… then ask yourself … are you really making the most of your university life as an Ahmadi Muslim Student, by just being on time for lectures and having a big pile of huge textbooks next you in the library
An Ahmadi Muslim university student is special. Whilst striving to excel in our studies we must always have at the forefront of our minds how we can spread the word of Allah Almighty to all those we meet during our university lives! From now on let us broaden our objectives and make one of our number one priorities at university Tabligh. What is Tabligh I hear you say…read on to find out!
Tabligh is the Arabic word used to describe the preaching done in the name of God, inviting and calling men to the worship of the One Lord and the right path. In the Holy Qur’an, Allah Almighty says
“And who is better in speech than he who invites men to Allah and does good works and says, ‘I am surely of those who submit?’ (Chapter 41: Verse 34)
Hence, Tabligh is an obligation assigned to us by Allah the Almighty. Calling people towards God Almighty not only enables us to be among those servants who are best in speech, but it also allows us to gain nearness to Allah. However, success in this field only comes through prayer and asking for Allah’s help.
It is only due to our love and sympathy for our fellow human beings that we wish to bring them closer to Allah the Almighty. For we have experienced the great blessings and peace found in our God and thus it is our deep desire for all our fellow beings to reap the blessings of this magnificent fountain.
Doing Tabligh is no ordinary calling; it is a task assigned to the righteous Prophets of Allah. Indeed one can estimate the magnitude of this task by the fact that his sacred obligation is entrusted only to the Prophets and the righteous believers. No matter how hard the trials and tribulations placed by the enemies of truth, the Prophets did not stop preaching the word of God. Be it the foul treatment from Pharaoh in the time of Prophet Moses (as) or the stones thrown at our beloved Master, the Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw), no assault from the enemies of faith could surpass the determination of the Prophets of God to spread His message. Indeed Allah Almighty states in the Holy Qur’an:
“Allah has decreed: ‘Most surely I will prevail, I and My Messengers.’ Verily, Allah is Powerful, Mighty.” (Chapter 58: Verse 22)
With the firm belief and conviction of the truth of the message of Ahmadiyyat and knowing that truth will prevail we should never hesitate to carry out Tabligh and understand that this is an obligation which we must fulfil.
By the grace of Allah in the United Kingdom we do not even have to worry about any onslaughts from enemies as we have the freedom to practice and preach what we believe! Hazrat Khalifatul Massih IV (rh) addressing each of us instructed “Every one of you should consider himself a Da’iilAllah (Caller towards Allah) and he will be accountable for this obligation before God. Whatever your profession or job, to whichever country you belong, your primary duty is to call the world to the God of Muhammad (saw).” (Friday Sermon delivered on February 25, 1983)
Thus, along with working hard to excel in our academic pursuits, as Ahmadi Muslims we must sacrifice each second of our lives for Allah the Almighty and strive to fulfil each and every obligation set in the Holy Qur’an.
TIPS FOR DOING TABLIGH!
In order to achieve this momentous task, below are some of the ways in which we can do so during our busy university lives.
Number 1: Silent tabligh
First of all, Tabligh does not always have to depend upon words. Rather, the way we act and the way in which we carry ourselves heavily influences those around us. Who is not attracted to a person who is truthful, kind, generous and humble. Many a time have we heard our new Ahmadi sisters talking about just the character and sincerity of Ahmadies is what attracted and brought their attention to Ahmadiyyat and thence to the acceptance of truth.
We have heard the old saying “Practice what you preach and preach what you practice!”
Suppose that you are telling your friend about Islam Ahmadiyyat and are discussing the importance laid down on Purdah and Modesty. The discussion carries on and you describe how Muslim women can achieve great success and can be Doctors, Teachers, Engineers, and Photographers etc. and can have complete freedom even with wearing a long coat and a headscarf. Although you know that what you are saying is completely correct, your friend will not believe a word you say if you let your scarf slip off your head as soon as you enter University and act immodestly whilst talking to the male staff or students at your university. Similarly neither would your lecturer believe that Muslims always adhere to truth, if he/she detects plagiarism in your assignment. Therefore, let us analyse ourselves first and try to get rid of any weakness on our part.
Number 2: Manner of Tabligh
Secondly, treat all students, lecturers, learning advisors or any other staff with utmost respect, kindness and justice. Be they an atheist, a Hindu, Christian, Muslim or people from any other faith. Do not use anger to get your points across at any time and always think before you speak! Once words are out of your mouth, they cannot be retrieved and a good or bad impression of you has been laid. For instance, do not start speaking if the person you are in conversation with hasn’t finished getting their point across, however strongly it might affect you. It is better to be patient, rather than regretting an image of impatience and anger. Thus, at all times be mindful of the fact that you are not only representing yourself, but you are also representing the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community!
Number 3: Widsom & Foresight
Thirdly, use wisdom and foresight to analyse the circumstances that you are in before starting to do Tabligh. For instance, telling someone about your faith when they are in a hurry to attend a seminar or lecture will only result in your addressee becoming irritated and annoyed. Delivering your message to someone who is mentally upset will also lead to a failure in communicating effectively. Hence, make sure that the person who is under Tabligh has plenty of time, and start the conversation in a gentle and patient way. Remember, a person does not think logically whilst fighting with anger.
Number 4: Knowing your capability
Everyone is different. Some people can easily handle a whole lecture room whilst preaching and others prefer to stay in small companies whilst getting their points across. Some of us love to convey our messages through writing and others seem to prefer presentations or recordings. Thus, do Tabligh through methods which suit you best. For instance, if you like to give presentations then invite your lecturers and fellow students to a small seminar, discussing a certain aspect of Islam. However, make sure that you are familiar with that aspect, so that you can confidently reply to any inquiries related to it. Even if you fail to come up with an answer then and there, make sure to let your addressees know that you will carry out some research and let them know as soon as possible! It is very important to stay in contact, as you have taken up a huge responsibility of trying to help a person arrive to the truth and it is your duty to be there, for that person, throughout his/her journey towards the true Islam!
Number 5: Selecting your contacts
Fifthly, select people that you wish to do Tabligh to, wisely. Do not waste your time, trying to push someone who is prejudiced against you and your faith. That person may not be ready yet to hear the truth. However if someone does not believe in God but is willing to discuss the matter, then first develop in them the faith that there is a God before starting discussing religious doctrines. Ultimately, guidance comes from God Almighty alone; it is He alone that can open one’s heart to the acceptance of the truth. Thus you have no need to rush or push your tabligh contacts. Rather go at their pace.
Number 6: Prayer
Lastly, always engage in constant prayer. The knowledge that you impart to someone is futile unless it is received with the heavenly blessings from the Divine! Shed tears in front of God Almighty and ask Him for help. Ask for help from Allah Almighty to guide the people you are trying to show the truth to. Start with a good word, and tell the people that you have sympathy for them. Moreover, advise your addressee to also constantly pray for the truth to be made clear to him/her.
People from all walks of life, cultures and beliefs come to attend University. Some attend just to attain a degree, others to work and some to make friends that will last forever! However, among these people are men who are searching for peace and tranquillity, trying to find out the truth about this life and its goal. Thus, knowing the truth, it is incumbent upon us to reach out to them and inform them about the beauty and magnificence of Allah Almighty and his true religion.
May Allah the Almighty give us the strength and opportunities to spread His Message far and wide with dignity and pride. Ameen
Reference “Inspiring Events in the Field of Tabligh” by Maulana Ataul Mujeeb Rashed Imam of the Fazl Mosque, London