The Life of Hakeemul Ummat (62)

11. Preaching and Propagating

11.1 The Incumbent Duty of Propagation

This is such an important task that Allah Ta’ala sent the Ambiya (Alaihimus Salaam) for this purpose. After the termination of their arrivals this duty was handed over to the Ulama-e-Kiraam who are the heirs of the Ambiya. It is the timeless way of Allah Ta’ala that whoever He sends on an assignment He creates the natural qualities in the person whereby the person commissioned can easily and readily carry out the assignment.

11.2 Practice of Preaching

Since Haq Ta’ala wished to place Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi on this grand pedestal [of preaching and propagating] thus eagerness for Wa’z and Tableegh was embedded in his heart in childhood. When he used to see a Masjid empty he would climb onto the Mimbar and commence reciting something or the other.

During student days he formed a small and nameless association of his co-students for this purpose. Every Thursday night they would gather and each member would take turns on the Mimbar to impart words of advice. In this manner, together with acquisition of Ilm he gained perfection in speaking and propagating.

[The guidelines which Hazrat Thanwi (Rahmatullahi alaih) set for such associations should however be implemented. These were mentioned in Section 7.9 of this book. Furthermore, a detailed explanation of the running of such speech classes can be found in Hazrat Thanwi’s discourse titled Ta’leem-e-Bayaan or Teaching the Art of Speaking.]