MAKING MUSLIMS UNDERSTAND
(By Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi Rahmatullahi Alaih)
Presently the climate we are living through dictates that every Muslim takes it as binding upon himself to deliver the Ahkaam of Allah. Every Muslim should be preoccupied with this thought, like it was the Way of our Aslaaf (Predecessors in Islam) with Ulama, Soofiya, the influential, the prominent, the rich, the poor, the educated, the non-educated – all having being preoccupied with delivering to others whatever they knew of the Ahkaam of Islam.
The Ulama used to give lectures and admonish; the Soofiya, with their illuminated hearts and souls and through their wholesome talks, would turn the attention of the servants of Allah to Allah; traders would not be forgetful of this duty in their dealings and meetings.
The effect of this attention on a general scale was that thousands, nay millions of servants of Allah were guided to the Truth. Had this task been placed only on the shoulders of the Ulama, the Light of the Truth would not have reached those places where an Aalim or Faatih (conqueror) never set foot. Therefore, it is necessary for all Muslims in general, and those who are connected to me in particular, to become preoccupied with this task from today. Whoever has any knowledge of Islam should spread it to others, be active in executing this Islamic Duty, and anticipate the Help of Allah from the Unseen. Definitely Allah Ta’ala helps those who serve His Deen.
“If you help Allah, He will help you and plant your feet firmly.”
(Surah Muhammad, 7)
Now, a programme/system is hereby laid down so that action can be taken accordingly.
1. Every person should firstly become rigid, firm and unflinching in Deen. One should not become daunted by anyone in carrying out the Ahkaam of Allah and delivering the Ahkaam to others. In Deeni matters one should not bother about consideration and relation to anyone, that one forsakes the Ahkaam of Allah, because who is greater and worthier of having love for and relation with than Allah Ta’ala?
2. Every person should bear in mind that no gathering should be without and no gathering should pass by without delivery of the Ahkaam of Allah. However, there shouldn’t be any delving in intricate masaail. That is the work of the Ulama. If someone refutes or responds harshly then bear and be patient. Do not respond to harshness with harshness. Even if one meets a person for some worldly purpose, or the meeting is related to business or employment then in the conversation, appropriately do pass on the Word of Haqq. In matters of the Deen a Muslim’s Way should the same as the illustrious Sahaabah (Radhiyallahu anhum) as stated by Abu Salamah Bin Abdur Rahmaan when asked how the Sahaabah were. He responded:
“In matters concerning the Deen they were like madmen.”
(Al-Adabul Mufrad of Imam Bukhari)
(To be continued, Insha Allah)