Mawlānā Sa‘d‎ Kāndhlawī’s valuable advices to those involved in Tablīgh

By Mawlānā Sa‘d‎ Kāndhlawī

The following is a summarised translation of Mawlānā Sa‘d‎ Kāndhlawī’s advices to the senior workers of Tablīgh Jamā‘at delivered at the Markaz Niẓām‎ al-Dīn on the 11th March 2014. These advices have been summarised and translated by the team at The original Urdu audio of this summary is also available from their site.

Herewith follows the summary:

● This effort [of tabligh] will not progress through acting by experience, but rather by adopting the ways of the Sahaba (RD)
● Those involved in tabligh have begun to view studying the lives of the Sahaba (RD) to be of less importance and have popularized speeches, mashwara, and programmes in its place
● Hazratji Mawlana Ilyas (ra) would say that a speech or discussion that does not instill an awareness of Allah is nothing but pleasure for the ears
● Hazrat Mawlana Yusuf arranged Muntakhab Ahadith so that workers would not be free to explain the 6 principles according to their own whims and so that there would be no misinformation in their explanation
● Ignorance is that a person narrates whatever he hears or has been told. Such a person has been labeled a liar in the hadith. These days, it’s become common for people to say, “We have heard…” When asked for a reference, though, they are unable to give one and even struggle to tell you whom they heard it from
● Hazrat Mawlana Yusuf would say that when a da’ee takes the work of da’wah lightly, he will be affected by tribulations with no solution. An example of such a tribulation would be that he will leave the work of da’wah
● The purpose of gasht is to bring the ummah to fara’id, because it is only through the practice of fara’id that one can be saved from apostasy
● The da’ee should make it necessary upon himself to pray tahajjud. I tell you no help [from Allah] comes without tahajjud
● If a person is not inclined towards the worship of Allah, he risks falling into istidraj. Istidraj is when a person goes astray, but continues to believe that he is on the right path
● The reason for disagreement among saathis is a lack of connection with Allah and a decrease in the degree of dhikr, worship, and tahajjud

● Hazratji would say that Islam will be ruined by the Muslims and da’wah will be ruined by the da’ees.
● Before and after work, we should engage in ta’lim daily so that we develop a realization that is not our profession that sustains us but rather Allah that sustains us
● The purpose of ta’lim is not to bring about eagerness for good deeds, but rather to create confidence in Allah’s promises. [It is important to understand this] otherwise one may begin to feel that there is no need to attend ta’lim once this eagerness is developed
● The reason for ignorance amongst da’ees today is a lack of association with ‘ulama. Understand that [attending] the gatherings of the ‘ulama is a form of worship and consider it necessary upon yourself
● All of the different branches of deen are branches of nubuwwah; da’wah should not conflict with imamah, teaching, or any other branch
● Da’wah is here particularly to create a thirst for knowledge and not to prepare a group of people that do no other work except da’wah
● Da’wah is to advance the ummah with ilm and dhikr such that ignorance is eliminated
● An important objective of da’wah is that there be an increase in those seeking knowledge through the help of da’ees
● I believe it to be a matter of joy that there be an increase in those sitting in circles of knowledge and tafsir and learning necessary masa’il
● Our speeches and discussions should be free of any statement that would conflict with another field of deen. All fields are part of deen
● Most of the ahadith in Muntakhab Ahadith are under the topic of ‘Respect’. Hazrat Mawlana Yusuf’s aim was to give those involved in tabligh a proper understanding of the rights of Muslims
● Just as Allah has no need for us, the work of deen has no need for us
● Our purpose is to attain the acceptance of Allah. What need do we have for the support of His creation?
● Hazratji Mawlana Yusuf would say that even if the du’as, worship, and efforts of those involved in da’wah & tabligh were to reach the throne of Allah, His help would not descend until and unless they unite


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