Ḥafiẓ Patel, the saint of Dewsbury: An Obituary

By Shaykh Ismā’īl Ibrāhīm Patel

As Dewsbury Markaz was my local mosque growing up, seeing him was a routine occurrence in my daily life. Knowing he is no longer either at Markaz or on a Dawah journey somewhere in the world will take a long time to sink in.

Although no single post can do his life justice, I feel compelled to share some experiences to my connections here and elsewhere, who may not have known him as well but happen to read some of my musings. He was, after all, ultimately responsible for creating hundreds of accomplished graduates in Islamic studies, thousands of people active in the field of Dawah, and hundreds of thousands rectifying their religious lives. I can confidently say that I personally would not be anywhere near what I am today had it not been for his efforts during my life – and, in fact, for his efforts decades before I was even born.

Everybody who knew him – student, teacher, the local layman, and those regularly engaged in Jama`at ‘l-Tabligh – will have their personal experiences and stories about him. I was a student at Markaz during the 98-03 period. I was not present when he really hard-grafted himself into who he eventually became, during the 60s, 70s and 80s. I only hear stories, like how he was advised – for fear of life and limb – not to go out to invite people to the mosque in Johannesburg after nightfall, only to do the exact opposite.

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‘Allamah Ashraf ‘Ali al-Thanawi’s advice concerning proselytising efforts (Da’wah and Tabligh)

By ‘Allamah Ashraf ‘Ali al-Thanawi

(Addressing a gathering consisting of mostly students of the Deen – Talabah – and teachers – Asaatizah, Hazrat Thanwi Rahmatullahi alaih said):

Like Namaaz and Roza (Salaat and Saum), Tableegh is also Fardh. However, the ways of Tableegh fluctuate with the circumstances. For instance, your learning (O Students) is also Tableegh provided that your intention is good, for “Actions are judged according to intentions.” If your intention is to make Amr bil ma’roof having completed your studies then this course of study is a branch of Tableegh. If this is not your intention then your learning is not Tableegh.

Consider a person who makes no intention when offering Namaaz. He is not credited with any Namaaz. Similarly, if a person does not make intention of Roza but stays the whole day away from food, there is no Roza for him.

It is astonishing that we learn and teach day-in and day-out but due to not having the intention of A’maal and Taa’aat (good deeds and acts of obedience unto Allah Ta’ala) we are deprived of reward. Thus, with a good intention learning these kitaabs in these times is undoubtedly a branch of Tableegh.

I said, “In these times,” because the illustrious Sahaabah and Taabi’een were not in need of the educational methods of today. They achieved the objective without the system of education today. Their memories and minds were par excellence and they were devout. The system in place now is necessary for this reason that if kitaabs were not compiled, and considering that retentive abilities are at a low, not to mention the lack of faithfulness to the Deen, the statements and words of those teaching the Deen would not be trusted. Speaking out of memory, listeners would not be satisfied. They would be in doubt as to whether the one imparting Hadeeth and Fiqh is speaking correctly or speaking all muddled.

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The Imam of Masjid al-Aqsa on Tabligh Jama’at

Shaykh Ali Umar Yaqoub Abbasi, the head Imam and Khateeb of Baitul Muqaddas, the first qibla of the Muslims, has said, ‘Deen has spread throughout the world through Dawah and Tabligh. Because of it, we are Muslims today. Deen will prevail till Tabligh prevails and will go away if Tabligh is stopped. That is why we have to participate in the effort of Tabligh.’ He said these in front of a huge audience at the Naya Sharak Masjid of the city (Sylhet) after Fajr.

The Shaykh said, ‘The Prophet (peace be upon him) turned the Sahabah (may Allah be pleased with them) into golden people through Dawah and Tabligh. Compared to Arab, more Awlia, Abdaals and scholars emerged outside Arabia because of the effort of Dawah and Tabligh by the Sahabah (may Allah be pleased with them). Imam Bukhari (may Allah have maercy on him) was not from Arab, rather from Russia. Imam Abu Hanifa (may Allah have maercy on him) was not from Saudi Arabia, rather from Iraq. There are many such examples.’

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Tabligh, Ta’lim and Tazkiya

By  Haji Shakeel Ahmad
Translated by Dr Abu Tamim

The Tablighi Markaz at Banglawali Masjid, Nizamuddin

 ” Sabse pehle tablig mein nikla tablig mein nikal kar talab paida hoi, phir amal karne ke liye masaail sikhne ki zaroorat mahsoos hoi tu ulama se raabta kiya, phir jab Hazrat Maulana Abdul Haleem Sahab ke paas gaya tu pata chala ke apne andar dil ke marz hai jinka ilaaj karna zaroori hai.
Talab paida karne ke liye tablig hai aur amal karne ke liye masaail ki zaroorat hai tu ulama se puchna hoga, aur jab ye sab kaam karenge tu shaitan chood kar nahi jayega to dil ke ilaaj ke liye shaikh ki zaroorat hai is liye sabse pehle number par tablig hai ke talab na hogi to na ulama ke paas jayega na kisi shaikh ke paas.”

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A meeting: Haji Imdadullah of this age

By Dr. Abu Tamim

Mawlana Abdullah Kapodrawi is known to one and all. Amongst Deobandi ‘Ulama he holds a very high rank and is one of the most respected and senior scholars to come out of Gujarat, India. His son, Mawlana Muhammad who is usually resident in Malawi, Africa is presently in India for some eye treatment. Also Hafiz Ismail Munshi of Zambia who is a mujaz of Hadhrat Mawlana Qamaruz-Zaman Illahabadi was also recently in India. Hafiz Ismail runs a large madrassah in Zambia where more than 400 local children study and he has established 35 Mosques in villages in Zambia and alhamdulillah he is doing great work among the local population.

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Important advices for all workers of Tabligh Jama’at

By Mawlana Ahmad Sadeck Desai

  • The Tablighi Jamaat is a Jamaat of Haqq which propagates the true teachings of Islam. As such, we advise and encourage people to join the Jamaat and participate in its activities.
  • Many Muslims throughout the world write to us about the Tablighi Jamaat. People who are not associated with any particular group, but who sincerely wish for self-reformation and Deeni guidance wish to know whether they should join the Tablighi Jamaat or the Jamaat-e-Islaami. Our advice invariably is for them to link up with the Tablighi Jamaat since we believe the Jamaat-e-Islaami of Maududi to be a deviated sect which has strayed from the Path of the Sunnah. Continue reading