The emergence of the Tabligh Jamaat as a movement for the wake of the Muslims in India in the mid-nineteenth century.. Maulana Ilyas (rh.). the founder of the Tablighi Jamaat, believed that only a grassroots Islamic religious movement could counter it.
The Tablighi Jamaat originated in Mewat, in North India, When Ilyas (rh.) started his religious movement in Mewat, most Meos were Muslim in name only. They worshipped Hindu deities in their homes and celebrated Hindu religious festivals. They could not recite Shahadah or say their daily ritual prayers. Their birth, marriage, and death rituals were all based on Hindu customs.
Maulana Ilyas, a religious scholar of the Deoband, and a follower of the Naqshabandiyah, learned the situation. His initial effort was to establish a network of mosque-based religious schools to educate Mewati Muslim about correct Islamic beliefs and practices. Following this, he quit his teaching position at Madrasah Mazharul Ulum in Saharanpur and moved to Basti Nizamuddin in the old quarters of Delhi to begin his missionary work. Tablighi movement was formally launched in 1926 from this place.
Maulana Ilyas(rh.) devoted to what he described as “the mission of the prophets”. His message was simple: “Ai Musalmano Musalman bano”.The method adopted by him was equally simple. It was to organize units of at least ten persons and send them to various villages. These units (jamaat), would visit a village, invite the local Muslim to assemble in the mosque and present their message in the form of six demands;
1. Every Muslim must be able to recite Shahadah correctly in Arabic.
2. A muslim must learn how to say the Salah correctly.
3. To learn the basic teaching of Islam and to do dhikr.
4. To respect the fellow Muslims and humanity as large,
5. To inculcate honesty and sincerity of purpose in such endeavors.
6. To spend some times to travel from place to place spreading the words of God.
Maulana Ilyas later added another rule asking members to abstain from wasting time in idle talk and from sinful deeds.
The movement met with spectacular success in a relatively short period. Thousands of Muslims joined Maulana message of Islam.. There were signs of Islamic religious revival everywhere in the area. Jamaat workers are following the shariah. They stayed away from politics and political controversies. Instead of publishing books, they go door to door and invite people to join their work.
This Message spread beyond India to countries of Southeast Asia, the middle east, Africa, Europe and north America. The Jamaat has become a truly global Islamic movement.. Today it has followers all over the Muslim world and the West.
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