The Path

Hadhrat Abdullah bin Umar radiyalaahu anhuma had mentioned, "Whoever wishes to follow the way of another, should follow the ways of those who have passed away. These were the companions of Muhammad sallalaahu alayhi wassalam, who were the best people of this Ummah. Their hearts were most pious, their knowledge was deepest and they were least pretentious. They were people whom Allah Ta'ala had chosen to be companions of His Nabi sallalaahu alayhi wassalam and for the transmission of His Deen. You people should emulate their character and mannerisms. By the Rabb of the Kaabah! The Sahabah radiyalaahu anhum of Rasulullah sallalaahu alayhi wassalam were correctly guided."

Saturday, 22 December 2012

You Look Like A Tablighi

All praise is for Allah Ta'ala. We praise Him and seek help from Him. We believe in Him and have complete trust in Him. There can be none to misguide the person the person whom Allah Ta'ala has guided and there can be none to guide the person whom Allah Ta'ala has caused to go astray. 

To acquire the reality of Imaan, unlimited efforts must be made for it since Imaan has no limit and end.  To what extent the efforts on Imaan is being undertaken, Imaan will increase to such extent. And when the effort on Imaan is neglected, then the level of Imaan will decrease and become weaker in faith. The Imaan of the Prophets alayhimussalam constantly risen, the malaikah or angels are always fixed in Imaan, the Imaan of the common men fluctuate. The level of reality of Imaan arising from a person's heart will lead him to follow the Sunnah of Rasulullah sallalaahu alayhi wassalam.

In the early days of my involvement with the effort of dakwah and tabligh, the first thing that occured to me was that the kalimah "La ila ha illallah" is a speech of  tongue. Only the speech of tongue is not enough, but the reality of the kalimah must be rooted deep in the hearts. The reality of the kalimah is - La ila - nothing can happen or occur from any creature, - illallah - everything that happens or happened only from Allah the Almighty, the Creator of creation. As I was in constant company of the pious brothers, I learned to meet the servants of Allah with no worldly interest and giving them dakwah to the greatness of Allah, the promises of Allah and the treasures of Allah, with the intent to gain Imaan. Whenever those pious people talked in glorifying and magnifying Allah, I tried to listen attentively. And in those blessed moments of time, I used to cried begging Allah for the reality of Imaan.

It follows that the kalimah "Muhammadur Rasulullah" means that no single way of life that guarantee happiness in this world and salvation in the Aakhirah except the way of life brought by  Rasulullah sallalaahu alayhi wassalam alone. It should be removed from the hearts of any fondness towards other way of life and it should be inculcate deep into the hearts that 100% success is only in  Rasulullah sallalaahu alayhi wassalam's way of life. 

Without any hassle and pressure from anyone, my outer appearance gradually changed as I constantly spent my time in the effort of dakwah and tabligh and became aware of the Sunnah of Rasulullah sallalaahu alayhi wassalam.  Although now and then I hear foolish remarks from certain people that Deen's place is in the heart, not the outer appearance (when this remarks is actually uttered as a lame excuse for unwillingness to follow the Surah of Rasulullah sallalaahu alayhi wassalam), but for me it was just crystal clear - as if you feel happy, you smile and if you feel displeasure, you frown. In each case, the facial expression tells what your heart feel. So do the love of Rasulullah sallalaahu alayhi wassalam will lead someone to follow the Sunnah of Rasulullah sallalaahu alayhi wassalam, which include the Surah (the outer appearance).

As I said, the changes in my appearance happened gradually. I first began to grow goatee beard. As the tuft of hair on my chin growing longer, my wife started to complain. Then the complaints turned to constant nagging, and the nagging turned to threats. She used to hold a small pair of scissors at night before we went to sleep and threateningly said, "I will cut your beard when you are asleep." It sounds hilarious now, but it certainly was not back then. Sometimes her threat overcame me that when I woke up in the morning I instantly put my hand on my chin to check if my goatee beard was still there. Of course, this stunt of hers occured many years ago before she joined me in  masturat jamaat. Now she is used to caressing both sides of my fully grown beard and uttering "aamantu billah, aamantu bil qadar" whenever I came home from long khuruuj in the path of Allah.

Once the whole family were gathering for Eid at my mother's house. My brother made a jest about my goatee beard. He said that my beard resembled the beard of Fir'aun to the laughter and giggles of my nephews and nieces. He was referring to the many statues of the Egyptian Pharaohs which seem to suggest that the pharaohs did grow goatee beard. Though laughing at his antic, his remarks struck me like a thunder bolt. Since then I began to grow full grown beard. 

It follows that when I still spotted goatee beard, I felt uneasy and incomplete as a Muslim without kofia or  Topee or Kufi, a skullcap worn by Muslim men in Malaysia. Hence, I had referred this blog as kuffiyah.  It means different from keffiyah or ghutrah or shemagh, a traditional Arab headdress fashioned from a square, usually cotton, scarf. I first started to wear a white kofia in office on a Friday after Friday prayer throughout the afternoon. Then it became my practice to wear a kofia the whole day every Friday from morning. It was not easy to acquire the habit of wearing a kofia at work though. All kind of foolish thoughts crossed my mind. At the same time, I felt that it is important to physically proclaim myself as a Muslim. Alhamdulillah, after a few weeks, I began to wear kofia on daily basis. 

The first hiccup in my attempt to revive this Sunnah in me not surprisingly came from my wife. Back then she worked at a financial institution. Everyday we would travel together to work and back. Once she entered the car, she would grabbed the kofia off my head, followed by a good few minutes of grumblings. Initially I would put it on again attempting in vain to explain its importance to me. I even gave fabricating reason that it was meant to hide my balding head. But she would not leave the matter to rest, rather it would prolonged her grumblings all the way to work. In this matter, I fully accept that she married a person whose physical appearance attracted her and I portrayed a change in such a way that the attraction might no longer there. Thus, I only put the kofia back on after I dropped her off at her workplace. It would be off again the moment she entered the car after office hours heading back home. It went on until one day, as usually the case, she grabbed hold of my kofia off my head and said the usual words, "You look old with it. And I do not want to be seen with an old man as my husband." At that moment, somehow I just raised both palms up towards my face gesturing in du'a saying, "O Allah! Please forgive her for she does not know." For some reasons, she just giggled and I too chuckled thinking of her antics. At that moment of time, I could sense acceptance on her part and true enough she never took off the kofia from me since then. Though every now and then whenever she stumbles across my old photos she would kiss them photos in gesture and acted, "Oh! I'm in love with this man. I miss this handsome man."

In the course of time, I completely changed from head to toes after my journey in the path of Allah for 4 months to Bangladesh, Pakistan and India. And that itself is another episode of my journey in life to tell.

Did I try to emulate the tablighi brothers that I was in constant company with? The answer is a loud and clear "No!". But if the tablighi brothers are trying hard to emulate and revive the Sunnah of Rasulullah sallalaahu alayhi wassalam, then I too would not be slackened behind. And if that means I look like a tablighi in appearance, so be it. 

Whilst reviving the Sunnah in me is itself the ultimate reason, I believe there are other things to consider which are far from being less important. Reflect on this - the Bhopal disaster was a gas leak incident in India, considered as one of the world's worst industrial catastrophes. It occured on the night of 2-3 December 1984 at the Union Carbide India Ltd pesticide plant in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India. A leak of methyl isocyanate gas and other chemicals from the plant resulted in the exposure of hundred of thousands of people. The toxic substance made its way in and around the shantytowns located near the plant. Estimates vary on the death toll. Thousands of people had succumbed by the morning hours. There were mass funerals and mass cremations. Bodies were dumped into the Narmada River, less than 10 km from Bhopal. 170,000 people were treated at hospitals and temporary dispensaries. In 1991, 3,928 deaths had been certified. Independent organizations recorded 8,000 deaths in the first few days. Other estimations vary between 10,000 to 30,000. 2,000 buffaloes, goats and other animals were collected and buried. Within a few days, leaves on trees yellowed and fell off. Supplies, including food, became scarce owing to suppliers' safety fears. Fishing was prohibited causing further supply shortages. I dread to imagine a Muslim dead body is mistakenly burnt in cremation amid the chaos and catastrophes simply because there is no immediate sign or proof that he is a Muslim in physical appearance. 

Once it happened that a Thai Muslim man who traveled with a Budhist Thai woman had a car accident in Johor Bharu, south of Malaysia, and died instantly. His traveling companion was unscathed. Not noticing any Muslim physical appearance in him, the Malaysian authority relied on the statement of his companion that he is a Budhist and the fact that his Thailand passport bears a Thai name certainly did not help (some Muslims in Thailand have a Muslim name and Thai name). His brother came rushing from Thailand and arrived just in time before the body was sent to Budhist cremation centre.   

May Allah forgive us and shower His mercy on us. May Allah make us among the righteous and direct all our affair through the right path. And may Allah make our graves a resting place for us.

Thursday, 6 December 2012

The Letter From Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah bin Baz rahimahullah to Sheikh Falih bin Nafi' Al-Harby

Letter from the Honourable Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah bin Baz rahimahullaah to the Respected Sheikh Falih bin Nafi 'Al-Harby, may Allah extend him acute understanding in Deen and console him to obtain the pleasure of the Rabb of the universe.

Assalamu'alaykum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh

Your letter dated 12 Sha'ban 1406H (22 April 1986) has reached me. I understood the content as a form of attack on the tablighi jamaat, and also your denial of my writing about them, and the writing of my predecessor, our elder Al-Allamah Sheikh Muhammad bin Ibrahim Aali-Sheikh, the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia during his time, may Allah purify his soul and illuminate his grave.

I am very sad because you have diminished and degraded his dignity with your words "Ibnu Ibrahim", and those people that you pointed out as having different opinion with him regarding their (tablighi jamaat's) efforts. I am very surprised by what you mentioned. To what extent is those people's knowledge and views as compared to his knowledge, understanding, insight, in-depth studies, diligence and wisdom? We, alhamdulillah, have an understanding of Deen. We always consider the pros and cons and we strengthen them so as to make my heart at peace. We have investigated the news about them that make me feel at peace to stand beside them, together with lending advice on the shortfalls that sometimes happen on their part.

Deficiency is part of human characters, except those whom Allah wills. If  the mashaykh and the seekers of knowledge whom you pointed out, join them in dakwah ilallah, give guidance and direction to them, completing the deficiencies that sometimes occur in some of them and guide them to avoid mistakes, certainly  there would be much goodness and benefits to Islam and the Muslims.

As for shunning them or ignoring them and giving warnings to people not to mix with them is a terrible mistake indeed. The danger far outweighs its benefits.

Be suspicious of your opinion my dear brother, ask your Rabb to appease you to accept what is more beloved to Him  and advantageous to His servants, and that He show you the truth on what has been disputed, by His Will.

I ask Allah to show us that the truth is the truth and give us all strength to follow it, and that the falsehood is falsehood and give us all strength to avoid it, and not to make doubtful to us so that we will not be astrayed. Verily, Allah is the Owner of all, and the Administrator of all things.

Head of the Board of Research, Ilm, Ifta, Dakwah and Islamic Guidance


What you pointedly said about the Honorable Sheikh Muhammad Aman, that he took back his words of praises for the the tablighi jamaat, and you claimed that he said, "They are making khurafat and bid'ah", is totally rejected by him and totally astonished and stunned him. He said that he is still of the opinion as what he had written about them. This is because he wrote based on direct testimony and faith, and verily when people asked about them he often encouraged them to read the report.

Sunday, 2 December 2012

The Letter From Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah bin Baz rahimahullah to Dr Muhammad Taqiyyudin Al-Hilaly rahimahullah

The Letter of Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah bin Baz rahimahullah to Dr. Muhammad Taqiyyudin Al-Hilaly rahimahullah.

No. 889/KH 
Date: 10 Shawwal 1403H (21 July 1983)


From Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah bin Baz, to Respected Brother Dr. Muhammad Taqiyyudin Al-Hilaly, may Allah give taufeeq for all goodness. Aamin.

Assalamu'alaykum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.

Your letter dated 12 Sha'ban 1403H (25 May 1983) has arrived, may Allah  convey what you hinted about taking our opinion to stop the wages of Brother Ahmad Al-Muhany because he was in khuruuj with  the tablighi jamaat.

I now convey to you that my opinion is to continue giving him the regular salary which we dispatch through you. The reason being that going out in khuruuj with them certainly does not include as a reprehensible  journey. They do jaulah (around) cities and villages, establish relationship with leaders of the Muslims and members of the public, attending their ijtema in Bangladesh, etc., which is attended by leaders and members of the public, is indeed within the context of dakwah ilallah. This information is in accordance with what is reported by the masyaikhs that we had sent to attend their ijtema in Bangladesh last year. You liken your reason in condemning their khuruuj to what is mentioned by Hafidh Ibn Kathir rahimahullah, about the people who merely in intense worship who walk on the surface of the earth, in solitude on the mountain tops, caves, and forests, is contrary to facts and their practices.

I ask Allah to grant us taufeeq to do what pleases Him. For He is Most Gracious and Most Noble.

Wassalamu'alaykum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh

Head of the Board of Research, Ilm, Ifta, Dakwah and Islamic Guidance