TABLIGH (Preaching)

Hadith & Seerah, The Teachings of the Holy Prophet, The Ways of the Prophet (SAWS) / Saturday, January 30th, 2010

The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam), one day delivered an address and in this address he praised some Muslims. Then he said, “How is that some people do not help their neighbors, in developing and understanding of religion and do not teach them religion and do not apprise them of the admonitory aspect of remaining ignorant of religion and do not restrain them from evil doings and how is that, that people do not learn religion from their neighbors and do not develop an understanding of religion and do not ascertain the consequences of remaining ignorant of religion. I swear by ALLAH, it is incumbent on people (Muslims) to impart religion reaching to their neighbors, to develop understanding of religion in them, to tender advice to them and to tell them good things. Even the people (Muslims) should necessarily learn religion from their neighbors, should develop an understanding of religion and should follow their counsels. [Tibrani, Ma’ariful Hadis]

A person told Hadrat Abdullah-lbn-Abbas (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala Anhu) that he wanted to preach religion i.e. to enjoin what is reputable and forbid what is disreputable. He asked “Have you acquired that position? He replied, “Yes it is hoped so”. lbn Abbas (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala Anhu) narrated, “If you do not apprehend that the three verses of the Holy QURAAN would not disgrace you then you certainly preach religion”. He asked, “Which are those three verses?” lbn-Abbas (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala Anhu) narrated, “The first is: Do you enjoin what is reputable and forget yourself? lbn Abbas (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala Anhu) narrated, “Have you followed this verse fully? “He replied “No”. The second verse is: Why do you enjoin what that you do not do? (61:2) Have you acted upon it fully? He said, No. The third verse is: Hadrat Shu’aib (Alaihis Salaam) said to his people: And I desire not, in order to oppose you, to do that which I forbid you. (11:88) (Rather, I will keep off from them you will not find inconsistency in what I say and what I do.)

lbn Abbas enquired, “Have you followed this verse fully?” He said, “No,” Then he said “Go, first enjoin yourself what is reputable and restrain yourself from what is disreputable. This is the first step of a preacher”. [Ma’arif-ul-Hadis, Ad-dawah]

Hadrat ‘Akramah (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala Anhu) narrated that Hadrat Abdullah-Ibn-Abbas (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala Anhu) narrated, “Deliver sermon once a week and if you like you can do so twice but do not deliver sermons more than three times a week, and do not let the people develop hatred with this Holy QURAAN, and it should not be like this that you come upon people and find them busy and you start addressing them and thus cause an interruption. If you do like that, then you will keep silence at such a time and when, you find them inclined and they so desire, then address them and be careful not to use rhymed phraseology because I have seen the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) and his companions (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala Anhum) that they did not like ceremonious ornamentation of style.” [Bukhari]

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