Fazail o Adab of Gasht Umumi Joula (General meeting Etiquette and virtues) From Quran and Ahadith and English and Urdu meaning and Translation

(Modified from the book Dawah netiquettes with some addition. To download click the link
Etiquette Adab of General (Umumi Gasht) Joula

Whoever spends his morning or evening in the way of Allah, his reward will be much better than the world, and whatever is in it. (Bukhari). 

When the dust of the path of Allah enters the body of a Muslim, Allah prohibits Hell-fire on him. (Ahmad, Tabarani).

Ahadith e Nabwi Sallallahu Alaihi wasallam has described Meeting with brothers in Islam for the sake of Allah is a virtuous act.Gusht (in Urdu/persian JOULA inArabic Meeting in English) means to go around.
We also use this terminology to visit our brothers of the locallity to give Da'wah and to make them connected with command of Allah and Path of Muhammad sallallahu Alaihi wasallam by means of connecting them to Mosque.

All prophets used to do this efIort on a full-time basis.
Rasul Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam used to do this effort by going to house and in places in Makkah in fair and market places . 
At times he used to start since morning upto Zawal (afternoon) used to return with full of dust.Daughter Fatma Raziallahu Anha used to clean him.

We will do joula as ...

1. As a follower of Last Rasul Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallamwe are responsible not only to practice Deen but also propagate Deen.

2. As a sunnah of Rasul Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam,we should do the work of Dawah.

3. Rasul Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam is rahmatullil alamin, we are responsible to do Da'wah, to take his message· to the farthest coner of the world as his Sahaba/companions did.

From the Holy Quran:
ادع إلى سبيل ربك بالحكمة والموعظة الحسنة
Invite (people) to the way of your lord with wisdom and good counsel.    (Verse: 16:125)
ولتكن منكم أمة يدعون إلى الخير ويأمرون بالمعروف وينهون عن المنكر
And there has to be a group of people from among you who call towards good and prevent from evil. (Verse: 3:104)
ومن أحسن قولا ممن دعا إلى الله وعمل صالحا وقال إنني من المسلمين
 And who is better in utterance than the one who called people towards Allah, and acts righteously and says, “I am one of those who submit themselves (to Allah Ta’ala).  (Verse: 41:33)
 From the Ahadith of Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam):
فقال أبو سعيد أما هذا فقد قضى ما عليه سمعت رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم يقول من رأى منكم منكرا فليغيره بيده فإن لم يستطع فبلسانه فإن لم يستطع فبقلبه وذلك أضعف الإيمان
Hazrat Abu Sa’eed (Radhiyallahu Anhu) narrates that he heard Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) saying, “Whosoever witnesses a forbidden act being committed, he should prevent it by the use of his hands; if he is unable to do so, then he should prevent it with his tongue; if he is unable to do so, he should at least consider it a vice in his heart; and this is a very low level of Iman”.
(Sahih Muslim Vol.2 Pg.211/2 - Darul Ma’rifah)
عن النعمان بن بشير رضي الله عنهما عن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم قال مثل القائم على حدود الله والواقع فيها كمثل قوم استهموا على سفينة فأصاب بعضهم أعلاها وبعضهم أسفلها فكان الذين في أسفلها إذا استقوا من الماء مروا على من فوقهم فقالوا لو أنا خرقنا في نصيبنا خرقا ولم نؤذ من فوقنا فإن يتركوهم وما أرادوا هلكوا جميعا وإن أخذوا على أيديهم نجوا ونجوا جميعا
It has been reported on the authority of Nu’man bin Bashir (Radhiyallahu Anhu) that Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said, “There are people who do not transgress the limits (laws) of Allah Ta’ala, and there are others who do so. They are like two groups who boarded a ship; one of them settled on the upper deck, and the other on the lower deck of the ship. When the people of the lower deck needed water, they said, “Why should we cause trouble to the people of the upper deck when we can have plenty of water by making a hole in our deck”. Now, if the people of the upper deck do not prevent this group from such foolishness, all of them will perish; but if they stop them, they will be saved”.
(Sahih Al Bukhari Vol.3 Pg.152 - Darul fikr)

Virtues ofJoula/Fazaile e gasht ( Allah promises and Fazail)

1. Whoever spends his morning or evening in the way of Allah, his reward will be much better than the world, and whatever is in it. (Bukhari). 

2. In the path of Allah Spending 'l will bring reward of 700,000 sadaka; every action will be rewarded 700,000 times(Ahmad) 

3. Few moment's concern for Deen is equivalent to prayer in front of Hazre Aswad of Kaba on the night of Lailatul Qadr . (Ibne Hibban).  Hazre Aswad (reward100,000 times),Lailatul Qadr (reward better than 1000 months)

4. Striving in the path of Allah for a short while, is far better than your good deeds for the whole life staying with your family. (Hakim). 

5. When the dust of the path of Allah enters the body of a Muslim, Allah prohibits Hell-fire on him. (Ahmad, Tabarani).

6. The fire of hell will not reach anyone whose feet become dusty whilst he is on the path of Allah. (Ahmad) 

7. Omar Raziallah u Anhu as Amirul Muminin held the rope of the camel when Maaz was departing for Yemen.
Omar said to Maaz. the Du'as of the person traveling in the path of Allah are accepted as the Du'as of the prophets of Bani Israel.

8. He who suffers a headac in the path ofAllah, and hopes for a reward, then all his past sins are forgiven. (Tabarani).

9. Whoever guides others to do good, his reward is like the one who does it. (Abu Dawud).

Below is the Gasht Adab by Maulana Yusuf R.A. and explained by Maulana Saad in the book CHAAY NUMBER KI MEHNAT

Manners/Adab e Gasht of Umumi Joula(General meeting Etiquette 

1. Correct your Intention before going- visit is only for the pleasure of Allah.

2. Make two groups:
one group will go and visit brothers.

Rest of the brothers will stay in the masjid. 
Amir will assign brothers: one in Zikr, one will be talking (not reading) to the brothers in the masjid

till before Magrib salat; one brother in Istekbal to receive anyone who comes to the masjid and request him to join the discussion after his salat if not perfonned already.

3. The brother, who is making zikr, can stop zikr when brothers who went to joula return.

4. Make lot of Du'a before going for joula. Show your humbleness to Allah; express your weakness, helplessness. 
Ask Allah to help and change the hearts of the brother visited, save from the nafs and Saitan during joula.

5. Try to do your joula before the prayer time. Generally it is done after one salat until the next salat and bayan is made after the next salat.

Timing of the joula should depend on the availability of the brothers who will be visited.

If they are not available at a certain time, no joula should be made at that time.

6. There is no hard and fast rule to do jawla after asr and bayan after Magrib. 

Discuss with local brothers to decide the time ofjoula.

Also on many occasions, even local brothers who are doing joula for so long, did not evaluate when is the best time on the availability of local brothers to visit. So if your jamat really wants to do an effective joula, discuss the local situation thoroughly and then decide.

7. Go as a jamat with one Amir (responsible), one Dalil (guide), one Mutakallim (spokesperson).

8. Go with Zikr - subhanallah alhamdulillah walailaha illallahu allahu akbar. and 
Lailaha Illallahu Wahdahu La Sharikalahu ...............if in market place.                 THESE ZIKR EXPRESS GREATNESS OF ALLAH.

9. Keep eyes down, it is an arrow of Saitan.

10. Go along the right side of road.

11. Go with great respect for that person visiting. Do not have low feeling regardless of what we see or know about the person visited.

12. Allah advised Musa alaihis ssalam to go to Pheroh (who was not a believer) and invite him towards Allah with cool mind...(Ta-Ha:44).

13. Your attitude will affect the hearts of the brothers being visited. Go with great wish that the brother (visiting) will come to the Masjid immediately to get maximum benefit.

14. Dalil will knock (maximum 3 times) as sunnah.
If there is no response, brothers should leave.

15. If the brother opens the door, dalil will introduce the brother to the Mutakallim.

16. Mutakallim should give salam and make musafa/handshake warmly and give Da'wah primarily on Kalima Tayyiba, remind him briefly about the importance of Iman, akherat life after death ,  obedience of Allah, etc

17. Mutakallim should not insist on hearing the brother's recitation of Kalema nor compel him to recite or perform salat. Such attitude from the mutakallim may hurt the feeling of the brother.

18. Mutakallim should not act as a police to enquire and charge the brother.

19. Mutakallkim should not call to prayers rather request him to join in the talk at the masjid. Once he is ready to go to the masjid, he will also pray.

20. On the other hand, this brother is not probably praying at all. So if Mutakallim asks him to pray, then he will simple not cooperate and will not listen to you.

21. Mutakallim's invitation is towards an effort for good amals to benefit the life hereafter. When you talk about Akherat, no one can deny it and in most cases the brother will listen.

22. Mutakallim should not get into long discussion, not into any debate. He should be brief and to the point.

23. Mutakallim should not pause in talks or ask his opinion. He should simply finish his talk and request to come to the masjid.

24. It is preferred to give Da'wah outside so you don't see many undesirable things (if any) inside the brother's place.

25. Sometimes the brother insists to go inside. In such situation, it may be OK to go inside and talk to him. Amir makes the decision based on the situation.

26. Sometimes the brother wants to offer some food such as tea, coffee, cookies, and fruits. Amir should try to say that the· time is short, there are many places to visit. ..etc and try to avoid/excuse eating without hurtmg the brother.

If the brother insists, then agree on very simple things such as water, juice, fruit, etc and try to complete the talk on Da'wah for which we are visiting.

On the other hand, if the brother becomes busy in cooking tea, coffee, etc; lot oftime will be involved and the whole visit can tum up into a social visit.

This situation is not desirable to emphasize the importance of Da'wah and the jamat brothers might loose their fikr  who are visiting. That is one main reason, we should try to give Da'wah outsidethe door. Amir should

be careful in his judgement. There is no flat rule on this. You cannot always say no or always go inside. It must be handled case-by-case basis on individual brother being visited.

That is why lot of hekmat is need to learn to give Da'wah correctly without hurting the brother.

27. We should not be hard on brothers visiting otherwise the whole purpose of Da'wah is not fulfIlled.
In many situation, brother gets wrong impression. The whole process should be friendly and to win the hearts of the brothers visiting.

If that happens, there is a good chance that the visited brothers will respond positively and will come to the masjid.

28. When Mutakallim speaks, all should keep eyes down and stop Zikr and listen and make Du'a for the brother so that he can go to the Masjid immediately.

29. If he is ready, Amir should send him to the Masjid with one brother from the Jamat. The cash brother should not join in joula. His concern and fikr is quite different than the joula brothers.

30. If any brother has some excuse to go to the-Masjid immediately, MutakaIlim should pursue him to come even later.

31. Joula can continue to wherever the guide takes the group.

32. Joula should be fInished before sufficient time for the joula brothers to return to masjid, use toilet if necessary, make wudu and join salat with jamat. Seek Istegfar and return to Masjid.

33. Brothers should disperse after all of them return to masjid fIrst. They should not disperse from the place where jawla is ftnished.
(Taken from the book Dawah etiquettes. To download click the link