Letter starts Here........First URDU letter then English.....
All kinds of rumors are going around regarding my return from Bangley wali Masjid, Nizamuddin to Gujrat in the evening of August 12, 2016. All these rumors are entirely baseless and contrary to the truth. Therefore, I think it is appropriate that I describe the truth myself.
1. The good image of this effort has taken a walloping and the sanctity that this effort enjoys over the years is being shattered due to all what has happened in Bangley wali Masjid, Nizamuddin from the month of Ramadan till now in the year 2016. A few days back, one such an ugly incident was witnessed by me in person too. All this has saddened and troubled the brothers all over the world, the Renowned Ulama and the spiritual elders. The current situation has affected the collectiveness of the effort badly. On the other hand, in Bangley wali Masjid, Nizamuddin, such a group has taken control who is trying to push even the wrong things as right, thus proving as an obstacle in any worthy effort of setting things right. This is a very serious and dangerous situation for the effort. There is a dire need to solve this intense problem with all seriousness. All those who think that there is no problem in Markaz at all and everything is going on normally are grossly mistaken, as this is contrary to the existing conditions and facts.
2. Despite feeling clogged, I decided to go to Bangley wali Masjid, Nizamuddin after Eid-ul-Fitr this year. Before going, I had a feeling that the problems will be solved amicably soon, In-Shaa-Allah. So, while I was there, I talked to Molvi Saad Sahab many times directly with reference to the current scenario. But, sadly, no useful result came out. Instead, due to my stay in Nizamuddin and the participation in Mashwarah daily, it started getting propagated that I am in agreement with the current pattern (“Tarteeb”) and way ahead (“Manhaj”) of the effort. Not expressing my perspective and viewpoint vis-à-vis the current scenario of the effort would be taken as sycophancy in Deen. Therefore, in the following, I express my viewpoint in clear words for the benefit of the brothers all over the world.
This Mubarak effort of Dawah has got its circle widened across the world. Millions of people are participating in the effort. People of different temperaments and different views are attached to this effort. It is obvious that, to take up the burden of such a vast and extensive effort, such an authentic group is required which has learnt from the elders well. All the brothers must have no doubts about that jamat at all when it comes to their quality of fearing Allah, trustworthiness, sincerity and striving for Deen. This group must carry the effort on with mutual consultation and collectiveness. Without this, it is very difficult to keep the effort off from disorientation and to keep the brothers united.
That’s why only, in the lifetime of Maulana Zubairul Hasan Sahab R.A. itself, on the occurrence of some important Masael, I had suggested many times to add more persons from across the world to the Shoora made by Maulana Inamul Hasan Sahab R.A. I had presented the view that the solution to the emerging problems lies in this expansion of the Shoora only. In the last years of his life, Hazrat Marhoom Maulana Zubairul Hasan Sahab R.A. had got ready also for that. But, suddenly his last time came, may Allah SWT grant him forgiveness and enter him into Jannah.
After the passing away of Hazrat Marhoom, with the Mashwara of old brothers, we had sent a detailed letter to Maulana Saad Sahab., in which we had expressed our apprehensions about the current Tarteeb and Nahaj of the effort, thereby requesting to give a shape to the Shoora as a step towards solving the problems. But, alas, nothing consequential came forth and the condition of the effort kept deteriorating.
Then, last year in November 2015, after the formation of Shoora in the congregation of the older brothers from across the world, I had requested Maulana Saad Sahab myself to accept this Shoora. All the problems will be solved In-Shaa-Allah. But, he refused to accept, because of which the effort got disturbed in the whole world and the situation became pretty alarming. Even now, in my view, the solution to the problem is in the acceptance of this Shoora and then completing all the requirements of the effort with the collective wisdom of this Shoora.
As regards to the Nahaj and Tarteeb of the effort, it should be maintained in accordance with the previous three tenures. If there is a need for any addition or modification in the same, it should be affected only after a collective decision of the Shoora. At this time, the reason for the collectiveness being hampered is only that new things and formats are being introduced without the Mashwara and confidence of the old brothers.
This jamat of tableegh is bound by the Maslak of Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jama’ah (Muslims in large with Sunnah and Deen in their life) with regards to the explanation and interpretation in the matters of Deen and Shariah. Similarly, they are bounded by the Legendary (Jamhoor) Mufassirin in pronouncing the Tafseer of any Ayah of Quran-e-Kareem, Legendary (Jamhoor) Muhaddisin in pronouncing the explanation (Tashreeh) of any Hadeeth and the opinion of Legendary (Jamhoor) Fuqaha in derivations from the lives of Rasool S.A.W. and Sahabah R.A. Our elders in the previous three periods remained bounded to this principle, because without this, the doors to the alterations in Deen will open up.
From the very beginning of the effort, extreme care has been taken in all the discourses. All efforts had been made to stay away from the non-authentic anecdotes and undue derivations and innovations. For this only, we have ordained to confine ourselves within the six qualities during our discourse, to follow the authentic Ulama in pronouncing the explanation of any Ayah or Hadeeth. Our elders had been abstaining from contradictions, criticism, comparisons or judgements, discussions on Aqaaed, Masaael and current affairs. It is one of the basic principles of this effort to abstain from criticizing or passing judgement on any religious organizations or person. However, nowadays, many of the elders are crossing these limits in their discourses, particularly in making wrongful derivations from the lives of Sahabah, excessive criticism and passing judgements on other religious organizations. I have not been agreeing with this from before and had even been trying to divert the attention towards this. In my talks also, I had been trying to warn about it all, in a positive way though. However, when the limits were exceeded and people started interpreting my stay in Nizamuddin wrongly that I approve of the current state and Tarteeb of the effort, thereby creating a feeling of suffocation for me in the current environment of Bangley wali Masjid, then after many days of Istikhara, I have decided to open my heart before the brothers in clear words. When the situation will improve, I shall not have the slightest hesitation in coming back again. My return to Gujrat should not be taken as being party to anyone, rather it is for the sake of protection of the effort and to save myself from sycophancy. I am also answerable in the courts of Allah. May Allah SWT only save the effort and its brothers, Ameen.
Banda Ibraheem Dewla Currently at: Dewla, Gujrat Monday August 15th, 2016
After the above letter of Maulana Ibraheem Sb, many brothers from India and abroad have enquired about my standing. Afterwards, Maulana Yaqoob Sb has also explained his standing. In this context, I want to humbly state that I am in complete agreement with the standings of Maulana Ibraheem Sb and Maulana Yaqoob Sb. The current situation of Bangley wali Masjid can only be rectified through incorporation of the suggestions of both these elders.
Banda Ahmad Laat Currently at: Surat August 28th, 2016
BELOW is a translation of Hazrat Mulana Yaqub sb’s (Markaz Nizamuddin New Delhi)
letter for everyone doing the effort of tabligh. The original signed Urdu letter is attac
hed for reference below.
Letter starts ...........
To the brothers engaged in the effort of deen, In Nizamuddin, I have spent more than 15 years with Maulana Yusuf R.A and almost 30 years after that with Maulana Inamul Hasan R.A. In this long duration of 50 years, Allah has blessed me with the mubarak company of these two elders and I got numerous opportunities to spend time with them during various khurooj and regular stays of Nizamuddin. Allah s.w.t has given me the opportunity to engage in this auspicious effort of deen under the guidance and supervision of these two elders.
Based on this continued involvement, I can state with utmost conviction that this effort has been de-tracked from the path on which those elders have established the effort of deen. Although, these two elders of ours were the unanimously accepted ameers, but they never claimed for the imarah, they never talked in an authoritative way. They never imposed their personal self-proclaimed view. They always abided by the mashwara.
Today, the situation is completely upside down. There is an assertion of self claimed imarah and whosoever does not accept it, is being forced to accept it through various tactics. As a result, there is such a chaos in Nizamuddin that it has led to verbal arguments, curses and even situations of brutal manhandling.
Nizamuddin, which was a place for the fikr of the ummah, a place for the self-rectification and preparation of the hereafter, from where everyone used to attain these qualities; the environment of that place has changed into back biting, suspicion and slandering. Continuous planning is going on to defame and downplay those who are trying to bring the effort on the right track (nahj). A notion is being propagated and people are being brainwashed that salvation is only in submission of (self-proclaimed) ameer (no matter what your actions are afterwards). If you do not submit, or have different opinion, you will not attain salvation, regardless of your level of sincerity and sacrifice.
The environment of self-rectification, preparation of hereafter and attainment of the fikr and concern of theummah has vanished from Nizamuddin. In lieu of that, an environment of self imposition, autocracy and desire for worldly benefit has been established. It is for this purpose that a system of large scale bayt has been established.
Although, the shura established during the time of Hazratji RA had unanimously decided and stopped from doing the bayt, the written proof of which is available having the signatures of the shura established during the time of Hazratji RA. New things, which were not present in the time of our elders, which are being propagated without themashwara are: First: Dawat-Taleem-Istiqbal; it is a new terminology, which was not present during the time of our elders. Although, its name has been changed now to tameer-e-masjid, but the concept is same, because of which the importance of the daily door to door effort and umoomi jaula has been diminished. Second:
Curtailing the effort in khawas and various tabqat (special segments) of the ummah, which was well established in time of the previous elders. Khawas and people from different tabaqat later used to join the efforts in their local masajids eventually. To curtail the tabaqati effort and to channelize the notion of tamer- emasjid, erroneous interpretations were deduced from Quran, Hadith and life of sahabah.
Third is Muntakhab Ahadith: Maulana Yusuf R.A has never even indicated, directly or indirectly, taleem from this book. It has been tried to bring the ijtimaee taleem of Muntakhab Ahadith by gradually replacing and vanishing the ijtimaee taleem of Fazail-e -Amaal and Fazail-e-Sadaqat. Fourth is five amaal of mastoorat. The brothers are being confused on a regular basis with such notion.
Whosoever doesn’t propagate them and in which ever place these notions are not followed are considered against the tarteeb of Nizamuddin. Although, all these new notions are introduced by only one individual, Moulvi Muhammad Saad sb. All the gatherings of Nizamuddin are being devoted for the propagation of these notions. Nizamuddin has been taken over by a new group of people who haven’t had the privilege of the company of our elders and they are daily confusing the mind-set of the brothers. They say that do not listen to the responsible brothers of your province/Halqa, as they are not propagating the current tarteeb of Nizamuddin. Even the Jamaats are given guidelines to propagate the new tarteebs.
That is the reason that the Hidayaat in Nizamuddin and the Ijtemas are decided only for those who explain these new notions. This has led to division of hearts in every place and two mind sets are being developed. The brothers who are new in the work think that their area elders are not following the tarteeb of Nizamuddin. The old workers are in the dilemma of how to publicize new tarteebs which are not even decided by Mashwara, but also through which the effort deviates from the foundation and getsdetracked from the correct path (nahaj).
Everywhere there is division, chaos and confusion. Fikr of hereafter, worry and concern of deen and ummah, self- rectification and the aspect of tarbiyah (upbringing) which were the soul of this effort are being vanished. Currently, Moulvi Saad sb. is being surrounded by such a group which never had the company (sohbah) of the elders.
For their personal benefit, this group appreciates every notion of Molvi Saad sb and keeps him in this misunderstanding that whatever he has understood the effort, no elders in the past or present have understood it. When Moulvi Saad sb explains these new notion, he says that I am explaining you these notions from Quran, Hadith and Seerah and want to bring the effort on Quran,Hadith and Seerah. Does it mean that whatever effort was deduced by our elders was not from Quran,Hadith and Seerah? Nowadays, the bayans are full of pointing fingers, criticism, downplaying, authoritative tone, deductions and new explanations, which are against the pattern of our elders. Everyday a new notion is introduced. Scholars (Ulema) and Mashaikh are astonished and worried that what is happening? If the same direction of the effort persists, the time is not too far when the scholars will be against this effort and the people having serious concern for ummah will be alienated from this effort.
In the month of November 2015, in the presence of all the old workers of the world, the shura established during the time of Hazratji RA was completed to safeguard the collectiveness (ijtimaiyat) and the nahaj of the work. I was present at that time, but I am surprised that why Moulvi Saad sb has denied to accept it and I couldn’t understand any valid reason for his denial. There is no Islamic institution, either educational or in any way related to Muslim community or any collective effort for the muslim ummah which will be functioning nor can be functional without the supervision, guidance and mentorship of shura. It is a very critical and dangerous situation to handover such a vast effort to a single individual to operate this benign effort according to his own will. No one in this world is free from the natural weakness and the ill effects of the nafs (). Most probably, it was due to this fact that Maualana Mohammad Ilyas Sb. R.A has stated that, “In the future, this effort will function under the supervision of a shura” (reference: “last letters Maulana Ilyas R.A” by Maulana Abul Hasan Ali Nadwi RA).
I am writing this letter due to the responsibility and the fear of reckoning from Allah. May Allah s.w.t give us taufeeq to do the effort on the pattern of our elders and save us from following the innovations in the effort. Ameen.
Waas-Salam, Banda Mohammad Yaqub August 28th, 2016