Alhamdulillah! Yesterday, I managed to visit the Masjid Bandar Baru Sri Petaling, which is also the Markas of the Jamaat Tabligh Dakwah Movement Headquarters of Malaysia.
This is my first visit to the famous Markaz Tabligh Sri Petaling and I spent practically the whole part of my day there and was blessed to be able to pray my Zohor and Asar prayers with the mubalighs of the Jamaat Tabligh who came from many countries and also a few known acquaintances from my village in Jelutong and a few friends from Georgetown City, Penang.
Insya Allah, I will be frequenting this Markaz from now on. I love being in the company of my fellow Muslims and Da'ee's. Although we may have our different ways of carrying out Dakwah, I still love being in the midst of the truthseekers and abdillah's of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala!
Although I have written about the Jamaat Tabligh before in the negative following the fatwa by Syaikh Abdul Aziz bin Baaz here, I still believe that the Jamaat Tabligh movement can still be fine tuned and improved by way of muzakarah with the other Dakwah movements and unite our efforts in enjoining to the good and forbidding of the evil prevailing in our societies.
The fatwa includes : However, if there was a Jamaa'ah doing tableegh other than them, from the people of knowledge, then (it is permissible to) go out with them for dakwah purposes. If there was a person of knowledge who goes out with them to enlighten and guide them, along with teaching them such that they leave their falsehood and embrace the way of Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jamaa'ah, (then that is good).
I am not claiming that I know better than them but I do believe that we can still work together in areas that we can agree upon and co-operate.
The main purpose is to seek the Redha of Allah Azza Wa Jalla and to not be obstinate to such a degree that one refuses to listen to others points of views and learn from them as well.
Things that we know for sure are innovations or doesn't seem right to us, just try and talk things out with them failing which, there is always the 'lakum dinukum waliyadin' finale.
When I was living in Penang, I used to go and listen to the bayans of the Jamaat Tabligh at Masjid Benggali, Georgetown, Penang and had even joined my brother Abdul Aziz on several Tabligh Ijtima's in Perak and elsewhere.
In the field of Dakwah Al Islamiyah, there are various movements and organizations who carry out Dakwah in their own ways and the Jamaat Tabligh have their own code of rules and guidelines as well.
| ||"An article of faith in which the tabligh accepts that there is no god but Allah and the Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu 'Alaihi Wasallam is His messenger. and that Allah can do each and every thing without the help of the creation, and the creation cannot do anything without the help of Allah. The only way to succeed in this world and the next (life after death) is to walk on the path shown by Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu 'Alaihi Wasallam."|
| ||"Five daily prayers that are essential to spiritual elevation, piety, and a life free from the ills of the material world. To build a connection with Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala and to gain from his unlimited treasures"|
|Ilm and Dhikr||"The thirst for knowledge and remembrance of Allah conducted in sessions in which every individual contributes whatever knowledge which one can regarding performing prayers, reciting the Quran and reading Hadith and to gain the remembrance of Allah in every action make Dhikr by reciting 3 Tasbihaat, Third Kalimah, Durood and Istighfaar."|
|Ikram-i-Muslim||"The treatment of fellow humans with honor and deference, to love the youngsters and respect the elders and have respect for the scholars of Islam"|
|Ikhlas-i-Niyyat||"Reforming one’s life in supplication to Allah by performing every (good) human action for the sake of Allah and toward the goal of self-transformation"|
|Dawat-o-Tabligh||"The sparing of time to live a life based on faith and learning its virtues, following in the footsteps of the Prophet, and taking His message door-to-door for the sake of faith. Since Rasulullah Sallallahu 'Alaihi Wasallam was the last and final prophet, it is our duty to now carry on this work of the prophets, i.e. call others towards good and prevent evil"|
The Jamaat Tabligh here in Malaysia mostly follow what the World Tabligh Headquarters at Basti Nizamuddin in India have formulated as the methodology of carrying out their Tabligh efforts.
The Markas here is addressed as Masjid Jamek Sri Petaling, Bandar Baru Sri Petaling, Kuala Lumpur. You can read about the Tabligh movement here and here.
Tabligh Jamaat members taking wudu' @ ablution before Solat @ prayers.
Tabligh Jamaat Muslims on their way to the main prayer hall to perform the Solat Dzohor congregational prayers after their taking of wudu' @ ablution. Notice the toothstick being held by the brother in front? It is called miswak @ Arak root in Arabic that was used by the Blessed Prophet Muhammad Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam to brush his teeth and is proven to be very effective in maintaining excellent oral hygiene.
A student of the Madrasah Miftahul Ulum which is located within the grounds of the Masjid Jamek Sri Petaling seen tying his imamah @ serban, dressed in white cotton jubah, a symbol of the purity of one's heart in seeking the Ilm of Islam and on his way to becoming a Hafiz of the Holy Al Qur'an Al Kareem, Insya Allah!
There is a certain glow and purity that one can detect in the person of a true Muslim such as the brother here which shows up on his face as a sign of his inner peace of mind and tranquility of his spirit that you just have to admit that comes with total surrender of one's being to Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala.
I recall an old Arab proverb, ' Whatever is in the heart; shows up on the face!'. Ego if it is ever present will manifest itself on one's face and cloud one's demeanor no matter if one is a fair skinned person and at times even the darkest skinned person but with the purest heart will just glow with his or her inner beauty, befitting the grace and gentle soul of one's being. Yesterday, I was fortunate to meet some gentle beings who just manifest the parable here to the letter. May Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala bless them.
There were also a few who didn't quite live up to the expectations that I had but I will let that slide for my ziarah was not to find faults with the ones who had some issues with opening up to a stranger or to even flash whatever pearlies they still had but then again, people are just that, aren't they?
Insan. Human beings. Each with his pluses and minuses. I choose to remember just those who made my day! :)
One very holy looking chap however made me feel a bit sad when he said that why should he be friendly or smile to someone whom he is just meeting for the first time?
These are the kind of folks who have yet to reach the stage of 'husnulzohn' @ thinking well of others and failing to live up to the sunnah of the Prophet Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam in smiling and thinking well of others and portraying the good image and persona of a proper Muslim?
Nevertheless as usual, in my own unique way, I managed to break down his walls and got the brother to exchange well wishes with me and depart from each other although I know the fella must be seething in his heart to be told off in my own special way of 'thrusting the spear of truth right through his heart and withdrawing it gently without spilling a drop of his spiritual blood'! :D
How do I do that? Well, those who have had direct exchanges with me would know that.
The view of the Masjid Jamek Sri Petaling's dome from the inside.
The Markaz is among the only masjids which offer weary travelling Tabligh Jamaat's in transit a sanctuary to rest and recuperate before continuing on their Dakwah efforts throughout the world.
Here is a list of the worldwide Markaz of the Jamaat Tabligh. Some of the addresses might be not up to date but for those who want to know, it is up to them to seek further info from the net.
Back to my main points.
Some will accuse such missionaries of escapism from their responsibilities at home but then again, who can say for sure as to what is in the hearts and minds of such men who may just be seeking the Mercy of Ar Rahman and the true Knowledge of Islam and learn from their meeting with the various people of this multi ethnic, multi cultural, multi faithed world?
It is none but Allah who knows what is hidden in the hearts and souls of these da'ees in transit?
I met and befriended these brothers from Indonesia and China who were just happy to share with me their stories and experiences while being here. Seated from left is Brother Harwana from Jakarta, Brother Nasruddin from Henan, Xinjiang, China and Brother Abu Imam from Jakarta, Indonesia.
Myself with Brother Nasrudin ( China) and Abu Imam (Indonesia).
Posing with me are Brothers Nasruddin (China), Harwana (Indonesia), Omer (Sudan) and Abu Imam (Indonesia).
Ikhwanul Muslimin. Alhamdulillah.
Nasruddin spoke to us in Mandarin and I managed to shoot a video of him sharing his views and am uploading the video here for you to see and I have also shared about Islam and what it has to offer those of us who are amongst those seeking the Love and Beneficence of Allah Azza Wa Jalla.
May Allah SWT bless and guide us all to the Truth and Salvation that we all seek! Ameen.