“My respected friends! It is a matter of crying and weeping, a matter full of pains, if the wife of a man suffers from cancer, and doctors say she cannot remain alive; the wife is suffering on the cot; (just imagine) how much the man would weep, (thinking) that O Allah, if this woman dies, what would happen with the marriage of my two young daughters, what would happen with the marriage of my two young sons, what would happen with these two little suckling children, they always come to ask the mother for milk and tea, and this woman dies and goes deep into the grave. And why is this pain; it is because these children will remember their mother. The man feels restlessness on his wife’s suffering from cancer. But the grief of not fulfilling the duty assigned to the Holy Messenger (peace and blessings of Allah be to him), as a result of which crores of people die without Iman (faith) and go to the Hell for ever, is not in our hearts even as much as that of the wife’s suffering from cancer. How un-conscientious we have come to. So now we should seek forgiveness of Allah, saying: O Allah! We are Your sinful servants; You forgive my sins; now we would do the Dawah work, keeping in view the entire world.”
The spirit of the statement
This extract is from a statement made by Maulana Umar Palanpuri published in December issue of the monthly Armaghan. Maulana Palanpuri, the world knows, was associated with the propagation of the Deen; he spent all his life in this service. He was a distinguished Aalim and an outstanding orator. Thousands of people used to listen to his speeches with patience. The most important is that he used to lay emphasis on the need to convey Islam to non-Muslims along with his efforts to reform Muslims and make them practising. In this extract he has attracted the attention of Muslims towards this need. And the readers can feel the pain and heart-touching quality in it. The spirit of his statement is that conveying the Deen to non-Muslims is the responsibility of Muslims; but they are oblivious of this duty. Around them people are dying without Iman in large numbers but they have no inkling of it; no restlessness is found in them – not even equal to the grief one has on the illness of one’s near and dear one. The late Maulana was willing to do the Dawah work, keeping the entire world in view.
Cooperation in virtues
Besides Maulana Palanpuri, there had been many Ulama in the Tablighi movement who had the same thought and view. Even the founder of the movement, Maulana Muhammad Ilyas, was of the same view as found expression in his teachings and statements. A distinguished scholar of Deoband movement, Maulana Qari Muhammad Tayyab, had a formal plan in his mind. We do not know what Maulana Palanpuri and his like-minded Ulama practically did in this regard or to what extent their respective followers felt the impact of their statements; but it is a fact that any practical work on this line is not seen in this quarter. Rather in some way this work is considered wrong or unnecessary. Not only this, the organisations and individuals that do this work are opposed and charged with many allegations. – However, even today there are many persons in the Tablighi circle who feel the obligation of this work, the proof of which is there in the extract of Maulana Palanpuri. It would be better if these people tell others in their respective circles of influence about the importance of this work with reference to the Qur’ān and Sunnah and the purpose of the prophethood of Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be to him). If they cannot do this work themselves, they should cooperate with the organisations and individuals who are doing this work to the extent of their limitations.