By Mujlisul Ulama
A Tabligh Jamaat member, complaining about the haraam filth and mess of the Jamaat’s merrymaking in the Musaajid, writes:
“There was a tabligh programme at the Masjid in Tongaat on the 16th of March. The Jamaat comprised of a few elders from the markaz Masjid Hilaal. The Jamaat arrived on Thursday 14th March and left on Sunday 17th. On the 16th was a big programme for the Ijtima fikr. Over 150 people were fed in the Masjid.
I helped in arranging the meals and serving. Also assisted with the clean up. A few brothers were given the responsibility to clean up the kitchen and all the dishes.
This Wednesday the 27th, the trustee informed me that the kitchen was in a mess. The tea jug has worms. The fridge has cockroaches, the degs (big pots) have maghots.
On the 19th of march I enquired from the brothers who had washed some of the dishes as to whether the kitchen was clean . They replied in the affirmative saying everything was done. However they washed the dishes but left the sink in a mess. The fridge was still in a mess with food that the Jamaat had left behind even though there is a sign on the fridge saying “Attention all Jamaats, please ensure the fridge is clear before you leave “
The trustees have now put up a notice that no cooking or feeding is to take place in the Masjid kitchen or basement. What is the ruling regarding Jamaats eating and cooking in the Masjid? What is the ruling of feeding the awaam (the public) in the Masjid after a program? Please find attached some pictures of the deplorable state of the kitchen.”
(End of the Brother’s lament)
ANSWER AND COMMENT
What the Tabligh Jamaat knows of the Sunnah is scandalously little. For them the ‘sunnah’ is to introduce bid’ah, violate the ahkaam of the Shariah and to flaunt only the beard, turban and kurtah. They are not even conscious of the kabeerah sin of wearing the trousers on and below the ankles.
Regarding the filth and mess described in the Brother’s letter, the following Hadith should be a salubrious lesson:
“Verily, Allah is CLEAN. He loves cleanliness. Therefore clean your afniyah.”
Afniyah is the portion outside, infront of one’s house. This is not one’s private property, yet Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) ordered that even this outside piece of ground should be maintained clean. From this fact it should be easy for genuine Muslims to understand how much more is the need to keep one’s home clean, and how much more is it necessary to keep the Musaajid clean, and how much more important it is to keep the physical body and the heart clean. The heart has to be purified from all the filth, especially the type of filth which has induced the two Tabligh Jamaat factions to wage shaitaani ‘jihad’ against one other.
The nauseating filth and mess described in the letter is an adequate and a vivid commentary of the filth – moral and spiritual filth – in the hearts of these people who flaunt their so-called ‘sunnah’, and who vociferously proclaim their slogan of ‘yaqeen’, and proudly believe that they are correctly in the ‘path of Allah’. When they are ignorant of the very basics of Tahaarat, what can they ever understand of Yaqeen and the Path of Allah?
The mess in the Musjid reveals what goes on in their brains and hearts. The disgorgement of physical filth mirrors the filth in the heart. A sure sign of their deviation and total lack of Deeni understanding will be the animosity which they will now display for the Brother who has reported this haraam episode of filth and mess.
They have absolutely no regard for Allah’s bounty of food. They do not have the haziest idea of Nazaafat (Cleanliness) and Tahaarat hence they left the Musjid premises in such a shaitaani mess. Shaitaan loves filth and mess. Thus they were pleasing the devil with their sin of messing the Musjid’s premises.
The Trustees acted correctly. They should not permit the Jamaats to eat and feed in the Musjid premises. They are too filthy, and they do not have the faintest idea of Islam’s concept of cleanliness – purity of body and heart.
The Musjid is not a venue for merrymaking. Feeding the public in the Musjid is haraam. The Tablighis have transformed their programmes into wedding-type merrymaking. After their programmes they resort to gluttony and indulge in raucous conduct. They have no regard and no respect for the House of Allah Ta’ala. They laugh loudly inside the Musjid proper, and engage in handshaking, embracing and light, stupid banter. The Musjid is not a place for such nonsense.
The Jamaats are notorious for conversation inside the Musjid. We are not referring to bayaans. They engage in conversation which effaces their good deeds. Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said:
“Conversation inside the Musjid consumes good deeds just as cattle consume grass.”
They should not meet people, shake hands and embrace inside the Musjid. Such acts should be practised outside the Musjid. At times their loud talk in the Musjid is a cacophony of noises. The Tabligh Jamaat has indeed degenerated into an extremely noxious cesspool of inequity physically, morally and spiritually, hence their shaitaani ‘jihad’ to eliminate each other – to eliminate whoever does not subscribe to their ghulu’ (haraam bigotry).