Tablighi Braais for youngsters

Question ID: 20661


Our respected Tablighi brothers hold braais for youngsters. The claim is that they wish to bring youngsters closer to Deen by using the opportunity to tashkeel them to go in Jamat. By winning their hearts through ikram it is hoped that they will get closer to the brothers involved in Tabligh.

The intention is noble but there is very little practical evidence that when the braai does happen that any talk of Deen takes place on an individual level; hence the ikram aspect is satisfied but the ulterior purpose is not.

The ikram alone may win their hearts but there is no tangible proof that this is the case.

Furthermore, when large numbers gather together for such an event, then Salah is performed in Jamat at the location of the braai, though the Masjid is normally nearby. Is it not correct that Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam mentioned to the nearest effect that if one wishes to meet Allah as a Muslim on the Day of Judgement, he should perform his Salaah at a place where the Adhaan is called out, viz a Masjid?

Therefore the question is if the elders that organise such braais do not perform Salah in the Masjid, what effect will their dawat of khayr have on the youngsters?

In addition, when large gatherings such as these take place, the merrymaking results in futile talk and insinuations that could be construed as backbiting, but these insinuations are so cleverly worded that the perpetrator can always deny they were backbiting. They may fool the people with their technicalities or alleged ignorance, but they cannot fool Allah.

The dining at such braais takes place on tables in contravention of the Sunnah. What khayr can there be in such dining? The Tablighi brothers state that complete success lies in Sunnah but if they are unable to practice on a Sunnah in a supposedly conducive environment, how will they uphold it in the environment of kuffar?

The daily Gusht which is regarded as an important Amal is missed because of the feasting and the rationale given is that we, through this braai, are uniting and winning the hearts of the brothers. It would be unsurprising (based on anecdotal evidence) if those coming for the braai have no intention other than to have a good meal, after which the majority of them are not seen until the next braai.

It is however unfortunate that promotion of nahi anil munkur to the elders of Tabligh is met with a bout of indigestion and a resultant accusation that the person identifying the wrong is lacking hikmah. Most of these brothers don’t know that hikmah can and does include harshness, particularly if one is counted as an elder or poorana in the work.

Such is the rot that has set in, the question arises, has the time come to isolate oneself because if this is the condition of deendar persons, what hope is there?

Our example is Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam & Sahabah Radiallahu Anhum. If Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam and his companions did invite people for food to win their hearts and bring them to Deen, then please advise precisely as to the methodology that was used and how today one could organise a Shari’ah compliant meal for the youth?

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Asked on July 11, 2016 3:30 pm
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This event that you mention definitely must have taken place without the proper Mashwarah of the senior responsible members of the Tabligh Jamaat.

This braai, firstly should take place after a.) Salaat with Jamaat and b.) after the local Ghust.
Better still, the youngsters invited should be encouraged to make the local Ghust and told to perform the Salaat with Jamaat, then attend the braai.

The braai must have only ‘halaal’ meat, otherwise it is a sheer waste of time.

Also while intermingling, the purpose of the braai – to encourage these youth to go out in the path of Allaah – must be constantly discussed.

There is no problem in light talk but there must be no contravention of the Shariat, for this is supposed to be a purely Deeni activity.

In the time of Nabi (S.A.W), in the evenings, they used to gather at Darul Arkam and Nabi (S.A.W) would give Daaawat and advices.

He used to tell Hadhrat Ali (R.A) to prepare a meal.

Thus, without show, pomp, publicity and lavishness small events can take place.

But remember as per the advices of Moulana Ilyas (A.R) that no speech is complete without ‘Tashkeel’ (calling for going out), so such events, if they are devoid of ‘Tashkeel’, it will be just having a meal and pure socialising.

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Answered on July 18, 2016 1:18 pm