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Al-Jamāʿah al-Tabligh’s False Notion of Jihād

Shaykh Hammūd Al-Tuwayjirī

A quick comparison of the innovated ṣufī concept of jihād in comparison with the belief of Ahl al-Sunnah.

Know that supporting the Tablīgiīn is a mistake for it is also supporting all of the falsehood they espouse. As for the [support] they have received from the general populace and from those who ascribe themselves to knowledge, the reason for it is only trickery by the Tablīgiīn such that people think good of them. They confuse and disorient people with their apparent speech and veiled falsehood that going out with them [for forty days] and being on their path is from jihād in the way of Allāh.

The Tablīgiīn are from among the most bankrupt people from this prescribed jihād. They only attempt to erroneously attach themselves to this name [of jihād], but they lack its true essence and reality.

Al-Shaykh Hammūd Al-Tuwayjirī

They [the ones who follow them] know not that they are the furthest from the jihād performed by the Messenger of Allāh [may the peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him] and his companions and the ones who followed them in goodness. Their jihād consisted of calling to tawḥīd, and directing all forms of worship to Allāh in sincerity, and forbidding shirk and anything that comes close to it from speech and actions, and forbidding bidʿah, acts of incongruency, and all objectionable things. This is true jihād.

The Tablīgiīn are from among the most bankrupt people from this prescribed jihād. They only attempt to erroneously attach themselves to this name [of jihād], but they lack its true essence and reality. It is like a mirage in a lowland which a thirsty one thinks is water until, when he comes to it, he finds it is nothing. The end goal of all of their jihād is mentioned by Ustādh Sayf al-Raḥmān ibn Aḥmad: ‘They slowly attract people with undisturbed constitutions increasingly deeper through postulating names like tawḥīd, dīn, asceticism and ignoring luxury, piety, deliverance of the message, taqwá, and loving the righteous. [In order to misguide people towards] glorifying their leaders, acts of innovation, nonsensical activities, ignorance and blind imitation. This path of blindness finally leads to the net of sufism and having faith in pointless tasks, relating stories to one another, having love for ignorance and the people of ignorance and favouring them over the [true] scholars of the Muslims, and fighting against knowledge and its people. This is the true reality and result of the Tablīgiīn.

There can be no good in such a group, or in being among them or going out with them. For what possible good can come from a people who do not know tawḥīd al-ulūhiyyah [Allāh’s oneness in worship], neither do they recognise the need to disbelieve in ṭāghūt [that which is the recipient of any form of worship besides Allāh], neither do they forbid that which is objectionable. They openly declare enmity towards the leaders of knowledge and guidance from the people of tawḥīd and firm supporters of the sunnah especially Shaykh al-islām Ibn Taymiyyah, Ibn al-Qayyim, and Muḥammad ibn ʿAbd al-Wahhāb. They oppose their books that comprise tawḥīd and calling people towards it. [These books call] to direct all forms of worship sincerely to Allāh, and forbidding shirk and what leads to it, and forbidding bidʿah, falsehood, and all forms of misguidance and evil.

Source: Al-Qawl al-Balīgh: 26-27
Translated by: Riyāḍ al-Kanadī

Published: March 1, 2022
Edited: February 3, 2023


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