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Issues of Criticism Concerning al-Jamāʿah al-Tablīgh

Al-ʿAllāmah Muqbil ibn Hādī al-Wādiʿī

A list of ten points which Jamāʿat al-Tablīgh — a group whose call is built upon innovations — can be criticized.

You will find many innovations amongst them. Rather, their daʿwah (call) is built upon innovations.

Al-ʿAllāmah Muqbil ibn Hādī al-Wādiʿī

So as for Jamāʿat al-Tablīgh, then in front of you is what the noble brother, Muḥammad Ibn ʿAbd al-Wahhāb al-Waṣṣābī – may Allāh preserve him – has written.  So he said,

[1]: They act upon weak aḥādīth.  Rather, they act upon fabricated aḥādīthand those that have no basis.

[2]: You will find many innovations amongst them.  Rather, their daʿwah (call) is built upon innovations.  The backbone of their call is khurūj (going out) with a limit of three days in a week, four months in a year, and four months (at least) in a lifetime.  And they have two excursions (jawlah) every week: one to the mosque that is prayed in, and the other is a roaming excursion.  And they have two study circles every day: a circle in the mosque that is prayed in, and one circle at a house.  So they will not be pleased with a person until he adheres to this.  There is no doubt that this is an innovation in the Religion for which Allāh has sent down no authority.

[3]: They feel that the call to Tawḥīd causes conflict for the Ummah.

[4]: They feel that the call to the Sunnah causes conflict for the Ummah.

[5]: Their leader says sternly, ‘An innovation that gathers the people together is better than a Sunnah which divides the people.’

[6]: They have enmity towards Ahl al-Sunnah.

[7]: They indirectly and directly deprive the people of beneficial knowledge.

[8]: They feel that there is no salvation for the people, except through their path, and they strike a parable stating that this (their call) is like the Ark of Nūḥ; whosoever boards it is saved and whosoever does not, is destroyed.  And they say, ‘Our daʿwah is like the Ark of Nūḥ.’  Indeed, I have heard the likes of this from them in Jordan and Yemen.

[9]: They do not give importance to Tawḥīd al-Ulūhiyyah (Oneness of Allāh in Divinity) and Tawḥīd al-Asmāʾ wa-al-Ṣifāt (Oneness of Allāh in His Names and Attributes).

[10]: Verily they do not prepare for seeking knowledge.  They feel that the time spent in search of knowledge is a waste.  And they possess other than what has been mentioned.


[1] Taken from Tarjumah Abī ’Abdur-Raḥmān Muqbil Ibn Hādī al-Wādiʿī (p. 137-138) of Shaykh Muqbil.
Translated by Maaz Qureshi

Published: June 15, 2007
Edited: December 15, 2022


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