Maryam Hamidah bt Zulkifli
Applying The Six Doctrines of Jamaat al-Tabligh In Our Daily Life
Jama'at al-Tabligh was proposed by a great Islamic scholar, Mawlana Muhammad Ilyas Al-Kandhalawi. He was born in 1885 in a small town in United Province of India in a family of religious scholar. He was educated in Deoband. And this movement was formed in order to treat the society's illness at that time. This Islamic movement was founded in the late of 1920s and spread throughout all the places like Southwest, Europe, Africa, North Africa, and France.
The interesting part in this Islamic movement is their six basic teaching or principles. And I am strongly believe that this six principles are still relevant to be applied in our daily life, even though we are not involve in this particular movement.
The first principle is firm belief in the kalimah (shahadat).
"Asyhadu an laa ilaha illa Allah, wa asyhadu anna muhammadar Rasulullah"
This is our creed as a Muslim. It is like an oath. When we agreed with this creed, then automatically we become a Muslim. In this creed, we do believe that God is One, which is Allah the only one. Then we do believe that Muhammad p.b.u.h is the last messenger that conveys the messages from Allah s.w.t. Believing this creed means we are obligated to perform Allah's commandments; do the commands and avoid the prohibitions that was stated in Al-Quran. Allah did mentioned this matter in His book;(20:14), (21:25).
The second principle is concentration and devotion in prayer (salat).
Basically, the five times prayer will build our inner and outward manners. In order to become a good Muslim, we have to perform this five times prayers. According to scientific investigation that was done by Hazem Doufesh of the University of Malaya’s Department of Biomedical Engineering, this prayer could encourages the alpha waves in our brain. Other than that, the postures prayer also give effects on psychology.
Allah did mentioned the importance of prayers in Al-Quran; (29:45), (23;1-2).
The third principle is Al-ilm (knowledge) and dhikr (remembrance).
Ilm obviously enable us to differentiate between the permissible (halal) and the impermissible (haram), while dhikr will build the close relationship(taqarrub) to Allah.
"And such similitudes, We strike them for [the sake of] mankind; but none understands them, except those who know." (Quran, 29:43)
And even we are encouraged to practice this du'a, which are also recommended in Al-Quran itself;
"Say, "My Lord, increase me in knowledge" (20:114).
The fourth principle is honoring other Muslims (ikram al-muslimin).
This point indicates that we have to respect, honor and love towards other Muslims as these are the teaching from Islam.
"And do not turn your cheek disdainfully from people and do not walk upon the earth exultantly. Truly God does not like any swaggering braggart. And be modest in your bearing and lower your voice; indeed the most hideous of voices is the donkey's voice." (Quran, 31:18-19)
The fifth one is sincerity (ekhlas).
Sincerity is closely regarding with the matter of intention. This kind of sincerity should be interpreted in two ways which are, dealing with Allah (ibadat) and dealing with another creations (muamalat); either before, during and after every act.
As stated in this hadith;
"'Umar al-Khattab narrated that the Prophet (PBUH) said: Deeds are [a result] only of the intentions [of the actor], and an individual is [rewarded] only according to that which he intends. Therefore, whosoever has emigrated for the sake of Allah and His messenger, then his emigration was for Allah and His messenger. Whosoever emigrated for the sake of worldly gain, or a woman [whom he desires] to marry, then his emigration is for the sake of that which [moved him] to emigrate."(Al- Bukhari and Muslim)
Clearly, intention is very crucial in every deeds that we are doing. The aim of our deeds is must be only to get blessing from Allah s.w.t.
And the last one is invitation(da'wah) and conveyance(tabligh).
As a Muslim, we are obligated with the responsibility to do da'wah since this work are also done by our Prophet p.b.u.h and it must be continued by the next generation. As Alla s.w.t mentioned in Al-Quran;
"And remind for reminding truly benefits believers."
Conclusion: These six teaching truly teach us that the inner manner will manifest our ethics (akhlaq). Do practice those six points and may we get blessing from Almighty Allah (s.w.t). In-Sha Allah.