Question asked by a student to Arif Billah Hazrat Shaykh Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar Saheb (Damat Barakatuhum)
I am also connected with the tablîghî jamâ‘at. Some friends are telling me that I have placed my feet on two ships. In other words, tasawwuf and jamâ‘at cannot go together. Is this correct? What should I do?
Those who say this are immature. They are not two ships but one. Tablîgh is a branch of Dîn, the places where the Qur’ân is taught is a branch of Dîn, the madâris is a branch of Dîn, the khânqâh for the purpose of purification is a branch of Dîn. The proof for this is the following verse:
“Reciting to them His verses, purifying them, and teaching them the Book and wisdom.”
How, then, can they be two ships? If they were two ships, why did the founder of the tablîghî jamâ‘at, Hadrat Maulânâ Ilyâs Sâhib rahimahullâh, remain in the service of Hadrat Maulânâ Khalîl Ahmad Sahâranpûrî rahimahullâh for thirty years and live a khânqâh life? Why did he frequent the khânqâhs after spending forty days in tablîgh? Every department of Dîn is ours, they are all important, and they are all one. They therefore belong to one ship. Do not get caught up in the statements of immature and ignorant people. Be the companions of each other in matters of Dîn and do not be different groups.
By providing a verified answer to my question about the tablîghî jamâ‘at, you removed all the misgivings which ignorant people created in my mind.