What follows is a summary of the key points mentioned in Sayyid Salim bin Umar bin Muhammad bin Salim bin Hafizh’s (Habib Umar’s son) recent visit to Bangladesh where he partook in the annual Tabligh Jamat ijtima. It is one of the clearest examples of Dar al Mustafa’s strong links, praise, reliance and appreciation of Tablighi Jamat.
Delivered Thursday 7th February after Salat Az-Zuhr to the students of Dar al Mustafa:
He travelled to Bangladesh with Jamat memebers from Yemen’s city port Hudayda. The group was headed by one 95+ year old Muhammad Abdul Wahabb who had spent 6 years from the end of Muhammad Ilyas Kandahlavi’s (notorious founder of Tabligh Jamat) life with him.
Sayyid Salim mentioned that in Tariqa the Jamat is mostly Qadiri, that they are people of Tariqa and are Ahl as Sunnah wal Jama’ah, but hide their outward links with Tasawuff so as to be accessible to all.
He then mentioned that Kandahlavi wrote Hayatus Sahaba and Sayyid Salim’s grandfather (Al-Habib Muhammad bin Salim bin Hafiz rahmatullah alayh) wrote the chapter headings and arranged the chapters in the book and that the Tabligh still have a copy mentioning this to this day.
His grandfather spent 7 months in Nizam ud Din, the world headquarters of Tabligh in India as well as visiting Pakistan and Bangladesh.
That letters of correspondence between his grandfather and Kandahlavi are still kept by them.
He mentioned that the ijtima is 3 days and centres on building Iman, Ikhlas nearness to Allah and D’awa
550 Jamats left Hudayda and 200,000
left Bangladesh too various parts of the world after the Ijtima.
That 7 million people normally attend, but due to rain this year it was a 2 day event with 3 million
He attended that Majlis as Shura with the grandson of Yusuf Kandahlavi and that it is a gathering based on the Sunnah.
That he came across 5 Indonesian Dar al Mustafa graduates at the Ijtima.
All types of people attend Shiah, Sufi, Takfiri and no ikhtilaf is discussed. People go out on tabligh and over time become rectified.
That his father, Habib Umar attened 13 years ago and that before Sayyid Salim left for Bangladesh his father told him to look at the systematic layout of the ijtima and notice how it organisationally resembles the Hajj of the past.
He then mentioned that Kandahlavi founded the Tabligh to revive the Muslim Ummah.
That people from all across the world attend with various of knowledge from laymen to Muftis.
That he was asked to speak to the Arab delegates on the second day and spoke to them about the need for D’awah and avoiding differences.
He said that Bangladesh is mostly Ahl as Sunnah wal Jamah but there now Salafis and Takfiris there also.
At the end of the gathering he mentioned how the Dar al Mustafa graduates he met seemed unable to transfer the manhaj they had learnt in the Dar into practical teaching. Many students could not even convey and explain basic concepts such as Qurb ilAllah and Akhlaqaue norcan they explain the Ba Alawi Tariqa and seem to know little about it.
That students need to be more aware of other sufi orders amd groups in their areas and how to deal with them.
He was asked what are the benefits of Tablighs 6 points to which he replied it is a Manhaj of Ahl as Sunnah like the Ba Alawiyya emphasising Ilm Suluk D’awah Wala and Amal.