Fatawa of the scholars on the Jamaa'at Tablegh
Fatwa 1. Shaykh Ibn Baaz (may Allaah have mercy on him) was asked the following question:
Q. I went out with the Tableeghi Jamaa‘at to India and Pakistan. We used to gather and pray in mosques in which there are graves, and I heard that prayers offered in mosques in which there are graves are invalid. What is your opinion on my prayers, and should I repeat them? What is the ruling on going out with them to these places?
A. He replied:
The Tableeghi Jama‘ah does not have a clear idea on matters of …aqeedah, so it is not permissible for anyone to go out with them apart from the one who has knowledge and understanding of the correct …aqeedah followed by Ahl al-Sunnah wa‘l-Jamaa‘ah, so that he can teach them, advise them and cooperate with them for good purposes, because they are very active, but they need more knowledge and they need scholars who know about Tawheed and the Sunnah to teach them. May Allaah help us all to understand His religion properly and adhere to it steadfastly—
Majmoo‘ Fataawa al-Shaykh Ibn Baaz, 8/331
Fatwa 2. Shaykh Ibn Baaz (may Allaah have mercy on him) was asked:
Q. We are living in the desert. Some of us have settled here and some are working to earn a halaal income. A group from the Tableeghi Jama‘at came to us, some of whom we know personally and are sure that their intentions are sincere, but they are not scholars; and some of them are scholars who call us to go out to the villages around us, and say that we should spend so many days or weeks or months doing that. We have not seen anything wrong with the dhikr circles that they hold. Is it permissible to listen to them or to go out with them to the neighbouring villages or outside the Kingdom (Saudi Arabia)?
A. He replied:
If the people mentioned are known to have sound …aqeedah and knowledge and to be virtuous and good people, then there is nothing wrong with cooperating with them in calling people to Allaah and teaching and advising them, because Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):
’Help you one another in Al‑Birr and At‑Taqwa (virtue, righteousness and piety)“
And the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: ’Whoever guides others to do something good, he will have a reward like that of the one who does it.“
May Allaah guide us all.
Majmoo‘ Fataawa al-Shaykh, 9/307
Fatwa 3. Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan said:
Going out for the sake of Allaah does not refer to the kind of going out that they mean nowadays. Going out for the sake of Allaah means going out to fight. What they call going out nowadays is a bid‘ah (innovation) that was not narrated from the salaf.
Going out to call people to Allaah cannot be limited to a certain number of days, rather one should call people to Allaah according to one's abilities, without limiting that to a group or to forty days or more or less than that.
Similarly the daa‘iyah must have knowledge. It is not permissible for a person to call people to Allaah when he is ignorant. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):
’Say (O Muhammad): This is my way; I invite unto Allaah (i.e. to the Oneness of Allaah ” Islamic Monotheism) with sure knowledge“
i.e., with knowledge, because the caller must know that to which he calls people, what is obligatory, mustahabb, haraam and makrooh. He has to know what shirk, sin, kufr, immorality and disobedience are; he has to know the degrees of denouncing evil and how to do it.
The kind of going out that distracts people from seeking knowledge is wrong, because seeking knowledge is an obligation, and it can only be achieved by learning, not by inspiration. This is one of the misguided Sufi myths, because action without knowledge is misguidance, and hoping to acquire knowledge without learning is an illusion.
From Thalaath Mihaadaraat fi‘l-…Ilm wa‘l-Da‘wah.
Fatwa 4. Shaykh Ibn …Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him) was asked about that and he said:
Usually in every issue there are two extremes and a middle way. Some people praise this group a great deal and encourage going out with them; others condemn them a great deal and warn against them more than they would warn you about a lion. And some people tread a middle path between those two extremes.
I think that there is some good in this group; they call others to Islam and have a clear influence that no other daa‘iyahs have had. How many kaafirs have become believers at their hands, and how many evildoers has Allaah guided through them?
Moreover they have an attitude of humility and selflessness that is not found in many others.
Some people say that they have no knowledge of hadeeth, and so on.
They are undoubtedly good people, but I think that those of them who are in Saudi do not go to Pakistan or other countries, and we do not know anything about the …aqeedah of those people (in other countries) or their manhaj (methodology). But there is nothing wrong with the manhaj followed by our companions here in Saudi.
With regard to limiting da‘wah to three or four days, or to two or four or six months, or two years, there is no shar‘i evidence for that. But they think that this has to do with organization. If a person goes out for three days, and knows that he is limited to these three days, he will focus his mind and forget about worldly matters. This is the matter of organization, and is not an act of worship or a matter of sharee‘ah.
I think, may Allaah bless you, that if you have the opportunity to seek knowledge then it is better to do that, because seeking knowledge is good and the people nowadays have a great need for scholars who have knowledge of the Sunnah and who are well-versed in knowledge. If you are not able to seek knowledge, and you go out with them in order to purify yourself, there is nothing wrong with that. There are many people whom Allaah has guided at their hands.
Al-Baab al-Maftooh, no. 10, P. 304.