Jamaa’at al-Tableegh – pros and cons

Praise be to Allaah.



al-Tableegh” is one of the groups that are working for Islam. Their efforts in

calling people to Allaah (da’wah) cannot be denied. But like many other groups

they make some mistakes, and some points should be noted concerning them. These

points may be summed up as follows, noting that these mistakes may vary within

this group, depending on the environment and society in which they find

themselves. In societies in which knowledge and scholars are prevalent and the

madhhab of Ahl al-Sunnah wa’l-Jamaa’ah is widespread, the mistakes are much

less; in other societies these mistakes may be greater. Some of their mistakes are: 


– Not adopting the ‘aqeedah of Ahl al-Sunnah wa’l-Jamaa’ah. This is clearly

seen from the variations in the ‘aqeedah of some of their members and even of

some of their leaders. 


– Their not paying attention to shar’i knowledge. 


– Their misinterpretation of some Qur’aanic verses in a manner that was not

intended by Allaah. For example they interpret the verses on jihad as referring

to “going out for da’wah”. The verses which mentioned the word khurooj (going

out) etc. are interpreted by them as meaning going out for da’wah. 


– They make their system of going out for da’wah an act of worship. So they

started to misquote the Qur’aan to support their system which specifies certain

numbers of days and months. This system, which they think is based on evidence

from Qur’aan, is widespread among them in all countries and environments.



– They do some things that go against sharee’ah, such as appointing one of them

to make du’aa’ for them whilst the group goes out for da’wah, and they think

that their success or failure depends on whether or not this man was sincere

and his du’aa’ accepted. 


– Da’eef (weak) and mawdoo’ (fabricated) ahaadeeth are widespread among them,

and this is not befitting for those who aim to call people to Allaah. 


– They do not speak of munkaraat (evil things), thinking that enjoining what is

good is sufficient. Hence we find that they do not speak about evils that are

widespread among the people, even though the slogan of this ummah – which they

continually repeat – is: 


there arise out of you a group of people inviting to all that is good (Islam),

enjoining Al-Ma‘roof (i.e. Islamic Monotheism and all that Islam orders one to

do) and forbidding Al-Munkar (polytheism and disbelief and all that Islam has

forbidden). And it is they who are the successful” 


‘Imraan 3:104 – interpretation of the meaning] 

The successful are those who enjoin

what is good and forbid what is evil, not just those who do only one of the



– Some of them fall into self-admiration and arrogance, which leads them to

look down on others, and even to look down on the scholars and describe them as

inactive and sleeping, or to show off. So you find them talking about how they

went out and travelled, and they saw such and such, which leads to unfavourable

results, as we have mentioned. 


– They regard going out for da’wah as better than many acts of worship such as

jihad and seeking knowledge, even though those things are obligatory duties, or

may be obligatory for some people but not others. 


– Some of them audaciously issue fatwas, and discuss tafseer and hadeeth. That

is because they allow each one of them to address the people and explain to

them. This leads to them speak audaciously on matters of sharee’ah. So the

inevitably speak of the meaning of a ruling, hadeeth or verse when they have

not read anything about it, or listened to any of the scholars. And some of

them are new Muslims or have only recently come back to Islam. 


Some of them are negligent with regard to the rights of their children and

wives. We have discussed the seriousness of this matter in the answer to

question no. 3043. 


the scholars do not allow people to go out with them, except for those who want

to help them and correct the mistakes that they have fallen into. 


should not keep the people away from them altogether, rather we must try to

correct their mistakes and advise them so that their efforts will continue and

they will be correct according to the Qur’aan and Sunnah. 


follow the fatwas of some of the scholars concerning Jamaa’at



– Shaykh ‘Abd al-‘Azeez ibn Baaz said: 


al-Tableegh do not have proper understanding of the issues of ‘aqeedah, so it

is not permissible to go out with them, except for one who has knowledge and

understanding of the correct ‘aqeedah of Ahl al-Sunnah wa’l-Jamaa’ah, so that

he can guide them and advise them, and cooperate with them in doing good,

because they are very active, but they need more knowledge and someone who can

guide them of those who have knowledge of Tawheed and the Sunnah. May Allaah

bless us all with proper understanding of Islam and make us steadfast in

adhering to it. 


Fataawa al-Shaykh Ibn Baaz,




– 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. 


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. 


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



(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


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



Thalaath Mihaadaraat fi’l-‘Ilm wa’l-Da’wah. 


Allaah knows best. 


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