I wrote a blog few months back asking few questions from Moulana Tariq Jameel – an eminent religious figure – titled “May I dare ask few questions from Moulana Tariq Jameel”. The response I received was a mixed reaction including both criticism and appreciation. I gathered that there arose few misconceptions regarding the take of this topic. Considering the sensitivity of the subject I thought to clear the ambiguities and reply to the questions that were repeatedly asked.
Firstly, the title of the blog gave heads-up to a lot of readers that the blog has an intention to criticies Moulana Tariq Jameel or is written as a hate speech against him. I must tell that I am a frequent listener of his sermons and by all means respect and regard his work and scholarly efforts. Also, not through a single verse of my blog I tried to prove that Tableegh should be replaced by politics. I am a firm believer that societies are constructed on moral values and love for humanity for which Islam practiced the tool of Tableegh, through which the real essence of Islamic teachings can be inculcated among the people. Considering the case of Pakistan it could be analysed that during the course of time in which Tableegh have spread and penetrated in the grassroots level the result that was expected didn’t actually appear and the graph of morality smoothly declined. Crime rate has gone up, public unrest has multiplied and the political system has deteriorated. This doesn’t suggest that Tableegh as a tool failed to serve the purpose but subject needs a deep analysis of the entire case. To my understanding of the case, I found that the reason why the desired results weren’t obtained was because of our common narrative that keeps religion and politics aside. One should not forget that politics is a segment of Deen like tableegh. Separating the two or practicing a single in isolation impacts the effectiveness of both. That’s the core point that explains why unfortunately the regions with maximum Tableeghi network didn’t improve as a society as expected.
Politics is a heritage of Prophets and Holy Prophet (s.a.w) himself is a role model as a politician, whose life if viewed through this lens, tells that He (s.a.w) kept Tableegh as a continuous factor throughout his life through which He (s.a.w) taught people about their rights to live freely according the commandments of Allah and not to surrender to any unjust rule. His movement of social awareness and struggle against injustice was a pivotal part of His tableeghi mission. He (s.a.w) led through the expeditions as a part of the struggle to replace the corrupt system with the one that Islam brought. The struggle continued until Makkah was conquered and the system was placed instead of the status-quo that prevailed for centuries. The practice of Sharia Laws made society a real depiction of the character that Tableegh aims to build in oneself. The expeditions that were made afterwards during the times of caliphates would not have been possible if Makkah was not conquered. This reveals that we have partially adopted the purpose of Tableegh by focusing to mount up personal deeds and not caring for the world around. Tableegh have been attributed apolitical which have done a lot to damage the result ratio that was expected out of it.
I respect the viewpoint that he should be encouraged to keep the momentum of Tableegh so that good values multiply in our society and that his responsibility in the specific sphere must not be brought under criticism because he is doing a great work in his capacity. I have a basic theory of correlating every bit of our society in a single knot. I firmly believe that there is a link of each step which any individual takes with the overall view of any society and that there is a need to keep one moderate according to the change in the external environment. Constructing my arguments on this basis I really find it hard to grasp the concept of isolating any particular field of life from the other and especially when it comes to a religion like Islam which is a “complete code of life” but we find this easy to pick a single tool and restrict ourselves to that. Adding to my arguments to defend that isolation is not a wise option, one must not forget the common story each one of us has heard about those who were destroyed by Allah as a penalty for not struggling to improve the societal conditions and keeping themselves isolated from the majority.
Few of the readers felt that as leaders come from within a society there should not be a blame game and that leaders are a true face of nation. I believe in this fact but the interpretation of it differs in what most of the people think. It should be noted that when people find their leaders as not to be a true representation, it is then how social outburst results in movements against those leaders. Revolutions become inevitable where the leaders and the system fails to satisfy public needs. So pacifying the sentiments by believing that the situation is given and one can’t alter in anyway doesn’t provide solution to the problem but instead this mindset strengthens our corrupt leaders.
For those of you who adhere to the fact that merely seeking repentance from Allah is how the system will change and the society will work as a perfect model, how is that going to work when a huge population belongs to other religions not believing what Quran preaches? And mainly to the part of society that doesn’t believe in the existence of Allah? The atheists. How would this convince those to our narrative? It was the reason that I previously quoted George Bernard Shaw’s statement that “You need to make the world honest before you honestly tell your children that honesty is the best policy” but it’s sad how most of the readers criticised “who” instead of “what”. In this criticism they lost the message it had.
The questions that I raised are still there to be answered. Why did Holy Prophet (PBUH) carried out such a long struggle along with tableegh until the Makkah was conquered and the Islamic system was placed in its stead? How does incident of Karbala sets precedence for a fight against the corrupt Yazeedi rule if merely the attribute of praying Istighfa’r would have done it alone with no practical effort alongside it? What argument would completely nullify the revolutions in the history of today’s successful nation that have proved to be the milestones? Does rule of law and a strict accountability not ensure a control on crime and regulation of affair effectively? How do same morally corrupt people perform in accordance with law when they are abroad under strict rule of law? Imagine if the rulers are held accountable by the system at their corruption and are disqualified on their unconstitutional behavior. Then do you think the termite of corruption would shatter the economy the same way? And will rulers dare to continue with their fearless corrupt acts with the same audacity? If the rapist is punished for his/her conduct, will anyone dare repeating the crime knowingly that they’d have to face the circumstances? Will the criminal not fear before committing the crime if he knows that nothing will help him escape the justice?