In the past I have written a few booklets on Tablighi topics and, completely against expectations the response to these booklets have been so encouraging that I have been so surprised that many friends have found .them to be beneficial. In my own humbleness, l never dreamt that so much benefit could have been derived from the words and pen of one who himself is not able to practise all that is preached. The reason for these benefits to others, I can only attribute to the special help of my late uncle Maulana Muhammad Ilyas (May Allah be pleased with him) who has not only become known in every comer of India but all over the Islamic world as well, for his Tablighi missionary activities. Because of the loss of inspiration from him due to his death, I discontinued these series for four years, which should not have been done. The late Maulana encouraged me in his last days to compile two further books in these series.
Firstly he desired a book on the virtues of business dealings and earning ones livelihood. A concise version of this was quickly produced by me for his perusal during his last days. Unfortunately,. as a result of his grave illness, he could not read it. Secondly, he insisted on a book from me on “”Spending in the way of Allah””, For the preparation of this latter booklet, Maulana time and again reminded me. I remember once when we were about to join salaat behind an Imam after takbeer just before salaat had started, he said to me: “”Do not forget the book.”” In spite of that, no chance has yet presented itself for writing of such a book. (This book has now been published under the title of Fadhaa’il-e-Sadaqaat in two parts.) And whenever anybody reminded me of these works, my own inability and incompetence overcame MC which prevented me to commence it. Often, when thinking of my late uncle, I had tried to commence the work, but for some reason or other it just did not materialize.
Then missionary work my late uncle has been ably taken over by his son Maulana Yousuf, who being filled with the same desire to let Islam Shine once more, had visited the Holy Land solely for the purpose of commencing the Tablighi activity in Hijaz from where Islam originally shone forth. His father too, insisted on this holding the view that when this movement takes root there, among the children of the people who originally spread it, much can be achieved. During his two campaigns in Hijaz, Maulana Yousuf noticed that a vast number of the pilgrims who gather there annually are well high completely unacquainted with the virtues and aadaab of haj. They seem to be unaware of the vast blessing of this great form of worship with the result not return home with the feelings, the inspiration and enthusiasm for righteousness with which they should have returns. For this reason Maulana Yousuf insisted from me that a booklet with ahaadith and explanation on haj should be compiled to be put before the Umm ah so that intending haajis should set forth for haj prepared with the proper enthusiasm for those special spiritual inspiration as are required by them. It is hoped that when the proper condition for haj is created within the heart of the hajee, he shall have the desire to carry out the functions of the Deen more diligently. Further, when more and more such people performing haj in proper fashion are present, their intermingling with the Arabs will surely encourage the Arabs to have serious thoughts about Islam and working for Islam.
Maulana Yousuf had for two years been advising me ore the need for such a book, but in spite Of my promises nothing had materialized. When Allah desires something to be aCComplished, He also prepares the Way for it from His own side.
Thus it has been my habit annually since the demise of Maulana Ilyaas (May Allah have mercy on him) to spend the month of Ramadhan from the 29th Sha’baah to the 2nd Shawwaal in Nizamuddin, returning (to Saharanpur) on the 2nd Shawwaal. Having had to remain in Nizamuddin for some necessary work until after Eid this year, Maulana Yousuf had another chance to remind me of the booklet on had and its virtues when on the night of Eid, the time dawned for the loved ones to gather at the door of the Beloved (i.e. when the season of had commenced) my longing to be the Holy House in MeCCa also became most intense. This usually happens to me annually from the dawn of Shawwaal to the month of Zul Hijja. At such a time here in Nlzamuddin on Wednesday the 3rd of Shawwaal 1366, l thus commenced this work for Allah’s sake with full reliance on Him.
VIRTUES OF HAJ (PB)
It is highly admired when intending pilgrims attend haj classes before going to the pilgrimage. However, while pilgrims are informed about the various Masaa’il of Haj, not much is said about the Fadhaa’il of haj, and this is what is lacking these days. It is hoped that the haj class teachers will make special efforts to recite and explain the contents of this booklet to intending Hajis before their departure. Haj Maqbool.
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M. Muhammad Zakariya
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