Shaykh Ali Umar Yaqoub Abbasi, the head Imam and Khateeb of Bait ul-Muqaddas [Masjid al-Aqsa, Palestine] is recently reported to have said,
“Deen has spread throughout the world through Dawah and Tabligh. Because of it, we are Muslims today. Deen will prevail till Tabligh prevails and will go away if Tabligh is stopped. That is why we have to participate in the effort of Tabligh.”
He said these in front of a huge audience at the Naya Sharak Masjid of the city (Sylhet) after Fajr salah.
The Shaykh further said,
“The Prophet (Peace be upon him) turned the Sahabah (May Allah be pleased with them) into golden people through Dawah and Tabligh. Compared to Arab, more Aulia, Abdals and Scholars emerged outside Arabia because of the effort of Dawah and Tabligh by the Sahabah (May Allah be pleased with them). Imam Bukhari (May Allah have mercy on him) was not from the Arab, rather from Russia. Imam Abu Hanifa (May Allah have mercy on him) was not from Saudi Arabia, rather from Iraq. There are many such examples.”
He mentioned that he himself came to Nizamuddin, New Delhi, India in 1998 and spent 4 months in the effort of Dawah.
“I have come to Tongi Ijtema (Bangladesh) and have spent time in Pakistan”, he added.
“You may ask what have I got (in this) being the Imam of Masjid al Aqsa. I have obtained the highest degree in Arabic, yet, I would say that my knowledge has increased, my Amal [Actually practicing upon the commands of Allah] has increased, my character has improved through chilla.”
He said to the audience,
“I am not telling you to go for 4 months at this very moment, rather I would advise you to join the effort of Dawah that goes on at every Masjid: The Gusht, Mashwara and Ta’lim”. Your heart will soften, the light of Iman will enter (into your heart), your fate will change (inshaAllah).”
At Madrassa Darus Salam, the Shaykh said,
“It is Allah’s promise that the infidels shall not be able to extinguish the light of Islam, no matter how hard they try. No matter how staunchly they oppose the Prophet (Peace be upon him), His name and example will prevail throughout the world. Deen will prevail through the Islamic schools like Jamia Madinatul Uloom Darus Salam. Otherwise, ignorance will spread. That is why it is our duty to try so that such institutions exist”.
He said this as the chief guest at a huge ‘Dua Mahfil’ [Prayer congregation] on Saturday at the Jamia Madinatul Ulum Darus Salam, Khasdobir, Bangladesh.
Among others, Maulana Shaykh Abdul Haq (Shaykh of Banarai), Hafiz Maulana Zillur Rahman, Maulana Farid Ahmed Khan, Maulana Sayyid Shamim Ahmad, Maulana Sirajul Islam, Maulana Ghazi Rahmat Ullah, Alhaj Israfil Mia (the president of the executive committee of the Jamia), Maulana Nasir Uddin, Maulana Mukhtar Ahmad, Maulana Niyamat Ullah were present and delivered lectures, where-as Mufti Wali ur Rahman, the Mohtamim [Principal], was the president and Maulana Muhammad Zakariyya presented the program. Maulana Abdul Khaliq read out a letter in honor of the Shaykh on behalf of the teachers of the Jamia.
From The Daily Sylheter Dak – 09/Dec/2012.