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63rd Int’l Tablighi Ijtima concludes seeking blessings for world peace & unity

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Bhopal: The three-day 63rd edition of “Aalami Tablighi Ijtima” (World Preachers’ Congregation) came to conclusion on Monday afternoon after the mass “Dua” (seeking blessings from the Almighty) with several lakhs of Muslims participating in it from all corners of the world.

The venue of the Ijtima on the outskirts of Bhopal at Ghasipura in Eintkhedi village in the Central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, reverberated with “Ameen” (Amen) continuously during the 40 minutes of the “Dua”. Maulana Sa’ad-ul-Hasan of Nizamuddin Markaz (headquarters), New Delhi, who conducted the “Dua” in a mixture of Arabic, Urdu and Hindi languages, repeatedly pleaded to the Almighty Allah for the Muslim Ummah and humanity at large, which has gone astray, for forgiveness, mercy and guidance. The Maulana urged the Almighty Allah to grant peace and tranquility to humanity in this world and Hereafter. He sought divine blessings for peace, progress and unity of Muslim Ummah and mankind at large.

Squatting on the ground many of the devotees were seen sobbing inconsolably while tears rolled down the cheeks of others during the “Dua” as they chanted “Ameen” in unison after Maulana Sa’ad’s each pleadings while remembering the sins they had committed in their lives by violating His Commandments.

An aura of spirituality prevailed all along the three day Ijtima which reached its peak with mass “Dua” and thereafter devout Muslims in about 750 Jama’ats (groups of 10-15 people) fanned out to the length and breadth of the whole world to spread the message of Islam and the way of life of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) to their co-religionist and exhort them to follow the tenets of Islam in letter and spirit. The devotees were urged to mend their own ways in order to lead by example when they ask their co-religionist to join them in their task of spreading the message of Islam. Out of 750 Jama’ats people in 110 Jama’ats enrolled their names in the path of Allah for three “Chillas” (120 days i.e. four months) while the rest for one “Chilla” to persuade their Muslim brethren to strike a perfect balance between materialism and spirituality in their lives.

It may be pointed out here that a “Chilla” is of 40 days which has great significance as in the development of a child in a woman’s womb changes in the embryo takes place every 40 days till the fully-developed baby is finally born after 9 months of conception. So, inculcating good habits and discarding vices, a practice of minimum 40 days or maximum 120, a multiple of 40, helps man to overcome the shortcomings and become obedient to Almighty Allah. The Jama’ats would sermonize their co-religionists in cities and villages to lead a life as ordained by Allah. They would ask them to follow the five basic tenets of Islam in the true sense of the word.

A special feature of the Ijtima was special arrangements made for deaf and dumb people where 200 of them from all over the country came in Jamaats and are housed separately. The sermons from the main “pandal” were translated to them in sign language.

The walled city wore a deserted look in the morning as local people, who could not spare three days for the Ijtima, made a beeline for Ghasipura in Eintkhedi village to participate in the “Dua”. A sea of humanity converged from all sides and assembled at the venue to have their share of blessings.

It will not be out of place to mention here that in the time of degradation of moral values and all round decay in society the Tablighi Jama’at movement seems to be the only hope to provide succour to the beleaguered humanity, which is in the throes of crisis of all types, to revive the ethos. The movement remains completely oblivious of the happenings in today’s world and stresses on the Oneness of the Almighty while striking a perfect balance between spirituality and materialism with accountability Hereafter. The over stress on materialism is the main cause of all ills pervading the society in today’s world.

Meanwhile, the Indian Railways had also opened reservation counter and arranged extra bogeys in various trains from 27 to 29 December for the Jama’ats, At the Ijtema site medical camps and fire brigade have also been established to meet any emergency there.

Police made special security arrangements for providing safety and security to the Ijtema participants and SAF, RAF and GRP and other companies of armed forces were deployed at the Ijtema site, Railway Station and enroute to Ijtema to ensure peace and security. For security purposes, several watch towers, CCTV Cameras were also erected at various locations at the venue to ensure basic facilities and amenities for the participants.

Atiq-ul-Islam, spokesman and member of the organizing committee, lauded the facilities like water, medical, electricity and security provided by the Madhya Pradesh government during the Ijtima. He has thanked Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, all the agencies including M.P. Govt., PHE, Bhopal Municipal Corporation, MPSRTC, Railways, MP Police, Traffic Police, Zila Panchayat and villagers around Ghasipura and Eintkhedi and others for extending their services to make the Ijtima successful.

Meanwhile, it may be mentioned here that Tablighi Jama’at (Society for spreading faith) is a transnational religious movement which was founded in 1926 by Muhammad Ilyas in India in the Mewat province. The movement primarily aims at Islamic spiritual reformation and awakening to the world Muslims by working at the grass roots level, reaching out to Muslims across all social and economic spectra to bring them closer to the practices of Prophet of Islam Muhammad (PBUH).

Tablighi Jama’at came forth as an offshoot of the Deobandi movement. Its inception is believed to be a response to Hindu revivalist movements, which were considered a threat to vulnerable and non-practicing Muslims. Tabligh Jama’at gradually expanded from local to national to a transnational movement and now has followers in over 150 countries.[4]

Professedly apolitical, this movement asks every Muslim to spend his/her time and money in evangelistic journeys. During these pilgrimages (Usually for a specified period such as 4 months, 40 (called “Chilla”), 10 or 3 days) members of each pilgrimage group (called Jama'ats) will learn the basic tenets of Islam from each other.

Apart from these, a list of desired qualities called “Chhe Number” (six points) are also studied. These are: 1. Belief in the Oneness of God: This is expanded to mean that only God can affect you in good or evil and that material things (Everything other than God) have no real power over you or the universe. It also has the adjunct of belief that the way of life shown by the Prophet Muhammad is the best way to salvation in this world and the Hereafter. 2. Perfection in Religious observances: Usually meaning Namaz (Salah or the daily 5 times prayer). Also interpreted to mean the common religious practices. 3. Acquiring Knowledge and Remembrance of God. 4. Good Behaviour towards Muslims, and Others. Includes respecting ones' elders and showing kindness to somebody younger. 5. Purity of Intention: Meaning that all actions should be solely for the pleasure of God and lastly, 6. Spending ones time and money in the "Path of God", supposedly to acquire these above 5 qualities.

Members of any given Jama'at usually hail from varied backgrounds. Each Jama'at is usually constituted in a village or town Masjid. They decide upon a route and time period of the Journey by Mash'wara or group counselling. Each Jama'at has 5 to 20 members with one leader or “Ameer” who is usually chosen by the members themselves before the actual journey. They usually camp in Masjids (Mosques) along the way, and preach to the people who attend the Mosque. During the day, members of the Jama'at roam the markets of the town or village they have camped in and exhort the people to lead a pure life and to refrain from evils such as alcoholic drinks.







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