Long time ago, when I was almost unaware of the Jama’at-e-Islami, I was unconsciously associated with the Barelvi school of thought. I would often visit the shrines of revered saints and wake up all night in worship, deemed as an important part of Barelvism. It was not the devotion that drove me towards these khankahs but rather some worldly gains that I thought were achievable through such practices. Unfortunately, I did not meet any success and felt very bad. My failures did not dampen my love for those holy saints, nor did they make me grow any kind of animosity towards these places but it’s true that I ceased to visit these places as the circumstances changed and forced me to stop. Moreover the things that I wanted to achieve in those years were now unattainable. This brings an end to one phase of my life.
I have spent a considerable time in Srinagar, away from home. I remember when on one day, some Tableegi Jamaat members arrived at my room and insisted that I spend some time with Tableegi Jamat. Since I was free after completing my exams, I agreed to go for three days with them. It was my first ever experience with Tableegi Jamat and those three days, I think, are the best of my life as they elapsed in a mosque, an environment that was free of societal evils and every other kind of wickedness like falsehood, backbiting, music, etc. But this Jamaat lacked one thing and that is Qur’an. We recited fazail-e-a’maal innumerable times during those three days but Qur’an Kareem was never taught. If only they study and teach Quran Kareem, Tableegi Jamaat can do wonders. Thereafter, I spent a few more days with this Jamaat and dropped out of it to get a complete understanding of religion.
As I saw some growth in maturity of thought that occurred over the time I left Tableegi Jamaat, my mind started wondering about the absolute truth. I was living in Gaw Kadal, very close to the head office of Jamiat Ahle-Hadith. I went on to offer prayers there and attend seminars that were quite appealing. It finally dawned on me that Barelvism has got the better of me and that I was on the wrong track so I began a close association with Ahle-Hadith school of thought. I gradually started believing that only Allah is capable of doing whatever He wants and that those saints were mere humans who, despite their piousness and selfless devotion, needed Allah as much as I need Him.
As time went by, I started feeling like I am moving towards the right path. I must say that Ahle-Hadith thought did appeal me for a time being but when I looked deeper and observed very keenly, I came to realize that these people share a very narrow view about Islam that has ultimately resulted in the formation of separate mosques and has fueled division within the already polarized Ummah. Their narrow mindedness compelled me to think over and start a little research into which party is genuine.
I started reading whatever I could lay my hands on and this helped in clearing away some prevailing misconceptions. At home I heard some of my friends, who were already attending classes organized by Jama’at-e-Islami, talking about the beneficent results of these classes as they had learned some Surahs and Hadiths and were able to teach them to others.
Urged by the curiosity, I decided to join them in the next class and I can assure you that I felt a difference just after the first class. The fundamental part of these classes is Dars-e-Quran, that stood out very clear and I was deeply impressed by it. Adding Dars-e-Hadith and the class attains perfection. These two basic things are taught for almost two hours and they are so exciting that I cannot afford to ignore them at any cost. Other things like fiqh, Arabic language and tajweed are also taught in this class.
It really left an indelible mark upon my heart and I lamented the time I stayed away from this class but at once promised myself not to miss any other class. Alhamdulillah, since September 2014, I have only missed a single class till now and that too due to some unavoidable circumstances. Today, when I ponder over it, I feel these classes are of immense help and it will be no exaggeration to say that these classes changed the course of my life as my mind saw a wonderful evolution. These classes brought me closer to Quran and helped me understand it better. Otherwise it would be difficult to connect with Quran had I not attended these classes because for the past 15 years I could not learn a single Surah myself.
In the meantime by virtue of impassioned curiosity, I collected the basic literature of Jama’at-e-Islami and studied it thoroughly. I read about its organizational structure and modus operandi and it occurred to me that this Jamaat provides the best solution to the problems that we face in today’s age. It advocates that by following ‘Shariah’ as a complete system extending into all aspects of life will bring every kind of benefit to humanity.
Maulana Maudoodi (ra) himself says that the aim and purpose of establishing Jama’at-e-Islami is that the whole mankind serves the one and only Allah; to implement Islam in every sphere of life, be it cultural, political, economic or social sphere; where sovereignty belongs to Allah and man’s both individual and collective life comes under His supremacy. This Jamaat encourages a Muslim to take up Quran and Sunnah in their true essence and strives to reform him and ultimately the society in a practical way with the sole purpose of establishing a true Islamic state.
Now as my horizon has broadened and I am convinced that Jama’at-e-Islami is honest in its work and approach and that its constitution is truly Islamic, I am looking forward to devote myself fully to Jama’at-e-Islami and work for the Islamic revival.
As we see in today’s world how the Satanic forces hold its reins and how their iron hand of oppression has subdued Islam and confined it to mosques only and we also see that not a single country exists where Islam yields complete authority. As Muslims lack the character and have suffered fatal moral degradation that rendered them helpless and disgraced, and polytheism and hypocrisy of westernized Muslims pose a grave threat to Islam, in these circumstances Jama’at-e-Islami stands like a lighthouse in the midst of dark and troubled sea.