Monday, August 23, 2010

What is Majlis-e-Dawat-ul-Haq?

Muslim society in India has got an large number of customs, traditions and practices that are spurious in nature. Hazrat Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi, may Allah Almighty fill his tomb with light, was worried about this. Many of these things are listed in detail in the book Heavenly Ornaments (Bahishti Zewar). He established a society for the correction of such practices and it was called Majlis-e-Dawat-ul-Haq (Society for Call to Truth). In his own words the purpose of the society was:

"The purpose of the society is to inculcate a religious spirit among Muslims, to show them the path to success which, for Muslims, depends on relationship with Allah Almighty; the method to achieve this is to follow all commandments of Allah Almighty and to practice all the instruction of the Holy Prophet(PBUH), big or small. It should be kept in ind that in any action no step is taken against the Doctrine (shariah). This is the soul of worship and the reality of the life of believers."

He established it in or prior to AC1938(AH1354).

The society was revived by Hazrat Muhi-us-Sunnah (RA) in Hardoi, a caliph of Hazrat Thanwi (NM). Hazrat Shaikh Hakim Mohammed Kalimullah Sahab (DB) is the Patron of the society. It has branches also.