12 Madani pearls for the Associates of Dawat-e-Islami
From: Shaykh-e-Tareeqat, Ameer-e-Ahl-e-Sunnat, the founder of Dawat-e-Islami, ‘Allamah Maulana Abu Bilal Muhammad Ilyas Attar Qaadiri Razavi دَامَـتْ بَـرَكَـاتُـهُـمُ الْـعَـالِـيَـه:
1. According to the book ‘Imamay kay Fazaail’ (published by Maktaba-tul-Madinah), the Beloved and Blessed Nabi صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم wore ‘Imamahs (turbans) in different colours on different occasions. Seven of these colours include: (1) Black (Sahih Muslim, pp. 708, Hadees 1358) (2) Dark grey (Nasa`ee, vol. 1, pp. 846, Hadees 5353) (3) Yellow (Ibn ‘Asakir, vol. 18, pp. 354) (4) Saffron (Subul-ul-Huda, vol. 7, pp. 273) (5) White (Kashf-ul-Iltibas, pp. 38) (6) Red-striped (Abu Dawood, vol. 1, pp. 82, Hadees 147) (7) Green (Kashf-ul-Iltibas, pp. 38).
2. The Greatest and Noblest Nabi صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم wore clothes in some colours. The associates of Dawat-e-Islami may wear clothes in different colours but, among all colours, white-coloured clothes are superior. Its persuasion is found in a blessed Hadees. (Remember! On Shari’ah-approved grounds, sometimes wearing a specific coloured dress or ‘Imamah [turban] during certain days or at a certain place even in a colour proven by narrations may be forbidden by the Shari’ah.)
3. If Islamic brothers wish, they can wear clothes and ‘Imamah in all those colours which are common among the scholars, righteous and virtuous people, and which are not forbidden by the Shari’ah. Moreover, it should not also be contrary to the norms of the area, era and habits of the people.
4. Even when wearing ‘Imamah and clothes in different colours, avoid glamorous, glowing and vibrant colours as these are forbidden by Shari’ah for men. Also refrain from wearing the clothes that have pictures, writings and improper designs on them. May Allah Almighty bless us with simplicity! Aameen!
5. Wherever you travel with a Madani Qafilah in the world, stay there with the purpose of performing Madani activities. Remaining within the bounds of Shari’ah, as long as possible, wear the dress, ‘Imamah and Islamic cap etc. that are deemed to be the attire of the virtuous people by the scholars and Mashaaikh of that area.
6. There is no restriction on the colour of ‘Imamah in Jami’aat-ul-Madinah and Madaris-ul-Madinah. They can also wear only a cap but the colour of dress must only be white.
7. During duty hours, those associated with other departments of Dawat-e-Islami such as Dar-ul-Ifta Ahl-e-Sunnat, Al-Madina-tul-Ilmiyyah etc., as well as the preachers and Na’at reciters of Madani Channel during the transmission of Madani Channel, can also use the ‘Imamah, dress and cap, etc., as mentioned above.
8. Like Madrasa-tul-Madinah for adults, there is no restriction on dress colour etc. in the part time Madaris-ul-Madinah and Jami’aat-ul-Madinah. Even if those with shaven beard or not growing the Shar’iah compliant beard or wearing trousers and shirt seek admission for learning, grant them admission.
9. The uniform of Dar-ul-Madinah will remain unchanged.
10. Those devotees of Rasool who are blessed with Shari’ah-complied beard but wear only caps and dresses in different colours, assign them responsibilities of Madani activities as well according to their abilities.
11. Wearing or not wearing a white shawl on the head is up to Islamic brothers. If they wish, they can keep with them a brown shawl in order to do ‘Parday mayn Pardah’ (veil within veil). But it is not necessary to keep both these shawls with you. There is no harm even if you use no shawl.
12. If female students and other Islamic sisters wear the Madani Burqa’, it is wonderful. But do not be strict on it because the true objective is to observe ‘Shar’iah Complied Veil’ which can be observed even by using other unattractive shawls and Burqa’s.