POLICY IMPLICATIONS

Units of Jamaat, according to their circumstances, formulate the policy implications. Some important implications are the following:

1.   Dawah

i.    The Jamaat shall make efforts to establish good human relations with non-Muslim brethren.

ii.    It would acquaint them with the life, mission and achievements of the Prophet (peace on him) and his benevolence to the world. It would remove misgivings spread by various quarters, about the personality of the Prophet.

iii.   It would explain Islamic teachings regarding unity of mankind, human dignity and equality. It would emphasize the fact that Islam does not impose its creed on anyone, by force.

2.   Islamic Society

Jamaat shall endeavour that

a.   The knowledge of Islam spreads among Muslims, their faith in Islam and its teachings is strengthened, they become aware of the relative priorities, as specified by Islam regarding obligatory duties (FARAIZ) and optional virtuous acts (NAWAFIL), and their minds be purified of un Islamic influences.

b.   Salat, Zakat and other obligatory acts are performed in the Muslim society with due diligence.

c.   Muslims raise themselves above sectarian prejudices and get united on the basis of the Book and the Sunnah.

d.   They should realize the importance of Islamic collectivity and its blessings.

e.   Positive efforts are made to contain the impact of western culture on Muslim youth and to curb negative tendencies such as aimless life, and indifference to religion.

f.    Mosques may become centres of education and purification of

Muslims and imams as well as mosque management pay attention to this role of mosques.

3.   Community Issues

Jamaat shall endeavour that

a.   Impact of western values and fascist tendencies on the educational system, is checked.

b.   Muslims be motivated to organize the collection and utilization of Zakat and Ushr.

c.   Muslims be motivated to take necessary measures, within the legal and shariah limits, to defend themselves against the assaults on their life, property, honour, and dignity; and seek the cooperation of all just people in this regard.

d.   Wakf properties be protected and their income be properly utilized. The government and the custodians will be urged to take necessary measures for this.

e.   Effective steps be taken to counter Qadiyaniyat and apostasy.

4.   National and Global Issues

A. i.    The Jamaat shall endeavour that the people of our country develop a society which is based on ethical values, where justice prevails and in which improper socio-economic differences are removed. To do this, Jamaat will present Islamic guidance.

ii.    Jamaat shall work, on various levels, for the eradication of communalism and fascism. It would educate public opinion for the promotion of democratic values and for justice towards the various cultural entities inhabiting our country. For this objective, it would try to exert healthy influence over the electoral process.

iii.   Jamaat would strongly condemn the rising trends of violence and terrorism, as well as violation of human rights by the state. It would emphasize the need to understand the root cause of militancy and of overcoming the cause. It would urge people to adopt peaceful means for achieving their due rights.

iv.   Jamaat would oppose the increasing influence of imperialist powers, in particular of America and Israel on sensitive affairs of our country and on foreign policy. It would advocate an independent and just foreign policy.

v.   To overcome environmental crisis, the Jamaat will present the Islamic teachings.

vi.   Jamaat will present the Islamic economic system as the only alternative, which ensures justice. It would suggest appropriate economic policies in the light of Islamic values and identity ways for achieving economic justice.

vii.  Jamaat shall educate the public mind against atrocities on women and infanticide.

B. i.    Jamaat would oppose the efforts of America and its allies to control and subjugate independent countries. It would condemn the atrocities and violence against people fighting for their rights and the efforts to dub such people as terrorists.

ii.    Jamaat would condemn the brutal excesses committed by Israel and would support the freedom struggle of the people of Palestine.

iii.   Jamaat would support the movements in Muslim countries, working for promotion of democratic values, protection of human rights and reconstruction of society on Islamic basis.

5.   Service to Mankind (Khidmat-e-Khalq)

i.    Jamaat would promote the spirit of individual and collective service to humanity. It would promote individual, collective and institutional efforts to provide help for the poor, needy, and the sick, care for prisoners and their families, succour for orphans and widows, and scholarship for students.

ii.    Jamaat would continue to work, without any discrimination, for the rehabilitation of the victims of man-made or natural calamities, epidemics, or riots. It would provide to them financial, medical and legal help.

iii.   Adherents of Jamaat would strive to solve the problems of their localities and other poor localities and work for the provision of basic needs of the people.

iv.   Efforts would be made at the central and the state levels to provide legal aid for the victims of unjust laws, wrong interpretation of legal provisions and excesses and illegal acts committed by police and government machinery. Besides providing legal aid to the victims, people in general, will be educated about the legal safeguards formally available to them but violated in practice.

6.   Tarbiyah

It would be the foremost duty of everyone associated with Jamaat to reform and train himself; inspired by the belief in accountability before Allah in the life hereafter, desire for achieving His pleasure and spirit of love and obedience to the Prophet (peace on him). For this, he will pay attention to the following:-

  • Observance of obligatory acts of worship (FARAIZ and WAJIBAT) with due regard to internal and external perfection.
  • Reading and comprehending the Book of Allah
  • Study of Hadith, life of the Prophet, lives of male and female companions of the Prophet and the literature on Islam and Islamic movements
  • Regularity in AZKAR (remembrance of Allah)
  • Performance of optional prayers (NAWAFIL) as prescribed by the Prophet, particularly TAHAJJUD and voluntary fasting as per one’s capacity
  • Spending in the way of Allah
  • Total observance of injunctions (AWAMIR) and complete avoidance of the prohibitions (NAWAHI)
  • Self assessment of daily activities and engagements, repentance (TAUBA), and seeking forgiveness of Allah (ISTIGHFAAR)
  • Strengthening one’s relationship with Allah and assessment of one’s self in regard to sincerity, desire for Allah’s pleasure, fear of Allah, perseverance, gratitude, love of Allah and trust in Him and repentance (TAUBA and INABAT)
  • Reform of one’s conduct and dealings
  • Reforming the family and holding family meetings for this purpose
  • Good behaviour towards one’s neighbours and due regard to their rights
  • Sacrifice in the path of righteousness and abiding by organizational norms
  • Caution in criticism, regard for Islamic etiquette, restraint in speech, gentle admonition and advice, mutual enjoining of truth, perseverance and kindness
  • Piety and excellence in righteousness (IHSAAN) in all individual and collective matters, avoidance of pretence and arrogance; cultivation of sincerity and unstinted devotion to Allah
  • Recognition of one’s capabilities and efforts to develop them

7.   Organisation

Jamaat shall try that

a.   Adherents of Jamaat have complete faith and commitment towards their objective and participate actively in Dawah and Islamic activities.

b.   Adherents of Jamaat may develop unity of thought and mutual goodwill. They may take due care of each other and face hardships together.

c.   Adherents may realize the importance of collectivity, have respect for collective decisions and ensure obedience of proper commands. Those in responsible positions should display compassion towards the subordinates.

d.   Spirit of consultation may be strengthened.

e.   System of introspection and review may be consolidated.

f.    Associates of SIO, GIO, and youth bodies may utilize their potential for the movement.

g.   Maximum possible number of men and women may become participants in the task of Iqamat-e-Deen.

h.   Responsible individuals should pay immediate attention to weak aspects noticeable in adherents of Jamaat or its units; they should undertake corrective measures including purge if necessary.