None is more important to a Muslim other than to perform and establish the First Pillar of Islam. What is the action associated with the First Pillar of Islam? This question has never been answered, explained and elaborated by any learned scholars of Islam in the whole world. Every Muslim and the Islamic scholars are fully contented with the understanding that the First Pillar of Islam is only the recital of the Great Kalimah Syahadah: I bear witness that there is no God except Allah and I bear witness Muhammad is the messenger of Allah. Only once in the whole lifetime. Other than the recital of the Great Kalimah Syahadah, there is no other actions associated with it. A person is only required to recite the Great Kalimah Syahadah, only once when he or she becomes a Muslim or a believer. It is the normal practice after a person embraces Islam, the new convert will be told to perform the Second Pillar of Islam, which is the performance of the five times daily prayers. Except for the First Pillar of Islam, all other 4 Pillars of Islam have actions associated with each of them. Then, how could it be possible to have no action associated with the First Pillar of Islam? All Muslims scholars of the world have failed to come with any explanation for the reason why the First Pillars of Islam has no action associated with it, other than to recite it, once in a lifetime. The action normally associated with the First Pillar of Islam is just to recite the Great Kalimah only once in a lifetime, while the actions associated with the Second Pillar of Islam is the performance of the five times daily prayers. The time taken to perform the five times daily prayers on the average is about forty-five minutes to one hour daily and the time taken to recite the Great Kalimah Syahadah once in the whole lifetime, is not even one minute. It seems that the time taken to perform the action associated with the Second Pillar of Islam is far greater when compared with the time taken to perform the action of the First Pillar of Islam. Logically the time taken daily to perform the actions associated with the First Pillar of Islam should be much more than the time taken daily to perform the actions associated with the Second Pillar of Islam. After reciting the Great Kalimah at the time of embracing Islam, the next time a person is required to recite the Great Kalimah is at the time of his or her death. In my opinion, it is highly illogical that the time given to perform the Second Pillar of Islam is much more than the time given to perform the actions associated with the First Pillar of Islam.
Islam is a very logical religion and it comes from Allah and Allah is very logical in giving His orders to mankind. Allah’s orders cannot be illogical. Logic goes with our mind and thinking but illogical does not goes with our mind and thinking. Ones who use his or her mind will behave logically and those who do not use his or her mind will not act logically. Mad persons will act illogically because they cannot use their mind properly. A normal person will act illogically only when, instead of using their mind they use their emotions or desires. Quran is a very logical book. We have to read Quran with our mind and thinking and not with our desires or emotion. In the Quran, Allah repeatedly asks us to use our mind and not to use our desires. Allah asks us to look and ponder at all the creations of Allah with our mind. Allah says to those who use only their desires and not their mind as animals. Allah has given us the brain and the brain has to be used to think about the creations and the orders of Allah. Most Muslim scholars tell the Muslims in the whole world that the duty of Muslims is only to follow the orders of Allah blindly or without thinking which mean, Muslims are not to use their mind in obeying the orders of Allah. Muslims are made to understand by their scholars that they cannot use their brain or mind in matters related to the order of Allah and they are only to obey the orders of Allah blindly.
Muslims scholars warn the Muslims not to question the orders of Allah as this act may lead him or her to become an apostate or an infidel. When I was with the Tabligh Jamat, many members of the group, regarded me as a person who uses his brain in obeying the orders of Allah. Many spread the rumors, that I have become mentally sick and some says that I have become Kafir and Syirik. Muslims scholars have made Muslims in the whole world to believe that, only Muslim scholars are able to understand about Islam and no one else is able to do so. In other words, Muslim scholars are telling the Muslims that Allah will give the understanding about Islam only to the Islamic scholars and not to others. Muslims scholars warn Muslims not to use their brain as regards to matters related to Islam and the responsibilities of the general Muslims are only to obey them. In my opinion many Muslim scholars are turning to become like the Priest (Nasrani) and the Rabbi (Yahudi), who claim to have special relationship with God. When they become like the Rabbi and the Priest, they will be able to command unquestioned obedience from the Muslims. Once they have the unquestioned obedience from the Muslims, they can use it to deviate the teaching of Islam to their worldly interest as what has been done by the Priests and Rabbi to their followers. Although Prophet Muhammad saw has never told the Muslims that in order to understand Quran, one needs to master 15 branches of Islamic knowledge but the Muslims scholars did. In order to scare the Muslims, they use the Hadis with the approximate meaning; whoever disrespects the Muslims scholars, Prophet Muhammad saw will not regard them as his followers. However the Hadis refer to the disrespect of a truthful Muslim scholar not the untruthful ones. Nowadays most Muslims scholars are the untruthful ones, whose main interest is to obtain the pleasure of this world at the expense of Islam.
Now Muslims all over the world are kept in the dark by their own Muslim scholars, who are mostly the untruthful Muslim scholars. No one in the world dare to ask the Muslim scholars why there is no action associated with the First Pillar of Islam other than to recite the Great Kalimah Syahadah once in the whole lifetime. It is very illogical that the actions associated with the First Pillar of Islam is only to recite the Great Kalimah Syahadah only once in the whole lifetime. Because Muslims are taught by their Muslim scholars not to question anything when it comes to Islam, many Muslims choose to obey the orders blindly without question for more than one thousand years. I have written on this topic previously KLIK and to those who wanted to know more about the First Order of Allah, please refer to the article in the blog with the topic, First Order of Allah and the Five Pillars of Islam. Previously, I was among the billion of Muslims who would never dare to question the orders of Allah. However, now I dare to question only after I have done a very long and strenuous years of efforts and researches in finding ways on how to increase my iman to Allah and Prophet Muhammad saw.
In the hope of finding ways of increasing iman, I have joined Tabligh Jamat in 1976 during my time in Melbourne, Australia. I have joined the movement, because they claim (which later on I realized it was not true) that to increase iman a person need to go out in the path of Allah for 3 days every month, 40 days every year and 4 months, once in a whole lifetime. Tabligh Jamat is an Islamic movement originated and developed by the Muslims scholars of India and millions of Muslims from all over the world have joined this movement. There are many who after joining Tabligh Jamat, have decided to leave the Jamat because of so many varied reasons. After I join this movement for nearly 20 years, I started to realize what has been said by Tabligh Jamat; to gain iman, one has to go for 3 days every month, 40 days every year and 4 months once in a lifetime is not true. It is not based on Quran and Hadis. There is no verses in the Quran or Hadis that say; to increase iman, a person need to go out for 3 days in a month, 40 days in a year and 4 months once in a lifetime as claim by Tabligh Jamat.
In 1996 I started to think and to review again on the ways on how to increase my iman. I was telling myself, if I continue to do the same ways as I did in the last 20 years, I will end up in the next twenty years in the same state as I was at that time, with no increasing of iman. I started trying to find the solution in the Quran and Hadis. I found one Hadis that mention explicitly that to renew iman a person needs to frequently talk about the meaning of the Great Kalimah, Lailahaillallah. I was convinced and I want to practice this Hadis. I started to talk to many Muslims in Masjid Seri Petaling, the centre of Tabligh Jamat in Malaysia about the meaning of the Great Kalimah, yet I found my iman did not increase. I was puzzled and deep in my heart; I knew the Hadis of Prophet Muhammad saw must be correct. What may goes wrong must be in the way I talked to the peoples about the Great Kalimah. Finally Allah gave me the answer; I have to go to the peoples of my locality that do not know who I am and talk to them daily about the meaning of the Great Kalimah. Since that day I started to spend time in the early hours of the day, for about one hour, everyday, to talk to the peoples in my locality, about the meaning of the Great Kalimah. I would start from the mosque of my locality and went to every Muslim in every Muslims houses, in every lane in my locality and talk to those who are willing to listen about the meaning of the Great Kalimah. When I talk to the Muslims in my locality about the meaning of the Great Kalimah in the way Prophet Muhammad saw did, I found my iman increases.
At that time until 2007, I only visited Muslims houses and talk only to Muslims. In Tabligh Jamat we are only allowed to visit Muslim houses and talk, only to Muslims. In Tabligh Jamat, we are not allowed to directly invite the non-Muslims to embrace Islam unless the non-Muslims themselves are interested to know about Islam. The Muslims scholars in Tabligh Jamat give special instruction to the followers of the movement that the time to give dakwah to the non-Muslims has not come and now the work should only concentrate on rectifying the Muslims which they call to prepare the Muslims in the whole world to do the work of Dakwah. Tabligh Jamat is preparing the Muslims to do the work of Dakwah without letting them to do the work of Dakwah to the non-Muslims. In Tabligh Jamat, preparing the Muslims to do the work of Dakwah is by giving lectures to the Muslims and at the end of the lectures is to ask them, to go for 3 days, 40 days or 4 months. According to Tabligh Jamat, when Muslims go for 3 days in a month, 40 days in a year and 4 months, once in the whole lifetime, they will become rectified. According to Tabligh Jamat, once the Muslims become rectified (good Muslims)the non-Muslims in the whole world will automatically becomes Muslims, without having the need for Muslims to give Dakwah to the non-Muslims as Prophet Muhammad saw did. They claim it is due to the work of Tabligh Jamat, many peoples in the whole world embrace Islam and they embrace Islam without having the need for Muslims to give Dakwah to the non-Muslims. In reality, it is Allah who gives the peoples hidayah to embrace Islam, but Tabligh Jamat take the credit by claiming it is their work that makes Allah to gives hidayah to the peoples who embrace Islam.
I was cheated by Tabligh Jamat and Tabligh Jamat was in turn being cheated by the Iblis and Syaitan. With the grace of Allah I was finally saved from their mischievous actions. Ignoring the rules in Tabligh Jamat, in September 2007, I started to visit the non-Muslims houses but during that time I was only making DOA in front of their houses. In February 2008, I started to visit non-Muslim houses in my locality and to give them dakwah of the Great Kalimah Syahadah. It is the day, in my opinion, the dark clouds that was covering my mind and heart all this while, disappeared, once and for all. Allah since then has opened to me such an understanding about Quran, Hadis and the work of dakwah, which all of you can read in my blog; mthago.wordpress.com. Since I started the real work of inviting the whole mankind to good and forbidding them from evils, as Prophet Muhammad saw did, Allah has given me the blessing of the revelation. Now Allah has given me the understanding of what is the right of reciting the Great Kalimah Syahadah. The right of reciting the Great Kalimah is the action associated with the First Pillars of Islam and this has been explained by me with the grace of Allah, in my articles on the topic, the work of increasing iman and the work of renewing iman. I presented this knowledge to all the Muslims in the whole world and it is the greatest gift ever being given by Allah to me and the whole humanity in this century.
Because I have transgressed the rules in Tabligh Jamat I was barred by the supreme council of Tabligh Jamat who are residing in Banglawali Masjid, Hazrat Nizammuddin, New Delhi, India from giving lectures to members of Tabligh Jamat and my ability and capability to make decision as the Syura of Malaysia was taken away. I remained the Syura of Malaysia but I have no power to decide anything in any meeting. My right to become the decision maker in any meeting was taken away. In July 2009, I decided to leave Tabligh Jamat forever. Since then until now, with the grace of Allah, I am doing the work of inviting people to good and forbidding people from evils in my locality, the way of our beloved Prophet Muhammad saw did and not the way of Tabligh Jamat. Some members of Tabligh Jamat like Haji Abdul Hakim wanted me to join back the movement, but when Allah has given me the guidance to know and to do as Prophet Muhammad saw did, it is impossible for me to join back the movement. I would say to them good bye and good luck.
Prof Dr Nasoha Saabin
Integrative Holistic Wellness Centre