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In the longer term, this may lead to the voluntary conversion to Islam of all peoples. As well as the six points, central Tablighi ideologies can be found within the Fazail-E-Amal,16 TJ’s core text that every member is required to consult and study on a daily basis. The Fazail-E-Amal is a compilation of texts predominantly written or gathered by TJ’s most eminent ideologue, Mohammad Zakariyya. 17 The manual contains a chapter by Ihtishamul Kandhalawi (“Muslim Degeneration and its 44 TABLIGHI JAMAAT AND THE QUEST FOR LONDON MEGA MOSQUE Only Remedy”) and Maulana Ashiq Elahi’s (“Six Fundamentals”— essentially a commentary upon Ilyas’ six points).
For TJ, the process of adaptation is a means to an end. TJ elites sanctioned the use of innovative methods to gain permission for constructing the proposed new mosque. But once built, the mosque will act as a beacon of correct Islamic practice and missionary activity for the region. TJ is not the only theocratic or illiberal movement to have undergone a process of adaptation. In fact, there is a set pattern that many such movements have followed. Literature from the sociology of FRAMING THE CONTEXT 27 religion outlines this process.
All efforts must be directed at religious obligation. All other matters are anathema. CONCEIVING TABLIGHI JAMAAT 45 In a section on his commentary of the six points of Tabligh, Elahi builds on the theme of shunning the affairs of the world and building up faith: Though there may not be sin in many activities and hobbies, yet they are a sheer waste of time. This is the characteristic of a true believer, that he spends his time only on virtuous deeds, remembers Allah as much as possible and avoids all forbidden things (1992: 37–38).
Tablighi Jamaat and the Quest for the London Mega Mosque: Continuity and Change by Zacharias P. Pieri (auth.)