Hadrat Muftī Abū al-Qāsim Nu‛mānī Sāhib Principal of Dār al-‛Ulūm Deoband
I had the opportunity of reading the entire manuscript of Serving Dīn And The Different Ways of Da‛wat And Tablīgh written by Hadrat Maulānā Muhammad Salīm Dhorāt Sāhib. This booklet is in fact a transcript of a most important lecture. After hearing about this lecture from some of our elders, I hoped I could get an opportunity of benefiting from it and that it could be proliferated as much as possible. The reason for this is that for about one year now I have made it my preoccupation that whenever our Tablīghī Jamā‛at brothers and ‛ulamā’ from various madāris come to Dār al-‛Ulūm Deoband, I emphasise on them that education, propagation and self-purification – all these three – are important departments of Dīn and all three are included among the responsibilities of prophet-hood. This is why every person – based on his personal inclination and capability – must select any of these departments of Dīn and serve them practically. At the same time, he must realize the importance of the other departments of Dīn and express and acknowledge their importance. All those who are working in these different departments must become helpers and supporters of each other. All praise is due to Allāh ta‛ālā, Hadrat Maulānā Muhammad Salīm Dhorāt Sāhib explained this subject in a complete, referenced, detailed, heart-rending and impressive manner. His style and tone are filled with sincerity and emotions of pain and fellow-feeling.
There is a need for this message to be proliferated as much as possible among all sections of people who have a concern for Dīn. Allāh willing, this will remove mutual conflicts and misunderstandings, and each person will get the inspiration to rectify his self. May Allāh ta‛ālā accept this service and make it beneficial to the entire Muslim ummat. Āmīn.
Was salām Abū al-Qāsim Nu‛mānī, may Allāh pardon him. Principal of Dār al-‛Ulūm Deoband 2 Rabī‛ al-Ākhir 1437 A.H.