Six principles of Tablighi Jamaat

Six principles

TJ visits a village or neighborhood, invites the local Muslims to assemble in the mosque and present their message in the form of Six Principles. These six principles were derived from the lives of the companions of Muhammad. It is stated in one narration, “My Sahabah (companions) are like [guiding] stars, whosoever follows [any] one of them will be guided.”[25] Muhammad Ilyas articulated six demands in the form of Six Principles which are quintessential to Tablighi Jamaat’s teachings. These six principles are:

  1. Kalimah: “Imaan – An article of faith in which a Muslim accepts that there is no worthy worship but Allah and Muhammad is his last messenger”.
  2. Salat: “Prayer – Five daily prayers that are essential to spiritual elevation, piety, and a life free from the ills of the material world”.
  3. Ilm and Zikr: “The knowledge and remembrance of Allah – conducted in sessions in which the congregation listens to preaching by the emir, performs prayers, recites the Quran and reads Hadith from the books comprising Riyadhu As-Salehin”, Muntakhab Ahadith (Collection of authentic Ahadith without commentary), Hayatus Sahaba and Fadhaa’il-e A’maal Vol 1 & 2[41] among other books.[42]
  4. Ikraam-e-Muslim: “Honoring a Muslim – The treatment of fellow humans with honor and deference”.
  5. Ikhlas-e-Niyyat: “Sincerity of Intention – Reforming one’s life in supplication to Allah by performing every human action for the sake of Allah and toward the goal of self-transformation”.
  6. Dawat-o-Tableegh (Dawah): “Inviting and Preaching – The sparing of time to live a life based on faith and learning its virtues, following in the footsteps of Muhammad, and taking His message door to door for the sake of faith