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    Saeed Anwar's interview

    Reported by: Saudi Gazette (04 Feb. 2004)

    MINA - February 03, 2004

    Saeed Anwar, the world-class Pakistani batsman who dropped out at the peak of his cricketing career to commit himself to propagating Islam, is busy visiting various tents here to lecture on Islam.

    On Sunday night he chose tent 4/68 at the Mina-Muzdalifa boundry to address around 300 Indians and Pakistanis.

    "A day or night spent in the way of Allah is better than any other worldly activity," said Anwar, now sporting a long beard and hardly
    recognizable as the face that made the front pages for heroic cricketing deeds for his century in his key day [though he did not make a brief appearance on the world stage when he returned to serve his country at the World Cup in South Africa last year].

    Dressed in the Pakistani Shalwar Kameez outfit, Anwar captivated his audience with a narration on how he was able to attract his Pakistani team co-player Saqlain Mushtaq to the light of spiritual guidance.

    For the past couple of years, Saeed Anwar has associated himself with Tabligh Jamat (an Islamic propagation party) whose religious scholars goaround Pakistan and abroad to attend various Islamic conclaves.

    Anwar said his talk that he was able to convince Saqlain Mushtaq to spend half a day with the Jamat, offering prayers in mosque and taking a round of one's own residential area and calling the people to prayers (which is called gasht in Tabligh parlance). Saqlain joined us after Friday prayers. We had food and after a session of religious teachings we asked Saqlain to do the gasht in his residential area and call people to offer prayers.

    In the company of religious scholars later, Saqlain offered obligatory prayers, listened to the sermons, had dinner with group, offered Isha prayers and went to sleep. "The next morning Saqlain came to me and said, 'What was this dose that you gave me last night?' Earlier I used
    to toss in bed all night and would not be able to sleep till 8 in the morning. I needed sleeping pills. What dose did you give me? I slept after Isha prayers and just woke up. And I feel damn hungry, get me some food...."

    Saqlain's life changed that morning. He took that course for three days. Ten days later, he came back and asked to spend three more days in the Jamat, Anwar said.

    Tabligh Jamat has been their job for the last 40 years. The jamat exhorts non-practicing Muslims to reckon the importance of worshipping Allah, understand the teachings of Islam, implement them in one's life and propagate Islam among non-muslims.

    Anwar explained how Saqlain's inclination toward his Faith was met with a furor in his family, especially his wife. But later things changed....and now Saqlain's wife wears a Hijab. My father, who was a practicing Muslim but used to listen music etc., now he has changed too. My mother who was initially furious about my father attends Jamats (religious conclaves), later transformed herself and Allah has guided her to the right path....she now wears complete Hijab....and my three sisters, brother-in-law, two maternal uncles and five paternal uncles have returned to the Straight Path as well, Anwar said.

    Before my travel for the Haj, Saqlain visited me and said he and his wife would be attending religious seminar together. If people work for the cause of Allah, He makes ways for them to gain ground and audience, Anwar said. Quoting one of his acquaintances who had returned to Pakistan from England recently, Anwar said that he saw famous Indian Film actor-actress Dilip Kumar and Saira Bano at a
    15-day Jamat in London. It was stunning to see Saira Bano observing full Hijab. Anwar quoted his friend as saying.

    Anwar went on to explain Jamat experience. "When you are sick, the doctor gives you the right kind of medicine and tells you what to eat and what not to eat..this is what we do to the people", he said about spiritual treatment. But that drew questions from the audience about how an ordinary man can ever attend to the Jamat when he has to work
    every day to make both ends meet, unlike Saeed Anwar who is already wealthy from his cricketing success.

    Ninety-nine percent of the people working for the Jamat are not well-to-do financially. There are very few well-heeled people attached to the Jamat, Anwar replied. He said that even people with meager incomes, once they understand the purpose of their life, have undertaken local as well as foreign tours in Jamats.

    Have you tried to preach Islam to Imran Khan? One pilgrim asked. Anwar replied: Imran is a nice person. He is very sincere in whatever he does and always keeps Allah as his witness. And the proof of that is he has retired from International Cricket in honor unlike what happens to most of the cricketers who don't quit the team until we are
    disgracefully turned out. But problem with Imran was that he had been brainwashed by someone into believing that since he has built a charitable hospital, he did not require
    to observe other injunctions of Islam, Anwar said. But after Imran spoke to Maualana Saad of India, he committed himself to attending Jamat and, Insha-Allah I am expecting Imran's participation in a Jamat in April this year. One pilgrim sent a written question. Anwar did not read it out
    aloud but replied, "I am not an Aalim (scholar) or a Mufti (Jurisprudent) to give my edict on it". As the meeting wound up and the Saudi Gazette got ready to take a photo of Anwar and his audience, he intervened, please don't
    shoot pictures, it is Haraam (prohibited).

    #2
    more suited to the religious forum.
    If your religion is worth killing for, please start with yourself.

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      #3
      mashaallah....
      may Allah help him in establishing his faith more firmly and may Allah guide us all too....

      but personally, joining a tableeghi jamaat is not what i'd do and its not something i'd advise to anyone else either....
      and i aint very convinced with the way these ppl work....
      i've spent time with them, and its more about 'joining the jamaat' than any other thing....
      Both Halal & Haram r evident but between them r doubtful things, most ppl have no knowledge about them. So whoever saves himself from suspicious things saves his religion & honor, & whoever indulges in suspicious things indulges in Haram.

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        #4
        Originally posted by armughal:
        mashaallah....
        may Allah help him in establishing his faith more firmly and may Allah guide us all too....
        AMEEN

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          #5


          all the best to saeed anwar in what ever he does with his life, one of the world's finest cricketers



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            #6
            Originally posted by armughal:
            mashaallah....
            may Allah help him in establishing his faith more firmly and may Allah guide us all too....

            but personally, joining a tableeghi jamaat is not what i'd do and its not something i'd advise to anyone else either....
            and i aint very convinced with the way these ppl work....
            i've spent time with them, and its more about 'joining the jamaat' than any other thing....
            well brother thats ur personal opinion about jammat.

            But i still feel that u didnt get to the core of jammat. its not bout joining and gathering more n more people, its more on bringing people to the basic of islam on which sadly we r not. for that u have to provide enviroment which u get once u r out with them.

            also after Nabi:saw: there is no Prophet to come n its our duty to propagate islam the way Nabi:saw: and Sahaba n rest did, if u v dont do it now mind u our next generations will be some where otehr than mosque.

            this is my opinion n u have all rigths to disagree

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              #7
              Mashallah...

              True example of success in this life and the life hereafter.

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                #8
                JazakAllah!

                Saeed Anwar is a great person, MaShaAllah. Saqlain looks great with the beard. Now, Inzamam-Ul-Haq is following suit too.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by armughal:
                  mashaallah....
                  may Allah help him in establishing his faith more firmly and may Allah guide us all too....

                  but personally, joining a tableeghi jamaat is not what i'd do and its not something i'd advise to anyone else either....
                  and i aint very convinced with the way these ppl work....
                  i've spent time with them, and its more about 'joining the jamaat' than any other thing....
                  Assalam Aleekum
                  I agree. If they will change(update) their syllabus(nisaab)
                  I will certainly join them. But their stories are half truth and half lies.
                  Recently, one tableghee told me that a voice spoke to Hazrat Umr(RA)
                  from Assmaan.
                  Never heard or read this story before. Let me know If the story is
                  true.
                  Do not spend more than 3 days with them. That's It.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by ophiolites:


                    well brother thats ur personal opinion about jammat.

                    But i still feel that u didnt get to the core of jammat. its not bout joining and gathering more n more people, its more on bringing people to the basic of islam on which sadly we r not. for that u have to provide enviroment which u get once u r out with them.

                    also after Nabi:saw: there is no Prophet to come n its our duty to propagate islam the way Nabi:saw: and Sahaba n rest did, if u v dont do it now mind u our next generations will be some where otehr than mosque.

                    this is my opinion n u have all rigths to disagree

                    i agree 100%
                    Living in Deception!!
                    ~Not Much 2 Be Asked Not Much 2 Be Said
                    Silence Is My Language Patience Is My Way~

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                      #11
                      jazakallah ophiolites.....

                      it really is wonderfull to see saeed participating in tabligh jamaat....the incident happend to saqlain ( sleepless ness ) also happened to salim malik when he was on jamaat...

                      Actions of certain tabighees some time confuse others ...but like evry muslim is not full practising muslim and just by seeing some one do bad deed we dont leave islam.....similarly in tablighees jammaat the purpose is to forward ALLAH's deen to fellow muslims/brothers ......reagrdless of whatever others do...hum say humara hisaab ho ga......

                      I saw saqlain some days back with junaid jamshaid...mashallah they all look zabardast in thier beard........
                      junaid naat
                      لا عيش إلا عيش الآخرة
                      BROTHERS NOT SLAVES. Regain Respect

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                        #12
                        JazakAllah!

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by rehman1:


                          Assalam Aleekum
                          I agree. If they will change(update) their syllabus(nisaab)
                          I will certainly join them. But their stories are half truth and half lies.
                          Recently, one tableghee told me that a voice spoke to Hazrat Umr(RA)
                          from Assmaan.
                          Never heard or read this story before. Let me know If the story is
                          true.
                          Do not spend more than 3 days with them. That's It.
                          rehman bhai i think only spending 3 days with them n conclude every thing is little injustice

                          to better understand the psycology n physolophy of dawat n tabllegh i will stronly recomend u to listen to Maulana Tariq Jameel sahib.

                          if u live outside pakistan i can send u or u can also get it from near tableeghi markaz

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by ophiolites:


                            rehman bhai i think only spending 3 days with them n conclude every thing is little injustice

                            to better understand the psycology n physolophy of dawat n tabllegh i will stronly recomend u to listen to Maulana Tariq Jameel sahib.

                            if u live outside pakistan i can send u or u can also get it from near tableeghi markaz
                            Very true ophiolites...

                            You can listen to tariq jameel sahibs bayans on these websites...

                            www.nazmay.com
                            http://www.muslims-online.com/audio/...ariqjamil.html
                            www.practiseislam.com/bayans/arch.html
                            www.kr-hcy.com/saudio/05/index.shtml
                            لا عيش إلا عيش الآخرة
                            BROTHERS NOT SLAVES. Regain Respect

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by ophiolites:


                              rehman bhai i think only spending 3 days with them n conclude every thing is little injustice

                              to better understand the psycology n physolophy of dawat n tabllegh i will stronly recomend u to listen to Maulana Tariq Jameel sahib.

                              if u live outside pakistan i can send u or u can also get it from near tableeghi markaz
                              Assalam Aleekum
                              Ok.I will try to get hold of his lectures.Shukriaa.
                              I spent only one day. I knew that they don't have
                              complete information about Islam. Brother, their stories
                              are not authentic. And I ask the guy a couple of questions
                              and he just couldn't come up with the answers.
                              Its just their nisab book that they use.

                              take care

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