Maulānā Marghūb Ahmad Lāchpūrī dāmat barakātuhum
(Annotator of Marghūb al-Fatāwā and prolific author)
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
Experience shows that not every talk is effective. This is because there are certain requisites and etiquette that the speech and orator have to fulfil. The ‛ulamā’ have written that:
1. The speaker, where possible, should read salātul-hājah before delivering his speech.
2. The speech should be tailored to the audience. It should not be that the head is paining yet the feet are being tended to.
3. The speech should be delivered in measured tones so that the audience has a chance to retain it.
4. The speech should be on the level or capacity of the audience.
5. Sometimes important topics should be broken down into segments.
6. If it is noticed that the audience’s attention is flagging, humour or interesting anecdotes should be resorted to while avoiding extremes.
7. The speech should neither be too long nor too short.
8. It should be delivered passionately.
9. Explain yourself through parables.
10. Avoid unverified matters.
11. Practise what you preach.
12. Desire nothing from the creation.
13. Do not restrict the talk to encouragement only or admonishment only. Combine the two.
14. Do not lecture every day.
If the speaker adheres to these etiquette Allāh ta‛ālā will make his speech effective-Allāh willing.
The publication of the Khutabāt-Salīm series had been initiated a while back and some of its volumes have already appeared in the public domain. All praise belongs to Allāh; I too have had the opportunity to study them. This series contains all the etiquette required of a speech and orator. It is because of this that these speeches are not merely superficial talks but a golden register for the guidance of the ummah. I have strong hope in Allāh ta‛ālā that He will make them a means of guidance for the ummah as they contain Qur’ānic verses and its inspiring commentary, Ahādīth with excellent explanations, quotes from the Sahābah that soften the heart, anecdotes of the Prophet sallallāhu ‛alayhi wa sallam, the Sahābah and pious predecessors that will direct ones attention to the Hereafter, parables and humorous anecdotes, Urdu and Arabic poetry etc. - in short everything required of a good talk.
Then there is the speaker himself to consider; as an educator he brings years of experience to the table. As an orator he is unparalleled in Britain. As a spiritual mentor he is unique (the Khānqah Salīmī bears testimony to that). He is the founder of a Dar al ‛Ulūm, maktab and academy, the chief-editor of the monthly magazine Riyād al-Jannah and if I am permitted to say and at the risk of being criticized, he is a revivalist of moral rectification amongst the European youth. Add to fact that he has kept the company of the elders, has affiliation to senior reformers, is beloved by his seniors, admired by his juniors and his contemporaries while having ties of friendship with him, acknowledge his seniority. He is the personification of the poem;
دوست دشمن سب تیری قائل ے مگر
کوئ قائل ے زبان سے کوئ قائل دل سے ے
Your friends and enemies both praise you, however some from the tongue and others from the heart.
At present a biography of the speaker is not required neither is it my intention to present one. I have in my mind an outline for this topic which I wish to present at a more opportune time.
This booklet, The Sacrifices of the ‛Ulamā’ For Dīn (is a transcript) of an exemplary lecture delivered in Lusaka, Zambia. No sane person will deny the existence of the sun in mid-day heat, yet what can I tell you? Such individuals exist who insist on denying this very fact by asking; what have the ‛ulamā’ ever done? They are doing nothing.
Which department related to the world or the Hereafter is void of the ‛ulamā’s efforts? In the fields of education, publication and literature, oration, moral rectification, tablīgh, establishing madāris and masājid etc. they are peerless. In fact, even in fields considered to be secular, for example; Islamic schools, establishment of hospitals, welfare activities (aid and relief work), politics, etc. their efforts are unforgettable. To deny this is nothing short of deceit.
You will find a sliver of those sacrifices our predecessors made for Dīn in this booklet. The contents and narratives that appear at appropriate places throughout this lecture are on par with any certified compilation. Read it and recite it to others, listen to it and make others listen to it as well. May Allāh ta‛ālā convey this cry to one and all in a way that it takes root in their hearts, and may He make it a means of dispelling the habit of turning a blind eye to realities. May Allāh ta‛ālā accept this booklet.
I’ve written these few lines despite my ineptitude, giving precedence to instruction over etiquette. I am not worthy of writing an evaluation nor do I desire to. I will however implore you emphatically to study these lectures, most of which were delivered impromptu according to the need of the time. You will find a great deal more content related to the subject matter than other researched publications.
May Allāh ta‛ālā accept the speaker and his speech and may He make it a means of guidance for the ummah and a provision in the Hereafter for the author and publishers. Āmīn.