Congregation & Islam
An English Rendering of the Urdu Pamphlet
Congregation and Islam both are inter-related and compulsory. Individualism doesn't have any place in Islam except when there isn't any other Muslim present.
Congregating is Obligatory:
Allah the Exalted says:
Oh those who believe fear Allah and be with the truthful.
(Surah Taubah, ayah 119)
Remaining attached with the Jamaah is Obligatory:
Messenger of Allah SallAllah-u-Alaihi-wa-Sallam said: Adhere to Jamaat ul Muslimeen and its Imam.
(Sahih Bukhari: Kitab ul Fiten and Sahih Muslim: Kitab ul Emiraate)
Separation from Jamaah is a grave sin:
Messenger of Allah SallAllah-u-Alaihi-wa-Sallam said: Whoever separates himself the size of a palm from the Jamaah and (in the same condition) dies then his death would be the death of Jahiliyya (ignorance/Era before Islam).
(Sahih Bukhari Kitab ul Fiten and Sahih Muslim Kitab ul Emiraate)
Leaving Jamaah is leaving Islam:
Messenger of Allah SallAllah-u-Alaihi-wa-Sallam said: Whoever separates himself the size of a palm from the Jamaah removes the rope of Islam from his neck.
(Narrated Tirmidhi and declared Sahih in Abwab ul Amsaal 2/296)
Jamaah and Emir are necessary while travelling as well:
Messenger of Allah SallAllah-u-Alaihi-wa-Sallam said: When three people leave for travelling then they should appoint an Emir amongst themselves.
(Abu Dawood Kitab ul Jihad. Sanad is Sahih and declared Hasan by Albani. At-Taleeqat-alal-Mishkaat 2/1145)
Village or jungle everywhere Aggregation is necessary:
Messenger of Allah SallAllah-u-Alaihi-wa-Sallam said: If three people live in a village or jungle and they do not offer salaah then shaitan is imposed on them so adhere to the Jamaah as the wolf eats that sheep which is far from the herd.
(Abu Dawood Kitab ul Salaah in Tashdeed fi Tarkal Jamaat 1/88 and Sanad is Sahih. Naila-ul-Autar 2/97)
Emir and Jamaah are necessary in jungle as well:
Messenger of Allah SallAllah-u-Alaihi-wa-Sallam said: It is not halaal for three men that they live in a jungle but make an Emir from amongst them (meaning to live in a jungle without an Emir is haraam).
(Narrated Ahmad and Sanad is Sahih. Buloogh ul Amani Vol: 19, Page: 288)
Hence for three Muslims, whether travelling or residing, in a village or a jungle, they have to appoint their Emir and live congregational lives with unity.
Deen Islam is a congregative system. For every congregative action discipline is necessary, for discipline an Emir and his obedience is necessary. Without Emir's obedience there won't be any organization, neither discipline nor Jamaah will remain. Jamaah is necessary and for the interest of the Jamaah Emir's obedience is necessary.
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