The Jamaa’ah at-Tableegh’s lack of importance given to seeking Knowledge

Question: That which is well known about this group (Jamaa’ah at-Tableegh) is the lack of importance they place on seeking knowledge, and likewise, their dislike for those from amongst them who do seek knowledge, claiming that all the Sahaabah did not seek knowledge, and that there were only a few scholars amongst them, whilst their emphasis was more on giving da’wah?

Response: This is from ignorance, and that is for someone to place a lack of importance in (seeking) knowledge. I don’t know how their da’wah can be correct without knowledge, (for) certainly da’wah is not correct except with knowledge, as Allaah (Subhaanahu wa Ta’aala) says:

{Say: “This is my way, I invite unto Allaah with sure knowledge, I and whosoever follows me…”}, [Soorah Yoosuf, Aayah 108]

And it is not possible for a person to become a caller (daa’ee) until he knows full well what he is calling to. So that which is obligatory for the callers (ahl ad-da’wah) is to learn first and (then) teach and call the people.

[Shaykh ibn ‘Uthaymeen|as-Sahwah al-Islaamiyyah – Question 115, Page 282]

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