Estema- Doa and world peace:Syed Mohd. Saleh Uddin

Bangladesh has three world heritage sites. The Shat Gombuj Mosque in Bagerhat is one of them. It is a 15th century Islamic edifice situated in the suburbs of Bagerhat (a district in Khulna Division), on the edge of the Sundarbans, some 175 km south west of Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. It is an enormous Moghol architectural site covering a very large area (160 x 108) square feet. The mosque is unique in that, it has sixty pillars, which support eighty one (81) exquisitely curved domes that have worn away with the passage of time. The structure of the building also represents the 15th century Turki architectural view. It is anticipated that, before 1459 a greatest devotee of Islam named Khan Jahan Ali established this mosque. He was also the founder of Bagerhat district.

Just at about 1145 Bangladesh time on January 18 in 2015 the last supplication (Akheri Munajat) of 2nd time congregation(Tongi Biswa Estema) is concluded. An Indian Maulana (ameer) was leading the Munajat in Arabic and an Indian language. He humbly urged for the world peace  and for the peace hereafter to all mighty Allah. Millions of Muslims worldwide (in the Estema and before TV) rose their hands in Islamic tradition to invoke to Allah with him and said ‘Ameen’. In the Doa was also included, “O-Allah grant us ever lasting peace!”

At the same time there were processions in Paris and else where of millions participants  for world peace. As a philanthropist I am also one of the peace loving people but my urge to powerful world leaders to impose little limitation to the works of writers like me to not hurt any one’s religious feelings. A true Muslim will never dare to dishonor any of the prophets of Jews and Christians, not only that they are also honorable prophets of Muslims’ faith. As in the Holy Quran Allah says in Sura al-Bakarah:

4. And who believe in (the Qur’an and the Sunnah) which has been sent down (revealed) to you (Muhammad Peace be upon him ) and in [the Taurat (Torah) and the Injeel (Gospel), etc.] which were sent down before you and they believe with certainty in the Hereafter. (Resurrection, recompense of their good and bad deeds, Paradise and Hell, etc.).

5. They are on (true) guidance from their Lord, and they are the successful.

6. Verily, those who disbelieve, it is the same to them whether you (O Muhammad Peace be upon him ) warn them or do not warn them, they will not believe.

7. Allah has set a seal on their hearts and on their hearings, (i.e. they are closed from accepting Allah’s Guidance), and on their eyes there is a covering. Theirs will be a great torment.

So, after pronounce of the name of a prophet of old and new testaments a Muslim must say ‘Alaihi Wasallam’ i.e. peace be upon him.  But when some one dishonor the prophet of Islam  some of the big world leaders say about freedom of writing and creativity will be maintained! Fact is that when works of a writer like me or any big writer will hurt other citizens of a country who are followers of other creeds that may disturb peace in their mind what all must realize. If for any writing or work of any one, peace of the mind of a group is lost then big processions will not cause peace in their mind rather there will be fear. There must be slogans for peaceful living together of all the citizens of a country who profess different religions and cultures. Estema means gathering. So, above gatherings are also a type of Estema. I hope leaders will be  sincere enough to work for practical peace to make the world a good place to live for all human races of different colors, creeds, nationalities etc.

Now let us come back to Estema of Tabligue Zamat. Their purpose in the Akheri Munazat was sincere urge for lasting peace but for it they tell about spare of time, wealth and efforts. It means to learn and practice Islam one will have to come out from home for some time what will help them to be a good Muslim. They will have to spend their own money what is required for those days. Days are also specified i.e. in each month its members will be away from home for

three days, except it in each year they will have to spare 40 days time for the same purpose. In long leisure time, a member will have to spare three chilla i.e. 120 days for the same purpose. Then well to do members may go for foreign countries. Actually main aim of Tabligi Estema is management and co-ordination of above programs annually. However, in Bangladesh Kakrail mosque through out the year is managing this activities. As its programs is non political in nature, it is favorite to common peoples. So in the Doa of Estema there is no trace of politics of a country or world terrorist activities and no condition is uttered like world leaders for peace while they urge about world peace to Allah.

Most of the people of concluded Estema by this time are back to their homes, but from the Moidan many groups are moving to all over the Bangladesh to stay in the mosques for their teaching and learning mission of Islam. For few days they will stay in a mosque then will again move for a new mosque. They will follow their own teaching and learning program and with it they will also invite people of mosque area to attend their amal(deeds) in the mosque.

There are groups who will go to foreign countries too. There they will work over particularly immigrant Muslims and Muslims of that country. In the west Muslims are attracted by their materialistic cultures who are leading religion free life. It means in those countries many of the  inhabitants irrespective of colors and creeds loosely follow their own religions.

To them religious beliefs reached to the lowest levels for their materialistic philosophy. So, among he people of those countries churches and other religious place have little importance. So, called open life is increasing rapidly. Extra-marital dating, free living together, mono/homo-sex marriage, sodomy etc  practices are gaining popularity and taking wine or any other alcoholic drinks are not restricted. These are available everywhere. Though these are not approved by the  major religions of the world. Because any  prophets of the past including Moses, Jesus and last prophet Muhammad (PBUH) did not preach unethical life.

So, many of Muslims there are not save from such practices. That is why Tabligue Zamat work there over such Muslims to bring back to normal Islamic life. They call them to Mosque, the spiritual center for Muslims. There they talk about individuals temporal and eternal peace. As for the non Muslim their teaching is as the teaching of the Holy Quran.