On Sunday, March 21st, 2004, a historic meeting took place at the Masumeen Islamic Center in Brampton, Ontario which saw The World Federation of KSIMC and NASIMCO officials meeting with various Mu’mineen involved in Tabligh [Propagation] work in North America. Over 15 people were present at this gathering from Vancouver, Kitchener, Toronto, Brampton, Orlando and other parts of North America.
After deliberations, the officials from both organizations took a bold step and jointly appointed a three member Tabligh Task Force (TTF) to come up with a working paper on how to coordinate Tabligh work in North America.
The team which is being run under the guidance of Dr. Hasnain Walji (Dallas, Texas), Shaykh Saleem Bhimji (Kitchener, Ontario) and Shaykh Hasnain Kassamali (Vancouver, British Columbia) has been given a mandate to gather information on the state of Tabligh in the Shi`a community of North America, to process this data and to come up with a comprehensive report on where we are, what areas we are currently involved in, where we are lacking and possible steps which can be taken to accomplish our mission of propagation of the faith within our community and to the greater society.
The first task of the team is to gather all necessary information and data on Tabligh activity being carried out by Shi`ah Muslim individuals and organizations in North America.
We have, for this project, taken to re-define and offer a specific definition for TABLIGH activity specifc for this survey which is: Any activity that an individual or an organization is carrying out with the objective of educating (ta`lim), explaining (tashrih) and instilling (tarbiyat) the teachings and values of the Islamic Shi`a Ithna Asheri Madhhab (sect) to both the Shi`a Ithna Asharis and the non-Shi`ah Ithna Asharis. (For the purpose of this questionnaire we are looking for activities that go beyond the weekend madrasah, majlises held on various religious occasions and the congregational prayers).
We hope that all individuals and parties who fall into the definition of a Muballigh as given above take the time to fill in the questionnaire on this site.
Tabligh Task Force
5 May 2004