I really don’t know why born-again Muslims (those who have recently joined the Tableeeghi Jamat) are so keen on converting other people to their version of Islam.
I once had to interview an accountant who desperately needed a job in the locality where my office is situated. The minute he walked in, I knew he had recently re-discovered Islam. The first thing I told him was that while I had no objection to him belonging to the Tableeghi Jamat, I would expect him not to convince others to go with him for long periods lasting from three days to a year asking people to join their organization. He assured me he wouldn’t do it. Fifteen minutes later, as he rose to go, he asked me to go with him for three days to a nearby town to convert people to the true faith, as he called it. Of course, he didn’t get the job.
These people are more interested in preaching than in doing what their job requires. Which is why our cricket team fared so badly during the test series which ended today. They lost the series 3-0, although at one point it seemed that they would win the Sydney match hands down. No wonder, there have been reports that the captain (ex-Christian Mohammed Yousuf) tried to persuad the captain of the New Zealand team and other players to convert to Islam. Before he became a Muslim, some other players (like former captain Inzamamul Haq) had also joined the Tableeghis.
These players should be told to concentrate on cricket, not on preaching. They’re being paid to play good cricket, not to convert others to their version of Islam. And if any player thinks otherwise and tries to preach when the team is playing in a foreign country, he should be sent home immediately.