I do not agree with your opinion that gathering in a mosque for dikhr is in anyway an extension in religion. I believe, the intentions make our actions worthwhile. Giving a verdict to this practice is no good at all as Allah will be judging those who gather in the mosque for their intentions.
If we believe that gathering for Allah’s dikhr will bring reward in the hereafter, there should be no harm in that. I believe, we should refrain from giving verdicts on people’s actions without knowing their actual intentions. I hope I have made my point clear.
May Allah help us all follow the right path.
I respect your opinion. However, please note that in our original responses we have neither given any judgments about the intentions of those who participate in the stated practice nor about their position in the hereafter. In the referred response, Mr. Tariq Hashmi has only given his opinion about whether the stated practice is one that is authorized and condoned by the Prophet (pbuh) or not. In our opinion and understanding, the referred practice lacks any support or the Prophet (pbuh) and, therefore, we would not recommend participating in it.
If you feel that we have faltered in our opinion, you would obviously then have some basis to support that the Prophet (pbuh) and his companions held and participated in such gatherings and practices. Please do point them out to us; this would provide us an opportunity to reconsider our opinion on the issue.
Please note that good intentions alone are not sufficient basis to consider a practice correct. Any religious practice, which is not promulgated or, in the least, supported by the Prophet (pbuh) should be refrained from, in our opinion. This is precisely what my respected colleague has written in the referred response.
I hope this helps.
May 16, 2003