1. The promotion of dowry :
The real purpose of religious work should be only to earn the pleasure
of Allaah and the rewards of the hereafter. And the earthly favours, for
example, a life of peace and honour and inheritance of earth etc., are
promised to us and these are not to be sought after. That
is, whatever we have to do must be done just to earn the pleasure of Allaah
and the rewards of the hereafter and we should have faith in these promises
also. (But we should also supplicate for them, but we should not make them
the real purpose of our prayers and obedience.)
The difference between what is promised and what is sought after can be understood very well from the following example: Nikaah and marriage is done to obtain a wife and to get benefit out of her. But what also comes with her is dowry, etc., which is recognized as promised. But there will hardly be any fool in the world who marries just to obtain dowry. And suppose someone does like it and the wife comes to know that he married not for me, but just for the dowry which comes with me, then imagine how much place will be left in the wife's heart for him."
The example given in the second paragraph, therefore, is just to introduce the subject of dowry and legitimize it. Kindly note that the word 'dowry' is used three times in the example and not once has he condemned it.
If any reader is unaware of the meaning and implications of dowry, I will explain it :
A dictionary gives the meaning of dowry as follows : "the property that a woman brings to her husband at marriage."
In India, this social curse is ruining millions of families, both Muslim and non-Muslim, and is fairly common among all segments of society. Large sums of money, vehicles and luxury goods is fixed at the time of engagement / betrothal, to be paid at the time of marriage by the girl's family to the boy's, according to the financial status of the girl's family, more often beyond its means.
Mohamed Ilyas must have been surely aware of these problems caused by dowry. The way the 'advice' is worded is also significant. He mentions "nikaah and marriage'' and says "dowry, etc.". As though the hellish situation created by dowry is not enough, he adds an "etc." to it. And instead of saying what will Allaah think about such a person, he says : "imagine how much place will be left in the wife's heart for him."
In short, he legitimizes dowry, by saying that dowry is recognized as a promised thing, which comes with the wife.
(The meaning of this statement is that to think of a work as good is not equal to participating in it, but only by joining and doing it, the responsibility is discharged. But the satan deceives many people by making them think that by agreeing with the correctness of a work, they have participated in it. It is a great deception by satan.)
As far as the Islaamic tenets are concerned, a man is not allowed to look at a woman, who is not his wife. If he happens to see her by chance, he has to immediately avoid his sight away from her. If she is unmarried and if he develops a liking for her, (and he has a need and the capacity for a nikaah), he has to approach her father, seeking her through nikaah. Only after nikaah comes the act referred by Mohamed Ilyas. However, in the advice rendered by Mohamed Ilyas, there is no mention of nikaah in between the two acts.
We have studied above, two recorded instances of promotion of wrong things: 1. Dowry (which promotes more sins) 2. Adultery.
Allaah says in the Qur-aan:
24:19 "Indeed those who love that scandal should be published among the believers, will have a grievous penalty in this life and in the hereafter; Allaah knows and you know not."
A few days later, he received the book through one of the comrades in his district 'markaz', who had gone to the Delhi 'markaz'. With the purchase bill and the balance cash, he also received a note from someone in the Delhi 'markaz', reprimanding him not to trouble the elders for such small things.
The book "Malfoozaat of Ilyass Sahib", also finds a mention in the foreword of their book : "Fazaail-e-A'amaal". (Page 4 of the Urdu edition.)
This shows that their 'markaz' in Delhi does propagate this "Malfoozaat" book.