‘Allamah Muhammad Yusuf Al Binnory (rahimahullah) writes:
‘May Allah Ta’ala shower abundant mercy on the soul of Moulana Ilyas (rahimahullah) who reminded the Muslim ummah of their forgotten lesson of tabligh. His entire life, all his worry and every breath was devoted to this end. Allah Ta’ala accepted his devotion, sacrifices and sincerity.
The blessing of this has spread to the four corners of the world. It is very possible that there remains no land where a jamat has not reached. These jamats reached places from Moscow, Finland and Spain to China and Japan. Their da’wat and method is very similar to that of the Ambiya (‘alayhimus salam). They do not wait for people to come to them and learn din. Rather, they go to every gully, avenue, bazaar and to every home inviting the people verbally, and via their good character and excellent manner of working.
From head to toe they present a practical manifestation of Islam. Therefore, the effects are certain. Nowadays we do not need much lectures or books as there’s plenty available already. We are in need of practical examples. Eloquent (books and material) are readily available. All we need is plain, simple, practical dawat.
Alhamdulillah this is what the tabligh jamat does.’
(Basair wa ‘ibar, vol.1 pg.406)