Part: 4,5 and 6
Nazeer-e-Muhammadi, Khatme Nubuwat and the Athar of Ibn Abbas continued and answering a question about these issues,
Maulana Mu-hammed Qasim Nanotwi
wrote a book named “Tahzeerun Naas” in which he wrote:
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In a letter to Maulana Muhammad Fazil, Maulana Mu-hammed Qasim Nanotwi wrote:
Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi writes:
“When Maulana Nanotwi wrote Tahzeerun Naas, nobody in the whole of India supported him, except Maulana Abdul Hay.”
Maulana Muhammad Shah Punjabi, Maulana Fazle Majeed Badayuni, Maulana Hidayat Ali Barelwi, Maulana Faseehuddin Badayuni and Shaykh Muhammad Thanwi all wrote books against Tahzeerun Naas and strongly refuted its contents.
Hazrat Maulana Abdus Samee’ Bedil Rampuri, Khalifa of Haji Imdadullah Muhajir Makki, wrote the famous book:
In reply to this book,
Maulana Khalil Ahmad Anbethawi Saharanpuri
(b.1269 AH-d.1346 AH) (b.1852 CE - d.1927 CE)
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which was endorsed by Maulana Rasheed Ahmad Gangohi. This book contains a paragraph which compares the blessed knowledge of Rasoolullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam with that of the accursed Iblis in such heart wrenching words.
“The end result: One should ponder that by looking at the state of Shaytan and the Angel of death, and proving [similar] knowledge that encompasses the earth to the Pride of the world Sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam without any documentary evidence and merely by wrong analogy – if this is not polytheism, then which part of belief is this?
Because such extensive [knowledge] for the Angel of death and Shaytan is proved from absolute evidence [nuSuS e qaTyi`ah]. Where is any such absolute evidence to prove the extensiveness of the knowledge of the Pride of the world, sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam which refutes all absolute documents in order to prove one polytheistic belief?”
The Ulema of the Ahlus Sunnah opposed it and in 1306 H (1888 C.E.), a debate took place in Bhawalpur (Punjab) which was organised by Nawab Muhammad Sadiq Abbasi (Nawab of Bhawalpur).
This was the place where Maulana Khalil Ahmad Anbethawi worked. Maulana Mahmood Hasan Deobandi (Shaykh al-Hind) and Maulana Khalil Ahmad Anbethawi argued in favour of Baraheen-e-Qati’ah and for the Ahlus Sunnah, Maulana Ghulam Dastagir Qasuri was the debater. Shaykh al-Mashaikh Hazrat Shah Ghulam Farid was the judge for the debate.
The whole debate has been published as
“Taqdees al-Wakeel ‘an Tauheen al-Rasheed wa al-Khalil”.
The debate was a written one and the argument of Maulana Dastagir was this:
“My objection is that you have denied the vast knowledge of the most knowledgeable of creation sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam and have shown his knowledge to be less than that of Shaytan. This is disrespect of the worst kind.”
Haji Imdadullah Muhajir Makki and Maulana Rahmatullah Kairanwi supported the Ulema of the Ahlus Sunnah and favouring the stance of Maulana Dastagir, they both signed the Taqdees al-Wakeel. After seeing the signatures of Maulana Rasheed Ahmad Gangohi in favour of Maulana Khalil Ahmad Anbethawi, Maulana Rahmatullah Kairanwi wrote in refutation:
“I used to think of Maulana Rasheed Ahmad as “Rasheed” but he turned out to be other than this. He has tried hard to prove the knowledge of Rasoolullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam to be less than that of Shaytan and has called it Shirk to believe otherwise.” 
"And then, if it is correct to attribute the knowledge of the unseen (ilm ghayb) to be possessed by RasûlAllâh Sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, as Zayd says, then it remains to be asked, which one he refers to. Is it only a ‘part’ of it (baáĎ) or ‘complete’; if he refers to ‘part’, then what is extraordinary about RasûlAllâh in possessing it? Such knowledge of unseen is also possessed by all and sundry (zayd,amr); even infants, lunatics and all the animals and quadrupeds."
The paternal grandson of Hazrat Sayyid Muhammad Jilani Qadri Hyderabadi, Sayyid Nazeeruddin son of Sayyid Moinuddin, expresses his disgust at this statement:
“Some people brought the book, ‘Hifzul Iman’ by Ashraf Ali Thanwi to my grandfather (Sayyid Muhammad Jilani Qadri) and asked about it. He read the book and said, “Molvi Ashraf Ali has written an utmost disrespectful thing about ‘Ilm-e-Ghayb”.
A few days after this, Molvi Ashraf Ali was sitting in Makkah Masjid in Hyderabad. My grandfather stood and expressed his disgust at the book and said, “This paragraph stinks of Kufr.”
A few days later, there was gathering of Ulema at the house of Maulana Hafiz Muhammad Ahmad (son of Maulana Mu-hammed Qasim Nanotwi). Since he had great affection for my grandfather he invited him too. At the gathering, the Ulema expressed their views on the paragraph in Hifzul Iman. My grandfather mentioned the disgust he felt and presented a fatwa against the book.
Then, some days after this, my grandfather saw Sayyidina Rasoolullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam in a dream. The dear Prophet sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam expressed his happiness that my grandfather had refuted the book and had labelled it “Aqbah” (the most repugnant). Rasoolullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said, “I am happy with you. What do you wish for?” My grandfather replied that he wished that his remaining life would be spent in Madina and that he be buried in Madina. His wish was granted and he migrated to Madina thereafter. He spent ten years there and passed away there in 1364 AH. (1944 C.E) 
Hazrat Maulana Abul Khair Naqshbandi Mujaddidi Dihlawi was once resident in Kothi Ilahi Bakhsh, Meerut. During his stay, Hafiz Mu-hammed Ahmad, son of Maulana Mu-hammed Qasim Nanotwi, and Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi came to one of his gatherings.
A supporter of Maulana Ghulam Dastagir Qasuri read out the passage of Hifzul Iman. Hazrat Shah Abul Khair Dihlawi found it utterly displeasing and said:
“Is this service to the religion? Your elders were upon our path. Why did you oppose this?” Molvi Ashraf Ali Thanwi replied, “I have clarified this passage in another book of mine”. Shah Abul Khair answered, “So many people have diverged from the truth due to your book, what need remains of your clarification?”
The beginning and the end of sectarianism is there for all to see.
Muhammad Husain (Raees Nahtor, Zila Bajnur) writes that when Shah Mu-hammed Isma’il Dihlawi reached Lucknow from Delhi with his supporters and began to preach his ideas:
“At the time, Maulana Abdur Rahman Wilayati was resident in Lucknow. He was famous for his miracles. Molvi Isma’il abstained from debate during this time. When he was about to leave, he said that the Ulema of Lucknow were very astray. He expressed his plan to return from Calcutta and do Jihad against these “astray” people. Molvi Abdur Rahman said, “My son! Whoever has intentions such as this does not return.”
The ideology of Sayyid Ahmad Rae Barelwi and the writings of Shah Isma’il Dihlawi strayed away from the beliefs of the predecessors and the creed of Waliullahi family.
Pointing towards the consequences of this, Maulana Ubaidullah Sindhi clearly expresses his views:
“As time passed by, due to dissent from the original creed, instead of becoming a national movement for the Muslims, the Waliullahi movement became a platform for religious sectarianism. When connected with Sayyid Ahmad Shaheed, naturally, this sectarianism occurred and the other section of this movement, the Deoband movement, also caused the same result. Even today, the vast majority of Muslims is Barelwi which does not consider the two abovementioned movements as being anything less than Kufr.”
The religious sectarianism that occurred in India after 1240 AH / 1825 CE, the reasons for it and the people behind it have been mentioned briefly.
A brief list of influential Sunni personalities is also presented.
13th Century Hijri
- ‘Allama Abdul Ali Farangi Mahalli Lakhnawi (1144-1235 AH)
- Shah Muhammad Ajmal Ilahabadi (1160-1236 AH)
- Shah Anwarul Haq Farangi Mahalli (1159-1239 AH)
- Shah Ghulam Ali Naqshbandi Dihlawi (1158-1240 AH)
- Shah Abu Sa’eed Mujaddidi Rampuri (1196-1226 AH)
- Shah Sayyid Aale Ahmad Qadri Barkati Marahrawi (1160-1262 AH)
- Shah Abul Hasan Fard Phulwarwi (1191-1265 AH)
- Shah Ahmad Sa’eed Mujaddidi Rampuri (1217-1277 AH)
- ‘Allama Fazl-e-Haq Khayrabadi (1212-1278 AH)
- ‘Allama Abdul Haleem Farangi Mahalli Lakhnawi (1209-1285 AH)
- ‘Allama Fazle Rasool Uthmani Qadri Badayuni (1213-1289 AH)
- Shah Aale Rasool Ahmadi Qadri Barkati Marahrawi (1209-1296 AH)
- Maulana Naqi Ali Barelwi (1246-1297 AH)
and many others, may Allah be pleased with them all.
14th Century Hijri
- Maulana Abdul Hay Farangi Mahalli Lakhnawi (1264-1304 AH)
- Mufti Irshad Husain Mujaddidi Rampuri (1248-1311 AH)
- Maulana Fazle Rahman Ganj Muradabadi (1208-1313 AH)
- Maulana Ghulam Dastagir Qusuri Lahori (d. 1315 AH)
- Maulana Abdul Qadir Uthmani Qadri Barkati Badayuni (1253-1319 AH)
- Maulana Hidayatullah Rampuri Jaunpuri (d. 1326 AH)
- Maulana Khairuddin Dihlawi (d. 1326 AH)
- Maulana Ahmad Raza Hanafi Qadri Barkati Barelwi (1272-1340 AH)
- Shah Abul Khair Naqshbandi Dihlawi (1272-1341 AH)
- Sayyid Shah Ali Husain Ashrafi Kachochawi (1266-1355 AH)
- Shah Mihr Ali Golrawi Punjabi (1274-1356 AH)
and many others, may Allah be pleased with them all.
 Qasim al-Uloom, page 55. First letter
 Al-Ifadat al-Yawmiya, page 580. Deoband – Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi
 Taqdees al-Wakeel, page 93
 Taqdees al-Wakeel, page 419
 Maqamat-e-Khair, page 616. Shah Abul Khair Academy, Dehli
 Bazm-e-Khair az-Zayd, page 11. Shah Abul Khair Academy, Dehli
 Faryad al-Muslimin, 1308 AH / 1890 CE – Muhammad Husain Bajnuri
 Ifadat-o-Malfuzat, page 349. Sindh Sagar Academy, Lahore – Maulana Ubaidullah Sindhi
Wahhabi Fitnah in the Indian subcontinent
In the previous pages, the references and the passages of the leaders of Deoband are based upon misguidance and Kufr
(Copies of the original passages can be seen in “Da’wat e Fikr” by Maulana Muhammad Mansha Tabish Qasauri).
These passages harm the Islamic doctrine about Allah and the sanctity of Prophethood.
These were the root cause of the division among the Muslims of India and this land became a battleground for sectarianism, the effects of which can be seen even today in every village, town and city, destroying the very soul of Islam.
The movement to preserve the sanctity and sacredness of Prophethood and protection of the creed of the Ahlus Sunnah was aided by many great scholars who played a vital role.
Foremost among them was, Muhibbu’r Rasool Taaju’l Fuhool Maulana Abdul Qadir Uthmani Qadri Barkati Badayuni (son of ‘Allama Fazl e Rasool Uthmani Qadri Barkati Badayuni), student of ‘Allama Fazl e Haq Khairabadi who was the student of Shah Abdul Aziz Muhaddith Dihlawi and secondly Imam e Ahl e Sunnat Maulana Ahmad Raza Hanafi Qadri Barkati Barelwi (son of ‘Allama Naqi Ali Barelwi), Khalifa of Maulana Sayyid Shah Aal e Rasool Qadri Barkati Marahrawi who was the student of Shah Abdul Aziz Muhaddith Dihlawi. These two personalities, in their own era, played an important role. They both had Bay’ah and also Ijazah and Khilafah from Marahra Mutahhara (Eta, U.P.) and their allegiance was always to the luminaries of Marahra Mutahhara.
The distinctive characteristic of Imam Ahmad Raza Hanafi Qadri Barkati Barelwi was his love for the dear Prophet sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam.
His great-grandson, Maulana Mufti Akhtar Raza Qadri Azhari Barelwi writes:
“The love of the Prophet sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam was the prime focus in his life. All his sayings and actions were steeped in love for the Prophet sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam that it can be said that, he was, from head to toe, immersed in the love of Rasoolullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam. Love of the Prophet sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam was his life and that was his message.”
It is worth noting here that his love was not a kind of madness where all sense of judgment is lost; rather, his love bound him to comply with the wishes of the beloved sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam. This is the state in love, where a man’s own wishes are vanquished and he becomes a follower of the wishes of his beloved.
This is the state mentioned in the hadith : ‘that a man’s desires are compliant with that [message] which I have come with.’ [wa an yakunu hawāhu tab’an limaa jiytu bihi]
This aspect is reflected in all his religious services and efforts. His book, Maqal e ‘Urafa’ bi I’zaz e Shar’a wa ‘Ulema is sufficient to demonstrate this. In this book he has shown the loftiness of the Shari’ah, and has eloquently refuted those freethinking Sufis who oppose it. He has strongly refuted rituals and actions that anti-Shari’ah in his books and urged Muslims to abstain from them.
For example, visiting fake graves, visiting of graves by women, festivals and fairs during an ‘Urs, prostration of reverence and making Ta’zia [icons to commemorate the martyrdom of Ahl al-Bayt]. He has strongly advised and urged Muslims to abstain from such rituals.
Prof. Muhammad Mas’ud Ahmad Mujaddidi Mazhari, son of Mufti Muhammad Mazharullah Naqshbandi Mujaddidi (Khateeb and Imam of Masjid Fatehpuri, Delhi) writes:
(1) Imam Ahmad Raza Muhaddith Barelwi considered it to be contrary to adab [respect] to use words or phrases loosely, when referring to Allah ta’ala or the Prophets; because even though the literal meaning might seem correct, they still remain disrespectful.
According to Muhaddith Barelwi, such words are present in
Molvi Muhammad Qasim Nanotwi’s Tahzeerun Naas,
Molvi Ashraf Ali Thanwi’s Hifzul Iman,
Molvi Khalil Ahmad Anbethawi’s al-Baraheen al-Qati’ah,
Molvi Isma’il Dihlawi’s Sirat-e-Mustaqeemand Taqwiyatul Iman and
Molvi Mahmood Hasan Deobandi’s al-Jahd al-Maqal.
Whereas the authors of these books claim that these words should not be taken in the sense that is disrespectful; because even according to them, disrespect is Haram. But the standpoint of Muhaddith Barelwi is that because the passages in these books are in common speech [Urdu].
The default meaning is that which is commonly understood by the native Urdu speaker. Therefore, the ruling will be according to such a meaning [not the abstruse one, which can be extracted].
(2) Secondly, Muhaddith Barelwi believed that the praise mentioned about the Prophet sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam in the Qur’an and Hadith should be taken as it is reported and disseminated likewise so that the status and rank of the Prophet sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam is known to Muslims and their hearts are filled with his love and respect.
However, the Ulema of Deoband chose to be overly cautious in this regard because they believed that this could cause Muslims to transgress the limits.
(3) Muhaddith Barelwi was of the opinion that celebrating the birthday of the Prophet sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam was permissible and desirable, whereas the scholars of of Deoband were against it.
(4) Muhaddith Barelwi considered Qiyam [to stand in respect] to be a praiseworthy act in the gatherings of Mawlid an-Nabi sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam whereas the scholars of Deoband considered this to be Bid’ah or an innovation.
(5) Muhaddith Barelwi considered ‘Urs to be permissible (as long as these gatherings did not contravene the Shari’ah) whereas the scholars of Deoband considered them to be impermissible.
(6) Fatiha [donating the reward to deceased] was considered permissible by Muhaddith Barelwi [again as long as it did not have any element against Shari`ah] but the scholars of Deoband considered it to be impermissible.
A few paragraphs later, Prof. Muhammad Mas’ud Ahmad writes:
The Spiritual Master and Murshid of the elders of Deoband, Haji Imdadullah Muhajir Makki, had the same opinions as Muhaddith Barelwi did; and he wrote a monograph, Faisla Haft Mas’ala to unite these two groups.
However, the Ulema of Deoband did not accept his views.
From the Salaf (predecessors) to the Khalaf (their successors) it is an unanimous belief that disrespect towards the Prophet sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam is a gross crime and manifest Kufr. The Qur’an, Hadith and the sayings of the Sahaba and Tabi’een form the evidence for this ruling.The Shaykh-ul-Hadith of Darul Uloom Deoband, Maulana Husain Ahmad Tandwi, writes concerning the issue:
“Disrespecting the Prophet sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam is Kufr. Never mind clear disrespect, even if a person utter words that [are ambiguous and hence] might resemble disrespect, even this will cause it to be ruled Kufr.” 
Similarly, Ilhad and Zandaqah are also Kufr; and after Shar’i proof is obtained, it is obligatory to rule someone an apostate [Takfeer] who denies a matter deemed among the necessities of faith. Maulana Ameen Ahsan Islahi from Madrasatul Islah (Azamgarh, U.P.) writes in a letter:
“Maulana Thanwi’s fatwa has been published that Maulana Shibli Nu’mani and Maulana Hamiduddin Farahi are Kafir and because the Madrasatul Islah is part of their mission, it is a Madrasa of Kufr and apostacy up to the stage that those Ulema who attend the missionary gatherings of the Madrasa they too are Mulhid and non-Muslims.” 
When the mureed and Khalifa of Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi, Maulana Abdul Majid Daryabadi, wrote a letter to Maulana Thanwi which consisted of praise for Maulana Shibli Nu’mani and Maulana Farahi’s knowledge, their piety and their religious services, Maulana Thanwi replied by writing:
“These are all actions (a’maal). Belief (‘aqaid) is a separate entity to this. Good beliefs can be coupled with bad actions just as bad beliefs can be coupled with good actions.”
Further details on this topic can be found in books like Kitab al-Shifa’ by Qadi Iyad Maliki al-Andalusi, As-Sarim al-Maslool of ibn Taymiya, Ikfar al-Mulhideen by Anwar Shah Kashmiri (Shaykh-ul-Hadith, Darul Uloom Deoband), Ashaddul ‘Adhaab by Murtada Hasan Darbhangwi (Head of Education, Deoband) and two new books – Naamoos-e-Rasool aur Qanoon-e-Tauheen-e-Risalat by Justice Muhammad Isma’il Qureshi and Gustaakh-e-Rasool ki Shar’i Haysiyat by Mufti Muhammad Gul Rahman Qadri.
The scholars of Ahlu’s Sunnah defended the sanctity of Prophethood and they performed a Jihad against attacks on established beliefs.
Following in their footsteps, the Imam of Ahlu’s Sunnah, Maulana Imam Ahmad Raza Hanafi Qadri Barkati Barelwi protected the creed of the Ahlus Sunnah with his pen;
Books like Kanz al-Iman fi Tarjumat al-Qur’an, Al-‘Ataya al-Nabawiya fi al-Fatawa al-Ridawiyya, Jadd al-Mumtar ‘ala Radd al-Muhtar, Hadayiq-e-Bakhshish and Al-Daulat al-Makkiyah are proof of his efforts to ward of the mischief.
As a part of this service are his Fatawa al-Haramain Bi Rajafi Nadwat al-Mayn (1317 AH, 1899 CE), Al-Mu’tamad al-Mustanad (1320 AH, 1902 CE) and Husaam al-Haramayn (1324 AH) in which he passed the juridical verdict that the aforementioned writings were Kufr and presented it to the scholars of Haramayn (Makkah and Madinah) who wrote approvals [taqriz] for that fatwa. Read Fazil-e-Barelwi ‘Ulema-e-Hijaz ki Nazar Mein written by Prof. Dr. Mas’ud Ahmad for more details.
As a Faqih (jurist) and a Mufti, he wrote thousands of fatawa and answered all kinds of questions. Other Sunni contemporaries also rendered this service, but his rank was that of a spokesman for all of them. He was always at the forefront against false belief and anti-Islamic philosophies. He refuted the Wahabi sect and its offshoots with utmost brilliance and this is the reason why he became a target for many a false accusation. He writes himself in Tamhid e Iman:
“To deceive the public these people have contrived a scheme. They say, “What is the reliability of these scholars of Ahlus Sunnah? These people [Sunnis] make takfir on petty things. Their machines churn out only the decrees declaring people as infidels. They have ruled Isma’il Dihlawi, Molvi Ishaq, Molvi Abdul Hay as Kafirs” [here the imam implies that he has not said so].
And those without shame say that I have ruled Kafir – I seek Allah’s refuge - Shah Abdul Aziz, Shah Waliullah, Haji Imdadullah, Maulana Shah Fazlurrahman [all scholars of Ahlus Sunnah] and those beyond all boundaries of shame, say that I have ruled Kafir – I seek Allah’s refuge – that I have did Takfeer of Shaykh Mujaddid Alfi Thani rahimahullah [implying I have never said so].
They mention the names of whosoever the person they are talking to holds in great esteem. In fact some of them went to Maulana Muhammad Husain Ilahabadi and said that I have done Takfeer of – I seek Allah’s refuge - Shaykh al-Akbar Muhiyuddin ibn al-‘Arabi quddisa sirruhu! May Allah grant the Maulana an exalted place in paradise for he did not believe those liars. Rather he obeyed the verse: “If a fasiq comes to you with news, make sure of it” [investigate its truthfulness] and he wrote to me asking whether I had done so. I wrote to him back negating it in the form of a booklet by name, Inja al-Bari an Waswasil Muftari. When the Maulana read it he said “La hawla wa la quwwata illa billah”, warding off the deceit of these people.”
A prominent scholar of the Ahlus Sunnah, Maulana Sayyid Ahmad Sa’eed Kazmi Amrohawi (Anwar-ul-Uloom, Multan) writes:
“On the issue of Takfeer [ruling someone as an apostate], our stance has always been that, whosoever utters words of Kufr we shall not refrain from pronouncing Takfeer against them; whether they be Deobandi or Barelwi, follower of the League or the Congress, Nechari [naturalists] or Nadwi. On this issue we shall not differentiate whether someone is a friend or a foe.
This certainly does not mean that if one follower of the League utters a word of Kufr, all the followers of the League are Kafir; or if one Nadwi committed Kufr that all Nadwis are apostates. We do not declare all the residents of Deoband as Kafirs due to passages of Kufr written by some Deobandis.
We and our elders have repeatedly said that we do not decree any resident of Deoband or Lucknow as a kafir just because they live there. According to us, only that person is a kafir who commits insults against Allah, His Prophets and the chosen people of Allah and despite repeated warnings, does not repent. We also consider those people to be kafir who are aware of such Kufr and are aware of the clear meanings of these insults, and despite this they consider the insults to be the truth, the insulter to be a believer and their leader.
And that is it.
Apart from this, we do not declare anyone who claims to be a Muslim as an apostate. The number of people we have ruled as apostates are very few in number and restricted [to a specific issue]. Apart from these specific individuals, no Muslim from Deoband or Bareilly is termed an apostate. Neither are [Muslim] followers of the League or the Congress. We consider all Muslims to be exactly that – Muslims.”
Mufti Muhammad Sharif al-Haq Amjadi, an exegete of Al-Bukhari, and head of the fatwa division [Dar al-Ifta’], al-Jamiat al-Ashrafiya, Mubarakpur (India) writes:
“Mere currency among common folk [úrf] is not sufficient to issue a ruling. Rather, rulings must take the real meanings of words into consideration. Therefore, a person who calls himself a Deobandi, is known by others as a Deobandi, believes these four Ulema-e-Deoband to be his leaders, even labels the Ahlus Sunnah as Bid’atis, but is not aware of the infamous statements of Kufr of these four scholars, then in reality he is not a Deobandi [who is ruled kafir]. Such a person is not ruled as a disbeliever or that performing his funeral prayer is disbelief. And Allah knows best.”
Note by the translator: The reason why the shaykh says ‘he is not a Deobandi in reality’ is because in the fatwas of Imam Ahmed Raza and other prominent Sunni scholars, the tag ‘Deobandi’ is used for a specific group. People should not confuse this to accuse these scholars of indulging in blanket takfir. Allāh táālā knows best.
 Weekly Hujoom, New Delhi. December 1988
 Imam Ahmad Raza Muhaddith Barelwi, page 37-38. Qadri Kitab Ghar, Bareilly – Prof. Muhammad Mas’ud Ahmad
 Maktubat Shaykh-ul-Islam, vol. 2, page 165
 Hakeem-ul-Ummah, page 475 – Abdul Majid Daryabadi
 Hakeem-ul-Ummah, page 476
 Tamheed-e-Iman, page 45-46. Idara Ma’arif-e-Nu’mania, Lahore - Imam Ahmad Raza Barelwi
 Al-Haq al-Mubeen, page 24-25. Multan – ‘Allama Ahmad Sa’eed Kazmi
 Ma’arif Shaareh Bukhari, page 914, Raza Academy, Mumbai
Wahhabi Fitnah in the Indian subcontinent
(1) Takallum – that a particular statement was certainly said;
(2) Kalam – that such a statement is certainly blasphemous;
(3) Mutakallim – that such a statement was certainly said by the person.
When there is not the frailest doubt [or misunderstanding] in any of the criteria above OR when there is not an acceptable explanation, only then can a ruling of apostacy be issued. This is the same for both actions and words [amounting to blasphemy]. This principle can be understood by a simple example. If Zayd claims to be a Muslim, then the ruling of apostacy [takfeer] can be issued only if he denies or contravenes any necessary article of faith either through his words or his actions and such a denial or contravention has:
(1) indeed occurred
(2) such words or actions are indeed blasphemous
(3) such words or actions are indeed proved to be that of Zayd.
And only when all three aspects above are conclusively proven and ascertained, the ruling of apostacy [takfeer] can be pronounced for Zayd.
The unambiguous position of the scholars of Ahlu’s Sunnah concerning the leaders of Deoband and their infamous statements is that: any person who has complete knowledge of these statements and clear understanding of those statements, and yet, does not consider such people as disbelievers is a disbeliever himself. That is, being fully cognizant of the issue and complete understanding of those statements is a necessary condition for ruling the second person [the follower or admirer of Deobandi elders] an apostate.
The doctrine and the actions of Ahlu’s Sunnah are those which have been handed down from the time of the Prophet and his companions [Sahabah] to their successors [Tabiyeen] and that which have been documented in the books of tafseer, hadith, fiqh, tasawwuf, seerah and tareekh. The writings and speeches of the scholars of Farangi Mahal, Lucknow, Khayrabad, Badayun and Bareilly conform to this very set of beliefs. They are the true spokesmen of the teachings and opinions of scholars like Shaykh Abdul Haq Muhaddith Dihlawi (d. 1052 AH) and Shah Abdul Aziz Muhaddith Dihlawi (d. 1239 AH) who are the true heirs of Islamic scholars. They do not accept nor even contemplate novel ideas that contradict Islamic doctrine. They hold fast unto the doctrine propounded and promulgated by the elders; they consider this to be a precious gift and a path for their own salvation and that of other Muslims.
Maulana Nayimuddin Muradabadi, a deputy of Imam Ahmad Raza Hanafi Barkati Barelwi, writes:
“A Sunni is one, who is a living example of Maa ana ‘alaihi wa as’habi. They are upon the creed of the Khulafa al-Rashideen, the Imams of religion [both fiqh and tasawwuf] and among the latter scholars Shaykh Abdul Haq Muhaddith Dihlawi, Malik al-Ulama Bahr al-Uloom Maulana Abdul Ali Farangi Mahalli, Maulana Fazle Haq Khairabadi, Maulana Shah Fazl e Rasool Badayuni, Mufti Irshad Husain Rampuri and Maulana Mufti Shah Ahmed Raza Barelwi, may Allah have mercy on them.”
Imam Ahmed Raza Barelwi in his fatawa – like other scholars of Ahlu’s Sunnah – has enjoined Muslims to be steadfast in their belief and better their social standing. These are available as small booklets and following are the subjects of his fatawa :
- Shari’ah is the ultimate law and following it is obligatory for all Muslims;
- to refrain from Bid’ah is of utmost importance
- a Sufi without knowledge or a Shaykh without actions is a joke of the devil;
- it is impermissible to imitate the Kuffar, to mingle with the misguided [and heretics] and to participate in the festivals of the Hindus.
- it is polytheism [shirk] to prostrate to any other than Allah táālā with the intention of worship. And if such a prostration is out of reverence [sajdah at-taĥiyyah], it is Haram.
- it is prohibited to ridicule other muslims and consider oneself higher than others.
- the iconography of the Shi`ah [ta’aziyah] and respecting such icons is forbidden
- Qawwali [sama’a] with musical instruments is forbidden
- it is not permissible for women to travel to visit graves [or maqams of awliya]
- it is not permissible to make pictures of living things.
- abbreviating the blessing ‘sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam’ to an acronym ‘sa’d lam ayn meem’, [in english it is abbreviated as PBUH] is impermissible
- to visit fake graves [that have no basis or record but simply the product of folklore] is impermissible
- feeding the poor and needy with the intention to donate the reward to the dead is permissible; but to hold obsequies and banquets where even the rich are invited is impermissible
For further details, see my book, “Imam Ahmed Raza aur Radd e Bid’aat-o-Munkaraat”, [Imām Aĥmed Rida and his refutation of heresies and innovations] published in India and Pakistan.
He had the same opinion like that of the Sawad al-A’dham (the great majority) of the Ahlu’s Sunnah wal Jama’ah; similar to that of the scholars of Badayun, Khairabad, Bareilly, the masters of Marahra and Kichaucha with regards to the following practices and beliefs are permissible:
- that intercession [tawassul] of the Prophets and saints is permissible
- to respect relics of the prophets and elders and to rever them
- visit shrines or graves of saints with the intention of tawassul
- to celebrate ‘Urs which is free from impermissible practises and sin
- to celebrate the birthday of the prophet şallAllāhu álayhi wa sallam [Mawlid, Qiyam] and to stand up in his honor
- to donate reward of good deeds to the dead [Fatiha and Isaal al-Thawab] etc.
Sayyid Muhammad Faruq al-Qadri, the Urdu translator of Anfas al-‘Arifeen, an important book on taşawwuf among the followers of Shah Waliyullah, writes the following about the practices of Ahlu’s Sunnah:
“Imagine! Were Shah Waliullah Muhaddith Dihlawi, Shah Abdur Raheem, Shaykh Abū’r Rida and Siraj al-Hind Maulana Shah Abdul Aziz all Barelwis? Maulana Shah Ahmed Raza Barelwi and Darul Uloom Deoband were not even in existence when these disagreements began.
It is ironic that the first thing that disrupted the peaceful environment of the Subcontinent was a member of this prominent family [of Shah Waliyullah] - Shah Muhammad Ismay’il and his Taqwiyatul Iman. His thought was unacceptable, his beckoned towards a strange idea and his way of invitation was warlike.
I have seen a list of 250 books written as a rebuttal to Taqwiyatul Iman in various languages as soon as it was published. From this, one can surmise the reaction towards this book amongst both ordinary Muslims and scholars.
We have no proof to say that all the scholars, Sufis and ordinary Muslims were steeped in polytheism and heresy [Shirk and Bid’ah] and that Shah Muhammad Isma’il was enlightening the nation and introducing them to real Tawĥīd for the first time.
The reality of the matter is that, the first voice that erred from the creed of Sawad al-A’dhamor the Great Majority that shook the Subcontinent was that of Shah Isma’il. Certainly, this can be termed as an invitation to the movement of Muhammad bin Abdu’l Wahhab an-Najdi but it surely not a call towards the thought or practices of Shah Waliyullah.”
The movement to protect the Ahlu’s Sunnah and to reinstill the respect of the Prophet in the hearts of Muslims, was led by the scholars of Khairabad, Badayun and Bareilly. This movement came into prominence as an answer to the Wahabi movement and was greatly aided by the Imam of the Ahlu’s Sunnah, Maulana Ahmed Raza Hanafi Qadri Barkati Barelwi (d. 1340 AH, 1921 CE) whose immense knowledge and outstanding leadership saw to it that the creed of Ahlu’s Sunnah, the creed of our predecessors, our elder scholars prevailed.
A brief list of scholars, institutions and publishing houses that belong to the Ahlu’s Sunnah is in order.
Scholars among many others, may Allah have mercy on them all:
· Mawlānā Waşī Aĥmed Muĥaddith Sūratī
· Mawlānā Amjad Álī Azmi
· Mawlānā Nayimuddin Muradabadi
· Sayyid Jama’at Ali Shah Muhaddith Alipuri
· Mawlānā Sayyid Deedar Ali Alwari
· Mawlānā Hamid Raza Qadri
· Mawlānā Mustafa Raza Qadri Noori
· Mawlānā Abdul Muqtadir Badayuni
· Mawlānā Abdul Qadeer Badayuni
· Mawlānā Abdul Aleem Siddiqi
· Mawlānā Sayyid Muhammad Muhaddith Ashrafi Kachochwi
· Mawlānā Zafaruddin Qadri Bihari
· Mufti Muhammad Abdul Baqi Burhanul Haq Jabalpuri
· Mawlānā Hashmat Ali Lakhnawi
· Mawlānā Karamatullah Dihlawi
· Mawlānā Hasnayn Raza Barelwi
- Mufti Muhammad Akhtar Raza Qadri Azhari
- Mawlānā Shah Ahmad Noorani
- Mawlānā Tahseen Raza Barelwi
- Mufti Muhammad Shariful Haq Amjadi
- ‘Allama Arshadul Qadri
- ‘Allama Sayyid Mahmood Ahmad Rizvi Lahori
- Mufti Abdul Mannan Azmi
- Mufti Ghulam Muhammad Rizvi Nagpuri
- Mufti Muhammad Abdul Qayyum Qadri Hazarvi
- Prof. Muhammad Mas’ud Ahmad Mujaddidi Mazhari
- Mufti Zafar Ali Nu’mani
- Mufti Jalaluddin Ahmad Amjadi
- Mawlānā Sayyid Muhammad Madni Ashrafi Kachochwi
- Mufti Muhammad Ashfaq Husain Na’imi
- ‘Allama Zia-ul-Mustafa Qadri
- Khwaja Muzaffar Husain Rizvi
- Mawlānā Mujeeb Ashraf Rizvi
- Mawlānā Abdul Hakeem Sharf Qadri
- Shah Turabul Haq Qadri
- Sayyid Hamid Ashraf Kachochwi
- Mawlānā Qamaruzzaman Azmi
- Mawlānā Muhammad Ahmad Azmi Misbahi
Institutions and Universities [or Madrasah, Jami`ah] of Ahlu’s Sunnah:
- Manzar-e-Islam, Bareilly
- Mazhar-e-Islam, Bareilly
- Al-Jamiatul Ashrafiyah, Mubarakpur
- Jamia Na’yimia, Muradabad
- Darul Uloom Hizbul Ahnaaf, Lahore
- Darul Uloom Amjadia, Karachi
- Jamia Nizamia Rizvia, Lahore
- Darul Uloom Ishaqia, Jodhpur
- Markaz al-Thaqafat al-Sunniya, Calicut, Kerala
- Jamia Sa’dia, Kasargod, Kerala
- Jamia Hazrat Nizamuddin Awliya, New Delhi
- Darul Uloom Amjadia, Nagpur
- Darul Uloom Faizur Rasool, Bara’un Shareef
- Jamia Ashraf, Kichaucha Shareef
- Jamia Hameedia Rizvia, Banaras
- Jamia Na’yimia, Lahore
- Darul Uloom Na’yimia, Karachi
- Al-Jamiatul Islamia, Ronahi, Faizabad
- Darul Uloom ‘Aleemia, Jamdashahi, Basti
- Darul Uloom Muhammadia, Mumbai
- Faizul Uloom, Jamshedpur
- Zia-ul-Islam, Hora, Bengal
- Anwar-ul-Qur’an, Balrampur
- Darul Uloom Ghareeb Nawaz, Ilahabad
- Ahsan-ul-Madaris, Kanpur
- Darul Uloom Warsia, Lucknow
- Sunni Darul Isha’at, Mubarakpur
- Al-Majma’ al-Islami, Mubarakpur
- Markazi Majlis-e-Raza, Lahore
- Raza Academy, Lahore
- Raza Academy, Mumbai
- Idara Tahqeeqat-e-Imam Ahmad Raza, Karachi
- Idara Ma’arif-e-Nu’mania, Lahore
- Darul Qalam, Dehli
- Al-Majma’ al-Misbahi, Mubarakpur
- Idara-e-Afkar-e-Haq, Baisi Purniya
- Maktaba Jaam-e-Noor, Delhi
- Faruqia Book Depot, Delhi
- Rizvi Kitab Ghar, Delhi and Bhiwandi
- Maktaba Na’imia, Delhi
- Kutub Khana Amjadia, Basti
- Qadri Kitab Ghar, Bareilly
- Qadri Book Depot, Bareilly
- Maktaba Rahmania Rizvia, Bareilly
- Monthly Kanzul Iman, Dehli
- Monthly Ashrafia, Mubarakpur
- Monthly Jahan-e-Raza, Lahore
- Monthly Sunni Dunya, Bareilly
- Monthly A’la Hazrat, Bareilly
- Monthly Taybah, Ahmadabad
- Monthly Yaseen, Kota, Rajasthan
- Monthly Sirat-e-Mustaqeem, Udaipur, Rajasthan
- Monthly Maah-e-Taybah, Jodhpur, Rajasthan
- Quarterly al-Kausar, Sahsaram
- Annual Ma’arif-e-Raza, Karachi
- Monthly Zia-e-Haram, Lahore
The focal point of all these institutions is, “Oh Allah! Guide us upon the straight path. The path of those whom Thou hast favoured; not those who have earned Your anger and those gone astray”.
A few of the awliya in the subcontinent, may Allāh be pleased with them:
- Hazrat Daata Ganj Bakhsh Hujweri Lahori
- Hazrat Khwaja Muyinuddin Chishti Ajmeri
- Hazrat Shaykh Bahauddin Zakariya Multani
- Hazrat Khwaja Fariduddin Ganj Shakar
- Hazrat Khwaja Qutbuddin Bakhtyar Kaki
- Hazrat Makhdoom ‘Alauddin Ali Ahmad Sabir Kalyari
- Hazrat Mahboob-e-Ilahi Nizamuddin Awliya
- Hazrat Sharfuddin Yahya Muneeri
- Hazrat Makhdoom Jahaniyan Jahan Gasht
- Ameer Kabeer Hazrat Sayyid Ali Hamdani
- Hazrat Makhdoom Sayyid Ashraf Jahangir Samnani
- Hazrat Shaykh Abdul Haq Muhaddith Dihlawi
- Hazrat Mujaddid Alf e Thani Shaykh Ahmad Faruqi Sarhandi
 Al-Faqeeh, page 9, Amritsar – 21st August, 1925 CE
 First published in 1985, Cairo
 Anfas al-‘Arifeen, page 18-19. Maktaba al-Falah, Deoband
This is a translation of Mawlana Yaseen Akhtar Misbahi booklet:
AHLU’S SUNNAH WA’L JAMA’AH
Ahle Sunnah wa'l Jama'at ka ijmaali ta'aruf.
Translated by Muhammad Aqdas
Ahlu's Sunnah wa'l Jama'ah - An Introduction
Read the original Pdf: Here
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by GF Haddad
“Ismāīl Dihlawī was the first of the Wahhābīs of India to forward the heresy of imkān kadhib or the possibility of lying. (on the part of Allāh Most High!)1 and was imitated in this belief by the Deobandīs Shaykhs Ahmad Rashīd Gangohi (d. 1323/1905) in his Fatawa-e-Rashidia and his apologist Khalīl al-Saharanfūrī (d. 1927) in his al-Barāhīn al-Qātia.
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