The notorious book of Ibn Abdal Wahhab was translated by Ismail Dehlvi, a renegade of the Madrasa Rahimiyya and traitor of the family of Shah Waliallah. The book was used by him to propagate the beliefs of the Wahhabiyya in Urdu, and many people were taken in by his teachings because they were impressed by his lineal descent from Shah Waliallah, the masses thought that because of his lineage, he could not teach anything but Ahlus Sunnah beliefs of the authentic prophetic community. His initial blunders were tolerated by the Ulema, but when the enormity of his blasphemous Wahhabi teachings became apparent, he was debated by the scholars of Ahlus Sunnah in 1824, he was brutally defeated and left the stage in order to avoid embarrassment, news of his defeat and his blasphemous beliefs had spread all over India. The true adherents of the righteous prophetic community openly disassociated themselves from Ismail Dehlvi and his unfortunate followers. However, he did not give up there, and devised another plan to attack the Sunni bases in India, he firstly renounced his adherence to the traditional Hanafi school of law, and laid the foundations of the heretical ‘Ahle Hadith’ movement, who do not believe in any of the traditional Imams, and spread his Wahhabi beliefs in this way. After a while the ulema again criticised him and held him at bay, but an opportunity arose for him when the British government funded Qasim Nanotvi to open a Madrasa at Deoband in 1867, where Ismail Dehlvi’s teachings could be widely spread throughout India. This became the centre for Wahhabi studies in India, and from that point onwards, those who identified with the movement of Ibn Abdal Wahhab in India were known as Deobandis. Deoband, incidentally, means a place where a devil is kept. Deobandi scholars have historically been associates and cohorts of the Wahhabi sect, and there is a long standing track record of mutual cooperation between the two movements who translated and published eachother’s works in India and the Arab World. The book of Ismail Dehlvi, containing blasphemous statements such as “prophets and awliya are lower than cobblers”, was published into the English language in 1995. Those who admire Ismail Dihlawi readily admit that he was reviving the works of Abd al-Wahhab. Take for example this publisher’s note to Taqwiyat al-Īmān written by Abdul-Malik Mujahid: “The services which he [Ismail Dihlawi] has rendered for the reformation of Ummah and his undertaking the task of Da'wah (the mission of propagating Islam); especially after the previous works of Shaikhul-Islam Imam Ibn Taimiyah and Muhammad bin Abdul Wahhab, are absolutely unforgettable and shall always be cherished in our minds.” The Wahhabis/Deobandis and Tablighi Jamaat combine to form a triumvirate of diabolical deviance, destroying the creed and reputation of the authentic prophetic community at home and abroad.
An incident of blasphemy took place in British India that sparked a powerful reaction from the Ahlus Sunnah, the true adherents of the Final Prophet’s teachings. Imam Ahmed Rida Khan sought for the revival and preservation of Islam by giving solutions to political problems, such as joining the Hindus in upholding the ‘Khilafat Movement’, and he was also keeping an eye on doctrinal issues, such as the blasphemies upheld by the scholars of Deoband. As a result, the unique attitude to politics, such as abstention from cooperation with corrupt colonial powers who sought to kill Muslims, which today is represented by Israel and NATO, as well as defense of the religion of Islam from a doctrinal perspective, have been two aspects of the Ahlus Sunnah’s identity, which, if a person failed to uphold any of them, then his identity as a Sunni would come under question.
There were four individuals who were pointed out for their particular instances of blasphemy and the fatwa of disbelief was placed upon them by Imam Ahmed Rida Khan, a great scholar and polymath of his time, whose life and mission in creating a Sunni response to Colonialism will be discussed at another place.
The extreme positions taken by Wahhab and Dihlawi inescapably led the founders of Deoband to the same end, heresy. While Nanotwi denied Khatam ul-Nabuwwat (the Finality of Prophethood), Gangohi forwarded the heresy that a lie told by God is possible. His apologist, Khalil Ahmad Saharanpuri, belittled the Prophet by arguing that his
blessed knowledge is inferior to Satan and the Angel of Death. Ashraf Ali Thanwi went so far as to compare the Prophet’s knowledge to madmen, animals and beasts.
Statements Insulting Allah and His Messenger
In emulation of Ismail Dilhawi, Rashid Ahmad Gangohi said that to lie is within the Power of Allah Ta’ala, i.e. Allah can lie. The Deobandi Shaykh remarked:
“The meaning of the possibility of (Allah) lying is that it is within the power
of Allah to lie, meaning that whatever punishment has been promised (for
the Kuffaar or sinner) by Allah, He has the Power to do the opposite to that
even if He does not do it. Possibility does not necessarily mean occurrence,
but that it can occur… So the belief of all the Scholars, Sufis and Ulema of
Islam is that lies are within the Power of Allah107.”
Why Rashid Ahmad attributed his aberrant opinion to “all the Scholars, Sufis and Ulema of Islam” is exceedingly troublesome to say the least, especially since the Ahle Sunnat wal Jama’at believes that His lying is intrinsically impossible! Sunnis affirm that “He is perfect far beyond any fault or flaw” (Aqida Tahawiyya)108. Likewise, Sharh al-‘Aqa’id states: “Lying is a defect and so cannot be counted among the possibilities (mumkinat) nor does Divine power include it, and the same applies to all the different kinds of imperfections in relation [to] Him- exalted is He!- such as ignorance and powerlessness… It is incorrect to attribute to Him movement, displacement, ignorance, or lying because those are imperfections and imperfections are impossible for the Most High.”
In Tahzeerun Nas, Muhammad Qasim Nanotwi said that Khatam ul-Nabuwwat cannot simply be referring to Muhammad as a Prophet who chronologically came after all the others. He wrote: “According to the layman, the Messenger of Allah being khatam is supposed to have appeared after all the other prophets. But men of understanding and the wise know it very well that being the first or the last, chronologically, does not carry any weight. How could, therefore, the words of the Holy Qur’ān_But he is the messenger of Allah and the Seal of Prophets_ (33.40) mean to glorify him? Yes, if this attribute (i.e. the attribute of being the final prophet) is not regarded as an attribute of praise i.e.something worthy of praise, something special) and if this station (the Station of Finality of Prophethood - Khatam ul-Nabuwwat) is not regarded as a station of praise (i.e. something deserving praise), then [one is left with the true but unsatisfactory conclusion] that him (Muhammad) being the Final prophet with respect to time (i.e. chronologically) is a true statement [but this self-evident ‘chronological fact’] cannot be the real/whole truth of this verse.”
Taking it a few steps further, they go on to assert that anyone who tries to prove the superior knowledge of Sayyiduna Rasulullah commits shirk! Rashid Ahmad Gangohi endorsed and eulogized Baraheen-e-Qatiah, which was written by his apologist, Khalil Ahmad Saharanpuri. The latter writes: “Shaitan and the Angel of Death do have this extensive knowledge [‘ilm alghayb] by categorical injunction, but there is no categorical injunction in respect of the knowledge the Pride of the World, which rebuts all the injunctions and establishes a sort of polytheism”.
Ashraf Ali Thanvi wrote “The amount of knowledge and the kind of knowledge of the unseen which is given by Almighty Allah to the Holy Prophet sallallahu alaihi wa sallam has equally been given to animals, lunatics and children?” (Hifzul Imaan, p.7)
Shah Ismail wrote in his book, ‘Siratul Mustaqim’, “Even the thought of the Holy Prophet occurring during Namaz is much worse than to be immersed in the thought of an ox or donkey (p.86).” He also wrote in his book, ‘Taqwiyatul Iman’, “The Prophet should only be respected as an elder brother.” He said, “praise the Holy Prophet only as a human being, but even do reduction in this” (p.35.). He said, “The Prophets and the rest of creation are all ignorant and without knowledge”, (p.3). The founder of the British funded Deoband Madrasa, Qasim Nanotvi writes in Aab e Hayat, “The traits which characterise the Holy Prophet are also shared by Dajjal” (p.169). In his other book, ‘Tazheer un Nas’, he wrote “A follower can excel the Prophet in deeds” (p.5).
I could very easily continue with more. The books of the Wahhabi-Deobandi alliance are riddled with such statements. The general trend one finds upon examining them is that they wish to decrease and degrade the ranks of the Prophets and Awliya, particularly the Seal of Messengers, upon whom be blessings and peace, whilst at the same time, they exalt the reputation of themselves to unimaginable heights. When it comes to the obviously awesome divinely-bestowed characteristics of the Holy Prophet then they use incredibly pathetic intellectual reasoning to attempt to deny these characteristics, using an overly critical methodology like that of orientalists, but when it comes to things such as the reputation and qualities of themselves, then there is no limit to how much they are praised, and all critical methodologies go out of the window. Statements such as those found in Rashid Ahmed Gangohi’s tazkirarur rasheed, which say, “one should obtain the water of Maulana Thanvi’s feet. This is said to bring redemption in the next life.” (p.113), make their hypocritical methodology clear for all to see. Another statement found in Ismail Dehlvi’s taqwiyatul iman orders Muslims to ask everything from the Lord, “so much so that even salt be asked from Him and even when the straps of the shoes break that should also be asked from Him” (p.34), this is almost patronising to believers in Islam, but at the same time, the Shaykh ul Hind of the Wahhabis of Deoband, Mahmud al Hasan, sought remedies for all his needs from the Imam of the Wahhabis of Deoband, Rashid Ahmed Gangohi, saying “to whom shall I turn for the redress of my needs! The redresser of all my physical and spiritual needs is gone. He is the second Junaid and Shibli, and Abu Masud Ansari, He is the Rashid e Millat o Deen, the Ghaus e Azam, the Qutb e Rabbani.”
These ramblings of these insolent pretenders to Islam have been continuing since the colonial era, and ulema and students of Sunni Islam, influenced by Imam Ahmed Rida Khan have been asking them for hundreds of years to retract their statements, which they have not done until today. So on behalf of all right minded individuals everywhere, I would like to personally say that Ashraf Ali Thanvi has the same amount of knowledge as animals, mad men, dogs, lizards and invalids; proof exists for the knowledge of Satan and the Angel of Death, but not for Khalil Ahmed Ambethwi and Rashid Ahmed Gangohi; Qasim Nanotvi has the same attributes of Dajjal; and Ismail Dehlvi was long ago turned into worm food.
Imam Ahmed Rida Khan, the exceptional scholar of his time, went to the Haramayn for Hajj and gathered the signatures of thirty three Hijazi scholars who all concurred that Imam Ahmed Rida was correct in his decision that these scholars were out of Islam. And why not, especially considering the magnitude of the blasphemy which had never before occurred in the history of Islam, and considering that this scholar had deliberated for so long allowing the followers of Diabolos such a long time to repent from this, for example, he spent 30 years investigating tazheer un nas, sixteen years for Baraheen e Qati’a and one year for Hifzul Iman. The verdict of disbelief, along with the scholars who endorsed it was written and compiled in a book entitled Hussamul Haramayn Ala manhar al kufr wal main.
About the book:
“The blissful book is actually a treatise, which contains the concerted opinions, laudable views and elegant reviews of the great savants, erudites and scholars of two sacred Sanctuaries, which were collected and compiled by A’la Hazrat Imam Ahmad Reza Khan Brailvi during the days of pilgrimage and visit to Madinah Munawwarah and other holy places. It was the time when some dark-minded Maulavis of sub-continent and so-called leaders of religious factions started arguing and interpreting the station of Finality of
Prophet-hood of the last of the prophets ( ^ ) that the advent and existence of a prophet during the times of the Prophet (^ ) or after his departure does not effect the Finality of Prophet-hood in anyway. Since sub-continent was under the sway of British rulers, they, under the guise of freedom of expression, allowed every Tom, Dick and Harry to utter whatever he wished. This so-called freedom of expression created disturbance and chaos, which fragmented the unity of Islamic community. This lame excuse of philosophy gave a
diabolical urge to Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani to make a fake claim of prophet-hood under the umbrella of his British masters. Maulana Rashid Ahmad Gangohi, Khalil Ahmad
Anbaithwi and Ashraf Ali Thanwi, taking an undue advantage of freedom of thought and expression, started uttering jargons, they wrote some soul-striking books and treatises and issued certain juristic judgments, which shook the foundations of Islamic society as well as the admitted doctrines of Islam. A’la Hazrat Imam Ahmad Reza Khan Brailvi and
other illustrious Ulama of Ahle-Sunnat cordially felt this alarming, jeopardising and menacing state of affairs. They not only reprimanded such mullas vehemently but also
made them aware of their prevarication and pulled their ears asking them to repent over their false notions, but due to the fake egoism and criminal freedom of expression of
thought allowed by the Britishers, they did not refrain from their bubbub and jargons. Imam Ahmad Reza Khan Brailvi, during this era of sedition and rebellion, boldly undertook the journey of pilgrimage and prepared a document, in the form of questionnaire comprehending and bracketing the blasphemous utterances of Indian followers of Diabolos in 1323 AH and presented it to the Ulama of eminence of Makkah Mukarramah and Madinah Munawwarah under the name of Al-Mo’tamad Al-Mustanad making a supplication to them to guide the Muslims of sub-continent by giving their opinions and views, duly stamped, and decide as to what those seditious mullas were doing. The opinions and views of the illustrious Ulama of
Makkah Mukarramah and Madinah Munawwarah were collected and A’Ia Hazrat Imam Ahmad Reza Brailvi in Arabic compiled a book. The historical name of this book is “Husaamul-Haramain Ala Manhar-if-Kufr-e-wal Mayn”(1324 AH).
O our magnates! Explain the assistance of religion of your Lord whether these are the same people, who have mentioned, and their discourse has been copied from the books like the works of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani- Ejaz-e-Ahmadi and Izala-tul-Auham. Fatawa-e-Rashid Ahmad Gangohi and Braheen-e-Qatiah, which is actually the work of Gangohi but has been attributed to his pupil Khalil Ahmad Anbaithawi, and Hifzul Iman of Ashraf Ali
Thanwi, whose rejected writings have been italicised for distinction. The questionable thing is whether these people deny the requirement of religion or not. If they deny, they
are disbelievers. In the circumstances, whether it is obligatory upon the believers to call them disbelievers as all the deniers of requirements of Deen (religion) fall in this category. The trustworthy Ulama have given verdict that whoever has a doubt in the unbelief of such people is unbeliever per Se. This has been explained in the famous Books like “Shifa”, “Bazaziah”, “Majma-ul-Anhaar”, and “Durr-ul-Mukhtar”.
Moreover, whoever has doubt in. them and abstains from calling them disbelievers, honours them or abstains from belittling them, what is the injunction of Shar’a for him. You have always been issuing verdicts for the guidance of the believers in this respect. Blessings of Allah be upon the Chief of the Prophets Muhammad, his inmates and his all companions.
The Contents of Al-Mo’tamad Al-Mustanad
Prima facie the point of blasphemous innovation has been sifted out i.e. every person who being Muslimdenies the necessities of religion is disbeliever indeed and to perform prayer in his following, to marry, slaughtering of animal, meeting and discussing any problem with him, falls in the category of apostasy in all such matters, as per categorical order contained in many books of various scholars of thought like Hedayah, A1-Ghurar Multaqi-ul-Akbar, Durr-ul-Mukhtar, Majma-ul-Anhaar, Shar’h Al-Naqayah of Barjandi, Fatawa Zaheeriah, Tareeqatul Muhammadiyyah, Hadeeqatul Nadiyyah, Fatawa Hindiyyah and their text and exegetics. These great books contain categorical information. Now it needs that we may mention some of the wretched persons notorious in our cities and times and their
heart-rending calamities, and darkness heaped on one another. The state of time is the same as the most truthful and the believed one (blessings of Allah be upon him) has informed that a man shall get up early in the morning as a believer and go to sleep as a disbeliever or shall go to sleep as a believer and get up early in the morning as disbeliever. God forbid, therefore, warning upon the blasphemy of these concealed disbelievers is necessary to be given in the
name of Islam, and there is no strength and power save Allah.
Excerpts of the commendations of Hijazi scholars, from a translation of Hussam al Haramayn, The Swords of the Two Holy Sanctuaries Deployed For the Slaughter of Disbelief and Falsehood.
“This eulogy was written by a surging ocean, a deep sea of knowledge, the
chief of Ulama of dignity in the Sacred City of Allah, our chieftain and guardian Shaikh
Muhammad Saeed Ba Busayl, may Allah bestow upon him His extensive favour, Mufti
of Shafia in Makkah the guarded All praises be to Allah, the Exalted, Who has made
the Ulama of Shariah of Muhammad ( ^ ) a source of freshness of the world and resource of life. The valleys are abundant with their truthfulness and guiding principles.
Their efforts have, indeed, given a sacred boundary wall to the religion of the chief the Prophets ( ^ ) and protected this boundary wall from the hands of professors of
evil beliefs. Their intellectual resplendent arguments have falsified the machination of astray people. After blessings and salutations, I submit that I have seen the writing penned down by an accomplished teacher, an adept crusader of religion of the Holy Prophet (^ ) with
pure and modest words, albeit my dear brother and companion Maulana Ahmad Raza Khan, whatever has recorded in his worthy work, has strongly falsified the bad profession of belief and irreligiosity of some renegade chiefs. Such people are worse than any enemy, unclean
persons, mischief-mongers and obdurate men .The illustrious scholar has put up an epitome of some articles wherein some maulavis professing bad beliefs have specially been mentioned. Such people, due to their misguidance and beguilement are considered to be amongst the meanest disbelievers. May Allah grant the author good recompense for his laudable efforts.
This eulogy was written by one of the unique Verity of Ulama, Maulana Abdul Khair Mir
Dad (may Allah protect him till the day of judgment). After Divine praise and salutation, I confess that our chief Ahmad Raza Khan is a great religious scholar, who solves intricate problems by the light of right and removes the difficulties. He is a treasure of intellectual subtleties. He has picket up the pearls from the safest treasure. Maulana Ahmad Reza Khan has embellished his work Al-Motamat-ul-Mustanad with such arguments, proofs and expositions, which are acceptable to every man of faith, who looks at them with the sight of veneration and glory. Ahmad Reza Khan has shaken the foundations of unbelief and blasphemy. Whoever believes the sayings and doctrines based on unbelief is undoubtedly an unbeliever and misguided one. Such person beguiles others and is out of the pale of religion as an arrow is darted from the bow. According to all Ulama of Islam, who support Islamic
community and path of Ahle-Sunnat-wa-Jamaat, all such sayings imply innovation and misguidance. Allah, the Exalted, may grant great recompense to the author, on. behalf of the people, who are on the right path and gain an immense benefit to the coming generations from his writing and works. He may keep hoisted the flag of truth till the existence of the world and also keep supporting the people of truth day arid night. Allah, the Exalted, may also increase his knowledge and help him. Allah, the Exalted, may enable the entire world
to benefit from his life and keep an eye of favour on him and also protect him from every foe, evil-doer and envious, for the sake of the Chief of the Prophets ( ^ ), his inmates and companions.
This eulogy was written by the bold assailant of Ulama of science of research, noblest of the
research oriented magnates, an experienced leader and a shining noble man. Praise be to the Lord of the Worlds, Who embellished the firmamental lores of the lamps of Ulama of Gnosticism and illuminated the distinct path of truth and guidance owing to their benedictions. After praise of Allah and blessings upon the Prophet( ^ ), I say:
“O leader and guide! Mercy of Allah be upon you and His benedictions may descend upon you. You have, indeed aptly replied to the blasphemies of the irreligious maulavis,
you have made a thorough research in your work as a result of which the necks and heads of all the believers are bowing before your clemency to pay you a glowing tribute.
You have done such an outstanding spiritual task, which has become a source of unique benefit. May Allah keep you established as a citadel of the Muslims and grant
you unending recompense and a lofty station.”
End of excerpt.
This treatise has long since been an icon and key point of distinction for the true believers since this historic event took place, and it continue to be so today.