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A Critical Analysis of the Sufi Creed of the Elders of the Deobandi and the Tableeghi Jamaah

Deoband is a small city located in the district of Saharanpur in the state of  Uttar Pradesh, India. Deoband was surrounded by dense forests and was believed to be the abode of the Hindu goddess durga. It is also said that the word Deobandi is derived from devi vandam another Hindu goddess, and Allah knows best. In this same city, Deoband on the 15th of Muharram 1283 AH corresponding to Thursday 3rd May 1867, the foundations of Madrassah Darul-uloom Deobandi were laid in aid of establishing Darul-Uloom Deobandi. The hindus contributed and donated a large amount of money and from amongst the list of hindus contributors includes Munshi Ram, Ram Sahaa,ai, Munshi Hardiwaaree Laal, Laalaah Bayjaanth, Pandit (Hindu priest) Shree Ram, Munshi Moti Laal, Ram Laal.

The main objective of establishing Darul-Uloom Deoband was to preserve the blind-following of the Hanafee mathab and to propagate it as mentioned by Sheikh Muhammed Shafee (1897-1976) a major deobandee scholar and was also to promote Sufism and its beliefs. Another Deobandee major Scholar Sheikh Muhammad Yusef al-Benori (d 1397 AH), when explaining who the Deobandees and what their mathab is stated that the Deobandees is based on the following:-

Blind following Imam Abu Haneeefah in fiqh

Following the disciplines of Sufism

Regarding Muhyud-Deen Ibnu-Arabi to be Sheikul-al-Akbar

Following the hadeeth of the Messenger of Allah (salalla alahi wasalam)

Some of  the Major Deobandee Scholars are as follows:-

Sheikh Qasim Nanotwee (d 1297 AH) is regarded as the founder of Darul-Uloom Deoband by the Deobandees

Al-Hajj Imadaadullah (d 1317 AH) the Sheikh of all the sheikhs of Deoband known as Sheikul-Mashaayeekh

Sheikh Rashid Ahmed Gangohi (d 1323AH) and others

Some of the main beliefs of the Deobandees:

1.Unity of existence

2.Contemplation of the Sufi Sheikh

3.Seeking Istigaathah from the souls of the living Saints

4.Seeking Istigaathah from the righteous ones after death

5.Benefiting from the dead people (in their) graves

6.Contemplating and communicating with the dead people at their graves.

7.The Messenger of Allah (salalla alahi wasalam) being created from the noor (light) of Allah

8. Making Tawassul of the dead,which includes Prophets and righteous people

9.The permissibility of travelling to graves with intention of attaining reward

10.The Messenger of Allah (salalla alahi wasalam) being alive in his grave as he was alive in the dunya

by Zulfikr Ibrahim Al-Memoni- altharee Islamic University of Madeenah Fauculty of Hadeeth Al-Madeenah

Editors Comment: Some people may object and say such and such a deobandi Imam does not hold some of the above beliefs. We say when the Scholars look into the creed of  any sect they look into the books and statements of the founders and scholars of that sect, not local Imams or Sheikhs. So if we want to know the creed of the Raafida Shia we dont ask the local Imams or their Sheiks we go to the books of their Scholars to find out their creed. Likewise if you want to know the Salafi creed we first and foremost look at the statements of the Messenger of Allah (salalla alahi wasalam), the Sahaba, the Scholars of the Tabieen like Hasan-al Basri, Awzaaee and the scholars of the Salaf. So If anybody is aware of any deobandee scholars who have authored books that criticise and denounce  any of the above deviant beliefs please let us know where we can obtain a copy and we will be happy to publish it on this blog.

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