TThe False Allegation – The Truth – Clarification
The false propaganda against and blatant fabrications about our highly
acclaimed and respected Ulama of Deoband by the ignorant must be refuted at
all costs. Numerous pamphlets and booklets have been written distorting the
truth about and writings of our distinguished Ulama.
Among the most common pamphlets displayed is “Tabliqism – one way ticket to
Hell”. “Are these Islamic Beliefs”: in one column is the ‘Deobandi Tabliqi
Beliefs’ and next to it is the ‘Islamic beliefs’. However, answers to the
allegations have been given in various publications. Therefore, this
publication will attempt to print all the false allegations and the correct
The False Allegation
Rashid Ahmed Gangohi, a founder of Deobandi Movement has the following
1. The Almighty Allah can speak a lie. (Fataawa Rashidiyya part 1 pg. 20)
2. Allah has already spoken a lie (Taqseedul Qadeer pg. 79).
The view of Hadhrat Moulana Rashid Ahmad Gangohi Saheb is that Allah is far
above and pure from being attributed with falsehood. There is no blemish of
falsehood in His words at all for Allah says, ‘Who is more truthful than
Allah in speech.’ He who believes that Allah speaks a lie is an accursed
outright Kaafir and opposed to the Qurãn and Sunnah. (Fataawa Rashidiyya
part 1 pg. 3)
Fataawa Rashidiyya pg. 84: ‘From servant Rashid Ahmed Gangohi, after Salaam
Masnoon, you have inquired concerning the Masalah ‘Imkaane Kizb’
(possibility of falsehood). But ‘Imkaane Kizb’ in the sense that Allah Taãla
has the power to act contrary to what He has ordered, but will not to do
with His Free Will, is the belief of this servant. The Qurãn Shareef and the
Sahih Ahaadith bear testimony to this belief, and this is the belief of all
the Ulama of the Ummah too. For example, Firáwn is promised to be thrown
into Hell, but Allah Taãla has the power to enter him into paradise,
although He will never give him paradise. And this is the Masalah under
discussion at the moment. This is the belief of all my friends. The enemies
must have related it differently. Referring to this Power and the
non-occurrence of it is termed ‘Imkaane Zaati’ and ‘Mumtana bi Ghayr’ Was
salaam Rashid Ahmad Gangohi.
Look, how they lay waiting with vicious, malicious attempts to defame this
noble personality. If it is not slander then what is it?
To distort the above mentioned Masalah and refer it to Hadhrat Moulana
Rashid Ahmad Gangohi Saheb is totally evil and wrong. It is a slander and
slander is worse than back-biting,
Fataawa Rashidiyya pg. 90: ‘That person who believes or utters with the
tongue concerning Allah Taãla that “He spoke a lie”, is positively a Kaafir,
an accursed and opposed to the Qurãn, Hadith and the unanimity of the Ummah.
He is definitely not a Mu’min. Taãlallaahu ammaa yaqoolu dhaalimoona oluwwan
kabeeraa. (Allah is far above from what the transgressors are saying).’
The misrepresenter, besides being involved with misrepresentation, has
earned the wrath of Allah. Let the Hadith of the Master of the Green Dome
once again ring in his ears. ‘A person does not target another with impiety
or a person does not target another with Kufr, but it returns to the former
if the latter is not guilty of it.’ (Bukhari)
Taqdeesul Qadeer is not compiled by the Ulama of Deoband. In fact there is
no such Kitaab by this name.
The Prophet (Sallallaahu Álayhi Wasallam) is not the only Rahmatullil
Aalameen. (Fataawa Rashidiyya part 2 pg. 19)
The view of Hadhrat Moulana Rashid Ahmad Gangohi is that: ”One should know
that the attribute of being Omnipresent is the quality of Allah Taãla alone,
like All-Knowing, Creator of the Skies and Earths and so forth. Therefore to
attribute this quality of being Omnipresent to someone else, though it be a
‘Nabi’, ‘Wali’, or Saint, is to ascribe Partners to Allah in His Qualities,
which is termed as ‘Shirk-fis-Sifaat.”
The word ‘Rahmatullil Aalameen’ is not a characteristic only of Rasulullah
(Sallallaahu Álayhi Wasallam). In fact other Awliyaa, Ambiyaa and
Ulamaa-e-Rabbaniyyeena are also a means of mercy unto the world, although
Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Álayhi Wasallam) is the highest of them all.
Therefore, if it is used for others with ‘Taaweel’ (by elucidation) it is
permissible.’ (Fataawa Rashidiyya pg. 96/97)
To lecture on or discuss the Shahaadat of Hadhrat Imaam Hussayn
(Radhiallaahu Ánhu) is Haraam even if the stories are true. (Fataawa
Rashidiyya part 3 pg. 113)
The incident of the martyrdom of Hadhrat Hussayn (Radhiallaahu Ánhu) who
sacrificed his life for the sake of Truth, is surely very important. But the
method adopted, like beating the chest, tearing the garment, pulling the
hair, slapping the face, shouting slogans of ‘Yaa Hussayn, Yaa Hussayn’ and
taking out processions to parade in the streets, is what Hadhrat Moulana has
stopped and said is Haraam.’
The reason for stopping this is that Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Álayhi
Wasallam) has forbidden the slapping of faces and the tearing of garments.
Therefore to lecture on or discuss the Shahaadat of Hadhrat Hussayn in the
abovementioned fashion, with that type of pomp and show, is forbidden in the
light of the Hadith. (Fataawa Rashidiyya pg. 104/105)
In the month of Muharram, providing free water and feeding people with milk
or Sharbat is Haraam. (Fataawa Rashidiyya part 3 pg. 113)
To feed the poor and needy and to distribute water free to quench their
thirst as ‘Isaale Sawaab’ is no sin. Neither did Moulana Rashid Ahmad
Gangohi nor anyone else say it is Haraam.
The Barelvis belief is this, that on the plains of Karbala the martyrs
sacrificed their life in thirst. Therefore, the water that is given here as
a drink, reaches them.
It is common sense, that this water does not reach them, nor are they in
need of it. They are in Jannat. If the whole idea is to convey the reward
(Isaale Sawaab), the whole year is available for that. No question arises
then whether to make ‘Isaale Sawaab’ or not. The practice mentioned above
similitudes the practices of the Rawaafidh; therefore it is Haraam.’
(Fataawa Rashidiyya pg. 147/148)
Ashraf Ali Thanvi, a founder member of Deoband says: ‘The Holy Prophet
(Sallallaahu Álayhi Wasallam) has an education like that of children,
lunatics and animals of every category.’ (Hifzul Imaan pg. 7)
The view of Hadhrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi is that: Hadhrat Moulana was
asked, ‘Did you in Hifzul Imaan or any other book write anything directly or
indirectly comparing the education of Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Álayhi
Wasallam) to that of children, lunatics and animals? If not then what is
your ruling regarding a person who holds such a belief?’
In reply to that Moulana states, ‘Let alone writing such falsehood and
filth, my heart had never even perceived such falsehood and verily if anyone
holds such a belief he is out of the fold of Islam.’ (Faisal-e-Khusoomat pg.
Hadhrat Hakimul Ummah, Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi (author of the famous
‘Bahishti Zewar’) did not write the abovementioned statement in Hifzul
Imaan. Nor is it his belief. It is a slander on the said Moulana. In fact
Hadhrat Moulana has stated clearly in ‘Hifzul Imaan’ that, ‘Knowledge with
regard to the Excellence of Prophethood has been bestowed totally upon Rasul
(Sallallaahu Álayhi Wasallam) (Hifzul Imaan pg. 12)
Prophets are not free from sins. (Tasfiyatul Aqaaid pg. 24 – Cassim Nanotwi,
a founder of Deoband)
The topic under discussion in ‘Tasfiyatul Aqaaid’ was this: It was mentioned
in the Hadith, in Shaf’at that on the plain of resurrection people will
gather with great fear, perturbed and disturbed. They will go to Hadhrat
Aadam (Álayhis salaam) and request him to intercede on their behalf in front
of Allah Taãla. Hadhrat Aadam (Álayhis salaam) will refuse and say that it
is beyond his influence, because of the incident that he ate from the tree
of Jannah which was forbidden to him. Hadhrat Aadam (Álayhis salaam) will
say, ‘Today Allah’s wrath is so great that His anger was never great before
and will never be so great after’ (though Allah Taãla has forgiven him). He
will advise them to go to Hadhrat Nuh (Álayhis salaam). In this way people
will flock to the other Ambiyaa (Álayhimus salaam). Each one will be fearful
and reluctant, for some reason or the other to intercede on behalf of man.
At the end when the people will come to Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Álayhi
Wasallam), Rasul (Sallallaahu Álayhi Wasallam) will say, ‘Very well, I will
intercede on your behalf. I will take permission from my Sustainer and He
will grant me that permission.’
Hadhrat Moulana wrote that, which was mentioned in the Hadith and not that,
‘Prophets (Álayhimus salaam) are not free from sins,’ as mentioned in the
Shaytaan has more education than our Prophet (Sallallaahu Álayhi Wasallam).
(Barahine Qatia pg. 51 – Khalil Ahmad Ambhetwi)
We strongly believe and openly claim that Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Álayhi
Wasallam) was given more knowledge than the entire creation of Allah and it
is our belief that whosoever says that anyone has more knowledge than
Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Álayhi Wasallam) then such a person is a Kaafir. Our
great Úlama have already given a Fatwa of Kufr upon a person who says
Shaytaan has more knowledge than Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Álayhi Wasallam)
then how could I ever have written such a thing. (Al Muhnad Allal Mufannad
It is totally incorrect. This sentence is not written anywhere in ‘Baraahine
Qaati’ah’, that ‘Shaytaan has more knowledge than Rasulullah (Sallallaahu
Moulana Khalil Ahmad (RA) was asked whether he wrote such a statement or
not? He replied, ‘I did not write such a statement anywhere. It is an open
slander on me. On the day of Qiyaamat account will be taken with Ahmad Raza
To read Alhamdu Fateha before eating food is Bidat (Fataawa Rashidiyya part
2 pg. 150)
In order to establish anything in Islam, it is necessary that it be verified
in the light of the Shariáh. Unless it is not proven by the Shariáh, it
cannot be regarded as Deen. Yes, one may call it a matter of convenience.
For example, the use of an electric fan, motor vehicle, etc. The moment a
person wants to make it part and parcel of Deen, immediately it will need
verification from the Shariáh, whether it be Meelaad, Fateha, Giyaarwi, Urs,
Dua-e-Thani, Dua immediately after Janaaza prayer or any other ritual for
that matter. And on failing to be verified, it will be regarded as Bidat –
innovation. The wickedness of being involved in Bidat is that the Sunnats
are automatically left out. As darkness spreads, light vanishes.
To read Al-Hamd, Fateha before eating food is not verified and proven in the
Shariáh, therefore, it is a Bidat.
Regarding Bidat, Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Álayhi Wasallam) has decreed:
1. “He who innovates something in this matter of ours that is not of it will
have it rejected.” (Bukhari)
2. “Beware of newly-invented matters! For every invented matter is an
innovation and every innovation is leading astray and every leading astray
is in Hell-Fire.” (Abu Dawud; Tirmidhi)
The ‘Masnoon’ Duas read by Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Álayhi Wasallam) before
meals and after meals, should surely be read. Hadhrat Moulana Rashid Ahmed
Gangohi (RA) did not stop anyone from this.
We cannot make Nikah with any person who takes part in Urs, etc. (Fataawa
Rashidiya part 2 pg. 142)
Moulana Rashid Ahmed says in Fataawa Rashidiya, “Taking part in Urs is not
an act of Kufr therefore Nikah with a person who takes part in Urs is
Those who go to the Urs and make Sajdah (prostrate) to the graves, pray for
boon or ask for a favour from the inmates of the graves, and make Tawaaf of
the graves; to solemnise marriages with them will inculcate these Shirk
practices in them and others as well. Therefore, unless they don’t make
Tawbah and refrain from such Shirk practices, Nikah is not allowed until
Giyaarwi Shareef is Haraam and Kufr, even if Qur’an is read. (Fataawa
Rashidiyya part 1 pg. 95)
Anything in the name of ‘Ghayrullah’ (someone other than Allah), whether it
be Giyarwi Shareef’ or ‘Baarwi’, is Haraam. This Masalah is found in Shaami,
Tahtaawi, Bahrur Raaiq and in many other Kitaabs.
On the other hand, Esaale Sawaab is permissible. No one prohibited Esaale
Sawaab provided it is done without specifications of time, place and
invitation. But look at the beliefs of these people. They have this belief
that the distribution of sustenance is entrusted to Peerane Peer (RA). If
the Giyaarwi is held back, he will stop the food.
It is Sawaab to eat crows (Fataawa Rashidiyya part 2 pg. 130)
Crows are of three types: The first type is that which feeds only on grain.
It is exactly like a wild pigeon. It is Halaal according to all Jurists. The
second type is that which only feeds on excreta, and prey on other animals.
It is exactly like a vulture. It is Haraam according to all Jurists. The
third type is that which feeds on grain, eats excreta and it catches and
eats mice as well. It is like an uncaged fowl, which feeds on grain, worms
and even on mice.
Hadhrat Moulana wrote concerning this third type of crow that it is not
Haraam. This Masalah of the crow is found in Hidaaya, Durre Mukhtaar,
Fataawa Aalamghiri, as well as the other ‘Kitaabs’ of Fiqh (Jurisprudence).
Therefore, should anyone not eat a crow or a fowl for the rest of his life,
there is no criticism and blame on him according to the Shariáh. Yes, if he
takes it to be Haraam then he will be answerable. Thus whosoever takes it to
be Haraam, in order to correct his belief it is a ‘Sawaab’ and reward to eat
it.’ (Fataawa Rashidiyya pg. 492 Rahimia print)
Almighty Allah Taãla is not always ‘all knowing’. He finds out whenever
necessary. (Taqwiyatul Eemaan pg. 26).
This is an open Calumny and a False Accusation. This sentence is not written
at all in ‘Tawiyatul Eemaan’ that ‘Allah Taãla is not always “all knowing”.
He finds out when necessary.
The Prophet (Sallallaahu Álayhi Wasallam) will die and become sand one day.
(Taqwiyatul Imaan pg. 69)
The view of Hadhrat Moulana Rashid Ahmed Saheb is that: The meaning of the
(phrase) ‘to lie on sand’ has two meanings. The one is to become soil, the
other is the body touches the sand. The latter meaning is meant, and the
Moulana (author of Taqwiyatul Imaan) also believes that the bodies of the
Anbiyaa (Álayhimus salaam) do not turn to dust. Because a deceased is buried
in a grave and he is surrounded with soil all over, his body together with
the ‘Kafn’ touches the sand beneath him is called ‘Mitti me milnaa’ – to lie
on sand. Hence, there is no point of objection. (Fataawa Rashidiyya pg.s
In Taqwiyatul Imaan, a Hadith is mentioned in which a Sahaabi (Radhiallaahu
Ánhu) told Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Álayhi Wasallam) that the people of other
places bow out of respect to their Rulers; whereas Rasulullah (Sallallaahu
Álayhi Wasallam) is more worthy of being bowed to. At this, Rasulullah
(Sallallaahu Álayhi Wasallam) said, ‘Look if you happen to pass by my grave,
will you bow to it?’ The Sahaabi (Radhiallaahu Ánhu) said ‘No, I will not do
so.’ On this, Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Álayhi Wasallam) said, ‘So do not bow
to me …’ (A Sajdah Taazimi is also forbidden).
Commentary: ‘I will also die one day and lie on sand (buried); therefore am
I worthy to be prostated to?’ This phrase ‘Mitti me milne waalaa hoo – I
will lie on sand’ (meaning to be buried one day), became the bone of
contention for the Barelvis.
To think of Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Álayhi Wasallam) in Salaat is worse than
thinking of cows and donkeys. (Siraate Mustaqeem pg. 150)
The abovementioned statement is not found anywhere in ‘Siraate Mustaqeem’
that, ‘To think of Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Álayhi Wasallam) in Salaat is
worse than thinking of cows and donkeys.’
That which was written in ‘Sarfe Himmat’. This is terminology used by the
Sufis in Tasawwuf (the spiritual field). ‘Sarfe Himmat’ in ‘Tasawwuf’ means
that a person’s meditation over a thing becomes so overpowering and
predominant that no other thoughts penetrate into the mind and soul. Like a
mirror, if a person does not want any person’s reflection to come into it,
he covers it with a black cloth and thus no reflection will appear. To
contemplate over a figure so that no other thing is contemplated is called
This has been forbidden in Salaat, that besides Allah, ‘Sarfe Himmat’ should
not be done towards anyone. Salaat should purely and solely be for Allah
alone. If ‘Sarfe Himmat’ is done towards Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Álayhi
Wasallam), then the entire Salaat and Ibaadat will be for him.
On the other hand, if any thoughts of cows, donkeys, business, etc. come to
mind, or a person gets drowned in these thoughts whilst in Salaat, it is
regrettable. There is no fear of it being worshipped. In fact the person
regrets that in the course of an esteem Ibaadat like Salaat, he should have
such thoughts, Astaghfirullah.
The Kitaab, ‘Siraate Mustaqeem’ is based on ‘Tasawwuf’. The objector is not
versed in Tasawwuf’. Therefore, he has translated ‘Sarfe Himmat’ to mean a
What comes to mind is this; that the Objector presents a picture of a Grade
One child, learning to read and write ABC and wishing to interpret the
writings of Shakespeare.
Moreover, it is stated in the Hadith that Salaat should be performed with
full attention. Therefore, when the name of Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Álayhi
Wasallam) is recited in ‘Tashahhud’ the thought of the Rasul (Sallallaahu
Álayhi Wasallam) will come and should come. The Salaat will not be rendered
incorrect and this is not unlawful at all. The respected Moulana did not
stop anyone from this.