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Tahreef of Allaah’s Attributes – Changing the Meaning

Regarding Istiwaa Maulana Ashraf Alee Thanwee said in an explanation of a verse,

“This verse is an evidence that Allaah is not in a particular direction, (rather everywhere).” [Tafseer al-Bayaan pg.36), and Maulana Shabeer Ahmad Uthmaanee (the author of Fath al-Mulhim Sharh Saheeh Muslim) also said the same in his notes to the Qur’aan (pg.22 note.7)]

Maulana Hussain Ahmad Madanee, another eminent deobandee scholar wrote in refutation of the Aqeedah Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jama’ah, who he terms ‘Wahabiyyah’,
“The Wahabiyyah group take Istiwaa literally and establish a direction (for Allaah) from the verse, “The most Merciful rose over his Throne.” and other similar verses, which necessitate a body for Allaah.” (ash-Shihaab ath-Thaaqib (pg.64)]

In this defective understanding of the deobandee’s, Imaam Maalik (rahimahullaah) said when replying to the one who asked, ‘How did Allaah make Istawaa? (Ascension above the Throne)’,
“Al-Istiwaa is Known, and its how is unknown, to have faith in it is obligatory, and to question it is an innovation.” Then he said to the questioner, “I do not think except that you are an innovator,” and he ordered him to be expelled.”
[The sanad of this narration is good. See Mukhtasar al-Uluww of Imaam al-Albaanee and al-Asmaa was Sifaat (pg.516) of Baihaqee, Aqeedatus-Salaf Wa Ashaabul-Hadeeth (pg’s.17-18), also a supporting narration from Umm Salamah with a similar meaning in Aqeedatus-Salaf Wa Ashaabul-Hadeeth (pg.16), Laalikaa’ee in Shrah Usool al-Ei’tiqaad, Fath ul-Baaree (13/406), Imaam Dhahabee in al-Uluww (pg.65) and Ibn Qudaamah al-Maqdisee in Kitaab al-Uluww (no.82).]

A prominent Hanafee scholar, counted amongst the mujtahid of his madhhab Allaamah Nisfeee Hanafee said, says in his book ‘Tafseer Madaarik at-Tanzeel wa Haqaiq at-Ta’weel’ (2/56),
“We translate thuma Istiwaa to mean Istawlaa (conquer) that Allaah conquered the Arsh … and so Allaah subhaanahu wa ta’aala conquered the whole of the creation.” And he says to take the meaning of Arsh as Throne and Istiwaa to mean establishment is baatil like it is the Aqeedah of the Mushabihhah Sect (those who liken the creation with Allaah)

Regarding this we bring the words of the great Muhaddith Imaam Ibn Khuzaimah, author of ‘Saheeh Ibn Khuzaimah’ and student of the great Imaam of Hadeeth, Imaam Bukhaari.

Imaam Haakim mentions in ‘Ma’arifah Uloom Al-Hadeeth’ that Imaam Abu Bakr Ibn Khuzaimah said:
The one who does not proclaim Allaah subhaanahu wa ta’aala is above His Arsh, then he commits kufr with Allaah and he must be given the instruction to repent. If he repents it is better otherwise his neck should be cut and it should be thrown on piles of rubbish so that the Muslims and disbelievers are not troubled by the smell of the body (his condition will be an advice). No Muslim can be his inheritor because it is the saying of the Messenger of Allaah sal-Allaahu ‘alayhe wa sallam that the Muslim can not be the inheritor of the kaafir.”
[Ma’arifah Uloom al-Hadeeth (pg. 84), Aqeedatus-Salaf Wa Ashaabul-Hadeeth (pg’s 20-21) of Imaam Saboonee, Shaikh ul-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah authenticated it]

The statement of the pious predecessors are numerous with regards to this issue which. Refer to the article, ‘The Sunnah of the Ascension of Allaah’.

Source: http://ahlulhadeeth.wordpress.com/2011/06/15/the-aqeedah-creed-of-the-deobandi-hanafis/

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Ta’weel of Allaah’s Attributes – Figurative Interpretation

Khaleel Ahmad Saharanpooree is one of the foremost scholars of the Deobandee Hanafee’s. He is the author of the book ‘Al-Muhannad A’la Mufannad Aqaa’id Ahlus-Sunnah Wal-Jama’ah.’

This book is a reply to some questions concerning aqeedah posed by Ahmad Raza Khaan Hanafee Bareilwee. The replies of Maulana Khaleel Ahmad have signatures of affirmation to indicate the signed people agree to its contents i.e. the beliefs it contains. So some of the Deobandee scholars who have signed it included:

Maulana Mahmood al-Hasan
Maulana Meer Ahmad Hasan Amaruhwee
Maulana Azeezur Rehmaan.
Maulana Hakeem al-Ummat Ashraf Alee Thanwee
Maulana Muhammad Ahmad (The son of Maulana Qaasim Nanautwee)
Maulana Aashiq Elaahee Meerthy.
Maulana Muhammad Mas’ood Ahmad (The son of Maulana Rasheed Ahmad Gangohee)
Mufti Kifaayatullah,

Infact there are over 100 testification’s of deobandee scholars affirming and agreeing with the beliefs and concepts of the deobandee hanafee’s in this book.

Therefore it will be correct to assume the contents of this book reflect the belief’s of the Deobandee Hanafee’s. We will also include other statements from the eminent deobandee scholars that establish the same beliefs so that a deobandee does not argue we have just quoted from one book and that this may have been a personal belief of the author, as opposed to the general belief of the deobandee’s.

Maulana Khaleel Ahmad writes,
“And our Imaams who have performed permissible ta’weel (figurative interpretations) of the verses in terms of correct language and Sharee’ah, so that we, with little comprehension, understand. For example taking Istiwaa to mean Conquer and Hand to mean Power; then this is also correct with us.” [al-Muhannad A’la Mufannad (p.10) (p.31 in another edition)]

Oh deobandee’s, figurative explanation’s in the attributes of Allaah are not acceptable as his attributes are to be accepted in the same manner in which they were narrated. Similarly and likewise it is also incorrect to figuratively explain Istiwaa to mean conquer, as Istiwaa can only mean conquer when there is something or someone to conquer or to overpower, so who competed with Allaah whilst he was over the Throne, and who was more powerful then Allaah that he had overpower them. We seek refuge in Allaah from this.

Furthermore, the linguists of the Arabic language have declared this meaning (of conquering) to be incorrect. (See Fath ul-Baaree (1/177).

Imaam Abul Hasan al-Asha’aree himself said, “With agreement this meaning according to the explainers of the Qur’aan is incorrect.” (Mukhtasir Sawaa’iq al-Mursalah (2/326).

Maulana Khaleel Ahmad Saharanpooree further said,
“In aqeedah we follow Abul-Hasan al-Ash’aree and Abu Mansoor Mautureedee and in the tareeqah of the Soofiyyah we follow the Naqshbandiyyah, Chistiyyah, Qaadirayyah and the Seharwardiyyah.” [al-Muhannad A’la Mufannad (p.13-14), there are many similar statements from other deobandee scholar affirming also affirming this, see also Ulama Deoband’s Ka Maslak (pg.59) of Qaaree Muhammad Tayyib, Fataawaa Raheemiyyah of Muftee Laajpooree, Taareekh Dawat Wa-Azeemat of Maulana Abul Hasan Alee Nadwee,, Ikhtilaaf-e-Ummat Aur Siraat-e-Mustaqeem of Maulana Yoosuf Ludhiyaanwee and many more.]

We ask the deobandee’s, why do you follow Abul-Hasan al-Asha’aree and Abu Mansoor al-Matureedee in their beliefs? Is it because the belief’s of Abu Haneefah were incorrect, if this is the case then how can you do taqleed of him in subsidiary issues which are of lesser importance then the more important issues of beliefs. Also if his beliefs were incorrect then it must follow that his understanding of subsidiary issues would have also been incorrect as the subsidiary issues are built upon the principles. We say this is disrespect and disparagement to Abu Haneefah from your part because you abandon him in the more important issue’s.

Which tareeqah did Abu Haneefah follow? If he did not follow any tareeqah then why do you follow a particular one, did Abu Haneefah order this? Have the deobandee’s surpassed him in his knowledge and adopted one of these tareeqah’s. The tareeqahs are not from the madhab of Abu Haneefah, this is another discredit to him.

The concept of tasawwuf (Soofism) has not been mentioned from Abu Haneefah so how have the deobandee’s adopted and began this practise. All these points show the vessel echoing, “We do taqleed of Abu Haneefah.” and yet at the same time it is empty.

You follow the old beliefs of Imaam Abul-Hasan al-Asha’aree and you still continue in taqleed of his old beliefs to this today. Hence you follow and do taqleed of two Imaams. The slogan the deobandee’s used to utter of not being allowed to pick and chose between the madhabs has been abandoned. They follow one madhab in issues of belief and another in issues of fiqh. It is well established with the scholars of Ahlus-Sunnah al-Jama’ah that Abul Hasan al-Asha’aree left the way of figurative explanation of the attributes of Allaah and adopted the way of Ahlul-Hadeeth, so we was Ahlul-Hadeeth. So now you should also become and call yourselves Ahlul-Hadeeth. Lastly there are differences in beliefs in the Asha’aree and Matureedee schools of beliefs, so how can the deobandee’s follow both, do you pick and chose again.

Regarding the Aqeedah of Abul-Hasan al-Ash’aree then he has affirmed that he left this Aqeedah (i.e. of ta’weel of the Sifaat of Allaah) and adopted the path of Ahlus-Sunnah, which is to affirm the meaning of the attribute without asking how (the kayfiyyah).

He mentions leaving this old Aqeedah and accepting the correct Aqeedah in his two books, ‘Al-Ibaanah an Usool ad-Diyaanah’ and ‘Maqaalat A-Islaamiyyeen.’ He also proclaimed the Aqeedah of Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jama’ah whilst giving khutbah’s from the minbar.

Source: http://ahlulhadeeth.wordpress.com/2011/06/15/the-aqeedah-creed-of-the-deobandi-hanafis/

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Ashraf Alee Thanvee & Aqeedah Of Deoband – Built Upon Concocted Lies!!!

Ashraf Alee Thanvee & Aqeedah Of Deoband – Built Upon Concocted Lies!!!

After mentioning who the Walee Of Allaah is according to Shaykh Abd al-Qaadir rahimahullaah one should beware of those who concoct lies upon the Shaykh and have deviated far away from his path. (check here)

Ashraf Alee Thanvee says in his book Malfoozaath Volume 3

# Malfooz Number 41- Para 2

….The third affair of strangeness is that a desciple (mureed) of Hadhrath Ghaws-al-Aadham ( referring to Shaykh Abd al Qaadir Jeelaanee rahimahullah which means Very Great Helper – This is why they invoke him in the times of need not just at his grave but anywhere, everywhere! Other Awliyaa and Saaliheen and Ambiyaa are considered just helpers but he is considered the greatest aider in the times of distress) narrated a strange incident which is quite astonishing which most probably I have come across in some book of Shaykh Abd-al-Haq Muhaddith Dehlavi.

That once Hadhrath Ghaws-al-Aadham rahimahullah woke up in accordance with his mundane schedule for Salaah at-Thahajjud and stepped out of his monasterial hermitage (Khaankhaah) and this khaadim (desciple) aswell got together with him. After walking for a while they reached a town and soon afterwards entered a house in which there was a congregation and those people stood up after seeing him and he (the Shaykh rahimahullah) seated himself in a position while the desciple also seated himself in a corner.

From a nearby chamber there could be heard a patient’s groaning voice and after sometime this voice disappeared and four people exited (the chamber) with a janaazah and accompanied with them was an old person and this janaazah was placed in front of Hazrath (Shaykh Abd al-Qaadir) and he offered janaazah prayer soon after that congregation took the janaazah and left. The Shaykh got back to his previous position.

When the congregation had left, soon after a person who was a Christian appeared. Hadhrath pulled out the cross hanging on his neck and broke its chain and made him recite the Kalimah and then addressed the congregation that he (this new muslim) is (now) such and such headed back to his hermitage.

After reaching his place he became busy in Salaah at-Thahajjud. After the night passed, this mureed (desciple) questioned Hadhrath as to what the issue was concerning the incident the previous night. Hadhrath said, that the maqaam to which we had been was a town named Mawsil and that congregation was the jamaah of Abdaal ( A soofee terminology; their belief is that all the affairs of this universe are governed by Abdaal who are human beings and whenever one of them dies, there is a replacement and their number remains fixed) and that ailing person was one of them and they communicated to me spiritually (baathinee – soofees believe their saints have super natural ways to communicate that are far above general human abilities) that he shall be dying very soon and they requested him to be replaced. This is why I had been there and when he died then I requested Allaah to appoint someone in his place. Then there was an Order from Allaah that in Rome, a Christian is immersed in worshipping the cross, so he should be appointed as a replacement for the dead person.

Then I asked (Allaah) as to how should his appearance here be requested? He then appeared in a strange abnormal miraculous way and immediately he was converted to a Muslim and placed on the position of abdaal and the message was conveyed that no one should be proud of one’s class/elegance and everything is restricted to My (Allaah’s) Fadhl.

Source: http://salaf-us-saalih.com/2010/12/07/ashraf-alee-thanvee-aqeedah-of-deoband/

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Jamaatut-Tableegh by Shaykh Hammaad Al-Ansaari

by Shaykh Hammaad ibn Muhammad al-Ansaaree[1]

Reference: Almajmoo’ the biography of Allamah Hammad bin Muhammad Alansaree, Volume 2, page 587 / 672-673 / 762

With regards to Jamaatut-Tableegh [2] then they have within them good and bad [characteristics]. In ‘Aqeedah they adhere to the heretic innovated beliefs of the Matureedeeyah, [3] and are bigoted blind-followers of the Hanafee[4] Madhab [in Fiqh].

He also said: This group [Jamaatut-Tableegh] does not have an interest or zeal for [Islaamic] knowledge, nor do they seek [Islaamic knowledge]. Based upon this methodology, they cause more corruption and mischief [in the religion] than goodness and righteousness. I know [Jamaatut-Tableegh] very well. In Aqeedah they are Matureedee and Chishtis[5], and in Fiqh they are bigoted blind followers of the Hanafee Madhab.

He also said: The Salafees are the people of Sunnah and they are the Jama’ah, because Salafiyyah means to adhere and hold fast upon that which the pious predecessors were upon.

He also said regarding them: Anybody that adheres to a view that contradicts and opposes the [way of the] people of Sunnah, then that person can not be regarded as being from amongst them. Therefore Ikhwaanul-Muslimeen[6] & Jamaatut-Tableegh are not from Ahlus-Sunnah because their ideology contradicts and opposes the way of the people of Sunnah.

[1] He is the Allamah Hammad bin Muhammad Alansaree As’sadee Alkhazrajee, born in the year 1343 or 1344 AH [1924 CE] in Mali, West Africa. He died on Wednesday morning 21st Jamaaduth-Thanee 1418 AH corresponding to 22nd October 1997. For a detailed biography of the Muhadeeth of Madeenah in English refer to: fatwa-online.com [TN]

[2] Jamaatut-Tableegh is a group who ascribe themselves to the innovated ideology in calling to Islam of Muhammad Ilyas Deobandee Chisti [1885-1949 CE]. Muhammad Ilyas founded this group in the early 1920’s and adopted this idea from a man by the name of Saeed Annoorsee, nick-named as Badeeuz-Zamaan Annoorsee [1293-1379 AH] from Turkey. For a detailed history about this group and its beliefs refer to the following books:

1. Alqawlul-Baleegh Fee Tahdeer min Jamaatet-Tableegh by Allamah Hamood Tuwaijaree;

2. Asiraajul-Muneer Fee Tanbeeh Jamaatet-Tableegh Alaa Akhtaaehim by Allamah Dr Taqiudin Alhilali;

3. Jamaatut-Tableegh its history & its beliefs by Abu Usamah Sayeed Talibur-Rahman, with the introduction of Allamah Saleh Alfawzaan. [TN]

[3] Matureedeeyah: a heretic sect in Aqeedah that opposes the methodology of the pious predecessors particularly in understanding the Names & Attributes of Allaah the Most Exalted and many other issues pertaining to Aqeedah. Its founder was Abu Mansoor, Muhammad bin Mahmood bin Muhammad Almatureedee, Asamarqandee Alhanafee born in the year 238 or 258 AH and died on 333 AH. [Almatureedeeyah Volume 1 page 212-213.] For a detailed refutation on this heretic sect, their history and beliefs refer to the outstanding refutation of Allamah Shams Asalafee Alafghani known as ‘Almatureedeeyah’. [TN]

[4] Blind-followers of Numan bin Thabit bin Alkhazaz Alkufi (80-150 A.H), famously known as Abu Haneefah in the application of the subsidiary issues of the Shariah [Fiqh] [TN].

[5] Ascription to the Chishti Sufi order. This order was founded by a man by the name of Khawja Abu Ishaq Shami [d. 941 AH] who brought Sufism to the town of Chist, 95 miles east of Herat in present day Afghanistan. The most famous of the Sufis in the Chisti order is Khawja Moinuddin Chishti who was born 536 AH/1141 CE in Sajistan, Khorasan in Persia. He travelled to India and was the first person to introduce Sufism in India. He settled in the city of Ajmer, India where he died on 627 AH/1230 CE. His tomb has become the central place of grave worshipping worshipped by ignorant Muslims, Hindus, soothsayers, and magicians etc. Jamaatut-Tableegh ascribe themselves to this man and his heretic beliefs. For his detailed biography refer to ‘Nuzhatul-Khawaatir’ Volume 1 page 104. [TN]

[6] The group Ikhwaanul-Muslimeen [Muslim Brotherhood] was founded in 1928 by a school teacher by the name of Hassan Albanna (1906-1949 CE). Its other influential leader and main writer include Sayyid Qutub (1906- 1966 CE). For detailed refutations of this deviated sect refer to the refutations of Shaykh Rabee ibn Hadee Almadhkhalee which include:
1. Mataeenu Sayyid Qutub Fee Ashaabi-Rasulillah;
2. Addwaau-Islamiyyah Alaa Aqeedati-Sayyid Qutub;
3. Alawaasim Mimmaa Fee Kutub Sayyid Qutub minal Qawaasim. [TN]

Translator: Zulfiker Ibrahim al-Memoni al-Athari
Source: http://www.madeenah.com/article.cfm?id=1169

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Allaamah Muhibullaah Shaah Raashidee Sindhee- On 786 and teaching The Sunnah to The Deobandee Shaikh Justice Muhammad Taqee Uthmani

al-Allaamah ash-Shaikh Muhibullaah Shaah Raashidee said,

Once Maulana Muhammad Taqee Uthmani wrote a letter to me and at the top of the letter the numbers 786 were written. So in my reply I informed him that using this number was against the teaching of the Sunnah as the Sunnah is to write Bismillah ar-Rahmaan ar-Raheem. Further more the method by which this number (ie 786) is extracted and is denoted to mean Bismillaah ar-Rahmaan ar-Raheem is incorrect anyway. If the number 786 is used according to this self formulated science (known as Abjad al-Uloom)then this correlates to the words, “al-Ameer al-Mu’mineen.” (ie The leader of the believers) and this science is the work of the shee’ah. This is why you will often also find that when the shee’ah people write a letter they will also write the number 202 at the bottom after having written 786 on the top. The number 202 in this science correlates to Alee Imaamee (ie Alee is my Imaam) and so all of this translates to, “The leaders of the believers Alee, My Imaam.)

Nonetheless I presented the details of this issue to him and he accepted it and never wrote it again. When he came to visit me and my library he spoke about the issue in conversation and he mentioned that I corrected him in not using the numbers 786 instead of Bismillaah ar-Rahmaan ar-Raheem.” (Sidq al-Maqaal Was-Sadaad al-Itjahah Fee Bayaan Hayaatal Ahqar al-Ebaad pg.89)

Source: http://ahlulhadeeth.wordpress.com/2011/10/18/allaamah-muhibullaah-shaah-raashidee-on-786-and-teaching-the-sunnah-to-the-deobandee-shaikh-justice-muhammad-taqee-uthmani/

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Reality of Deobandi Aqeedah

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The Creed of Deobandi Elders (PDF)

This book shows the creed of the Deobandi elders: Hajji Imdadullah Al-Makki to whom many major Deobandi scholars have given oath of allegiance, Qasim An-Nanowti founder of Dar ul ‘Ulum Deoband, Rasheed Ahmad Al-Gangohi called Imam Rabbani, the Hakeem of the Deobandi community Ashraf Ali Thanvi and others.

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Reply To Mumtaz ul Haqs Lecture “Understanding Where Allah Is”

Excellent lecture by brother Ali Hassan Khan.

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