three hundred Ulama against Deobandis
because of their contempt and insult, in their acts
of worship, towards all saints, prophets, and even
the Holy Prophet Muhammad and the very Person of God
Himself, are definitely murtadd and kafir.
Their apostasy and heresy is of the worst kind, so
that anyone who doubts their apostasy and heresy even
slightly is himself a murtadd and kafir.
Muslims should be very cautious of them, and stay
away from them. Let alone praying behind them, one
should not let them pray behind one, or allow them
into mosques, or eat the animal slaughtered by them,
or join them on happy or sad occasions, or let them
come near one, or visit them in illness, or attend
their funerals, or give them space in Muslim
grave-yards. To sum up, one must stay away from them
Unanimous Fatwa of Three Hundred Ulama,
published by Muhammad Ibrahim of Bhagalpur)
Deobandis should be
declared non-Muslim minority
In March 1953, a
poster was put up on walls in Karachi titled:
sect should be declared a separate minority''.
Among other things it
``Just as Sikhs
originated from Hinduism, but are not Hindus, and
Protestants came from Roman Catholicism, but are not
Catholics, similarly, the Deobandi sect originated in
the Sunni community, but are not Sunnis. The
representatives of this minority sect are Mufti
Muhammad Shafi, Sayyid Sulaiman Nadawi,
Ihtasham-ul-Haqq, and Abul Ala Maudoodi, etc.''
After this it was
demanded that this sect be declared a non-Muslim
minority. It was signed by 28 persons
May 1953, p. 64).
Fatwa of Deobandis
Muhammad Murtaza of Deoband has, in his book, tried
to show that Ahmad Raza Khan, the Barelvi leader, was
a kafir, a great kafir, Anti- Christ of
this century, murtadd, and excluded from
booklet Radd at-Takfir ala-l-fahash at-Tanzir.)
The opposite side
Ahmad Raza Khan
(Barelvi) has noted the beliefs of Muhammad Qasim
Nanotavi (founder of the school at Deoband) and
Rashid Ahmad Gangohi (of Deoband), and then added:
``They are all murtadd
[apostate] according to the unanimous view (ijma)
bears the signatures and seals of Ulama of
Makka and Madina, and other Muftis and Islamic
judges. Three reasons have been given for calling
them kafir :
1.They deny the
finality of prophethood;
2.They insult the Holy
3.They believe that
God can tell a lie.
Hence it is written
``He who doubts that
they are kafirs, is himself a kafir.''
al-Haramain, pp. 100 and 113)"