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What say the Ulama and the Muftis
regarding the conformist (muqallid) group, who
follow only one Imam [i.e. Hanafis]. Are they Sunnis
or not? Is it valid to pray behind them or not? Is it
permissible to allow them into mosques, and to mix
with them socially?
prayers are not permissible behind conformists
because their beliefs and practices are opposed to
those of the Sunnis. In fact, some of their beliefs
and practices lead to polytheism, and others spoil
prayers. It is not correct in Islamic Shari`ah to
allow such conformists into mosques.''
bears the seals of nineteen priests. (Reference the
book: Collection of Fatwas, pp. 54,--,55)
The late Nawab
Siddiq Hasan Khan wrote:
``The word polytheist
can be applied to conformists, and polytheism
can be applied to conformism. Most people today are
conformists. The Quranic verse, `Most people believe
not, they are but polytheists', applies quite well to
as-Sa`a, p. 16)
Not only Hanafis, but
all of them:
``The followers of all
the four Imams and the followers of the four Sufi
orders, viz. Hanafi, Shafi`i, Maliki, Hanbali,
Chishtiyya, Qadiriyya, Naqshbandiyya and Mujaddidiyya
are all kafirs.''
al-Shuhood, p. 2)"