BY: SYED SHAH ALEY RASOOL NAZMI
SAJJADAH NASHEEN, MAREHRA SHAREEF, INDIA
Praise be to Allah and lots of Darood and Salaams upon the Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad Mustafa (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) whom Allah created as the Prophet of Prophets and made him His most beloved one. May Allah bless all the companions of the Holy Prophet(sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) and those who followed them and also those who have been following them till today and would go on following them till the Doomsday.
My brother in faith and a very intimate friend of mine Al Haj Salim Muhammad Barkaati from Preston (UK) has sent me an e-mail containing the absurdities uttered by one Ibrahim Adam. This man Ibrahim Adam seems to be an ignorant and illiterate man who is trying to get some cheap publicity through uttering such nonsensical things against one of the most celebrated Ulema of the world, Ala-Hazrat Imam Ahmad Raza Khan (rahmatullah alaih), the Muhaddith of Bareilly.
The greatness of Imam Ahmad Raza (rahmatullah alaih) is evident from more than one thousand of his books written on over a hundred subjects (and not the topics). Imam Ahmad Raza Khan’s (rahmatullah alaih) Fatawa are spread over more than ten thousand pages and are a valuable treasure in the Sunni world.
Ibrahim Adam, the misguided, wretched and perverted scholar, in his lecture “THE BERELWIS AND THE TRUTH BEHIND THEIR FOUNDER” has tried to level false charges against Imam Ahmad Raza Khan (rahmatullah alaih) by misquoting his writings. I wonder how people listen to the lecture of Ibrahim Adam who cannot speak a single sentence with correct lexicon. He does not know the titles of the books written by Imam Ahmad Raza Khan(rahmatullah alaih), which he has tried to misquote in his lecture. I throw a challenge to Ibrahim Adam to write correctly in Roman script the titles of at least fifty books of Imam Ahmad Raza Khan (rahmatullah alaih). Allah willing, the Wretched Moulvi Ibrahim Adam might not even know the total number of the books and treatise written by the great Muhaddith of Bareilly.
The very foundation of the criticism by Ibrahim Adam is shaky. The first paragraph of his lecture begins with the introduction of two Schools of Thought, which are most prominent in India. Ibrahim Adam’s affiliation with the Deobandi school is evident from his hyperbolic statement while referring to the Deoband school: “One is a huge and vast institution, which has produced most the Ulamas throughout the world, which is the Deoband institution.”What a poor language!
Ibrahim Adam has lifted an excerpt from the biography of Imam Ahmad Raza Khan(rahmatullah alaih) entitled “Malfoozat”. He has made this excerpt the basis of his first criticism. I think I should better quote Ibrahim Adam himself:
“The title is the saying, practicing and beliefs of Ahmed Raza Khan, the founder, patron, saint, and friend of the Berelwis. The school of thought follows.
Claim 1: Ahmed Raza Khan appeals that the Rasul of Allah (SallalahoAleheWasallam) was his follower. He writes,
When Barkaat Ahmed, a certain person from his group, passed away, Ahmed Raza Khan went to bury this man. He writes I descended into his grave, and I inhaled the fragrance in his grave, which I first inhaled at the grave shariff of Rasullullah (SallalahoAleheWasallam). On the date Barkaat Ahmed died, the Late Maulwi Syed Amir Ahmed saw Huzoor (SallalahoAleheWasallam) on a horseback in a dream, and this late Maulwi Syyed Amir Ahmed asked, “Yaa Rasullullah, where to at thou bound (where are u going). The Nabi (SallalahoAleheWasallam) replied, I am bound for the Janaza Salaah of Barkaat Ahmed. Alhumdullulah, I Ahmed Raza Khan, myself did lead this mubaarak Salaah of Janaza.” Malfoozaat of Ahmed Raza Khan, Vol. 2, p.23.”
The basis of Ibrahim Adam’s criticism is his misinterpretation of the report. The entire episode is associated with a dream, which the late Maulwi Syyed Amir Ahmed saw. Imam Ahmad Raza Khan (rahmatullah alaih) quoted him to affirm his beliefs in the Hadith of the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam): Whoever sees me in his dream, verily he sees me, as the Satan cannot take my form.
Ibrahim Adam (better, call him Molvi Ibham, which means ambiguity) has an objection: How Ahmad Raza became the Imam of the Janazah prayer in which the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) also participated? The most ignorant Moulvi Ibham has then referred to an episode from the life history of the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam). When the Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) recovered from his illness and came out of his chamber, he saw Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique (radi Allahu anhu) leading the prayers. The Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) was so overwhelmed by the very sight and tried to join the congregation. Hazrat Abu Bakr (radi Allahu anhu) felt the presence of the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) and tried to shift from the prayer mat but the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) signalled him to stay where he was and sat by his side. Abu Bakr (radi Allahu anhu) continued the prayer. The experts of Hadith say that apparently Abu Bakr (radi Allahu anhu) was the Imam of the congregation but in fact the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) became the Imam of the Salaah. There is a general rule that the Prophet is always the Imam of the prayer, and this is related to all the Prophets. The concept of Imam and Muqtadi in the Janazah Salaah is different from that of the five-time obligatory prayers. For example, the Janazah Salaah is the only Salaah where the Jama’at does not break with the invalidation of the Wuzu of the Imam. One person’s performing of the Salaah is sufficient. Again, the Janazah Salaah is the only Salaah where the presence of a single person of good faith (Pure Sunni like Imam Ahmad Raza) among many persons of disbelief (like Ibrahim Adam) satisfies the obligation, the Farz-e-Kifayah. The Janazah Salaah is not a Salaah in its basic form; it is an invocation to Allah to bless the deceased. In that case, there is nothing wrong if Imam Ahmad Raza expresses his gratitude to Allah the Almighty who enabled him to attend the Janazah Salaah (or invocation prayer) of a fortunate believer where the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) was also present.
The Deobandi stooge Moulvi Ibham’s knowledge of Hadith is so limited that he does not know that the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) has performed Salaah behind….
Now we quote the second point of Molvi Ibham’s criticism:
“Ahmed Raza Khan claimed from his writing “Prophethood will proceed again after Abdul Qadir Jilani, and this new prophet will be initially a follower of a sheikh,”Hidayha Baksheesh, Vol. 2, p.72.”
I once again throw an open challenge to Molvi Ibham to prove that Imam Ahmad Raza Khan(rahmatullah alaih) has ever written a Book entitled “Hidayha Baksheesh“. If he succeeds in proving this, he will get a reward of one lakh rupee cash in Indian currency. By the grace of Allah, Molvi Ibham will never ever be able to prove this.
Imam Ahmad Raza Khan’s (rahmatullah alaih) enemies from Deoband, Nadwah and Najd have always tried their level best to misinterpret his writings. The reason: they are unable to understand their meanings and annotations. Molvi Ibham is the latest addition to the array of Ala-Hazrat’s (rahmatullah alaih) critics. I find this man totally illiterate and to some extent a cynic. Dear readers! You can very well judge the idiotic approach of Molvi Ibham that first he reproduces some excerpt from a non-existing book of Ala-Hazrat (rahmatullah alaih) and then on the basis of that excerpt, concludes: This is why Ahmed Raza Khan regard himself from that moment on as Qadri, and all his followers are Qadrias. He is a Qadria Prophet. Any sensible man would easily make out the bad intentions of Molvi Ibham to distort the image of Imam Ahmad Raza Khan by attributing to him wrong and un-Islamic notions.
Molvi Ibham further tries to blemish Ala-Hazrat (rahmatullah alaih) by depicting him as a claimant of Prophethood. He quotes: “To keep on my deen, and on my Madhab, as theologized in my writings, instead fastly and solidly is a obligation above all other obligation,” Wasaayaa Shariff of Ahmed Raza Khan, published on the 25 of Safar 1345 AH. He says, those who believe in the berelwi school of thought must keep to his deen and his madhab, as he had written and as he had praised. His obligation fard over all other obligation.”
Dear Readers! Just look at the comments of Molvi Ibham after the quotes. Do you find any relevance? If Ala-Hazrat (rahmatullah alaih) advises his followers to stick to his faith, it would certainly mean that the followers should follow the faith that Imam Ahmad Raza Khan(rahmatullah alaih) himself was following. “To keep on my Deen”, as wrongly translated by Molvi Ibham does not mean that Imam Ahmad Raza Khan (rahmatullah alaih) is claiming himself to be the founder of a separate faith. One of the three questions in the grave which the Munkar-Nakir are going to ask will be: Ma Deenoka? What is your religion? Does it mean Mr. Ibham that the angels are asking the dead man, what faith have you founded. The question would obviously mean: What faith do you practise or follow? Most of the old Deobandi Ulema prefix “Hanafi” to their names. If you ask them they would say that they are the followers of Imam-e-Azam Abu Hanifa (rahmatullah alaih) and that is why using the title Hanafi. Imam Ahmad Raza Khan is the staunch follower of Hazrat Shah Abdul Qadir Jilani(rahmatullah alaih). Hence he assumed the title Qadri to show his allegiance to the great Saint of Islam.
Molvi Ibham quotes further: “Ahmed Raza Khan has been appointed by Allah over the Ahle-Sunnies.” This is from Ramhul-Qahhar Al-Kufri Kuffar on p.6.
And Molvi Ibham cannot remain silent without giving his own comments. He says in his exotic language: “What Allah (SW) says about the Ambia Ikram,” Ahmed Raza Khan says, “Allah has appointed me.” No man, no Aalim, no Saint, Walliullah has the right to write this. To the berelwi, the word of Ahmed Raza Khan is more precious and sacred than the Qur’an and Hadith. Look how he writes and what he writes, but the berelwis, prefer to remain blind. This is blind cultism, this is traditional fetishism, by emotion applause of Narre-Takbir and Allahu-Akbar and shouting to get attention by hypocritical adherence.
Dear readers! It is high time you buy a Webster’s English Dictionary to decipher the coded language of the great scholar who is out on a preaching spree by delivering absurd lectures and befooling the innocent men of faith. The Sheikh of Najd (Shaitaan) has appointed Molvi Ibham to criticize the Sunni Ulema who have been doing yeoman’s service in preaching and propagating the religion of peace in various parts of the world.
Molvi Ibham’s ignorance to Arabic language is at its height when he uses the abbreviation (SW) for Allah in the following excerpt. I wonder what does he mean by the expression “The Islam of Allah (SW)”? The Islam of Allah (SW) and Nabi is sufficient for all Muslim, is it not? Three claim has been used here, and this is the backbone of berelwi, who self-proclaim that they are the only Alhe-Sunnat wal Jamaat. The only reason people follow it, because it’s emotionalism, they equate spiritualism to emotionalism. The Alhe-Berelwi knows what’s going on, but they think being a berelwi is an easy way to go to Jannah and easy ticket to Jannah.
Molvi Sahib, I am grateful to you that you have ultimately realized the fact that Sunnis follow Imam Ahmad Raza Khan (rahmatullah alaih) because his teachings lead to the righteous path. The Barelwism, as you put it, is surely the shortest way to Paradise as it consists of the ways and traditions of the great Saints of old right from the Prophet’s (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) time. The Sunni Jama’at (or as you call it, the Barelwi) is assuredly the 73rd sect among Muslims whom the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) has given the glad tiding of an entry into Paradise. Molvi Ibham and his mentors the Deobandis, the Jama’at-e-Islami, the Wahabis, the Tablighi Jama’at cannot jointly claim to be the Jannati sect.
Molvi Ibham continues his wild guessing. One thing is certain that this Satanic junta led by Molvi Ibham is quite at home in fabricating stories. His Tabligh is totally based on hearsay. He does not bother to refer to the original books while quoting them. He even does not care to cross check his statements before making them public. These are the characteristics of shameless people who do not mind to be taken to task by the opposite group.
Molvi Ibham further levels charges against the followers of Imam Ahmad Raza Khan(rahmatullah alaih). He says: “They proclaimed, “even the Nabi (SallalahoAleheWasallam) listened to the sermons and the lactures of Abdul Qadir Jalani (RA).” Let’s get something correct. Abdul Qadir Jilani has lived long time a saint and a wali of Allah (SallalahoAleheWasallam) who the whole ummat respects. They use his name to get the attention of all the Muslims. Ahmed Raza Khan, the originator of Berelwis writes:“What are Walies, what are Ambias, even the Huzoor (SallalahoAleheWasallam) attends your majlis, to listen to your service of Ghous Paak (Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jilani (ra)) Hidaayat Bakshish, Vol. 2, p.7
“Flowers attend the sermons of Abdul Qadir, nay even the Prophets attend the sermons of Abdul Qadir Jilani Hidaayat Bakshish, Vol. 2, p. 71.”
I don’t understand as to what Molvi Ibham wants to prove by quoting all this. Has he not heard the famous Hadith-al-Qudsi: “Ana Jaleesu man zakarani”, which means, “I accompany the person who remembers Me”. Now, the Majlis of Huzoor Ghaus-e-Pak (rahmatullah alaih)was always full of the remembrance of Allah and His beloved Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam). We the Sunnis believe that the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) is present in every gathering, be it Salaah or Haj or Milad Shareef; he is present in every mosque; he is present in every Sunni’s house. Therefore, if the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) and Hazrat Khizr (alaihis salaam) etc. are present in the sacred gatherings of believers, there is nothing for the disciple of Shaitaan, Molvi Ibham, to lament upon. From which expression has Molvi Ibham concluded that attending the sermon of Ghaus-e-Pak(rahmatullah alaih) means becoming his follower or disciple? Has Molvi Ibham not read the biography of Huzoor Ghaus-e-Azam (rahmatullah alaih) in which it is clearly mentioned that when for the first time he stood upon the pulpit to deliver sermon, he could not utter a single word. He saw great Arab scholars were sitting to listen to him. He invoked Allah to grant him eloquence. His prayers were answered. The Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) appeared and embraced Ghaus-e-Azam (rahmatullah alaih) in affection and put his sacred saliva in his mouth. Then Hazrat Ali (radi Allahu anhu) appeared and put his saliva into his mouth. Suddenly Ghuas-e-Azam (rahmatullah alaih) felt the effect of the sacred saliva of the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam). He started addressing the audience in chaste Arabic. The audience was astonished that a young man, who was stammering a little while ago, was so eloquent that the Arab scholars were unable to compete.
Molvi Sahib, why do you understand everything in its negative term? Is it not possible that the Awliya, the Prophets and the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) himself attended the sermons of Ghaus-e-Pak (rahmatullah alaih) to feel proud of him as well as bless him.
Dear readers! I would like you to peruse the following quotation and judge themselves the authenticity of the person who quotes it. “Ahmed Raza Khan writes, “The messenger of Allah are enjoining their wives in their grave. The wives of wives of Anmbias are presented to them Anmbias, and they enjoin their wives their in” Maalfoozaat, Vol. 3, p. 28.”
Molvi Ibham gathers the courage to ask: What kind of respect is this to the dignity of Nabi (SallalahoAleheWasallam)? Berelwis claim to have a greater love and respect of the Nabi (SallalahoAleheWasallam) then the other Muslims, but they will never go against the writing of Ahmed Raza Khan and the fatwas by their scholars. Any Berelwi, brother read this pages and think where they are going. It’s time to wake up.
Can Molvi Ibham tell us what kind of respect is the following to the dignity of Nabi (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam)? In the beginning of his lecture Molvi Ibham has mentioned: One is a huge and vast institution, which has produced most the Ulamas throughout the world, which is the Deoband institution. People coming from there are called Deobandi.
These so-called great scholars of the huge and vast institution of Deoband are the spiritual masters of Molvi Ibham. Let us see what respect have they shown to the Nabi (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam).
On page 51 of “Buraheen-e-Qati’a”, Khalil Ahmad Ambethawi says: “After looking at the condition of Satan and the Angel of Death, it can be gained that they possess a great depth of knowledge and this has been proven from the Qur’an and Ahadith. To prove such knowledge for Fakhr-e-Aalam (Muhammad Sallallaho Alaihi wasallam) without proof from the Qur’an and Ahadith, but from common sense, is a false thought. If, to do so is not a Shirk, then in which category of faith does it fall?”
On page 6 of “Hifzul Imaan”, (printed in Mazahirul Uloom), Ashraf Ali Thanawi says: “If knowledge of the Unseen refers to partial knowledge, then what speciality is there in Nabi (Sallallaho Alaihi Wasallam). Such knowledge is possessed by Zayd and Amr (any Tom, Dick and Harry), every child, insane people and all types of animals.”
On page 5 of “Tehzeerunnas” (published in Maktaba Fayz Nazd Jami Masjid Deoband), Qasim Nanotvi says: “Prophets are superior to their followers only in knowledge, but in good deeds, followers sometimes seem equal and occasionally even become superior to them.”
In part II, page 12 of Fatawa-e-Rashidiyah, (published Maktaba Rashidiyah, Jami Masjid Delhi), Rasheed Ahmad Gangohi says: “The word ‘Rahmatul-lil-Aalameen’ is not a speciality of Rasool (Sallallaho Alaihi Wasallam). But other Prophets, saints and great Ulema are also cause of mercy unto the worlds, even though Rasool (Sallallaho Alaihi wasallam) is the highest of them all. Therefore, to use this word on others, is also permissible.”
If one examines the original books that were written by these Deobandis, one will find other similar derogatory statements. Imam Ahmad Raza (rahmatullah alaih) sent many of the blasphemous and derogatory statements to the Ulema of Mecca and Medina Shareef for clarification. They did not hesitate in passing the Fatawa of Kufr against such people who insulted Almighty Allah and the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam).
Muhammad Saeed bin Baabseel, Mufti of the Shafeyi order in Mecca wrote: “After sending praise and salutations, I have seen that which that learned person and professional teacher has purely written. It is a struggle on behalf of the religion of Muhammad. In other words, my brother and my respected Hadrat Ahmed Raza Khan who in his book “Al Mu’tamadul Mustanad” has refuted the evil leaders of the false sects and false beliefs. Such people are worse than all evil, wicked and seditious people. Our author, in his book, has summarized and stated the names of those wrongdoers, who due to their wrong doings, are soon to become the worst and the lowest amongst the infidels.”
Muhammad bin Abdus Salam Daghistani, Mufti Madinatul Munawarah wrote: “O Readers! It is essential for you to hold on to this Kitaab which its author has written with great swiftness. You will find this book bright and evident proof in refutal of these groups. Especially those individuals who intend to undo the objective, which is already bound. Who are these individuals who are known as Wahabis? From amongst them is Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani who has claimed Prophethood, and the other ones who have come out of Deen and insulted the dignity of the Holy Prophet (Sallallaho Alaihi Wasallam) are Qasim Nanotvi, Rasheed Ahmad Gangohi, Khalil Ahmad Ambethvi and Ashraf Ali Thanwi and all those who follow their ways.
“Almighty Allah grant Imam Ahmad Raza Khan great reward for he has given cure and has answered his decree which is in his book, “Al Mu’tamadul Mustanad”, in which are also the decrees of the Ulema of Mecca and Medina. Due to the corruption and trouble, it has become necessary for them as they (the misguided) are spreading corruption on this earth. They and all those on their path.”
Umar bin Hamadan Almahrasi, Servant at the Masjid-e-Nabawi wrote: “After pace and salutations, I put my sight on the book of a learned person on this earth. He has widened the path of knowledge and, in it (the book) made obvious every interpretation and utterance in his clearly convincing and sufficient arguments. He is Hadrat Ahmad Raza Khan on whose name is “Al Mu’tamadul Mustanad”.
“May Almighty Allah protect his life and always keep him happy. Now, that which is in refutal of those people, cursed and evil Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani, who is the Dajjal Kazzab of the last decade. Rasheed Ahmad Gangohi and Khalil Ahmad Ambethvi and Ashraf Ali Thanwi, degrading and insulting Nabi (Sallallaho Alaihi Wasallam). Then, it is no doubt that they are kafirs and those who have the power to execute them, then it is necessary for them to do so, to give them the death sentence.”
Over two hundred such Fatawa have been compiled by Ala-Hazrat (rahmatullah alaih)himself under the word famous title “Hussamul Haramain”.
Molvi Ibham is such a shameless creature that he never leaves any stone unturned to tarnish the image of Ala-Hazrat Imam Ahmad Raza Khan (rahmatullah alaih). “Another claim is Ahmed Raza Khan writes, “Hazrat Syyadina Aaisha, Ummatul Momineen (RA) inflatiously clothed her. Her tight fitting clothes, revealed the robust and the youthful gestures of her body. With protruding breasts and jetting bust, and this were searing my thoughts and tearing away at my heart.” (Hidaayat Bakshish, Vol. 3, p.37)
He is referring to an old edition of the collection of eulogies written by Imam Ahmad Raza(rahmatullah alaih). The press where the third volume of Hadaeq-e-Bakhshish was printed belonged to a Deobandi. He was such a sworn enemy of Imam Ahmad Raza Khan(rahmatullah alaih) that he managed to add some sub-standard couplets to the poem in praise of Hazrat Bibi Ayesha (radi Allahu anha) and published the book. When the book came in the market, the Deobandi made it an issue and levelled charges of blasphemy against Imam Ahmad Raza Khan (rahmatullah alaih). Anybody who goes through the contents of the book can easily make out the vast difference between the style of Imam Ahmad Raza(rahmatullah alaih) and the addition inserted by the Deobandi conspirators. Any logical mind would conclude as to how a scholar so careful like Imam Ahmad Raza (rahmatullah alaih)could dig up his own grave by composing derogatory couplets. It was a planned conspiracy and even today the enemies of Imam Ahmad Raza Khan (rahmatullah alaih) produce the copies of that edition to degrade the great Muhaddith of Bareilly.
Molvi Ibham comments: “Is this not the work of a perverted mind of sexual sawdust of a man who sees himself with absolute arrogance and total pride and indulgence.” I sympathize with the members of the audience of this wretched Molvi, who really have to face a torture while listening to such an illiterate, third class man.
In his next jump of lie, Molvi Ibham writes: “His followers write, “Ahmed Raza Khan is innocent, and free of all sins.”
But this time the wretched man does not give any reference. It seems he has signed a contract of falsity in his words and letters. He is very swift in his conclusions. First he levels a false charge against Imam Ahmad Raza Khan (rahmatullah alaih) and immediately he derives a conclusion: “In other word he’s similar to the Anmbia.”
“The Imam of the Berelwis, Ahmed Raza Khan is free of faults, and Allah is highly pleased and satisfied with Ahmed Raza Khan, from the beginning to the end.”
I don’t know as to from where Molvi Ibham has lifted this excerpt. He has a further objection that the followers of Imam Ahmad Raza use “Radiallaho Anho” as a suffix to his name. Here is another typical example of the moral bankruptcy of Molvi Ibham.
He misquotes: “Rasullullah (SallalahoAleheWasallam) is a prophet unto the Arabs and Ahmed Raza Khan is the prophet unto the Non-Arabs. When I went to Arabia and envision its scope and magnitude, I realized without a doubt that he (Ahmed Raza Khan) was the qibla of the non-Arab people,” written by Shah Abdul Alim Sidduque in Savennai of Ala Hazrat p. 148″
This is a false allegation against the internationally acclaimed Sunni scholar Hazrat Maulana Abdul Alim Siddiqui (rahmatullah alaih). He was a theologian par excellence. He toured around the world to propagate Islam in the remotest areas where no Muslim scholar dared to venture. Hundreds of thousands of non-believers embraced Islam under his guidance. How could a responsible Sunni scholar like Maulana Abdul Alim Siddiqui (rahmatullah alaih) adjudge Imam Ahmad Raza (rahmatullah alaih)as the prophet of non-Arabs. The phrase ‘the Qibla of the non-Arab people’ has got a very different connotation, as the Qibla is the direction of the right path. Imam Ahmad Raza was the guide, the mentor, the teacher, friend and philosopher for hundreds of thousands of Sunni Muslims throughout the world. His writings, his books and his disciples preached Islam among the world community. It was Imam Ahmad Raza (rahmatullah alaih) who was equally respected by the Arabs and non-Arabs.
Here are some titles bestowed upon him by the noble Ulema of Mecca Mukarramah:
A Coolness for the eyes of the Ulema.
A Beloved and accepted slave of Almighty Allah.
A Leader of Ulema.
The Seal of great Islamic research scholars.
The Mujaddid of this Century.
These titles are recorded in the books “Al Fuyuzaatul Makkiyah”, “Hussamul Haramain” and “Ad-Daulatul Makkiyah.”
Some titles bestowed upon him by the noble Ulema of Madina Munawarah:
The Leader among Imams.
The Leader among Mystics.
The Pride of great preceding Ulema and the leader of future Ulema.
The Mujaddid of this Ummah.
A Judge among Islamic Judges.
The Imam among Scholars of Ahadith.
The Destroyer of Bid’at and the Upholder of Sunnah.
The Mujaddid of this Century.
These titles too are recorded in the books quoted above.
Now I invite my readers to peruse another piece of literature created by Molvi Ibham: This claim of Shah Abdul Alim Sidduque influenced Ahmed Raza Khan that he present him with an expensive Jubha gown, and bestowed his khilafat upon him. This claim made Ahmed Raza Khan equivalent to Rasullullah (SallalahoAleheWasallam), by declaring him to hold the same designation and status to all the Non-Arab Muslims of the world. This claim made Ahmed Raza Khan status more higher then the status of Nabi (SallalahoAleheWasallam), because there are more non-Arabs in the world then Arabs. The Berelwi believe this, they don’t reveal this. It’s because if they reveal to you, you would never allow them to come close to you. The daleel of proof is the hatred of the Arabs. Even they hate Nabi (SallalahoAleheWasallam), because he is an Arab.
Since Molvi Ibham has no concept of the institution of Bai’at, he does not understand the significance of presenting the gown by the Peer or Murshid to the Mureed or Khalifa. Molvi Ignorant has confined the word Khilafat to the Khilafat-e-Raashida only. Khalifa mean vice-regent, i.e., a person who acts on behalf of the chief in his absence. This has been the tradition of Sufis that they appoint their vice-gerents and ask them to go to a particular area and serve the mankind. This typical tradition started right from the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) who appointed Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique (radi Allahu anhu) as his vice-regent to lead the Islamic army. The Khilafat of spiritual order continued. Hazrat Ali(radi Allahu anhu) made Hazrat Hasan Basari (radi Allahu anhu) his Khalifa who took Bai’at of Muslims on his behalf. There are certain spiritual orders which descend through Hazrat Hasan Basari (radi Allahu anhu); the others through Imam Husain (radi Allahu anhu). The Peer and Khalifa tradition is still continuing.
Molvi Ibham, as usual, derived a quick conclusion that Imam Ahmad Raza’s (rahmatullah alaih) presenting a gown to Hazrat Abdul Alim Siddiqui (rahmatullah alaih) represented his claim of being equivalent to the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam). “This claim made Ahmed Raza Khan status more higher then the status of Nabi (SallalahoAleheWasallam), because there are more non-Arabs in the world then Arabs.” What an absurd logic! Molvi Ibham, who vehemently believes that the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) had no knowledge of the Unseen, himself claims to know what is hidden in the hearts of the Barelwis. That is why he says: “The Berelwi believe this, they don’t reveal this.”
If the Barelwis do not reveal their belief, how that idiot Molvi came to know that the Barelwis treat Imam Ahmad Raza (rahmatullah alaih) on par with the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam). “Even they hate Nabi (SallalahoAleheWasallam), because he is an Arab.”
This is real news to me! The Deoband school of thought openly blames the Barelwis that they are so much exaggerating their love and respect towards the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) that it reaches to the level of love and respect towards Allah. And now this wretched Molvi says that the Barelwis hate the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam). I think either everything has gone wrong with the brain of Ibrahim Adam, or a mad dog has bitten him. Even Molvi Ashraf Ali Thanwi recognized Imam Ahmad Raza’s (rahmatullah alaih)immense love towards the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam). It was Imam Ahmad Raza Khan (rahmatullah alaih) who showed the Muslim world how to respect the descendants or family of the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam).
The most illiterate and illogical Molvi of our times, Molvi Ibrahim Adam goes on scanning his charge sheet against the followers of Imam Ahmad Raza Khan (rahmatullah alaih). He charges them with: ” – the general dislike of everything belonging to the Arab Muslim.”
It seems Molvi Ibham holds the secrets of the Barelwis. Hence he knows so many things about them – their likes and dislikes; their love and hatred etc. The very intention of Molvi Ibham in putting forth the above statement is to create a feeling of hatred and enmity among the Arab Muslims against the followers of Imam Ahmad Raza Khan (rahmatullah alaih). This is what the Tablighi Jama’at, the Jama’at-e-Islami and other anti-Sunni outfits in the Indo-Pak sub-continent have been doing for the last so many years. A few years ago, the Deobandi school of thought clandestinely managed to poison the minds of the Saudi authorities to impose a ban on “Kanzul Imaan”, the Urdu translation of the Holy Qur’an rendered by Ala-Hazrat Imam Ahmad Raza Khan(rahmatullah alaih). There is a perennial campaign in the Deobandi camp to suppress the Maslak-e-Ala-Hazrat (rahmatullah alaih), which represents the real Islam as expounded by the companions of the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) and their followers.
The Deobandi camp is in fact a division of the bigger Wahabi or Najdi campaign to suppress those who are the real slaves and staunch lovers of the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) and his vice-regents. The Najdi bosses have purchased some agents from among the Muslims of the Sub-Continent and have appointed them to make false propaganda against the righteous Muslims. Ibrahim Adam is also one of these paid agents.
Molvi Ibham’s next concern is that the followers of Imam Ahmad Raza Khan (rahmatullah alaih) “- never pray salaat behind Arab Imam, whether it is Masjid-e-Haraam or Masjid-e-Nabwi”. Yes, it is hundred per cent true. The reason is that Muqtadi’s wavelength should match with that of his Imam. The Imams of Masjid-e-Haram and Masjid-e-Nabawi are appointed by the Najdi authority and it is equally a known fact that these Imams have the following of Ibn-e-Taymiyah and Muhammad Ibn-e-Abdul Wahhab Najdi who are well known for their disbelief and derogatory remarks against the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) and his followers.
Dear readers! I would like you to peruse the following and judge for yourself whether the protagonists of such beliefs are Muslims in the real sense?
Wahhabi/Deobandi beliefs regarding Allah: Allah Almighty can tell lies! Molvi Ismail Dehlavi who is one of the Deobandi scholars writes: “Allah can tell lies.” (Yak Roza Farsi, page 17-18)
Molvi Khalil Ahmad Ambethvi Deobandi says that all previous Ulema were in debate of this fact that Allah can tell lies. He writes: “The question of lying (for Allah) has just not raised now but there has always ben a debate on this issue by previous Ulema.” (Baraheen-e-Qati’a, p. 6)
Molvi Mahmood Hasan Deobandi writes: “Allah has the power to do all bad things.” (Aljahdul Mikl, p. 41)
Molvi Sanaullah Amritsari has written: “Allah Ta’ala may tell a lie, to say so is an act of faith.” (Akhbar-e-Ehl-e-Hadith Amritsari, p. 2)
Abusive Language for the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam): Molvi Ismail Dehlavi (slaughtered) has written: “The prophets and Awliya have authority (in the worldly affairs) with the blessings (and permission) of Allah – and they are our intercessors and pleaders in the Court of Allah – all such (beliefs) are Shirk and absolute nonsense.” (Taqviyat-ul-Imaan, p. 13)
He further writes: “Despite of considering them (the prophets and Awliya) as the servants of Allah, whoever believes the prophets and Awliya as his/her helper and intercessor becomes like Abu Jahl in the matters of Shirk.” (Ibid. p. 14)
Prophets and Satan are equal in knowing the Unseen: Molvi Ismail Dehlavi has written: “And about this subject (mysticism of the Unseen) there is no difference between the Prophets and Awliya, Jinn, Shaitaan, ghosts and fairies.” (Ibid. P.14)
Deobandi’s most respected noble Hakimul Ummat, Molvi Ashraf Ali Thanwi writes: “To express a definite opinion about having Ilm-e-Ghaib (Knowledge of the Unseen) by his gracious personality (the Holy Prophet) is correct. Then let us enquire whether it means partial knowledge of the unseen or total knowledge of the Unseen? If it means the partial knowledge of the unseen, then what is so special about Huzoor (the Holy Prophet) because such (partial) knowledge of the unseen is proved for Zayd, Amr, even for children and madmen and animals and beasts.” (Hifzul Imaan, p. 15)
Disgraced worse than a cobbler: Molvi Ismail Dehlavi writes: “This should be believed that each creation whether large or small, in front of Allah’s dignity is disgraced worse than a cobbler.” (Ibid. p. 18)
Prophets are powerless and ignorant: Molvi Ismail Dehlavi writes: “There is no greatness in the fact that prophets and Awliya have attained from Allah, the knowledge to use some of their power to the degree that, whoever they like they can finish off, or give children, or free them from difficulties, or fulfill wishes, or give victory or defeat, or make someone rich or poor, or take someone’s throne off them, or put faith (Imaan) in someone’s heart, or heal a sick person, or take someone’s health from them, in all these facts all creations large or small are equal – completely powerless and humble.” (Ibid. p. 24)
Prophets are our elder brothers: Molvi Ismail Dehlavi writes: “Prophets, Awliya, Imams, spiritual leaders, martyrs meaning every one of Allah’s close servants are all human beings and humble servants, and all creations are brothers, but these have been given greatness and so are our elder brothers.” (Ibid. p.44)
Hazrat Muhammad will die and turn into soil: Molvi Ismail Dehlavi has reported the Holy Prophet to have said: “One day I will die and my body will turn into soil (ashes).” (Ibid. p.45)
Deobandi scholars are the Prophet’s tutors: Molvi Khalil Ahmad Ambethvi writes: “One righteous person meets the Holy Prophet in his dream. He notes that the Prophet is talking in Urdu language. So he asked him, ‘How did you learn this language while you are an Arab?’ The Holy Prophet replied: ‘Since I have been involved with Madarsa Darul Uloom Deoband, I have learnt this language.’ Subhanallah, this clearly indicates the integrity of this Darul Uloom.” (Baraheen-e-Qati’a.)
Denial of the Last Prophet: Molvi Qasim Nanotvi, the founding father of Darul Uloom Deoband writes: “If at all some prophet comes after the Holy Prophet’s era, it would not make any difference to the status of the Holy Prophet as the Seal of prophets.” (Tahzeerunnas, p. 25)
It was this vague statement which later encouraged Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani to declare himself as a prophet in the form of Promised Maseeh.
Satan comes in the form of the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam): The most recognized Mujaddid of the Wahabis and Deobandis, Ibn-e-Taymiyya writes: “Angels don’t help anybody in Shirk, not in life or in death, nor do they like to do so. However, Satan sometimes does help and comes in the form of a human being and makes himself visible to them so that they see him with their eyes and sometimes Satan says to them, “I am Abraham, I am Jesus, I am Muhammad, I am Khizr, I am Abu Bakr, I am Umar, Usman, Ali or such and such Sheikh etc.” (Kitabul Wasilah, p.41)
A Thought of the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) during the Salaah invalidates Salaah: Molvi Ismail Dehlavi writes: In Namaz thought of intercourse with your wife or evil temptation of adultery is better, and to think about a Shaikh or a pious person even thinking about the Holy Prophet is much worse than thinking of your own donkey or oxen.”(Siraat-e-Mustaqeem, Farsi, p.86)
Call the Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) for help is Shirk: Molvi Ismail Ghaznawi writes:“Whoever says Ya Rasoolallah or Ya Ali or Ya Ibne Abbas or Ya Abdul Qadir Jilani or some other wali’s name or cries for their mercy and by this call they want their help and attention which is not in anyone’s power except Allah, for example to heal a sick person, to win over an enemy or stay away from bad times etc. So in these situations to ask for anyone’s help except from Allah is Shirk (to associate with Allah) and whoever does this is a Mushrik. This is Shirk-e-Akbar and they have reached that degree. It does not matter if their belief is that it is through Allah or in fact really Allah that is helping them and this is just a way of getting to Allah, in other words all this is Shirk and to kill such a person is allowed and to rob their possessions is also allowed.” (Tohfa-e-Wahhabiyyah, originally written by Suleman bin Sehman Najdi and translated in Urdu by Ismail Ghaznawi p. 59)
Visiting Holy Prophet’s (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) Grave is the same as adultery: Deobandi Molvi Husain Ahmad Madani writes about the Wahabis and their beliefs and stating how he opposes these beliefs. He states that the Wahabis have written: “Wahabis classify a pilgrimage to Madina Munawarah (with the intention to visit the Holy Prophet’s sacred shrine as an adultery.” (Ash-Shahabus Saaqib, p. 46)
A stick is more beneficial than the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam): Molvi Husain Ahmad Madani has reported that the Saudi Wahabis have written: “A stick in our hands is more profitable to us than the Holy Prophet at least we can get rid of dogs with it, we can’t even do that with the Holy Prophet.” (Ash-Shahabus Saaqib, p. 47)
Demolition of the Prophet’s (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) Grave is Wajib: Nawab Siddique Hasan Bhopali writes: “Whatever that has been made in the form of a grave and which is of course against Shariat is forbidden and to demolish them down to earth’s level is Wajib for all Muslims without any concession, whether it is a Prophet’s grave or of any other person”.(Urf al Jadi Farsi version, p. 60)
Dear Readers! I have taken much of your precious time but it was necessary for me to present to you the false ideologies and disbelief of the Wahabis and Deobandis whom Molvi Ibham, in his asinine ecstasy is giving a clean chit and regarding, rather adoring them, as his spiritual leaders.
Now I come to the concluding part of the lecture of Molvi Bla-Bla. He has a satanic instinct in his blood, which he might have inherited from his ancestors, to level baseless charges without putting forth any evidence or documentary proof. Molvi Ibham appears to me as a daydreamer who perceives so many falsities through his perverted imagination, which lacks the faculty of reasoning. The following paragraph from his lecture is an ample proof of this.
“They say Rasul of Allah (SallalahoAleheWasallam) did not complete his mission, they believe he left some points of achievements for others such as Ahmed Raza Khan. Ahmed Raza Khan fulfilled his task magnificently,”
Let Molvi Ibham produce single evidence to the effect that any of the followers of Imam Ahmad Raza Khan (rahmatullah alaih) has written that the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) did not complete his mission and that he left some tasks to be performed and achieved by Ahmad Raza Khan. Molvi Ibham must surely be having the list of the tasks, which the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) left undone. Can he present the list? If Molvi Ibham presents a single evidence to this effect, once again, I am ready to pay himone lakh rupee cash as a reward.
Another wild allegation by Molvi Ibham: – “There was a milad shariff majlis, when the crowd had gathered, a snake appeared and quickly slithered into a position below the mimber. As long as he majlis carried on, it kept on listening. When the Milad majlis ended, the snake went away. It harmed no one, neither coming nor leaving. People desired to kill it. Mirza Saheb reported it, (a Berelwi) he restrained them from such an action, from killing the snake. He regarded the snake as an official guest, meaning the Prophet. So on one should not kill it.” Malfoozaat Vol. 4 P.36
They say this is how Nabi (SAW) comes in many forms in their majlises (gatherings).
As I have told earlier, Molvi Ibham is quite at home in deriving silly conclusions and then attributing them to the followers of Imam Ahmad Raza Khan (rahmatullah alaih). The above excerpt is also one such idiotic conclusion. He goes on guessing things.
Molvi Ibham has presented himself as an authority on Barelwism. The way he has misquoted the sayings and writings of Barelwi Ulema, indicates as if Molvi Ibham has studied this school of thought very closely. “The Berelwi write in their final writing and that is the sun has sat on Islam and it’s Prophet and that it has risen on its teaching of Ahmed Raza Khan and it’s called Berelwism. They say it’s naturally for the sun to set, and the sun of Nabi (SallalahoAleheWasallam) has sat, and the sun of Ahmed Raza Khan has risen”.
One of my friends saw the writings of Molvi Ibham and remarked: Who is this idiot that does not know even the basics of English grammar? I pacified my friend by saying: He is the Abu Jahl of our times. I should not have given any response to this ignorant man, but I thought that if I keep silence, his writings would create doubts in the minds of righteous Muslims and confuse them about the great theologian of the East, Imam Ahmad Raza Khan (rahmatullah alaih) of Bareilly.
I invoke Allah, to save the believers from the falsities of the disciples of Shaitaan like this Ibrahim. May Allah Almighty fill the grave of Imam Ahmad Raza (rahmatullah alaih), the Muhaddith of Bareilly with Noor and heighten his status among the followers of the Holy Prophet. May Allah accept the valuable services rendered by Imam Ahmad Raza Khan(rahmatullah alaih) to save the Islamic faith from the dirty clutches of Deobandis and Wahabis. O Allah! Lead us to Straight path; Path of those whom Thou hath favoured; Not the path of those who earned Thine wrath and went astray. Ameen.
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