By New Age Islam Special Correspondent
10 December 2016
Perhaps first time in its age-old history,
the largest Islamic seminary in India Darul Uloom Deoband has issued a
categorical fatwa against the Tablighi Jama’at.
Accusing Tablighi Jamaat's chief Maulvi
Sa'ad Kandhaulvi of perversion, misinterpretation of Islamic texts and
desecration of prophethood of the messengers of Allah, , Darul Uloom Deoband
has come up with a fatwa declaring him "misguided" and
"deviant" (Gumrah). The Deoband seminary also asked the Tablighi
Jam’at chief to repent in the court of God.
In a brazen fatwa, the Deoband clerics have
accused the Tablighi Jamaat India chief Maulvi Saad Kandhaulvi of aberration,
debauchery, misinterpretation of Islamic Shariah, insulting and demeaning
prophets and messengers of God. The concluding text in this fatwa issued by the
Darul Uloom states:
“It is our religious duty to warn Muslims
particularly those with the Tablighi Jam’at that Maulvi Sa'ad Kandhaulvi, the
current chief of the Jam’at, is misinterpreting Quran and Hadith.
The fatwa, originally drafted for muftis
and Islam jurists, was officially made public by the Darul Uloom Deoband and
was posted on its website after it was leaked by Roznama Sahafat, an Urdu
daily. Afterwards, several messages and comments were circulated in the media.
The Darul Uloom has alleged that Maulvi
Sa'ad Kandhaulvi in his speech at recently held Bhopal Ijtema said that
"Markaz Nizamuddin is the most sacred place on the earth after Makkah and
Madinah – the two holiest sites revered by Muslims across the world.
The Darul Uloom Deoband also cited the
statements attributed to Tablighi Jamaat chief charged with hurling insults
against Islamic prophets and messengers. The Darul Uloom said the seminary has
received complaints regarding the perverted views of Maulvi Saad Kanadhalvi
from various sources including those in Bangladesh and Pakistan.
The Darul Uloom has also informed that
Islamic clergy across the Indian subcontinent have expressed concerns over the
way Maulvi Saad Kandhaulvi is propagating his perverted and distorted views
among the Muslims. “We can’t remain silent and a mute spectator when Maulvi
Saad Kandhaulvi continues to disseminate his perverted views and wrong
interpretations about Islam in large gatherings”, the Darul Uloom said.
“After a close analysis of his speeches we
have come to the conclusion that Mualana Saad Kandhaulvi has gone astray and he
must repent without any delay”, the fatwa said appealing to the Tablighi Jamaat
seniors to take immediate corrective measures to save the group from going
“If corrective measures are not taken
immediately, we fear that a large chunk of Muslims associated with Tablighi
Jamaat will also go astray and off the track”, the decree said.
Questions and objections over Tablighi
Jamaat and its preaching style have been raised in the past as well. It is also
alleged that Fazail-e-Amaal - the book Tablighi Jamaat advises its
followers to read during gatherings, contains many things which do not have any
basis in Quran and Sunnah.
Recently, Maulvi Saad Kandhaulvi has got
much notoriety as he made a flimsy and untenable comment in a speech held at
Bhopal Ijti’ma (annual congregation), that Markaz Nizamuddin is the most sacred
place on earth after Makka and Madina – the two places revered by Muslims across
Going by the news report published in
Inquilab, dated December 6, 2016, the Deoband seminary claims to have received
complaints regarding the ‘perverted views’ of Maulvi Saad Kanadhalvi from
various places including Bangladesh and Pakistan. The Darul Uloom also said
that scholars across the Indian subcontinent should express their concerns over
the way Maulvi Saad Kandhaulvi is propagating his perverted and distorted views
among the Muslim masses.
“After a close analysis of his speeches we
have come to the conclusion that Maulana Saad Kandhaulvi has gone astray and he
must repent without any delay”, the decree said also appealing to the Tablighi
Jamaat seniors to take immediate corrective measures to save the group from
It’s perhaps, first time in its entire
history that Darul Uloom Deoband has come out openly against the Tablighi
Jamaat and its chieftain.
According to Roznama Sahafat, Maulvi Sa'ad
is reported to have expressed a vulgar view in an earlier statement leaked by the
Urdu daily. He said:
"Using Mobile phones with an Islamic
app or Qur'an app is worse than fornication (Zina). Thus, those even the Ulema
and Islamic clerics who enter washrooms with such mobile phones in their
pockets are worse than the fornicators (Zinaakaar)".
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