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 A call for Justice Part-2

1. The religious leader of the scholars of Deoband, Maulvi Ashraf Ali Thanvi in his book entitled "Hifz-ul-Iman" (The Protection of Faith) has compared the knowledge of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), with the knowledge of lowly creatures such as animals and beasts - and he himself has confessed to this heinous crime! (May Allah protect us!)

Learned people know that if anything is compared with a respectable thing, it implies respect - whereas on the contrary, if anything is compared with a disgraceful and shameful thing, it implies defamation and disrespect. This principle is so well known and widely accepted in the Urdu language, that no learned person can deny the authenticity of this interpretation.

On this basis we claim that, beyond doubt, Mr. Thanvi is guilty of insolence towards the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him). By comparing the knowledge of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) with that of animals and lowly creatures, he has definitely committed the heinous crime of insulting the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him).

2. The second and third leaders of the Deobandi school i.e. Maulvi Khalil Ahmed Ambethvi and Maulvi Rasheed Ahmed Gangohi have written in their book "Baraheene Qatia" (The Definite Proofs), that on the issue of encompassing the knowledge of the earth, the knowledge of Satan exceeds the knowledge of our Holy Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him). Furthermore, they claimed that if one believes that the knowledge of our Holy Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) exceeds that of Satan, such a person will become a "polytheist" (Mushrik), because the vastness of Satan`s knowledge is proven from Qur`an and Hadith, whereas no such proof exists in respect of the knowledge of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him). (May Allah protect us!).

In the above-mentioned case, there are no two opinions that assessing the knowledge of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) to be inferior to that of Satan, is a blatant blasphemy and insolence towards the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him).

Similarly, it is a blatant insolence and a blasphemy to say that in contrast to Satan, anyone who believes in the vast extent of the knowledge of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) is a "polytheist" (Mushrik), but having the same belief about Satan is not polytheism!

Likewise it is also a clear disrespect towards our Holy Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) to say that there is no clear proof in the Qur`an on the vast extent of his knowledge, but there is proof in Qur`an as well as Hadith regarding the vast knowledge of Satan!

3. The most important leader of the Deobandi school, and also the founder of the Deoband Madressah i.e. Maulvi Qasim Nanotvi, in his book "Tahzeer-ul-Naas" has refused to accept our Holy Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) as the Last Prophet - whereas to believe in Prophet Mohammed (peace and blessings be upon him), as the Last Prophet of Allah is proven both from the Qur`an and the Hadith.

He has gone to the extent of writing that "even if it were assumed that a New Prophet can come during the era of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), or after the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), it would not have an effect on the "Finality" (Khatemiat) of our Holy Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him)". Whereas every sane person can easily understand the simple principle that the belief regarding the Finality of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) gets negated upon the arrival of a new Prophet. It is this very book of Maulvi Qasim Nanotvi - i.e. "Tahzeer-ul-Naas" which the Qadianis term a precursor to validate the prophethood of Mirza Gulam Ahmed Qadiani (May Allah protect us).

It should be clear that our dispute with Deobandi scholars on the issue of Khatm - e- Nubuwat (The Finality of Prophethood) is not a secondary one, but is regarding Islamic principles and is fundamental. It is not concerned just with the permissibility (hillat) or prohibition (hurmat), but with infidelity and Islam.

A CALL FOR JUSTICE

The first root cause of our disagreement with the Deobandi scholars with references to their books, is before you. It should be clear that this basic cause of disagreement is concerned with (1) Insulting the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), and (2) Denial of the necessities of Islam. And there is no doubt in their infidelity. A number of verses of the Holy Qur`an bear testimony to the fact that even a minor disrespect towards the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), breaks one`s relation with faith and Islam. Under no circumstances can superiority in knowledge or worship save one from the evil consequences of insolence.

Here I will request my readers NOT to read the defamatory writings of the Deobandi scholars with a view that it is just a religious dispute between Bareilly and Deoband. Rather what must be kept in mind is that the attack of the Deobandi scholars is upon the great personality of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him). The attack of their insolent pen is NOT upon the Ahle Sunnah Bareillvi scholars, but especially on the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) himself!

If you read these lines with a view that it is just a dispute between the scholars of Bareilly and Deoband then the sincerity you need to make a fair decision, will vanish. The purpose of my above request is because to prefer the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) above any other beloved person is a requirement of our faith. Therefore put aside the scholars of Bareilly for a while and ask your faithful conscience the following questions: -