& (a) Do the writings of the Deobandi scholars attack the sanctity of our Holy Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), or not?
& & & & & & & & & (b) Do these writings deviate from the basic requirements and tenets of faith, or not?
If you have any doubt regarding the authenticity and the location of the references given, you can yourself find and read them - these books are openly available at bookshops, even to this day.
So what did the Ahle Sunnah Bareillvi scholars do? It was just that after going through these defamatory writings of the Deobandi scholars, the Ahle Sunnah Bareillvi scholars openly displayed the reaction of the unbearable distress and the spiritual agony that they were made to suffer all of a sudden. The hurdle of relations did not come in their way.
They contacted the Deobandi scholars and with authentic proofs asked them to first seek repentance according to the Shariah from those writings - which vilify our Holy Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), and which deny the necessities of Islam - and secondly to delete those writings from their books. But the spurious fame of the Deobandi scholars came in their way and they preferred the everlasting punishment of fire to the disgrace of this world.
A1) A Common Trait Among Those Who Disrespect The Holy Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him).
Deviating from the above conversation, I would like to clarify a point to my readers, trusting that the extra moments of waiting will not be a burden upon them.
Going through the annals of history you will notice a common trait among those who were insolent towards the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him). After uttering or writing any blasphemous word due to hypocrisy, instead of seeking repentance for their infidelity, they resort to wrong interpretations and verbal jugglery when they are called to account and admonished.
During the era of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), the very same attitude existed in the hypocrites of Medinah. Once when the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) was returning from a journey, the hypocrites used a derogatory word for him - and when the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) called them to account after he was informed by the honorable companions, the hypocrites resorted to giving wrong interpretations and lame excuses. It was revealed in the Holy Qur`an to the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) as follows: -
"Do not feign excuses, you have turned disbelievers after becoming Muslims" (Surah Tauba -9:66 - from the Holy Quran`s English Translation "Treasure of Faith" by Mohammed Aqib Qadri)
Had the revelations not been going on, the hypocrites` fraud would not have been disclosed and they would have concealed their infidelity by reciting Kalema in the Muslim society.
A2) A Recent Example Of Verbal Jugglery
If you wish to know about the role of the hypocrites of Medinah in the present age, read about the Pro Vice Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia of New Delhi. In order to be called a supporter of secularism, he expressed his views about the banned book of Salman Rushdie in an interview for an English Magazine that "the ban on this book (Satanic Verses) enforced by the Indian Government should be lifted because everyone has a fundamental right to express his views."
The clear meaning of this phrase is that Rushdie cannot be called to account of the Blasphemy he has done in his book because he has a fundamental right to express his views. In other words, Mushir-ul-Hasan with his above phrase has openly supported the disrespect towards our Holy Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him). The courageous and sacrificing students of Jamia Millia deserve praise and applause. When they read the interview of Mushir-ul-Hasan, and based on his crime of supporting a blasphemer, they joined hands in the spirit of defending the honor of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) and demanded from the then Indian Government that since a supporter of a blasphemer is also a blasphemer, Mushir-ul-Hasan should be sacked from his post - and that they cannot tolerate a blasphemer and cruel person at any cost.
As this was a question of defending the honor of our Holy Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), a large number of teachers of the Jamia Millia became indifferent of the consequences and announced their support with the students. When the Muslims of Delhi learned about the incident, a wave of hatred and detestation spread, and the people of the city also started supporting the students. The manner in which Anjuman-e-Raza of Zakir Nagar displayed their anger against Mushir-ul-Hasan, gave correct advice to the students and encouraged everyone, should be written down in letters of gold.
But The Scholars Of Deoband! Only according to the Deobandi Scholars (among whom Maulvi Salim Ibne Qari Tayyab Sahab and Maulvi Ahmed Ali Qasimi and the secretary general of Abna-e-qadeem Dar-ul-Uloom Deoband Maulvi Fuzail Ahmed are worth mentioning) the blasphemy of Mushir-ul-Hasan is NOT proved. This is evident from their joint statement in the daily "Qawmi Awaz" dated 18 May 1992 as follows: -
"The students should see in the light of Islamic teachings, whether the one who is being termed an insulter of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), is really an insulter or not."
How regretful and astonishing it is, that the students and the teachers of Jamia Millia and the general public who are not scholars understood the blasphemy of Mushir-ul-Hasan, but the scholars of Darul Uloom Deoband could not understand it - although the appeal of the Chancellor Mr. Bashiruddin Ahmed about Mushir-ul-Hasan was published on the last page of Qawmi Awaz, and the following excerpt from it perfectly reveals the crime of Mushir-ul-Hasan.
"The Pro-Vice Chancellor of the Jamia, Prof. Mushir-ul-Hasan has expressed his opinion about lifting the ban on this book (Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie). As this is a cause of annoyance, an environment of anger and revolt has been created."
It is clear from the statement of the Vice Chancellor that the charge of the students against Mushir-ul-Hasan is not baseless because he has based his statement on the fact that every one has the right to freely express his views. Therefore whatever Salman Rushdie has written against our Holy Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), is Rushdie`s permitted right. But it is a matter of great regret that despite so much explanation, the Deobandi scholars consider Mushir-ul-Hasan guiltless. The most important justification given by them for his innocence is as follows: -
"The one who is being termed an insulter of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) has clarified that he is free from this sin and has complete respect in his heart for the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him)".