Barelwi/deobandi debates...I stay away from them generally due to my lack of knowledge, also I don't want to get into an argument. I'm neither...I'm sunni hanafi but I am deobandi inclined. Somone I know who is barelwi has some objections regarding the aqeedah of deobandi scholars...I've never come across them so please could you help me to clear up these misconceptions inshallah. Jazakallah khair. Please could you just clarify these 3 objections I've mentioned and just answer them...don't want this to get out of hand.
1. A deobandi scholar, Ismaeel Delvi, in his book Taqwiyatul leemaan, page 58 writes
'The Prophet May salaam be upon them should be respected only to the extent that an elder brother is respected. '
Barelwi view on above:
I believe this to be an insult to the holy prophet may salaam be upon them, an evil attempt to degrade his may salaam be upon thems high status. The wife of the elder brother is your sister in law, we all know how we should behave with a sister in law, but the blessed wifes of the holy prophet may salaam be upon them are 'Mothers of the believers' according to the Quran. We all also know how we are suppose to behave with our own blood related mothers. Then just think how great our respect should be for the 'Mother of the Belivers', should we call them sister in laws? Should we only respect them to an extent a sister in law is respected? Because thats exactly what we must do if we act upon the Aqeeda of the founders of the Deobandi sect. You may say this was said by one deobandi, and this isnt the aqeeda of the any other deobandi, then tell me according to the Hanafi Fiqa, anyone who insults the holy prophet may salaam be upon them is a kaffir. So tell me now are deobandies proper Hanfies? If so then why dont they call those who insult the holy prophet may salaam be upon them Kaffirs? why is it Ismaeel Delvi is highly respected wthin the deobandies?
2. A deobandi scholar, Kasim Nanotavi writes in his book Tahzeerun-Naas, Pages 3 and 25
To the common people, the expression "Khaatim-un-Nabiy-yeen" means the "last Prophet". To the knowdgable people this is not a correct view. Even if a Prophet was to be born after the holy Prophet May Salaam be upon them it would still have no effect on the concept of the finality of Muhammad May Salaam be upon them
Barelwi view on above:
Does the Quran not clearly say the holy prophet may salaam be upon them is the last propeht may salaam be upon them, is not the deniar of Quran a kaffir according to ALL fiqa not just Hanafi Fiqa?. i believe in the above to be an insult of the holy prophet may salaam be upon them, and denial of the Quran, and also amunition for anyone who wants to make a claim to prophethood after the holy prophet may salaam be upon them, In 1974 when the government of the Pakistan declared the Mirzaies as kaffirs, in the national assembley the then Mirzies leader Mirza Bashir, read this statment of Kasim Nanotavi in the dfence of Mirzaies, to this day the Mirzaies use this in support of thier false relgion. You may again say this was said by one deobandi, and this isnt the aqeeda of the any other deobandi, Well do current deobandi alims consider this statment to be kuffar or even wrong?why is it no deobandi as ever called Kasim Nanotavi a kaffir for this corrupt beleif of his? Why is it he his highly respected wthin the deobandies?
3. A deobandi scholar, Ismaeel Delvi, in his book Taqwiyatul leemaan, page 161 writes
'If Allah so wills He can create a million people just like Muhammad May Salaam be upon them'
Barelwi view on above:
Here a deobandi scholar is saying that the holy prophet may salaam be upon them isnt unique at all, all his attributes arent unique if Allah wanted he could have created a million people like the holy prophet may salaam be upon them, tell me if that was the case out of the million Muhammads which one would be the final prophet? Out of the million Muhammads whos Quran should we follow? Out of the million Muhammads who would be the leader of all the propehts? You can see how little respect the deobandi alim is showing to the unattainable rank of the holy prophet may salaam be upon them. Hes denying all the unique attributes of the holy prophet may salaam be upon them. Do the deobandies consider this statment to be according to Islam? Do they label this Kuffar? do they follow ANY Fiqa Hanafi Fiqa or any other one, when it comes declaring a fatwa on somebody who insults the holy prophet may salaam be upon them?