I think that Deobandi stance is misunderstood in this regard since the objections raised by the likes of Shaykh Ashraf Ali Thanvi, Maulana Rashid Ahmed Gangohi were in the context of indian type of Mawlood where people did commit extravagant acts and considered them necessary. Also, they denounced those who wouldn't partake in this. Everybody agrees that Mawlood is *not* sunnah and as such, if somebody chooses not to celebrate it, they shouldn't be decried. The objections raised by Shaykh Ashraf Ali Thanvi were not baseless since he understood the mindset of the people around him. I don't think that these Deobandi elders questioned the validity of this act itself since they were spiritually linked to Haji Imdadullah who permitted the act or else could they have maintained their 'nisbat' or connection?