From the Basair blog: khalifa of Mufti Taqi Usmani
al-Sayyid Muhammad al-Hasan ibn Alawi ibn Abbas ibn Abd al-Aziz al-Maliki (1947 - 2004) ra has authored a book “Mafahim Yajib ‘an Tusahhah”.
The subject of this book is to validate from Quran & Hadith some contraversial issues that are practiced in certain Muslim communities (especially those with strong sufi affiliations) but have been very severely critized by the Salafi scholars of Saudi Arabia.
This book was translated into Urdu language and published as “Islah e Mafaheem”, by individuals having close relations with Hadhrat Sufi Mohammad Iqbal sahib. Hadhrat Sufi sahib’s initial baiyat was with Mawlana Khair Mohammad Jalindhuri ra and afterwards with Hadrat Sheikhul Hadith Mawlana Zakiriya ra. Both of them were outstanding ahle sunnah scholars of Deobandi heritage. However, after his migration to Medinah e munawwara Hadhrat Sufi sahib ra became very close to Shaykh Alawi ra.
Shaykh Alawi Maliki ra personally visited Pakistan and requested prominent contemporay scholars to write introduction to this urdu translation. Among them were Mawlana Yusuf Binori and Mawlana Idress Khandhelawi ra.
The publication of Urdu translation in Pakistan raised an uproar in the Deobandi community. As a matter of fact the content of this book were totally against the Deobandi minhaj. Most of the Deobandi scholars did not agree with the author’s claim. Being crystal clear, for them it was not an issue to go into further discussions. However, for the common, Urdu reading, lay public, who could have been easily misled by this book articles were written to clearify the issue.
I just want to mention and list these articles here. They are:
1. Review of “Ishae Mafaheem”. By Mufti Addus Sattar ra, chief-mufti Khairul madaris, Multan, & president of the Islamic research Council.
Various prominent Deobandi scholars endorsed it.
2. Kitab Islahe mafaheem Urdu par ik tehqiqi nazar. By Mufti Abdush-Shakoor Trimizi ra, khalifa of Sheikhul Isalm Mawlana Zafar Ahmad Usmani ra (author of Ala us sunan) and Hadhrat Mufti Mohammad Shafi ra (founder of Darul Uloom Karachi). Published in “Maqalat e Trimizi ra”, page 208-221
3. Book review in monthly Al-Balagh (Urdu), by Sayyidi wa sanadi Hadhrat Mufti Taqi Usmani sahib db. Published in Tabseray (new edition).
4. Tehqiqi jaiza, by Hadhrat Mawlana Ismail Badat sahib db of Medinah e munawwarah, khalifa of Hadhrat Sheikhul hadith Mawlana Zakiriya ashib ra. This is the most detailed one.
Knowing the details and fiqhi incorrectness of this book most of the introducers (who were alive) withdrew their recommendations. Some of the people who were involved in its publication repented and acknowledged their mistake in written and public speeches.
However, the book is still available in the market.
So be aware!