when we were young our ulema were referred to as maulana sahib or maulvi sahib and these were / are respectful terms.
theres a poster gone up in the local mosque for a programme taking place next week and there is a list of invited speakers. on this list everyone of the respected speakers has a prefix of hazrat shaykh xxxxxx xxxxxx or shaykh imam xxxxxx xxxxxx. but, they are maulanas who are known to us all. since when did they become shaykhs and imams??
one's the ex imam of our local mosque, this young maulana's being called shaykh imam xxxxx xxxxx!
correct me if i'm wrong but aint imam and shaykh big titles for great people?
or are they just trying to become more acceptable to non indo-paks??