You can recognize a Barelwi mosque from the following practices:
– The walls of the mosque are all decorated with Christmas lights.
– On the front wall of the mosque you can see Ya Muhammad written on it.
– Before and after every adhan [call to the prayer] the mu’adhin recites out loud assalaatu wassalaamu ‘alayka ya rasul Allah. This practice is always insisted upon.
– After each obligatory prayer, the congregation recites out loud 3 times La ilaha illallah together.
– After each prayer, after the sunnah and nafl prayers, they have a handshaking ritual with every person. Everybody takes part in this ritual no matter you have met the members of the congregation all before. After the nafl prayers, they also always have a congregational du’a which is never left out.
– After the Friday Prayer, they recite the Salatos Salam poetry out loud. Standing in a circle.
– In the lectures, you will hear slogans such as “Nara Rasul, Nara Haidri, Nara Ghawth,” telling the crowd to answer out loud to these slogans and call out to the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam), Ali (may Allah be well pleased with him) and to Shaykh Abd al-Qadir Jilani.
– At least once a month, they have the gathering of “Giyarwi” in the memory of Shaykh Abd al-Qadir Jilani where Qur’an is recited over cooked food.
– They have a special affection with the colour green. You will see many of them wearing green turbans and waving around with green flags. It is a symbol of the Barelwi party Dawate Islami.
If you see some of the above things in a Mosque, it is highly likely that they belong to the fanatic Barelwi sect. Try to educate Muslims about the evil of this cult.