Comparison with deceiving hunters

November 12, 2010

One of the other weird analogies made by Barelwis was regards to the Prophet (peace be upon him) being a human. Here again, some of the Barelwis claim the Prophet was a bashar [human] from the outward, and in essence a literal light. They forbid people to call the Prophet (Allah bles him and give him peace) a human being. Now to prove this belief, the Barelwis had to make faulty explanations regarding those verses and ahadith where the Prophet himself was quoted that he was a human being.

Thus, the false analogy was given with hunters who deceive animals with false voices in order to catch them.

It was stated in Ja al-Haq on p. 171 after quoting the verse “I am but a bashar” (18:110):

“In this verse the unbelievers are being addressed. Because each thing has a dislike for something coming from a different genus than themselves. It was accordingly said, “O unbelievers! Do not fear me [the Prophet]. I am from your genus, I am a Bashar. Hunters imitate the voices of their prey to catch them. The object behind the ayat is to make the Kuffar inclined [towards the Prophet]. If Deobandis are also amongst the unbelievers, then this statement may also apply to them.”

Ask yourself the question. How can a Nabi be compared with a hunter who tries to deceive the animal in order to catch it? The call of our Prophet (may Allah bless him and give him peace) was free from such trickery!

Present during intercourse

November 11, 2010

The Barelwis have gone so far in proving their belief of hadir and nazir, that instead of praising our Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam), they have in actual fact degraded him. Mawlana Icharwi, one of the Barelwi scholars famous for their debates against “deviant” groups, stated in his discussion of Hadir and Nazir that the Prophet is even a witness when a couple is indulging in sexual intercourse! We seek refuge from such evil beliefs. He states on page 279 of his book Miqyas-e Hanafiyyat in his own debating style with his made up Wahhabi character:

Is the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) also present and seeing in dirty places? What kind of filthy belief is this of you? And is the Prophet (peace be upon him) also present and seeing during the moment of sexual intercourse?

Muhammad ‘Umar:
Do you not deem Allah present at those dirty places and not Hearing and Seeing?
Even though His presence, it is unbelief and an insult to ascribe such dirty places to Allah, because He dislikes such places. Likewise, the Prophet is present and seeing and knows about it. And his testimony [shahadat] of such places is necessary.”

Miqyas-e Hanafiyyat, p. 279.

Now ask yourself the question. Are the Barelwis praising the Prophet or degrading him by ascribing to him such kind of “fada’il”?

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How to recognize a Barelwi

November 11, 2010

One needs to understand first that there are different groups amongst the Barelwis. Some of them might not know anything about some of the major beliefs of the Barelwis while some others again are very hardcore in propagating in Barelwi beliefs. The less they know, the better.

The points mentioned below can be applied to the average Barelwi who claims to follow Mawlana Ahmad Raza Khan and his representatives. However, sometimes laymen have trouble in recognizing a Barelwi due to the fact he simply does not know those unique stances of the Barelwi. The following points can help laymen into spotting a Barelwi:

1. The Barelwi describes those who follow the scholars of Deoband as “Wahhabis.” They are unbelievers. One should not pray behind Deobandi Imams. The Tablighi Jamaat is Wahhabi too and it is strictly forbidden to go out with them. They have supposedly insulted the Prophet (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam).
2. They agree with the mass takfir of Mawlana Ahmad Raza Khan mentioned in Hussam al-Haramayn. Everybody who does not agree that Mawlana Ashraf Ali Thanwi, Mawlana Qasim Nanotwi, Mawlana Khalil Ahmad Saharanpuri, Mawlana Rashid Ahmad Gangohi are apostates is himself an unbeliever.
3. The Barelwi keeps on talking about so-called Wahhabis every day. Not a day goes by where these “disgusting” Wahhabis are not mentioned. While they themselves proudly claim that they are true lovers of the Prophet [Ashiq Rasul] by singing naats all day. At friday prayers, khatams and even at funerals they will keep on singing.

Nur and Bashar:
4. The Barelwi keeps on saying that the Nabi is literally made of light [nur] and is hesitant in calling the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) a human being [bashar].

Eid Milad al-Nabi:
5. The Barelwi believes that one should definately take part in celebrating the birthday of the Prophet. One who does not perform Eid Miladun Nabi on 12 rabi’ al-awwal is certainly a Wahhabi. Also, walking in a march during this “eid” with a model of the Ka’ba and Masjid Nabawi is done. Participation is very praiseworthy according the Barelwi Ulama.

Kull Ilm al-Ghayb:
6. The Barelwi believes the Prophet has the full knowledge of unseen [ilm al-ghayb] to such an extent that he knows every single detail what is happening in this world. He knows in exact details what happened and what will happen. What we are thinking and what the fishes in the water do. Even the knowledge of the Hour is known by the Prophet.

Hadir Nadhir:
7. The Barelwi believes that the Prophet is present and seeing everywhere. He sees what is happening in this entire world. He can see the whole world through one glance. He even is witness of the vile deeds committed by the people, like murder, theft, adultery, etc.

8. The Barelwi believes that loving the Nabi is enough for one’s salvation. Some of them might even believe that loving Abd al-Qadir Jilani is enough for your salvation, since he will intercede for you.
9. The Barelwi believes that Prophet can do whatever he wants. He has full power over issues such as giving life, giving sustenance, making people healthy. He divides it how he wishes. Some awliya such as Abd al-Qadir Jilani have this power too. That is why they are called upon and according to the Barelwi belief they come to rescue no matter when or where you call. They can remove your difficulties in issues such as rizq, honour, health etc. even though they have passed away, nor are they present.

Ghayrwi and Urs:
10. The Barelwi believes khatam is a necessary function at days such as the third, seventh, 10th, 40th, or after a year. The gathering of urs and ghyarwi is also a must for every true Barelwi. Anybody who disputes these issues is a Wahhabi.

Other innovations:
11. They will keep on insisting on practices such as kissing the thumbs when hearing the name of the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace), permissibility of calling yourself Abd al-Nabi, recommendation of reciting salawat before and after every adhan etc. Anybody who refutes these issues, is a Wahhabi.

These are the main issues where Barelwis might have a problem with other Muslims around the globe. There are other issues, which we will highlight in our other posts when we will sum up the differences between Barelwis and other Muslims.

Ikhtiyar al-Kull

November 6, 2010

One of the false beliefs of the Barelwis, is the belief in ikthiyar al-kull, which means that the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) can do whatever He wants in all aspects of this life and the hereafter. Needless to say, this belief goes against the fitra of each and every Muslim and the mainstream belief that the Muslims held for 1400 years.

Amjad Ali, a Khalifa of Ahmad Raza states in his Bahar-e Shari’at (a must have book for every fanatic Barelwi) states under the chapter of Aqida:

“Our Master, the Prophet (may Allah bless him and give him peace), is the absolute deputy of Allah Most High. He has been given control (tassaruf) over the entire universe. He may do as he desires, give to whomsoever he wishes, take from anyone whatever he desires. None in the universe can deny his rulings. The entire universe is under his governance and he is under the authority of none except Allah. He is the owner (malik) of all humans. Anyone who does not accept him to be his owner (malik) remains devoid of the sweetness of the Sunnah. All the earth is his property. Paradise is his estate. The angels of earth and the sky are under his authority. The keys to paradise and hell have been given to him in his noble hand. Sustenance, goodness and other types of blessings are distributed from his noble office. This world and the hereafter is a portion of his blessings. The rulings of Sharia have been delegated to his authority. He may make impermissible (haram) for anyone whatever he decides. Similarly, he may make permissible (halal) whatever he wishes and exempt whatever obligation (fard) he desires.” (Bahare Shari’at, p. 12-13)

See here for the original Urdu scan:

One of the leaders of the Barelwis, Mufti Faiz Ahmad Owaisi, khalifa of the son of Alahazrat wrote even a special book on this topic called ikhtiyar al-kull al-mukhtar al-kull trying to prove that Allah has given the Messenger full freedom in his acts.

He referred to this booklet in another book of him called khazana-e khuda ki chabiyan habibe khuda ke haath may hai:

This Barelwi scholar again in this book, made the full comparison of the Messenger with Allah saying that since “everything lies in the hand [power] of Allah,” everything should also lie in the hands of the Messenger:

Shaykh Sarfraz Khan Safdar dealt with this false notion in his book called dil ka surur, where he mentions plenty of Qur’anic verses and ahadith in order to refute the false concepts of full tasarruf, ikhtiyar al-kull which the Barelwis proudly defend. InshaAllah we will mention the proofs against this belief in our other posts.

We wil suffice ourselves with one vers from the Qur’an refuting this belief:

72:21. Say: I do not control for you evil or good

The hadith of the last moments of Abu Talib is also well-known where the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) stressed his uncle to pronounce faith. Mentioned in Bukhari under the chapter of Tafsir:

When Abu Talib was on his death bed, Allah’s Apostle came to him and found with him, Abu Jahl and Abdullah bin Abi Umaiya bin Al-Mughira. Allah’s Apostle said, “O uncle! Say: None has the right to be worshipped except Allah, a sentence with which I will defend you before Allah.” On that Abu Jahl and ‘Abdullah bin Abi Umaiya said to Abu Talib, “Will you now leave the religion of ‘Abdul Muttalib?” Allah’s Apostle kept on inviting him to say that sentence while the other two kept on repeating their sentence before him till Abu Talib said as the last thing he said to them, “I am on the religion of ‘Abdul Muttalib,” and refused to say: None has the right to be worshipped except Allah. On that Allah’s Apostle said, “By Allah, I will keep on asking Allah’s forgiveness for you unless I am forbidden (by Allah) to do so.” So Allah revealed:–

‘It is not fitting for the Prophet and those who believe that they should invoke (Allah) for forgiveness for pagans.’ (9.113) And then Allah revealed especially about Abu Talib:–‘Verily! You (O, Muhammad) guide not whom you like, but Allah guides whom He will.’ (28.56)

 4819 ـ حَدَّثَنَا أَبُو الْيَمَانِ، أَخْبَرَنَا شُعَيْبٌ، عَنِ الزُّهْرِيِّ، قَالَ أَخْبَرَنِي سَعِيدُ بْنُ الْمُسَيَّبِ، عَنْ أَبِيهِ، قَالَ لَمَّا حَضَرَتْ أَبَا طَالِبٍ الْوَفَاةُ جَاءَهُ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم فَوَجَدَ عِنْدَهِ أَبَا جَهْلٍ وَعَبْدَ اللَّهِ بْنَ أَبِي أُمَيَّةَ بْنِ الْمُغِيرَةِ، فَقَالَ ‏”‏ أَىْ عَمِّ قُلْ لاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ اللَّهُ، كَلِمَةً أُحَاجُّ لَكَ بِهَا عِنْدَ اللَّهِ ‏”‏‏.‏ فَقَالَ أَبُو جَهْلٍ وَعَبْدُ اللَّهِ بْنُ أَبِي أُمَيَّةَ أَتَرْغَبُ عَنْ مِلَّةِ عَبْدِ الْمُطَّلِبِ فَلَمْ يَزَلْ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم يَعْرِضُهَا عَلَيْهِ، وَيُعِيدَانِهِ بِتِلْكَ الْمَقَالَةِ حَتَّى قَالَ أَبُو طَالِبٍ آخِرَ مَا كَلَّمَهُمْ عَلَى مِلَّةِ عَبْدِ الْمُطَّلِبِ، وَأَبَى أَنْ يَقُولُ لاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ اللَّهُ‏.‏ قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏”‏ وَاللَّهِ لأَسْتَغْفِرَنَّ لَكَ مَا لَمْ أُنْهَ عَنْكَ ‏”‏‏.‏ فَأَنْزَلَ اللَّهُ ‏{‏مَا كَانَ لِلنَّبِيِّ وَالَّذِينَ آمَنُوا أَنْ يَسْتَغْفِرُوا لِلْمُشْرِكِينَ‏}‏ وَأَنْزَلَ اللَّهُ فِي أَبِي طَالِبٍ، فَقَالَ لِرَسُولِ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏{‏إِنَّكَ لاَ تَهْدِي مَنْ أَحْبَبْتَ وَلَكِنَّ اللَّهَ يَهْدِي مَنْ يَشَاءُ‏}‏‏.

Comparison with Allah and wretched deeds

November 4, 2010

One of the most sickening analogies made by the Barelwis is that they will give examples of the devil and other shameful deeds in order to prove the full knowledge of the unseen [ilm al-ghayb] for the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam). They state that since such lowly creatures have knowledge about such evil and distasteful matters, surely the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) would know about it too. Such arguments were given by Mufti Ahmad Yar Khan in his book Ja al-Haq. He tried to justify the knowledge of such evil deeds in detail on p. 48 of his book:

“The deniers [of ilm al-ghayb] raise the question whether the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) has knowledge about evil things [such as] theft, fornication, black magic, poetry, because knowing this is deficiency. Tell us, does Allah know about these things? That is why they have considered the knowledge of the devil and the angel of death more than the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam). This is similar to the Majus stating that Allah is not the Creator of evil things….

[Every] Single thing that any form of creation has knowledge of, is necessary for the Prophet [to know about it].”

[Ja al-Haq, Lahore: Maktaba Islamiya, p. 48] See original scan: 

In this whole chapter of his book, Mufti Ahmad Yar Khan tries to justify the knowledge of evil deeds performed by the creation and other unsuitable knowledge. According to his absurd logic, knowing the knowledge of bad things in detail performed by the creation such as the devil is necessary or else it would mean, according to his understanding, that they have more knowledge than the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam).

We seek refuge from such foolish reasoning. From the above quote we can sum up the following  grave mistakes:

1. His analogy and comparison of the knowledge of the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) with lowly creatures such as the devil and other shameless deeds. Look how the author does not shy away from bringing in lowly creatures such as the devil, the accursed, in his example. He goes on mentioning other shameless deeds such as fornication.

2. His comparison of the Prophet with Allah. Look how he states that “Does not Allah has knowledge of evil deeds?” Perhaps the Barelwis have hard time to understand that there is a difference between Creator and creation.

3. His useless accusation against those who try to defend the honour of the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) from such pathetic examples, claiming that the other party deems the devil more knowledgable than the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam). We seek refuge from such evil thoughts!

If only the Barelwis had read the Qur’an when He said about His Prophet in Surat Yasin:

36:39. And We have not taught him poetry, nor is it meet for him.