‘Allāmah Khalīl Aḥmad Sahāranpūrī (1852 – 1927), a muḥaddith and spiritual master of great prominence who was a target of Aḥmad Riḍā Khān’s (1856 – 1921) takfīr campaign and whose speech was misrepresented and distorted by the latter in his efforts to make takfīr, wrote of Aḥmad Riḍā Khān Barelwī and his followers:
Since our Mashāyikh strove to revive Sunnah and were always ready to douse the fire of Bid‘ah, the Satanic Army became angry at them and distorted their speech and made various false allegations against them.
The Mubtadi‘īn, who are engrossed in fabricating innovations and are inclined towards passions, have made their base desires their god, and have thrown themselves into destruction. (Quoted in Muṭāla‘ah Barelwiyyat, 5:68)
‘Allāmah Khālid Maḥmūd comments:
Now, you ponder: Those who at times are heard saying in the circles of the ‘Ulamā’ of Deoband that Mawlānā Aḥmad Riḍā Khān gave his fatwā against the ‘Ulamā’ of Deoband in the passion for prophetic love, and not out of ill-intention, how untrue this is! The Akābir of the ‘Ulamā’ of Deoband called them a Satanic Army and these ignoramuses consider him to be intoxicated in prophetic love! There is great disparity between the two. (ibid. 5:68-9)