Aḥmad Riḍā Khān’s Allegations: Deliberate Slanders or Innocent Misunderstandings? – A Conversation between Ḥakīm al-Ummat Thānawī and Mawlānā Manẓūr Nu‘mānī


Once while Mawlānā Manẓur Nu‘mānī was in the company of Ḥakīm al-Ummat Ashraf ‘Alī Thānawī, the latter asked him: “You are well-read on Mawlawī Aḥmad Riḍā Khān Ṣāḥib’s books. What is your opinion – that which he has written about us and our Akābir, did he really misunderstand and understand it in that way, or did he knowingly make these false allegations?”

He further said: “I don’t understand how a person who has even a little īmān and fear of God can knowingly make such false allegations?

Mawlānā Manẓur Nu‘mānī replied: “Ḥaḍrat, Allāh Ta’ālā knows the reality, but having read his books I reached the conclusion that he is not an ignoramus, he was very knowledgeable. Nor was he short of understanding or stupid, he was very smart and intelligent. So my heart can never accept that he misunderstood. If it was some stupid person or ignoramus, there might have been room for such speculation. My feeling is his mentality and attitude was just as the Qur’ān Majīd describes the scholars of Banū Isrā’īl.

Ḥakīm al-Ummat said: “I would entertain the doubt that he misunderstood.”

After reporting this conversation, Mawlānā Manẓūr Nu‘mānī comments: “Had Ḥaḍrat (Allāh have mercy on him) seen his books, he would most probably not have entertained such a doubt.”

(Barelwī Fitnah Kā Nayā Rūp, p. 15-6)

 

One Response to Aḥmad Riḍā Khān’s Allegations: Deliberate Slanders or Innocent Misunderstandings? – A Conversation between Ḥakīm al-Ummat Thānawī and Mawlānā Manẓūr Nu‘mānī

  1. Ismail Yusuf Lorgat says:

    Simply said :
    Maulana Ahmad Rida Khan was suffering from mental illness.
    One has to go back to his childhood years.
    We should what kind of feelings and frustrations were bubbling in his mind and heart when his contemporaries were teasing him and calling him ‘ Kala Khan ‘, which is in today’s terminology described as extreme form of bullying.
    What May also have contributed to his sense of helplessness was as a child he was suffering from extreme form eczema.
    I felt so sorry for young Ahmed .
    He did become accomplished , unique scholar, but unfortunately there was lots of resentments.
    I don’t want to elaborate more , but I will say this anyone who condemns Maulana Ahmed Rida Khan R.A.
    Please dont !
    Pray for him and those who revere him. There is So much positive gifts he had left.
    May Allah SWT Bless us all in this Noble Ummah and please learn to be kind and forgiving .
    Ameen

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