[This is for the first time the Darul Uloom has come out openly against the Tablighi Jamaat and its head, and issued a fatwa. ]
Deoband (Uttar Pradesh): Accusing Tablighi Jamaat India head Maulana Saad Kandhalvi of perversion, misinterpretation of Islamic Shariah and insulting prophets and messengers of Allah - The Almighty, renowned Muslim seminary Darul Uloom Deoband in a decree (Fatwa) issued on Tuesday said he has gone astray and must repent without any delay.
“It is our religious duty to warn Muslims especially those associated with Tablighi Jamaat about Maulana Saad Kandhalvi who due to lack of knowledge is interpreting Quran and Sunnah in a way which is off the track and against the agreed upon and unanimous principles”, Darul Deoband said in the decree which is also posted on its website.
The decree, originally drafted for clerics and circulated among them, was officially made public by the Darul Uloom and published on its website after it was leaked and went viral on the social media.
Among other things, messages and comments circulated in the media alleged that Maulana Saad Kandhalvi in his speech at recently held Bhopal Ijtema said that Markaz Nizamuddin is the most sacred place on earth after Makkah and Madinah – the two places revered by Muslims across the world.
The Darul Uloom citing some of the statements attributed to Tablighi Jamaat India head Maulana Saad Kandhalvi also accused him of insulting prophets and messengers of Allah – The Almighty.
The Darul Uloom said the seminary has received complaints regarding the perverted views of Maulana Saad Kanadhalvi from various places including Bangladesh and Pakistan.
The Draul Uloom also said that scholars across the Indian subcontinent have expressed concerns over the way Maulana Saad Kandhalvi is propagating his perverted and distorted views among the masses.
“We can’t remain silent and a mute spectator when Maulana Saad Kandhalvi continues to disseminate his perverted views and wrong interpretations about Islam in large gatherings”, the Darul Uloom said.
“After a close analysis of his speeches we have come to the conclusion that Mualana Saad Kandhalvi has gone astray and he must repent without any delay”, the decree said also appealing to the Tablighi Jamaat seniors to take immediate corrective measures to save the group from going astray.
“If corrective measures are not taken immediately, we fear that a large chunk of Muslims associated with Tablighi Jamaat will also go astray and off the track”, the decree said.
Questions and objections over Tablighi Jamaat and its preaching style have been raised in the past as well. It is also alleged that Fazail-e-Amaal - the book Tablighi Jamaat advises its followers to read during gatherings, contains many things which do not have any basis in Quran and Sunnah.
Recently, some scholars of Deoband have also written articles against Tabligi Jamaat. This is however for the first time the Darul Uloom has come out openly against the Tablighi Jamaat and its head, and issued a fatwa.