THE UNANIMOUS STANCE OF THE AKAABIR OF DEOBAND

In 2012, Hazrat Shaykh Hakeem Akhtar (rahmatullahi alayh) released the following notice in termination of the ijaazat of one of his former Khalifahs who had engaged in the Kabeera (Major) sin of having his image appear on television. This was in accordance with the Ijma’ (unanimous) stance of the Akaabir of Deoband who correctly deemed the one who comes on television a Faajir (a shameless and open criminal):

A GENERAL AND IMPORTANT NOTIFICATION FROM KHANQAH IMDADIYA ASHRAFIYA

According to the statement of Hazrat Hakimul Ummat Thanwi (ra), ‘any khalifa who is publicly found committing major sins then his khilafat will automatically be considered null and void.’

Some examples of these actions due to which the khilafat will be nullified are:

(1) Appearing on television.

(2) Appearing on the internet with ones picture.

(3) Taking pictures of animate objects and or printing them or making films.

(4) Not observing shar`i pardah and or not exercising caution from intermingling with non-mahram women.

(5) Participating in gatherings that go against the sharia.

(6) To practice black magic, write un-Islamic talismans/amulets, and or be involved in fortune telling.

Khanqah Imdadiyyah Ashrafiyyah

Gulshan Iqbal, Karachi

END OF NOTICE

Please forward this important notice and advice which today has become completely Ghareeb (strange, forlorn) just like many other parts of the original Deen, and exactly in accordance with the prophecies of Rasulullah ﷺ regarding the increasing Ghurbah (strangeness, isolation) of the true Deen as we approach closer to the Final Hour.

Engaging in Durood at the Time of an Epidemic

Hazrat Moulana Hakeem Akhtar Saheb (rahimahullah) mentioned the following:

Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thaanwi (rahimahullah) had prepared a kitaab named “Nashr-ut-Teeb” in regard to the love of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). The entire kitaab revolves around love for Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), and through reading this kitaab, one can gauge the deep love within the heart of the author for Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam).

During the time when Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thaanwi (rahimahullah) was engaged in the compilation of Nashr-ut-Teeb, Thanabowan (the town in which Hazrat Thaanwi (rahimahullah) resided) was afflicted by a plague. It was noticed that on the day when Hazrat Thaanwi (rahimahullah) wrote any portion of this kitaab, there would be no reports of people passing away due to the plague. However, on the day when Hazrat Thaanwi (rahimahullah) did not write any portion of the kitaab, reports of many people passing away would be heard. When this observation reached Hazrat Thaanwi (rahimahullah) via many people, he would not leave out writing this kitaab on any day. It was through the barakah (blessings) of writing about the great virtues and esteemed position of Hazrat Rasulullah (sallalahu alaihi wasallam) during that time that Allah Ta‘ala caused the plague to come to an end.

After mentioning the above incident, Hazrat Moulana Hakeem Akhtar Saheb (rahimahullah) concluded:

The recitation of abundant durood upon Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) is extremely beneficial in repelling calamities and disasters. Through reciting a single durood, one’s rank is elevated by ten stages, ten good deeds are recorded in one’s account, and ten sins are forgiven. Additionally, through reciting abundant durood, one is trying to fulfill the right of love which he owes to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam).

Aadaab-e-Ishq-e-Rasul (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) pg. 11

Engaging in Durood at the Time of an Epidemic