Calling oneself a Deobandi

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by

Q: I follow the Ulama of Deoband but I wanted to know whether it is allowed to label oneself as a ‘Deobandi’ because I feel like these terms and labels cause unnecessary division in the Ummah.


A: You do not need to label yourself. The more important thing is to follow the school of thought.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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