Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jama’ah and Ghair Muqallids

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by Muftionline.co.za

Q: I’m living in Pakistan. I belong to Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jama’ah (fiqh: Hanafi) Deobandi.

Here I’m putting forward the URL of Darul Uloom Deoband, India (referred above) i.e. http://www.darululoom-deoband.com/

You are requested to please go through the website and I can guess well that you already know it very well. There are further two sects in Deobandis i.e. Hayaati & Mamaati. I don’t know to which sect I belong. Please guide me separately about both of them and also confirm which of them is from Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jama’ah​?

I’ve heard that the real Muslims/Mu’mins are Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jama’ah​ (4 Fiqhs i.e. Hanafis, Shafi’ees, Malikis, Hambliees) and that all those are not 4 sects but 4 Fiqhs. And all of those are combined one sect. Kindly confirm? Please also confirm that there are the Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jama’ah​​ in Haramain Shareefain as well.

Here in subcontinent, there rose numerous Fitnahs and one of them are so called Ahlulhadith (Ghair Muqallid). And here in my office one of my colleagues is from them. I’m facing too much offensive attitude from his side, which is in such a way that either you prove yourself ‘Right’ or otherwise become Ghair Muqallid. They say that taqleed is shirk. He downloads many clips from a certain website and offers me to take home for listening. They also claim that Aimmah-e-Ka’abah (Shaikh Abdur Rahmaan As Sudais & Shaikh Ebrahim As Shuraim) are also Ghair Muqallid that is they don’t do Taqleed of any one Imam specifically. Kindly confirm.

They also raise issue of 20 rakaats Taraweeh, which I’ll ask from you later.

I hope you’ve understood this Fitnah very well.


A: All Deobandis believe in Rasul-e-Paak (salallahu alaihi wa sallam) and all the Ambiyaa (alaihimus salaam) being alive. It is not right for a believer to engage in subjects that are above his comprehension and understanding.

Faith and Imaan is an important thing and if you have doubt about taqleed etc. then you should refer to ulama that are nearest to you. Insha-Allah, if you go to these ulama and institutes you will have someone who will be able to explain to you in detail. Contact Darul Uloom Karachi (http://www.darululoomkarachi.edu.pk/ucms/index.php) or Jamiah Islamia Binnori Town (http://banuri.edu.pk/) Both these institutes are in Karachi.

There are also books available on this subject. You may study them as well. Insha-Allah if you study them correctly without biasness you will definitely be guided to the right path.

Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)