in the little knowledge that i have i have found out that we being deobandis follow the way of shah walliyullah dehlawi (ra) and our chain of ilm leads to him. the question i’d like to ask is that shah waliyulah (RA) was an ash’aree. I have have proof of this from a photocopy of a manuscript which is from a library in heydrabaad. this is genuine. he states in arabic, the translation “as far as mazhab is concerned i follow the hanafiyah and as far as aqeedah is concerned i follow ash’ariya. does this not mean that we should follow the ash’ariyah? i can send you this photocopy if you need to see it.