Contents > Chapter 11: Blind Following of Sufi Shaikhs > Consequences of not blindly following the Sufi Shaikhs and Imams
As we have seen from the above quotes that the Sufis expect the people to blindly follow them. They make it compulsory for every individual to have a Shaikh and require them to annihilate all their wishes, desires and intentions. Anything less than that is considered to be a sign of disrespect.
Moulana Ashraf Alee Thanvi says, “I greatly fear disrespect shown to the Mashaikh (plural of Shaikh) and Ulema because the consequences are most dangerous (to Eemaan).”
Moulana Rasheed Ahmad Gangohi said: “People who criticize, insult and vilify the Ulema of the Deen, their faces in the grave are turned away from the Kiblah.” An additional statement has been mentioned in Tazkirat ar-Rasheed, “…Whoever wishes may see it for himself (the turning of the face away from the Kiblah) Non-Muqallids, because they say bad about the scholars, it is undesirable (Makrooh) to pray behind them.” (click to view the scanned image of this quote)
Such statements are made so that the common man does not even harbor the slightest thought of opposing the so-called Sufi elders.
 Aadaabul Muaasharat (Etiquette of Social Life) (Eng. Trans.) - Aadab of the Shaikh, p.89-90.
 Mashaikh-e-Chist (Eng. Trans.) p.257.
 Non-Muqallids: Those who do not consider it necessary to blindly imitate one particular scholar in all matters of the religion. Rather, follow all the scholars of the Ahl us-Sunnah simultaneously depending upon the weight of their evidence.
 Tazkirat ar-Rasheed vol.2, p.282.