Contents > Chapter 12: The Deobandi’s Understanding of Taqleed > Overview


Ibn Abbas (radhi allahu anhu) said: “(It may be that) Stones are down to descend upon you from the Heavens! I say to you: ‘Allah’s Messenger (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam)…’ and you say to me: ‘Abu Bakr and Umar said!?’[1]



Taqleed is a highly sensitive issue in the Indian subcontinent because of the exaggerated belief in its importance promoted by the Deobandis and the Barelawis. The Deobandis claim to adhere to the Hanafee Madhhab and make it obligatory for a Muqallid to follow every aspect of the Madhhab. Yet, in practice, the Deobandis merely follow the Madhhab in Fiqh and not in Aqeedah as we have earlier seen under Wahdat al-Wajood and Waseelah.


The following of Imams is therefore not a real issue at all when discussing the Deobandis. But since, they insist upon the staunch adherence to the Madhhabs, we shall analyze their various claims and see how most of these claims lack supporting proof from the Qur’aan and the Sunnah.


The Deobandi’s understanding of Taqleed has many discrepancies. In this chapter, we shall establish that…

  • By calling to the Taqleed of the Imams, the Deobandis call towards their own blind following,

  • The Deobandi’s exaggeration in Taqleed is impractical, self contradictory and unnecessary division of the Muslims and a hurdle in the way of following the authentic Sunnah.

  • The Deobandis are insincere in following the pious Imams.

[1] Kitab at-Tawheed by Shaikh Muhammad Ibn Abdul Wahhab.