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Taqleed according to the Deobandis

Taqleed according to the Deobandis means, “The acceptance of the statement of another without demanding proofs or evidence, on the belief that the statement is made in accordance with fact and proof.” In simple terms, Taqleed implies following one of the four Imams in all matters of the religion, and believing the statement of the Imam to be a proof in itself.


This notion of accepting a statement without proof is so essential to the Deobandis that they are easily offended when asked for the Hadeeth on which a particular ruling is based.


Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi said that amongst the manners of asking a question to obtain the ruling of the Sharee’ah is that, “… (When asking your scholar for a ruling) Ask only the mas’alah (the rule or the law). Do not ask the daleel (the proof of the rule or the basis on which the ruling is given).[1]


Ashraf Ali Thanvi said, “The minds of people have become corrupted. A man posed some questions and wrote: “State the answers from the Hadeeth.” I responded: “I remember the answers from Fiqh. I do not remember them from the Hadeeth, hence excuse me.” (The translator of the book “Malfoozat” further added, “The questions were thus not answered. This was the remedy for the futile request”.[2]

[1] Aadaabul-Muaasharat (Etiquette of Social life) by Ashraf Ali Thanvi, p.61 (Adaab of Istifaa)

[2] Malfoozaat (Statements and Anecdotes of Ashraf Ali Thanvi), p.54.