Contents > Chapter 12: The Deobandi’s Understanding of Taqleed > Extreme Taqleed of the Deobandis: 1: Claiming Taqleed to be a part of Eemaan
Exaggerating in the importance of Taqleed, the Deobandis consider it part of one’s Eemaan. They say,
“(Belief in) … Taqleed is essential for the protection of Eemaan. Without Taqleed, one cannot obtain a true understanding of Eemaan and Islam”
“Anyone searching for the Haqq, for guidance and for the Sunnah beyond the confines of these four Madhahib is bound to plod the path of deviation at the peril of his Eemaan.”
Eemaan or Faith is the basis of Islam, and all issues related to it have been explained in the fullest details by the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam). He (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) explained what consists of Eemaan, what contradicts Eemaan, what are the branches of Eemaan and what increases or decreases Eemaan.
The conditions for the perfection of Eemaan are the same for the Sahabah and all the generations that follow them until the Day of Judgment. Therefore, to substantiate the claim that a certain action affects Eemaan (faith) requires clear and unequivocal proof from the Qur’aan and the Sunnah. And as for prescribing conditions for the people that Allah has not sent down any authority, Allah’s Messenger (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) said: “…any condition that is not in Allah’s Book (Laws) is invalid even if they were one hundred conditions…”