Contents > Chapter 12: The Deobandi’s Understanding of Taqleed > Extreme Taqleed of the Deobandis: 5: Extremism in defending the Imam:
Moulana Zakariyah mentions in Fazaail-e-Aamaal (The Stories of the Sahabah) that Abu Bakr Siddeeq (radhi allahu anhu) burnt a collection of five hundred Ahaadeeth. He says this was due to caution, so that inauthentic Hadeeth may not be reported through Abu Bakr.
On the basis of this Moulana Zakariyah attempts to defend Imam Abu Haneefah and the fact that very few Ahaadeeth have been narrated from him. He says, “This is the reason why Imam Abu Haneefah was not so liberal in reporting Ahaadeeth.”
Moulana Zakariyah has taken this narration from “Tazkiratul-Huffaz”, as mentioned in the Hindi and Urdu versions of Fazaail-e-Aamaal. He, however, deliberately leaves out that the author of “Tazkiratul-Huffaz” considers this narration to be baseless because of many discrepancies in its chain of narration.
This is the very same narration that the rejecters of Hadeeth promote to disorient the common people on the authority of Hadeeth. In Fazaail-e-Aamaal, Moulana Zakariyah has exposed his ignorant Jamaat to this dangerous doubt. This shows the attitude of the Deobandis, who will go to any extend to defend their Imam, even if the Hadeeth of Allah’s Messenger (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) is harmed in the process. Furthermore, here we have another contradiction. The Deobandis claim that Imam Abu Haneefah based each and every ruling of his upon a Hadeeth and at the same time they claim that he did not narrate many Hadeeth!
According to this, the Imam is either guilty of the great sin of hiding knowledge by not narrating the Hadeeth or he is guilty of giving ruling based upon unsure knowledge. Of course, none of this is true, what is true is that in the absence of the Hadeeth, the Imam resorted to Qiyas and Ijtihad with the caution for the future generations that, “When I say something contradicting the Book of Allah, the Exalted, or what is narrated from the Messenger (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam), then ignore my saying.” Therefore, the Deobandi claim that every ruling of their Madhhab is based upon an authentic Hadeeth is simply a product of their over zealousness.
These examples show the Deobandis extreme form of Taqleed. Their way is in complete opposition to the teachings of the Imams, who taught that the Qur’aan and Hadeeth of Allah’s Messenger are above everything else.
 Tazkiratul-Huffaz, vol.1, p.5 - This narration about Abu Bakr Siddeeq (radhi allahu anhu) has many discrepancies, there is a narrator in the chain of this narration by the name of Ali bin Salih who is Majhool (unknown) [Takreeb] - Another narrator is Muhammad Ibn Moosa who is untrustworthy [Lisaanul-Meezan], and third narrator Moosa Ibn Abdullah about him Imaam Bukharee (rahimahullah) says, Fihi Nazar.
 Al-Fulaani in Eeqaaz al-Himani (p.50).