Acknowledgements

Foreword

Introduction: The Jamaa'at Tableegh and the Deobandis


Chapter 1: Overview and Background

1.  Sufism Today
2. The Barelawis
3. The Deobandis and the Jamaat Tableegh
4. Important Personalities amongst the Deobandis and the Jamaat Tableegh
5. The Training Manual of the Jamaat Tableegh
6. The Deobandis are followers of Sufism
7. The Definition and Reality of Sufism
8.
Sufism is marred by un-Islamic beliefs and is an Ideology in itself

1 - In Search of God
2 - The Relationship between the Creator and the Creation
3 - Abstinence is the Key to Piety and Wisdom
4 - Meditation, Excessive Chanting and breath holding
5 - The Concept of Eternal Life

9. Historical Background into the Deobandi-Barelawi Differences and the Real Ikhtilaaf
10. The Importance of Aqeedah to the Sufis in light of an essay by Imdadullah Muhajir Makki
11.
Propagation of Truth Mixed with Falsehood


Chapter 2: The Islamic Concept of Tawheed (Monotheism)

1.  Tawheed ar-Ruboobiyyah and Tawheed al-Asma was-Sifaat

The Essence of Shirk in Tawheed al-Asma wa-Sifaat

2. Tawheed al-Ibaadah

What is Ibaadah (worship)?
Conditions for the Worship to be accepted
Blind Following
Forms of Worship
Some Major Forms of Worship


Chapter 3: Pantheism, Wahdat al-Wajood or Moksha

1.  Tawheed al-Wujoodi or Wahdat al-Wajood
2.  The Stages of Wahdat al-Wujood
3.  Degrading oneself to the status of Dogs and Pigs
4.  Denying the Existence of all the creation
5. Wahdat ash-Shuhood
6. The Concept of Allah Being Everywhere
7. Deobandi Scholars unanimously support the theory of Wahdat al-Wajood
8.
The Concept was something to be hidden

The Position of the Scholars about "Hidden Knowledge" in Islam

9. Refutation of Wahdat al-Wajood in light of the Qur’aan and the Sunnah
10. Refutation of Wahdat al-Wajood in light of the Qur’aan and the Sunnah (continued)
11. Additional Proofs from the Sayings of our Pious Predecessors (as-Salaf as-Salih)
12. Misconception Cleared
13. Wahdat al-Wajood and Moksha – Two sides of the same Coin
14. Creation is only the manifestation of the Creator
15.
Like Wahdat al-Wajood, Moksha too is for the Spiritual Elites


Chapter 4: Life of the Barzakh

1. Introduction
2. Sufism, Grave-worship and Saint-worship
3. Veneration of Graves led the Past Nations Astray
4.
Death, Soul, Grave and Barzakh – The Islamic Viewpoint

Is the Soul of Allah's Messenger (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) present everywhere?

5. The Deobandi View of Life in Barzakh (1: The Righteous do not Die)
6. Refutation of the Deobandi View of Life in Barzakh (1: The Righteous do not Die)
7. Clarifying Doubts: Allah’s Messenger replies to the greetings of salaam 8.
9. Deobandi View – 2: The Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) is aware of his nation
10. Refutation of Deobandi View - 2: The Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) is aware of his nation
11. The Deobandi View – 3: Allah’s Messenger (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) hears and responds to the visitors of his grave
12. Refutation of the Deobandi View – 3: Allah’s Messenger (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) hears and responds to the visitors of his grave
13. Clarifying Doubts - Hearing Footsteps | Kafirs in the well of Badr
14. The Deobandi View: 4 - The Messengers can help and benefit the living physically
15. Refutation of the Deobandi View: 4 - The Messengers can help and benefit the living physically


Chapter 5: Visiting Graves

1.  Shirk and the veneration of Graves
2.  Purpose of Visiting Graves
3.  The Prohibition of Taking Graves as Places of Worship
4. Deobandis approve visiting graves of the Righteous to seek Blessings and Benefits
5. Refutation and Clarifying Doubts (Doubt 1)
6. Refutation and Clarifying Doubts (Doubt 2)
7. Refutation and Clarifying Doubts (Doubt 3)
8.
Conclusion


Chapter 6: Back from the Barzakh

1.  Can the soul of a dead person come back briefly to life and communicate with the living?
2.  The Deobandis support the Theory of the Soul’s Return
3.  Refuting the Argument of Observed Phenomenon
4. Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi’s Grandfather comes back after Death!


Chapter 7: Waseelah

1.  The Correct Understanding of Waseelah

Meaning of al-Waseelah
The Meaning of al-Waseelah as explained in the Qur'aan
Tawassul in the Qur'aan and the Sunnah
(1) Tawassul by means of Allah's Beautiful Names
(2) Tawassul by means of Righteous deeds of the Supplicant
(3) Tawassul by means of a Supplication made by a Righteous Person

2.  Tawassul According to the Deobandis
3.  The Deobandi’s Error in Understanding the Prohibited forms of Waseelah
4. Calling upon other than Allah is Shirk
5. Deobandis are in Clear Opposition to the Aqeedah (Belief) of Imam Abu Haneefah - The Proof
6. The Hadeeth of Blind Man
7. Conclusion


Chapter 8: Worship in Islam

1.  Introduction
2.  The concept of the Sufis with regards to worship
3.
 Exaggeration and Innovation of the Sufis in Worship

(1) Taking the Dhikr from other than Allah's Messenger
(2) The Manner of the Sufi Dhikr
(3) Achieving Fanaa through Dhikr
(4) Dhikr in Isolation and Seclusion
(5) Holding the breath in Dhikr

4. The Effects and Benefits of Dhikr according to the Deobandis
5.
The Majzoob

The Sharee'ah does not apply to Majzoobs
The Majzoob is useless even to Sufism
The Majzoobs have miraculous powers

6. More Heretical Beliefs of the Sufis in relation to Ibaadah:
Refraining from Du’aa or Supplication
7. More Heretical Beliefs of the Sufis in relation to Ibaadah:
Looking Down upon Jannah and its Refutation
8. Conclusion


Chapter 9: Knowledge of the Ghayb (Unseen)

1.  Ghayb – It’s Meaning and Sources
2. None has the Absolute Knowledge of the Unseen
3.  Deobandis and the Knowledge of the Ghayb
4.
Information Acquired through Dreams

(i) Not every dream is a true dream
(ii) Only those dreams that come true are attributed to Allah
(iii) Dream interpretation is not perfect

5. Seeing Allah’s Messenger (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) in a dream
6. The Deobandis in the World of Dreams
7. The Deobandi’s lax conditions in authenticating dreams
8. Using dreams as supporting evidence
9. Ilham (Inspiration of the heart)
10. The Deobandis and Ilham
11. Meaning of Kashf and Kashf of Paradise and Hell
12. Knowledge of what the Hearts Conceal
13. Knowledge of the Time and Place of Death
14. Saints who directly communicate with Allah
15. Bestowed Knowledge
16. Tawajjuh
17. Tasawwur-e-Shaikh
18.
Conclusion


Chapter 10: Excessive Praise for the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam)

1.  Introduction and the Prohibition of Exaggeration in Praising Allah’s Messenger
2.  Fazaail-e-Aamaal and Exaggeration in Praising Allah’s Messenger
3.  The Qasidah of Moulana Jamee and also a few couplets from Muhammad Qasim, the founder of Deoband.
4. Another Shameful Allegation against the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam)
5.
Conclusion


Chapter 11: Blind Following of Sufi Shaikhs

1.  Bai'ah, the Deobandi Scholars and the Jamaat Tableegh
2.  The Necessity of having a Shaikh in Sufism
3.  The Special Bond between the Shaikh and his Mureed
4. Total Unconditional Obedience to a Shaikh
5.
Exaggerating the Ability of a Shaikh in helping his Mureed

The Deobandi Shaikh helps his Disciples from the Unseen
The Shaikh saves from the torment in the Grave

6. You cannot be like your Pir
7. Consequences of not blindly following the Sufi Shaikhs and Imams
8.
Introducing a new type of Tawheed: Tawheed al-Matlab

Tawheed al-Matlab as explained by Rasheed Ahmad Gangohi
Tawheed al-Matlab as explained by Ashraf Ali Thanvi
Tawheed al-Matlab and Taqleed


Chapter 12: The Deobandi’s Understanding of Taqleed

1.  Overview
2. Taqleed according to the Deobandis
3.  Is “Asking the Scholars” a proof for Taqleed?
4. Analyzing the statement, ‘All the Four Imams are upon the Truth.’
5. Analyzing the statement, ‘the door to Ijtihad has been closed after the four Imams.’
6. Analyzing the Claim 1) Only these four Imams have the best compilation of all aspects of the Sharee'ah.
7. Analyzing the Claim 2) Taqleed of a single Imam prevents anarchy and confusion in the Religion
8. (Claim 3) There is a consensus of the entire Muslim nation on these Imams
9. Extreme Taqleed of the Deobandis: 1: Claiming Taqleed to be a part of Eemaan
10. Extreme Taqleed of the Deobandis 2: Understanding Hadeeth in Accordance with the Madhhab
11. Extreme Taqleed of the Deobandis 3: Adhering to Weaker Proofs
12.  Extreme Taqleed of the Deobandis 4: Can the Imam be Wrong?
13. Extreme Taqleed of the Deobandis 5: Extremism in defending the Imam:
14. Taqleed - A Concept Opposed to Ittiba!
15. The Ruling on Taqleed is dependant upon the Situation
16. Lessons from the Deobandi-Barelawi dispute
17. Conclusion
18. The Reality of the Call to Taqleed


Appendix

1.  Appendix 1: Origin of the word Sufism
2.  Appendix 2: Authenticity of the Ahaadeeth about Journeying to the Prophet’s grave


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