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Teachings of Ashraf Ali Thanvi

Few Samples


I shall quote a few examples of the teachings of Thanvi Sahib so that you may really assess the religious damages done by the Tableeghi Jamaat.


Maulana Ahmed Sayeed Akbarabadi, a member of the Majlis-e-Shoora, Darul Uloom Deoband, writes in his monthly magazine ´Burhan´, about Thanvi Sahib: ´This one incident should bear testimony of Maulana Thanvi’s habit of ignoring and by-passing people in his relations with them. Once a disciple wrote to Maulana that I dreamt that I was trying to recite the Kalima-e-Tayyib properly but every time the words of Ashraf Ali came out from my tongue instead of Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam).´

´Evidently, the straight forward answer to this was that this is a Kalima of Infidelity, it is a deception of Satan, a fraud of your baser self. You should at once repent in the name of Allah for the same.´

But Maulana Thanvi closes the Chapter by saying: ´You love me devotedly and this is the result and fruitful outcome of that.´ (Burhan, Feb. 1958, p/107)

On this incident the comments of a co-thinker are quite enough, but for the completion of the remaining portion of this event. I deem it necessary to tell that the Chapter was not closed on a dream alone, but after awakening, the acceptance of his Prophethood continued on his tongue. He has confessed it in one of his own letters to his Spiritual head, Thanvi Sahib, after describing the scene of the dream, he writes: ´I constantly thought of ‘Hozoor’ (Ashraf Ali) but in the state of consciousness I remembered the mistake in the recitation of the Kalima. I decided to rectify it so that it is erased from my mind and its repitition avoided. With this intention I sat up and then turned to another side and laid on the bed to correct the mistake of the Kalima Shareef by reciting Darood Shareef (Salawaat) on Rasoolullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam). But while reading the Darood Shareef again, instead of the name of Rasoolullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) I read Ashraf Ali.

´I am awake, not dreaming but uncontrollable, helpless and my tongue was beyond my control. That entire day I had the same thought. The next day, while awake, I felt this ecstasy and cried bitterly. There were many other reasons, which were due to the love of ‘Huzoor’ (Ashraf Ali). How much can I say?’´

N.B.: - This unfortunate Mureed (Disciple) of Ashraf Ali informed his Peer (Spiritual Guide) about this incident and experience, who in return replied to him as follows: ´There is consolation for you in this incident that the person towards whom you turn, is, by the Mercy of Allah, a follower of Sunnah.´ (Maulana Thanvi is a follower of the Sunnah). 24 Shawwal 1335. (Al-Imdaad Article of Safar 1336, pp/34/35, No. 8, Vol. 3, Published in Thana Bhawan)

How unfortunate and crooked is that tongue which never goes out of control to criticize its Spiritual Head, but which goes out of control to accept the declaration of his Prophet-hood. The most admonishing show of this incident is that, instead of the Spiritual Head warning his devotee against this word of blasphemy, he sends him an encouraging reply: ´This incident was a form of reassurance that your Spiritual Head (Thanvi Sahib) with the blessing of Allah is a follower of Sunnah.´ (Al-Jmdad, pp/ 34)

With what cheerful mind this open blasphemy has been praised, how many silent indications and hints are hidden for the devotees and disciples, needless to say. A question could be asked here, that surely if the tongue of the disciple had gone out of control, the pen of the Spiritual Head was indeed quite sober, why did he endorse the word of blasphemy deliberately?

Tell me honestly that if such type of teachings, full of blasphemy, are propagated among the Muslims, what will be the end of their faith and Islam? But it is really surprising that after such open misconception and waywardness, the Tableeghi Jamaat still insists to propagate the teachings of Thanvi Sahib among the Muslims at large. I do not comprehend as to why this Jamaat is taking such a hazardous step against the integrity of Islam. I cannot say that it is trying to recite a Kalima in the name of Thanvi Sahib, but in its missionary activities we are clearly observing the signs of a new Qadian.


Maulana Ahmad Sayeed Akbarabadi has pointed out the particular nature of Thanvi Sahib in the ´Burhan´ monthly in a specific manner, now read about its confession from Thanvi Sahib himself. The editor of the ´Malfoozat´, Khwaja Azizul Hasan writes: ´Hazrat Thanvi said, addressing me personally that: My numerological name amounts to ‘great hypocrisy’ is it not correct? After all I am the son of a Sheikh, and these sons of Sheikhs are very hypocritical. I also know so many mechanisms of fabrications.´ (Hasan Al-Aziz, Book 1, pp/13)

There is no need to tell the Muslims what kinds of ´benefits´ are achieved through the teachings of a hypocritical man. However I would like to say this much that hypocrisy is the most shameful vice of a man, but Thanvi Sahib haughtily confesses possessing this art. Consider, that if the Tableeghi Jamaat spreads amongst Muslims such type of teachings, what will the fate of Muslims be? Whatever little signs of piety, are scattered here and there will also vanish.

Now observe one more sample of the teachings of Thanvi Sahib. The editor of his ´Malfoozat´ writes: ´Once Thanvi Sahib became angry with a man and asked his followers to severe all relations with him. When he came back for personal pardon, he was instructed: ‘Make this apology daily after Magrib prayers, then only will you be excused of your fault.’´

Now read these shameful words due to that announcement which he was forced to utter: ´Respected Sirs, because I belong to that particular cast and because of the deficiency of my courage, I began to consider myself great due to the blessings of my patron (Thanvi Sahib), hence the punishment I am undergoing.´(Kamalaté Ashrafia, pp/ 169)

It is no crime to make a criminal confess to his crime, but to ask him to say that he belongs to a particular low cast, that is why he committed that crime, amounts to total degradation and humiliation of an entire people.

This is that very ignorance which Islam has crushed for good, but through the teachings of Thanvi Sahib, the Tableeghi Jamaat wants to revive and resurrect that very caste system among Muslims. (The Gujerati speaking communities who generally belong to the Wahabi sect are very prone to practice this Hindu caste-system. They are also the ardent supporters of Maulana Thanvi).

In conclusion, observe one more ´grand sample´ of the teachings of Thanvi Sahib, the editor of his ´Malfoozat´ enumerates his spoken statement below: ´Thanvi Sahib said: ‘I am not too choosy about invitations and gifts and I do not distinguish between Halaal and Haraam, because I am not pious.´(Kamalaté Ashrafia, pp/4O6)

If the Tableeghi Jamaat wants to propagate such teachings among the Muslims, then may Allah protect this nation’s morals and its righteousness and character. There shall be no spiritual progress, such teachings will destroy the remaining wealth of morals and piety.


This is a concurrent faith of Thanvi Sahib and all the Ulema of Deoband that to think of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) in Namaaz is worse than to get immersed in the thought of a bull or an ass. As soon as a man will think of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam), his prayers will be null and void and he will be committing shirk. These Ulema argue that because the thought of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) will come to mind with honour, hence in prayer the thought of a person other than Allah will lead to polytheism. For reference see the standard book of Deobandi Religion, Siratê Mustaqim pp / 78, which is very well known. This is what they believe about the imagination of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam), but what are the instructions of Thanvi Sahib regarding imagining him (Maulana Thanvi) in Salaah.

Maulana Abdul Maajid Daryabadi who is the special caliph of Thanvi Sahib, wrote a letter to him: ´Lack of concentration in Salaah is an old problem. But it is my experience that whenever I imagined you in Salaah the problem of concentration vanished, only for a short while though. Nevertheless, please advise me if this action is correct, if it is not, then I shall be careful in future!´ (Hakimul Ummat, pp/54)

This was the personal question of Maulvi Abdul Maajid, now listen to the answer of Thanvi Sahib: ´It is correct as long as you do not disclose this to other people.´(Hakimul Ummat, pp/54A)

The double standard of faith and mind, ‘The enimity with the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam)’ and ‘The worship of Sheikh (Spiritual Head)’ are the teachings of Thanvi Sahib. And ´The information must not be disclosed to others´ is so sensational that from this very sentence the integrity of ‘their religion’ is fully exposed. At this point the theft of the heart can be detected openly, that externally they pretend to be torch-bearers of the Unity of Allah, and secretly they ask their devotees to worship them! I now ask every Allah fearing Muslim, that if such ‘Anti-Prophet’ and ‘Polytheistic Teachings’ are spread amongst the Muslims, won’t the Muslims end up in Hell?


Another question is that when according to the faith of the Tableeghi Jamaat, to imagine the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) during the execution of prayers is polytheistic, then how will they execute their own prayers, because it is obligatory to recite ‘Attahiyat’ in prayers and while reciting it when one reaches ‘Assalam-o-Alaika Ayyo-han-Nabi’, naturally one will think of the Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam). Now there are only two ways, either one will think respectfully or with degradation - if one thinks about the Messenger (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) respectfully it will be infidelity according to Deobandi Religion, and if one thinks with degradation then it is an insult to the Messenger (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) which is declared a blasphemy, concurrently.

Now to avoid this difficulty either a man must abandon ‘Attahiyat’ in prayer totally, but the difficulty is that its recital is compulsory (Wajib) and by abondoning the compulsory, prayer remains incomplete. Another position is that ‘Attahiyat’ must be recited but the thought of the Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) may not be brought to mind, but the saying of Hazrat Imam Ghazali (Rehmatullah Alay) warns the Muslims: ´Firstly you must imagine that the Messenger (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) is present in your heart and then say ‘Assalamo Alaika Ayyohan Nabi’.´ (Al Hawi Lil Fatawa and Fatawa Shami)

In any case there is no way for the Tableeghi Jamaat members to offer prayers according to the rules set up by their own leaders! It is necessary for them to obtain pardon from Allah because of their faith, which they have expressed in ´Sirate Mustaqeem.´ But they never retract from their beliefs. And when the followers of the Tableeghi Jamaat can never perform their own prayers properly, ...
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