Shaykh Salman al-Nadwi: In defence of the Deobandi position on the Saudi regime

By Shaykh Salman al-Husayni al-Nadwi
Translated by Abu Salih Mu’adh Khan

Dear Respected Maulana Arshad Madani Saheb (HA),

Your article was published in the local newspapers in which you have tried to defend the Saudi regime on behalf of Jamiatul-Ulamah (India) and you have tried to portray this as a position of Darul-ulooms associated with Darul-uloom Deoband:

  1. Your father Shaykhul-Islam Hussain Ahmed Madani (RA) fought against the foreign (British, Italians, French) all his life and Saudia has been sitting in their lap for and helping implement their policies have you thought about that?
  2. Saudia provided assistance to and backed US in killing nearly 10 million Iraqi and nearly 10 million Afghani Muslims and provided them all manner of support including air bases, have you thought about that?
  3. Islamic institues running under the Saudi regime call your elder misguided and heretics. Sufees are more misguided according to them then Qadiyanees. Their Islamic universities including Madina university gives MA and Phd degrees in which Shaykh (Maulana) Qasim Nanotwi (RA), Shaykh (Mufti) Rasheed Ahmed Gangohi (RA) and Shaykhul-Islam Hussain Ahmed Madani (RA) have been called misguided, people of Bid’ah. Deobandees have been presented like Qadiyanees. Rabi Madkhali calls Deobandees Kaafirs. Haramain has talks against your Akabirs! A Hanafi cannot be a teacher (in one of their universities) let alone Imam of Haram, have you EVER been asked to give a lecture at their Islamic universities
  4. Should Haramain be served financially, meaningfully OR according to Shariah? Are people (Hajees) guided according to Sunnah? Is free mixing prevented during Hajj?Are the rows upon rows of Hotel chains around Haram not Jewish owned? Are Saudi TV channels not littered with vulgar and naked movies and shows?
  5. Are the Holy land not entangled in a web of Interest based banks, multi-nationals and free-mixed Shopping centres?
  6. Did the prophet (Sallallaho Alaihe Wassallam) not advise to KICK the Jews and Christians out of these lands?
  7. Isn’t the new mixed university named after King Abdullah not criticised by Ulamah? Have you visited it? Have you visited other universities?
  8. Are other departments apart from Hajj and Religious Affairs according to Islam and Shariah? Are ministries of wealth, sports, culture, labour, internal and foreign affairs run according to Qur’aan and Sunnah?
  9. Is removing the Islamic Government in Egypt, spending millions on it and installing a Israel backed Government not a crime according to you? Have you not come across the talks of Shaykh Sahybani (HA) and Shaykh Shuraim (HA), if not then ask one of your students to present it to you! What about speeches of Shaykh Al-Arifi (HA) and Shaykh Aidh Al-Qarni (HA)? These are Ulamah with guts and not those who submit to the throne!
  10. Did you not know the situation in Syria and millions who have been killed and persecuted? Turkish Government is spending on these refugess while Saudi borders are closed! Same for Yemeni, Joradnian and other refugees. If you don’t know then consult Ulamah from Syria, Yemen and Jordanian Ulamah as to how is backing the oppresive regimes. In case of Tunis, Saudees have actually given sanctuary to the Dictator
  11. You lambast policies about Indian (youth who are being rounded up by Indian Government but Saudia has imprisoned much more and only because they want reforms and some of these are authentic Ulamah
  12. Do you not know that Saudi Arabia is being run as personal property of Al-Saud? They spend millions on drinking, debauchery, gambling and other sins. If you are in doubt, ask those (in private) who serve the Royal family
  13. Have you seen the properties of wealthy Saudees and princes? Have you witnessed the western (unIslamic) lifestyles of their women and absense of Hijab? Was this the reason for the Prophethood of Sayyidina Rasul-ullah (Sallallaho Alaihe Wassallam)? Is support for unIslamic forces and interests and backing the “Salafi” ideology not crimes? Do you think that the Yazeed (system of Government) was better then the actions and rebellion of Sayyidina Hussain (RA)?
  14. Did you froget the fear of Allah (SWT), Fear of day of judgement, behavior (legacy) of our Ulamah and their abstinence from wealth and wealth when backing and trying to support the Saudi regime?
  15. Are obtaining VISAS and some official and most unofficial support (from Saudia) worth more to you then the legacy of your Akabir, your Aqeedah and your Maslak?
  16. Do the Ulamah, students and supporters of Darul-uloom Deoband really back you on this weak, Anti-Shariah and selfish position (of yours)?

I invite you to call for a referundum amongst Deobandees and their affiliated institues

That leaves Salafees who have nobody in front and nobody behind them! Their shop is being run with Saudi goods. Their peddlers go from village to town cursing your elders, ripping your books, and spreading hatred against Tableeghi Jamaat, Deobandees and Hanafees. They are ripping apart commnities and Mosques. YOUR Darul-uloom stands up to them, print books, do debates but YOU on the behest of Saudi consulate stand shoulder to shoulder with these (Salafees) and want to hide the sins of Saudi regime.

What can any self-respecting (Ghayrat-Mand) resident of sub-continent do at this behavior except to lament!

(Shaykh) Salman al-Husayni al-Nadwi (HA)

9 thoughts on “Shaykh Salman al-Nadwi: In defence of the Deobandi position on the Saudi regime

    • Those Saudi Wahhabi Najdis, who praise our Ulama, are hypocrites. There students and teachers criticize us and they claim to praise us.
      There are good Arab Ulama too, but they are not Salafi Wahhabi Najdis. For Example, Sayyid Muhammad Bin Alawi al-Maliki Rahimullah, Sayyid al-Shaykh al-Mufti Ali Gomaa, Sayyidi Abdullah Bin Bayyah al-Maliki al-Ash’ari, Sayyidi al-Shaykh Allama Yusuf al-Rifai and others. These all above Ulama condemned the Saudi Wahhabi Najdis.

  1. The following is a sentence from Hazrat Molana Kaukab Noorani Okarvi’s book “White and Black” (note that first edition was published by Maulana Okarvi Academy Al A’lami, South Africa in 1991): 

    [Quote] The famous debater of Deoband, Muhammad Manzoor Nu’maani, has in his book, “Sheikh Muhammad Bin Abdul Wahaab and the right-guided ulama of India”, published 10 years ago and endorsed by Sheikh Muhammad Zakariya Kandhalvi and Qaari Muhammad Tayyab, sought to prove that there was no ideological difference between Sheikh Abdul Wahaab Najdi and the ulama of Deoband and the Najdi Wahaabi and Deobandis were really one and the same. [Unquote]

    The very same book by Manzoor Numani is recommended by the Darul Ifta of Darul Uloom Deoband. The book “Nida-e-Haqq The Voice of Truth A’la Hazrat Mujaddid Imam Ahmed Raza R.A.” by Maryam Qadri at
    has a screenshot of a fatwa issued by Darul Uloom Deoband in Appendix 2, Exhibit F (pg. 176 of the pdf which is pg. 170 of the book) which is reproduced below:

    [Quote] Question: 5177 India
    Assalamualaikum, Mufti sahab, I am khaleel 23 year old,And i want to know that what should be our Aqeeda about the Barelvees,because i have seen them criticising Deoband seminary in their Books&in their speeches.They write very Wrong about Deoband Ulama.And they call NAJADI TO DEOBAND ULAMA.And i want to know what is NAJAD.And also What should be our Aqeeda about JAMAAT-E-ISLAMI HIND. 

    Answer: 5177 Jul 19,2008
    (Fatwa: 994/834=B-1429)

    Najdi is called one who is attributed to a great reformer and scholar Hadhrat Shiakh Muhammad ibn Abdul Wahab Najdi (رحمۃ اللہ علیہ). This great reformist was accused of many things; therefore the opponents attribute us to him for irritating us. It is useful to study the book ?Muhammad ibn Abdul Wahab ke khilaf propaganda aur Hindustan ke Ulam-e- Haq per uske asaraat? written by Hadhrat Maulana Manzoor Nomani. 
    (2) If you study the ?Dastoorat? of Jamat Islami Hind, then you will come to know that many of their thoughts are deviated from the right path. Also, if you study the book: ?Khilafat w Mulukia? you will know how misleading thoughts they have about the companions of the Prophet (صلي الله عليه وسلم).
    Allah (Subhana Wa Ta’ala) knows Best
    Darul Ifta,
    Darul Uloom Deoband

    The author of the said book (Maryam Qadri) contrasts the official fatwa from Darul Ifta, Darul Uloom Deoband in the screenshot with the fatwa of the great Hanafi jurist from Shaam Hazrat Sayed Ibn ‘Abidin al-Shami R.A. in his Radd al-Muhtar regarding Ibn Abdul Wahhab being a great reviver he says:
    Answer: “Yes, but a reviver of corrupt ideas and dubious beliefs whose followers took up the sword against the Commander of the Faithful and proclaimed him the head of the rebels (bughat) of his time, like the Khawarij”.

    The only people that call Ibn Abdul Wahhab Najdi a “great reformer” are Wahhabis. Sudais the Imam of the Haram Shareef lead the Jumuah prayers at Darul Uloom Deoband: 

    see the video at: 

    Would Sudais ever go to an institution that was truely Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jama’ah? Ask Sunnhi Arab Ulama what is their fatwa on one who says that Ibn Abdul Wahhab Najdi was a great reformer and scholar. This fatwa of Darul Uloom Deoband echoes Bin Baz (Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia’s) fatwas.

      • May I add…please post about the saudi Shaykh who attended a mawlid as well…Inshaa Allaah the visits can give the Saudi Shuyukh understanding. ….but this is one reason I dont like the visits because of statements as the one Above.

        Question for Zaynul Abidin….who would you pray behind if you was to visit the haramayn?

      • (I am a Deobandi) Brother Abd al-Aziz, Many Ulama from Arab do Mawlid and practice it like Shaykh Abd al-Fattah Abu Ghudda Rahimullah and Shaykh Muhammad Ali al-Sabooni. But their Mawlid is free from all reprehensible acts. The Ulama of Deoband (May Allah have Mercy On Them) condemned Mawlid only due to some Reprehensible acts added to it. Not because of the Mawlid itself.

    • They are hypocrites. There students and teachers criticize us and they claim to praise us.
      There are good Arab Ulama too, but they are not Salafi Wahhabi Najdis. For Example, Sayyid Muhammad Bin Alawi al-Maliki Rahimullah, Sayyid al-Shaykh al-Mufti Ali Gomaa, Sayyidi Abdullah Bin Bayyah al-Maliki al-Ash’ari, Sayyidi al-Shaykh Allama Yusuf al-Rifai and others. These all above Ulama condemned the Saudi Wahhabi Najdis.

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