Shah Waliullaah (rahmatullah alayh) and the Ghair Muqallideen

A moronic La-Madhabi website says:

Ahle hadeeth means the follower of Hadeeth. Ahlur Rai means the follower of Rai (human wisdom). Those who seek solutions of all problems of life on the basis of the holy Quran and saheeh Hadeeth are known as Ahle hadeeth.On the other hand… those who take solutions of the problems of life from Fiqhi Usool i.e. the formulas of practical laws made by any earlier scholar, they, according to Shah Waliullah, are known as Ahlur Rai. They do not seek Hadeeth of the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) and Athar of Sahaba  in making solutions to any problem, rather they try to solve it by making comparison with any Fiqhi decision or any Fiqhi principle given by an earlier Mujtahid Faqeeh and bring out its various branches and sub-branches with the help of Qias i.e. analogical method.

Our Comment: This is a big lie from the La-Madhabi’s part that he says Ahlur Rai never use Hadith nor athar but just qiyas, the more bigger lie is that this statement is falsely attributed to a great scholar like Shah Waliullah Muhaddith Dehlwi (rahimahullah), such fake claim only proves that the la-Madhabi’s are deceivers and nothing else!.

RESPONSE: In Reality, Shah Waliullah (rahimahullah) describes exactly the opposite of what the misguided la-madhabi has claimed.

Shah  Waliullah (rahmatullah alayh) is  among  the  greatest  Muhadditheen  of  the Ummat.  He  is  the  Musnidul  Hind  i.e.  all  the  Sanads  of  Hadeeth  in the  sub-continent  pass  through  him.  To  lend  weight  to  their  cause, the  Ghair  Muqallids  of  Hind  claim  that  Shah  Saahib  was  like  them. This  is  a  common  ploy  of  these  types.  In  this  way  they  try  to mislead simple-minded Muslims.

And  listen!  Those  of  you  who  are  not  linked  to  the  Ulama  are  at risk of being misled by these chancers – Anyhow,  to  set  it  straight,  in  Hujjatullaahul  Baalighah,  he  has written  on  the  topic  in  great  detail.  He  wrote  about  the  two  schools: the “Ahlur Ra’i” and the “Ahlul Hadeeth” and who they are.

The  Imaams  of  the  ‘Ahlur  Rai’  are  Imaam  Sha’bi,  Ibraaheem Nakha’ee,  Auzaa’ee,  Ibn  Abi  Laila,  Shubrumah, Abu  Hanifah  and his students (rahimahumullah).

The Imaams  of  the  Ashaabul  Hadeeth  are  The  7  Fuqahaa  of Madeenah, Imaam Maalik,  Shaafi’ee, Ahmad, Sufyaan  Thauree, Ibn Mubaarak (rahimahumullah) etc.

The Importance of Taqleed:

The  Fiqh  of  the  Ahlur  Rai  was  then  codified  by  Imaam  Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah). After this there was no great Ikhtilaaf among this group.

The Ashaabul  Hadeeth  had  many  differences  in  their  Fiqh  among themselves. Several  Madhabs  originated  among  them.  With  the passage  of  time,  these  Madhabs  then  evolved  and  were incorporated  into  three.  In  this  way,  four  Madhabs  were  codified and  accepted.  These  four  Madhaahib  in  turn  encompassed  all  the Ilm  of  the  Aimmah  and  the  various  Fataawah  (Rulings)  of  the SahaabahTaqleed  of  the  four  Imaams  was  then  unanimously accepted by the ’Ijmaa of the Ummat

There is great wisdom and protection in this Taqleed

After this, Shah Saahib (rahimahullah) writes:

People  should  beware,  and  not  confuse  the  Ashaabul  Hadeeth mentioned  above  with  the  present  day  newly  emerged  sect  who  call themselves  the  Ahlul  Hadeeth.  The  Ahlul  Hadeeth  of  today  are  very much  similar  to  the  Zaahiriyyah  sect  of  the  earlier  period.  These people  are  the  Laa  Madhabiyyah  and  Ghair  Muqallideen.  They  do not  accept  the  Ijmaa’  of  the  Sahaabah  and  the  Aimmah,  nor  the Aathaar  (sayings  and  actions)  of  the  Sahaabah,  nor  do  they  accept Qiyaas  (analogical  reasoning)  as  a  Hujjat  in  Deen.  These  are  not  part of the Ashaabul Hadeeth.” 

In  another  Kitaab,  ‘Al  Aqdul  Jayyid’,  he  has  dealt  with  this  subject in  detail.

Salafiyyat – A deception: In  more  recent  times,  these  Ghair  Muqallids  have  taken  on  a  new name  i.e.  ‘Salafi’.  So  they  have  presented  the  same  old  thing  in  a new  guise.  Many  fresh  and  free  youngsters  have  fallen  into  their  trap and  the  group  suddenly  gained  a  fresh  wind  –  and,  as  with  most deviant  groups,  the  bulk  of  their  followers  are  ignorant  masses.  The common  layman  cannot  understand  the  finer  details  of  Usool Ad Deen  (the  principles  of  Deen).  Anything  presented  to  him  will  be swallowed.  This  is  because  he  cannot  judge  these  things  in  the  light of  Ilm  due  to  lack  of  it.  This  is  how  falsehood  spreads  among  the So  these  are  two  paths  in  front  of  us;  One  is  a  new  way,  invented  by ‘enlightened  mushrooms’  of  this  belated  age  –  the  other  is  an attested  path,  laid  down  by  men  who  were  oceans  of  Ilm  and mountains  of  Taqwa.  The  ‘Muqallideen’  are  the  followers  of  the Aslaaf  (pious  predecessors)  and  are  thus  the  true  “Salafis”.  The Ghair  Muqallid  crowd  are  on  a  path  of  their  own.  They  have opposed  the  Aslaaf  at  every  turn.  They  have  hijacked  the  term  Salafi in  a  most  deceptive  way  –  And  a  strange  world  it  is.

Differences in understanding Nusoos

Understanding  Qur’an  and  Hadeeth  correctly  is  not  the  work  of every  doctor,  professor  and  cabbage  farmer!  This  is  a  very  deep  and specialized  field.  There  is  no  shortcut  in  this  path.  And  it  is impossible  to  lay  claim  to  Itaa’at  (obedience)  of  Allaah  and  His Rasul (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) without following the great Aimmah of the past.

Here  is  one  example:

The differences in the method of Iqaamah: There  is  a  Hadeeth:  “Bilaal (radhiyallahu anha) was  ordered  to  say  the  Adhaan  in  two’s (evenly) and the Iqaamat in one’s (odd no.)

According  to  Imaam  Shaafi’ee  and  Ahmad (rahimahumullah),  it  means  to  say  the words  of  Iqaamat  once  each,  but  ‘Qad  Qaamatis  Salaat’  will  be  said twice. (the Takbeers will be said twice).

According to Imaam Maalik (rahimahullah) even ‘Qad Qaamah’ will be said once. 

Imaam  Abu  Haneefah  (rahimahullah) says  the  meaning  of  the  Hadeeth  is  to  say every set of words in one breath. The further Daleel (proof) is the Riwaayat  (narrations)  in  Abu  Dawood  reported  by  Abu  Mahdhoorah  who  was  appointed  as  Muadhin  in  Makkah. He  says  that Nabi (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) taught him to say the Iqaamah in 17 sentences. 

The Hanafis thus practice upon both Ahaadeeth in this way. 

The  other  thing  is  that  the  other  A’immah,  according  to  their prescribed  method  of  Iqaamah  are  not  practicing  on  the  first Hadeeth  either  because  the  Takbeer  and  Qad-Qaamah  are  both  said twice.

This is how differences in understanding Nass come about.

Some  of  the  Imaams  practice  on  ‘Asahhu  maa  fil  Baab’  the  most Saheeh  Hadeeth  in  the  chapter.  Imaam  Abu  Haneefah’s  method  is  of Tatbeeq  and  Jama’  (reconciling  Ahaadeeth  and  practicing  upon  all the  Ahaadeeth  in  question).

Our difference with the Ghair Muqallids

So  one  of  our  fundamental  differences  with  the  Ghair Muqallideen  is  that  they  do  not  accept  the  Ijmaa’  (consensus  of opinion)  of  Ummat  as  a  Hujjat  (proof).  They  are  ardent Muqallids  of  their  Ghair  Muqallid  Ulama.  For  all  the  hue  and cry  against  Taqleed,  they  are  the  most  hardline  Muqallids themselves.  All  the  fuss  is  nothing  but  a  plot  to  create  confusion among  the  Muslims  and  thus  take  them  off  their  objective  i.e. Amal  (practice)

No getting around Taqleed:

Listen!  In  all  fields  of  life,  pertaining  to  Deen  or  Dunya,  there  is  no getting  around  Taqleed.  Call  it  what  you  will,  every  person  is  a Muqallid  in  his  field.  The  question  is  whose  Taqleed  –  so  in  the matter  of  Deen,  you  will  either  have  to  follow  the  mainstream  Ahlus
Sunnah  and  the  true  Salafis  i.e.  one  of  the  four  Madhabs  or  else you  have  the  option  of  following  these  self-styled  scholars  who reject  the  Aathaar  of  Sahaabah  and  the  Ijmaa’  of  the  believers.

The Ahle Hadeeth:

One  group  claimed  to  be  Ahle  Qur’an.  This  term  is  deceptive.  They are  not  people  of  Qur’an.  We  are  the  people  of  Qur’an.  They  are  a group  who  reject  Hadeeth  and  Ijmaa’  while  claiming  to  follow Qur’aan.

Similar  is  the  case  of  the  Ahle  Hadeeth.  We  are  the  followers  of Hadeeth.  They  claim  to  accept  Qur’aan  and  Hadeeth  while  rejecting the  Aathaar  and  Ijmaa’  of  Sahaabah.  It  does  not  mean  that  they follow Hadeeth while we follow our Imaams and not Hadeeth

Go  and  have  a  look  in  the  Islamic  Libraries!  The  Imaams,  their Ustaads  and  their  students  have  authored  all  the  major  Kitaabs  on Hadeeth.  Let  the  Ghair  Muqallids  present  any  reputable  work  on Hadeeth!  The  entire  treasury  of  Hadeeth  that  is  before  the  Ummat today  is  the  fruit  of  the  toil  of  the  Muqallideen. These  fellows  then came  along  and  either  plagiarized  the  works  of  others  or  added  their unwanted  side  notes  and  useless  commentaries  on  the  great  works  of the Ulamaa

The  Ghair  Muqallid/  Salafi/  Ahle  Hadeeth  are  sects  who  accept Qur’an  and  Hadeeth  only.  They  do  not  accept  the  Ijmaa’  of  the Sahaabah  nor  the  Ijmaa’  of  the  Ahlus  Sunnah.  They  will  not  admit this  directly,  but  have  a  look  at  their  Madhab  –  it  will  shine  forth brighter than daylight.

Exactly  the  same  is  the  case  of  the  confounded  Qadiyani  sect. They  will  never  negate  the  Khatme  Nabuwwah openly.  They  say Muhammad (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) is  Khaatamul  Ambiyaa –  then  they  say  Ghulaam Ahmad  is  also  a  Rasul!  So  they  invent  their  own  concept  of  Khatme Nabuwwat.  Neither  here  nor  there.  Just  like  all  the  others…  Again have  a  look  at  their  works.

The Ahlus Sunnah wal Jamaa’ah:

We are the Ahlus Sunnah wal Jamaa’ah. Remember this!

We follow  the  path  of Prophet Muhammad (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam)  and  His  companions  –  the  way of  the  Khulafaa e rashideen.  This  encompasses  all  that  is  in  the Qur’an  and  Hadeeth  in  the  most  complete  way.  This  way  was handed  down  to  us  by  our  Imaams  who  were  the  safe  guarders  and trustees of the Ilm of Nabuwwah

We follow  the  Qur’an,  the  Rasul  and  the  path  of  the  Mu’mineen.  

“And  whoever  opposes  the  Rasul  after  the  Guidance  has  become clear  to  him,  and  follows  a  way  other  than  that  of  the Mu’mineen,  we  shall  allow  him  to  do  what  he  does  and  then  we shall  throw  him  into  hell  –  and  it  is  the  worst  abode”


(Surah  An Nisaa  –  115)


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