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In the case of Deen, I disagree.
If you are not passionate and emotional about the Allah Ta’ala, Nabi Muhammad (Sallallaho Alaihe Wassalllam) and his Deen then life is not worth living.
Look at the reactions on this forum, it is because the passion still burns in this Ummah and Alhumdolllah for it.
Hazrat Professor Saheb (HA),
You have misunderstood the issue. It is not a matter of being proud of being Muslim vs “Deobandi”.
It is a matter that there is no such thing as “Deobandi”, you cannot be something which does not exist.
Deoband never set aside a specific set of Aqaid or Fiqh which is distinct and separate from being Ahlus-Sunnah Wal-Jamaat for a layman to be a “Deobandi”.
A graduate of a DU Deoband is “Deobandi” because of their Alma mater as someone can be an “Alig” but I am not an “Alig” because there is no sect called “Alig”
I can say that my professor is “Alig” or that I have great admiration for “Aligs” etc
For someone to be a “Deobandi” you need to come up with a definition of a “Deobandi”
If a “Deobandi” is no different to being Ahlus-Sunnah Wal-Jamaat then why come up a new label? Millions of believers belonged to “Ahlus-Sunnah Wal-Jamaat” before 1866.
You cannot be something which does not exist.
I am extremely Sorry to say the same thing for the 5th time:
What part of numbers 1-4 is not clear for you in plain English despite saying it 5 times?
We live in a democracy so of course you have a choice:
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[3:19] Truly, the (recognized) religion in the sight of Allah is Islam . Those who have been given the Book did not differ (among themselves) until after the knowledge had come to them, (and all this) due to envy against each other. Whoever denies the verses of Allah, then, Allah is swift at reckoning.
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[22:78] Struggle for (seeking the pleasure of) Allah, a struggle that is owed to Him. He has chosen you and did not impose any hardship on you in the religion, the faith of your father Ibrahim. He (Allah) named you as Muslims earlier and also in this (Qur‗an), so that the Messenger becomes a witness to you, and you become witnesses to (other) people. So establish Salah, pay Zakah and hold fast to Allah. He is your patron. So, how excellent He is as a patron, and how excellent as a supporter!
You do have a choice.
I sincerely apologise for answering the same question for you the second time.
You have total freedom to do anything you wish as you live in a free democracy. You wish to be called something other than what Allah Ta’ala has bestowed upon you, you have the choice.
You can call yourself 2 names, 3 names, 4 ½ names and any other combination which you deem to be appropriate.
Allah Ta’ala has chosen the religion of “Islam” for you and chosen the title of “Muslim” for you. You can do as you please.
P.S: I have started this response with an apology for supplying the same answer the second time. You can react by hitting “dislike” or asking the same question the 3rd, 4th and 5th time, it is your democratic right.
A revival of Islamic knowledge by the honourable Ulama from Deoband has NOTHING to do with a laymen labelling themselves as “Deobandi” as a separate and distinct identity.
These are two separate and distinct matters entirely.
None of the honourable Ulama labelled themselves as “Deobandi” or advised laymen to label themselves as such.
The simplest analogy is due to great achievements of graduate of Aligarh Muslim university every single Muslim starts labelling themselves as “Alig” and if you question the label “Alig” people start asking questions:
No brother, we are questioning the usage of the label “Alig” by laymen because it is not sanctioned by the university.
So in easier terms, there is not such identity distinct and separate called “Deobandi” in Islam as clearly explained and articulated by Mufti Rafi Usmani (HA).
This cannot be undone and I am sure it will be greatly appreciated.