Shaykhul-Hind (Maulana) Mahmud al-Hasan Deobandi (HA) was a teacher of Maulana Asharf Ali Thanwi (RA) who had read 42 books from him.
He was also the teacher of Shaykhul-Islam (Maulana) Hussain Ahmed Madani (RA) who was the teacher of Allamah Yusuf Binnori (RA).
When he was released (by the British) from the exile in Malta, the students and professors of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) came and said, “Hazrat, you are our Ameer too so come” and he went to them.
He said that due to the change in circumstances, we have to take care of these (university people) and cannot just continue to go with Madrasa folks.
You cannot turn a blind eye to the (prevailing) circumstances. In fact, it is written that a person who is not aware of the nuances of (his era) should not issue a Fatwa, he cannot be a Mufti.
(Prevalent) Times present circumstances which the Ulama need to confront. There are two kinds of Ulama:
- One (on those) there is not a load of pressure. They should stick to (old) tradition and it is good for them.
- Then there is a group of Ulama who are responding to the whole world, they will have to consider nuances (of their times)
Some of our elders and friends are in the first category while some wish to address the whole world. The circumstances have changed to such an extent that (I don’t want to) but while I am listening 75 countries have the ability to listen to me. 75 countries are listening to us! We consider pictures to be impermissible. But some of our companions and well-wishers said that these Duroos (lessons) which we give will become dust after a while, so you have to be “visible” with your Duroos (lessons).
Thus due to circumstances, due to the need, as it is permitted to consume pork (when life is in danger), we also started (these videos).