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I am old fashioned so I try to get assessment of people from meeting or firsthand reports rather than writings.
I was assisting an English Sister for her Nikah who went to one of the best universities in UK and she told me that while she was part of student body she arranged for Shaykh Abdul- Hakim Murad (HA) to come to the university and her assessment was that he is a white upper middle class pompous stiff upper lipped English gentlemen.
And she is white upper middle class herself!
She also told me some other things about him (which I don’t want to repeat).
I then also didn't like his involvement with Salafi bashing on National TV. What he is saying here is OK for limited people:
But to come on National TV and try to join a witch hunt is not good.
I have read some of his contentions and other writings.
(Dr) Akram Nadwi (HA) was a NOBODY until 2 well known British Deobandi Ulamah collaborated with him:
When we raised the point of Yasmin Mogahed there was NOT ONE Deobandi Alim in the entire UK who backed this stance or spoke about it AT ALL!
Do you remember?
He wasn't known amongst Deobandees UNTIL our Ulamah co-operated with him and made him KNOWN. I don't know about his statements but if this is true then our Ulamah do need to take responsibility for him and Al-Buruj (both) because they picked a young kid from London and gave him National stardom.
But we can neither ask questions, nor have a dialogue and our lot (unfortunately) is to refuted by Al-Buruj and then also hated by our own people like Siraji, Deobandi, Arafatzafar and the likes thereof.
Such is life we fight on multiple fronts and mostly get hurt by own people.
This cannot be undone and I am sure it will be greatly appreciated.