The three worst offenders of our time are:
All 3 of these groups have pretty much the same characteristics and modus operandi and all 3 have been pretty much shunned by the Muslim Ummah.
All 3 continue to believe that because they are so “highly guided” that others are unable to grasp the nuisances of their group.
Contrast these 3 to “Tableeghi Jamaat” whom Allah (SWT) has given acceptance in our time and their rank and file have a totally different attitude, however as you climb higher you see the same “Akabir worshipping” in them and that’s why you see thousands of new faces with the vast majority fizzling out in a the next few years. In corporate terms Tableeghi Jamaat has a very high turn over.
There is a difference between appreciating, valuing and aspiring to our elders and merely paying "lip Service" and example is that Hazrat (Maulana) Ashraf Ali Thanwi (RA) was extremely meticulous about answering and replying to posts. Test the genuine “following our Akabir” ideology of majority of Deobandi Institutes and Ulama by trying to communicate.
May Allah (SWT) give long life to Shaykh (Mufti) A. S. Desai (HA) [Ameen] who appears to be one of the only ones in his Senior age who follows Akabir instead of just paying "lip Service"
If you ask Ahl-e-Hadeeth, (Hazrat worshipping) Deobandees, (Kibar worshipping) Madkhalees they all agree with the principle that No one is infallible
Now apply this principle and try to most respectfully disagree with top Ulama of any of these groups.
In most cases the Academic issues are hardly discussed. If they believe in this principle of No one is infallible then ask them can you share with me where do you think they have made mistakes and where are they discussed.
The argument they give is that people's trust in Ulama will be shaken if their mistakes or "individual opinions" are discussed or highlighted.
Contrast this with classical Islamic Scholarship and you find differences (mistakes, rebuttals) etc discussed on almost every page when you study (Shaykhul-Hadeeth (Maulana) Zakariyya Kandhalwi (RA)
We disagree with Imam Shafae (RA) on his position about saying Ameen (loudly) and YET we love him to death! So equally one can disagree with Shaykh (Mufti) A. S. Desai (HA) and still love him to death, there is no problem with this approach.
Alhumdolillah, I am able to discuss many things (freely) with Ulama and Mashaykh and while speaking with one Shaykh (HA) I said:
Rightly or wrongly, we no longer live in rural India where the word of an Alim is taken as Gospel and merely submitted. Today’s youth will google it and within seconds come to know 3-4 differences on what you say from the mimbar. A university student is taught from Nursery to critique everyone and he/she (unintentionally) does it to even his/her Shaykh and no longer takes matters on face value. We are confronted with this sort of mindset. Those who take the word of their Shaykh (Maulana) and merely run with it are in the minority and those who critique it are the majority. Our Ulama are not trained for this in the Darul-ulooms, they are trained to “impart a verdict” and that’s about it so there is a conflict and our Ulama are trained to shun (or turn away) from those who question as Salafees or Ghair-Muqallids when the person merely is trying to make sense out of the ruling! Masha'Allah Shaykh (HA) listened to me patiently and did agree.
Last week I asked my 8 year old to move “trash bin” back into the house so he moved one and left the other one, when I asked him why he didn’t move the 2nd one he merely said you didn’t ask me to move the other one! There is no rebellion in his action, merely application of logic at his age and mental state. He was asked to do something so he carried it out and left what he wasn't asked.
So today youngsters are trained to be critical without having the necessary skills to be critical and if we merely abandon them (or censor) them then Madkhalees will pounce on them and that is my single pet-peeve with Deobandee...if you don’t take the time to take care of your people (someone else will).
10+ years ago that was our thought process with www.central-mosque.com and what we discussed with Shaykh (Maulana) Abdur-Raheem Limbada (HA), Shaykh Riyadhul-Haq (HA) and others.
This cannot be undone and I am sure it will be greatly appreciated.