Replies to Some of Ihsan Ilahi Zahir's Attacks on Imam AhmadRida Khan al-Barelwi
)(Below is a short English response, for the full response to Ihsan Ilahi Zaheer’s book PLEASE do see the Urdu book “Al Bareilwya Ka Jaiza” at:
)Note: Ihsan Ilahi Zahir is a rabid anti-Sufi who wrote a pernicious book titled al-Barelwiyyain collaboration with the publishers of Matba`at al-Rashid, a Saudi publishing house based inMadina. The book is prefaced by a certain Atiyya Muhammad Salim from Saudi Arabia.Zahir was killed in a terrorist bombing in Pakistan.
1. The claim that the name `Abd al-Mustafa is shirk.
“[Imam] Ahmad Rida Khaan al-Bareilawi [rahimahullah] would refer to himself in many of his works as Abdul Mustafa (Slave of al- Mustafa - a name of the Prophet sal-Allahu 'alayhewa sallam), such a name obviously is not allowed. However, this was not his only expressionof shirk ...”
To say that the name `Abd al-Mustafa is an expression of shirk shows a very badopinion of Muslims - an unislamic trait, especially if one means rejection of the yoke of allegiance to the Messenger of Allah wal-`iyadhu billah."Slave of the Prophet" is an unusual but not a forbidden name to bear. It does not signifyworship nor is it an expression of shirk. It refers to a bond of allegiance and respect which isrequired of every Muslim. There are several examples of such names for Sunni Ulema inIslamic history:- Al-Sayyid `Abd al-Nabi ibn al-Sayyid al-Tayyib al-Bilkrami in the book of al-Sayyid Azadal-Bakri titled Ma'athir al-Kiram Tarikh Bilkram as cited in Shaykh Siddiq Hasan Khan al-Qinnawji's Abjad al-`Ulum in his notice on Shaykh Yasin al-Qinnawji.- The late Hafiz of Syria, al-Sayyid `Abd Allah Siraj al-Din al-Halabi (d. March 2002 CE)mentioned in his commentary on al-Bayquniyya in hadith science.- "Al-Imam al-`Allama al-Hujja al-Qudwa al-Fahhama Mufti al-Sadat al-Malikiyya bi-Dimashq" `Abd al-Nabi ibn Jama`a al-Maliki al-Maghribi the student of the Moroccan SufiMujahid and Wali al-Sayyid Abu al-Hasan-Ali ibn Maymun al-Hashimi al-Qurashi al-Tabbasi (d. 917), teacher of Qadi al-Qudat Abul-Khayr Muhammad ibn `Abd al-Qadir ibn Gibril al-Ghazzi al-Maliki, and son of the Shafi`iImam of Masjid al-Aqsa Shaykh Muhyi al-Din `Abd al-Qadir ibn Jama`a al-Maqdisi al-Qadiri (d. 931) as mentioned in their respective biographies in Shadharat al-Dhahab while theauthor of `Ala' al-Din al-Busrawi in his Tarikh describes Shaykh `Abd al-Nabi ibn Jama`a as"one of people of learning and Religion who is trusted" and the author of al-Daris fi Tarikhal-Madaris names him "Shaykh al-Islam `Abd al-Nabi al-Maghribi al-Maliki".