Islamic seminary Darul Uloom Deoband has asked the Saudi Arabian government to ban Ahmadiyas (Qadiyanis) from visiting Makkah and Madinah to perform Haj and Umrah (mini-Haj). Qadiyanis have been declared non-Muslims in countries like Pakistan and face persecution. The seminary's vice-rector, Maulana Abdul Khaliq Madrasi, has alleged that many Qadiyanis from India "disguise themselves as Muslims" and visit Makkah to perform Haj and Umrah in a memorandum to Saudi ruler King Abdullah, the custodian of two mosques in Makkah and Madinah. "Stop them as they are misguided and may mislead other Muslims," said the memorandum.
Qadiyanis are the followers of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiyani (1835-1908), who declared himself to be imam Mahdi or the awaited imam that is also the faith of Muslims, and are scattered across the world.
he Ahmadiya movement is headquartered at Qadiyan near Amritsar. Their spiritual leader — Khalifatul Masih (successor of the Messiah) — Mirza Masror Ahmad is London based. Mainstream Muslim scholars believe that the Prophet Muhammad was the last prophet and, since Mirza Ghulam Ahmad claimed to be the Prophet's shadow and the awaited Messiah, he deviated from a basic principle of Islam and, therefore, he and his followers cannot be considered Muslims. The Mahdi and Messiah, Muslims believe, will not be self-declared.
The seminary reminded the Saudi monarch of an Organisation of Islamic Countries resolution that ex-communicated Qadiyanis from Islam in 1979. The seminary's letter to the Saudi king suggests a clause in the application forms for Haj and Umra where every applicant should be asked to declare that he/she believes that Mohammed is that last prophet.
The Original Memorandum can be accessed at Darul Uloom Deoband's Official website:
Impressions of Shaikh Abdur Rahman al-Sudais about Darul Uloom Deoband [March 2011]
دارالعلوم دیوبند کے متعلق شیخ عبد الرحمن السدیس کے تاثرات
تاثرات کا عربی متن
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
الحمد لله وصلی الله وسلم علی رسول الله اما بعد:
فقد یسر الله لي زيارة جامعة دارالعلوم ديوبند بدعوة کريمة منذ مديرها الفاضل الشيخ أرشد المدني أثناء اقامتها لمؤتمر عظمة الصحابة رضي الله عنهم. وقد سعدت بما غمروني به من حفاوة وحسن استقبال والمشارکة لهم من احتفاء کريم وجمع غفير، فجزاهم الله خيرا علی جهودهم المبارکة في هذا الصرح العلمي الشامخ والمعقل التربوي العريق. ونشکرهم علی ماقدموا ونوصيهم وأنفسنا بتقوی الله عز وجل وبذل مزيد من الجهود في خدمة العقيدة الصحيحة والمنهج السليم علی منهج سلفنا الصالح. بارک الله في جهودهم وسدد خطاهم. وصلی الله علی نبينا محمد و آله وصحبه
وکتبه عبد الرحمن السديس
With the name of Allah, the All-Merciful, the Very-Merciful
Praise belongs to Allah and may Allah send blessings and peace to His Messenger
In deed, Allah gave me chance to visit the university of Darul Uloom Deoband on the kind invitation of Shaikh Arshad al-Madani during my stay (in Delhi) for the Conference of Azmat-e-Sahaba (may Allah be pleased with them). I felt immensely pleasure by what they overwhelmed me with hospitality and good reception along with participation with them in kind reception and large crowd.
May Allah reward them for their noble efforts in this lofty academic castle and old educational fortress! We are grateful for their hospitality and warm reception. We advise them as well as ourselves to acquire taqwa (fear) of Allah and to spend more efforts in the service of right beliefs and the straight track in line with our pious elders. May Allah accept their efforts and guide their footsteps!
May Allah send blessings and peace to our Prophet Muhammad, his household and his Companions!
Written by: Abdur Rahman al-Sudais
20/04/1432 H = 26/03/2011