A few weeks ago, we posted a link to an online copy of the biography of Hakim al-Ummah Mawlana Ashraf ‘Ali Thanawi, which was published as part of a series entitled “Makers of the Muslim World”. We now present another book from the same series, this time the biography of Mawlana Thanawi’s contemporary and self-declared opponent, Mawlana Ahmad Riza Khan Barelwi.
The subject of this book is an Indian Muslim scholar of the late nineteenth–early twentieth centuries, Ahmad Riza Khan Barelwi (1856–1921). His writings and the interpretation of Islam they espouse laid the foundation for a movement known to its followers as the Ahl-e Sunnat wa Jama‘at (“the devotees of the Prophet’s practice and the broad community”) and to all others as “Barelwi,” an adjective derived from Bareilly, the town where Ahmad Riza was born and where he lived. It also forms the last part of his name.The movement was one of several reformist groups to have emerged in British India during the late nineteenth century. Like their rivals, the Barelwis today have a large following in South Asia, as well as in Britain and other parts of the world where South Asian Muslims have migrated…
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An interesting point: Check the entry for Mawlana Ahmad Rida Khans spiritual guide: Shaykh Ahmad al-Nuri in the ‘Nuzhat al-Khawatir’. I believe it is the same Shaykh.
“The movement was one of several reformist groups to have emerged in British India during the late nineteenth century.”
Very strange comment. The Barelwis were anything but “reformist”.
Mawlana Ahmad Rida Khan defended Islam as it was practiced before the British came.
He was the biggest enemy of any “reformist movements”.
He is considered a ‘Mujaddid’ by his admirers because he fought all contemporary wahhabi/modernist inspired movements in the sub-continent (Deoband/Nadwa/Aligarh…etc).
It Gives a very clear Picture of Ahle Sunnat Movement.
Kudos to Usha Sanyal
There is a comment above that Riza Khan Barelwi “is considered a ‘Mujaddid’ by his admirers because he fought all contemporary wahhabi/modernist inspired movements in the sub-continent (Deoband/Nadwa/Aligarh…etc).” Is Deoband actually Wahhabi inspired? I know Barelwis claim that, but what is the basis for that claim?
it is pity that we are giving our own comments, rather ‘the book’ is a research work. And research itself shows the reality. We,at least, have wait and study that not with preoccupied mindset.
Assalam u alaikum to all…..