Hadhrat Maulana Qari Muhammad Tayyab sahib (ra) writes:

To consider the honouring of Ahlullah [the Men of Allah} and the respecting of pious personalities a negation [of Tawheed], has no part in the Maslak [of the ‘Ulama of Deoband.]

Hence, to be absorbed in Tawheed and [then] to audaciously and boldly claim to be independent from honouring [pious] personalities is not part of this maslak. This is not a perfection of Tawheed, [in fact], it is an exaggeration of Tawheed.

Similarly, to be excessive in honouring [pious] personalities to such an extent that it interferes with Tawheed or that it implies Shirk (associating Partners with Allah}, is also not part of this Maslak. This is not considered respect, [in fact] it is an exaggeration of respect.

Hence, to limit the honouring of pious personalities to the extent that it does not interfere with Tawheed, and Tawheed to the level that the honouring of pious personalities is not affected, is the point of moderation in the Maslak of the ‘Ulama of Deoband.

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