During the 100 year anniversary Jalsa (gathering/ceremony) of Darul ‘Uloom Deoband, Hadhrat Maulana Sayyad Abul Hasan Ali Nadwi رحمه الله  said:

‘Deobandiyat’ is the collection of four qualities. Whoever does not have these four qualities, does not have the right to be called a Kamil (perfect) Deobandi.

  1. To have firm and strong faith [in the tenets of Islam]
  2. To exercise moderation in regards to Ikhtilaaf (differences of opinion)
  3. To hold tightly to the Sunnah
  4. To place absolute trust in Allah (توكل على الله)

Ikhlas Ka Taj Mahal Darul Uloom Deoband, Page 25 (Tajalli May, 1980)