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.
- To have firm and strong faith [in the tenets of Islam]
- To exercise moderation in regards to Ikhtilaaf (differences of opinion)
- To hold tightly to the Sunnah
- To place absolute trust in Allah (توكل على الله)
Ikhlas Ka Taj Mahal Darul Uloom Deoband, Page 25 (Tajalli May, 1980)