When discussing Maulana Saad’s wrongdoings, his deviation from Ahlu-Sunnah Wal Jamaah as pointed out by Darul Uloom Deoband’s Fatwa (including their latest 2023 Fatwa) and several other fatwas are often quoted.
The truth is, these mistakes are just the tip of the iceberg. Maulana Saad has made one particular wrongdoing that has caused the most destruction to the 21st Century Ummah.
Assalamualaykum Brothers, before reading further, please understand that our aim is to preserve the true history of Tabligh, no matter how bitter it is. As generations come, this history may be forgotten. We do not promote hate, and certainly not backbiting. See our article ‘Backbiting vs Warning‘. A lot of M Saad followers are just following their local affiliations, without knowing what’s going on. A lot of them are sincere in their Da’wa. We pray that Allah SWT makes them understand that their support of a controversial figure is slowly damaging the work of Tabligh. Regardless, we are all Muslim brothers. We love and hate only for the sake of Allah.
The 1995 signed agreement made it impossible for Tablighi Jamaat to Split
What we need to understand is that it was IMPOSSIBLE for Tablighi Jamaat to Split. Why? Because in 1995, all 10 Shura members (including Maulana Saad), signed and agreed that there will be no more Ameer for Tabligh, but a governing Shura instead.
There will be no more Ameer but a Shura1995 Mashwara and agreement which Maulana Saad signed
The exact details of the agreement were:
- From now onwards, the responsibility of patronizing the work will not be on one individual; rather it will be on a whole Shura
- Those who belong to the Nizamuddin from the Shura are members of the Shura for Nizamuddin and together will take care of the work there.
- Bay’ah (Oath of allegiance) will be stopped in Nizamuddin Markaz.
Haji Abdul Wahab, 72 years old then, vividly recollects the events of this Mashwara and mentioned in November 2017 in Raiwind Markaz:
After the demise of Maulana Inaamul Hassan, we gathered for Mashwara. A lot of confusion, a lot of issues were discussed and the meeting lasted for many hours. Finally it was decided by mutual understanding of all the attendees in the mashwara (including Maulana Saad) that now the noble work of Tabligh will be managed through the mashwara of the Shura System to avoid any further conflict. We all agreed and accepted this regulation. After this Maulana Saad demanded in the Mashwara that Bay’ah will not be done inside Nizamuddin premise which is also accepted by mutual understanding of all attendees
Maulana Yaqub also writes in his letter on 28th August 2016:
The Shura established during the time of Hazratji RA had unanimously decided to stop the practice of Bay’ah, with written proof having all signatures of the shura established during the time of Hazratji RA.Maulana Yaqub’s Letter
The agreement was verbally announced with the signed copy kept in Nizamuddin. The signed copy was never distributed to the public. As far as any Tablighi Jamaat Mashwara is concerned, signatures were never required for a Mashwara to be valid. Thus so, even without the signature, such Mashwara was still valid.
More importantly, rhere were many eyewitnesses to the agreement including Haji Abdul Wahab, Maulana Yaqub, etc. Regardless, the Mashwara (meeting) took place, and this was the decision made. Even Maulana Saad’s followers do not deny this.
Source 1: Dakwah wa Tabligh Azhim Mehnat ke Maujudah Halat, Page 17
Source 2: Tablighi Markas Hadhrat Nizhamuddin Kuch Haqaiq, Page 3
Source 3: Ahwal wa Atsar, Page 421
Source 4: Maujudah Ahwal ki Wadhahat se Muta’allig, Page 11
Source 5: Maulana Yaqub’s letter
Source 6: Haji Abdul Wahab’s statement (above)
The 1995 agreement was to ensure unity and avoid leadership disputes
The motive behind the 1995 resolution was to avoid any leadership disputes in the future. The elders had just witnessed a small dispute after the demise of Maulana Inaamul Hassan (The third Amir of the Jamaat).
M Saad himself suggested there be no more Bay’ah in Nizamuddin. This was approved.
Bay’ah was also prohibited in Nizamuddin as it signifies the existence of a single Amir. In fact, as mentioned by Haji Abdul Wahab, it was M Saad himself that heavily suggested there be no more Bay’ah in Nizamuddin. This was a sinister move since if Bay’ah was continued, only Maulana Zubair had the official Ijazah to do so. M Saad never had any Ijaza whatsoever. Maulana Zubair on the other hand was given direct Ijazah from his father, Maulana Inaamul Hasan (the third Ameer of Tabligh), and from Maulana Zakariyya Khandhlawi.
Maulana Saad treacherously violated the 1995 agreement without any notice or Mashwara.
In 2014, Maulana Saad treacherously violated the 1995 agreement by initiating Bay’ah in Nizamuddin Markaz. This Bay’ah was a direct proclamation of a new single Amir. No notice and no Mashwara was made with the then-existing world Shura Haji Abdul Wahab, nor with the elders of Nizamuddin.
There is also a recording where Maulana Saad proclaimed himself Amir while at the same time cursing those who don’t accept him to Jahannam. The 1995 agreement clearly mentions there should be no more single Amir for the Work.
There is no 2-sided argument! Maulana Saad is at fault.
With this evidence alone, it is concluded that Maulana Saad is at fault here. There is NO two-sided argument. It is but a single man’s treacherous action that has destroyed this great effort of Da’wa. The 1995 resolution clearly states there will be no more Bay’ah and no more single Amir. Maulana Saad simply violated this. It is as simple as that.
Note: The author would like to point out that he himself went through this shift of paradigm. At first, without any knowledge, the author simply assumed the ikhtilaaf was a two-sided argument. Since the Sahaba also had disagreements, both of them have their side of the story, right? Well if that’s the case, does it mean that every disagreement between Islamic bodies in the future means that both are right, without looking into the evidence? Where is justice then?!
Darul Uloom Deoband has recently released a Fatwa pointing out that one cannot simply derive conclusions based on the stories of the Sahaba such as the events of the Ikhtilaf between Ali and Mu’awiya. Any conclusions made must go through a stringent Sharia process.
Maulana Saad also violated the 1999 agreement – Introducing changes without approval
In 1999, the World Shura at that time signed an agreement that any changes to the pattern of work (aka Usool) must be unanimously approved before putting it into practice. Maulana Saad was part of the World Shura and signed the agreement as well. He, however, has been violating this agreement since 2006
We have written a separate article on this: Maulana Saad’s Continous Violation of the 1999 Agreement.
Maulana Saad’s treachery has broken the biggest Islamic Movement of the 21st Century
Maulana Saad’s treacherous violation has broken the biggest Islamic Movement of the 21st Century. He also took a large portion of the 100 million+ workers of Tabligh to rival the others. Worse, many devotees have stopped doing Tabligh because of this.
In our humble opinion, this is one of the most destructive Fitna of the 21st Century. The effect is a big blow to the largest Islamic movement of this era. All due to one man’s ambition to be Ameer (the leader) at what ever cost.
May Allah SWT protect us all.