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Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds; and may His blessings and peace be upon our Prophet Muhammad and upon all his Family and Companions.


Bralwiya is a Sufi sect which was founded in the town of Barili, in the Uttar Pradesh state in India during British colonialism.  This sect is famous for exceeding the proper bounds of Prophets and Awliya (pious people). They launched "Madani channel". It's a group, which is distinct from the majority of Muslims in some points of belief (‘aqaid) and innovated practices (al-a’mal al-mubtada’ah).

Ahmad Ridha Khan bin Taqi Ali Khan founded this sect in 1272 A.H; he died in 1340 A.H.  He named himself Abdul Mustapha.  The person who gave him this name (Abdul Mustapha) committed a very serious offence because worship should not be dedicated except to Allah.


Their false ideologies:

1)     The Prophet is an absolute assistant to Allah, and that the whole world is under his control, he runs it as he wishes, gives whatever he wants to whomever he wants, and takes away what he wants from whomever he wants.  His order is irrefutable and no one can review or comment on his judgement.  They say: 'whoever does not make the Prophet the Owner of all the things is deprived from the sweetness of the Sunnah.'

2)     The Awliya (pious people) after the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam) have the power to run this world.

3)     They have indeed exaggerated in their view about the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam) until they raised him to the status of Lordship.  Ahmed Ridha Khan wrote in Hadaiq Bakhshish (the gardens of grants): 'O, Muhammad (Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam), I cannot call you Allah, but I cannot distinguish between you both.  Your matter is in the hands of Allah, He is the One who is best aware about your reality.'

4)     They believe that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam) is present and sees the actions of all the creation at all times and everywhere.  They deny him being a human being; they consider him as a light of the lights of Allah.

5)     They urge their followers to call upon the Prophets and Walis (pious people) for help, and whoever denies this, they label him as apostate.

6)     They say that Sadaqah should be paid on a dead person according to the number of Salah and Sawm (fasting) that he had missed in his life.  The amount of Sadaqah that should be paid on every Salah and fasting is the same as that of Sadaqah Al-Fitr.

Whoever holds the false beliefs of this group has not been guided to the Truth.

Therefore, it is not permissible for a Muslim to follow them or join them.  But rather, it would be incumbent on him to advise them and warn others about their wrong belief.


Therefore, he should continue to implore his Lord day and night, especially since ‘Aa’ishah may Allaah be pleased with her narrated that the Prophet , used to commence the night prayer saying: “Allaahumma: O Allaah, Lord of Jibreel (Gabriel), Mikaa’eel (Michael) and Israafeel (Israfil); Creator of the heavens and the earth, Knower of the unseen and the seen. You judge between Your slaves concerning that about which they differ. O Allaah, guide me to the matters of truth about which they differ by your permission, for You are the One Who guides to the straight path)." [Muslim]


Allah knows best.

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