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By Usha Sanyal

ISBN-10: 1435683765

ISBN-13: 9781435683761

ISBN-10: 1851683593

ISBN-13: 9781851683598

Introduces the mythical chief of the nice 20th-century Sunni flow.

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It follows logically from this position that human beings themselves are but an emanation of God,not independent of Him. Critics of this theory, of which there were many, argued that this position denies tawhid, the Oneness of God, for it makes humans the partners of God. “The whole universe is pervaded by a common existence, he argued, an existence both immanent and transcendent, but beyond that existence is the Original Existence of God” (Metcalf, 1982: 40). According to Metcalf, his espousal of the wujudi position led to its wide acceptance by later generations of Indian sufis.

Had they been “good” Muslims, they would have been strong and the British would never have been able to take over. A related concern was with preaching (dawa), mainly to other Muslims, to encourage greater religiosity. 044 10/12/2004 5:11 PM Page 20 20 AHMAD RIZA KHAN BARELWI questions – sufism (Islamic mysticism) and British rule – varied widely. On both issues we find everything from complete acceptance to total rejection. The reformers’ emphasis on authoritative texts, namely, the Qur’an which Muslims regard as the literal word of God, and secondarily the traditions of the Prophet (hadith), led to the first translations of the Qur’an.

Had they been “good” Muslims, they would have been strong and the British would never have been able to take over. A related concern was with preaching (dawa), mainly to other Muslims, to encourage greater religiosity. 044 10/12/2004 5:11 PM Page 20 20 AHMAD RIZA KHAN BARELWI questions – sufism (Islamic mysticism) and British rule – varied widely. On both issues we find everything from complete acceptance to total rejection. The reformers’ emphasis on authoritative texts, namely, the Qur’an which Muslims regard as the literal word of God, and secondarily the traditions of the Prophet (hadith), led to the first translations of the Qur’an.

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