By Usha Sanyal
Introduces the mythical chief of the nice 20th-century Sunni circulation.
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They addressed questions related to sufism, the proper performance of ritual prayer, fasting, pilgrimage, and relations with other groups, both Muslim and non-Muslim. The judgments of the ‘ulama were not enforceable in court. For instance, without a qadi it now became impossible to have marriages annulled. As a result, women began to declare themselves apostates from Islam, since apostasy automatically terminated a marriage. In the 1930s, Maulana Ashraf ‘Ali Thanawi (d. 1943), a famous Deobandi scholar (‘alim), tried to solve this problem by arguing that apostasy had no effect on the marriage contract, while at the same time proposing both that the conditions under which marriages could be dissolved should be made less stringent and that in the absence of a qadi, ‘ulama or other “righteous Muslims” acting together could dissolve a marriage in his stead.
044 10/12/2004 5:11 PM Page 46 46 AHMAD RIZA KHAN BARELWI Hindus (the Arya Samaj) about miracles and eternal salvation, with Christians about the death of Jesus Christ and Christ’s divinity, and with other Muslims (the Ahl-e Hadith), also about Jesus Christ. Ghulam Ahmad was also a prolific writer of books and articles in Urdu,Arabic, and Persian, and in 1902 began an English monthly periodical, The Review of Religions, which has continued to be published ever since. The third significant thrust of the movement has been a missionary one, with emphasis particularly on growth in Britain.
He also considered certain Sanskritic texts authoritative, and advocated their study as a means of reforming religious and social practices. In the Muslim case, religious leaders in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries promoted internal reform as a response to Britain’s rule of India. They reasoned that if Muslims had lost political power after so many centuries of rule,it was because they had been religiously negligent. Had they been “good” Muslims, they would have been strong and the British would never have been able to take over.
Ahmad Riza Khan (Makers of the Muslim World) by Usha Sanyal