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Q.  I believe that Molvi Ilyas Ghumman is pulling wool over the eyes of the masses by advertising his terminated and non-existent Ijaazah  from Shaykh Hakeem Muhammad  Akhtar (rahmatullah alayh). Anyone who has had any connection with the late Shaykh is aware of the Shaykh's harsh stance against those who display their snouts on television. I believe that  a statement by  the Shaykh’s Khanqah had explained the automatic dismissal from khilaafat of  miscreants of  the ilk of Molvi Ghumman. Will it be correct to  say that this Molvi is no longer a Khalifah of Hadhrat  Hakeem Akhtar (Rahmatullah alayh)?

A. Yes, it is correct. Ilyas Ghumman has long ago forfeited his position as a khalifah of Hadhrat Hakeem Akhtar Sahib (Rahmatullah alayh). His dismissal is in terms of the rules and principles of Hadhrat Akhtar Sahib which were acquired from Hadhrat Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi (Rahmatullah alayh). Any khalifah of any Shaikh of the Thanvi Silsilah who indulges flagrantly in fisq, fujoor and bid’ah is automatically relinquished from his rank. He is stripped of khilaafat.

Molvi Ilyas Gumman is a faasiq of the worst degree, hence he is no longer a khalifah of Hadhrat Hakim Akhtar Sahib (Rahmatullah alayh). In 2012, Khanqah Imdaadiyyah Ashrafiyyah from Pakistan issued the following statement regarding another khalifah who was dismissed for the very same reasons that Ilyas Ghumman is dismissed. The full statement follows:


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Subject: A General and Important Notification From Khanqah Imdadiya Ashrafiya

A General and Important Notification From Khanqah Imdadiya Ashrafiya 

We are notifying the general public and the elite that the reliance and trust, based on which Mufti Munir Ahmad Akhun Saheb was granted khilafa (successorship) and ijazat e bay`at (permission to take bay`at) no longer remains. 

Due to our loss of this reliance and lack of trust in him, his khilafat and ijazat e bay`at, was annulled quite a while ago.  He was explicitly informed of this annulment by way of correspondence as well. 

The purpose of this general and open notification however is that despite being explicitly informed of the annulment of his khilafat, he still insisted to portray himself as a khalifa. 

NOTE: According to the statement of Hazrat Hakimul Ummat Thanwi (ra), ‘any khalifa who is publicly found committing major sins then hiskhilafat will automatically be considered null and void.’ 

Some examples of these actions due to which the khilafat will be nullified are: 

(1) Appearing on television.

(2) Appearing on the internet with ones picture.

(3) Taking pictures of animate objects and or printing them or making films.

(4) Not observing shar`i pardah and or not exercising caution from intermingling with non-mahram women.

(5) Participating in gatherings that go against the sharia.

(6) To practice black magic, write un-Islamic talismans/amulets, and or be involved in fortune telling.

Khanqah Imdadiyyah Ashrafiyyah

Gulshan Iqbal, Karachi

7 Safar 1440 - 17 October 2018


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