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Lakemba, NSW 2195. 16 November 22
On the ‘Contact’
page I recommend that anyone seeking a fatwa can not only contact the
Australian National Imams Council (ANIC) www.anic.org.au, which is the peak
Islamic body in the country, but also islamqa.org.
On that page I stress that islamqa.org
is a reputable site staffed by qualified Shaykhs, predominantly from the
Deobandi school of thought.
They are Hanafi scholars from the
Chishti Tariqah who follow the teachings of the Darul Uloom Deoband, www.darululoom-deoband.com, a strictly orthodox Islamic Sunni madrasah, based in the town of Deoband in
Uttar Pradesh, India.
I should explain that the Chishti
Tariqah is a Sufi order, or school if you wish, in Tasawwuf. The latter is
commonly known in the West as Sufism. There are several such orders in Islam
including the Naqshbandī Tarīqah and Qadiriyya Tariqah. There is
an interesting introduction to the topic on islamqa.org.
I do not describe myself as a
Sufi because I do not have a Shaykh from any of the Tasawwuf orders.
If you hit the above link for
Darul Uloom Deoband it will open on the home page. There is a Tab for
those who speak only English. It opens on to a site which offers wide-ranging
advice for those seeking guidance.
The Deobandis are not a cult and
to the best of my knowledge do not espouse any heretical beliefs. Obviously,
Allah (Subhanahu wa ta’ala - Glory be to Him, the Most High) knows best, but as
far as I am aware they adhere strictly to the traditional teachings of Islam,
including the Sunnah.
As Allah (Subhanahu wa
ta’ala - Glory be to Him, the Most High) well knows I have the deepest of
respect for these Shaykhs and follow them in all matters pertaining to Islam.
One of those I admire greatly is the late Maulana Mufti Muhammad Shafi, the former Grand Mufti of Pakistan. He wrote an excellent Tafsir in Urdu called Ma'ariful Qur'an. which is available in English in an eight-volume set.
His Tafsir holds pride of place upon my bookshelves, along with the English translations of other noble works such as Tafsir Ibn Kathir. It is available from Darussalam Bookstore in Lakemba, Sydney, and their store in Coburg, Melbourne.