Who is a Wahabi or a Deobandi?
For an introduction to the term “Wahabi”, please refer to one of my earlier responses to a related question, titled “About Wahabis…“.
“Deobandi” is generally used as for a person, who has graduated from the institute “Daar al-Uloom” at Deoband1 or adheres to the Deobandi school of thought. This institute was founded in an ancient mosque called “Chhatta” of Deoband by a well-known scholar and reformer of his time, Mohammed Qasim Nanotvi, in the year 1867 AD. The Deobandi school of thought is primarily a sub-sect of the followers of Abu Hanifah.
I hope this helps.
October 23, 2000
- Deoband is the name of an ancient town in the Uttar Pradesh, India. [↩]