The Barelwi Claim: Ahmed Reza Khan Was Infallible

Abdul-Hakim Qadri wrote, ‘The pen and the tongue of Ahmad Raza was safe from all kinds of slips and errors in spite of it being known that an ‘Alim always falls into some kind of error. However he did commit even a single simple mistake.
(Yaad ‘Ala Hazrat by Abdul Hakim Sharf Qadri)

Another correspondent suggested that, ‘Ahmad Raza never uttered any word that was according to the Sharia. Allah kept him safe from all kinds of slips and error’
(Muqaddama al-Fatawa al-Razwiyyah vol.2 p.5 Muhammad Asgar Alwi)

Similarly: ‘Ahmad Raza was free from mistakes from childhood. The following of the straight path was made a trust in him.’ (Anwar Raza p.223)

The author wrote in ‘Anwar Raza’, Allah had purified his pen and tongue from all mistakes.
(Anwar Raza p.271)

It was also said that Ahmad Raza was in the hands of Gauthe Azam
(Gauthe: (One who redresses another’s grievances, one who comes to someone’s help and aid).
Like a pen is in the hand of a writer, and Gauthe Azam was in the hand of the Messenger of Allaah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) like a pen is in the hands of a writer and the Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) himself would not say anything other than revelation.
(Anwar Raza p.270)

One Bareilavi poet praised Ahmad Raza thus:
‘Allah’s pleasure lies with the Prophet’s pleasure and the Prophet’s pleasure lies with the pleasure of Reza (Ahmed Reza Khan al-Barelvi).
(Baage Firdaws written by Ayoob Riztri p.7)

Another follower argues that, ‘the existence of Ahmad Raza is a sign from amongst the signs of Allah.’
(Anwar Raza, p.100)

One of the mockers of the companions (may Allah be pleased with them) of the Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم) remarked about his Imam and guide: ‘Our paying visitors to the Bareilawi lessened our eagerness to visit the Companions of the Prophet.’
(Wisaaya al-Bareilawee Shareef, p.24)

Exaggerating causes the grip of intellect to loosen. One of the Bareilawis writers enthused, ‘One day at the blessed age of just three and a half (he) was present near a Masjid and a person dresses as an Arab came by and spoke to him in Arabic. He replied in fluent Arabic and after that the man dressed as an Arab was never seen again.
(Hayat ‘Ala Hazrat by Bihari, p.22)

Another said, ‘One day the teacher said, ‘O Ahmad! Are you a human or Jinn? It takes me time to teach you but it takes no time for you to learn’. At the age of 10, his father who also used to teach him said, ‘you don’t learn from me but you teach me’.
(Muqaddama Fatawa Razwiyya, vol.2, p.6)

It is worth mentioning here that his teacher Mirza Gulam Qadir Baig was the brother of Ghulam Ahmad Qadiyani. (The founder of the Ahmadiyya / Qadiyani sect)
(Bastawi, p.32)

Taken from the works of Shaykh Ehsan Elahi Zaheer may Allaah have mercy on him

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