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Barelwi (Hindi: बरैल्वि, Urdu: بریلوی) is a movement of Sunni Islam in South Asia that was founded by Ahmed Raza Khan of Bareilly, India (hence the term Barelwi). The movement is labelled by the name of the place of origin of it’s founder “Bareilly” in Rohailkand (western portion of present-day Uttar Pradesh). It is common practice for Muslims to identify themselves by place-name, or by profession, association with a Sufi Tariqa (example, Qaadiri,Chishti, etc), or family lineage (such as Qureshi or Usmani), so as to distinguish between individuals with the same personal name.
As Ahmad Raza Khan was a central figure around which the movement was promoted in the Indian Sub-Continent between the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, the fame of Ahmad Raza Khan developed and likewise his opposition also developed. The name Barelvi came into use to label the followers of Imam Ahmad Raza Khan.
The Barelvi school was founded to defend the existing beliefs of Muslims of South Asia that were deeply influenced by Sufism and incorporated many unorthodox beliefs against the reformation movements influenced by Hanbali school that emphasized Sharia and Qur’an[].
The followers of this movement, in the Indian subcontinent indicate their attachment to Imam Ahmad Raza Khan with words like Raza, Razvi (or Razavi), Barakati, or Nuri. Barelwis accept most major Sufi traditions as authentic tariqas or orders. Followers of Imam Ahmad Raza Khan in India are mainly Hanafi by Madhab (School of jurisprudence), but accept the other three Sunni schools to be valid.
 1 Aqeeda
- Tawħīd: (Monotheism) of God; no one shares His attributes.
- Sunna: Following and loving the methodology of the Messenger of God, Muhammad in every small and big matter.
They follow the Maturidi school of Aqida, the Hanafi school of Fiqh, and one of the Chisti, Qadiri, Suhrawardi or Naqshabandi Tariqas. For the Barelvis, the Holy Prophet Knows Ilm -ul-Gaib and he sees all the deeds by his Ummah and also he has been given all the knowledges by his Lord.; he is ‘Hazir’ (witness); he is ‘Bashar’ as well as ‘Nur’ (light)[].
 2 Practices
Dargah Hazrat Bal Kashmir ,India.
Mostly People Who are known as Barelwis by others in Indian Sub Continent are noted to celebrate Milad Sharif . During Milad un Nabi the birthday of the Prophet of Islam; special recitations are chanted written by Ahmed Raza Khan . These chants are also recited after Fajr prayers and after Jumuah prayers, and are seen as a differentiating feature from other Sunni Muslim movements.
 3 Criticism
Adherents of Barelwi and Deobandi schools of thought disagree on some religious matters and have had disputes. Salafi and Deobandi scholars among others have claimed that certain teachings of Imam Ahmad Raza Khan Barelwi are incorrect and not in keeping with the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad (see Sunnah) accusing them of committing Bid’ah.
Some of Ahmad Raza Khan‘s Barelwi’s followers declare Deobandis as non-Sunnis, and in some instances even non-Muslims, citing allegedly “contradictory” or even “[blasphemous" writings] from the Deobandi scholars. For example, in 2006, Mufti Abdul Mannan Karimi annulled the marriages of 200 Barelwi adherents for attending prayers led by a Deobandi cleric, claiming that they had become disbelievers by doing so.
 4 Prominent Scholars
- Allama Dr. Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri
- Allama Qamaruzzaman Khan Azmi
- Syed Shah Turab-ul-Haq
- Sheikh Aboobacker Ahmed
- Ameer Ahl-e-Sunnat Maulana Muhammad Ilyas Attar Qadri
- Mufti Muhammad Akmal
- Syed Ameen Mian Qaudri
- Maulana Dr. Muhammad Kaukaab Noorani.
- Dr Mufti Muhammad Ashraf Asif Jalali
- Muftie Abdul Wajid Quadri
 5 Organizations
- World Islamic Mission London
- British Muslim Forum
- All India Sunni Jamiatul Ulema Bombay
- Moinia Fakria Ajmer Sharif
- Sunni Students’ Federation (SSF)
- Sunni Yuvajan Sangham,South India
- Sunni Tehreek, Karachi Pakistan
- Husseini Committee Morbi
- Idara Maarif-E-Nomaniya Lahore
- Idaara Shariyah ,Patna
- Dargah Ala hazrat Bareilly Sharif
- Idara Tahqeeqat-E-Imam Ahmad Raza Karachi
- Imam Ahmed Raza Academy Durban (S.A.)
- Noori Academy (Wasim Razvi) Nasik
- Sunni Dawat-E-Islami, India
- Sunni Razvi Society Port Louis
- Barkaati Publication Karachi
- ATI (Anjuman Talaba e Islam)
 6 Famous Madrasas
- [] Jamia tul Madina ,Pakistan
- []Sunni Markaz, Kerala India
- []Aljamiatul Ashrafia ,Mubarak pur Azamgarh ,India
 6.1 Response to Deobandis
 7 External links
- Islamic Academy
- Muslim Students India
- Most Active Site
- Sunni Books
- Al-quraan Islamic foundation Netherlands
- Minhaj Ul Quran
- Sunni Dawate Islami Of India (not related to Attari Dawate Islami of Pakistan)
- Noore Madinah Network
- Tariqah Qadria Attaria – Dawat-e Islami Pakistan
- The As-Sunnah Foundation of America
- Faizan-e Attar
- Idara-e Tehqiqat-e Imam Ahmad Raza International Karachi (mainly in English)
- Idara Sirat e Mustaqeem (A sunni Organisation Pakistan)
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