The Deobandi sect was divided into two political group before 1947. The first group was led by Shaykh Hussein Tandvi who was a blind follower of Gandhiji. He used to wear cotton ( khaddar) clothes and issued a verdict that all the deceased should be wrapped in cotton sheet only! This was his love for Gandhiji who was propogating the use of cotton clothes. This group was called Congress.
The other group was led by Shaykh Shabbir Ahmed , who was against Shaykh Hussein Tandvi. This group was supporting Muslim league.
Both the groups wanted to take control of Deoband. Many times they engaged in verbal fights and correspondece.
In one such reply , which is mentioned in their own document , MUKALAMUTUSSADARIAN , PAGE 10-11 , it is mentioned
” Mawlana Shabbir Ahmed Al Deobandi, president Jmaitaul Islam Calcutta, wrote in refutation to Mawlana Hifzur rehman , that Mawlana Ashraf Ali sahab , was a respected figure for both the groups. About him , many people have told that he used to take RUPEES SIX HUNDRED MONTHELY FROM ( BRITISH) GOVERNMENT’
When they fight among themself they give out the truth!
1. Shaykh Ismail Dehalvi was so loyal to British that he even fought for them and took permission from them before going to war in order to kill muslims of western region .
[ Scan provided in ” Fake Jihad of Ismail Dehalvi”]
2. Shaykh Rashid Gangohi was so much loyal to British that he told ” British government has full right on me , it can do what ever it wants and even after my death it can do what it wants, it has full control and authority”
[ Scan provided in ” Who has the authority”]
9th Zil Haj, 1429