One of the great controversies at present among the Muslim Ummah is the issue of Jihad, especially in light of contemporary terrorism and violence associated with religious zealotry. The so-called “Wahhabis”, especially Salafis and Ahlul Hadith, have increasingly become associated with violence and Jihad against various States. They and the Mullas of other sects accuse Hadrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad sahib of having served the interests of the British Raj due to his opposition to Jihad against the British government. However, modern day accusations against Hadrat Ghulam Ahmad overlook the crucial fact that virtually all of the eminent ‘Ulama of various Muslim sects issued Fatawa (Islamic legal opinions) advising their followers to desist from any insurrection against the British colonial government of India.
Maulana Sayyid Nadhir Hussain of Delhi (1805-1902) was a very prominent and influential Salafi (Ahlul Hadith) scholar in British India. Today’s Ahlul Hadith of the Indian subcontinent look up to him as a very important scholarly figure. He made it explicitly clear that Jihad against the British government was prohibited:
پس جب کہ شرط جہاد کی اس دیار میں معدوم ہوئی، تو جہاد کرنا یہاں سبب ہلاکت اور معصیت کا ہوگا۔
“Since the criterion of Jihad is absent from this land, to conduct Jihad here would be a means of destruction and a sin.” (Fatawa Naziriya; v. 3, p. 275)