Respect for Sunni Scholars
The Nawab of Rāmpūr had once invited Alahazrat and was very impressed by the young man.
He advised him to study logic and philosophy from Ábd al-Ĥaqq Khayrābādī. Incidentally, Shaykh Khayrābādī arrived at the scene. After introductions, he asked a young Alahazrat: “How far have you studied logic?” Alahazrat replied: “Qāzī Mubārak.” Khayrābādī sneeringly asked: “Have you read Tahdhīb?” Alahazrat shot back: “So you teach Tahdhīb after Qāzī Mubārak?” Khayrābādi said: “What do you do in Bareilly?” Alahazrat replied: “I teach, write fatāwā and refute the Wahābīs.” Khayrābādī said: “Oh! We have a lunatic here too, who is always raving about refuting Wahābīs.” Alahazrat replied: “Your father was the first person [in India] to refute Wahābīs.” Khayrābādī was piqued and said: “If you keep countering every statement of mine, I cannot teach you.” Alahazrat replied: “I have already decided that I will not study with a person who does not respect Sunni scholars”.
 Alahazrat was very young and he was invited by his father in law, who took him to the Nawab Kalb Álī Khān [1834-1887 CE] who was himself a Sunni, even though other nawabs of Rampur had Shīáh leanings and many have been outright Rāfiđīs.
 He was the son of the famous Imām Fađl al-Ĥaqq Khayrābādī, who was exiled to Andaman Islands – kālā pānī – for his prominent role in the First War of Indian Independence and was hanged thereafter accused of sedition.
 Tahdhīb is a beginner’s guide and Qāzi Mubārak is a fairly advanced book. It is a lengthy conversation where Alahazrat keeps answering him, and Khayrābādī is piqued.
 Khayrābādī was referring to Shaykh Ábd al-Qādir Badāyūnī, who was very close to Alahazrat and was his friend, in spite of being 20 years senior to Alahazrat.
 Mawlānā Fađl al-Ĥaqq Khayrābādī [1212-1278/1797-1861] was the first to refute Ismāýīl Dihlawī [1193-1246/1779-1831]; Ismāýīl introduced Wahābī ideas in the country through his utterly burnable and profane book Tafwiyatu’l Īmān.