brothers! whoa! let me clarify some things: 1. i am NOT defending TuQ at all. I also don't think he is Sunni. (It is calling him 'kafir' where I disagree with some brothers and choose instead to hold my tongue - sukoot). 2. I have nothing against Hazrat Akhtar Raza Khan sahib -- my point was a more general one of principal: just because someone who is well-known or the scion of a noble family should say something that itself isn't enough to make it true. (In logic this is called the proof by authority fallacy and is one of the most common fallacies...especially by religious folk...) 3. Re Ahmad Deedat -- if it can be shown without doubt that he held beliefs against the accepted Sunni Ashari/Maturidi aqeedah then I will, of course, say he isn't Sunni but I won't accept that just because Hazrat XYZ says so anymore. That's a subtle difference. (With many of our maulvis here, it is enough for someone to disagree with Sayyidi Ala Hazrat on one issue of fiqh for that person to be declared ghair-Sunni.) 4. As for personal attacks on my ignorance I don't really care... As Iqbal said, "Taqlid ki ravish se tau hai khud-kushi bihtar" (and yet he was a follower of Hanafi fiqh...) 5. Re: Rafidis -- by definition Rafidis are non-Sunni but non-Sunni doesn't equal non-Muslim therefore on that basis we can say they are our errant Muslim brothers. (Anyone who reads the kalimah and doesn't openly disbelieve any of the necessities of the religion is a Muslim no matter how heretical or sinful...) Come on brothers,since when did we become like Wahabis and begin declaring everyone with slight differences of opinion out of Islam? Yes, I believe the common, average, Wahabi and Deobandi is also my Muslim brother who has erred. Let's have some compassion here and not narrow the definition of Muslim so much that no one is left! At an even more general level every human is my brother and sister...Islam is all about love... Peace!