|Biographical detail : ||A passionate Muslim reformer of India.
Sayyid Ahmad realised from an early age the urgency of religious reforms and the need for building up an organisation and collecting a band of dedicated followers who could bear arms too, if necessary. His idea was a strong affirmation of tawhid (monotheism), rejection of Bid’at, and advocacy of Itihad.
A disciple of Shah Waliullah’s son Shah Abdul Aziz, Sayyid Ahmad Barelvi who was harsh on some of the Sufis whom he considered responsible for Bid’at, gained spiritual eminence in Delhi and had many followers. One of his disciples was Maulvi Muhammad Ismail, the author of Sirat-Ul-Mustaqim and Maulvi Abdul Hai.
Sayyid Ahmad participated in several military engagements. He wrote to the rulers of Central Asia, asking them to join hands in liberating India from British rule and from the unIslamic ways of the Mughal court. He called for Jihad against the Sikhs in 1826 for oppressing Muslims and was killed by the Sikhs at Balakot.
He belonged to a family of saints that had migrated to India in the early 13th century.