The Use Of The Term Mawlana For Scholars

Is it permissible to use the title Mawlānā for scholars? Some people suggest this is Shirk because the term Mawlā should only be used for Allah.

There is a Ḥadīth in Ṣaḥiḥ Muslim that prohibits the use of the term Mawlā. If the use is permissible, how is this narration reconciled?

Why is the term Mawlānā only used by the people of the subcontinent?

These questions are addressed in detail in the following answer approved by Shaykh al-Ḥadīth Muftī Shabbīr Aḥmad.

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