“We are the most loyal subjects of Her Majesty (Queen Victoria). We denounce all forms of opposition to the throne and pray for the welfare and everlasting glory of the British empire which we are duty-bound to serve”- Muhammad Qasim Nanautavi, Deoband founder
Further, Deoband issued Fatwas permitting Muslims to work under British. They sought British aid in disputes with Hindus. Deoband celebrated the coronation of British kings and Queens with pomp. When Queen Victoria fell ill, Deoband organized official prayers. Freedom fighters?