Prior to discussing this point, one needs to reflect upon the term „haazir-o-naazir‟. These are both Arabic words which translate as “one who is present and looking”. And if one combines these two word, they would imply “That being whose presence is not restricted to one specific place, in fact, his presence at one and the same time encompasses the entire universe and is aware and looks at every particle from the first to the last.”
My belief is that the term haazir-o-naazir can only be attributed to the Being of Allaah Ta`ala and none else. This is His exclusive attribute. Regarding our Nabi (sallAllaahu alaihi wasallam), everyone is well aware that his body rests in his blessed grave. His admirers the world over, come there to visit him. Hence, thi s belief that Nabi (sallAllaahu alaihi wasallam) is present all over and he sees every atom of the universe is spurious to any sane mind. This quality is exclusive to Allaah Ta`ala and it is totally incorrect to ascribe it to anyone else.
If the ascribers to the belief of haazir-o-naazir aver that it means that after the demise of Nabi (sallAllaahu alaihi wasallam) his blessed soul was granted the permission to roam freely, then this does not establish his being haaziro-naazir. In Pakistan (and every other country) the citizens are allowed to go anywhere in the country they please, so does this consent imply that every citizen of Pakistan is haazir-o-naazir? If a person has the permission to go to a certain place does not imply that this person is present at that place. Besides this, if one avers regarding a certain place (for example say Karachi) that Nabi (sallAllaahu alaihi wasallam) is present there, then this is such a claim which warrants proof. This is such a claim which has no basis in the Shariah, hence to make such a claim and hold such a belief without citing any proof is not correct. Some insane people do not only hold this belief regarding Nabi (sallAllaahu alaihi wasallam), they believe that many Auliyaa are haazir-o-naazir. I am astonished at the „generosity‟ of such people. They are so liberal with the Attributes of Allaah Ta`ala that they share it out freely amongst the creation! Nevertheless, this intrepidity and audaciousness is totally unacceptable to the Aimmah of the Ahle Sunnah. It is stated in Fataawa Bazaazia:
“Our Ulama state that whoever avers that the souls of the Mashaaikh are present and listening has committed KUFR.” [Footnote of Aalimgiri, page 326, vol.6]
[“Differences in the Ummat” by Shaykh Ludhyanvi Shaheed (Rahimullah)]