Nowadays considerable takallufaat (pretence show and futile ceremony) has become customary. We are witnessing the introduction of new titles. Someone is titled ‘Shaikhul Hadith’, and someone us called ‘Shaikhut Tafseer’. During the era of the Akaabir the degree of simplicity was such that the title, Maulana was restricted to only Maulana Muhammed Qaasim (Rahmatullah alayh – the Founder of Darul Uloom Deoband), All others were referred to by the Molvi.
The reality is that those Akaabir were the Repositories of Excellences and Perfection, hence they were not in need of long, ostentatious and customary titles.
Pg 99, Malfoozaat of Maulana Ashraf Ali Thaanwi- Part 6