Shaykh Saalih Ibn Fawzaan al-Fawzaan Praises Shaykh Rabee’ Ibn Haadee al-Madkhalee

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[Q]: There has emerged in the arena a book entitled, Adwaa‘ Islaamiyyah ’alaa ’Aqeedah Sayyid Qutb wa Fikrihi (Islaamic Illuminations upon the Creed and Ideology of Sayyid Qutb), written by its author, Rabee’ al-Madkhalee.  What is your view concerning this book and is the author from the people of knowledge who are known to you?

[A]: There is no doubt that the author is from the people of knowledge and a graduate of the Islaamic University and he was a student of the Scholars and he is well-known, and the praise is for Allaah.  And you can look up whatever he has mentioned from errors, he has mentioned the pages.  Look them up in Dhilaalul-Qur‘aan.  So if you find that he was mistaken, then clarify his mistake, and if not, then it is obligatory to accept the truth.  The obligation is to accept the truth.  He mentioned the errors found in that book, along with their pages, he numbered them for you.  You can refer back to them and look up the speech.  So if you find a mistake, then notify the author about it – may Allaah reward you.  And if you find the correct view, then it is obligatory upon you to accept the correct view.

Likewise, the Noble Shaykh – hafidhahullaah – was asked, “Indeed, in these days a book has come out entitled, Adwaa‘ Islaamiyyah ’alaa ’Aqeedah Sayyid Qutb wa Fikrihi (Islaamic Illuminations upon the Creed and Ideology of Sayyid Qutb).  And the author concludes that Sayyid Qutb (k.1966H) fell into significant errors in ’aqeedah (creed).  We hope – O Noble Shaykh – that you will inform us about your view concerning this book.”

So al-’Allaamah Saalih Ibn Fawzaan al-Fawzaan replied, “This is a fine deed and its doer is a doer of good, because he did not come with anything from himself.  And he did not fabricate lies upon Sayyid Qutb, he only mentioned actual errors in his books.  And he made note of them by mentioning the pages and quoting the speech.  And as long as he does that, then there is no blame upon him.  As long as he mentions the error and supports his statement with evidence and he documents that from the man’s own book, then he has fulfilled what was upon him.  And everyone errs, Sayyid Qutb errs and others err.  And the praise is for Allaah that the truth is the objective of the Believer.  As long as the author does not come with something from himself, and he does not spread rumours about the man, and he does not lie upon the man, and he only quotes the man’s speech from his own books and he mentions the pages of the book, then he is free from rebuke.  And this type of clarification is necessary because these books are in the hands of the youth and their author is considered to be from the leaders of the ideology.” [1]

[1]: Refer to Maa Yajib fit-Ta’aamul ma’al-’Ulamaa‘ (p. 32-33) of al-Furaydaan. BENEFIT – al-’Allaamah Saalih al-Fawzaan is from the Imaams of Islaam: al-’Allaamah Rabee’ Ibn Haadee al-Madkhalee said, “So this was Maalik (d.179H), with whom ash-Shaafi’ee (d.204H) and al-Layth (d.175H) disputed in several issues, yet according to us he is from the prodigious Imaams of the Sunnah.  And this ash-Shaafi’ee opposed Imaam Ahmad in several issues where the correct view was with Imaam Ahmad, and Ahmad has views that are less preponderant than others, yet according to us he is the Imaam of Ahlus-Sunnah after him (i.e. ash-Shaafi’ee) and up until today.
And Ibn Taymiyyah (d.728H) and Ibnul-Qayyim (d.751H) and Ibn ’Abdul—Wahhaab (d.1206H) and Ibn Baaz (d.1420H) and al-Albaanee (d.1420H) have issues in which we oppose them, and Ibnul-’Uthaymeen (d.1421H) and al-Fawzaan, yet they are Imaams of Islaam according to us.”  Refer to Majmoo’ Kutub wa Rasaa‘il wa Fataawaa (10/277) of Rabee’ al-Madkhalee.

Translation by Maaz Qureshi

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