Prophetic Guidelines for Protection And Safety from Trials and Misguidance – al-’Allaamah Rabee’ Ibn Haadee al-Madkhalee

lubaabbookIndeed, I advise myself and you with the taqwaa [1] of Allaah and ikhlaas (sincerity) [2] to Him and steadfastness upon the truth and holding fast to the Book and the Sunnah and that which the Salafus-Saalih were upon in terms of beliefs, acts of worship, manhaj (methodology) and moral character. I counsel you with these matters and advise that you give them the utmost importance.  You must direct your attention to them and form the mutual bonds of brotherhood amongst yourselves and you must inculcate mutual love amongst yourselves.  You must utilize the causes the mutual love, affection and unity and you must distance yourselves from stirring up trials and dilemmas.  And you must distance yourselves from the causes of disagreement amongst yourselves.  So such causes are many, so avoid them.

And strive to memorize the Book of Allaah and whatever you are able from the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) and study the books of the recognized people of knowledge as well as the writings of the recognized Imaams from the Imaams of the Sunnah.  And distance yourselves from the books of desires and misguidance, because many of those who follow up and read the likes of these books and audio recordings fall into deviations.

Indeed, the Salaf warned against such perils.  The books and audio recordings of fitan (trials, tribulations) and innovations cause many of the people to fall into errors and mistakes.  And the Salaf used to warn against the books of the people of misguidance.  Rather, the Companions (radiyallaahu ’anhum) burned some of the masaahif (written copies of the Qur‘aan) in order to unite the Ummah upon one mushaf.

So there are many fallacies and theories that many of the people use to deceive some of the youth.  One such fallacy is the statement that: We will read all of the books, including the books of misguidance and we will take the truth and abandon the falsehood from them.

And the reality is that this is a trap and an artifice set to ensnare the Salafee youth.  So the youth who does not have a firm grasp of the knowledge and he is not well versed in the Salafee manhaj, he becomes prone to error and deviation when he reads the books of the people of misguidance and falsehood.

And many of the youth have actually been deceived by this cunning statement.  So they begin to read and listen and the end result is deviation.

And the Messenger (’alayhis-salaatu was-salaam) advised that during the days of disagreements and splitting we must hold fast to his Sunnah and his guidance and the Sunnah and guidance of the Rightly Guided Caliphs.

And the individual will not obtain the knowledge of the Sunnah and guidance of the Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) and the guidance of the Rightly Guided Caliphs, except by exerting all of his effort in learning this Sunnah and this guidance and by turning his back to the statements of the dissenters and renegades.

So strive your utmost in learning the Sunnah and guidance of the Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) and hold fast to it and bite onto it with your molar teeth and beware of newly invented affairs, as our Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) has advised. [3] So by Allaah, this is the way to escape the trials and in it is the safety.  And that is the ark of salvation, may Allaah bless you.

So these are the Prophetic guidelines so revere and respect them.  And know that opposing them leads to deviation – and refuge is sought with Allaah.  Not being concerned with them, not giving them importance and not being mindful of them; all of that leads to deviation and falling into newly invented affairs.  So the individual is not safe from falling into the newly invented affairs, except if he holds fast to the Book of Allaah and the Sunnah of His Messenger (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) and the guidance of the Rightly Guided Caliphs (radiyallaahu ’anhum).

And that cannot occur, except by serious study and mindfulness and full comprehension of this Sunnah in the areas of ’aqeedah (creed), ’ibaadah (worship), manhaj (methodology) and in all fields of life.  And ignorance of that or carelessness in it leads to falling into innovations and misguidance, which are the newly invented affairs mentioned in the hadeeth, “And the most evil of affairs are the newly invented ones,” [4] as occurs in the hadeeth of Jaabir (radiyallaahu ’anhu) collected in Saheeh Muslim.

So it is upon you to take these advices and counsels and warnings from the noble Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) and with that our beliefs and methodologies and moral character will remain safe if Allaah so wills.

And I advise you to maintain amongst yourselves mutual friendship, mercy and affection.  And be zealous taking to the good and blessed means that bring about unity and love and distance yourselves from the causes of mutual hatred, jealousy, differing and whatever resembles that from that which has occurred amongst many of the youth.

Hold fast to calling to Allaah the Glorified and Exalted with wisdom and a good admonition.  Call the people: people of innovation and desires and partisanship and the Jews and the Christians and other than them.  Call them to Allaah with wisdom and a good admonition and proofs and evidence.  “That Allaah guides a single man through you is better for you than red camels.” [5]

And strive to be upon steadfastness with regards to this magnificent manhaj in the manner to which we have alluded.  And strive to guide the people.  And that cannot occur, except if you first arm yourselves with knowledge and arm yourselves with the wisdom, which is accompanied by proof and evidence.

And the people are in dire need of this goodness, which is exemplified by the Salafee manhaj, which emanates from the Book of Allaah and from the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam).  And if the Muslims were to hold fast to this manhaj in truth, then you would surely see many people from these nations accepting Islaam and taking to it.

However, many of the Muslims who live amongst the Europeans and the Americans and others than them have deviations in their beliefs, their acts of worship, their moral character and in the rest of their dealings.  These deviations have disfigured the image and beauty of Islaam and they have run the people away.  If they were to present the real image of Islaam to the people, then you would see how they would rush to accept Islaam.

However, we say with great regret, as it was said by other than us: The Muslims have distorted Islaam and have run the enemies of Islaam away from it and from themselves.  That goes back to the ignorance or misguidance that many are living in from the sects that become widespread in those lands and it is due to the evil dealings and evil moral character which gives others a distorted view of Islaam.  So exemplify Islaam, as it is said.  And implement Islaam as a Religion and a creed and moral code of behaviour.  If Allaah so wills, Allaah will guide many of the enemies of Islaam, such as the Christians and the Jews at your hands.  Likewise, people will turn from all direction towards the truth the correct path, from those who are currently deviated by these sects within which you live and work and about whom many of you have complained.

We ask Allaah to unite between our hearts and to take us by our forelocks to the truth and to goodness.  Indeed, our Lord hears the supplication. [6]


[1]: Translator’s Note: Talq Ibn Habeeb (d.100H) – rahimahullaah – said, “Taqwaa is acting in obedience to Allaah, hoping in His mercy, upon guidance from Him; and taqwaa is leaving acts of disobedience to Allaah out of fear of Him, upon guidance from Him.”  Related by Ibn Abee Shaybah in Kitaab al-Eemaan (no. 99).  It was declared saheeh by al-Albaanee in his checking of the same book.

[2]: Translator’s Note: Shaykh al-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah (d.728H) – rahimahullaah – said, “Due to this, the Imaams of the Salaf (rahimahumullaah) had a consensus upon these two fundamental principles.  So al-Fuḍayl Ibn ’Iyaad (d.187H) commented concerning the statement of Allaah the Blessed and Exalted, “So that He may test which of you is best in deed.” [Sooratul-Mulk 67:2] He said, “It is that which is most sincere and most correct.”  So it was said, “O Abaa ’Alee!  What is most sincere and most correct?”  So he replied, ‘The deed that is correct but not sincere is not accepted.  And if it is sincere but not correct, then it is likewise not accepted; not until it is both sincere and correct.  And sincere means that it must be done only for the sake of Allaah and correct means that it must be in accordance to the Sunnah.”  Refer to Majmoo’ al-Fataawaa (3/124) of Ibn Taymiyyah.

[3]: Translator’s Note: This is an allusion to the well-known hadeeth: From al-’Irbaad Ibn Saariyah (radiyallaahu ’anhu) who said: The Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) admonished us with an intense sermon which caused the hearts to tremble and the eyes to shed tears, so we said, “O Messenger of Allaah!  It seems that this is a farewell sermon, so advise us.”  He replied, “I advise you with the fear of Allaah and to listen and obey even if the one granted authority over you is a slave.  So whoever lives long amongst you will see many disagreements.  So hold fast to my Sunnah and the way of the Rightly Guided Caliphs after me.  Bite onto that with your molar teeth and beware of the newly invented affairs, since every innovation is misguidance.”  Related by Aboo Daawood (no. 4607) and at-Tirmidhee (no. 2676), Ibn Maajah (no. 42-43).  It was declared saheeh by al-Albaanee in Saheehul-Jaami’ (no. 2549).

[4]: Related by Muslim (no. 867), from the hadeeth of Jaabir Ibn ’Abdullaah (radiyallaahu ’anhu).

[5]: Related by al-Bukhaaree (no. 2942) and Muslim (no. 2406), from the hadeeth of Sahl Ibn Sad (radiyallaahu ’anhu).

[6]: Refer to al-Lubaab min Majmoo’ Nasaa‘ih wa Tawjeehaat ash-Shaykh Rabee’ lish-Shabaab (p.275-279), the al-Miraathun-Nabawee printing.

Translation by Maaz Qureshi

Concerning the Doubt that the Origin of Muslims is Integrity, Sunnah and Salafiyyah

Shaykh ’Abdul-Muhsin Ibn Hamad al-’Abbaad Clarifies the Origin of the Muslim is Ignorance:

[Q]: Allaah the Glorified and Exalted says,

O you who believe! If a rebellious evil person comes to you with a news, verify it.” [Sooratul-Hujuraat 49:6]

Is the report accepted when it comes from other than a rebellious evil person (faasiq), knowing that the origin concerning the Muslim is integrity (’adaalah)?

[A]: The origin concerning the Muslim is ignorance, up until the integrity is confirmed, or its opposite is confirmed.  And if the origin concerning the Muslim was integrity, there would be no need to say that so and so is reliable (thiqah), or to say that he is trustworthy (’adl), or that he is such and such.  That is because this is the origin.  However, the people speak with ta’deel (praise) and tajreeh (criticism) and due to this they say that so and so is reliable and they say due to this that so and so is weak (da’eef).  So this does not mean that if no criticism is found concerning an individual that the origin then is integrity.  And it must not be said at that point that so and so is reliable, merely because no criticism is found concerning him.  So declaring someone reliable must be based upon knowledge about that individual and familiarity with his condition. [1]

Shaykh Muhammad Ibn Haadee al-Madkhalee on the Doubt that the Origin of Muslims is Salafiyyah:

[Q]: And this one says: It is possible for us to call the common-folk of the Muslims: Salafiyyeen?

[A]: No, it is related to their condition and the country in which they reside.  One must look into the land in which they reside.  So if the majority of the people in that land and their origin is like this, then yes.  And if the majority of them are upon innovation, then no.

Shaykh Rabee’ Ibn Haadee al-Madkhalee on the Origin Concerning the Muslim:

[Q]: Is the origin concerning the Muslim the Sunnah?

[A]: How can the Sunnah be the origin concerning the people when we have amongst us Rawaafid, and we have amongst us Baatiniyyah, and we have amongst us Communists, and we have amongst us hizbiyyeen and we have amongst us every group.  How can the origin concerning them be the Sunnah?  Who says such speech?  And Ibn Taymiyyah – rahimahullaah – refuted the one who says that the origin concerning the Muslim is integrity. [2] He says this speech is falsehood, because Allaah the Exalted says concerning man that he is unjust and ignorant,

Truly, We did offer al­Amaanah (the trust or moral responsibility or honesty and all the duties which Allaah has ordained) to the heavens and the earth, and the mountains, but they declined to bear it and were afraid of it (i.e. afraid of Allaah’s Torment). But man bore it. Verily, he was unjust to himself and ignorant of its results.” [Sooratul-Ahzaab 33:72]

So the origin concerning man is that he is unjust and ignorant.  Meaning, his mere entrance into the Religion of Islaam does not place him upon the level of al-’adaalah (integrity), or as he said.

So how can the origin concerning the people be the Sunnah in the lands where there is utter confusion and the majority of the people are upon other than the Sunnah?!  So if you learned this from a particular school of Salafiyyah, then we will maintain the benefit of the doubt, we will maintain the benefit of the doubt.  As for when the world is in a state of utter confusion and you do not know this from that, then you must learn who is the adherent to the truth.  Due to this, they used to say, ‘Indeed, this knowledge is Religion.  So look to whom you take your Religion from.” [3] As for the one who says that the origin of the people is the Sunnah, then he takes from everyone and his brother.  And Ibn Seereen (d.110H) said, “Indeed, the people did not used to ask about the isnaad (chain of narration).  So when the fitnah (trial, tribulation) emerged,” and it was not the fitnah that is occurring now, it was more hidden than this, ‘They said, ‘Name for us your men.  So if he is from Ahlus-Sunnah, then accept his hadeeth, and if he is from the people of innovation, then reject his hadeeth.” [4] So we ask Allaah to grant us and you success and to increase Ahlus-Sunnah in number.  However, the statements, meaning those that have come by way of talking without restraint, they are not fit to be mentioned.” [5]

Shaykh ’Ubayd Ibn ’Abdullaah al-Jaabiree on an Important Distinction:

Shaykh ‘Ubayd al-Jaabiree’s commentary on al-Qawaa’idul-Muthlaa of Imaam Ibnul-‘Uthaymeen

Clarification of a Sharee’ah Principle: The Muslim who possesses integrity and outwardly manifests Islaam and he outwardly manifests integrity, the basic principle concerning him is that his condition remains upon that.  And if you want, you can say: The basic principle concerning the Muslim who outwardly manifests Islaam and who outwardly manifests integrity is that he remains upon his Islaam and upon his integrity up until that is removed from him by Sharee’ah evidence.  And this was expressed by Shaykhul-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah (d.728H) – rahimahullaah – and other than him: Whosoever has the bond of Islaam affirmed by certainty, then it cannot be removed from him except through certainty.

As for the modern day opponents who oppose us today from the proponents of despicable hizbee memberships, then they do not abide by this principle in the manner that is obligatory.  Rather, they affirm that the origin concerning the Muslim is integrity (’adaalah), and this is falsehood and it is not correct from a number of angles.  From them:

  1. The books of al-Jarh wat-Ta’deel, which cannot be enumerated.  So if the affair was as they claim, there would be no need for these books, because within them are rulings upon individuals that render them unfit for narration.
  2. And from them: If they affair is as they have affirmed, there would be no need for a Sharee’ah judge to get testimony from witnesses.

And there are several other proofs that are filled with a refutation against this broken principle.” [6]

Shaykh ’Abdullaah al-Bukhaaree on the Doubt that the Origin of Muslims is Salafiyyah:

[Q]: Doubts concerning the manhaj are widespread in my land, so I request from you to clarify these doubts.  And may Allaah reward you with goodness.

The First Doubt: What is the origin of a Muslim: ignorance or is he Salafee?

[A]: The praise is for Allaah that this doubt has been finished off for some time.  We say that the arrows of the Sunnah have assailed all of these doubts – may Allaah bless you.  However, there is no doubt that the people of desires have not slackened in causing doubts and confusion for the people in the issues connected to adherence to the Sunnah and the Salafee manhaj.  However, that which is obligatory is not clarifying the doubt right now.  We will answer without a problem, or we will forfeit answering.  However, for how long will this situation remain?

The obligation upon you, regardless of whether you are the questioner or if others are asking, is to strive in seeking sound Sunnee knowledge and to enrich yourself with it, since it is the best provision.  And due to this, Ibnul-Qayyim (d.751H) – rahimahullaah – said, “And if you are asking about the provision – the provision for travel – then its provision is the knowledge that is inherited from the Last of the Prophets (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam).  So there is no other provision for you besides it.  And whosoever does not take this as a provision, then let him sit with the opponents.  So the companions of those who remain absent and idle are many.  And taking them as an example will not benefit him.”

Therefore, it is obligatory that you be upon sound Sunnee knowledge and be firmly grounded in it so as to repel these doubts.  Rather, some doubts do not even deserve to be mentioned, let alone refuted.  May Allaah bless you.

Is the origin of the Muslim: ignorance or is he Salafee?

We have spoken about this.  And we say in summary: The origin of the Muslim is not that he is Salafee.  We say that the origin of the Muslim is that he is Muslim.  Whosoever’s Islaam is affirmed with certainty, then it cannot be removed except with certainty.  His description that he is Salafee is a description that is additional to Islaam.  For example, when you say that so and so is trustworthy, it is not possible for him to be trustworthy and to be a non-Muslim.  So it is inescapable that he be a Muslim, because it is only after those affairs that he can be trustworthy.  Therefore, trustworthiness is a description that is additional to Islaam.  And this requires knowledge and experience concerning one’s condition in order to describe him as being trustworthy.  Likewise, describing someone as Salafee requires knowledge and experience with him and a commendation (tazkiyah) and the likes of that for it to be said that he is Salafee.  This is a summary.  However, when we say that he is a Muslim, does this raise from him the sphere of ignorance?  No, he is Muslim, but he is ignorant and unknown.  So here, the speech concerning him is not to revile him, but it is because his trustworthiness and his description with Salafiyyah has not been ascertained.

Many of them revolve around this: The origin concerning the Muslims is that they are Ahlus-Sunnah, or the origin concerning the Muslims is that they are trustworthy.  Such are the principles that they formulate concerning the Muslims, principles that have no halter and no rein.  And after research, we do not find that the Scholars behave in such a manner.  Why do they take Imaam Ibn Hibbaan (d.354H) – rahimahullaah – and describe him as mutasaahil (lenient) in the issue of ta’deel (praise)?  Because the basic principle according to him was that the origin of the Muslim, about whom no jarh (criticism) is confirmed, is al-’adl (trustworthiness).  He is trustworthy.  And due to this, they said that Ibn Hibbaan was lenient and his lenience is well known; this is an established principle.

“How lenient was al-Bustee in his book!  Rather, his condition was easy and insignificant, so it was fulfilled.” [7]

The Second Doubt: Does the manhaj enter into the ’aqeedah, or does the ’aqeedah enter into the manhaj, or are they two separate things?

We have also answered this repeatedly and time and time again.  I say to you: In summary, are a Sunnee Muslim upon the correct path?  You will say: Of course!  Do you testify that there is none worthy of worship besides Allaah and do you fulfill its pre-requisites?  And do you testify that Muhammad (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) is the Messenger of Allaah and do you fulfill those pre-requisites?  Sound creed (’aqeedah) necessitates a sound methodology (manhaj).

You cannot say: I am Salafee in ’aqeedah, Ikhwaanee in manhaj.  You cannot say you are a Salafee in ’aqeedah, Hussaafee in tareeqah, Salafee in ’aqeedah.  This is of no benefit.

This is combining between two polar opposites.  And there occurred in the previous question that some of them said, ‘He is Salafee, but closer to the Ikhwaan, or Salafee, but closer to I don’t know what.’  Sound creed definitely and clearly necessitates that you are upon the correct minhaaj.  Morning and evening must pass whilst you are upon their minhaaj, as Imaam al-Hasan al-Basree (d.110H) stated. [8]

[1]: Refer to the audio recordings of the lessons on Sunan Aboo Daawood (no. 553) of ’Abdul-Muhsin al-’Abbaad.
[2]: Translator’s Note: Here Shaykh Rabee’ – hafidhahullaah – is referring to the statement of Shaykhul-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah (d.728H) – rahimahullaah, “As for the one who says that the origin of the Muslims is al-’adaalah (integrity), then this is falsehood.  Rather, the origin of the children of Aadam is oppression and ignorance, as Allaah the Exalted said,

But man bore it. Verily, he was unjust to himself and ignorant of its results.” [Sooratul-Ahzaab 33:72]

And merely uttering the two testimonies of faith does not necessitate that the person moves immediately from oppression and ignorance to integrity.”  Refer to Majmoo’ul-Fataawaa (10/357) of Ibn Taymiyyah.
[3]: Related by Muslim (1/14) in the introduction of his Saheeh.
[4]: Related by Muslim (1/15) in the introduction of his Saheeh.
[5]: Refer to the audio recording, Liqaa‘ Ma’a Ahlil-Yaman.
[6]: Refer to Fathul-’Aliyyil-A’laa bi Sharhil-Qawaa’idil-Muthlaa (p. 352-353) of ’Ubayd al-Jaabiree.
[7]: Translator’s Note: This is a line of poetry quoted from the Alfiyyah of as-Suyootee, who mentioned that the Scholars took issue with Ibn Hibbaan’s declaration that the origin of a Muslim was trustworthiness and as such he declared a group of unknowns trustworthy.  They declared his condition that the person’s Islaam must be established an insignificant condition that was easy to fulfill.
[8]: Translator’s Note: This is an allusion to the statement of al-Hasan al-Basree, “Son of Aadam, do not be deceived by the one who says, ‘The individual will be with the one whom he loves,’ because when an individual loves a people, he follows their narrations.  And you will not be attached to the righteous, up until you follow their narrations and adopt their guidance and take their tradition (Sunnah) as an example, and morning and evening must pass whilst you are upon their minhaaj, zealous upon being with them.  So you must traverse their path and adopt their way.”  Refer to Istinshaaq Naseemil-Uns min Nafahaat Riyaadil-Quds (p. 87) of Ibn Rajab.

Translation by Maaz Qureshi

Shaykh Rabee’ Ibn Haadee al-Madkhalee on Affiliating with as-Salafiyyah

The Quintessential Gathered Advices and Instructions of ash-Shaykh Rabee' to the Youth
The Quintessential Gathered Advices and Instructions of ash-Shaykh Rabee’ to the Youth

[Q]: Noble Shaykh, is it sufficient for the one who follows the Sunnah to just call his self a Muslim or must he add to that another name, meaning Salafee?

[A]: Why are not the likes of these questions asked all the time regarding being Ash’aree for example or Maatureedee or Teejaanee or Marghanee or Naqshabandee or Sahrawardee; you find hundreds of paths (of deviation and misguidance) and there is never a problem with that. The reason is, it is as if these are correct with these people and there is no objection to them. The apparent from the one on all these misguided paths is that he is a Muslim (as well) and there is never an objection (to these names). It is as if they see it to be correct and there is never any objection, except with the word: Ahlul-Hadeeth, except with Salafiyyeen.

Ok, what do the words Teejaanee, Naqshabandee or Sahrawardee entail? They entail Hulool and Wahdatul-Wujood (belief that Allaah enters His creation and that Allah becomes one with His creation) and they entail Shirk, kufr (disbelief) and various types of misguidance. As for the word Salafee, what does it entail?

Put the words to the side (for a minute), what is important now is the meanings. What does the word Salafiyyah and Ahlul-Hadeeth entail; do they carry and falsehood?

I ask you all now and you are in front of me, the People of Hadeeth, do you find that they carry any falsehood or call to falsehood? So long as this reality is correct (i.e. that Salafiyyah and Ahlul-Hadeeth do not entail falsehood) then the word is correct and there is no disputing in regards to the words.

However, these (who dispute that) are the people of  fitnah (trial, tribulation) and the people who stir up trouble and they only seek to cause trouble upon the truth that this word carries. So know the plots and attacks of the people of fitnah and innovation and continue upon using the word Ahlul-Hadeeth and Salafiyyeen because they are the truth.

Ibn Taymiyyah (d.728H) said that it is incumbent to affiliate with Salafiyyah. If you affiliate with Salafiyyah you do not affiliate with a specific person or the methodology of a specific person and you are not affiliating with innovations, rather (by this) you only affiliate with the Companions and the virtuous generations who were upon guidance by the testimony of the Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam),

“The best of the people is my generation then those who follow them and then those who follow them. Then there will come after them a people who will give testimony when not asked to do so, and they will vow but not fulfill it and obesity will become abundant in them.” [1]

So therefore you affiliate with these generations in which the Messenger (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) testified to their goodness. Rather, Allaah testified to their goodness,

You are the best nation to be raised up from Mankind, you command the good and forbid the evil.” [Soorah Aali-’Imraan 3:110] [2]


[1]: Saheeh: Related by Aboo Daawood (no. 4657), at-Tirmidhee (no. 2222) and Ahmad in al-Musnad (no. 19405).  It was authenticated by al-Albaanee in Silsilatus-Saheehah (no. 1845).

[2]: Refer to al-Lubaab (p. 102-103) of Rabee’ al-Madkhalee.

Translation by Abu Suhayl Anwar Wright

An Illustration of How Shaykhs: Muhammad Amaan al-Jaamee and Rabee’ Ibn Haadee al-Madkhalee Have Followed the Manhaj of the Salaf in Safeguarding the Religion of Allaah against Deviant Ideologies and Orientations

The Excellence of the Scholars of the Salaf in Safeguarding the Religion:

Imaam Ahmad Ibn Hanbal (d.241H) wrote in his famous work, ar-Radd alal-Jahmiyyah waz-Zanaadiqah (p. 55-56) of the Daaruth-Thabaat print, 1st edition, 1425H, some introductory words that are repeated often in Salafee gatherings up until today,

Famous introductory words of Imaam Ahmad Ibn Hanbal (d.241H)
Famous introductory words of Imaam Ahmad Ibn Hanbal (d.241H)

“All praise is for Allaah who, in every age and intervals between the Prophets, raises up a group from the people of knowledge, who call the misguided to guidance and patiently bearing ill-treatment and harm.  With the Book of Allaah, they give life to the dead, and by Allaah’s Light they give sight to the blind.  How many a person killed by Iblees have they revived.  How many people astray and wandering have they guided.  How beautiful their effect has been upon the people, and how vile the people have been towards them.  They expel from the Book of Allaah the alterations of those going beyond bounds, the false claims of the liars and the false interpretations of the ignorant-ones – those who uphold the banner of innovation and who unleash the fitnah (trial and discord), who differ about the Book, oppose the Book and agree to oppose the Book.  Those who speak about Allaah and His Book without knowledge, and who argue about what is ambiguous in the Book, and deceive the ignorant with such ambiguities.  So we seek refuge in Allaah from the fitan (trials and discord) of the misguided-ones.”

Refutation upon the Jahmiyyah and the Heretics - Imaam Ahmad Ibn Muhammad Ibn Hanbal (d.214H)
Refutation upon the Jahmiyyah and the Heretics – Imaam Ahmad Ibn Muhammad Ibn Hanbal (d.214H)

Imaam Muhammad Amaan al-Jaamee (d.1417H) and al-’Allaamah Rabee’ Ibn Haadee Have Safeguarded the Ummah in Modern Times Against the Plots of the Ikhwaanul-Muslimeen:

This is a phenomenon we continue to see from the Scholars in our times.  Truly, a modern-day example of such Scholars can be found in the likes of Shaykh Muhammad Amaan Ibn ’Alee al-Jaamee (d.1417H) – rahimahullaah – and Shaykh Rabee’ Ibn Haadee al-Madkhalee – hafidhahullaah.

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Shaykh ’Abdullaah Ibn Salfeeq adh-Dhufayree said,

“And the fitan (trials, tribulations) have not ceased to overcome the Muslims, from the callers to fitan and those who split up the Muslims, up until there emerged in these times a dangerous da’wah, a dangerous and political da’wah.  It is the da’wah of the Ikhwaanul-Muslimeen.

It emerged in the Arab world and manifested political work and set out to expose the rulers.  And it began to wage war against the authorities and it did not give any importance to al-’aqeedah (belief, creed), up until it squandered the beliefs of the Muslims and up until it split up their unity and it allied itself with the Raafidah of Iran.  And they joined hands with the polytheists.  Rather, with the Jews and the Christians.

It is a wicked da’wah.  It is a da’wah that has split up the Muslims in every Arab and Islaamic country.  However, Allaah fore-ordained Scholars who would stand in opposition to these false and innovated orientations.  So Allaah fore-ordained Rabbaanee Scholars [1] who would expose and lay bare these wicked political orientations.  From them was our Shaykh, al-Imaam, al-’Allaamah Muhammad Amaan Ibn ’Alee al-Jaamee (d.1417H) – rahimahullaahu ta’aalaa – from the land of Africa.  So the Religion does not recognize an Arab, or an African, or a white person, or a black person.  However, the Religion recognizes the one who holds fast to the Book and the Sunnah.  So Allaah aids him and raises him in esteem.  So Allaah brought about victory through the da’wah of this Scholar and Allaah exposed the reality of the da’wah of al-Ikhwaanul-Muslimeen; this political da’wah, which split up the Muslims and brought about revolutions in the name of change.

Likewise, there emerged our Shaykh, Shaykh Rabee’ Ibn Haadee al-Madkhalee – hafidhahullaah – who exposed this wicked da’wah, this political da’wah, which opposes the Book and the Sunnah, and which opposes what the Companions (radiyallaahu ’anhum) were upon, and which opposes what the Salaf were upon.  They (i.e. the Ikhwaanul-Muslimeen) call to political work and they do not give importance to ’aqeedah and Tawheed.  And they form alliances with the Raafidah and Iran and they fight Ahlus-Sunnah and Islaam in the name of Islaam and Jihaad, as they claim. [2] So Allaah exposed their plots and the common-folk became aware of the danger that this group poses, let alone the Scholars, and let alone the students of knowledge and the teachers.

So this is how Allaah disgraces the people of innovation and exposes them.  And Allaah fore-ordains sincere and truthful Rabbaanee Scholars who hold fast to the Book and the Sunnah.  So Allaah has made manifest at the hands of these Scholars the faults of these groups and He has exposed their realities and their political aims, which split up the Muslims.” [3]

Shaykh Rabee’ Ibn Haadee al-Madkhalee Defends his Shaykh, Imaam Muhammad Amaan al-Jaamee (d.1417H) and Testifies to His Mastery of ’Aqeedah:

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"It is obligatory to subdue the people of innovation.  And it is obligatory to publicize their affair and to warn against them.  This is what our Salaf used to do." - Shaykh Muhammad Amaan Ibn 'Alee al-Jaamee (d.1417H)
“It is obligatory to subdue the people of innovation. And it is obligatory to publicize their affair and to warn against them. This is what our Salaf used to do.” – Shaykh Muhammad Amaan Ibn ‘Alee al-Jaamee (d.1417H)

A questioner said in the midst of his question, “So you find them speaking about the callers to Salafiyyah, to the extent that one of them who studies the books of ’aqeedah in this country mocks Shaykh Muhammad Amaan saying, ‘’aqeedah, ’aqeedah!!!’  They mock Shaykh Muhammad Amaan al-Jaamee and they praise Suroor from atop the pulpit saying that he is Zaynul-’Aabideen.  And he is the one whom Shaykh Ibn Baaz (d.1420H) said about his speech concerning ’aqeedah that this speech is apostasy from Islaam and this book must be torn up. [4] And they praise such a caller.”

Shaykh Rabee’ Ibn Haadee al-Madkhalee answered,

“With regards to those youth who ridicule him, by Allaah I have not tasted the sweetness of ’aqeedah in Tawheedul-Asmaa‘ was-Sifaat especially, except at the hands of this man: Shaykh Muhammad Amaan.  By Allaah he was familiar with it and he presented it exceptionally.  And by Allaah, if those who are mocking him were to get the opportunity to study under him, it would be nobility and an honour for them.  By Allaah, I have not seen anyone better in studying the ’aqeedah, or anyone like this man in presenting it.  And I have gone to those who were more knowledgeable and older than him.  However, by Allaah, I have not seen anyone like this great man, he had mastered the presentation of the ’aqeedah.  So these ones are ridiculing him?!”

Major Scholars of Our Times Have Testified to Shaykh Rabee’s Acumen in Refuting Ideologies and Orientations that are Foreign to the Salafee Manhaj:

Shaykh ’Alee Ibn Yahyaa al-Haddaadee – hafidhahullaah – said,

“During one of Shaykh Rabee’ Ibn Haadee al-Madkhalee’s blessed visits to the city of Riyadh – may Allaah protect it – I accompanied Shaykh Rabee’ along with a groups from the students of knowledge, and from them was the Shaykh’s son: Dr. Muhammad Ibn Rabee’, the former professor at the Islaamic University.  So we visited the noble Shaykh, Saalih al-Atram – rahimahullaahu ta’aalaa – in his home.  Indeed, Shaykh Saalih greeted Shaykh Rabee’ with a great reception.  And the discussion centered around various topics.

However, I will never forget the praise that Shaykh Saalih had in that gathering for Shaykh Rabee’. He said words to the effect, “We did not used to know these manaahij (methodologies), except after reading your books.” [5]

The collected works of Shaykh Rabee' Ibn Haadee al-Madkhalee
The collected works of Shaykh Rabee’ Ibn Haadee al-Madkhalee

Shaykh Abul-’Abbaas ’Aadil Ibn Mansoor – hafidhahullaah – commented upon the statement of Imaam Ibnul-’Uthaymeen (d.1421H), “No Salafiyyah and no Ikhwaan.  The obligation is for all of the Muslims to be upon one ’aqeedah.” He said,

“There is no hizb (party) named Salafiyyah and no hizb named al-Ikhwaan and no hizb named at-Tableegh.  So we turn the statement of the Shaykh against them.  And the Shaykh did not mean ad-Da’watus-Salafiyyah and he did not intend the Salafee manhaj.  Due to this, one day the Shaykh made a statement about Shaykh Rabee’ that I have not heard him say about anyone else.  Ibnul-’Uthaymeen was an Imaam in knowledge, an Imaam in zuhd (asceticism), an Imaam in fiqh (jurisprudence) and an Imaam in referring back to the truth.  The rulers used to visit Ibnul-’Uthaymeen and they would sit in his gathering and drink coffee with him, like any other individual from the people.  And he had those clear affairs that have been documented and witnessed, but despite that, on the day that he was asked about Shaykh Rabee’, after knowing that Shaykh Rabee’ was a true Salafee and not part of a hizb proclaiming itself as Salafiyyah, what did he answer?  He said, “The likes of Shaykh Rabee’ is asked about me and I am not to be asked about him.” [6]


[1]: The Rabbaanee Scholar is one possessing deep knowledge and who acts in accordance to his knowledge and teaches it to others in accordance to their level.  Refer to Fathul-Baaree (1/214) of al-Haafidh Ibn Hajr (d.852H). Imaam Ibnul-Qayyim (d.751H) said, “The Salaf were agreed that a Scholar does not deserve the title of Rabbaanee until he recognises and knows the truth, acts upon it, and teaches it to others. So whosoever has knowledge, acts upon it, and teaches this knowledge to others, is considered from the Rabbaaniyyeen.”  Refer to Zaadul-Ma’aad fee Hadee Khayril-’Ibaad (p. 11) of Ibnul-Qayyim.

[2]: Imaam Muhammad Naasirud-Deen al-Albaanee (d.1420H) said, “I say therefore that it is not correct to say that the Ikhwaanul-Muslimeen are from Ahlus-Sunnah, because they wage war against the Sunnah.”  This can be heard on the 356th cassette of the Silsilatul-Hudaa wan-Noor series, entitled, “Hiwaar ma’a Ahad Atbaa’ Muhammad Suroor”, at approximately 24 minutes and 51 seconds into the recording.

[3]: Taken from a Friday sermon delivered by Shaykh ’Abdullaah adh-Dhufayree on the 20th of Rabee’ul-Awwal 1434H.

[4]: The questioner is referring to when the statement of Muhammad Suroor Zaynul-’Aabideen was presented to the noble Scholar.

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Shaykhul-Islaam ’Abdul-’Azeez Ibn ’Abdullaah Ibn Baaz (d.1420H) – rahimahullaah – was asked in the audio cassette, Aafaatul-Lisaan, “The author of the book, Manhajul-Anbiyaa‘ fid-Da’wah ilallaah, “Indeed, I have perused the books of ’aqeedah.  So I found that all of them are dull and dry, because they are texts and rulings.”  So what is your opinion concerning this speech?

The Shaykh answered,

“This is a grave error.  All of them are dull and dry!!!  I seek refuge with Allaah.  The sound ’aqeedah is not dull and dry.  It is, ‘Allaah said,’ and ‘His Messenger said.’  If he described the Qur‘aan and the Sunnah as being dull and dry, then this is apostasy from Islaam.  We ask Allaah for protection.

This dryness is in turning away from the Religion of Allaah the Exalted, this is dryness.  Turning away from the Religion of Allaah and not acting upon the Sharee’ah of Allaah is called dryness.  Additionally, it is called extremism.  The dull and dry one is the one who turns away from the Religion of Allaah.  The one who writes about ’aqeedah and teaches the people the correct ’aqeedah and whatever the Salafus-Saalih were upon, this one is not dull and dry.  This is the manhaj of the Prophets.  This is the manhaj of the Prophets in calling to Allaah and in clarifying the correct ’aqeedah and warning against whatever opposes it.  This statement is weak and wicked.”

He was then asked, “Is it permissible to sell this book?”

He replied,

“If this statement is in the book, then it is not permissible to sell it.  It is obligatory to tear it up if this statement is within it.  We hope from the writer of the questions that he shows us if it is being sold or not.”

[5]: Refer to: بين الشخ ربيع حفظه الله والشيخ صالح الأطرم رحمه الله

[6]: Refer to the recorded lecture entitled, Kalimah Diman Liqaa‘aat al-Madeenah an-Nabawiyyah ma’a Majmoo’ah minal-Mashaayikh.

Translation by Maaz Qureshi