Wahhabism in light of History

Al Qaeda looted $100 million from the poor Sunni Muslims of Yemen

It has become trending among Al Qaeda as well as other Takfiri or pseudo-Jihadi groups of its kind to constantly push media propaganda of them giving out food to people or doing some other charity work in order to win converts & supporters for their cult but, what they don’t mention is the source of this wealth which is robbing Muslims in the first place. After all, most of them consider Muslims as kuffar and polytheists and Muslim countries as Dar al-Kufr and so they have no qualms in taking the wealth of Muslims and shared public wealth of a nation as their own personal wealth, as in the example below.


On appointing a day for remembering our Prophet ﷺ

It has been the practice of Muslim communities for a long period of history in appointing days for a gathering in remembrance events, personalities or matters relevant to Islam, such as the birth of Prophet ﷺ  on Rabi al Awwal, or the commemoration of Badr, or the lives of the saints & martyrs of their lands.

One of the evidences that such practice is not a heretical Bidah is from the practice of the Ansar of Medina.  Prior to the Hijra of the Prophet ﷺ to Medina as well as prior to the revelation of the obligatory Friday prayer, the Muslims of Medina wanted to appoint a day in which they could remember Allah and so they gathered together to fix a date. They agreed on Friday and thereby they used to gather together every Friday in Medina in the house of the sahabi As’ad ibn Zurarah (rad.) and pray and remember Allah there and even sacrifice sheep on that day.

Below are two narrations on this as quoted in Imam Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali’s book Fath al-Bari:

قال عبد الله ابن الإمام أحمد في ((مسائله)) : ثنا أبي: ثنا اسماعيل –هو: ابن عليه -: ثنا ايوب، عن محمد بن سيرين، قال: نبئت أن الانصار قبل قدوم رسول الله – صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ – عليهم المدينة قالوا: لو نظرنا يوماً فاجتمعنا فيه، فذكرنا هذا الأمر الذي أنعم الله علينا به، فقالوا: يوم السبت، ثم قالوا: لا نجامع اليهود في يومهم، قالوا: يوم الأحد، قالوا: لا نجامع النصارى في يومهم. قالوا: فيوم العروبة: قال: وكانوا يسمون يوم الجمعة: يوم العروبة، فاجتمعوا في بيت أبي أمامة أسعد بن زرارة، فذبحت لهم شاةٌ، فكفتهم.

وروى عبدالرزاق في ((كتابه)) عم معمر، عن أيوب، عن ابن سيرين، قال: جمع أهل المدينة قبل أن يقدم رسول الله – صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ -، وقبل أن تنزل الجمعة، وهم الذين سموها الجمعة، فقالت الأنصار: لليهود يومٌ يجتمعون فيه كل ستة أيامٍ، وللنصارى –أيضاً – مثل ذلك، فهلم فلنجعل يوماً نجتمع فيه، ونذكر الله عز وجل، ونصلي ونشكره –أو كما فقالوا -، فقالوا: يوم السبت لليهود، ويوم الأحد للنصارى، فاجعلوا يوم العروبة، وكانوا يسمون يوم الجمعة: يوم العروبة، فاجتمعوا إلى اسعد بن زرارة، فصلى بهم وذكرهم، فسموه: يوم الجمعة حين اجتمعوا اليه، فذبح أسعد بن زراره لهم شاة، فتغدوا وتعشوا من شاة واحدة ليلتهم، فأنزل الله بعد ذلك: {إِذَا نُودِيَ لِلصَّلاةِ مِن يَوْمِ الجُمُعَةِ فَاسْعَوْا إِلَى ذِكْرِ اللَّهِ} [الجمعة:9] .
فوقع في كلام الإمام أحمد: أن هذه هي الجمعة التي جمعها مصعب بن عميرٍ، وهي التي ذكرها كعب بن مالكٍ في حديثه، أنهم كانوا أربعين رجلاً.


Takfir of Asharis by the Wahhabi Movement


The text quoted is from the infamous book “ad-Durar us-Sanniyyah fil-Ajwibatil-Najdiyyah”, which is a compilation of Wahhabi history and thoughts by their scholar Ibn Qasim an-Najdi (d. 1973),

وهذه الطائفة: التي تنتسب إلى أبي الحسن الأشعري ، وصفوا رب العالمين ، بصفات المعدوم والجماد؛ فلقد أعظموا الفرية على الله ، وخالفوا أهل الحق من السلف ، والأئمة ، وأتباعهم؛ وخالفوا من ينتسبون إليه ، فإن أبا الحسن الأشعري ، صرح في كتابه: الإبانة ، والمقالات ، بإثبات الصفات؛ فهذه الطائفة المنحرفة عن الحق ، قد تجردت شياطينهم لصد الناس عن سبيل الله ، فجحدوا توحيد الله في الإلَهية ، وأجازوا الشرك الذي لا يغفره الله ، فجوزوا: أن يعبد غيره من دونه ، وجحدوا توحيد صفاته بالتعطيل .
(ص211) فالأئمة من أهل السنة ، وأتباعهم ، لهم المصنفات المعروفة ، في الرد على هذه الطائفة ، الكافرة المعاندة ، كشفوا فيها كل شبهة لهم ، وبينوا فيها الحق الذي دل عليه كتاب الله ، وسنة رسوله وما عليه سلف الأمة ، وأئمتها من كل إمام رواية ودراية .
ومن له نهمة في طلب الأدلة على الحق ، ففي كتاب الله ، وسنة رسوله ، ما يكفي ويشفي؛ وهما سلاح كل موحد ، ومثبت؛ لكن كتب أهل السنة ، تزيد الراغب ، وتعينه على الفهم؛ وعندكم من مصنفات شيخنا رحمه الله ، ما يكفي مع التأمل؛فيجب عليكم هجر أهل البدع ، والإنكار عليهم .

Sighted from: https://twitter.com/a_ttass/status/777434718832824320

Here as highlighted,  the Asharis are being described as committing “shirk” and “worship of other than Allah” and that they are “Kafir”.

Sheikh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi on the Destruction of Historical Sites

(From his work “Refuting ISIS”, Second Edition)





With regards to the last point made on the ancient site of Thamud, following are narrations of the Prophet (peace be upon him)’s visit to that site:

  • Narrated ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar: The people landed at the land of thamud called Al-Hijr along with Allah’s Apostle and they took water from its well for drinking and kneading the dough with it as well. (When Allah’s Apostle heard about it) he ordered them to pour out the water they had taken from its wells and feed the camels with the dough, and ordered them to take water from the well whence the she-camel (of Prophet Salih) used to drink.  (Sahih Bukhari  & Muslim) 
  • ‘Abdullah b. Umar reported that Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) said in connection with the people of Hijr (thamud): Do not enter but weepingly (the habitations) of these people who bad been punished by (Allah), and in case you do not feel inclined to weep, then do not enter (these habitations) that you may not meet the same calamity as had fallen to their lot. (Sahih Muslim)
  • Ibn Shihab reported, and he had been talking about the stony abodes of thamud, and he said: Salim b. ‘Abdullah reported that ‘Abdullah b. Umar said: We were passing along with Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) through the habitations of Hijr, and Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) said: Do not enter but weepingly the habitations of these persons who committed tyranny among themselves, lest the same calamity should fall upon you as it fell upon them. He then urged his mount to proceed quickly and pass through that valley hurriedly. (Sahih Muslim)

Following points are notable:

  • The Prophet (peace be upon him) did not order the destruction let alone looting of these sites.
  • Sahabah were in fact ordered by the Prophet (s) to take water from the well which was used by Prophet Salih (asws). This was not shirk or means to shirk or a bidah or superstition, as the Wahhabi movement portray.
  • With regards to the site where calamity occurred because of past evils, the Prophet(s) ordered to either enter weepingly or to simply proceed quickly, rather than anything to do with destroying these sites.
  • Historical sites connected to early Prophets were popularly known and acknowledged, unlike the Salafis who deny such existence. They commit category fallacy when implying authenticity of historical sites and relics, are to be necessarily validated by using same rules used in authenticating narrations from the Prophet (peace be upon him).

Further can be seen from the practice of the companion of the Prophet, Anas ibn Malik (rad.) in visiting ancient sites to take lessons from it:

  • Narrated Anas ibn Malik: Sahl ibn AbuUmamah said that he and his father (AbuUmamah) visited Anas ibn Malik at Medina during the time (rule) of Umar ibn AbdulAziz when he (Anas ibn Malik) was the governor of Medina.  ..(…)..Next day he went out in the morning and said: will you not go out for a ride, so that you may see something and take a lesson from it? He said: Yes. Then all of them rode away and reached a land whose inhabitants had perished, passed away and died. The roofs of the town had fallen in. He asked: Do you know this land? I said: Who acquainted me with it and its inhabitants? (Anas said:) This is the land of the people whom oppression and envy destroyed. Envy extinguishes the light of good deeds, and oppression confirms or falsifies it. The eye commits fornication, and the palm of the hand, the foot, body, tongue and private part of the body confirm it or deny it.  (Sunan Abu Dawud)


Fatwa of Sheikh Muhammed Said Ramadan al Buti (rah.)

As translated here:

The questioner is asking about visiting historical sites in Indonesia that contain old Buddhist statues and drawings; is it permissible to visit these places as a tourist?

The Sheikh’s response was:

رؤية التماثيل التاريخية ونحوها والمرور بها، والجلوس على مقربة منها ليس محرّماً، ألا ترى إلى الآثار الفرعونية القائمة منذ أيام الفتح الإسلامي. لقد كان المسلمون ولا يزالون يمرون بها وينظرون إليها، ولم يقل بحرمة ذلك أحد.

“Looking at historical statues and the like, passing by them and sitting by one of their graves is not unlawful. Have you not seen the Pharaonic relics that have remained [i.e. in Egypt] since the days of the Islamic conquest? The Muslims still visit them, pass by them and look at them, and no one has ever declared it unlawful.”



Khawarij blow up 16-century mosque in Yemen

Salafists blow up 16 century mosque in Yemen   Al Arabiya English

AFP, AdenSunday, 31 July 2016

Salafists in Yemen have blown up a 16th century mosque housing the shrine of a revered Sufi scholar in the city of Taiz, a local official said Sunday.

Gunmen led by a Salafist local chief known as Abu al-Abbas blew up the mosque of Sheikh Abdulhadi al-Sudi on Friday night, the official told AFP, confirming media reports of the attack.

Yemen’s commission for antiquities and museums condemned the destruction of the site that is considered the most famous in Taiz.

It said the mosque’s white dome was “one of the biggest domes in Yemen and one of the most beautiful religious sites in old Taiz.”

Images of the site before destruction showed a white square-shaped, single-storey structure topped by a large central dome circled by smaller ones.


Also See: Arab News: Extremists blow up 16-century mosque in Yemen


Note that this was most likely not committed by the Khawarij Qaeda or Daesh cults, but by followers of the Madkhali sect of the Khawarij movement as seen in the incitement by them just weeks ago.


Ibn Rushd al-Maliki (d. 595H) on Tarawih Prayers

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  • Clearly the Tarawih prayer is not the same as the Late Night prayer (Tahajjud), and there is no disagreement about the scholars of Islam on this but instead disagreed on which had more merit.
  • The Sunna number of rakahs for Tarawih is 20 according to Shafi, Hanafi, Hanbali schools and one of the opinion among Malikis (the other Maliki opinion of 36 rakahs was explained by Maliki scholars themselves as to how it does not contracting the Sunna of 20 rakahs). The Salafi la-madhabi opinion of 8 rakahs for Tarawih prayer was completely unheard off among the scholars as it is not even cited as a position that existed among Muslims.

Ibn Abi Dunya (d. 281H) on tawassul of the Salaf

The hadith scholar and ascetic, Imam Ibn Abi Dunya (d. 281 H) in his book “مجابو الدعوة” which is a compilation of various supplications used by the Salaf, records the following:

 حَدَّثَنَا أَبُو هِشَامٍ، سَمِعْتُ عَنَ كَثِيرِ بْنِ مُحَمَّدِ بْنِ كَثِيرِ بْنِ رِفَاعَةَ قَالَ: ” جَاءَ رَجُلٌ إِلَى عَبْدِ الْمَلِكِ بْنِ حَيَّانَ بْنِ سَعِيدِ بْنِ الْحَسَنِ بْنِ أَبْجَرَ، فَجَسَّ بَطْنَهُ، فَقَالَ: بِكَ دَاءٌ لَا يَبْرَأُ، قَالَ: مَا هُوَ؟ قَالَ: هُوَ الدُّبَيْلَةُ، فَتَحَوَّلَ الرَّجُلُ، فَقَالَ: اللَّهُ، اللَّهُ، رَبِّي لَا أُشْرِكُ بِهِ أَحَدًا، اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَتَوَجَّهُ إِلَيْكَ بِنَبِيِّكَ مُحَمَّدٍ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ، نَبِيِّ الرَّحْمَةِ، يَا مُحَمَّدُ، إِنِّي أَتَوَجَّهُ بِكَ إِلَى رَبِّكَ وَرَبِّي أَنْ يَرْحَمَنِي مِمَّا بِي رَحْمَةً يُغْنِينِي بِهَا عَنْ رَحْمَةِ مَنْ سِوَاهُ – ثَلَاثَ مَرَّاتٍ ثُمَّ دَعَا إِلَى ابْنِ أَبْجَرَ، فَجَسَّ بَطْنَهُ، فَقَالَ: بَرَأْتَ، مَا بِكَ عِلَّةٌ “


(as translated by others),  a person came over to see ‘Abd-ul-Malik bin Sa‘īd bin Abjar (who is from the Tabi’ Tabieen). ‘Abd-ul-Malik pressed his belly and told him that he was suffering from an incurable disease. The man asked him: ‘what is it?’ ‘Abd-ul-Malik replied that it was a kind of ulcer that grows inside the belly and ultimately kills the man. It is said that the patient turned round and then he said:  Allāh! Allāh! Allāh is my Lord. I regard no one as His rival or partner. O Allāh! I beseech You and submit myself to You through the mediation of Your Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم), the merciful Prophet. O Muhammad! Through your means I submit myself to your and my Lord that He should take mercy on me in my state of illness. It is said that ‘Abd-ul-Malik pressed his belly again and said: ‘you are cured, you are no longer suffering from any disease.’

As one can see, the practice of Tawassul was a practice of Muslims from the earliest of times going back to the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) himself who taught the dua of tawassul as in the hadith of the blind man and practiced by the Sahabah as in the hadith of man in need and continued to be practiced by the Salaf, scholars and laity until today. In fact, Ibn Taymiyya in his book قاعدة جليلة في التوسل والوسيلة quotes this narration and says,

قلت: فهذا الدعاء ونحوه قد روي أنه دعا به السلف، ونقل عن أحمد بن حنبل في منسك المروذي التوسل بالنبي صلى الله عليه وسلم في الدعاء، ونهى به

“I say this dua’ and similar (dua’) has been narrated that the Salaf used to ask (in supplication) with, and it’s been reported in the Manasik  of Al Marrudhi that Imam Ahmed (encouraged) tawassul through the Prophet in his dua’”.


The above saying of Ibn Taymiyya also refutes the bogus claim of pseudo salafis that the tawassul which scholars allowed is restricted to calling upon Allah only such as “Oh Allah we seek by your Prophet…” while instead we see from the narration above that it is not restricted to such.


Scholarly credentials of the reviver of Kharijism, Abu Muhammed Al-Maqdisi


In his own words,

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So he started off with a wish list to study in Madina University (a Wahhabi university of amateurish standards) which should show his already Salafi influence and problematic upbringing.  But he ended up learning secular studies and influenced by youth groups there. He affiliated with “Sheikhs” & students, however it did not satisfy his youthful passion and desires. So he self studied books of Ibn Taymiyya, Ibn al-Qayyim and Ibn Abdul Wahhab and discovered what Islam really is. He wrote down a book on this rediscovered Islam and spent the rest of his life giving dawa on it.

For those who don’t know him, this individual is a major reviver of political takfirism among Salafis. Although political takfirism originated from groups like Muslim Brotherhood and Jamat e Islami  (both off shoots of Salafism & Wahhabism), their major branches long mutated and watered down some of that extremism but it was retained among offshoots of these groups. And this individual played a major role in reviving it into mainstream and responsible for formulating the modern day takfiri discourse, manhaj and arguments that we see today espoused by political takfiri groups. He is also known to be major influence on the school dropout and petty criminal Abu Musab al-Zarqawi who orchestrated the Sunni-Shiite civil war in Iraq.  And one of his students whom he gave ijazah (not a joke) and made a mufti of his website, Turki al-Binali, went out to become a major mufti of the splintered Khawarij sect Daesh/ISIS.

We see the prophecy of Prophet Muhammed (peace be upon him) being fulfilled before our eyes:

Abdullah ibn Amr reported: I heard the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, say, “Verily, Allah does not take away knowledge by snatching it from the people but rather He takes away knowledge with the death of the scholars until He leaves no scholar behind and the people turn to the ignorant as their leaders. They are asked to give religious judgments without knowledge, thus they are led astray and lead others astray.”  [Sahih Bukhari, Sahih Muslim]

Narrated Hudhaifa bin Al-Yaman: The people used to ask Allah’s Apostle about the good but I used to ask him about the evil lest I should be overtaken by them. So I said, “O Allah’s Apostle! We were living in ignorance and in an (extremely) worst atmosphere, then Allah brought to us this good (i.e., Islam); will there be any evil after this good?” He said, “Yes.” I said, ‘Will there be any good after that evil?” He replied, “Yes, but it will be tainted (not pure.)” I asked, “What will be its taint?” He replied, “(There will be) some people who will guide others not according to my tradition? You will approve of some of their deeds and disapprove of some others.” I asked, “Will there be any evil after that good?” He replied, “Yes, (there will be) some people calling at the gates of the (Hell) Fire, and whoever will respond to their call, will be thrown by them into the (Hell) Fire.” I said, “O Allah s Apostle! Will you describe them to us?” He said, “They will be from our own people and will speak our language.” I said, “What do you order me to do if such a state should take place in my life?” He said, “Stick to the group of Muslims and their Imam.” I said, “If there is neither a group of Muslims nor an Imam ?” He said, “Then turn away from all those sects even if you were to bite (eat) the roots of a tree till death overtakes you while you are in that state.” [Sahih Bukhari]

Note that the advice of the Prophet (peace be upon him) in the above hadith was to stay with the Jamah of Muslims and if not found, then stay away from all groups. Advise was not to join the sect that is more closer to the truth, or a group that apparently seems to be doing some good deeds, or even to gather a group of friends and start a new sect altogether.