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The Life, Teachings and Influence of Muhammad Ibn Abdul-Wahhaab

The Life, Teachings and Influence of Muhammad Ibn Abdul-Wahhaab

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A wahhabi Polemic praising Muhammed Ibn Abdul Wahhaab, absolute rubbish, but read if you want to
A wahhabi Polemic praising Muhammed Ibn Abdul Wahhaab, absolute rubbish, but read if you want to

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The Life, Teachings and Influence of Muhammad ibn Abdul-Wahhaab
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IThe Motivation Behind This Work
This book is not one with a political agenda. It is meant neitherto support nor to critique any contemporary regimes or policies.
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 Indeed, the driving force behind this work is much greater and moreimportant than that. It has to do with, first, the religion of Islam aspreached by the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him)himself and, second, with the honor and rights of an individualMuslim, Muhammad ibn Abdul-Wahhaab.The name Muhammad ibn Abdul-Wahhaab (andcorrespondingly “Wahhabis” and “Wahhabism”) has been heard quiteoften throughout both the Muslim and non-Muslim worlds during thepast two centuries. In reality, ibn Abdul-Wahhaab is not a man who is“shrouded in mystery.” His writings, as well as the writings of hisclosest students and descendents, are well-known and easily availabletoday in virtually any part of the world. Although he is not shroudedin mystery what has been said about him over the years has definitelybeen filled with both fact and fiction.Muhammad ibn Abdul-Wahhaab was both a fellow humanbeing and a fellow Muslim. As such, he has the right to be studied inan impartial and objective manner. That is, he has the right to a “fairtrial.” No matter how much one may oppose his teachings, one does
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This means that many issues that are bandied about today must be consideredbeyond the scope of this particular work. However, once the critique of certainpolicies is tied into Muhammad ibn Abdul-Wahhaab and what is called“Wahhabism,” then one is no longer speaking about the critique of a certaincountry, people or group today. Now one is speaking about principles related tothe religion. One then has to study whether those principles are truly part of Islam or not. If it is concluded that Muhammad ibn Abdul-Wahhaab was trulyfollowing the way of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him),then the attacks upon ibn Abdul-Wahhaab are also attacks on the Prophet(peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) and the way of life he preached. Fora Muslim, obviously, this makes this topic of utmost importance. In fact, it isincumbent upon Muslims to defend the honor and truth of their religion, theirprophet and their brethren.
 
 
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not have the right to wrong him. Indeed, the Prophet (peace andblessings of Allah be upon him) has warned,
ﺔﻣﺎﻴﻘﹾﻟﺍ
 
ﻡﻮ ﻳ
 
ﺕﺎﻤﹸﻠﹸﻇ
 
ﻢﹾﻠﱡﻈﻟﺍ
 
“Wrongdoing [shall be] darkness on the Day of Resurrection.”(Recorded by al-Bukhari and Muslim.) When speaking about anotherperson, such as ibn Abdul-Wahhaab or his followers, one shouldremember the Prophet’s teaching,
ﻪﺿﺮﻋﻭ
 
ﻪﹸﻟﺎﻣﻭ
 
ﻪﻣﺩ
 
ﻡﺍﺮﺣ
 
ﹺﻢﻠﺴﻤﹾﻟﺍ
 
ﻰﹶﻠﻋ
 
ﹺﻢﻠﺴﻤﹾﻟﺍ
 
ﻞﹸﻛ
 
“All of a Muslim is inviolable to every other Muslim, with respect tohis blood, wealth and honor.” (Recorded by Muslim.) One must alsobe cautious of the Prophet’s warning,
ﺗﺍﺏﺎﺠﺣ
 
ﻪﱠﻠﻟﺍ
 
ﻦﻴﺑﻭ
 
ﻪﻨﻴﺑ
 
ﺲﻴﹶﻟ
 
ﻪﻧﹺﺈﹶﻓ
 
ﹺﻡﻮﹸﻠﹾﻈﻤﹾﻟﺍ
 
ﹶﺓﻮﻋﺩ
 
ﹺﻖ 
 
“Beware of the supplication of the wronged for between him andAllah there is no barrier.” (Recorded by al-Bukhari and Muslim.)Even if one wants to argue that ibn Abdul-Wahhaab and his followersare not to be considered Muslims, one should be wary of speakinguntruths about them. A narration recorded by Ahmad specificallystates,
ﺏﺎﺠﺣ
 
ﺎﻬﻧﻭﺩ
 
ﺲﻴﹶﻟ
 
ﻪﻧﹺﺈﹶﻓ
 
ﺍﺮﻓﺎﹶﻛ
 
ﹶﻥﺎﹶﻛ
 
ﹾﻥﹺﺇﻭ
 
ﹺﻡﻮﹸﻠﹾﻈﻤﹾﻟﺍ
 
ﹶﺓﻮﻋﺩ
 
ﺍﻮﹸﻘﺗﺍ
 
“Beware of the supplication of the wronged, even if he be adisbeliever, for before it there is no barrier [that is, between it andAllah].”
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In all cases, impartiality, objectivity, scholarly integrity andfairness are to be expected from any Muslim. This must be true even
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Record by Ahmad. According to al-Albaani, this hadith is
hasan 
. According toHamzah Ahmad al-Zain, its chain is
hasan 
. However, it should be noted thatShuaib al-Arnaaoot, et al., simply say that its chain is weak. See MuhammadNaasir al-Deen al-Albaani,
Saheeh al-Jaami al-Sagheer 
(Beirut: al-Maktab al-Islaami, 1988), vol. 1, p. 84; Hamzah Ahmad al-Zain, footnotes to Ahmad ibnHanbal,
al-Musnad 
(Cairo: Daar al-Hadeeth, 1995), vol. 10, p. 495; Shuaib al- Arnaaoot, et al., footnotes to Ahmad ibn Hanbal,
Musnad al-Imaam Ahmad 
 (Beirut: Muassasah al-Risaalah, 1997), vol. 20, pp. 22-23.
 
 
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when dealing with one’s enemies or one’s opponents. Allah hasclearly instructed,
†ΩΘ Σ ΤÿΚς†Η ; ΤΤΩ Τÿφ⇔ΤÿΨϒΠς√≅Ν…⎡Σ⇒Ω∨…ƒΝ…⎡Σ Τ⇓⎡Ρ® φ⎦κΨ∨.Θ ⎡Ω Τ∈ΨΠς∏Ψƒ∫:…ΩŸΩΣ ∃   Ψ÷⌠ ♥Ψ⊆< √≅†Ψ ΤŠ‚ΩΩ ⎝⌠ ¬Σ Τ⇒Ω∨Ξ ≤⎯ ðµµ–   Σ⇐†ΩΛ ΤΤΤΩ⇒Ω] ζ⌠  ⎡ΤΩυϖ⎠ς∏Ω‚ΠςΚς &  Ν…⎡Σ Τ√ΨŸ⎯ ⊕Ω ΤΝ…⎡Σ Τ√ΨŸ⎯ ∅≅ ⎡Σ Σ ‡Ω ≤π  ΤΤ∈Κς ∃   υ ⎫Ω ⎡π  Τ⊆Πς∏ΨΝ…⎡Σ⊆Πς Τ≅…Ω ⎝ &  ϑð/≅Υφ⎦ΜΞϑð/≅  ⁄κΨ‰Ω†Ω∧Ψ ΤŠφ⎦⎡Σ Τ∏Ω∧⎯ ⊕Ω Τ
 
“O you who believe! Stand out firmly for Allah, as just witnesses; andlet not the enmity and hatred of others make you avoid justice. Be just:that is nearer to piety. And fear Allah, for Allah is well-acquaintedwith all that you do” (
al-Maaidah
8). Allah also says,
†ΩΘ Σ ΤÿΚς†Η ; ΤΤΩ ÿ ⇑ÿΨϒΠς√≅Ν…⎡Σ⇒Ω∨…ƒΝ…⎡Σ Τ⇓⎡Ρ® ⇐κΨ∨.Θ ⎡Ω Τ∈Ψ÷⎯ ♥Ψ⊆< √≅†ΨŠƒ∫:…ƒŸΩΣΨΠς∏Ψ ⎯  ⎡ς√Ω ⎝υϖ⎠ς∏Ω ⎯ ¬Ρ∇Ψ♥Σ⊃⇓Κς Ξ ⎝ς ΚΞ ⇑⎯  ΤÿΩŸΨ√.Ω ⎡< √≅ &  ⇐κΨ ΤŠΩ ≤π  ΤΤ∈Κ Κς‚⎮≅…Ω ⎝⇐ΜΞ⌠  ⇑Ρ∇Ω ÿ†Ζ ΤΘ∼Ψ⇒Ω Τ⎜   ⎯  ⎝ς Κ…_ ⁄κΨ⊆Ω Τ⊇ ΣΠς∏√≅†Ω Τ⊇υ⎠ς√⎯  ⎝ς Κ ∃   †Ω∧ΞΞŠð„ΤΩ Τ⊇Ν…⎡Σ⊕Ψ‰ΘΩ Τ ϖυ ⎫Ω ⎡Ω< √≅⇐Κς &  Ν…⎡Ρ√ΨŸ⎯ ⊕Ω Τ⇐ΜΞ…Ω ⎝Ν…,ΙΣ ⎡< ∏Ω Τ ⎯  ⎝ς ΚΝ…⎡Σ∂Ξ ≤⎯ ⊕Σ ΤΘ⇐ΞΜ†Ω Τ⊇ϑð/≅⇐†ς® †Ω∧ΨŠ⇐⎡Σ Τ∏Ω∧⎯ ⊕Ω…_ ⁄κΨ‰Ω
 
“O you who believe! Stand out firmly for justice, as witnesses toAllah, even as against yourselves, or your parents, or your kin, andwhether it be (against) rich or poor. Allah is a better protector to both(than you). So follow not the lusts (of your hearts), lest you avoid justice. And if you distort your witness or decline to give it, verilyAllah is ever well-acquainted with all that you do” (
al-Nisaa
135).The above hadiths and verses should make any true believershiver from speaking about others with words that are based onfalsehood or filled with unfair or unjust statements.In this work, an attempt has been made to present a fair andaccurate presentation of the life and teachings of Muhammad ibnAbdul-Wahhaab. To accomplish this goal, conclusions were derivedbased only on the most historically and logically reliable, accurate,substantiated and proof-based sources -be they from Muslims or non-Muslims.

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