بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ
وَلَا تَقْفُ مَا لَيْسَ لَكَ بِهِ عِلْمٌ ۚ إِنَّ السَّمْعَ وَالْبَصَرَ وَالْفُؤَادَ كُلُّ أُولَٰئِكَ كَانَ عَنْهُ مَسْئُولًا
And do not pursue that of which you have no knowledge. Indeed, the hearing, the sight and the heart – about all those [one] will be questioned. 17:36
Assim Al Hakeem! Fear Allaah.
Shaykh Rabee is An Imaam In The Sunnah.
All praise is for Allaah, Lord of all the Worlds, who ordered us to follow His Messenger (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) and to call to His Way, and may Allaah send praises and blessings of peace upon our Prophet Muhammad (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), and upon his family, his Companions, and those who truly follow them until the Day of Judgment.
Due to the wide spread unawareness about the true Scholars, It has been observed that most of the time common masses quickly get carried away by many of those who appear on television or satellite channels.
When examined, it gets crystal clear that most of these orators do not possess the true and complete insight on the subject they address and are sometime guilty of making statements which contain grave amount of misguidance for general people and a slander toward the deen of Allaah and its guardians i.e. the Scholars.
Here is a piece of advice for Mr. Assim Al Hakeem and to all those who resemble him in the below serious matter.
Assim Al Hakeem committed the crime of slandering one of the elderly Scholar who has crossed more than 80 years of his age in upholding the flag of Salafi Dawah and maintaining the Furqan (distinction) between haqq (truth) and baatil (falsehood), and have been heavily appreciated for this efforts by the major Scholars of this time. i.e. our respected, Shaykh al Walid al Allamah Rabee’ bin Haadee al-Madkhali (hafidhahullaah).
On February 15, 2012, Assim Al Hakeem on his official website replied to the following question ”Sheikh, what do you know about Sheikh Rabee’ Bin Hadee Al Madkhali? [Assim Al Hakeem said] I don’t know him personally and I have not heard anything for him but I know that he keeps on criticizing scholars and Da’ees and labeling them and most of them are not in accordance to his methodology so he easily takes them out of the fold of Ahlu Sunnah. One should neglect him and listen to real scholars such as Ibn Bazz and Ibn Othaimeen. Click Here
إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعون
Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un
What a slander! A blatant lie, a bogus claim which have been remained merely a claim till date.
O Assim Al Hakeem if you and your and like’s are truthful in your speech than present the names from the scholars and Da’ees, who Shaykh Rabee’ (hafidhahullaah) have unjustly criticized and expelled from the fold of Ahlus-Sunnah?
Wallaahi (By Allaah); none except those who have deviated have been criticized and none except those who deserved to be expelled have been expelled. Furthermore, Assim calls for neglecting him (Shaykh rabee) whereas the major scholars advices to benefit from him. Subhan’Allaah!
O reader, open your heart for indeed it is the heart that understands by the will of Allaah and not let the blind love of personalities take you away from truth.
We are now presenting one after another the Kalaam (statements) of the major Scholars in defense to this wickedness.
O Assim Al Hakeem! You advised at the conclusion of your answer, listen to real scholars such as Ibn Bazz and Ibn Othaimeen; now we remind you the same… yes, listen… Listen to the same real scholars defending and praising their remarkable student and companion.
In The Book “an-Naqoolat As-Salafiyyah” By Shaykh Abdullah Al-Ahmaree Which Has Introductions By Shaykh Ahmad An-Najmi, Shaykh Saalih Al-Fawzaan And Shaykh Haafidh Thana-Allaah Zaahadee, it is recorded that Once Shaykh Ibn Baaz (rahimahullahu ta’ala), was said : Shaykh Rabee’ slanders so-and-so and so-and-so from the Duaat (Callers), He (Shaykh Ibn Baaz) replied, Fear Allaah. The man (Rabee’) is an Imaam in the Sunnah.
And See Here the letter (along with the translation) sent by Shaykh Ibn Baaz (rahimahullahu ta’ala) to Shaykh Allaamah Rabee’ bin Haadee al-Madkhali requesting him to refute a person by name who had appeared on the radio making Ta’weel of Allaah’s attributes of al-hayaa and al-ghadab.
Now see, what the Noble Shaykh Muhammad Ibn Saalih al Othaimeen (rahimahullahu ta’ala), said in response to a question about the books of Shaykh Rabee’ (hafidhahullaah): It is clear that this question is in no need of my response, for as Imam Ahmad was once asked about Ishaaq bin Raahawaih – may Allaah have mercy on them all – so he (Imaam Ahmed) said : ‘The likes of me is asked about Ishaaq? Rather Ishaaq should be asked about me!’ I have already spoken at the start of my talk about what I know of Shaykh Rabee’, may Allaah grant him success. And I still insist until now on what I stated then. And his coming here and his talk in which he informed me of what he did – no doubt – are from the things that only increases a person in his love for him and his supplicating for him. refer: (audio tape) “al Othaimeen’s Meeting with Rabee’ Al-Madkhalee and Muhammad Al-Imaam” (audio tape), by Shaykh Muhammad Ibn Saalih al Othaimeen (rahimahullahu ta’ala)
and once when Noble Shaykh Muhammad Ibn Saalih al Othaimeen (rahimahullahu ta’ala), was asked what is your advice to the one who prevents the tapes of Shaykh Rabee Ibn Haadee form being distributed claiming that they will lead to Fitnaah, and that in these tapes is praise for the leaders in Saudi Arabia- and this praise of his for the leaders is hypocrisy?” Shaykh Muhammad Ibn Saalih al Othaimeen (rahimahullahu ta’ala) Answered “Our view is that this is a mistake ..and a great error. Shaykh Rabee’ is from the Scholars of the Sunnah and from the people of goodness and his Creed is sound and his methodology is upright But When he spoke out against some (popular) figures among the people of recent times, and he deafened them with (his exposition) these faults.. Listen to the audio : Click Here
Now, Let’s Move Towards the statements of other Scholars :
Listen to the statement of Shaykh Muhamad ibn Abdulwahab al Banaa (rahimahullahu ta’ala) who made similar statement as Shaykh al-Albaani (rahimahullahu ta’ala): “The Imaam of Jarh wa Ta’diel is our trustworthy reliable brother Rabee ibn Haadee, Wallahi. Imaam of Jarh wat-Ta’deel (disparaging and appraising) of 14 century. Allaah sends at the head of every century someone that will reform this religion. And the reformer of Jarh wat-Ta’deel with justice and trustworthiness and all safety, by Allaah is Rabee Ibn Haadee. And I challenge everyone who says that he speaks without evidence. Maashaa’Allaah , may Allah preserve Shaykh Rabee” Listen to the audio: click here
Shaykh Saalih Ibn Fawzaan al Fawzaan (hafidhahullaah) [member of Council of Senior Ulamaa of Saudi arabia] holds Shaykh Rabee as good, well-known and a scholar. Listen to the audio: Click Here
Furthermore, Shaykh al Fawzaan (hafidhahullaah) mentioned good of Shaykh Rabee and his book ” Manhaj Ahlu Sunnah wal-Jama’ah fie Naqd ar-Ri’jaal wal Koetoeb wa Tawaa’if” (The Methodology of Ahle Sunnah wal-Jama’ah on Critisizing individuals, books & groups) Listen to the audio: Click Here
Shaykh Saalih al-Luhaydaan (hafidhahullaah) [member of Council of Senior Ulamaa of Saudi arabia and previous Chairman of the Supreme Judiciary Council of Saudi Arabia] was questioned “I read and hear in some gatherings the slandering of the noble scholar, Dr. Rabee’ ibn Hadee al-Madkhalee, the warning against him, taking from him, and that he is not from the People of the Sunnah. This has confused me in my affairs, so what is the ruling of this?” Shaykh Saalih al-Luhaydaan (hafidhahullaah) replied: “There is no doubt that he is from the people of knowledge and he is from the students of our Shaykh in Madeenah Shaykh Abdul-Azeez Ibn Baz. Likewise he was from the professors of the Islamic University in Madeenah. I do not know any deviation of him related to Aqeedah or manners. Rather my view of him is good and he is from the people of good, as well as being from those who confront the callers to fitnah (misguidance).” Listen to the audio: Click Here
Shaykh Saalih as-Suhaymee (hafidhahullaah) [Former President of the 'Aqeedah section in the Islaamic University of Madeenah] recommended Shaykh Rabee’ as one of the contemporary Scholars whose way (which is the way of Salaf us Saalih) the Muslims should follow. Listen to the audio : Click Here
To see more and more statements from the reliable Scholars Click Here
Now, we would like to leave Assim Al Hakeem and his likes with statement of our respected Shaykh Ahmad Ibn ‘Umar Bazmool (hafidhahullaah) who said ”…for the one to make a statement against Shaykh Rabee’ is foolishness. Rather for anyone to make a statement against Shaykh Rabee’ [then] he has removed himself from Salafiyyah in totality… Just like when the people used to say during the time of Imaam Ahmad, who was a man known as the Imaam of Ahlus-Sunnah. [And when] one made a statement against him, he was looked at as not being one of the People of the Sunnah [but] as being one of the People of Desires…… So when we find the likes of so-and-so saying something against Shaykh Rabee’, then the case is the same as someone saying something against Imaam Ahmad. Because Shaykh Rabee’ is known for defending the Sunnah…” From the audio : “Be careful whom you take your deen from!” Listen to the audio: Click Here
We hope above is sufficient for the one who desires to know the Truth. we advise Assim Al Hakeem and his likes to seek forgiveness from Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala and retract from the same platform and seek sincere apology from Shaykh Rabee’ (hafidhahullaah).
Lastly, their are some points of concern in the issues of manhaj (methodology) at Assim Al Hakeem’s official website which too will be addressed soon in the light of the fatawaas of major Scholars. Insha’Allaah.
Compiled By : Abu Mariyah Junaid bin Munawar bin Ali