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Benefit: Shaykh Rabīʿ: "I am not the Imām of Jarḥ wa Taʿdīl" The Humility of a Scholar

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

In the past, the great scholar of ḥadīth, Shaykh Rabīʿ' ibn Hādī al-Madkhalī issued some statements in regards to him being called, "Imām of Jarḥ wa Taʿdīl" and being considered a scholar. The noble shaykh, following in the footsteps of great scholars who preceeded him like Imām al-Albānī (who called himself a طُويلب -  [just] a small student), negated scholarship for himself and showed dislike for being praised. This is a characterstic of humilty and follows in the way of the Salaf - humility, hating being elevated etc. Naturally, those with sinister objectives sought to utilise this speech to infer that Shaykh Rabīʿ is not an Imām, not a scholar, and not fit to critique (ahl al-bidʿah), hoping to dismiss every criticism ever levied by this noble scholar. In this benefit, our brother Abū al-Ḥasan Mālik sheds light on this sinister behaviour. In addition, Abū Khadījah recently blogged "Is Shaykh Rabīʿ a Scholar of this Era?" Pay attention to this audio clip and the blog posting. The people of trickery and deception never cease in their attempts to confuse.


Benefit: Shaykh Rabīʿ: "Their Stubbornness Does Not Harm Us"

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

Here’s a beautiful excerpt from Shaykh Rabīʿs treatise “The Scholars of al-Jarḥ wa-al-Taʿadīl Are the Protectors of the Religion From the Plots of the Mulhidīn, Misguidance of the Innovators, and the Tales of the Liars.” It can be found in his set of books, treatises, and fatāwá, v.9/pp.13-14.

It highlights that even though people show stubbornness, a Muslim must still stay steadfast in clarifying falsehood. May Allāh bless the scholars of the Sunnah, their students, and those who help out according to their level for their defense of the correct understanding of Islām.

Shaykh, Dr. Rabīʿ ibn Hādī al-Madkhalī, may Allāh protect him, said:

...If the readers are convinced by what I say and mention from proofs and evidences, then this is good, and if not, we have become accustomed with sorrow, to some people displaying stubbornness, to having [personal] doubt, and to casting doubts [on others] about things that are certainties.

Even though this is the case, we will say, and we believe that their behavior does not harm us. It doesn’t harm us because our primary goal is to obliterate the evil and refute the falsehood of the people who cause tribulations. Our goal is also to clarify the corruptness of their principles.

After that, [we want] to defend the methodology of the People of the Sunnah and the tremendous principles that they laid down, those principles by which Islām isn’t established except by way of them. We also want to make known the lofty status of the scholars of ḥadīth and al-jarh wal-t’adeel, those who Allāh has protected the religion by way of them.

We believe this is obligatory upon us, and Allāh has given us the success to be able to do so. I hope for a good reward from Allāh for this effort.

Translated by Abū Ādam Finch

Benefit: Some of Our Older Scholars in Madīnah

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

Shaykh Sulaymān al-Ruḥaylī (حفظه الله) said: “Shaykh ʿAbd al-Muḥsin al-ʿAbbād, Shaykh ʿAlī [Nāṣir] al-Faqīhī, and Shaykh Rabīʿ [ibn Hādī] al-Madkhalī—may Allāh preserve them all—are our oldest scholars in Madīnah, and they have exerted a great amount of effort to spread the Sunnah and to destroy innovation.”

Source: Shaykh Sulaymān al-Ruḥaylī’s Twitter Account
Translated by: Musa Shaleem Mohammed

Benefit: The Clear Text from the Book and the Sunnah Always Takes Precedence

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

Shaykh Rabīʿ ibn Hādī al-Madkhalī (حفظه الله) said: “Ahl al-Sunnah only employ qiyās [i.e. analogical deduction] and ijtihād [i.e. exerting one’s self to come to a verdict in a matter that is either devoid of explicit text or the text is ambiguous] when there is no [explicit or clear] textual evidence.”

Source: Sharḥ al-Sunnah, vol. 1, pg. 81.
Translated by: Musa Shaleem Mohammed 

Benefit: The Distinguishing Signs of the Salafī (from Shaykh Rabīʿ ibn Hādī)

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

An excerpt from the recent series 'Points of Explanation from Sharḥ al-Sunnah of Imām al-Barbahārī' narrated by Dāwūd Adīb during his visit to Toronto, Canada. In the 2nd lecture in the series, there were some important questions and answers discussed concerning the Salafī methodology. [Q]: When may we call someone a Salafī? Answered by Shaykh Rabīʿ Ibn Hādī.


Benefit: The Inept Will Eventually Overtake the Realm of Daʿwah

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

Shaykh Rabīʿ ibn Hādī al-Madkhalī (حفظه الله) said: “From the signs of the Hour is that people will not only abandon the senior scholars, but they will also seek knowledge from the young, ignorant mutaʿālim [i.e. someone who feigns knowledge] which is a trial.”

Source: Marḥaban Yā Ṭālib al-ʿIlm, pg. 227.
Translated by: Musa Shaleem Mohammed

Benefit: The Loss of Tawḥīd Is the Reason for the Downfall of the Ummah

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

By Allāh! This ummah was not led astray and overpowered by its enemies from amongst the Jews, Christians, Fire-worshippers, Shīʿah and others except after it abandoned and lost Tawḥīd! So Allāh humiliated it and He will not be pleased with it until it returns to the same Islām which the Prophet (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam) and his companions were upon!

Shaykh Rabīʿ ibn Hādī al-Madkhālī

Source: Nafaḥāt al-Hudā wa-al-Īmān pg. 37.
Translated by: Munīb al-Ṣumālī

Benefit: Vanquishing the People of Falsehood

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

Shaykh Rabīʿ ibn Hādī al-Madkhalī (حفظه الله) said: “Once the people of falsehood continue to praise each other, criticise the people of the truth, fabricate lies against them, and misrepresent their methodology, then the people of the truth must vanquish them, elucidate their transgressions, clarify their falsehood, and expose their lies.”

"فإذا استطال أهل الباطل على أهل الحق بالطعن و التشويه و التكذيب و مدح أهل الباطل فلا يسع أهل الحق إلا قمع أهل الباطل و بيان ظلمهم و افترائهم و كشف أباطيلهم..".  (بيان مافي نصيحة إبراهيم الرحيلي من الخلل والإخلال ص٢٤)

Source: Bayān Mā Fī Naṣīḥah Ibrāhīm al-Ruḥaylī, pg. 24.
Translated by: Musa Shaleem Mohammed

Benefit: War against the Salafīs | Peace with the People of Innovation

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

Shaykh Rabīʿ’ ibn Hādī al-Madkhalī said:

"We have been afflicted in these days with those who falsely accuse true Salafīs of being extreme and harsh in al-Jarḥ wat-Ta’deel (praising and criticising) and in other areas. He wages war against them in the most severe fashion whilst he makes peace with the people of innovation and desires, heaping praise and commendations upon them.

So (you find that) he falls into tamyee’ when dealing with the people of innovation and at the same time he shows a destructive form of extremism towards the people of Sunnah and the truth.

His anger and his pleasure are in accordance to that which he desires and in agreement with those whom he aspires to embrace from the wealthy and rich."


Excerpts taken from the article ‘Moderation in Islām’.

Benefit: What Gripe Do You Have with Me? - Shaykh Rabīʿ ibn Hādī

 In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

Shaykh Rabīʿ ibn Hādī al-Madkhalī(ḥafiẓahullāh) was asked:
"Indeed you refute every innovator and anyone who opposes the way of the pious predecessors, and from among them are those who use weak narrations to establish certain issues, but al-Imām al-Barbahārī, using weak and fabricated narrations, affirmed certain issues. So how is it that you refute those who use weak ḥadīth, and leave the scholars of the Salaf?"

The Shaykh responded: First of all, I do not submit to the fact that al-Barbahārī uses fabricated and weak narrations to establish points; clarify this to us! And what gripe do you have with me? I respect all of the righteous scholars of the past, not belittling them in the least, and all praises belong to Allāh. We only refute the people of innovation. As for the righteous scholars of the past who were known for sincerity, truthfulness, and religion, then even if they make a mistake we still consider them to be rewarded for those efforts. The Prophet (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhī wa-sallam) said:

"Whoever strives hard (seeking the truth) and is correct, for him is two rewards. And whoever strives hard (seeking the truth) and he is wrong, then for him is a single reward."[al-Bukhārī and Muslim]

Therefore, if a scholar is known for piety, righteousness, and truthfulness in searching for the truth, then he will be rewarded even if he errs. As for the people of innovation, then this does not apply to them, because they merely follow their own desires.

1) Taken from: 'An Explanation of the Foundations of the Sunnah' by Shaykh Rabīʿ ibn Hādī al-Madkhalī (ḥafiẓahullāh), pg.184

Class: al-Kitāb al-Tawḥīd

  Abū ʿUways

Our beloved brother, Abū ʿUways (raḥimahullāh), translates a 4-part lecture titled al-Kitāb al-Tawḥīd from the Imām of al-Jarḥ wa-al-Taʿdīl, al-ʿAllāmah Rabīʿ ibn Hādī al-Madkhalī, on February 24th, 2003. All of the prophets of Allāh had the same fundamental principles. The battles, disagreements, animosity, and wars with other nations and religions all centred around Tawḥīd al-ʿUbūdiyyah (oneness of Allāh in His worship). 

Decisive Word on Groups and Partisanship

  al-ʿAllāmah Rabīʿ ibn Hādī al-Madkhalī

This is one of the greatest pieces of advice that the noble Scholar, the Imām of al-Jarḥ wa-al-Taʿdīl gave to brothers in England concerning the splits that occurred there. Listen to his advice concerning the clear Salafīyyīn, the clear Ḥizbiyyīn and the ones who are unsure and waver in the middle.

Distinguishing Signs of Haddādiyyah (Extremists)

  al-ʿAllāmah Rabīʿ ibn Hādī al-Madkhalī

A brief treatise by the Imām of al-Jarḥ wa-al-Taʿdīl set to defeat the fitnah of those who attribute this Haddādiyyah to the Salafīyyīn who care for their manhaj. It includes twelve decisive points of benefit clearly outlining the difference between true Salafīyyah and Haddādiyyah. It also serves as a clarification and a challenge to Abū al-Ḥasan al-Maʿribī and his accusations against the Salafīyyīn.

Dividing the Scholars into the 'Harsh Group' and the 'Tolerant Group'

  Shaykh Rabīʿ ibn Hādī al-Madkhalī

A very important question answered by Shaykh Rabīʿ ibn Hādī on the 'scheme' of those who claim the scholars are of two types/groups - the lenient, easy, balanced group and the harsh, severe, critical group. An unveiling of those who hide behind the mantra, 'al-Albānī, Ibn Bāz, ʿUthyamīn' or the slogan 'I prefer the manhaj in daʿwah of Shaykh so-and-so over Shaykh so-and-so.' A reflection upon the scholars of the Salaf, their stance towards bidʿah, the mubtadiʿīn, and whether they were gentle with them; a look at the greatest of scholars in the modern era such as Imām al-Albānī, Imām Ibn Bāz and al-ʿUthaymīn and their stance towards criticising Ahl al-Bidʿah; and a timeline of modern-day innovators and their trials (ʿAbd al-Khāliq, ʿAʿrūr, al-Maʿribī and al-Ḥalabī), one by one, their silence about Ahl al-Bidʿah and their attacks upon Ahl al-Sunnah and how they pulled so many away from the Salafī Manhaj with false principles wrapped in perfumed garments - and without a doubt - they are the true causers of division.

Holding on to the Salafī Manhaj

  al-ʿAllāmah Rabīʿ ibn Hādī al-Madkhalī with Imām ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz ibn ʿAbdullāh ibn Bāz

A manhaj-based discourse delivered in the Masjid of Imām Ibn Bāz (raḥimahullāh) in the city of Ṭāʾif, Saudi Arabia. This knowledge-filled lecture by the flag bearer of al-Jarḥ wa-al-Taʿdīl is followed by commentary and praise from the late Imām, ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz ibn ʿAbdullāh Ibn Bāz (raḥimahullāh).

Important Words of Advice

  Shaykh Rabīʿ ibn Hādī al-Madkhalī

Shaykh Rabī ibn Hādī al-Madkhalī gives beautiful and beneficial advice which all Muslims should adhere to: fear Allāh, seek knowledge, be truthful, and other pieces of advice which are essential in the life of the Muslim. This advice is translated by our beloved brother Abū Ṭalḥah Dawūd ibn Ronald Burbank (rahimahullāh), with a Q&A session at the end. The lecture took place at Masjid al-Salafī (Salafī Publications) in Birmingham, UK (2004).

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