Part 6: Ali Halabi’s Long Journey [The Fitnah of Faaleh Al-Harbi]

In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy

Ali Halabi Utilised the Fitnah of Faaleh Al-Harbi to announce his false principles

[A reminder to the Masjid Committee of Masjid As-Sunnah: It was Shaikh Rabee, his brothers amongst the scholars and their students who fought against the extremism of Faaleh al Harbi, whereas Ali Halabi utilised the Fitnah of Faaleh to innovate another path in order to shelter and defend some of the people of Bidah and misguidance]

In this section, Ustaadh Abu Muadh Raa-id Aala Taahir (may Allaah preserve him) briefly discussed the fitnah, extremism and one of the main innovated and false principles of Faaleh al-Harbi. He also pointed out how Ali Halabi joined this war against Faaleh al-Harbi, but in reality he utilised that opportunity to announce his new methodology and innovations.

There re-occurred the discussion about the manner in which those in opposition to the salafi methodology are to be dealt with; so Ali Halabi used to criticise the methodology of the scholars of Salafiyyah and he mainly directed his criticisms at Shaikh Rabee, Shaikh Zaid, and Shaikh Ubaid etc. However, he increased in his criticisms after Faaleh Al-Harbi, Fawzi Al-Bahrayni, Faarooq Al-Ghaythee and others changed and followed the path of the extremist Haddaadiyyah, and until they became the leaders of a group of the youth.

So, when Shaikh Rabee, his brothers amongst the scholars and their students embarked upon confronting the extremist Haddaadiyyah, Ali Halabi breathed a sigh of relief and announced his new methodology and his so called war against extremism, disparagement and Tabdee. He made it seem that this war of his was directed at Faaleh al Harbi and that he was in agreement with Shaikh Rabee, the scholars and their students in their efforts against the extremism of Faaleh al-Harbi and his unjustified statements in declaring others innovators; but in reality he was about to embark upon the false principles he is upon today. [see link:] []

Important Point

It is very important to bear in mind that the affair of Ali Halabi and his companions were amongst the first reasons leading to the confrontation between Shaikh Rabee and Faaleh al-harbi; and Shaikh Rabee’s advice to Faaleh was that Faaleh cannot just expel people from Salafiyyah by way of an unexplained and undetailed criticism. And one of the main problems with Faaleh was that he innovated a principle, saying that the criticisms directed at the narrators of hadeeth were to be explained and detailed, but it was not necessary to explain and detail the criticisms against those he declared to be innovators, even if they were from the best of the Salafis. So Shaikh Rabee challenged and asked him whether any of the scholars of Ahlus Sunnah will agree with this view of his—[i.e. that it is a false principle to clarify and explain the reasons for the criticisms against an individual when such criticisms are opposed by commendations given to that person].  Shaikh Rabee also asked him whether any scholar will agree with his view that the one who makes such a demand is from the most misguided of people.

So even though Ali Halabi and his companions were part of the first reasons for the disagreements between Shaikh Rabee and Faaleh, however Shaikh Rabee distanced himself from declaring Halabi an innovator. Likewise, he advised the salafis not to be engaged in speaking against Halabi and his companions, but rather they were to be advised. This angered and infuriated Faaleh, so he declared a war against Shaikh Rabee, and described the salafis with the ugliest of descriptions. Thereafter he (Faaleh) went on to innovate other principles in opposition to the methodology of the pious predecessors. Indeed, the Fitnah of Faaleh was amongst the greatest of Fitan in this era. [See following link:]


Dear reader, it was Shaikh Rabee, his brothers amongst the scholars and their students who began the war against the extremist haddaadiyyah and not Ali Halabi and his companions. And despite all the clear mistakes of Ali Halabi at the time, Shaikh Rabee advised the Salafis to exercise patience and not busy themselves with warning against him. Faaleh was not happy with this stance of Shaikh Rabee towards Ali Halabi and his companions, because he (Faaleh) was about to embark upon his innovations and extreme stances. On the other hand, Ali Halabi pretended as if he was on the side of the scholars in their war against the extremist haddaadiyyah, but in reality he was about to innovate principles to embark upon defending innovators.

So we ask the Masjid As-Sunnah Masjid Committee [Cheethamhill-Manchester]:

”Why do you make it look as if you are waging war against extremism when it is the case that you defend Ali Halabi, Muhammad Al-Maghraawi and Abul Hasan Al-Maribi; why do you claim that you are being slandered when you continue to disparage yourselves with your own actions?! why do you hide behind that Masjid Committee and send out an army to post doubts in the internet under hidden names and identities; why did you recently entice a guest speaker of yours to rant for twenty minutes in your defence without any proof; however the reality of your state of affairs remains the same, because you are still with the innovators (Ali Halabi, Muhammad Al-Maghraawi and Abul Hasan al-Maribi).

Indeed, Shaikh Rabee, his brothers amongst the scholars and their students were the ones who fought against the extremism of Faaleh al harbi, and they were the ones who fought against the false principles of Ali Halabi. They were the ones who clarified the two extreme positions of Faaleh and Ali Halabi, so that the salafis can be upon clear-sightedness in the affairs of their religion.

This is the stance of Markazus salafi; we are neither upon the false principles of those extremists who expel people from salafiyyah based on false and innovated principles similar to that of Faaleh Al-Harbi nor are we upon the false principles of those who accommodate innovators such as the likes of Ali Halabi, Abul Hasan al-Maribi and others.

Therefore, the affair of the two camps is manifest, and to this day you have not ceased in your defence and support for the innovators of the second camp -Ali Halabi, Abul Hasan al-Maribi and Muhammad Al-Maghraawi.

We ask Allaah for Ikhlaas, truthfulness and steadfastness

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