This article is not a definitive compilation of all the statements of praise on Shaykh Rabee, but has been compiled in order to dispel the lies and deceptions of those who revile Shaykh Rabee bin Haadi Al Madkhalee. Some people say that Shaykh Rabee is not respected by the Scholars or that he is not held in high regard, or even that he has been warned against!
Well to them we say; read this article, Fear Allah and rectify your tongues. The article is not comprised of my statements or statements of fulaan or fulaan, rather in this article are a handful of statements from the major scholars past (may Allah have mercy on them) and present (may Allah preserve them) concerning the status of the Shaykh – and we do not praise anyone over the praise of Allah. Verily Ahlul ilm know the status and rank of ahlul ilm.
Before we begin let us take heed from this reminder from the noble Shaikh Zayd al-Madkhalee (hafidhahullaah) who said:
“…The one who belittles the righteous scholars, criticizes them, and describes them with that which they are free from, then he has been afflicted with the disease of doubt and the disease of lust. And the distinguishing sign of the people of bid’ah was that they would find fault with the righteous scholars…” – http://www.sunnahpublishing.net/modules/Manhaj/sittahtranslation.pdf
Shaykh Muqbil said in Tuhfatul-Mujeeb, “Shaykh Rabee is a sign from the signs of Allaah (aayah min aayaatillaah) in knowing the Hizbiyyeen, not like the ayatollahs of Iraan, the Dajjaalleen…“
Shaykh Muqbil also said, “Whomever Shaykh Rabee’ says is a Hizbee, then the days will soon reveal that he is a Hizbee…”
The following is a summary translation taken from sahab.net – http://www.sahab.net/forums/showthread.php?t=355344
Questioner: A rumor has appeared and it is being carried by some people with sick hearts, claiming falsely that you have spoken ill of Sheikh Rabee in a lesson from one of your lessons. And we dont believe that they want by this except to set the Scholars in opposition against one another. So what is your statement concerning this? And what is your instruction to these people? Therefore we would like to take a tape and spread it to clarify their falsehood.
Sheikh Abdul Muhsin Al Abad:
“Sheikh Rabee is from those who are busy with knowledge during this time period, and he has efforts which are good and tremendous in working with the Sunnah. And also he has authored works, so he has authored works which are good and tremendous and beneficial.And I do not criticize him, nor do I warn from him, and I say he is from those Scholars whom are well grounded and if he is busy with knowledge you find in him many benefits.
Therefore I consider Sheikh Rabee to be from the Scholars, those whom should be listened to, and from those Scholars whose benefit is great.
(Taken from a tape, from the Sheikhs explanation of forty hadith) – http://salafitalk.net/st/viewmessages.cfm?Forum=9&Topic=6447
The questioner asks:
ما هي نصيحتكم لمن يمنع أشرطة الشيخ ربيع بن هادي المدخلي بدعوى أنها تثير الفتنة وفيها مدح لولاة الأمر في المملكة ، وأن مدح الشيخ ربيع للحكام نفاق ؟ .
What is your advice concerning the one who forbids the cassettes of Shaikh Rabee’ bin Haadee [from being distributed] with the claim that they cause fitnah and that they contain praise of the Wullaat ul-Umoor of the Kingdom, and that his praise of them emanates from nifaaq (hypocrisy)?
To which the Shaykh responds:
رأينا هذا غلط وخطأ عظيم ، والشيخ ربيع من علماء السنَّة ومن أهل الخير وعقيدته سليمة ومنهجه قويم ، لكن لما كان يتكلم على بعض الرموز عند بعض الناس من المتأخرين وصموه بهذه العيوب ، أعرفت ؟
We consider this to be a great error and mistake. Shaikh Rabee’ is from the Ulamaa of the Sunnah, and from the people of goodness. His aqidah is sound and his manhaj is strong and sound. However, when he began to speak about some of the symbolic figureheads of some of the people, from amongst the latecomers they began to tarnish him with these faults. Do you know [this] now?
Shaykh Ibn Uthaymeen (rahimahullaah) said,
“Indeed we praise Allaah, Free is He from all imperfections, the Most High, that He makes it easy for our brother, the Doctor, Rabee’ bin Haadee al-Madkhalee to visit this region. [So that] the one to whom certain matters are not apparent may come to know that our brother, may Allaah grant us and him success, is upon Salafiyyah, the way of the Salaf. And I do not mean here that Salafiyyah is a hizb (party) which is set up to oppose the Muslims outside of it,but I mean by Salafiyyah, that he (i.e. Shaikh Rabee’) is upon the path of the Salaf in his Manhaj. Especially in the field of actualising Tawheed and throwing aside (i.e. refuting, clarifying) what opposes this [manhaj]. And all of us know tht Tawheed is the basis for which Allaah sent the Messengers upon them be peace and prayers…
The visit of our brother, Shaikh Rabee bin Haadee to this region, our city, Unaizah, no doubt will have a good effect and it will also become clear to many of the people what used to be hidden from them due to the scare-mongering and rumour-mongering and also letting loose the tongue [of discord]. And how numerous are those who are remorseful about what they said concerning the Ulamaa, when it becomes clear to them that they (the Ulamaa) are upon the truth.”
Then one of those present at the gathering says, “There is a question concerning the books of Shaikh Rabee’?”
To which the Shaik replied,
“It is apparently clear that this question is not in need of my answer. And just as Imaam Ahmad was asked about Ishaaq bin Raahawaih – rahimahumullaah – and he replied, “Someone like me is asked about Ishaaq! Rather, Ishaaq is to be asked about me.” And I spoke at the beginning of my speech about that which I know about Shaikh Rabee’, may Allaah grant him success, and what I mentioned has never ceased to be what I hold about him in my soul, up until this time. And his arrival here and his words that have reached me, then no doubt, they are such that they will increase a person in his love for him and in his supplication for him.” End of quote. (Cassette: “Ittihaaf al-Kurraam Bi Liqaa al-Uthaimeen Ma’a Rabee al-Madhkhalee wa Muhammad al-Imaam”)
The following is a summary translation taken from sahab.net – http://www.sahab.net/forums/showthread.php?p=564579
(Sultan bin Muhammad bin Saalim Al Juni) said
“I was a companion with our Sheikh, Sheikh Rabee during his meeting with the major scholars in Taif in the year 1427 (Islamic year)
So I will mention when we went to the Noble Scholar Sheikh Abdullah Ghudayyan, may Allah preserve him.
So we entered upon him in his office and we gave him the greetings, so he stood and shook Sheikh Rabees hand, gave us the greetings, and sat us down with him.
So he began to speak with Sheikh Rabee with delight and gentle, polite humor.
Then the talk was surrounding the minhaj, so Sheikh Rabee said, We warn from mistakes in the minhaj that oppose the book and the Sunnah and oppose the minhaj of the Salafi Salih that some of the callers fall into, so that the people will not be deceived by them.
So Sheikh Ghudayyan said, I am with you in this oh Sheikh Rabee.
And before Sheikh Rabee sought permission to leave, Sheikh Ghudayyan requested some of Sheikh Rabees recent books so he could look at them, so Sheikh Rabee promised to send this to him.
Then Sheikh Rabee sought Sheikh Ghudayyans permission to depart, so he gave us permission to leave. And we left with the same, rather we left with more happiness, delight and peace of mind than we had when we were greeted.”
Shaykh Saalih al-Luhaydaan (may Allaah preserve him):
“No doubt, this is oppression and a wrongful form of aggression. We do not know of any contradictions to the Sharee’ah by Shaykh Rabee’. And we do not of any of the well-known scholars to warn against (him).
Full Arabic audio with English translation below:
أقرأ وأسمع في بعض المجالس حملة تطعن في فضيلة الشيخ الدكتور ربيع بن هادي المدخلي والتحذير منه والأخذ عنه وأنه ليس من أهل السنة والجماعة مما جعلني في حيرة من أمري فما حكم ذلك نرجو التوضيح وجزاكم الله خيرا
The Shaykh’s Answer:
لا شك أنه من أهل العلم وهو من تلامذة شيخنا الشيخ عبد العزيز في المدينة وكان من الأساتذة في جامعة المدينة ولا أعرف عنه انحرافا لا في عقيدة ولا في أخلاق بل ظني فيه أنه حسن وأنه من أهل الخير ومن المكافحين لدعاة الفتنة
ثم إني أنصح الشباب أن يتجنبوا الوقيعة في أهل العلم ويكفوا ألسنتهم وأن يحرصوا على تقييم أنفسهم ثم إذا رأوا في أحد فيما يظنون عيبا فليفتشوا أنفسهم ولينظروا فيها فإذا وجدوا عيوبا فيحرصون على إصلاحها …
Original source: Sahab.Net, translation (taken from the one posted on ST, with corrections made to it):
I read and I hear in some sittings a campaing slandering the noble scholar as-Shaikh Rabee’ ibn Hadee al-Madkhalee and warnings against him, in addition to taking from him (knowledge), and that he is not from Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah, which made me become confused in my affair (of seeking knowledge). So what is the ruling upon this, please clarify? Jazakumullaahu Khair.
He (Sheikh Saalih) answered:
There is no doubt that he (Shaikh Rabee’) is from the people of knowledge, and he is from the students of our Shaykh, Shaykh Abdul ‘Azeez (Ibn Baaz) (when they were) in Madinah, and he (Shaykh Rabee’) used to be from the teachers of Madinah (Islamic) University. I do not know any deviations of him neither in Aqeedah nor in Akhlaaq (mannerism), rather my perception of him that he is good and that he is from the people of goodness, as well as being from those who battle the callers to fitnah.
Thereafter I advise the youth is to stay away from reviling the scholars, and to withhold their tongues (from reviling the scholars). Also let them (the youth) strive to assess themselves (to improve themselves). And then if they saw what they thought is a fault in someone, then let them investigate their own souls (first), and let them look into them, so if they saw faults (in their own souls), they should be eager to rectify them …
Second matter: Ash-Shaykh Rabee’ bin Haadee Al Madkhalee is from the people of knowledge and what an excellent man! …..
…Rather, if they presented this matter to Shaykh Rabee’ it would become apparent to them, that he does not intend this dangerous path and dispelling methodology, rather the intent is those lenient ones, the warners and those who say: we facilitate all the people from all walks of life and each one of us acts upon what he believes and we excuse whatever others believe! No, the matter is not like that as well. It is obligatory that the truth be dominant upon various people and their ways and it is Allaah whose help we seek.
How long have you known sheikh Rabee?
Since 1382h/1383h until now.
…by Allaah I would not have believed it if all the people told me for my experience of knowing Rabee while even as a student and until now I have not known him ever to lie.
Is Sheikh Rabee from the Kibaar al Ulamaa?
Who is in this time similar to him? He knows the reality of most of the callers. Who is like him? He knows with proof and evidence. He doesn’t speak about anyone except with the proof. That is why I say about Rabee Haadee is similar to Yahyah ibn Ma’een in this time. You must forgive me son I have become old I forget, now I am 90 years. Shiekh Ibn Baz rahimahullaah is the Umar ibn AbdulAziz in this era. And sheikh Nasrud Deen al Albaani rahimahullaah is the Ibn Taymiyyah of this era. and Sheikh Uthaimeen rahimahullaah is the Shaf’ee of this era. By Allaah, the most knowledgeable of our scholars in this time ibn Uthaimeen rahimahullaah and the most generous is Sheikh AbdulAziz ibn Baz rahimahullaah, And the most knowledgeable of those differences between people and knowing the truth is Sheikh al Albaani rahimahullaah, and the most knowledgeable ones of Rijaal (men) with proof and evidence is Sheikh Rabee Haadee May Allaah protect him. And May Allaah protect his intellect.
When sheikh al Albaani rahimahullaah showed the errors of Sayid Qutb and Abdullah Dawaish rahimahullaah no one moved but when Sheikh Rabee may Allaah be pleased with him, showed the misguidance of Sayid Qutb and he clarified it from his (Sayid Qutb’s) books and his situation in the past, the world was against Rabee. He said it with openness and evidence.
So may Allaah reward him and make him firm and may Allaah keep him alive to remove those who wear the clothes of salafiyyah in order to fight it. We ask Allaah to show their state and clarify them and keep their evil away from us.
The letter has an official letter head for “the Office of the General Muftee of the Kingdom”, is dated 24/7/1415H and begins with the subject heading:
Regarding the speech of the one-called Nazih Hammad on the Noble Qur’an Radio [program].
The letter is addressed from Abdul-Aziz bin Abdullah bin Baz to the
His respectfulness, the Noble Brother, the Esteemed Shaykh, Dr. Rabee’ bin Haadee al-Madkhali, may Allaah grant him safety, Ameen.
After giving salutations, the Shaykh mentioned that he was informed by Dr. Muhammad bin Sa’ad ash-Shuway’ir of Shaykh Rabee’s hearing of the speech of the one called Nazih Hammad which was broadcast on the Noble Qur’an Radio [program] on 12/6/1415H between 7am and 8am and that he spoke about the Ta’weel of the attributes of al-hayaa and al-ghadab.
Then the Shaykh said:
For this reason, I ask from your excellence to expect reward in refuting him and clarifying the truth to the Muslims, because I have not heard this speech (directly).
May Allaah grant your excellence success in every goodness and multiply your reward, for He is all-Hearing, ever-Near…
Then the Shaykh gives his salutations and places his official seal at the end of the letter.