The Life of Imaam Muhammad Ibn Abdul Wahhaab and So called Wahhabism – [Brief response to article of a Journalist at Alarabiya News]

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

The Messenger [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] said:

[إِنَّ اللَّهَ يَبْعَثُ لِهَذِهِ الأُمَّةِ عَلَى رَأْسِ كُلِّ مِائَةِ سَنَةٍ مَنْ يُجَدِّدُ لَهَا دِينَهَا – Allaah will raise for this Ummah at the end of every hundred years the one who will revive its religion for it]. (1)

“Allaah will raise for this Ummah”- meaning the Ummatul Ijaabah [i.e. the Muslims]. “At the end of every hundred years”- Meaning at the end of every hundred years when there is little knowledge of the Islamic legislation and the authentic Prophetic Tradition, whilst ignorance and religious innovation is rife. “One who will revive its religion for it”- Meaning a scholar who is alive and well known. He will clarify the authentic Prophetic Tradition and distinguish it from the religious innovations. knowledge will be abundant again and its adherents will be aided, and the proponents of religious will be overcome and degraded. This reviver is non else but a scholar who has sound understanding of the religious sciences that deal with acts of worship, the underlying wisdoms of the religion and the texts that deal with beliefs of the heart. (2)

There is no doubt that Imaam Muhammad Ibn Abdul Wahhaab [may Allaah have mercy upon him] was one of those revivers, therefore, we must make certain affairs very clear whenever someone either speaks about him or speaks about his relationship with the Saudi Kings of his era [may Allaah have mercy upon them and preserve those amongst them who are alive]. Therefore, we intend to present observations on an article – written by Abdulrahman al Rashed at Alarabiya news – titled: “Wahhabism, colonialism, and ancient Saudi Arabia”.

[a] Abdulrahman stated: “Today, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia celebrates its Founding Day. Since that day almost 300 years ago, Saudi Arabia’s long, great history has been filled with moments of prosperity but also moments of state collapse. Because I am an avid history reader, I find that our yesterdays can help us understand our today and predict our tomorrow”. [End of quote]

Response to the above quote

Firstly, regarding the term Wahhabism, visit Wahhabis.Com | History and Beliefs- By Shaikh Abu Iyaad [may Allaah preserve him].

Secondly, celebrations in Islam are not to be innovated. Verdict of upright elder Saudi Scholars – Imaam Abdul Azeez Bin Baaz and Imaam Muhammad Ibn Saalih Al-Uthaymeen [may Allaah have mercy upon them]:


[b] Abdulrahman stated: The commemoration of Founding Day inevitably raises several debates: was the Saudi state a necessity three centuries ago? Is it true it was founded with the aim of fighting polytheism (“shirk” in Arabic)? Has it really never been colonized by major powers? How did it deal with international conflicts? In 1727, the foundations for a new state were built in the town of Diriyah in the Arab Peninsula, at the time home to dozens of microstates. There had been no central state established since the end of the Rashidun Caliphate. Then came Muhammad bin Saud, successfully eliminating the microstates in independent towns and cities and creating a new, large state. Fleeing the nearby town of Al Uyaynah, Sheikh Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab sought protection with bin Saud, knowing only he could shield him from harm. Historically, Sheikh Abd-al-Wahhab played an influential role as a religious reformist and as one of Imam Muhammad bin Saud’s men. However, his biography and role were manipulated in the following eras. Najd and the Arabian Peninsula were portrayed as lands of semi-polytheists of which he was the savior. His biography was recounted with such exaggeration it came close to match the biography of the Prophet (PBUH): his call for oneness, his ostracization and migration from Al Uyaynah to Diriyah, his call for Islam, and the wars he waged in its name. The version closer to reality, though, is that the Sheikh was a scholar, and the peoples of Najd and the Peninsula were not polytheists. Abdulrahman then stated: The glorification of his story aimed not at sanctifying the Sheikh himself, but rather those clerics that came after him. Certain groups exaggerated his story in a bid to bestow upon themselves legitimacy to take or partake in power. The state did not, in fact, extend its authority to the different parts of the Arabian Peninsula until after the passing of Muhammad bin Saud and his successor, Abdulaziz bin Saud. Throughout his rule of four decades, Abdulaziz had not given the Sheikh a role or used his assistance. It was in that period that the state prospered, then it expanded north toward Iraq and Syria under the third King, Saud bin Abdulaziz, becoming the largest Arab state since the Abbasid rule. [End of quote]

Response to the above quote

Read the authentic account regarding the Imaam on the following links By Shaikh Abu Khadeejah [may Allaah preserve him].

The State of the Region of Najd, Arabia in the Time of Ibn Abdul-Wahhāb and the First Saudi State

Part 1. Kitāb at-Tawhīd: An amazing authorship and journey into the history of Saudi Arabia and Muhammad Ibn Abdul-Wahhāb.

Part 2: Kitāb at-Tawheed: An amazing authorship and journey into the history of the Saudi link with Muhammad Ibn Abdul-Wahhāb.

The Life & Struggles of Imām Muhammad ibn ‘Abdul-Wahhāb in the Pursuit & Spread of Sunnah by Abu Khadeejah

[c] Abdulrahman stated: With the rise of the extremist movement in the last few decades, a narrative sanctifying the Sheikh and inflating his role prevailed. The extremists prohibited the suggestion of any different narrative. In his Ph.D. dissertation, entitled “The History of Najd Prior to the Wahhabis”, Dr. Uwaidah Metaireek Al-Juhany recounts that period during which Najd was claimed to be a polytheist land. As any dissenting opinion would likely be met with persecution, Al-Juhany requested that the University of Washington hold off the publishing of his dissertation for another five years. He later found a translation of his dissertation was published in Beirut in a book under his name. In the thesis, which is still deemed an important reference about that era, we discover that the establishment of a central state to unite the dozens of microstates in the fragmented Arabian Peninsula aimed not at spreading Islam, in lands where everyone was Muslim. Instead, the goal was to stop aggressions, looting, and famines in the microstates, mired by conflicts over power and resources, and build a central state instead, as in everywhere else in the world. [End of quote]

Response to the above quote

Firstly, the extremist movements are well-known to the upright callers to pure Islamic monotheism and amonsgt these extremists are the Qutubiyyah, the the Muslim brotherhood and others. Read here By Shaikh Abu Iyaad [may Allaah preserve him] “Bayan Talbis al-Qutbiyyah – Explanation of the Deception of the Qutbiyyah Series”:

Secondly, as for the statement: “Dr. Uwaidah Metaireek Al-Juhany recounts that period during which Najd was claimed to be a polytheist land”, read again:

Thirdly, as for declaring any Muslim land a polytheist land, then indeed, this is the statement of the Takfeeris and their mentor Sayyid Qubt. Read here by Shaikh Abu Iyaad [may Allaah preserve him] regarding the founder of contemporary Takfeeri movements.


[d] Abdulrahman stated: What about the three centuries in which, it is said, the state was not spared colonization, unlike the other countries of the region? There may have been no colonization as in the Levant by European armies, but the Ottomans did invade the land for many years. They colonized large parts of it for decades and were either fighting directly or supplying weapons to other parties in Al-Ahsa, Hijaz, the north, and the south. The English were also present, symbolically, directing the forces of the Sharif of Mecca. They were all driven out during the 30 years of unification battles, which, contrary to popular belief, were not only internal battles. Power and balance in international relations were a delicate process, especially in the pre-WWII era. The British and Germans, and to a lesser degree, the Soviets, were competing to bring Saudi Arabia aboard their alliances. Thus, King Abdulaziz, founder of the third Saudi state, sought to establish a balanced relationship with the major powers, but the British Empire was still the most dominant in the region. [End of quote]

Response to the above quote

Read again here:

The State of the Region of Najd, Arabia in the Time of Ibn Abdul-Wahhāb and the First Saudi State

Did Shaikh Muhammad bin Abdul-Wahhāb rebel? The First Saudi State.

More on this link: The ‘Aqīdah of Muhammad ibn Abdil-Wahhāb (Masjid bin Bāz) – Salafi Sounds:


[e] Abdulrahman wrote: The King gave the oil concessions to the United States, which had no military presence; sought to buy weapons from Hitler’s Germany, which were delivered to him through other countries, as well as from Italy; and maintained diplomatic relations with Moscow, which was becoming more preoccupied with its domestic issues under Stalin and did not want to anger Britain, either. [End of quote]

Response to the above quote:

Firstly, Islam allows a Muslim ruler to have diplomatic relations with non-Muslim countries. Read here by Shaikh Abu Khadeejah:

The Life of the Muhammad in Madinah: Treaties, Conquests and his Death (Islam 1.11)

Alliance with the Kuffār is of two types, misunderstanding this affair leads people astray: At-Tawallī and Al-Mawālāt: Allegiance with Unbelievers due to Love of Unbelief, and Allegiance with Unbelievers due to Desire of Wordly Gain

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Ref 1: Al-Bidaayah Wan-Nihaayah. Vol 9. Pages 303-309. Publisher: Maktabah Al-Ma’aarif and Daar ibn Hazm. 9th Edition. 1414 AH (1994)

Ref 2: Sunan Abee Daawud. Hadeeth Number 4291. Declared authentic by Imaam Al-Albaanee [rahimahullaah] in Saheeh Abi Daawud. Publisher, Maktabah Al-Ma’aarif. Awnul Ma’bood Sharh Sunan Abee Daawud. Vol 11. Pages 259-260. Publisher: Daar Al-Kutub Al-Ilmiyyah. 1st Edition 1419AH (Year 1998). Slightly paraphrased


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