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It Was Said to Umar, “Appoint a Successor!” He said, “Allaah Will Not Allow His Religion to Be Lost” – [By Shaikh Rabee]

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

Question to Shaikh Rabee: Shaikh Albaanee, Shaikh Ibn Baaz and Shaikh Uthaymeen have passed away, so who remains from the scholars?

Answer: Those who remain are numerous and all praise is due to Allaah.  The Messenger of Allaah [sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam] died and his noble companions [radiyallaahu-anhum] remained. Ahmad Ibn Hanbal [rahimahullaah] died and his companions [rahimahumullaah] remained. Ibn Taymiyyah [rahimahullaah] died and his companions [rahimahumullaah] remained. Ibn Abdul Wahhaab [rahimahullaah] died and his companions [rahimahumullaah] remained. And those ones [i.e. Albaanee, Ibn Baaz, Uthaymeen (rahimahumullaah)] died and their students and brothers remain by Allaah’s Will.  The truth will not be lost.

When Umar [radiyallaahu-anhu] was stabbed, it was said to him, “Appoint a successor!” He said, “Allaah will not allow His Religion to be lost”.  So by Allaah this Religion will never be lost. It is upon you to put shoulder to shoulder and embark upon work-raise the flag of the [authentic] Sunnah and the flag of the truth.  [The Messenger (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam)] said, “There will not cease to be a group amongst my Ummah manifest upon the truth-neither will they be harmed by those who betray them nor by those who oppose them till Allaah’s promise come to pass (i.e. the day of Judgement)”.

By Allaah! Neither knowledge nor the committee of senior scholars have died-all praise is due to Allaah-and there is good and blessing with them. Our Salafi brothers are in the different regions of the world. The world is filled with senior students of knowledge who fill this gap-all praise is due to Allaah. Therefore, neither can the people of falsehood rejoice nor become happy. [Source: الذريعة إلى بيان مقاصد كتاب الشريعة -1/ 208-209. Slightly paraphrased]

Accepting sincere advice and following the truth is from one of the greatest obligations – Shaykh Rabee bin Hadi Al-Madhkhali

Accepting sincere advice and following the truth is one of the greatest obligations upon all of the Muslims, from whichever source it comes from. It is not permissible for a Muslim to belittle and disrespect the sincere adviser regardless what his status may be.

I seek refuge with Allah that I reject an advice and defend a mistake or falsehood which emanated from me; for indeed this is from fhe means to evil, infact it is from the ways of the people of corruption, arrogance and arrogant stubbornness. And when he is reminded he doesn’t take the reminder, as Allah said,

وَالَّذِينَ إِذَا ذُكِّرُوا بِآيَاتِ رَبِّهِمْ لَمْ يَخِرُّوا عَلَيْهَا صُمًّا وَعُمْيَانًا

And those who, when they are reminded of the Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) of their Lord, fall not deaf and blind thereat. (Al-Furqan: 73)

Shaykh Rabee bin Hadi Al-Madhkhali

Chapter on Humbleness from Al-Fusool al-Mudiyyah min Seerati ash-Shaykh Rabee bn Hadi ‘Umayr Al-Madhkhali wa Juhoodihi Al-Ilmiyyah wa ad-Da’awiyyah pg 152

They Are Fed Up With The Salafi Methodology!

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

Question to Shaikh Rabee [may Allaah preserve him]: What is your view regarding the one who says, “Too much speech about Manhaj [i.e. sound methodology that distinguishes the Salafi Methodology from the groups of bidah] hardens the heart?”

Answer: The Shaikh [may Allaah preserve him] firstly questions the deviated view presented in the question with exclamation marks, in order to make the listener realise its falsity and acknowledge the opposite of it; then he stated as follows: “Too much speech about sound Manhaj and studying it hardens the heart; but calling to fictitious [beliefs, deeds, ideas, views etc], bidah, misguidance and the ideas of the khawaarij softens the hearts!!!  The call to sound methodology – the call to the Book of Allaah and the Sunnah of the Messenger [sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam], and what the Book of Allaah and the Sunnah of Messenger contains regarding [sound] creed, [sound] acts of worship, [sound] deeds and [sound] rectification of the [Islamic] Methodology- is a great affair which must be [established]. The affairs of misguidance [that have been innovated in this sound] methodology are numerous, and regardless how much a person speaks [about sound methodology], his efforts are little in comparison to what the affair requires. At present we speak about sound methodology, but has it reached all the Muslims?! But speech based on the path of the Tableeghees, the Ikhwaanees, the people of misguidance, the people of bidah, the [carriers] of fictitious views, deviated views, [deviated] political views softens the heart! Is this a correct statement? This is the speech of the foolish ones – those who are fed up with the true Islamic methodology, so they utter the likes of this false speech that hinders [people] from the path of Allaah”.

[Source: An Excerpt from Juhoodu Al-Allaamah Rabee Al-Madkhali Fee Naqdi Shubuhaatil Hizbiyyeen’ page 77-78. Slightly paraphrased]

Scholarly Observations On Some Groups, Organisations And Figureheads of Bidah

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

Shaikh Rabee Bin Haadee Al-Madkhalee [may Allaah preserve him] stated: Indeed, from the most severe of afflictions and trials upon Islaam and the Muslims in this era, is the appearance of a group claiming to be upon the methodology of Ahlus Sunnah Wal-Jamaa-ah, but unfortunately this group does not act except in opposition to this methodology and its people- openly at times and behind veils at other times.

And indeed this group has placed a heavy burden upon its shoulders, and that is its defence of the people of innovation and misguidance.  They author books in this regard and decorate statements for it; and they spread such defence in the world under the slogan of justice and equity or the methodology of Al-Muwaazanah. [Ref A]

They exceed the limits in the affair of Fiqul Waaqi [knowledge of current affairs] and speak ill of the scholars of the salafi methodology as a result of that [Ref B]; rather they degrade the methodology of the scholars as a result of this and increase in ill speech against the salafi methodology and its people. The effects of justice and equity are neither seen in their arguments against the people of the salafi methodology nor in their praises and exaltations for the people of innovation.

Alongside concealing themselves with the Salafi Methodology, they are not seen to give it importance except with respect to what they utilize to deceive those deceived by them, or (what they utilize as) garments of salafiyyah in order to bring the people to their corrupt partisan organization, (and in order) to kill their love for the Salafi Methodology, the call to it, defence of it, and traversing upon the methodology of the pious predecessors with the (correct) loyalty and disownment and being warned against the people of innovation.

So they divert a great deal of people from the true methodology and the truthful alliance for it, and (direct them) towards that passionate alliance to the people of innovation and defence of them, their innovations and falsehoods, or playing down their innovations to the extent that it leads them to the station of the extreme murji-a with regards to their views towards the major innovations and great affairs of opposition to the true religion of Allaah.

And due to this, hatred has occurred from them towards the carriers of the Sunnah and the salafi methodology; and they set up those who present their mistakes which have neither been criticized by a Sunni nor an innovator from amongst those who ascribe themselves to Islaam. They present these mistakes as mighty affairs of blunder and destruction; rather they make the virtues and merits of ahlus Sunnah to be repugnant and disdainful in addition to much fabrication and accusation.

So with these disgraceful deeds they perpetrate, they are from the severest in war against the salafi methodology and its people; the severest in their opposition to the salafi methodology and its people; the most intense in their defence of the groups of innovation and trials.  They have authorships in this regard and from them: The many authorships of Abdur-Rahmaan Abdul Khaaliq who carries the responsibility of this destructive orientation. [source: Bayaanu Fasaadul Mi’yaar; Hiwaar ma-a hizbiy mutasattir; page: 5-6]

Shaikh Saaleh Aala Ash-Shaikh [may Allaah preserve him] said: As for Ikhwaan Al-Muslimeen, from that which is the most manifestly evident of dawah with them is that they conceal, disguise, change colours and get close to the one they believe will benefit them and not making known their true reality. The reality of the affair is hidden and amongst them is one who mingles with some of the scholars and the mashaa-yikh for a long time and he (the scholar or shaikh) knows not their reality. He makes manifest a statement but hides the opposite; he does not say all that he has with him. [Al-Fataawaa Al-Muhimmah Fee Tabseeril Ummah: page:180]

Shaikh Saaleh Aala Ash-Shaikh also said:  They warn against those who refute them [i.e. without justification]. If they see an individual amongst the people who knows about their methodology and path and begin to refute them, and warns the youth from affiliation to repugnant partisanship, they begin to warn against him through different ways; sometimes accusing him, sometimes telling lies about him and sometimes charging him with things he is free from, whilst knowing that to be a lie. Sometimes they pursue his mistakes and vilify him; and they inflate that so as to prevent the people from following truth and guidance. [Al-Fataawaa Al-Muhimmah Fee Tabseeril Ummah: page:181]

Sayyid Qutb

 Imaam Abdul-Azeez Bin Baaz (rahimahullaah) said: ”He (i.e. Sayyid Qutub) is lost (with regards to) Tafseer.” [1]

Imaam Albaani (rahimahullaah) said: ”He (i.e. Sayyid Qutub) does not possess an understanding of Islaam based on its (sound) fundamental principles and subsidiary issues.” [2]

Imaam Muhammad Ibn Saaleh Al-Uthaymeen (rahimahullaah) said: ”Shaikh Abdullaah Duwaish and Shaikh Rabee have observations on Sayyid Qutb’s Tafseer, so whoever wants to refer to (those observations) can do so.” [3]

Al-Allaamah Saaleh Al-Luhaydaan (may Allaah preserve him) said: ”The books of Sayyid Qutb are filled with affairs that are in opposition to (sound) Islamic Creed.” [4]

Al-Allaamah Rabee Bin Haadi (may Allaah preserve him) stated after mentioning a few books of sayyid Qutub: ”They gather the major innovations in them.” [5]

Ref A: The Bidah of Al-Muwaazanah: http://www.salafipublications.com/sps/sp.cfm?secID=MNJ&subsecID=MNJ12&loadpage=displaysubsection.cfm

Ref B: https://salaficentre.com/2019/02/the-sound-and-safe-approach-towards-fiqhul-waaqi-knowledge-of-current-affairs-and-what-is-obligated-on-the-ummah-with-regards-to-returning-to-the-upright-senior-scholars-those-who-are-fi/

[Source: Fataawaa Al-Ulamaa Fee Sayyid Qutub: Ref 1: (p.3); Ref 2 (p.6); Ref 3: (p.9); Ref 4: (p.17); Ref 5: (p. 27)]

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Hadeeth: Mighty Reward For The One Who Catches First Takbeer In Congregational Prayer For Forty Days- [By Shaikh Rabee Bin Haadi]

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

Shaikh Rabee Bin Haadi Al-Madkhali [hafidhahullaah] was asked about the hadeeth: “Whoever prays for forty days in congregation and catches the first Takbeer, two affairs will be written for him- safety from the Fire and hypocrisy”. [Tirmidhee 241. Graded Hasan by Imaam Albaani (rahimahullaah)]

Shaikh Rabee [hafidhahullaah] said: We ask Allaah to enable all of us accomplish this. This is a difficult affair that requires striving against the Nafs and an intense desire to accomplish this deed. We will not accomplish this except if we are early for every prayer, and the A’dhaan is not called except that we are in the vicinity of the masjid or in it.  This [person] will accomplish it by the Will of Allaah. Therefore, be eager for this good deed.

[Source: http://www.rabee.net/ar/questions.php?cat=42&id=539 slightly paraphrased]


Whoever Does Not Make Tabdee of a Mubtadi Is Also A Mubtadi – [Clarification of This Statement By Shaikh Rabee]

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

Shaikh Rabee [may Allaah preserve him] said: It is not correct to apply this principle unrestrictedly because it maybe that he is unaware of the Bidah committed by that person, therefore he refrains from declaring him a Mubtadi [an innovator] due to [ورع – i.e. fear of falling into a doubtful matter that might lead him to something forbidden and affect him in the afterlife]. Why should you declare him an innovator? [i.e. why should you declare him an innovator when it is the case that he is unaware of the bidah of that Mubtadi or refrains from making Tabdee out of ورع ]. However, if he knows the innovator [i.e. knows that such a person is upon bidah due to which the evidence was established against him], loves him and allies with him, then he is a Mubtadi.  This is the distinction in this affair. He knows that that person is a Mubtadi but he aids him and wages war against Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jamaa’ah, then he is a Mubtadi without a doubt. As for a person who does not know that such and such person is a Mubtadi, he is not to be declared an innovator.

You [i.e. the scholar, or student of knowledge who is qualified to make Tabdee] – the one who studied the affair of [that person] and you know that he allies with a Mubtadi, places him in a favourable position, wages war against Ahlus Sunnah for the sake of that Mubtadi and for the sake of this falsehood, then this person is a Mubtadi, misguided. As for the person who does not know that indeed such and such person is a Mubtadi, then advise him and clarify for him [i.e. with clear unambiguous proofs until he understands] that such person is a Mubtadi. So, unless he ceases [i.e. refrains from defending this Mubtadi after understanding the evidences], then put him [in the same place] with his companion – the Mubtadi. [Source: An Excerpt from ‘Awnul Baari 2/891’. slightly paraphrased]

Who Initiates And Kindle The Fitna, Wars And Chaos In The Ummah?! – [Ahlul Bidah (Rawaafid, Khawaarij, Ikhwaanees) etc]

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

Al-Allaamah Rabee Bin Haadi Al-Madkhalee [may Allaah preserve him] said:

By Allaah! Islaam and the [affairs of the] Muslims are not ruined except by these categories of [people] amongst the people of bidah and misguidance-the khawaarij and those similar to them, and those who are worse, such as the rawaafid [i.e. Shiites of Iran and those upon their beliefs]. The rawaafid are worse than the khawaarij, and Ikhwaan al-Muslimoon (i.e. the sect -the Muslim brotherhood in Egypt and elsewhere) ally with them and they say: “They (rawaafid) are our brothers; the differing between us and them is like the differing between (Imaam) Maalik and (Imaam) Shaafi’ee;” meaning: The differing between us (i.e. Ikhwaan Muslimoon) and them (i.e. rawaafid shiites) is based on ijtihaad, and if Imaam (Maalik) and (Imaam) Shafee’ee differ in (some) affairs, they are all rewarded; and if we (ikhwaan al-muslimoon) differ with the rawaafid shiites, then us and them are rewarded.

O deceivers! [i.e. Ikhwaanis] The rawaafid (shiites) revile the Sahaabah and declare them disbelievers; they revile the wives of the Messenger (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallaam); they say that the Qur’aan is distorted; they (rawaafid) have shir’kiyyaat (beliefs and acts of major polytheism) and they deify the leaders of the Prophet’s family. So does all of this not harm them (i.e. harm their claim to Islaam); is this not irjaa?! (i.e. O Ikhwaanis! Is this alliance of yours with the rawaafid and that the differing between you and them is like the differing between Imaams Maalik and Shaafi’ee not Ir’jaa?!) [[An Excerpt from: لذريعة إلى بيان مقاصد كتاب الشريعة للإمام المحدث أبي بكر محمد بن الحسين الآجري   pages: Page: 162-slightly paraphrased]

Al-Allaamah Saaleh Al-Fawzaan [may Allaah preserve him] stated:

The wars that take place between the Muslims and the splitting are only brought about by the people of desires, such as the Khawaarij, the Mutazilah and other than them! The people of desires are the ones who cause the fitnah—the Mutazilah, the khawaarij, the Rawaafid (Shiites) and other than them. Fitnah does not occur except from them and as a result of them. Who murdered Uthmaan (radiyallaahu-anhu)? Who murdered Ali (radiyallaahu-anahu)? Who were the ones that ignited the fitnah between the Muslims thereafter? It was no one else other than those people of desires. Who misled Al-Mamoon and those rulers who came after him to put Ahlus Sunnah to trial, until their Imaam Ahmad Bin Hanbal (rahimahullaah) was beaten and imprisoned? It was no one else other than the people of desires. Who brought about the imprisonment of Shaikhul Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah (rahimahullaah) until he died in prison? It was no one else other than those people of desires! It is upon us to be cautious of these people because the end result of their fitnah leads to the splitting of the unity of the Muslims, rebellion against the Muslim rulers and splitting the Jamaa-ah of the Muslims, so that they become divergent groups and parties, which is the opposite of being one united Ummah. Paraphrased… listen to audio on this link: https://salaficentre.com/2016/02/reminder-ahlul-ahwaa-i-e-the-people-of-bidah-are-the-ones-who-start-the-wars/

Also read on this link at http://www.ikhwanis.com/index.cfm

The Sab’iyyah, Raafidah and Khaarijiyyah: Historical and Contemporary Interplay Between Rafd and Khaarijiyyah: http://www.ikhwanis.com/articles/fqfejnx-the-sabiyyah-raafidah-and-khaarijiyyah.cfm

Shaikh Shamsuddeen Al-Afghaanee [rahimahullaah] said: Ahlul Bidah are the ones who kindle trials and disorder.  They are a chaotic people and are deprived of safety and security.  They are a people of trials and disturbance as opposed to Ahlul Hadeeth Was-Sunan (i.e. those who steadfastly follow the ahaadeeth of the Prophet and his Sunnah). Have they (i.e. the people of Sunnah) committed what the people of bidah and trials have committed?! The people of bidah trespass- alongside enmity and innovation- whilst Ahlus Sunnah respond and defend (the religion). [Source: عداء الماتريدية للعقيدة السلفية 1/26-27]

Weekend of Knowledge! “Obstacles in the Path of Seeking Knowledge” with Dr Abdulilah Lahmami

Obstacles in the Path of Seeking Knowledge

Shaykh Rabee B.Haadi al Madkhali

Talk Dr Abdulilah Lahmami
🗓 Sat 25th Jan: 4pm & 6:30pm
🗓 Sun 26th Jan: 2pm

Live at the Masjid 🕌 2 Dudley Street, Manchester, M89DA

Broadcast 🔊 Sunnahradio.net

Please note: This lesson does not affect the regular Saturday Class at 8pm.

Many People Humble Themselves To One Another More Than They Humble Themselves to Allaah – [A Brief Admonition By Shaikh Rabee]

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

Many people humble themselves to one another more than they humble themselves to Allaah – The Most High, The Most Great. It is neither permissible for a person to be a slave [i.e. by worshipping anyone] except to Allaah, nor humble himself except to the Greatness of Allaah. Allaah [Glorified be He and free is He from all imperfections] said:

هُوَ ٱللَّهُ ٱلَّذِى لَآ إِلَـٰهَ إِلَّا هُوَ‌ۖ عَـٰلِمُ ٱلۡغَيۡبِ وَٱلشَّهَـٰدَةِ‌ۖ هُوَ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنُ ٱلرَّحِيمُ

هُوَ ٱللَّهُ ٱلَّذِى لَآ إِلَـٰهَ إِلَّا هُوَ ٱلۡمَلِكُ ٱلۡقُدُّوسُ ٱلسَّلَـٰمُ ٱلۡمُؤۡمِنُ ٱلۡمُهَيۡمِنُ ٱلۡعَزِيزُ ٱلۡجَبَّارُ ٱلۡمُتَڪَبِّرُ‌ۚ سُبۡحَـٰنَ ٱللَّهِ عَمَّا يُشۡرِڪُونَ

هُوَ ٱللَّهُ ٱلۡخَـٰلِقُ ٱلۡبَارِئُ ٱلۡمُصَوِّرُ‌ۖ لَهُ ٱلۡأَسۡمَآءُ ٱلۡحُسۡنَىٰ‌ۚ يُسَبِّحُ لَهُ ۥ مَا فِى ٱلسَّمَـٰوَٲتِ وَٱلۡأَرۡضِ‌ۖ وَهُوَ ٱلۡعَزِيزُ ٱلۡحَكِيمُ

He is Allaah than Whom there is none who has the right to be worshipped but He; the King, the Holy, the One Free from all defects, the Giver of security, the Watcher over His creatures, the All-Mighty, the Compeller, the Supreme. Glory be to Allaah! [High is He] above all that they associate as partners with Him.  He is Allaah, the Creator, the Inventor of all things, the Bestower of forms. To Him belong the Best Names. All that is in the heavens and the earth glorify Him. And He is the All-Mighty, the All-Wise.  [Surah Al-Hashar’ Aayaat 23-24]

Examine those Aayaat in the last part of Surah Al-Hashar! The statement: [هُوَ ٱللَّهُ ٱلَّذِى لَآ إِلَـٰهَ إِلَّا هُوَ   –  He is Allah than Whom there is none who has the right to be worshipped but He)]: This necessitates Tawheed Al-Uloohiyyah.

The statement: [هُوَ ٱللَّهُ ٱلَّذِى لَآ إِلَـٰهَ إِلَّا هُوَ‌ۖ عَـٰلِمُ ٱلۡغَيۡبِ وَٱلشَّهَـٰدَةِ‌ۖ هُوَ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنُ ٱلرَّحِيمُ- He is Allaah, than Whom there is none who has the right to be worshipped but He, the All-Knower of the unseen and the seen (open). He is the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful]: This necessitates Tawheed Al-Asmaa Was Sifaat.

And the statement: [هُوَ ٱللَّهُ ٱلۡخَـٰلِقُ ٱلۡبَارِئُ ٱلۡمُصَوِّرُ‌ۖ –  He is Allaah, the Creator, the Inventor of all things, the Bestower of forms” necessitates Tawheed Ar-Roboobiyyah].

These few Aayaat in the last part of Surah Al-Hashr necessitate all the categories of Tawheed.

Majmoo’ah Wa Rasaail Wa Fataawa 1/22 (excerpt and abridged)

The Illustrious Companion Mu’aawiyah Bin Abee Sufyaan [radiyallaahu-anhumaa]: By Shaikh Rabee Bin Haadi [hafidhahullaah]

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

Indeed this illustrious companion of the Messenger [sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam] has a high station and status in the sight of the people who follow the authentic Sunnah and the truth. And even before this station and status of his in the sight of the people who follow the authentic Sunnah and truth, he has a high station in the sight of the Messenger of Allaah [sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallaam]. And one of those virtues is that he was a companion of the Messenger and a relative of his through marriage ties [i.e. the Messenger (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) married Muaawiyah’s (radiyallaahu-anhu) sister, Umm Habeebah (radiyallaahu-anhaa)], and he was also from the scribes who wrote down the revelation sent down to the believers through the Messenger [sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam].

Indeed the Prophet [sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallaam] made a great supplication for him. Abdur-Rahmaan Ibn Abee Umayra reported that the Prophet [sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallaam] said to Mu’aawiyyah: “O Allaah! Make him a guide, one guided to the (straight path) and guide (others) by way of him”.

Irbaad Ibn Saariyah [radiyallaahu-anhu] said: I heard the Messenger [sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallaam] saying: “O Allaah! Teach Mu-aawiyyah the Book (i.e. the Qur’aan) and Al-Hisaab (i.e. knowledge of math, arithmetic, accounting etc) and protect him from the punishment” .

Umm Haraam [radiyallaahu-anhaa] reported that she heard the Prophet [sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallaam] saying: “Paradise will be granted to the first batch of my followers who will undertake a naval expedition.” (Umm Haraam added): I said, “O Messenger of Allaah! Will I be amongst them?” He replied: “You are amongst them” The Prophet (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallaam) then said, “The first army amongst my followers who will invade Caesar’s city will be forgiven their sins’. I asked, ‘’Will I be one of them, O Messenger of Allaah?”  He replied: “No”.  Al-Haafidh Ibn Hajar [rahimahullaah] said: “Al-Muhallab [rahimahullaah] said: This hadeeth contains [an outstanding virtue] of Mu’aawiyyah because he was the first to undertake a naval expedition.

Muaawiyah has [virtues with regards to performance of great Jihaad in making uppermost Allaah’s statement [or command]  لا إله إلا الله –None has the right to be worshiped except Allaah]; conquests [i.e. in order that mankind may single out Allaah in worship and abandon everything worshiped besides Allaah] and other distinguished virtues. And [from those distinguished virtues of Mu-aawiyyah] are: Mutual tolerance, kindness, forbearance, patience and justice.  And if he had nothing else other than the virtue of being a companion of the Messenger, it would have been sufficient for him.

Abdullaah Ibul Mubaarak [rahimahullaah] was asked about Mu’aawiyyah [radiyallaahu-anhu], so he said: “What should I say about a man who [when] the Messenger [sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam] said: [سمع الله لمن حمده (i.e. in the prayer], he said [ربنا ولك الحمد i.e. whilst praying] behind him.

It was said to him [i.e. Abdullaah Ibnul Mubaarak]: Who is more virtuous-him [i.e. Mu’aawiyyah] or Umar Bin Abdul-Azeez? He said: “The dust that was in Mu‘aawiyah’s nosetrill whilst he was with the Messenger of Allaah [sallal-laahu-alayhi wa sallam] is better and more virtuous than Umar Bin Abdul Azeez!

Paraphrased: See link http://www.rabee.net/ar/articles.php?cat=8&id=224