The Biography of Shaykh Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab

Shaykh Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab, A name spoken of throughout the Muslim world, but who is he? What are his teachings? Are they really in accordance to the Sunnah[4] of our Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم)? What do we really know about him? Is he a reviver of the religion of Islam as some people claim or is he one of the thirty dajjal’s[5] and a reviver of the accursed cult known as the Khawaarij?

In order to understand such questions it is essential that we look to the biography of Shaykh Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab to gain a fair understanding of what his life and mission was all about. Therefore we shall look at his life from birth to death, and the impact that he had on the Muslim world to this very day.

Birth and Birthplace

Shaykh Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab, Born 1115 AH in the village of Uyainah of al-Yamaamah, in the Najd province of central ‘Arabia northwest to “the capitol of Sa’udi ‘Arabia” [6] Riyaadh. This is the exact same location that gave home to Musaymiyah the liar. [7]

His Said Education

Shaykh Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab grew up in the house of his father, the great Sunni [8] orthodox Shaykh ul-Islam, ‘Abdul Wahhab Ibn Sulaymaan an-Najdi. He studied Hanbali Fiqh under his father. His stubbornness in learning was noticed at a very young age by his father to the point where Shaykh Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab was forced to look for other teachers whilst his father placed his main focus on the humble soon to be Shaykh ul-Islam Sulaymaan Ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab.

It is said that Shaykh Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab travelled back and forth from Makkah and Madinah in attempt to find suitable teachers that was able to satisfy his lust of bad opinion. Therefore he sat with many Shuyukh, [9] but never completed his studies with them being unsatisfied with their doctrine.

In Makkah he studied with a Shaafi’ scholar by the name of ‘Abdullah Ibn Saalim al-Basri who was the leading scholar of ahaadeeth in the hijaaz at the time [10]

He also studied under the great Hanbali jurist, Abu al-Muwahhib al-Baali [11] it is also said he studied under other authorities such as ‘Ali al-Daghstani, Ismaa’el al-Ajaluni, the great scholar of ahaadeeth and Hanbli jurist ‘Abdullah Ibn Ibraheem al-Saif, [12] a subcontinent scholar from Indo-Pakistan Muhammad Hayaat as-Sindi, Muhammad Ibn Sulaymaan al-Kurdi and maybe more.

With Shaykh Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab’s non contentment with valid scholarly authority, his dissatisfaction drove him to obtain studies in ‘Iraq. In this time Shaykh Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab became heavily influenced by the creedal works of Imaam Ibn Taymiyyah and his student Imaam Ibn Qayyum. In fact many areas in which these two Imaam’s had only theorised by pen, Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab would later bring into practice.

It was not the habit of Imaam Ibn Taymiyah to destroy graves and demolish domes and kill anybody he deemed to be a mushrik, even though he made suggestions that extreme measures should be enforced to prevent people from doing shirk. To the lack of Shaykh Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab’s knowledge, Imaam Ibn Taymiyah later repented from such views after he was defeated in a series of debates ranging from many issues, theological and in areas of jurisprudence. [13]

Despite having studied under Hanbali, Shaafi’ and Hanafi teachers, Shaykh Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab declared war against the four traditional madh-habs [14] under the pretext it was “haraam[15] to blindly follow and trust any scholar as noted “he forcibly contradicted the blind following of any scholar”[16] Thus he thought he knew better than all previous scholarship, or yet was rather over satisfied with the opinions of Imaam Ibn Taymiyah and his student Ibn Qayyum.

Shaykh Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab was eventually drove out of ‘Iraq by the local learned scholars due to Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab’s sickness of referring to unknowledgeable seekers of knowledge as mushriks, simply for not knowing enough about Islam.  He was forced to leave ‘Iraq in the heat of the day and almost died of thirst. He found himself begging for money to get to Syria, however after such a God decreed defeat, his humiliation made him to return to Najd.

Though Shaykh Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab had obtained studies from a variety of scholars in different locations in the learned Muslim world, he did not, however, reach his discipline, nor obtain any senate to teach in any science from any of the above mentioned scholars. Moreover, none of his former teachers supported the doctrine he was soon to espouse and it is proven from the texts of historians that his teachers spoke of him with much negative critique.

Such as Shaykh Muhammad Ibn Sulaymaan al-Kurdi and Shaykh Muhammad al-Sindi who both recognized his stubbornness and refusal to respect scholarly authority and said about him “Allah will allow this one to be led astray, miserable are the ones who are mislead by him [Shaykh Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab]. Both of these teachers eventually combined with the brother of Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab [Sulaymaan Ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab] to write the classical text al-Sawaa’iq al-Ilahiyah fi ar-radd ‘ala al-Wahhabiyah in which his teacher wrote

“Dall mudlil”, i.e. he [Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab] is “misguided and misguiding”. [17]

Even a Wahhab scholar wrote about the Shaykh in a Saudi published biography:

“It seems that Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab was very attracted to reading – again, especially the writings of Ibn Taymiyyah and his student Ibn al-Qayyum (his teacher) al-Ajilaani even said that most of his knowledge was self taught”!![18]

So it is seen from the presented facts that he was unqualified to act as an authority, nobody gave him senate and he was self taught, brainwashed in the misguided opinions of Imaam Ibn Taymiyah.

Upon his return, Shaykh Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab would often attempt to debate great theologians which eventually caused him to be expelled and banned from many towns and villages. He even tried to debate his own father which led to a huge argument. His father’s eyes flowed with tears after reading the filth and bad opinions packed into the theological fast food sandwich, “Kitaab ut-Tawheed.

His father soon after died in 1153 AH never again having spoken to Shaykh Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab since.  Although before his death he would repeatedly tell the people “You will see much evil from my son Muhammad”!

Since his father passed away, Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab felt more free to publicize his deviant teachings more openly, although, underestimating the increase of knowledge of his own brother Sulaymaan Ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab whom his father had trained in his absence. His father had trained young Sulaymaan well, giving him senate in ‘Aqeedah[19] Fiqh [20] and other related sciences. Though Sulaymaan indeed had a difficult task ahead of him, he was all the more ready.

Meanwhile, Shaykh Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab began to gain support of highway robbers and other criminals from around  Najd, he was even given a small army of six hundred men. Shaykh Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab’s rise to power spelt death and destruction, with his so called religious justifications. He permitted the shedding of blood of people who say the Kalimah, thus making it permissible to take their property and place their wives and children in captivity. He said in his Kashf ash-Shubbahaat:

“The people that ask for intercession through the Prophets and Angels, calling upon them and making supplication through their waseelah in attempt to draw nearer to Allah are committing the greatest of sins. Thus it is permitted to kill them and take their property”  [21]

Even a modern committee of Wahhabi scholars admitted to this and confirmed this view when it was said:

“He [Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab] also made clear [to us] – the true meaning of tawheed [22]…and that it is not simply pronouncing the testimony of faith “la ilaha illallah” (none has the right to be worshipped except Allah); indeed, a person might be a disbeliever whose blood is permissible to shed and whose property it is permissible to take and he might pronounce the testimony of tawheed[23]

  1. It is clear that the kalimah [24] will not save a person from their sword. They will kill Muslims regardless.
  2. This statement mirrors the very same creed that the earlier Khawaarij [25] held, that its permissible to take the blood of those who pronounce the Kalimah, but yet disagree with their views
  3. Many ahaadeeth [26] prove that the kalimah is sufficient for one to be a Muslim believer, we shall quote them in a another chapter and address this belief that strongly implies that Shaykh Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab believed in a deeds based salvation as opposed to the Sunni stance of not despairing the Mercy of Allah.

His very first act was to march into a village with his six hundred or so bandits to demolish the grave of Zaid ibn al-Khattab. Shaykh Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab personally took an axe and took it to the grave like a raving mad vandal. This was the first earthquake as the people of the village stood in fear from the aftershock. Never before had they faced anything like this.

Shaykh Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab continued to pillage the neighbouring territories such as Zabir, Ahsa, Huraimala, and his hometown ‘Uyainah, indiscriminately killing Muslim men women and children if they refused to accept his call. Those who did accept his call were forced to shave their beards and their heads under the pretext it was the hair of kufr. [27] He did not even spare the women from this ruling.

When the Khalifah [28] of the Muslims Sulaymaan Bin Urair’ar heard of this, they came with an army to meet challenge the Wahhabi threat, in which made Shaykh Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab and his gang of vigilantes flee to Darriyah, fearing for their lifes.

The Pact With Ibn Sa’ud

Impressed with the religious doctrine and actions Shaykh Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab, the ruler of Darriyah, Muhammad Ibn Sa’ud knew that he could use Shaykh Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab and his doctrine to his own advantage, giving him the religious justification he so needed to eventually take over the Hijaaz [29] and seat himself as the king of ‘Arabia. As one Wahhabi scholar admitted:

“What was indeed extraordinary was the coincidence of the ‘Alim’ and the “prince”, Muhammad Ibn Sa’ud, who felt the need for each other, and saw the wedding of idea to arm [with weapons, by force] as a key to a new age of Islamic history” [30]

They knew that the only way to take over the neighbouring villages was by force of doctrine by threat of violence. Thus they prepared military wise. It even said by some historians that Shaykh Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab replaced the traditional swords with rifles supplied by the British government.

Shaykh Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab, now together with the Sa’udi reinforcements and a much larger army raided Muslim territories regardless of  hearing the Azaan.[31] The fact was, according to Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab, their Shahaadah [32] was not sufficient, thus he would make a habit of plundering Muslim territories whilst allowing pagans to freely pass through ‘Arabia without any attempt to convert them. In fact he never once raided a pagan village.

His Kharijite traits became more apparent as he led rebellions against the Muslim rulers, killing believing men, enslaving women and children, demolishing graves and places of important heritage [making some into public toilets] all under the pretext that he was calling the people back to the Qur’an and Sunnah, and “the 800 year old lost teaching” tawheed.

He even had a blind man executed for simply sending peace and blessings on the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) after he had made the call of Azaan. He did this under the pretext that he needed to preserve the purity of tawheed for the people as the action of the blind man may have led to shirk. [33]

Much of the historical manuscripts of the scholarly works were destroyed by the Wahhabi cult, as libraries were burnt to the ground, and even Qur’anic texts were even scattered around on the streets and trampled on without a care.

From the year 1159AH, the central ‘Arabia was never to be the same. “Jihaad” [34] was declared against any Muslim who did not accept the Wahhabi call. It was the case of: you either join us or die. This is exactly what the Khawaarij did to anybody that disregarded their theology. Like the Sahaabi [35] Khabaab who was martyred fro simply quoting a hadeeth in defence of ‘Ali. Not only did they kill him, but they killed his wife and unborn child by slicing open her stomach and letting the contents fall to the floor.

The contemporary scholars that lived to see the Wahhabi threat and re-emergence of the Khawaarij documented works concerning his corrupt theology, including his own his own brother Shaykh ul-Islam Sulaymaan Ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab. They are first hand witnesses to the historical happenings that have all documented the same truths concerning the Wahhabi cult and its call.

Shaykh ul-Islam Sulaymaan Ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab said to his own brother

“The horn of Shaytaan that the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) referred to is you” [Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab]. [36]

As the abundance of historical facts demonstrate, Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab was no reviver of Islam. Infact the movement denied eight hundred years of Islamic revival! The I.I.F.S.O translation of Kitaab ut-Tawheed informs us in the preface

“The movement was born out of a “realization” that Muslims had far too long been on a decline” [37]

Shaykh Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab’s arrogance knew no bounds as he opined that the great majority of scholars that predated him were mushrikeen [idolators] and thus kuffar [i.e. disbelievers]. He therefore rejected eight hundred years of authentic scholarship as being upon misguidance and innovation.

The claim is that he is [second to Ibn Taymiyah] the only reviver Allah has sent in eight hundred years of scholarship which contradicts the hadeeth of the Messenger of Allah sal Allahu alayhi wasallam is which he said:

“Allah will raise for this community at the end of every hundred years the one who will renovate its religion for it.” [38]

However, amongst the known revivers of each century who have been well documented, none of them [39] ever spoke of the same ideologies as Shaykh Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab, or his forefather in creed Imaam Ibn Taymiyah.

For example, who before Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab and Ibn Taymiyah, felt the need to divide and categorize tawheed into two, three or four parts? There was none! The same can be said in the many areas of creed in which Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab and Imaam Ibn Taymiyah have contradicted the consensus of the Ahl us-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah.

Implicit claim to Prophet-hood

Some scholars even noted that he made an implicit claim to Prophet-hood, though not claiming prophet-hood verbally. The following factors help demonstrate this point:

  1. Shaykh Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab named the people of Najd that chose to follow him [either by force or free will] the Ansaar [i.e. the helpers] Just as the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) called the people of Madinah the Ansaar for helping the Muhajireen. Likewise Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab’s non Najdi followers was labelled the Muhajiroon. The message sounded very clear as Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab opined Makkah and Medinah to be in a deep state of kufr with all the “grave worship” happening there so much so that he deemed the Hijaaz [Makkah and Medinah] to be dar ul-Kufr and his hometown Najd to be dar ul-Mumineen. Even Najd [al-Yamaamah] became to be spoken of as the “heart” of all ‘Arabia as Wahhabi follower Jamal Zarabozo stated in his biography of Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab “al-Yamaamah is the heart [not Makkah or Madinah] of the entire ‘Arabian peninsula” [40] In this age they have called it Riyaadh and still classify it as “the capitol of Sa’udi ‘Arabia” [41] their disregard to the two holy sanctuaries can clearly be seen in this point.
  2. With his authority he did not act like a ruler [Qadi] or even a humble scholar. He acted like a Prophet as Muslims would be executed for simply questioning his “divinely inspired wisdom in deriving judgements”.
  3. Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab made it very clear that he deemed anybody who rejected his mission as a disbeliever, almost as if they had denied a Prophet! He would instruct “new believers” to his cult to witness against themselves that they were previously kuffar [disbelievers] and that their parents was also kuffar before they could be considered as true Wahhabi believers. This is despite them previously saying the testimony of faith [i.e. the Shahaadah] “la ilaha illa Allah” – there is no deity except Allah! As Muhmmad Ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab has claimed in a number of his works, that the Shahaadah is not sufficient for one to enter paradise! If a Muslim was to reject his call, they would be beheaded on the spot.
  4. He commanded men and women to shave their heads as he deemed it the “hair of kufr”. This was his misinterpretation of a hadeeth that spoke of the hair underneath the armpits and the genital hairs. This action was unique to his call and the Prophet forewarned us of this sigh when he said “their sign is that they will shave their heads”.
  5. Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab “abrogated” much of the ahadeeth about fighting in the hijaaz [which the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) forbade] yet Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab considered himself such an authority to permit the killing of Muslims, even by the side of the Ka’bah.
  6. This is the most greatest point. When the Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wasallam entered Makkah and destroyed the idols, Allah sent down the ayah “Verily the truth has come and falsehood has perished”. This meant that idolatry had been totally obliterated in the Hijaaz and that Shaytaan lost all hope of misguiding the Muslims to worship taghut. This happening was a great sign and symbol of Prophet Muhammad’s [sal allahu alayhi wasallam] Risaalah, yet Shaykh Muhammad Ibn ‘Abd ul-Wahhab claimed that the hijaaz was riddled with idol worship and that he had been sent with a mission to destroy the idol worship in Arabia, thus he implicitly called to his own message, thus he is nothing more than a false Prophet.

These are amongst the few indictors of his implicit claim to prophecy.  His followers can also be seen giving him the status of a Prophet throughout many Wahhabi works, such as The life, Teachings and Influence of Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab by Jamal Zarabozo who states in the chapter entitled “Motivation Behind This Work” was to

“Defend the honour and truth of their religion, their Prophet, and their brethren” [42]

This really refers to the cult of “Salafism” the “Salafi Prophet” Shaykh Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab and their “Salafi” brethren!  In one translation of Mukhtasar Seerat ur-Rasul, more praise and attention is given to introducing Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab, than the little that is spoken of regarding the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) himself:

“After Imaam Muhammad bin Sa’ud Islamic university had decided to hold a conference in the name of Shaykh Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab [not in the name of Allah, or his Rasul], it formed a committee to prepare for this conference and to provide a detailed concept of it and then to implement it. The committee began its work by restating its general objective for the conference, which was to inform people about the Shaykh [not Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وسلم), but the Shaykh] and reveal the truth about his da’wah [not the Prophet Muhammad’s (صلى الله عليه وسلم) da’wah, but the da’wah of Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab]”

A few points can be seen from this above statement

  1. This is a book that is supposed to be talking about the biography of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم), yet the opening credits somehow go to Shaykh Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab
  2. A conference is held, not in the name of Allah nor His Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم), but yet in the name of  Shaykh Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab. Would the shoe been on the other foot, the Wahhabis would have been all to quick to accuse of of shirk for having a conference in the name of a Sufi Shaykh, etc.
  3. Whilst the great majority of Muslims around the world hold conferences in celebration of the Prophet’s (صلى الله عليه وسلم) birth and gather together to speak about his birth etc, Wahhabis are all to quick to slam us with the charges of innovation and heresy, but yet here they are celebrating “Shaykh Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab week. This exposes their hypocrisy.
  4. The general objective as seen from above is not to promote the da’wah of the Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وسلم), but to specifically promote the da’wah of Shaykh Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab.

As long as  Shaykh Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab occupies a position of doctrinal authority in the hearts of Wahhabis, they are to be considered a cult, a new religion. One regular visitor to the hijaaz – having seen the golden ages of the Sunni era – noted that a new religion had begun with the appearance of Shaykh Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab. [43]

His Death

He died a miserable death at the age of ninety-two years old in 1792 AD and was buried in an unmarked grave, nobody could visit him or pray for him nor place twigs in his grave which is a prophetic Sunnah that one may receive the mercy of Allah. Where ever his grave might be, it is unknown. His grave is also a bid’ah, to bury somebody in an unknown and unmarked grave is indeed an innovation. We all know where the Messenger of Allah sal Allahu alayhi wasallam and his blessed companions are buried, and this is because they did not command their followers to bury them in unknown graves.

Further more, it is noted:

“By the time of his death, he had seen his teachings spread throughout all of Najd and much of al-Ahsaa. Ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab had also seen the first signs of its potential against the leaders of the hijaaz[44]

His death led to a brutal raid on the holy sanctuaries , Makkah and Madinah in which many orthodox scholars was put to the sword. This demonstrates again that Shaykh Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab and his followers are the modern day Khawaarij and they did Kharuj [45] against the ameers and Khalifah’s of the hijaaz. Plus Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab permitted fighting by the side of the Ka’bah, when the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) clearly said:

“Allah and not the people has made Mecca a sanctuary. So anybody who has belief in Allah and the Last Day (i.e. a Muslim) should neither shed blood in it nor cut down its trees. If anybody argues that fighting is allowed in Mecca as Allah’s Apostle did fight (in Mecca), tell him that Allah gave permission to His Apostle, but He did not give it to you. The Allah allowed me only for a few hours on that day (of the conquest) and today (now) its sanctity is the same (valid) as it was before. So it is incumbent upon those who are present to convey it (this information) to those who are absent.” [46]

The Books Of Fitaan He Left Behind

From some of the thirty or more books he has authored are

  • Kitaab ut-Tawheed
  • Al-Usul ul-Thalatha
  • Kashf ash-Shubahaat
  • Kitaab al-Kabaa’ir
  • Mukhtasar Seerat ur-Rasul (صلى الله عليه وسلم)

Many books of Shaykh Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab have not yet seen a publishing house and are still in manuscript form, let alone translated. They all expose the creed of Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab as being from the Khawaarij if one is to carefully examine the texts for his theology. With this chapter alone I have demonstrated how the modern day Wahhabi cult are none other than the re-emergence of the end of times Khawwarij prophesised in the ahaadeeth of the Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وسلم). However will shall continue and cover every angle.

Soon to come : The Khawaarij The Historical Facts:


[1] Encyclopedia Britanica Micropedia vol. X, p. 511

[2] Lum’at ul-I’tiqaad [Sufficiency in Creed] The Wahhabi version, p. 185

[3] I have utilized books such as Muhammad Ibn Abdul Wahhab – His Life and Mission by Abdul Aziz Ibn Abdullah Ibn Baz; A Breif History of the Wahhabi Movement by Jamal Effendi, Encyclopedia of Islamic Doctrine vol.1, pp. 188-197 Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab’s Mukhtasar Seerat ur-Rasul, the translation which also begins with the mention of Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab and “his mission”. The life, Teachings and Influence of Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab by Jamal Zarabozo, Encyopedias and other types of historical reference works.

[4] The creed, speech and actions of the Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم)

[5] One of the thirty liars that have been prophesized to emerge in the last days of time.

[6][6] The reader may wonder at why I have chosen to put this sentence in inverted commas. It is important to note that my ‘Aqeedah is that ‘Arabia is called Jazeerat ul-Arab, as it was called in the Holy Prophets (صلى الله عليه وسلم)  time and not the “Kingdom of Sa’udi ‘Arabia” as described today. Reason being it is wrong to name such holy lands after a tyrant, plus innovation. If anything the country should have been called the Kingdom of the Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وسلم), however due to the Prophet’s known character of much humility, he would most likely tell me to call it Jazeerat ul-Arab. Secondly, it is my ‘Aqeedah that the capital city, or cities rather, in ‘Arabia are Makkah and Madinah and not Riyaadh! The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم)  did not like Riyaadh as it is a source of great fitaan. Thus, for this sentence, inverted commas. See Darussalam’s The Concise collection on Creed and Tawheed, p. 13 for “the capitol of Sa’udi ‘Arabia” Riyaadh.

[7] Musaymimah the liar. He claimed to be a Prophet of Allah after Muhammad and composed his own poetry attempting to compete with the Qur’an. One verse read “O beautiful cat, what nice fluffy ears you have” however, despite his stupid claims and poetry he managed to build a following of thirty thousand and planned to attack Makkah and Madinah upon hearing about the Prophet’s (صلى الله عليه وسلم)  passing away. Abu Bakr sent Khaleed Ibn Waleed and an army to Najd which is famously known as the batlle of Yamaamah, where many huffaz died. Washee was the one honored by Allah to redeem himself by killing Musaymimah the liar with his spear. Washee was the slave of Abu Sufyaan’s wife Bint and was responsible for the martyrdom of Hamza before his conversion to Islam.

[8] Sunni is a western derived term from a person who follows the Ahl us-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah. It is important to note here that there are ignorant Muslims in this day of age promoting the creed that we should not be Sunni’s, Shi’a, Wahhabi’s, Deobandis etc, but we should be Muslims. Although there is a correctness hidden within their falsehood the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) has commanded us to be Sunnis in the following hadeeth: “Adhere to my Sunnah and the Sunnah of the rightly guided Khalifahs that come after me. Bite upon it with your molar teeth [nawaakhidh] and beware of newly invented matters [in creed, and actions] for certainly every newly invented matter is an innovation and every innovation is a misguidance” Musnad of Imaam Ahmad narrated by al-‘Irbaad Bin Saariyah, hadeeth no. 17145, Sunan Abu Dawud, Kitaab us-Sunnah, hadeeth no.  4607 Imaam Nawawi’s Forty Hadeeth, hadeeth no. 28; and is classified as a Saheeh hadeeth. The one who follows the Sunnah as commanded is known as a Sunni. Please refer to the appendix in my translation of Lum’at ul-I’tiqaad Who Are the Ahl us-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah?

[9] Plural of Shaykh

[10] P. 19 The life, Teachings and Influence of Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab by Jamal Zarabozo

[11] P.17 The life, Teachings and Influence of Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab by Jamal Zarabozo

[12] P. 17 The life, Teachings and Influence of Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab by Jamal Zarabozo

[13] The repentance of Imaam Ibn Taymiyah is documented, however many Ash’ari scholars of Egypt had doubts about his repentance and still kept him imprisoned. See Encylopedia of Islamic Doctrine, vol. 1, p. 65. In the best opinion, he died a Sunni Muslim upon the creed of the Ahl us-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah after repenting from his corrupt views, although not being able to correct them by way of writing as his writing materials was taken away from him. Upon his death, the very same scholars that condemned him, and those who debated him prayed over him at his Janaazah, which strongly implies that he was considered and buried as a Muslim believer.

[14] The four schools of Islamic law known as the Hanafi madh-hab, Maaliki madh-hab, Shaafi’ madh-hab and the Hanbali madh-hab named after four great respected Sunni scholars, who are known for their excellence and ability in deriving from the Qur’an and the Sunnah.

[15] Haraam, the ‘Arabic terminology for anything prohibited strictly by revelation

[16] P.16 of The Concise Collection of Creed and Tawheed, Darussalam Publishing

[17] This book is presently being translated by Shaykh Abu Ja’far al-Hanbali and is promised to be a devastating blow to the Khawaarij Wahhabi Cult. We should expect this text to be released via the Hanbali Text Society 2010 www.htspub.com

[18] P. 20 The life, Teachings and Influence of Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab by Jamal Zarabozo

[19] ‘Aqeedah, the Mu’tazilah innovated terminology to refer to creed. The true ‘Arabic word is al-I’tiqaad. However for easy comprehension I have used ‘Aqeedah as many Muslims are now over familiar with this word.

[20] Jurisprudence, Islamic law relating to hygiene and worship, charity and hajj, etc.

[21] Kashf ash-Shubuhaat

[22] Tawheed as the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم)  and is companions taught is the testimony that there is no god but Allah and Muhammad is his messenger. Anybody who testifies to this should not be killed. This can be seen from the hadeeth where the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم)  said “”I have been ordered to fight the people till they say: ‘None has the right to be worshipped but Allah.’ And if they say so, pray like our prayers, face our Qibla and slaughter as we slaughter, then their blood and property will be sacred to us and we will not interfere with them except legally and their reckoning will be with Allah.” Saheeh al-Bukhaari, vol. 1, hadeeth no. 387 this hadeeth serves as an evidence against Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab who was taught it was permissible to kill people who testified to the Kalimah, more will be said of this in following chapters. Therefore tawheed is synonymous with the kalimah which is to testify there is no god but Allah. This is tawheed.

[23] Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab’s Mukhtasar Seerat ur-Rasul p. 18

[24] Literally means a word or statement, but in the context of ‘Aqeedah its linguistic reference is to tawheed, testifying to Allah’s Oneness and His Messenger Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وسلم)

[25] A group that is known to rebel against valid Muslim authority until they eventually exit out of the fold of Islam by killing Muslim believers

[26] The plural of hadeeth which in its singular form means a saying or action of the Holy Prophet. (صلى الله عليه وسلم)

[27] The hair of disbelief

[28] Ruler, valid Muslim authority

[29] The true heart of ‘Arabia, i.e. the two holy sanctuaries

[30] P. xvii in the preface to Kitaab ut-Tawheed written and translated by Isma’il R. al-Furuqi

[31] The Muslim call to prayer

[32] Shahaadah, literally means to witness, a synonymous term for the Kalimah

[33] Polytheism, i.e. associating partners with Allah’s divinity.

[34] Military warfare

[35] Companion of the Holy Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم), I dedicate this book to him and others that met with the sword of the Khawaarij

[36] The Divine Thunderbolts: as-Sawaa’iq al-Ilahiyah.

[37] I.I.F.S.O translation of Kitaab ut-Tawheed, p. xv

[38] Narrated by Abu Hurayrah, Sunan Abu Dawud, hadeeth no. 2011

[39] None of Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab’s family or Sunni teachers ever taught the same doctrine that Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab would later teach and force the people to believe.

[40] P.7 The life, Teachings and Influence of Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab by Jamal Zarabozo

[41] See Darussalam’s The Concise collection on Creed and Tawheed, p. 13 for “the capitol of Sa’udi ‘Arabia” Riyaadh.

[42] P. 3 The life, Teachings and Influence of Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab by Jamal Zarabozo

[43] Travels Through ‘Arabia and Other Countries in the East, vol. 2, p. 131, by C. Neibuhr [most likely a convert to Islam as he travelled in and out of the Hijaaz without any restrictions, even visiting Shuyukh in Makkah and Madinah and was a first hand witness to the rise of the Khawaarij Wahhabi cult.]

[44] P. 54 Again his teachings and not the Prophet’s (صلى الله عليه وسلم)  this can be seen simply from the hadeeth in which the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم)  says “The harshness of heart and sternness is in the East and faith is among the people of the Hijaz. Saheeh Muslim, Kitaab ul-Imaan, hadeeth no. 72; also found within Mishkaat ul-Masaabeeh, Kitaab ul-Fitaan, hadeeth no. 4

[45] Rebellion against the Muslim leaders which he Prophet forbade

[46] Saheeh al-Bukhaari, vol. 1 hadeeth no. 104 also in Saheeh al-Bukhari vol. 1 hadeeth no. 114 with the following words “Beware! (Mecca is a sanctuary.) Verily! Fighting in Mecca was not permitted for anyone before me nor will it be permitted for anyone after me. It (war) in it was made legal for me for few hours or so on that day. No doubt it is at this moment a sanctuary… also in vol. 3, hadeeth no. 58; hadeeth no. 60; vol. 4, hadeeth no. 412; vol. 5, hadeeth no 603; and volume 9, hadeeth number. 19. Thus there is no ambiguity to the authenticity and strength of this hadeeth, having numerous chains of isnaad.

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39 thoughts on “The Biography of Shaykh Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab

  1. Asalam alakum
    From your article and what I read elsewhere I see that Abdul Wahhabi was against grave and visiting to it. Can you please explain the issue that would take them out of the fold of Islam? For today grave worship is biggest issue in Islamic world for it is something done by all religion and is always used to show how there is no difference between Muslims and other religion. I personally see more than 90% of innovation and shirk happening at these grave. Islam is a clear religion which say to believe Allah and follow Prophet Muhammad PBUH. We can trust and ask Allah without anyone in the middle. Also the practice of keeping reminders of righteous men whether in form of graves or statues is what started shirk from time of Nuh AS. Also Abu Bakr RA have to fight with the Muslims who denied giving zakat after death of Prophet Muhammad PBUH so if something like grave worship is so deep rooted in Muslims today that it’s causing fitna and shirk it need some strong actions.

    • wa alaykum as salam

      The issue that takes them out of the fold is not their bad opinion about other Muslims but their calling to kill Muslims. Allah tells us in the Qur’an that whoever murders a believer intentionally shall face the hell fire for all eternity.

      The act of the Wahhabiyyah by accusing Muslims of calling on other than Allah, calling them mushrikeen and deeming their blood and property permissable is a big issue, not just of ther fitnah caused thereby, but the theologicial impliclation that the hijaz was in need of Muhammad Ibn Abdul Wahhab to somehow revive tawheed.

      • Salamun alaykym, yes Allah will grant the Prophet sal allahu alayhi wasallam to do intercession for his ummah, and also there will be many other intercessions such as children for their parents, the oppressed for their helpers, students for their teachers, the poo for their helpers etc

    • That is clear in present times yet what does history show us?

      The first Saudi state, the second Saudi state and the third Saudi state.

      The first being when Muhammad Ibn Abdul Wahhabs very own son took over the hijaaz with military might, the third being especially with the support of the English, as a direct result of the Peacott agreement which was part and parcel of giving Palestine to the Jews.

      So yes, very Khawaarij,

      Plus there is no other cult that believes that
      1. The Muslims are upon shirk
      2. Their blood is permissible
      3. Their property is permissible
      4. Their women and children are permissible

      They are the Khawaarij. It does not take much to look through such texts as Kashf ush-Shubuhaat to clearly see the Khawaarij ideologies being presented through Muhammad Ibn Abdul Wahhab’s works

  2. I have gone through this interesting piece of writing. Also I have gone through the other side of the people. What I found is “Kaar e Mullah Fee Sabeel illah Fasaad”….. Let them starve in their own caves of ignorance and not knowing Islam at all…. I am sorry I could not resist writing this comment, which I think will never be posted.

  3. The Shaykh of Wahhabism, Muhammad bin ‘Abd al-Wahhab said in one of his letters:

    وأنا أخبركم عن نفسي والله الذي لا إله إلا هو لقد طلبت العلم واعتقد من عرفني أن لي معرفة وأنا ذلك الوقت لا أعرف معنى لا إله إلا الله، ولا أعرف دين الإسلام قبل هذا الخير الذي من الله به. وكذلك مشايخي ما منهم رجل عرف ذلك، فمن زعم من علماء العارض أنه عرف معنى لا إله إلا الله أو عرف معنى الإسلام قبل هذا الوقت أو زعم عن مشايخه أن أحداً عرف ذلك فقد كذب وافترى ولبس على الناس ومدح نفسه بما ليس فيه.

    [Source: "Ar-Rasa`il ash-Shakhsiyyah" ]

    [Translation:]

    “And I inform you about myself – I swear by Allah whom there is none worthy to worship except Him – I have sought knowledge and those who knew me believed that I had knowledge while I did not know the meaning of La Ilaha Illa Allah at that time and did not know the religion of Islam before this grace that Allah favored. As well as my shaikhs (teachers) no one among them knew that. And if someone from the scholars of al-Arid (the lands of Najd and surrounding areas) claims that he knew the meaning of La Ilaha Illa Allah or knew the meaning of Islam before this time, or claims on behalf of his teachers that someone from them knew that, then he has lied and said falsehood and deceived people and praised himself with something he does not possess.“

  4. How unfair is that to lie so outrageously in the face of so many misguided users who blindly listen to you just because you share the same line of opinions and ideas with them?I would not mind you deleting this comment of mine but I will just feel a sense of release just for telling you what you are.I think the main reason why people would enter into the hell fire is that they refuse to use their brains to think about such important matters as religion…
    I am also not here to tell you that Abdul Wahhab is right or wrong but to present him as who he really is,not lies about him.Remember the same lies non-muslims spread about the Prophet (SAWS) ? Be fair with yourself and question your faith again?Have you done the right thing by laying out these misconceptions about Abdul Wahhab ? You are your own judge!May Allah guide us all.
    Abdul Razak NACOULMA

    • I have only approved this comment to demonstrate one point.

      Answer me this, where is the lie? Where is the misconception? Where is the unfairness?

      Do you know what really gets on my nerves?

      When people come here and write long lectures and cannot even say a proper Sal Allahu alayhi wasallam for the Sayyid ul-Anbiyaah !

      That is unfairness, and a mighty zulm.

    • Assalam Alaykoum,
      Brother I don’t think the admin actually wrote these lines, you can find them in the books of Mohammed ibn Abdul Al Wahhab, I honestly believe that he was trying to mirror himself to the Prophet Mohamed saws
      (if you read between the lines, as if he is the holder of knowledge )
      in the same way you’ve just (Consciously or Unconsciously ) put it, without realising you have compared him to the Prophet saws :)
      May Allah guide us all

    • Kader Bassoma,
      Salam Alaykoum
      With all due respect, I cannot believe what I just read this is such a typical arrogant attitude that all the users here are are following blindly unbelievable but true!
      Get off your high horses and don’t treat others of being idiots I have studied Ibn Taymiyah and Ibn Abdul Wahhab and the Wahhabi doctrine, for decades now how pretentious and arrogant of you to treat others as ignorant.

    • Assalam Alaykoum
      One final thing, Why don’t you tell us in your own words then who this Mohammed Abdul Wahhab really is ?
      Instead of accusing all of us of being misguided and following blindly you are passing judgements on people that you do not know, how much have you read about him and the things that he did ?

      Have you ever heard a Hadeeth where Prophet saws spoke about different categories of Tawheed ?
      Since when a blood of a Muslim is permissible or any other blood for that matter except in self defense ?
      Have ever heard of the Prophet killing anybody without a reason or in self defense ?
      And since when you compare this guy to the messenger of Allah ? You seem to forget one thing
      the Prophet peace be upon him was the “perfect” human being that Allah created since when Mohamed ibn Abdul Wahhab is now compared to the “Aadham Bachar ” ?
      Do you read yourself at all ?

      May Allah guide us all
      Salam Alaykoum

  5. Assalam Alaykum,
    Brother, I agree that we should always expose evil wherever it maybe and yes I do agree that the Wahhabite and other sects are from the shaytan they main aim is to spread and create confusion and doubts in people’s hearts as I always said the devil plays several cards all at once.
    He is the master of deception, as a Muslim I refuse to subscribe to any group all I know is that I am a Muslim I will Insha Allah follow the path of Allah and his messenger the Sunna of the prophet Mohamed (peace be upon him) and all of this nonsense is irrelevant.

    However I do agree that we need to remain on our guards and not be complacent he works night and day to mislead us in anyway he can.
    People have to realise that he is a powerful enemy they try to darken Islam as much as they possibly can and mostly to prevent new comers to this dine of truth and love.
    In other words he’ll do everything to keep people in a total darkness.
    And I do agree with you, that we should bring those brothers call them back to the right path, and the way to do that is to confront them with evidence, and not emotional call.
    They also need to be very aware that there’s no such thing as Salafi, it’s merely another trick to make them believe they are closer to Allah while in fact they are further away from Allah.
    Wahhabism is in reality nothing else than Salafism, because Salafism looks more attractive to the believers and they are under the impression they’re doing the right thing.
    May Allah show us the right path and help us all come through these difficult times, and particularly through this Dajjal’s tribulation and more to come yet, I believe we haven’t seen nothing yet.
    The other thing Muslims Insha Allah should realise is to never fall for the Zionist’s trap if you look around us today, a very carefully crafted plan is taking place to get us to war with the rest of the world.
    Humanity as a whole and Muslims in particular are facing a great danger, just look what is happening the Muslim world if anyone believes that it is all coincidence or even considers the fact that all of this uprising is really the will of the people, I’d say think again.
    Assalam Alykum
    May Allah Guide us all
    Ameen

  6. Salem Alaykum all
    I have to ask a question, I hope you don’t mind brother on the top of this website you have or the web designer had put the devil’s horns and his tail my question brother is this:
    Is it really necessary?
    Al Wahab is another name for Allah, I just thought to mention it, may Allah guide us all.
    However the article is very interesting I was wondering if you could provide us with some references that would be great Jazak Allah kheir.
    I was always weary first of the Wahhabi movement and their dark doctrine, Although Imam Ibn Taymiya was a scholar I never followed him I always check other Ulama knowing that he is not very reliable and Allah knows best.
    The Alliance with Ibn Saud and the British made me very weary of the Wahabi movement even if Mohamed Ibn Abd El Wahhab was a genuine cheikh I wouldn’t trust anything coming from the Saudis knowing what kind of a filth they are.
    We need more evidence with some historical facts in order to be absolutely certain, remember that when the Saudis came to power they destroyed a lot of evidences and falsified a lot of documents, to suit their agenda and the agenda of their masters the British I just want to be absolutely certain that all of these events did in fact take place.

    Although I read in many other documents that he murdered innocent people and he went on rampage of killing anything that moved including a child on his mother’s breast.
    If he indeed did that he is No Muslim, because even if those people were of another religion or even atheists he has no justification whatsoever in doing what he did.

    The prophet saws during a battle when the enemy fell to the ground and shouted the shahada another companion or another Muslim killed the soldier despite him shouting “Achehadou Ana la Illah a Ila Allah” when asked by the Prophet (peace be upon him) why did you do that, he said well he only said it from fear, the Apostle of Allah replied oh really now you know what was in his heart?

    That is pretty much sums it up, and proves that Mohamed Ibn Abd ElWahhab was not following the Sunna of Rassoul Allah, he was following his own Dogma Wa Allah knows best.
    Assalam Alaykum

    • Salamun ‘alaykum

      The horns represent a hadeeth “Qarn ash-Shaytaan” and are there to remind people that the Wahhabi cult is in fact the cult of Shaytaan.

      Secondly, al-Jabbar, al-Qadeer and al-Kareem are also names of Allah yet their derivatives have been used for cultists by the Ulemaa. There is nothing wrong with this labeling as it is a preventative measure. We cannot go into a shop and be expected not to have labels on tins of food, we need to know the difference between tinned fruit and dog food .

  7. As-Salaamu Alaykum.

    Thank you for this very comprehensive biography. It appears to be completely airtight, and I doubt any Wahhabi will be able to successfully refute it. At best, a group of them will post it on IslamicAwakening and a council of DIY scholars will get together and deem you “kaafir, jahmee, and mushreek”.

    I do have one question though: Does this mean anyone who devoutly follows the Wahhabi ideology is kafir?

    Jazakallah khair.

    • Wa alaykum as-Salam

      No, not exactly.Even if they have a Kaafir creed, they cannot be deemed such until they are put before an earthly Qadi and the case is determined, or until they stand before Allah.
      and Allah knows best – wa alaykum as-Salaam

      • the prophet peace be upon him said “if one deemed the other as a kafir, either one of them had committed kufur, either the person had unjustly said about another muslim a kafir so he had committed kufur, or one had heard from or seen from someone kufur so he justly called him a kafir”. correct hadith.

        • it is important for the muslim nation to learn the types of kufir so they refrain from it, there are three types 1. belief, 2. saying 3. action, eg. of belief if someone says Allah exists in a place or sits on the throne he had likened Allah to his creation, Allah said in the holy Quran “He (Allah) who does not resemble any of his creations”. eg. of saying if someone curses Allah or the prophets or the quran then he has blasphemed. eg of action if someone throws intentionally knowing the quran on the floor or in a bin then he blasphemes. This is what the 4 major scholars agreed upon (Shafeeyy, Hanafiyy, Hanbaliyy and Malikiyy)

          • now that you have been given the proof the Wahabii sect belief is of kufir not only the call any muslim out side there own man made creed a kafir, but also the say Allah rises above his throne subhan Allah, Allah existed eternally before the throne without a place, so after creating the creations he doesn’t need them including the throne and all six directions. and Allah knows best.

            • A fatawaa of kufr can only be given by a Qadi. a layman cannot just go and call somebody a kaafir. there is a process.

              Sure. Wahhabi-ism is a kaafir cult, no doubt, i already acknowledge that, but this does not mean that everybody that follows Muhammad Ibn Abdul Wahhab is a kaafir.

              Some believers are just misguided, may Allah correct their affairs.

  8. Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab, despite studying superficially under some major prominent scholars of his time, was very self opinionated. This would often be a direct result of what he understood – or misunderstood even – of Imaam Ibn Taymiyyah’s writings.

    Abu Rumysah admits in his brief biography of Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab:

    “As a young man, and more so in his later life, he was exposed to the writings of Ibn Taymiyyah and Ibn al-Qayyum and studied them extensively, personally transcribing many of Ibn Taymiyyah’s books” p. 14 –

    It has to be noted here that in English we only use the word exposed but in a negative context. E.g. he was exposed to nuclear materials causing his skin to boil, or Ted Bundy was exposed to materials that were pornographic nature, and this fed his lusts until he wanted something more.

    We also notice from this that it is not mentioned that anybody taught him the texts of Imaam Ibn Taymiyyah or his student Ibn al-Qayyum. As suggested, he simply picked up these writings and read for himself without the guide of a scholar. Imaam Sulaymaan Ibn abdul Wahhab, his brother, wrote a refutation against him called as-Sawaa’iq al-Ilahiyyah in which Imaam Sulaymaan constantly points out the many places where Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab even misrepresented the positions of Imaam Ibn Taymiyyah, thus attributing falsehood to him.

    Ibn Taymiyyah is not prefect, but he is not guilty of all of the flaws that Muhammad Ibn Abdul Wahhab claimed to have championed from him.

    This is why reading and studying books without authentic scholars is dangerous, because you are prone to misunderstand the wording and mode of the text, and take it differently of how the author originally understood it.

    For more on the life of Muhammad Ibn Abdul Wahhab read here: http://thewahhabithreat.com/wahhabism/the-factual-bioagraphy-of-the-wahhabi-founder/

    • Salamun ‘alaykum, I hope these help. Sorry that you have to scroll around a bit

      [1] Encyclopedia Britanica Micropedia vol. X, p. 511

      [2] Lum’at ul-I’tiqaad [Sufficiency in Creed] The Wahhabi version, p. 185

      [3] I have utilized books such as Muhammad Ibn Abdul Wahhab – His Life and Mission by Abdul Aziz Ibn Abdullah Ibn Baz; A Breif History of the Wahhabi Movement by Jamal Effendi, Encyclopedia of Islamic Doctrine vol.1, pp. 188-197 Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab’s Mukhtasar Seerat ur-Rasul, the translation which also begins with the mention of Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab and “his mission”. The life, Teachings and Influence of Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab by Jamal Zarabozo, Encyopedias and other types of historical reference works.

      [4] The creed, speech and actions of the Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم)

      [5] One of the thirty liars that have been prophesized to emerge in the last days of time.

      [6][6] The reader may wonder at why I have chosen to put this sentence in inverted commas. It is important to note that my ‘Aqeedah is that ‘Arabia is called Jazeerat ul-Arab, as it was called in the Holy Prophets (صلى الله عليه وسلم) time and not the “Kingdom of Sa’udi ‘Arabia” as described today. Reason being it is wrong to name such holy lands after a tyrant, plus innovation. If anything the country should have been called the Kingdom of the Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وسلم), however due to the Prophet’s known character of much humility, he would most likely tell me to call it Jazeerat ul-Arab. Secondly, it is my ‘Aqeedah that the capital city, or cities rather, in ‘Arabia are Makkah and Madinah and not Riyaadh! The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) did not like Riyaadh as it is a source of great fitaan. Thus, for this sentence, inverted commas. See Darussalam’s The Concise collection on Creed and Tawheed, p. 13 for “the capitol of Sa’udi ‘Arabia” Riyaadh.

      [7] Musaymimah the liar. He claimed to be a Prophet of Allah after Muhammad and composed his own poetry attempting to compete with the Qur’an. One verse read “O beautiful cat, what nice fluffy ears you have” however, despite his stupid claims and poetry he managed to build a following of thirty thousand and planned to attack Makkah and Madinah upon hearing about the Prophet’s (صلى الله عليه وسلم) passing away. Abu Bakr sent Khaleed Ibn Waleed and an army to Najd which is famously known as the batlle of Yamaamah, where many huffaz died. Washee was the one honored by Allah to redeem himself by killing Musaymimah the liar with his spear. Washee was the slave of Abu Sufyaan’s wife Bint and was responsible for the martyrdom of Hamza before his conversion to Islam.

      [8] Sunni is a western derived term from a person who follows the Ahl us-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah. It is important to note here that there are ignorant Muslims in this day of age promoting the creed that we should not be Sunni’s, Shi’a, Wahhabi’s, Deobandis etc, but we should be Muslims. Although there is a correctness hidden within their falsehood the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) has commanded us to be Sunnis in the following hadeeth: “Adhere to my Sunnah and the Sunnah of the rightly guided Khalifahs that come after me. Bite upon it with your molar teeth [nawaakhidh] and beware of newly invented matters [in creed, and actions] for certainly every newly invented matter is an innovation and every innovation is a misguidance” Musnad of Imaam Ahmad narrated by al-‘Irbaad Bin Saariyah, hadeeth no. 17145, Sunan Abu Dawud, Kitaab us-Sunnah, hadeeth no. 4607 Imaam Nawawi’s Forty Hadeeth, hadeeth no. 28; and is classified as a Saheeh hadeeth. The one who follows the Sunnah as commanded is known as a Sunni. Please refer to the appendix in my translation of Lum’at ul-I’tiqaad Who Are the Ahl us-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah?

      [9] Plural of Shaykh

      [10] P. 19 The life, Teachings and Influence of Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab by Jamal Zarabozo

      [11] P.17 The life, Teachings and Influence of Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab by Jamal Zarabozo

      [12] P. 17 The life, Teachings and Influence of Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab by Jamal Zarabozo

      [13] The repentance of Imaam Ibn Taymiyah is documented, however many Ash’ari scholars of Egypt had doubts about his repentance and still kept him imprisoned. See Encylopedia of Islamic Doctrine, vol. 1, p. 65. In the best opinion, he died a Sunni Muslim upon the creed of the Ahl us-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah after repenting from his corrupt views, although not being able to correct them by way of writing as his writing materials was taken away from him. Upon his death, the very same scholars that condemned him, and those who debated him prayed over him at his Janaazah, which strongly implies that he was considered and buried as a Muslim believer.

      [14] The four schools of Islamic law known as the Hanafi madh-hab, Maaliki madh-hab, Shaafi’ madh-hab and the Hanbali madh-hab named after four great respected Sunni scholars, who are known for their excellence and ability in deriving from the Qur’an and the Sunnah.

      [15] Haraam, the ‘Arabic terminology for anything prohibited strictly by revelation

      [16] P.16 of The Concise Collection of Creed and Tawheed, Darussalam Publishing

      [17] This book is presently being translated by Shaykh Abu Ja’far al-Hanbali and is promised to be a devastating blow to the Khawaarij Wahhabi Cult. We should expect this text to be released via the Hanbali Text Society 2010 http://www.htspub.com

      [18] P. 20 The life, Teachings and Influence of Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab by Jamal Zarabozo

      [19] ‘Aqeedah, the Mu’tazilah innovated terminology to refer to creed. The true ‘Arabic word is al-I’tiqaad. However for easy comprehension I have used ‘Aqeedah as many Muslims are now over familiar with this word.

      [20] Jurisprudence, Islamic law relating to hygiene and worship, charity and hajj, etc.

      [21] Kashf ash-Shubuhaat

      [22] Tawheed as the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) and is companions taught is the testimony that there is no god but Allah and Muhammad is his messenger. Anybody who testifies to this should not be killed. This can be seen from the hadeeth where the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said “”I have been ordered to fight the people till they say: ‘None has the right to be worshipped but Allah.’ And if they say so, pray like our prayers, face our Qibla and slaughter as we slaughter, then their blood and property will be sacred to us and we will not interfere with them except legally and their reckoning will be with Allah.” Saheeh al-Bukhaari, vol. 1, hadeeth no. 387 this hadeeth serves as an evidence against Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab who was taught it was permissible to kill people who testified to the Kalimah, more will be said of this in following chapters. Therefore tawheed is synonymous with the kalimah which is to testify there is no god but Allah. This is tawheed.

      [23] Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab’s Mukhtasar Seerat ur-Rasul p. 18

      [24] Literally means a word or statement, but in the context of ‘Aqeedah its linguistic reference is to tawheed, testifying to Allah’s Oneness and His Messenger Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وسلم)

      [25] A group that is known to rebel against valid Muslim authority until they eventually exit out of the fold of Islam by killing Muslim believers

      [26] The plural of hadeeth which in its singular form means a saying or action of the Holy Prophet. (صلى الله عليه وسلم)

      [27] The hair of disbelief

      [28] Ruler, valid Muslim authority

      [29] The true heart of ‘Arabia, i.e. the two holy sanctuaries

      [30] P. xvii in the preface to Kitaab ut-Tawheed written and translated by Isma’il R. al-Furuqi

      [31] The Muslim call to prayer

      [32] Shahaadah, literally means to witness, a synonymous term for the Kalimah

      [33] Polytheism, i.e. associating partners with Allah’s divinity.

      [34] Military warfare

      [35] Companion of the Holy Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم), I dedicate this book to him and others that met with the sword of the Khawaarij

      [36] The Divine Thunderbolts: as-Sawaa’iq al-Ilahiyah.

      [37] I.I.F.S.O translation of Kitaab ut-Tawheed, p. xv

      [38] Narrated by Abu Hurayrah, Sunan Abu Dawud, hadeeth no. 2011

      [39] None of Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab’s family or Sunni teachers ever taught the same doctrine that Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab would later teach and force the people to believe.

      [40] P.7 The life, Teachings and Influence of Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab by Jamal Zarabozo

      [41] See Darussalam’s The Concise collection on Creed and Tawheed, p. 13 for “the capitol of Sa’udi ‘Arabia” Riyaadh.

      [42] P. 3 The life, Teachings and Influence of Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab by Jamal Zarabozo

      [43] Travels Through ‘Arabia and Other Countries in the East, vol. 2, p. 131, by C. Neibuhr [most likely a convert to Islam as he travelled in and out of the Hijaaz without any restrictions, even visiting Shuyukh in Makkah and Madinah and was a first hand witness to the rise of the Khawaarij Wahhabi cult.]

      [44] P. 54 Again his teachings and not the Prophet’s (صلى الله عليه وسلم) this can be seen simply from the hadeeth in which the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) says “The harshness of heart and sternness is in the East and faith is among the people of the Hijaz. Saheeh Muslim, Kitaab ul-Imaan, hadeeth no. 72; also found within Mishkaat ul-Masaabeeh, Kitaab ul-Fitaan, hadeeth no. 4

      [45] Rebellion against the Muslim leaders which he Prophet forbade

      [46] Saheeh al-Bukhaari, vol. 1 hadeeth no. 104 also in Saheeh al-Bukhari vol. 1 hadeeth no. 114 with the following words “Beware! (Mecca is a sanctuary.) Verily! Fighting in Mecca was not permitted for anyone before me nor will it be permitted for anyone after me. It (war) in it was made legal for me for few hours or so on that day. No doubt it is at this moment a sanctuary… also in vol. 3, hadeeth no. 58; hadeeth no. 60; vol. 4, hadeeth no. 412; vol. 5, hadeeth no 603; and volume 9, hadeeth number. 19. Thus there is no ambiguity to the authenticity and strength of this hadeeth, having numerous chains of isnaad.

      This article is due for an update as there is new additions

      • As’salamu aleykum

        I liked the biography, very detailed. What I don’t understand is that I’ve heard that deobandis are wahhabis but they say they are hanafi?

        And if someone is a wahabbi, is he kafir?

        • Wa alaykum as-Salam

          Deobandis are not a sect. I am not saying that all of them are perfectly upon the creed, and there are certainly Deobandis that are upon the Wahhabi creed, however I do believe that there are Sunni Deobandis and Wahhabi Deobandis. I am still ignorant to many aspects of this subject and have only commented from a fair observation.

          With Wahhabis,we should accept them as Muslims unless an authority with the right to judge and declare takfeer upon them has done so. Until then we should keep good opinion regarding their emaan, Allah may even guide them to a path better than that He has chose for us.
          May we all be in Allah’s grace

          Wa as-Salam

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  11. Very helpful, but maybe you could explain what more of the strictly Islaamic terms mean without the use of other Islaamic terms? I’m an infidel, and though helpful, I’m still a bit in the dark.

    • Hi, greetings and thank you for your question. I will try to help you with any term you need. It is important to note that the word for a non-believer in Islam is Kaafir, but it is only negative when used in a very demeaning manner. I used to be a Kaafir at one point, and I still get called a Kaafir by Wahhabi “Muslims” very often despite my testimony of faith in Islam. I do however object to translating the word Kaafir as infidel, as this term has been borrowed from Latin Christianity http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Infidel and it does not really encourage or appeal to “outsiders”. My understanding of both Islam and Christianity is that Jesus spoke the Gospel with words of mercy, not hate, not discrimination, we are also commanded to preach with wisdom and humility within the Qur’an. It is a sad fact that religious people tend not to understand the key principles of the religion that they claim, yet with this said it is not the religion at fault. I do not pretend to be perfect and free from sin myself, but recognize the hypocritical behaviour within even myself at times, and this is the importance of belief, praying to God. To rise up from your prayers a better person. I am happy to discuss, and help with whatever I can. Peace

      • Salam Alaykoum,
        I do agree, but infidel which means you’re not of that religion and it is not an insult as in french for instance, to say something like Example: “Fidèle a sa femme ” he is being truthful to his wife.

        And I do agree with you that it is not the religion’s fault but its interpretation sometimes intentionally sometimes from sheer ignorance.
        Another example that I use all the time when people start to denigrate Islam is the following:

        It is not the highway code’s fault that some morons drive recklessly without any consideration to other road users, the highway code is there for all to follow, when they arrest someone driving like a lunatic why don’t they ever blame it on the highway code but when a Muslim or anyone who claims to be a Muslim does something, the religion of Islam automatically gets it in the neck and accusing it, I am not talking about the instigators and the conspirators who are working tirelessly to demonize the religion of Allah, but about the average people and why don’t they use some common sens and find out for themselves what is this religion all about?
        The Wahhabi sect has been operating for over 200 years it’s nothing new, it is not something they cropped up out of the thin air, it has been very carefully crafted and worked its way very stealthy to this day and it’s been financed by the descendants of Al Saud, they spend fortunes to see that Islam is undermined and destroyed that is their aim and prime objective we need to be extremely careful and not be lazy and complacent.
        May Allah guides us all on the straight path
        Salam Alaykoum.

        • Salam, I agree with what you are saying, yet the word kaafir in Arabic does not always refer to an enemy of Islam, it can also denote somebody who has not yet embraced Islam and that person may be a positive person who Allah loves dearly that He will guide them to Islam. Yet their present state may be kufr in which they are a kaafir. I do not think you can butter up infidel with the same line of thought

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