In Defence: Shaykh Wasi’ullaah Abbas on the Jordanian Mashaaykh
Noble Shaykh received a few questions about the Jordanian Mashaaykh. And we all know that our senior scholars love them, due to their high status in knowledge and due to their tremendous effort in da’wah. However, since our next lecture will be with our Noble Shaykh Ali al-Halabi hafidhahullaah, we are presenting you this question so that it may serve as a medicine to the sick heart and a cure to those that envy him. And hopefully, it will also be fruitful and beneficial to those who are not aware of the matter.
So we say, for the Mashaaykh of Jordon, it is enough for them as an honor that they are the student of al-Allaamah al-Imaam Muhammad Naasiruddeen al-Albaani and they have spent their strength and resources in defending the Manhaj of Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jamaah and they are highly praised by the leading Imaam and Muhaddith of our time, al-Allaamah Abdul Muhsin al-Abbaad hafidhahullaah, and even before him, they were highly praised by Imaam Abdul Azeez ibn Baaz and Imaam Muhammad ibn Saalih al-Uthaymeen and Imaam Muqbil ibn Hadee al-Wadiee rahimahumullaah and they have established a great center to disseminate authentic knowledge and also have many beneficial books. May Allaah reward them for their efforts.
However we believe only Prophets and Messenger are infallible or free from mistakes. And they statement of Imaam Maalik is well known in regards to this. And he says, “All are capable to make mistakes except this” and he pointed to the grave of Muhammad alayhissallaatus Salaam. So our scholars may refute one another, or/and correct mistakes of one another and what is mandatory upon us is to follow the proofs and stick to the truth and benefit from the scholars.
However, it is very sad to see youth go beyond the limits and bypass the words of the scholars and they do not stop where our scholars stop. Rather they, the Shabaab, the youth, warn against the Jordanian Mashaaykh and from their lectures and they order their blind followers to boycott them due to their extreme Ta’assub. They also plotted against the Mashaaykh and ordered to remove their books and tapes from the shops or from the bookstores. And they work very hard to confuse others about them and if the Mashaaykh come to visit us in the west, they, the Muta’asiboon do not benefit from them.
Rather, they have the audacity to stop others from benefiting from them or they warn the others against their conferences and lectures. And the saddest part is that such youth are very quick at turning against Mashaaykh and hasty in passing judgments upon them. So we see them, they will raise only those whom they think will serve their agenda. Yet, they turn against them and drop them like they are nobody, just because they do not agree with them. So we turn to you, a noble Shaykh, for your insightful words so that you may tell us what you say about those Mashaaykh.
First of all, may Allaah reward you for the introduction that came in your question. It was a fair and just one. All that you said about them, about the ulamaa of Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jamaah is just and fair. Imaam Maalik said every person’s statement is to be accepted or rejected, except for this man in his grave [i.e. of the Prophet Muhammad].
We find in the history of Islam that some of the main scholars of Islaam, some of their statements were rejected and refuted. It does mean when some of their statements were refuted that all what they say is rejected in its entirety. No, if they are people of knowledge and Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jamaah we benefit from that. We benefit from that as long as they don’t go against that which is according to the Sunnah of the Salaf and as long as we don’t follow them in that which they were found mistaken in it. There is a principle here, a fundamental, an Asl, that a person should not be boycotted, period, except if he is astray or went astray or if his mistakes are way more than his good.
Then that which is right as for the main mistakes that were known and some of the people of knowledge may fall into them, we don’t leave of the scholar and boycott him. No, rather we benefit from them that which is right from the statements.
As for that which you mentioned pertaining to the youth, in this time, in this era, that we are talking about the ulamaa, the scholars and refuting them. I am going to tell you one thing, this is not something that is strange, rather this has been happening throughout the times and this is the way of the people of desires, who talk against the ulamaa and the scholars of Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jamaah. So this is not something that is strange to us.
Of course, when a scholar falls into a mistake, the mistake should be mentioned. It should be pointed out, but with adab, with manners; with good manners and respect.
But, these are people who show no respect to the scholars of Ahlus-Sunnah and they just slander and talk about them like the way you mentioned in the question. That is because they blindly follow statements of certain people who talk bad about the people of knowledge. This is not from the deen, to just go on ahead at a student of knowledge or a scholar who made a mistake. And they are subject to make mistakes.
As Imaam Maalik said, “And then they refute them, and warn against them, and boycott them…” This is not from the deen, period. The ulamaa, the scholars, in the earlier times they used to refute one another, and address the mistakes of one another, but that doesn’t mean that they boycotted one another.
As for the scholars and the Mashaaykh of Jordon and the most known and outstanding amongst them is Shaykh Ali Hassan Abdul Hameed al-Halabi, or Shaykh Mash-hoor Hassan, or Shaykh Saleem al-Hilaali hafidhahumullaah, what we know about them is that they were raised and educated under the care of Imaam al-Albaani rahimahullaah.
In these times, we don’t know of anyone in these times that serve the Sunnah of the Prophet as Imaam al-Albaani did rahimahullaah. It is like Allaah created him just for this time so that he can take care of the Sunnah of the Prophet by authenticating narrations, classifying others to be weak, making a lot of tahqeeq, on a lot of issues. We do not know of anyone like Imaam Albaani rahimahullaah who preserved the Sunnah in these times so therefore I’m not going to exaggerate. If they say he is Mujaddid al-asr it is that he revived the deen to the people, but yet he is an Imaam in this deen, a mujtahid. He has a lot of work and efforts in distinguishing the narrations to the Prophet, in separating the weak from the authentic, so he spent his life upon this and he left behind for us a treasure, a magnificent work. May Allaah reward him with Jannah, Ameen.
As for the scholars of Jordon, especially the three scholars that we mentioned, Shaykh Ali Hassan Abdul Hameed al-Halabi, and Shaykh Mash’hoor Hassan, and Shaykh Saleem al-Hilaali hafidhahullaah, we know them very well. We stayed with them many times. We heard their statements, we read their books, we know about their beliefs and creeds. Even, we know that they always call to good and to that which is according to the Sunnah of the Prophet and issues that are relating to issues of aqeedah and actions. This is something that is well known and nobody can deny this. This is a reality that cannot be denied.
As for the rumors, that has been spread against them, we say to those people, bring us the issues that show that the Mashaaykh of Jordon went against the Manhaj of Ahlus-Sunnah. Even if they are mistaken or make a mistake, this is the part that we mentioned that the people of knowledge make mistake and one of them refute the other or correct one another, that does not mean that when a scholar falls into a mistake, that we do not benefit from him, period. So this is not permissible that we boycott them and not benefit from their classes. That is IF they have any mistakes, but when they have mistakes, it should be dealt with respect, and things like this. And we don’t know that they say things against that which the Salaf said.
Why this Ta’asub, this extremism, and why these statements? If anyone has any animosity or hatred in his heart for them we just say “Fear Allaah and be mindful that you are going to be standing in front of Allaah and you will be asked in regards to what you say.”
As Allaah says in Surat-al-Kahf, “There is not a word that he or she utters except that there is an angel waiting to record it.” They are accusing the scholars of Ahlus-Sunnah with innovations and when a time of the people of innovations, they gather their forced together to fight against the Sunnah. It is not befitting to talk about the people of Ahlus-Sunnah and the Salaf, even if they find a mistake on one another, they kindly, in a respectful manner they try to correct the mistake. But they don’t boycott one another and call others to boycott them.
This is what I have to say about them. This is what I have to say about the scholars of Jordon, especially Shaykh Ali Hassan Abdul Hameed al-Halabi, or Shaykh Mash’hoor Hassan, and Shaykh Saleem al-Hilaali hafidhahumullaah and the other scholars of Jordon, their aqeedah is sound. Their belief is correct. They are upon the correct Aqeedah. They have knowledge. They greatly benefited from the tremendous treasure Shaykh al-Albaani left for them, and what he told them about the Hadeeth and narrations of the Prophet. They have abundance of knowledge, especially in affairs of the Hadeeth. And warning against them is something that I see is not permissible. And fear Allaah once again.
And that which we call our brothers, especially you, our brothers in the West, that you safeguard your tongues and May Allaah preserve the Muslims, especially in those lands where Fitan is abundant. So we ask Allaah to preserve you. And we ask you and actually invite you to benefit from the scholars of Jordon. They have efforts, they have a lot of efforts in coming to establish the deen of Allah in this land where the da’wah is in need, in dire need to be established.
Benefit from their efforts and many of the people of knowledge mention them with good and I mention Shaykh Abdul Muhsin al-Abbaad hafidhahullaah who is really more than just qualified to talk in this issue and he praised them and mentioned them with good.