The Da’wah of Shaykh ul-Islaam Muhammad bin Abdul-Wahhaab


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Taken from:

Historical Development of the Methodologies of al-Ikhwaan al-Muslimeen And Their Effect and Influence Upon Contemporary Salafee Dawah, pages 11-13

1.2 The Da’wah of Shaykh ul-Islaam Muhammad bin Abdul-Wahhaab

The reformative da’wah of Shaykh ul-Islaam Muhammad bin Abdul-Wahhaab was based upon a correction of Islamic beliefs (aqaa’id), worship (ibaadaat) and affairs of methodology (manaahij) in numerous arenas of knowledge and action. His call was to Tawheed as it was taught, understood and implemented by the Messengers of Allaah, and he called to the Salafee Aqeedah, Tawheed al-Uloohiyyah and Tawheed al-Asmaa was-Sifaat, and fought on account of this, and initiated his da’wah upon this, and kept it focused around this for the duration of his da’wah. His da’wah was successful and he purified the Arabian Peninsula from the Shirk that had entered into it, in the shadow of a Soofee Ottoman Empire. The time of Shaykh ul-Islaam Muhammad bin Abdul-Wahhaab was pre-Colonial, and pre-Industrial (i.e. prior to the main thrust of the western Industrial revolution and Colonial activities, pre-1800), and thus, his da’wah was non-reactionary, and was an internal da’wah that was reformative in the proper sense of the word. Thus, his methodology in da’wah was identical to that of Allaah’s Messenger (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam), in starting-point, priority, objective and method and focus.

Shirk and Innovation had crept in over the centuries, culminating in the worship of the dead, such as Yusuf, Shamsaan and Taaj, from amongst the tawaagaheet (false gods). The purification of this Shirk and Innovations from the peninsula, on account of the da’wah of Shaykh ul-Islaam, led to subsequent blessings upon this land, and a state built upon Tawheed was established and it has brought about Scholars and Rulers. Scholars upon the Salafee and Aqeedah and manhaj over a span of two-hundred years, such as Hamad bin Ma’mar, Sulaymaan bin Abdullaah Aal ash-Shaykh, Muhammad bin ‘Abdul-Wahhaab himself, Abdullaah bin Abdur-Rahmaan Abaa Butayn, Abdur-Rahmaan bin Hasan Aal ash-Shaykh, Abdul-Lateef bin Abdur-Rahmaan Aal ash-Shaykh, Hamad bin ‘Ateeq, Abdullaah bin Abdul-Lateef Aal ash-Shaykh, Sulaymaan bin Sahmaan, Abdur-Rahmaan as-Sa’dee, Muhammad bin Ibraaheem Aal ash-Shaykh, Abdul-Azeez Ibn Baz, Muhammad bin Saalih al-Uthaymeen and others.

And Rulers, who despite their shortcomings and faults in their personal affairs, have always aided the Salafee da’wah, and have spent an enormous amount of wealth in spreading the da’wah of Shaykh ul-Islaam Muhammad bin Abdul-Wahhaab in every corner of the globe. It is due to the spending of their wealth and their efforts that have allowed people outside of Arabia to learn the affairs of Tawheed and whatever opposes it of Shirk. This in a time, when all the states surrounding it, and the Muslim lands in general were but the states of the Innovators or the Mushriks, from the Raafidah, the Nusayrees, the Soofees, the Ash’arees, the Mu’tazilees, the Ibaadee Khawaarij and other than them. Thus, in perfect agreement of the Sunan of Allaah, you will see that this state has enjoyed enormous blessings and favours over the times, and security and peace is to be found therein that is not found in any other place, and the Sharee’ah law is established (despite shortcomings). And the great blessings in this country can be seen by the fact that, by and large, the Major Scholars of Ahl us-Sunnah have not been found except in Saudi Arabia, of course with some exceptions.


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The thing to note that is the da’wah of Muhammad bin Abdul-Wahhaab (rahimahullaah) was a pure da’wah built upon the Book and the Sunnah and was not mixed with anything, or was not a reaction to any external factors.
He began exactly where the Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) began, fighting against the Shirk of du’a and the Shirk of the graves, worship and excessive veneration of the Awliyaa (the pious dead people) and Tawassul (approaching Allaah through others) and the affairs that contradict the Tawheed that the Books were sent with and which the Messengers came with. And Allaah strengthened his da’wah and established a state built upon the foundations of Tawheed. All the other states that you see today are the states of the Asha’rees, Soofees, Maatureedees, Baatiniyyah, Mu’tazilees, Raafidees, Nusayrees, Quboorees, and other than them from the Innovators and Heretics.
Thus anyone found hating this state of Saudi Arabia, then it only comes from blindness and hypocrisy and those in whose throats there are thorns. No one is claiming perfection for this state and its people, but all of the people of Innovation are certainly united upon hatred of this state, for the only reason that it is upon the Salafee aqeedah and the Salafee manhaj, as opposed to the aqeedah of the Soofees, Modernists, Raafidah, Mu’tazilah, Khawaarij, Qubooriyyah and others7.

In addition, most of the polemic and aggression against this state from the contemporary false claimants to Salafiyyah, amongst the neo-Khawaarij and their likes is not from the angle of aqeedah or tawheed (unlike the other Innovators, such as the Mu’tazilah, Raafidah, Soofiyyah, Ash’ariyyah, and others), but from the angle of the absence of “social justice”, economic imbalance and injustice, the presence of oppression, aspects of sin that are to be found therein such as usury, and other major sins – with the claim that they have been made lawful (which is untrue) – certain historical occurrences, such as the Gulf War and so on.

When you compare the da’wah of Shaykh ul-Islaam Muhammad bin Abdul-Wahhaab with the da’wahs of those who came in the centuries after him, you will see a stark contrast between the great fruits and lasting signs in the success granted to this da’wah, and between the ruin, loss, destruction, and wastage (of life, time, resources and efforts) of the other da’wahs thereafter, up until this day of ours – none of which were based upon the all-inclusive call to the Tawheed of Allaah, but narrow restricted calls which often compromised with the affairs of Tawheed and the Sunnah.
And all these da’wahs are made in countries where the greatest of Shirk, worship of graves and the dead, and seeking aid from them, and the greatest of Innovations are found, and Ta’teel of Allaah’s Attributes and other than that, yet these da’wahs are attempting to arrive at the reigns of power and authority of government to establish the judgement of Allaah as they claim!
So one can see that Allaah has not blessed these da’wahs, because they are corrupted and are baseless, and scores of years have passed and nothing has been achieved by these da’wahs except wastage and corrupting the minds of the youth, and entering them into falsehood, killing, wastage and destruction, with no real tangible, observable fruits, except further disunity, disarray and party-strife, and vast arrays of deviant and corrupt methodologies that have harmed the deen of the Muslims. So it is necessary to understand that true da’wah that Allaah aids, supports and blesses, and to differentiate it from those that Allaah does not aid or support or bless.

And in reality, despite the fact that a fair number of those who are involved in these foreign alien da’wahs ascribe to the aqeedah of the Salaf, then as the Scholars of Ahl us-Sunnah have pointed out, this attachment, is an attachment that is not dissimilar to the understanding of the Murji’ah with respect to Imaan, in that the reality with them is that they know the Salafee aqeedah and identify it, and say that they are upon it, but it is just mere factual knowledge that exists in their hearts, by which they think that they have entered into Salafiyyah, and as for making walaa and baraa around it, and loving it, and being motivated to spread it and to teach it, in the detailed way that is required, then this is non existent with them. Rather, their foreign alien methodologies that they are upon are more beloved to them than this aqeedah, and their zeal to promote and speak about certain aspects of the Salafee aqeedah is only inasmuch that it will support their false methodologies.

7 Shaykh Salih al-Fawzaan was asked, “What is your advice to the one who says that this dawlah (state) wages a war against the religion and causes repression against the du’at (callers)?” He replied, “The Saudi state ever since it began has always aided the religion and its adherents. And it was not founded except upon this basis. And whatever it does at the moment in spending material wealth to support Muslims in every place, setting up centres and mosques, sending du’at (to other countries), printing books – at the forefront of which is the Noble Qur’an -, opening centres of learning and faculties of knowledge, and its judging by the Islamic Shari’ah (Tahkeemuhaa lish-Sharee’at il-Islaamiyyah), and also setting up a separate body for enjoining the good and forbidding the evil in every city – then all of this is a clear and evident proof of it’s aid to Islam and its adherents. And this is thorn (shajiyyun, lit. grievance, distress) in the throats of the people of hypocrisy (Ahl un-Nifaq) and the people of evil and dissension (Shiqaq). And Allaah is the Aider of His religion even if the pagans and the biased partisans may detest it.

And we do not say that this state is perfect from every single aspect and that it does not have any mistakes. Mistakes occur by every single person and we ask Allaah that he helps this state in correcting its mistakes. But if this person (who makes such a claim) was to look at his own self, he would find mistakes that would prevent his tongue from speaking about others and make him feel ashamed of looking at others.” (Al-Ajwibah al-Mufeedah p.117).

The son of the great Shaykh and Muhaddith, Hammaad al-Ansaaree, ‘Abdul-Awwal that the Shaykh said: “All the nations today are enemies of the Salafee Da’wah in Saudi Arabia.” (al-Majmoo’ fee Tarjamatil-Muhaddith Shaykh Hammaad ibn Muhammad al-Ansaaree wa Seeratihi wa Aqwaalihi - Volume 2, Quote No.67, Page 485), by way of Fatwa-Online.Com