Shaykh Ibn Uthaymeen (rahimahullaah) said, Indeed we praise Allaah, Free is He from all imperfections, the Most High, that He makes it easy for our brother, the Doctor, Rabee' bin Haadee al-Madkhalee to visit this region. [So that] the one to whom certain matters are not apparent may come to know that our brother, may Allaah grant us and him success, is upon Salafiyyah, the way of the Salaf. And I do not mean here that Salafiyyah is a hizb (party) which is set up to oppose the Muslims outside of it, but I mean by Salafiyyah, that he (i.e. Shaikh Rabee') is upon the path of the Salaf in his Manhaj. Especially in the field of actualising Tawheed and throwing aside what opposes this [manhaj]. And all of us know tht Tawheed is the basis for which Allaah sent the Messengers upon them be peace and prayers...
The visit of our brother, Shaikh Rabee bin Haadee to this region, our city, Unaizah, no doubt will have a good effect and it will also become clear to many of the people what used to be hidden from them due to the scare-mongering and rumour-mongering and also letting loose the tongue [of discord]. And how numerous are those who are remorseful about what they said concerning the Ulamaa, when it becomes clear to them that they (the Ulamaa) are upon the truth.
Then one of those present at the gathering says, There is a question concerning the books of Shaikh Rabee'?
To which the Shaik replied, It is apparently clear that this question is not in need of my answer. And just as Imaam Ahmad was asked about Ishaaq bin Raahawaih - rahimahumullaah - and he replied, "Someone like me is asked about Ishaaq! Rather, Ishaaq is to be asked about me." And I spoke at the beginning of my speech about that which I know about Shaikh Rabee', may Allaah grant him success, and what I mentioned has never ceased to be what I hold about him in my soul, up until this time. And his arrival here and his words that have reached me, then no doubt, they are such that they will increase a person in his love for him and in his supplication for him. End of quote. (Cassette: Ittihaaf al-Kurraam Bi Liqaa al-Uthaimeen Ma'a Rabee al-Madhkhalee wa Muhammad al-Imaam)
Benefits: 1) Shaykh Rabee's manhaj is good and strong, and he is upon Salafiyyah 2) That Shaykh Rabee's presence will have a good effect in Unayzah, especially when the people realise the falsehood of the rumour mongering and lies that have been spread about him 3) The Shaykh implying that he should not be asked about Shaykh Rabee' but it should be the other way around, by the narration he quotes from Ahmad, and in this is a mighty tazkiyah for Shaykh Rabee' similar to the one given to him by Shaykh al-Albaani that he is "the carrier of the flag of al-Jarh wat-Ta'deel" 4) The words of Shaykh Rabee' that have reached Shaykh Ibn Uthaymeen are such that they will increase a person in love for Shaykh Rabee', and that Shaykh Ibn Uthaymeen has not ceased to have the viewpoint about the Shaykh that he has outlined above 5) O Hizbiyyoon, die in your rage and perish in your warm fuzzies!
Questioner: What is your advice concerning the one who forbids the cassettes of Shaikh Rabee' bin Haadee [from being distributed] with the claim that they cause fitnah and that they contain praise of the Wullaat ul-Umoor of the Kingdom, and that his praise of them emanates from nifaaq (hypocrisy)? Shaikh Ibn Uthaimeens replied: We consider this to be a great error and mistake. Shaikh Rabee' is from the Ulamaa of the Sunnah, and from the people of goodness. His aqidah is sound and his manhaj is strong and sound. However, when he began to speak about some of the symbolic figureheads of some of the people, from amongst the latecomers [i.e. Sayyid Qutb, Banna et. al.] they began to tarnish him with these faults. (From the three cassette series, "Kashf ul-Lathaam An Ahmad Sallaam", dated July 2000)
Benefit: Allaahu Akbar! Who else would have been better to explain to the Qutubiyyoon and Hizbiyyoon, the real reason for their enmity, hatred, lies, slanders, vilifications, derogation, tabdee' and also takfeer of Shaykh Rabee', merely because he refuted the figureheads of their deviant da'wah.
Shaykh Ibn Uthaymeen also said, "My study of the book of Sayyid Qutb has only been scant, and I do not know about his condition; however the scholars have written about his book in tafseer Fee Zilaalil Quraan - they have written critical comments about it: such as what Shaikh Abdullaah ad-Duwaysh - rahimahullaah - wrote, and our brother Shaikh Rabee al-Madkhalee wrote some points of criticism upon him - upon Sayyid Qutb with regards to his tafseer and other things. So whoever wishes to refer to that then let him do so." (A lecture entitled Liqaa ma-ash - Shaikhain: Muhammad ibn Uthaimain & Rabee al-Madkhalee [A Meeting with the Two Shaykhs, Ibn Uthaimeen and Rabee al-Madkhalee] in Jeddah, on 20/11/1413H)