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`Abdur-Rahman `Abdul-Khaliq
  Concerning the book Jamaa`ah Waahidah of Shaikh Rabee` bin Haadee
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In recent years, the Biased Partisans, Hizbiyyoon, have attempted to discredit a number of books which have been a thorn in their throats. Foremost amongst them, "Manhaj ul-Anbiyaa Fid-Da'wah Ilallaah" and "Jama'ah Waahidah" both by Shaikh Rabee' bin Haadee.

Since these attempts are recurring and people often use a verdict of Imaam Ibn Baaz to discredit the second of the two books mentioned above, it is necessary to close this chapter once and for all.

The Statement
Firstly, the fatwaa of Imaam Ibn Baaz under question:

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Office of the Presidency of Islamic Research and
Legal Verdicts
The Office of the General Mufti

From 'Abdul-'Azeez bin 'Abdullah Ibn Baaz, to the respected and honourable sons from the callers to Allah - Glory be to Him - in the country of Kuwait, may Allah assist them in that which contains His Pleasure, and increase them in knowledge and Imaan, Ameen.

Salaamun 'Alaikum wa-raHmatullahi wa-barakaatuhu, to proceed.

Your beneficial letter dated 7th of Rajab 1416 AH has reached me, may Allah reach you to the rope of guidance and the ability. And all that you have mentioned in it [the letter] was known, particularly what you mentioned regarding the book of ash-Sheikh Rabee' bin Haadi Madkhali, and what he mentioned regarding his eminence ash-Sheikh 'Abdur-Rahmaan 'Abdul-Khaaliq, and what you also mentioned about his eminence ash-Sheikh 'Abdur-Rahmaan 'Abdul-Khaaliq, and his vigour in ad-Da'watis-Salafiyah and your criticism of what his eminence ash-Sheikh Rabee' bin Haadi mentioned about him.

And what I see, is the continuity from you, and his eminence ash-Sheikh 'Abdur-Rahmaan 'Abdul-Khaaliq,in Da'wah to Allah - Glory be to Him - upon the Manhaj of Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jamaa'ah and enthusiasm in that, and encouragement of all the callers amongst you, to adherence to the Madhhab of Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jamaa'ah, and conducting the Da'wah to Allah - Glory be to Him - upon what is evident from the Book of Allah - the Mighty and the Majestic - and the Sunnah of His Messenger - upon him be the Salaah and Salaam - while being heedful of what Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jamaa'ah has mentioned and maintained, by following the companions of the Messenger of Allah - may the Salaah of Allah and Salaam be upon him, and may He be pleased with them - and the ones who followed their methodology, like the Imaams: Maalik, al-Awzaa'i, ath-Thawri, Ibn 'Uyainah, Ibn al-Mubaarak, Ahmad Ibn Hanbal, ash-Shaafi'i, Ibn Khuzaimah and others besides them from the Imaams of Sunnah - May Allah have mercy upon them. And upon the methodology, those who came after them from Ahlus-Sunnah, like Sheikh al-Islaam Ibn Taymiyah and his student Ibn al-Qayim, al-Haafidh Ibn Katheer, and those who came after them from the Imaams of Sunnah, like ash-Sheikh Muhammad bin 'Abdil-Wahhaab and his students, and his followers from Ahlis-Sunnah, and to turn away from whatever besides it. And it [similarly] includes bringing about unity, to aid the Sunnah, to cooperate upon righteousness and piety, and to enrage the people of innovation, to halt them at their limits, and to expose their false madhaahib [pl. of Madhhab], that are contradictory to that which is evident from the Book and the Sunnah and the Manhaj of the Salaf of the Ummah. May Allah guide you all to the right path, and may He bless you in your struggle, may He increase you in your understanding of His religion, may He aid with you His party and the callers to Him, and may He humiliate the enemies of Islaam through you, indeed He is the most Generous and the most Bountiful.

And as for ash-Sheikh Rabee', then I shall write to him and advise him Inshaa`Allah. We ask Allah for ourselves, you and him, guidance and forgiveness from [all] possibilities of going astray due to trials, and [we ask Allah for] the ability to [do] all good, indeed He is the most Generous and the most Bountiful.

Was-Salaamu 'Alaikum wa-raHmatullahi wa-barakaatuhu

General Mufti of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
And the Head of the Council of Major Scholars
And the Office of the Presidency of Islamic Research and Legal Verdicts

Number: 1928/Kha Dated: 11/9/1416

How this was used by the Partisans
The Hizbiyyoon, upon receiving this, then began to exclaim with the might of their tongues that this was a criticism of the book "Jamaa'ah Waahidah" by Shaikh Rabee, and this was but a fanciful hallucination. It is common practice amongst the Hizbiyyoon to ascribe to our Ulamaa matters that they are free of. When one reads the letter again, there is nothing to support the Hizbiyyoon at all. Rather Imaam Ibn Baaz stated that he was aware of the issues and the matters for which Abdur-Rahmaan Abdul-Khaaliq was criticised for (since Imaam Ibn Baaz himself refuted Abdur-Rahmaan Abdul-Khaaliq on the issue of multiplicity of groups around a year and a half earlier).

Then Imaam Ibn Baaz advised with the continuation of da'wah upon the manhaj of the Salaf, that which the Companions were upon and which the Salaf after them were upon, the likes of al-Awzaa'ee, Maalik, Ahmad and others were upon. And their methodology is not hidden to any Salafi (!!). He also advised with abandoning whatever opposes it (from the newly-invented matters and methodologies). And likewise he advised with engraging the Innovators, and to refute them, and to halt them at their limits, and to explain their false madhaahib. (but Abdur-Rahmaan Abdul-Khaaliq hates all of this, as we shall soon see, since he innovated Hizbiyyah into the religion of our Lord, and it was precisly on account of these matters that he showed enmity to Shaikh Rabee' bin Haadee, when the latter refuted him on these points). And all of what Imaam Ibn Baaz mentioned and advised the Kuwaitis with, is the very Manhaj of Shaikh Rabee' bin Haadee, word for word, letter for letter.

Then finally the Imaam said he would write to Shaikh Rabee' with some advice.

The Shaikh's Own Clarification
The Biased Partisans, took this to mean a refutation and criticism of the book of Shaikh Rabee' bin Haadee. Then Ahl ul-Hadeeth wal-Athar, around  2 weeks later, went back to the Imaam for clarification and here are the Shaikhs words, translated directly from the cassette:

Question: In the name of Allah and all praise is for Allah. Today is the 27th of Ramadaan 1416H. The Question to be put to you is that we wish the noble Shaikh 'Abdul Azeez ibn Baaz-may Allah increase his life-span -the father, some people say that Shaikh ibn Baaz sent a treatise to some students of knowledge in Kuwait, explaining in that treatise that Shaik Rabee' in his book entitled :"Jamaa'ah Waahidah Laa Jamaa'aat " is a book containing error, and is a cause of discord amongst the youth, so did this or anything like this proceeded from you ?

Answer:  In the name of Allah, all praise is for Allah, and may Allah extol and send blessings of peace upon Allah's Messenger and his followers and companions who followed his way. To proceed:...... Rather this is a lie, and the book of Shaikh Rabee' :"Jamaa'ah Laa Jamaa'aat" - until now I have not read it .

Question: We hear O 'Shaikh about the jamaa'atut-tableegh and the da'wah which they carry out, do you advise to go off with this jamaa'ah . I hope for guidance and advise and may Allah give a great reward .

Answer: Whoever calls to Allah is one who conveys the message. Whoever calls to Allah is one who conveys the message. "Convey from me even if you only a single Aayah". So the well-known Jamaa'atut Tableegh of India have some innovations and matters of SHIRK, so it is not allowed to go out with them except for a person who has knowledge to go out with them.... them to teach them as for his going out with them following them, then no since they have false beliefs and .... they a deficiency in knowledge. But if ..... Jamaa'atut Tableegh upon insight and knowledge, then he may go out with them to call to Allah. Or a person who has insight and knowledge and goes with them in order to ..... and censure and to guide them to good and to teach them - so that they may abandon the futile position and come to the position of Ahlus Sunnah wal Jamaa'ah .(From the cassette 'Aqaa'id wa Afkaar Mashaayikhit-Tableegh)

Of course, what the partisans attempted to achieve was taken away from them. Then to increase them in their sorrow and their woes, six of the Mashaayikh actually wrote an introduction to Jamaa'ah Waahidah, including Shaikh al-Fawzaan, Shaikh Ahmad bin Yahyaa an-Najmee and others, from those who had read the book, and they made note of Abdur-Rahmaan Abdul-Khaaliq's assault against the Salafi Mashaayikh, and these assaults have been detailed in "Intermediate Qutubism" (GRV070004) so refer to it.

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