(4) الشيخ العلامة محمد بن صالح بن عثيمين –رحمه الله
قال :” أما بالنسبة للشيخ ربيع فأنا لا أعلم عنه إلا خيراً والرجل صاحب سنة وصاحب حديث”.
Shaikh Uthaimeen said: As for Shaikh Rabee I don’t not know anything of him except good and the man is a person of Sunnah and Hadeeth
((إننا نحمد الله سبحانه وتعالى أن يسر لأخينا الدكتور ربيع بن هادي المدخلي أن يزور هذه المنطقة حتى يعلم من يخفى عليه بعض الأمور أن أخانا وفقنا الله وإياه على جانب السلفية طريــق السلف، ولست أعني بالسلفية أنها حزب قائم يضاد لغيره من المسلمين لكني أريد بالسلفية أنه على طريق السلف في منهجه ولاسيما في تحقيق التوحيد ومنابذة من يضاده
He also said: And we thank Allah that he had made it easy for our brother Doctor Shaikh Rabee’ Ibn Hadi Al Madkhali to visit this town in order from him to know some situations that are hidden from him and this is because our brother is upon the way of Salafeeyah which is the way of the Salaf and I do not mean by Salafeeyah a group that stands up and opposes the other Muslims (if they do not agree with them) but what I mean by it is those who are upon the way of the Salaf in terms of their Methodology especially in terms of calling toward tawheed and opposing what goes against it
، والشيخ ربيع من علماء السنة، ومن أهل الخير، وعقيدته سليمة، ومنهجه قويم.
He also said :And Shaikh Rabee’ is from Ahlus Sunah, and the people of Good and his belief is correct and his methodology is strong
((ما أعلم أنه مخالف، والشيخ ربيع أثنى عليه أهل العلم المعاصرين، أنا ما أعرف عنه إلا خيراً)
He said: I do not know any evil from him, and the people of knowledge have praised him, and I know nothing of him except good
N.B Hence it is known now by what Shaikh Uthaimeen mean when he was speaking about the so called sect called salafeeyah who would just call themselves Salafis and not act upon its teachings like what many of those of the people of takfeer and others like Abdur Rahmaan Abdul Khaliq did. However he made it clear that the way of the Salaf which is Salafi is not a sect rather the correct way that goes upon the methodology which the Prophet salallahu alaihi wa sallam has set
He also said:
Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jama’ah are characterised by having the belief of the companions, even those who come later until judgement day, once they are upon the way of the salaf they are salafi.
So when someone says that Ibn Uthaimeen refutes the Salafis know that he was speaking specifically about those who make Takfeer of the Muslims without any evidence and the known caller to Hizbeeyah Abdur Rahmaan Abdul Khaliq. And he wasn’t speaking about those who are Salafi in general.
And the Shaikh himself and also Shaikh Ibn Baaz have much speech on the Jama’ah At Tableegh and their deviance. And they have much speech about the Maturidis and the Asharis and their deviance. And they have speech about the Ikhwan Al Muslimeen. May Allah protect all of us.