Dammaaj is the birthplace of the reviver of the Sunnah (in the golden provinces of al-Yaman), the Great Scholar Muqbil ibn Haadee al-Waadi’ee (rahimahullaahu ta’aalaa) who through him, the Prophet’s sallallaahu ‘alayhe sallam speech was actualized for this ummah to witness, for verily those who are familiar with the history of Yemen and its people know that for centuries it was splurged and infected with bid’ah (innovated practices). The Shaykh set up an institute of al-‘ilm (Authentic Islaamic Knowledge) that by Allaah’s will, has changed the face of Yemen. Before the da’wah (call) of the Shaykh Yemen was plagued by tashayyu’ (shee’aism) in the north, tasawwuf (soofism) in the southern areas, and hizbiyyah (bigotry group partisanship) all over.
Now by the grace of Allaah azza wa jalla, the blessed Da’watus-Salafiyyah can be found in all parts in Yemen, stronger in some areas than others. Thus he was the mujaddid (reviver) of these lands, the scholar whom none other has had as many people journeying to him neither in this time of ours nor in Yemen since Imaam As-San’aanee rahimahullaahu ta’aalaa (d.211 hijree).
The Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said,
“Indeed, Allaah the Exalted sends, after every one hundred years, someone who yujaddid (renovates) for them their religion.”
[Reported by Aboo Daawood; (see As-Saheehah, no.599 by Imaam Al-Albaanee) ]
Shaykh Muhammad bin Saaleh al-Uthaymeen (rahimahullaahu ta’aalaa) said,
“Tell him that I regard him as a reviver of Islaam.”
Shaykh Yahyaa bin ‘Alee al-Hajooree hafidhahullaah said that Shaykh Rabee’ bin Haadee al-Madkhalee hafidahullaahu ta’aalaa said about him, “Tell him he is the Mujaddid in the lands of Yemen” and that he also said: “There can’t be found from the time of ‘Abdur-Razzaaq as-San’aanee to this present day someone who established the Da’wah and revived it as the likes Al-Waadi’ee.”
[Taken from Nubdhah Mukhtasirah min Nasaaih Waalidee al-‘Allaamah Muqbil bin Haadee al-Waadi’ee wa Seeratuhu al-‘Atirah page.9 by Umm ‘Abdillaah the daughter of Shaykh Muqbil]