When we see these four names the first word that comes to mind is Imaam, meaning scholars who are followed in righteousness in this time and are an example for those who come in the future. These four scholars were mountains who clarified to this Ummah the ‘Aqeedah (belief) of Ahlus Sunnah and the Manhaj (methodology) of Ahlus Sunnah and there is not a Salafi in this time except that he is in need of their books, their rulings and their tapes regarding these issues.
Hence, I find it strange that there are those who have indicated that the methodology of these four Imams was deficient and not up to standard. Furthermore, I am amazed at those who keep silent when the methodology of these Imams, the true Salafi methodology, is being attacked and vilified. And the evidence is as follows:
1. It was said that Shaikh Muqbil was from the Khawarij and everyone stood silent and now calling that individual who made such an accusation an ‘Allamah!!
2. It was indicated that Shaikh Ibn ‘Uthaimeen was not strong in Minhaaj and everyone remains silent. Now, the one who said such either doesn’t know Shaikh Ibn ‘Uthaimeen or doesn’t know the Minhaaj. If he read his explanations of Lam’ah Al Ittiqaad, ‘Aqeedah Al Waasiteeyah, ‘Aqeedah At Tadmuureeyah, ‘Aqeedah Al Hamaweeyah, Kitaab Ut Tawheed and other than those books he would understand that the Shaikh was very strong in his Minhaaj as the principles upon which he built his understanding of Islaam upon was that of the Salaf Us Saalih. Shaikh Ibn ‘Uthaimeen even has a book called Minhaaj Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jama’ah which is published in his collection.
3. It was indicated that Shaikh Ibn Baaz and Shaikh Al Albani did not do enough regarding the Ikhwaan Al Muslimeen! Furthermore, it stated that they left those who were closer to being Ikhwaani than Salafi.
I say firstly:
So Sh. Abdul Muhsin, Sh. Abdul Azeez Aal Ash Shaikh, Shaikh Saalih Al Luhaidaan, Shaikh Saalih Al Fawzaan, Shaikh ‘Abdul ‘Azeez Al Raajihi, Shaikh Al Barraak, who are all ‘Ulama of this Ummah, who are the descendants of Sh. Ibn Baaz regarding his knowledge are closer to Ikhwaani than Salafi?
Secondly, the speech of Sh. Ibn Baaz and Sh. Al Albani and their warnings against them are clear. Sh. Ibn Baaz said that they are from the 72 deviated sects and that they have no understanding of Da’wah and do not concentrate on Tawheed. As for Sh. Al Albani, there is hardly a tape where he didn’t include some speech about the Ikhwaan Al Muslimeen. And If one was to go through Silsilah Hudaa Wan Nuur from tape number 1 to the end of it one may have to write volumes of Shaikh Al Albani’s speech on the Ikhwaan.
I have a point and I want those who are sensible to look at this. It seems that there are those who think that the Minhaaj of Shaikh Rabee’ is better, more virtuous, more complete and safer and more knowledge based than that of all these four Imams because when we look at the speech of ‘Abdullah Al Bukhari, Ahmad Al Baazmool and Muhammad Ibn Rabee’ this is the one of the conclusions that the listener may obviously arrive to.
Now, if someone was to mention the same speech about the Shuyookh who SPUBS rely upon the would have been hunted down for treason. But speech is said about these four Imaams, and Shaikh Ihsaan ilahi Thaheeri and Bakr Abu Zaid only to be met with deafening silence from SPUBS and their cohorts. So much for Tasfeeyah and Tarbeeyah.
In conclusion I ask Allah to save us from extremism toward personalities. And that we follow the footsteps of our great Imaams of Salafeeyah who, by Allah’s will, have filled the ends of the earth with understanding of this religion.