Imam al-Shawkāni [D. 1834 CE] – About Muhmmad ibn ‘Abd al-Wahhāb [d. 1791 CE]

Imam al-Shawkāni [d. 1834 CE]: “In the year (1215 AH), we received two amicable publications from the leader of Najd [‘Abd al-‘Aziz ibn Muhammad ibn Sa’ud] addressed to the court of our Imam [al-Mansur ibn ‘Ali]. One of the volumes contained the treatises of Muhammad ibn ‘Abd al-Wahhab, all of which stressed the importance of sincerity in Tawhid and escaping shirk (in all its forms), but specifically the prevalent form of shirk practised by those invested in grave-worship. They are remarkable letters; full of proofs from the Qur’an and Sunnah. The other volume included responses to rulings issued by a group of incapable jurists in Sana’a and Sa’dah in matters that concerned fundamental beliefs and personalities among the Sahabah – the one responding to these rulings (issued by the incapable jurists) composed a definitive response that reflected his understanding of the Qur’an and Sunnah. A response which completely dismantled what the incapable jurists had built, and disproved what they wrote, because the incapable jurists were impassioned (overzealous), and thus what they produced led to their humiliation and the consequent humiliation [of their likes] in the people of Sana’a and Sa’dah. This is what is expected to become of a people who publish and dispatch such letters while misjudging their abilities. A letter personally addressed to the Imam (al-Mansur ibn ‘Ali), from the leader of Najd, also complemented the aforementioned volumes, and the Imam delegated the responsibility of responding to me. The Imam reflected a remark to the effect that he knew not the group that initially sent the letters out (the incapable jurists), and that their sullen speech only proves they are uneducated (stupid).”

→ “al-Badr al-Ṭāli'” – 2/7 | Imam al-Shawkāni [d. 1834 CE] | [Publisher: Dār al-Kitab al-Islāmi] | Translated by: Abu Dawūd al-Ḥushayshi

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