Shaykh Al-Muhadith Al-Mujadid Muqbil ibn Haadee Al-Waadi'ee - Autobiography - Part 01
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Shaikh Muqbil bin Haadee Al-Waadiee(Autobiography)
Died 1422H: Imaam Muqbil bin Haadee Al-Waadiee
AUTHOR: Shaikh Muqbil bin Haadee Al-Waadiee(Autobiography)
SOURCE: Tarjamah Abee Abdir-Rahmaan (pg. 16-29, with minor abridgement) [2nd Edition; 1999]
PRODUCED BY: Al-Ibaanah.com
I come from Waadiah, which is a place to the east of the city of Saadah from the valley of Dammaaj. My name is Muqbil bin Haadee bin Muqbil bin Qaaidah al-Hamdaanee al-Waadieeal-Khallaalee, from the tribe of Aali Raashid. 
All praise due to Allaah, most of the people of Waadiah, who neighbor Saadah defend me and the Dawah. Some of them wish to defend the Religion while others defend their tribal devotion. If it were not for Allaah first, then them, the enemies of the (Salafi) Da'wah, particularly the Sheeah of Saadah, would not have left behind any signs or traces of us.
I will mention some examples of them for which I ask Allaah to reward them, one of which was when I faced severe opposition in the Haadee Mosque because I turned people away from the (Shiite) Dawah there. So some men from Waadiah and others stood by me to the point that Allaah saved me through their hands. The Shiites desired to rule against me. This was at the time of Ibraaheem Al-Hamdee. And evil people amongst the Communists and Shiites raised their heads and imprisoned me for a period of eleven days during Ramadaan. About fifty of the youth from Waadiah would come to visit me in prison during some of the nights, while another hundred and fifty of their men would also go to the prison caretakers during these nights, so much so that the caretakers got fed up and released me from jail, all praise be to Allaah.
Another example is that the enemies of the Dawah would sometimes come to Dammaaj with their weapons, so the people of Dammaaj would drive them away and they would be forced to leave in humiliation.
Another example is during our journeys. When I would say: We wish to travel, they would compete with one other, may Allaah preserve them, to see who would accompany and guard me. So sometimes we would go out on some of our travels in about 15 cars!
During these days, the Dawah was progressing in a superb manner because, all praise be to Allaah, I had grown older. Perhaps at this point I have reached about 62 years of age. So it was the calamities and the advice from those who love the Dawah that drove me to have kindness and to not keep up with the enemies, who dont have anything but insults and abuses.
Also, due to my teaching, writing and giving Dawah, I was not able to find time to keep up with those enemies. So let them say what they want for my sins are many, and perhaps because of their slander, my sins will be lightened for me and instead fall upon their shoulders.
My Studies and Teachers:
I studied at school until I completed the schools curriculum. Then a long time passed without me seeking knowledge since there was no one who would encourage me or assist me in seeking knowledge. And I used to love seeking knowledge. So I sought knowledge from the Al-Haadee Mosque but I was not assisted in that.
After some time, I left my homeland (of Yemen) and went to the sacred lands (Makkah/Madeenah) and Najd. I would listen to the speakers and be fascinated by their sermons. So I sought the advice of some of the speakers on what beneficial books I should buy? They advised me to get Saheeh Al-Bukhaaree, Buloogh al-Maraam, Riyaadh as-Saaliheen, and Fath-ul-Majeed, the explanation of Kitaab at-Tawheed. And they gave me copies of the textbooks from the Tawheed courses.
At that time, I used to work as a security guard in a building in Makkah, and so I would cling tightly to those books, and the material would stick to my head because what the people in our country did was the opposite of what was in these books, especially Fath-ul-Majeed. After some time had passed, I returned to my country and began to rebuke everything I saw that contradicted what was in those books, such as offering sacrifices to other than Allaah, building shrines over the graves, and calling unto the deceased. So news of this reached the Shiites and they began to censure what I was upon. One of them would say (the hadeeth): Whoever changes his religion, then kill him. Another one sent a letter to my relatives saying: If you dont prevent him, we will imprison him! But after that, they agreed to let me enter the Haadee Mosque in order to study with them, so that they may (perhaps) remove the misconceptions that had clung to my heart.
So after that, I was admitted to study with them in the Haadee Mosque. The head of education there was the Judge Mutahhir Hanash. I studied the book Al-'Aqd-uth-Thameen and ath-Thalaatheen Masalah, along with its explanation by Haabis. From the teachers that taught me there was Muhammad bin Hasan al-Mutamayyiz. One time we were discussing the subject of seeing Allaah in the Hereafter, so he began to mock and ridicule Ibn Khuzaimah and other Imaams of Ahlus-Sunnah, but I used to conceal my creed. Despite that, I was too weak to put my right hand over my left hand during prayer, and I would pray with my hands by my side. We studied the text of al-Azhaar up to the section on Marriage.
I also studied an explanation of the Laws of Inheritance from a large book that was above the standard level, but I did not benefit from it. So I saw that the assigned books were not beneficial, except for Grammar, since I studied the books al-Aajroomiyyah and Qatar an-Nadaa with them. Then I asked the Judge, Qaasim bin Yahyaa ash-Shuwayl, to teach me Buloogh al-Maraam. So we started it, but then we were disapproved of, so we left it.
So when I saw that the assigned study books were of a Shiite and Mutazlite nature, I agreed to only take from the books of Grammar. So I studied Qatar an-Nadaa several times under Ismaeel al-Hatbah, may Allaah have mercy on him, in the masjid that I would live in and he would pray in. And he would give us a lot of time and attention. One time, Muhammad bin Hooriyyah came to the masjid and I advised him to abandon astrology (tanjeem). So he advised the people there to kick me out of the study program, but they interceded on my behalf and he kept quiet.
Some of the Shiites would pass by me while I was studying Qatar an-Nadaa and say something with the meaning that education would not have any effect on me. But I would just remain silent and benefit from the books on Grammar. I did this until the revolution started in Yemen, when we left our country and settled in Najraan. There I studied with Abul-Husayn Majd-ud-Deen al-Mueed and benefited from him particularly in the Arabic Language. I stayed in Najraan for the length of two years. Then when I became sure that the war between the Republic party and the Kings party (in Yemen) was all for the sake of worldly reasons, I resolved to travel to the sacred lands (Makkah/Madeenah) and to Najd. I lived in Najd for one and a half months in a school for Quraanic memorization, which was run by Shaikh Muhammad bin Sinaan Al-Hadaaee. He was very hospitable to me because he saw that I benefited from the knowledge. And he advised me to stay for a while until he could send me to the Islamic University (of Madeenah). But the environment in Riyaadh changed for me and I decided to travel to Makkah.
I used to work whenever I found work, and I would seek knowledge at night, attending the lessons of Shaikh Yahyaa bin 'Uthmaan al-Paakistaanee on Tafseer Ibn Katheer, Saheeh Al-Bukhaaree and Saheeh Muslim.
I would go over several books and there I met two noble Shaikhs from the scholars of Yemen:
First: The Judge, Yahyaa al-Ashwal. I would study Subul-us-Salaam of as-Sanaanee with him and he would teach me any subject that I asked him about.
Second: Shaikh 'Abdur-Razzaaq ash-Shaahidhee al-Muhwaytee. He would also teach me whatever I asked him about.
Then the educational institute in Makkah opened and I took the entrance exam with a group of students, and I passed, all praise be to Allaah.
The most distinguished of our teachers there was Shaikh 'Abdul-'Azeez as-Subayyal. I, along with a group of students from the institute, would also study with Shaikh 'Abdullaah bin Muhammad bin Humayd, may Allaah have mercy on him, the book at-Tuhfah as-Saniyyah after 'Ishaa at the Haram. He, may Allaah have mercy on him, would bring many points of benefit from Ibn 'Aqeel and other scholars explanation. The lessons were above the level of my colleagues, so they began to slip away until he eventually stopped the class.
I also studied along with a group of students with Shaikh Muhammad as-Subayyal, may Allaah preserve him, the subject of the Laws of Inheritance.
After staying in the institute for some time, I left to go to my family in Najraan. Then I brought them to live with me in Makkah. We resided there together for the length of my studies in the institute and the Haram itself, which lasted six years.