The Virtues of Shaikh Rabee' ibn Hadee al-Madkhalee
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The Virtues of Shaikh Rabee' ibn Hadee al-Madkhalee,
And The Scholars Praise of Him
Bismillaah Al-Hamdulillaah wa salatu wa salaamu 'ala rasulullaah Amma-ba'd
The Virtues of The Scholars
Allaah, The Most High, said (what means): It is only the 'Ulemma among His slaves who fear Allaah... (Fatir, ayah 28) The people of knowledge explain that this fear is a complete fear, meaning as He (Allaah) should be feared.
Abu Darda (radiallaahu 'anhu) said: I heard the Messenger of Allaah (salallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam) say: Whoever follows a path to seek knowledge, Allaah will show him the way to Paradise. The angels lower their wings being pleased with the one who seeks knowledge. Whoever is in the heavens and on earth, even the fish in the sea, ask for forgiveness for the scholar. The superiority of the scholar over the worshipper is like that of the moon over all other heavenly bodies. The scholars are the heirs of the Prophets, for the Prophets did not leave behind Dinars and Dirhams, but they left behind knowledge; and whoever receives it, receives an abundance of good fortune. (Ahmad, Abu Dawud, At-Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah)
The Virtues of Shaikh Rabee' bin Hadee al-Madkhalee (hafidhahullaah)
When asked about his students, Shaikh Muhammad 'Abdul-Wahhab Marzooq al-Banna (rahimahullaah) said:"Shaikh Rabee' ibn Hadee al-Madkhalee, the best of them..."
In the footnote under this is the following:
Shaikh Muhammad al-Banna used to say that Shaikh Rabee' ibn Hadee was the Imam Yahyah Ibn Ma'een of this era, meaning he was the one to refer to regarding the affairs of knowing the innovators and their misguidance.
Shaikh 'Abdul-'Aziz Bin Baaz (rahimahullaah) would write to Shaikh Rabee' asking him concerning the affairs of individuals.
Shaikh Muhammad al-Banna had so much love and respect for Shaikh Rabee', and would invite him to his house in Makkah regularly for dinner and would say, "I used to be Shaikh Rabee's teacher, but now Shaikh Rabee' is my teacher."
Source: The Book Until You Return to Practising Your Deen, by Shaikh Muhammad 'Abdul-Wahhab Marzooq al-Banna, pg. 4; translated by 'Abdul-Ilah Lahmami
And Shaikh Muhammad al-Banna (rahimahullaah) also said: "Who is in this time similar to him? He knows the reality of most of the callers. Who is like him? He knows with proof and evidence. He doesn't speak about anyone except with the proof. That is why I say about Rabee' Haadee is similar to Yahyah ibn Ma'een in this time. You must forgive me, son, I have become old. I forget, now I am 90 years (old). Shaikh Ibn Baz - rahimahullaah - is the 'Umar ibn 'Abdul-Aziz of this era. And Shaikh Nasrud-Deen al-Albaani - rahimahullaah - is the Ibn Taymiyyah of this era, and Shaikh 'Uthaimeen - rahimahullaah - is the Shafi'ee of this era.
By Allaah, the most knowledgeable of our scholars in this time (is) Ibn 'Uthaimeen, rahimahullaah, and the most generous is Shaikh 'Abdul-Aziz ibn Baz - rahimahullaah - and the most knowledgeable of those differences between people and knowing the truth is Shaikh al-Albaani, rahimahullaah, and the most knowledgeable ones of Rijaal (men) with proof and evidence is Shaikh Rabee' Haadee. May Allaah protect him. And May Allaah protect his intellect.
When Shaikh al-Albaani, rahimahullaah, showed the errors of Sayid Qutb, and 'Abdullah Dawaish rahimahullaah [also showed the errors of Sayid Qutb], no one moved. But when Shaikh Rabee', may Allaah be pleased with him, showed the misguidance of Sayid Qutb and he clarified it from his (Sayid Qutb's) books and his situation in the past, the world was against Rabee'. He said it with openness and evidence. So may Allaah reward him and make him firm and may Allaah keep him alive to remove those who wear the clothes of Salafiyyah in order to fight it. We ask Allaah to show their state and clarify them, and keep their evil away from us."
Shaikh Muqbil (rahimahullaah) said concerning Shaikh Rabee' bin Hadee (hafidhahullaah): "...from amongst the individuals who are very knowledgeable about parties and groups during present times is the brother Rabee'a bin Hadee al-Madhkalee (hafidhahullaah). The person who Rabee'a informs is a hizbee, his affair will eventually become apparent and exposed after some time, and you will remember (that Shaikh Rabee'a warned of him).
A person's affair initially is unknown and that individual doesn't want to expose himself, but if he becomes more popular and gains a following and he no longer is worried about what is said concerning him, he exposes what he holds (his true beliefs and methodology)."
Shaykh Zayd al-Madkhalee - may Allaah aid him - said "The refutations that Shaikh Rabee' has taken on the task of carrying out are striving and fighting to make the truth uppermost. They are also an advice and concern for Muslims, especially beginning students of knowledge and those similar to them who are not meticulous in the field of creed (al-'aqeedah), methodology (al-manhaj) and refutations. His efforts deter the beginning students and those similar to them from falling into perils and cautionary matters."
Shaykh 'Abdul-'Azeez bin Baaz [d. 1420 AH, rahimahullaah] said "Shaykh Rabee' is well-known to me to have knowledge, virtue and the correct creed."
Question to Shaikh al-'Uthaimeen (rahimahullah): What is your advice concerning the one who forbids the cassettes of Shaikh Rabee' bin Haadee [from being distributed] with the claim that they cause fitnah and that they contain praise of the Wullaat ul-Umoor of the Kingdom, and that his praise of them emanates from nifaaq (hypocrisy)?
Answer from Shaikh al-'Uthaimeen (rahimahullah): "We consider this to be a great error and mistake. Shaikh Rabee' is from the 'Ulamaa of the Sunnah, and from the people of goodness. His 'aqidah is sound and his manhaj is strong and sound. However, when he began to speak about some of the symbolic figureheads of some of the people, from amongst the latecomers they began to tarnish him with these faults. Do you know [this] now?"