The divine texts Answering Muhammad ibn Abdul Wahhab’s Movement
By Imam Mustafa ibn Ahmad ash-Shatti (1273-1348 AH) translated by Abu Ja far Al-Hanbali
THE DIVINE TEXTS ANSWERING MUHAMMAD IBN ABDUL WAHHAB’S MOVEMENT
- A Note about Translation
- The Subject Matter of the Book
- A Great Family and a Great Author
- ‘The Author
- 2-Idolatory, Innovation and their Forms
- 3-Affirmation that the prophets and martyrs are alive in their graves with true life, and are not dead.
- 4-The permissibility of intercession with the prophets, saints and pious people, whether in life or death, and the evidences of the Book and Sunnah, and Scholars that support it.
- The praiseworthiness of visiting graves and setting out on journeys to them, especially the noble grave of the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him.
- 6-A final word to strengthen the position of those adhering to Tasawwuf.
- Final Words
The Subject Matter of the Book
The twelfth century of the Muslim calendar was a time of great uncertainty for believers, and they suffered numerous setbacks with the e growing prominence of colonialism in the heartlands of Islam.
The Muslim ruler of the time, Salim III, watched these calamities with dismay, each washing over those under his authority like waves in the ocean. The French had torn Egypt away from its fellow believers from 1113-1116 AH?
which disrupted shipments to and from the country and also instigated the beginning of the secularisation of the country.
Rather than deal with these external forces, his attention was made to focus on the internal destruction being wrought by a tiny band of violent men, intent on having Muslims believe as they did, or destroy them in the process.
Perhaps most disturbing of all was that they claimed to be Muslims, in fact the only true Muslims.
This awful calamity had been a sleeping cancer, which in its current manifestation was no less lethal. Muslims had suffered under many cults, always proving victorious when they were patient and steadfast, but Salim III was confronted by the Khawarij, the first and most violent cult that had sprung up during his reign.
This group was known of by the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, some 1,200 years previously when it was led by a man by the name of Dhul Khuwaisirah, who was described by the companions as having, ‘a shaved head, a thick unkempt beard and his clothes tucked above his ankles’.
Dhul Khuwaisirah had been unhappy with the charity he had received and told the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, “Muhammad! Fear Allah and be just!”
This flagrant disrespect and revolt against a prophet and the leadership of Orthodox Islam was met with stern rebuke and anger by the companions. Some asked for permission to execute the man, but were told by the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, not to do so.
An ominous prophecy was then unveiled, in which he said: “Leave them, for they have their people. If you were to
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