Muhammad ibn ‘Abd al-Wahhab's Takfir of the Muslims of Basra & Those Who Engage in Wasilah

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

Muhammad Hasni wrote, in Tarikh Ahl as-Sa’ud, that Muhammad ibn ‘Abd al-Wahhab, the founder of the Wahahbi sect, said, “When I went to study in Basra, mushrikin would ask me questions and I would leave them very surprised with my answers.”

Shaykh Juri (r.a.) stated, “Muhammad ibn ‘Abd al-Wahhab an-Najdi called the Ahl as-Sunnah wa al-Jama’ah, ‘kafir’ and ‘mushrik’, apart from himself and his blind followers.”  The proof for this is he himself said that about the “mushrikin” in Basra asking him questions.  These people were Muslims and, thus, ibn ‘Abd al-Wahhab was guilty of takfir.  It is the disease of the entire movement until today.

ibn ‘Abd al-Wahhab was quoted, in Kashf ash-Shubuhat, that people who ask for intercession from the Prophet (s.a.w.) and make du’a through the wasilah of awliya’ to become closer to Allah (s.w.t.), are guilty of shirk.  Thus, it is permitted to kill them and to take their possessions.  Shaykh ‘Aththar (r.a.) wrote that the Najdi heretic said, “I declare war on these people as the Prophet declared war on the kuffar of Makkah, against those people with corrupt beliefs.”  Just like the Khwarij, he considered all Muslims to be kafirun.


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