The Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia: Husayn (r.a.) was Wrong to Rebel against Yazid ibn Mu'awiyah

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

The following is a video of the current Grant Mufti of Saudi Arabia, the Wahhabi scholar, ‘Abd al-‘Aziz ibn ‘Abdullah ash-Shaykh.  Here, he is recorded stating that Husayn (r.a.), the grandson of the Prophet (s.a.w.), and one of the chiefs of the youth of Paradise, was guilty of rebellion against the “rightful caliph”, the apostate and tyrant, Yazid ibn Mu’awiyah, and exonerates Yazid of wrongdoing.  This is contrary to the position of the entirety of Sunni and Shi’ah Islam, and is an outrageous slur upon the Ahl al-Bayt.  This is a clear example of the kufr of this sect.

As the Grand Mufti, he is also the head of the Permanent Committee for Islamic Research and Issuing Fatwas.  In this capacity, he has made some controversial statements and fatawa.  In 2007, for example, he announced plans to demolish the Green Dome over the Rawdhah, and flatten the maqamat, of the Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.), as well as that of Abu Bakr (r.a.) and ‘Umar (r.a.).  Naturally, this met with outrage, and nothing has been done yet.

On the 15th March 2012, he declared that, “All churches in the Arabian Peninsula must be destroyed.”  Again, this is contrary to the sunnah and shari’ah.  This is an example of Wahhabi hostility to non-Muslims and pluralism.

In April 2012, he issued a fatwa allowing ten-year-old girls to get married; he said that girls are ready for marriage by the age of 10 to 12: “Our mothers and grandmothers got married when they were barely 12.  Good upbringing makes a girl ready to perform all marital duties at that age.”

In September 2016, he made takfir of the entire Muslim population of Iran, claiming they were disbelievers, “enemies of Islam”, and "sons of the Magians.”

Wahhabis are not Muslims.  They are a distinct sect, out of the fold of Islam.


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