Ibn Baz

Sh. Bin Baz’s letter in defense of Sh. Abdur-Rahman Abdul-Khaliq

In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful, the Dispenser of Mercy

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Office of the Presidency of Islamic Research and Legal Verdicts

The Office of the General Mufti

From ‘Abdul-‘Azeez bin ‘Abdullah Ibn Baaz, to the respected and honourable sons from the callers to Allah – Glory be to Him – in the country of Kuwait, may Allah assist them in that which contains His Pleasure, and increase them in knowledge and Imaan, Ameen.

Salaamun ‘Alaikum wa-raHmatullahi wa-barakaatuhu, to proceed.


Fatwa of the Lajnah on Dealing With Groups

The following is taken from Fatawa al-Lajnah ad-Da’imah (2/238-239):

Q: The groups and sects that are present today, I mean: al-Ikhwan al-Muslimun, Jamaa’at at-Tabligh, Jama’at Ansaar as-Sunnah al-Muhammadiyyah, al-Jam’iyyah al-Shar’iyyah, the Salafis, and those called al-Takfeer wal-Hijrah…These and other groups are all present in Egypt. My question is, what should be the position of the Muslim towards them? Does the following hadith of Hudhayfah apply to them: “So avoid all those groups, even if you have to bite on to the root of a tree until death reaches you in that state”? It was reported by Muslim in the Sahih.


Ibn Jibrin defends Sayyid Qutb

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Office of the Presidency of Islamic Research and Legal Verdicts

Some youth call Shaykh Sayyid Qutb a heretic and prohibit the reading of his books, and they say a similar statement regarding Hasan al-Banna, as they also say regarding some of the scholars that they are Khawarij. Their argument is that [they do this] in order to ‘expose the errors [of these men] to the people,’. even though [these youth] are until now [only] students [of knowledge]. I hope for a response so that doubt may be removed from us and others, [and] so that this [phenomenon] will not spread.

All praise belongs to Allah alone. To proceed: It is impermissible to [unjustly] call the Muslims heretics or wicked as is evidenced by the statement of the Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) “Whoever says to his brother ‘O enemy of Allah,’ and he is not such but that it returns back to him.” While in [another] hadith ‘Whoever calls a Muslim an infidel it returns back to one of them.’ While in another hadith: “A man passed by another while he was doing a sin and he said to him, ‘By Allah, Allah will not forgive you.’ So [Allah] said: ‘Who is he who can pass judgment on my behalf that I will not forgive so and so, I have forgiven him and have nullified your deeds.'”

With this I say, Sayyid Qutb and Hasan al-Banna are among the scholars of the Muslims and among the people of da’wa. Allah has brought benefit by them and through them He has guided many people. They both have efforts [for Islam] which should not be denied. For this reason Shaikh Abdul-Aziz ibn Baz interceded on behalf of Sayyid Qutb when the order for his execution was given. [Ibn Baz] was gentle in his intercession, but President Gamal [Abdel Nasser] did not accept [Ibn Baz’s] intercession, may Allah send upon him [i.e. Abdel Nasser] what he deserves. When both men [i.e Hasan al-Banna & Sayyid Qutb] were killed, each was referred to as a martyr, as each was killed unjustly. This is borne witness to by those close [to them] as well as by the general public. As it was widely spread in the papers and books without anyone ever objecting. Moreover, the scholars have received their books [with acceptance]. No one has attacked them for more than the [last] twenty years. If some [heresy proceeded] from them, then [these mistakes] are similar to an-Nawawi, as-Suyuti, Ibn al-Jawzi, Ibn ‘Atiyah, al-Khatabi, al-Qastalani and the likes of many of them. I have read what Shaikh Rabi al-Madkhali has written in his refutation of Sayyid Qutb and I found that he has placed statements where they do not exist. For this reason Shaikh Bakr Abu Zaid, may Allah perserve him, refuted him. Likewise, [al-Madkhali’s] unjust attacks of Shaikh ‘Abdur-Rahman [‘Abdul-Khaaliq] and his [twisting ‘Abdur-Rahman ‘Abdul-Khaaliq’s words] in order to find errors which would make [‘Abdur-Rahman ‘Abdul-Khaaliq appear] misguided, even though [Shaikh Rabi] befriended him for a lengthy period of time and he never found any such errors [in the past].

And the eye of pleasure sees every fault insignificant,
But the eye of hatred always finds fault.

Dictated by
Abdullah b. Abd al-Rahman b. Jibrin
26/2/1417 AH


1) Hasan al-Banna and Sayyid Qutb are scholars of Islam

2) Both aforementioned figures are remembered as martyrs

3) They have never been attacked since the last twenty years (of writing this fatwa)

4) Their mistakes are similar to those of the well-respected classical scholars, such as al-Nawawi and Ibn Hajr

5) Rabi’ al-Madkhali has been unjust towards them both and have quoted them out of context

6) Bakr Abu Zayd has adequately refuted Rabi’ al-Madkhali regarding Sayyid Qutb

7) Rabi’ al-Madkhali has attacked Abd al-Rahman ‘Abd al-Khaliq in a similar fashion, despite of having known him for a long time.

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Rabi’ al-Madkhali attacks Ibn Baz

Click below to listen to the whole conversation:

Farid al-Maliki said addressing Rabi’ al-Madkhali:
– Wait for a moment, O Shaikh! I heard you saying one day – and Allah, his Angels and the whole mankind witness for that – and we were in the airport and you said: “Shaikh Ibn Baz has back-stabbed the Salafi Da’wah immensely!” O Shaikh! If I were to pick up the phone in Saudi Arabia and say to people that “Shaikh Rabi’i attacked Ibn Baz! Shaikh Rabi’i attacked Ibn Baz!”, how would you react to it? Would you accept it from me?”
Shaikh Rabi’:
– What was my intent? Do you know my intent?
Farid al-Maliki:
– I understood your intent, that’s why I didn’t spread it further! But if I went ahead and said that “Shaikh reviled Ibn Baz”, what would be your reaction?”
Tarhib al-Dawsari:
– Really, this is baseless!
Rabi’ al-Madkhali:
– Listen! Listen! What was my intent?
Farid al-Maliki:
– I know your intent, O Shaikh! I know your intent!
Rabi’ al-Madkhali:
– And what’s my intent?
Farid al-Maliki:
– Shaikh (i.e. Ibn Baz) doesn’t know what is going on!
Rabi’ al-Madkhali:
– Inform me what do I mean by “back-stabbing”? What did I mean?
Farid al-Maliki:When you met with Shaikh ‘Abd al-‘Aziz (Ibn Baz), he praised Salman and Safar and you became angry and mentioned these words. So I assumed of you that you were angry!
Rabi’i al-Madkhali:

-Listen! Listen! What i said stays between you and me! Don’t mention it in public!

Farid al-Maliki:
– Wallahi, Shaikh…
al-Madkhali interrupts:
– From first time and second time, stop here! Look at me! It’s between you and me! You want the conversation that is between me and you, between Tarhib and us, you want to spread about me now, don’t spread it – barakallahu fik -now you should listen to me…”

قال فريد فريد المالكي مخاطبا ربيع المدخلي :
لحظة يا شيخ، أنا يا شيخ سمعتك يوم – والله يشهد والملائكة والناس أجمعين – ونحن في المطار ؛ قلت ياشيخ : الشيخ ابن باز طعن في السلفية طعنة شديدة؛ لو أنا يا شيخ مسكت التلفون داخل المملكة ، الشيخ ربيع يطعن في ابن باز الشيخ ربيع يطعن في ابن باز ، هذا يا شيخ ويش رأيك فيه ؟! ترضى هذا مني؟!

فرد عليه ربيع قائلاً : وأنا وأش أقصد ، عرفت أنا وأش أقصد ؟!
فريد المالكي : أنا فاهم قصدك ، لشان كدة مانشرت ! لكن لو أنا رُحت وقلت : الشيخ طعن في ابن باز ، ما رأيك ياشيخ في هذا ؟!
واش رأيك ياشيخ في هذا ؟!
فقال ترحيب الدوسري : فعلاً هذه دعوى عريضة !!؟
فقال ربيع المدخلي : أسمع ، أسمع ، أنا قصدت أي شيء !؟
فقال فريد المالكي : أنا عارف قصدك ياشيخ ! أنا عارف قصدك!
فقال ربيع المدخلي: ويش هو قصدي؟
قال فريد المالكي : الشيخ ما يعلم مو داري بالموضوع .
فقال ربيع المدخلي: لكن تخبرني ويش هو الطعن اللي قلته أنا إيش اقصد؟
فقال فريد: لمّا التقيت بالشيخ عبدالعزيز ، وأخذ يمدح في سلمان وسفر ورد ، فأنت غضبت يا شيخ وذكرت هذه الكلمة أنا أقول الشيخ كان غضبان. ( أي الشيخ ربيع وهذا إحسان ظن من فريد) .
فرد عليه ربيع المدخلي :اسمع، اسمع أنا اللي أقوله بيني وبينك ، لا تقوله لأحد قدام الناس ،
فريد المالكي : والله ياشيخ …..
فرد المدخلي مقاطعا : …… من أول مرة وثاني مرة توقف، شوفني أنا، بعدين بيني وبينك! ، أنت تبغي الكلام اللي بينك وبين ترحيب بينك وبينو ، وأنت الآن تنشرني في المجالس ، فلا تنشرني – شوف بارك الله فيك – الآن انت اسمعني….” انتهى


1) Farid al-Maliki swore by Allah, calling Him, the angels and the mankind to witness, that Rabi’ al-Madkhali accused Ibn Baz of back-stabbing Salafiyya.

2) Rabi’ al-Madkhali does not dispute this, but instead asks if Farid understands why he said it and what his intention was.

3) Farid confirms that this was because Ibn Baz had praised Salman and Safar to Rabi’ al-Madkhali, and in turn Rabi’ al-Madkhali lost his cool and said what he said.

4) Rabi’ al-Madkhali then asks him not to spread this amongst people but to keep it only to himself.

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