Shaykh Al-Albānī praises and defends Shaykh Rabī’ bin Hādī Al-Madkhalī & Shaykh Muqbil bin Hādī Al-Wādi’ī
Shaykh Al-Albānī was asked about Shaykh Muqbil bin Hādī Al-Wādi’ī and Shaykh Rabī’ bin Hādī Al-Madkhalī, he answered with;
‘We, by no doubt praise Allaah Azza wa Jal that He has subjected/provided for this righteous Dawa’, which stands upon the Book, the Sunnah and the methodology of the Salaf as-Saalih, many callers to Islaam in the different Islaamic countries who establish the duty which is established by very few of the people in the Islaamic world today.
Therefore these two shaykhs are a blessing, the two callers to the Book, the Sunnah and what the Salaf as-Salih were upon, who battle against those who oppose this correct Manhaj. As everyone knows (regarding those who oppose these two shaykhs) – that this certainly emanates from two types of people; ‘either from an ignorant person or a person who follows his desires’. As for the ignorant person then it is easy to guide him, since he thinks that he has some knowledge – so when correct knowledge is explained to him he is guided.
This is why I have said on many occasions that many of the organisations which are prevalent today, even though they have deviated away from our Dawa’, we find amongst them those who have sincerity – which is more beloved to me than some of those in our Dawa’. Although it becomes clear that they are not with us in the sincerity which is a condition for the acceptance of all good actions.
As for the one who follows his desires, then we have no other way for him except that Allaah Tabaraka wa Ta’ala guides him. So those who criticise the two Shaykhs, are as we mentioned either ignorant, so they are educated, or he who follows his desires, then Allaah’s refuge is sought from this person’s evil, and we request from Allaah that He either guides him or He breaks his back.
As for Shaykh Muqbil, I have not read much of his works, unlike the case of our brother Rabee. What seems apparent is that Rabee is more active in writing than Shaykh Muqbil and vice versa in Dawa’, (Shaykh Muqbil is more involved in) mixing with the people and inviting them to the Book and the Sunnah, admonishing them and directing them more so than Shaykh doctor Rabee.
As for Shaykh Muqbil then the people of Makkah know their pastures better – the news that reaches us from you is the best testimony that Allaah has blessed him with ability which is probably unparalleled when compared to some of the other callers to Islaam on the face of the earth today. So we ask Allaah Azza wa Jal that He grants the Muslims the capability to acknowledge firstly their (i.e. the two shaykhs’) religion and that they are far from following their desires.’
Taken from ‘Silsilah hudaa wa Noor No. 851 Date 1416/7/9’
Translated by Abbas Abu Yahya