Wahhaabism: Is it a 5th Madh-hab?

Reply given by Shaykh Ibn Baaz to written questions posed by a Shaykh from outside the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

From `Abdul-`Azeez ibn `Abdullaah ibn Baaz to my esteemed brother, may Allaah guide you to useful knowledge and to act upon it! Aaameeen. Peace be upon you!

I have received your letter dated 2/3/1394 A.H. May Allaah guide you and grant you success! It included three questions about Wahhaabism. Following is my answer:

Question 24: You asked about Wahhabism and whether it is a fifth Madh-hab (School of Jurisprudence) or follows one of the four Madh-habs.

Answer: The term Wahhaabism is used by many people to refer to the call initiated by Imaam Muhammad ibn ‘Abdul-Wahhab ibn Sulayman Al-Tameemee Al-Hanbalee (may Allaah be merciful to him). He is called along with his followers ‘Wahhabis’. Every knowledgeable person must have heard about Shaykh Muhammad ibn `Abdul-Wahhab’s movement (may Allah be merciful to him). He called for pure Tawheed (belief in the Oneness of Allaah) and warned people against all forms of Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship), such as supplicating to the dead, trees, rocks or the like. He (may Allaah be merciful to him) followed in creedal matters the Madh-hab (School of Jurisprudence) of the Salaf (righteous predecessors) while in subsidiary matters he followed the Madh-hab of Imaam Ahmad ibn Hanbal Al-Shaybaanee (may Allaah be merciful to him)... read more here.

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