Wahabiyyah and Shaykh Muhammad ibn `Abd Al-Wahhaab

Question: Some people told me that there is a thing called “Wahabiyyah”, but I explained to them that there is no such thing called “Wahabiyyah”; that this is merely a name given by those who claim to be Ashraf (Muslim descendants from the Prophet’s family) to turn people away from the reformative call. Yet, one of them retorted saying that Shaykh Muhammad Ibn ‘Abd Al-Wahhaab (may Allaah be merciful to him) was indeed a religious reformer, but he deviated from the right path at the end of his life, for he denied some of the authentic Ahaadeeth of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) because they did not agree with his viewpoints. What is your answer on that?

Answer: Shaykh Muhammad Ibn ‘Abd Al-Wahhaab (may Allaah be Merciful with him) was indeed one of the great callers to Salafiyyah (following the way of the righteous predecessors), and to the sound ‘Aqeedah (creed) and the morally correct, upright method. His books abound with these aspects… read more here.

Meaning: As-Salafiyyah

Question: What is “As-Salafiyyah”? What do you think of it?

Answer: As-Salafiyyah (Salafism) is a term derived from the word “Salaf”, which refers to the righteous predecessors of the first three generations of Muslims which include the Sahaabah (Companions of the Prophet), Taabi‘oon (Followers, the generation after the Companions of the Prophet) and Tabi‘ Al-Taabi‘oon (Successors, the generation after the Taabi‘oon)… read more here.

Meaning: The Salaf and The Salafiyyoon

Question: What is the explanation of the word “Salaf” and who are “Al-Salafiyyoon”? Could you give me an abstract of “Al-‘Aqeedah Al-Waasitiyyah” book? What is the interpretation of the first five Aayaat of Soorah Al-Kahf?

Answer: “Salaf” are Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jamaa`ah (adherents to the Sunnah and the Muslim mainstream) who are the followers of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) such as the Sahaabah (Companions of the Prophet, may Allaah be pleased with them) and those who follow in their footsteps until the Day of Resurrection… read more here.