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.
Question: Some people claim that Ibn Taymiyyah does not belong to Ahl-ul-Sunnah wal-Jamaa`ah (adherents to the Sunnah and the Muslim mainstream). They further claim that he is astray and leading people astray. The same was adopted by Ibn Hajar (Al-Haythamee) and other scholars. Is such a claim truthful or not?
Answer: Undoubtedly, Shaykh Ahmad ibn ‘Abd Al-Haleem ibn Taymiyyah is one of the ‘A`immah of Ahl-ul-Sunnah wal-Jamaa‘ah who called people to the truth and to the right path, through whom Allaah supported the Sunnah and subdued the people of Bid‘ah (innovation in religion) and perversity… read more here.
Question: What is the best book on Tawheed (monotheism) and `Aqeedah (creed) and how can a person get that?
Answer: The greatest and best book to clarify the sound `Aqeedah (creed) is the Glorious Book of Allaah, the Qur’aan, then the Hadeeth of His Messenger (peace be upon him). The following is a list of some of the most beneficial books on this subject… read more here.
Question: Please, inform us of the useful Islaamic books that we may refer to in matters related to `Aqeedah (Islaamic creed), Fiqh (Islaamic jurisprudence), and authentic books of Seerah (biography of the Prophet).
Answer: You should first refer to the Noble Qur’aan and the books of Sunnah like the Two Saheeh (authentic) Books of Hadeeth (i.e. Al-Bukhaaree and Muslim) and the Sunan (Hadeeth compilations by Aboo Daawood, Al-Tirmithee, Al-Nasaa’ee and Ibn Maajah)… read more here.
Question: What are the useful books that Muslims should read to understand their religion?
Answer: You should read the Noble Qur’aan; the books of Sunnah such as: Saheeh Al-Bukhaaree, Saheeh Muslim and the four Sunan (Hadeeth compilations classified by jurisprudential themes… read more here.
Question: I want to adopt a suitable methodology to study ‘Aqeedah (creed), especially after I have learned about the Pillars of Islaam, such as Salaah (Prayer) and Sawm (Fast). I thank Allaah for I also studied the books of “Tawheed” (Monotheism) by Shaykh Muhammad ibn ‘Abd Al-Wahhaab and “Al-Waasitiyyah” by the Shaykh of Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah. Would you recommend a proper methodology that would help me pursue a serious study?
Answer: May Allaah increase your deep insight and knowledge! We recommend reading the books of the Salaf (righteous predecessors) on `Aqeedah, among which are what you have already mentioned in your question in addition to the explanatory books… read more here.
Question: What is your opinion on the two books “Minhaaj As-Sunnah” and “Sharh Hadeeth Al-Nuzool” written by the Shaykh of Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah (may Allaah be merciful to him)??
Answer: These two books are among the best books available today. They provide authentic information, evidence, good presentation and are very powerful in terms of supporting truth, refuting falsehood and correctness and authenticity of ‘Aqeedah (creed)… read more here.
Question: What is Wahhabism ?
Answer: Wahhbism is the term which the enemies of Shaykh Muhammad ibn `Abd Al-Wahhaab (may Allaah be merciful to him) gave to his call to purify Tawheed (islaamic monotheism) from all forms of Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship) and to renounce all the ways except that of Muhammad Ibn ‘Abd Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him)… read more here.
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.