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Misconceptions About the Scholars of the Salaf
  Imaam adh-Dhahabi on Ibn Taymiyyah : Removing the Misconceptions
Author: Shaikh Saleem al-Hilaalee
Source: Al-Kawkab ad-Durree (trans. A. Iyaad)
Article ID : MSC060003  [24339]  
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The life of Shaikh ul-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah is well documented and the average Muslim will have heard of him, if not already aware of his great achievements in reviving the way of the Salaf us-Saalih amidst the confusion, strife, innovation and intellectual meanderings of his time. The purpose of this section is not to document facts and details regarding the Imaam of the Salafi da'wah but to highlight some of the deceit and treachery surrounding the manner in which he is portrayed by the Jahmiyyah of today, the Ash'ariyyah, Kawthariyyah, Kabbaaniyyah and others who make an applaudable display of their crippled intellects, feeble knowledge and diseased hearts.

Shaikh Saleem al-Hilaalee wrote, "Do you not know, O noble reader, that the publisher and financier of these two books[1] is 'al-Khassaaf', the ignominy of innovations and caller to the misguidance of the Ash'ariyyah, Kawthariyyah, Gumaariyyah, Soofiyyah, the one who boasts of his enmity for the Salafi da'wah and who brags about his declaring of Shaikh ul-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah to be a disbeliever and who reviles the Companions of Allaah's Messenger (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) , the best (group of people) amongst creation!

And he blackened some pages, calling them 'at-Tanbeeh war-Radd 'alaa Mu'taqid Qadm il-'Aalam wal-Hadd'[2], filling it with lies and deep-rooted hate against Shaikh ul-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah and imposing upon his words (meanings and understandings) that they do not carry. He made the matter worse by his slander against the people of knowledge and that is what occurs on page 19 where he said,

"A warning : And similarly al-Haafidh adh-Dhahabee rebuked Ibn Taymiyyah in his biography (of him) in 'Siyar A'laam un-Nubulaa'. The volume in which the biography of Ibn Taymiyyah is mentioned has not been printed, and we do not know the (secret) reason behind that. To date 23 volumes of the work 'Siyar A'laam un-Nubulaa' have been published and this is deficient. It is necessary to investigate the manuscript volume that is lost so that it can be printed in order that many things come to light".

I say : This warning from this idiot is but deception and distortion.

Firstly, his saying 'And similarly al-Haafidh adh-Dhahabee rebuked Ibn Taymiyyah...' is a slander, in fact mere idle chatter. So what or who has informed you that he rebuked him and yet you have not even come across it?! How free are you, O our Lord, from imperfection, and this is but a mighty slander.

Secondly, his saying, 'The volume in which the biography of Ibn Taymiyyah is mentioned ...' contradicts his saying , 'It is necessary to investigate the manuscript volume that is lost...'. For he claims that the (secret) reason for it not being published is not known and therefore he puts into the mind of the reader that the followers of Ibn Taymiyyah are delaying its printing. Then he says it is lost (and this is the actual reason for its not being available). So he first says the reason is not known then he says what the reason is. Where then is the information O you enemy of the narration!

Thirdly, justice requires that you compare the words of adh-Dhahabee that are lost with those that are known, not the other way round. The books of al-Haafidh adh-Dhahabee are overflowing with the praise of Shaihk ul-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah, may Allaah haver mercy upon him. He said in 'Tadkhirat ul-Huffaadh' (2/1496), "The Shaikh, the Imaam, the 'Allaamah, the Haafidh, the Naaqid (Skilled Critic), the Faqeeh, the Mujtahid, the Mufassir, the Proficient, the Knowledge of the Ascetics, the outstanding phenomenon of the era, Taqee ud-Deen Abul-'Abbaas Ahmad bin al-Fatee Shihaab ud-Deen 'Abdul-Haleem..."." End of Shaikh Saleem al-Hilaalee's words.[3]

So this is the nature of the contemptible innovators of this earth! The reality of the affair and the bare truth was decreed by Allaah, the Most High to be expressed in the words of al-Haafidh al-Bazzaar, who said, "You would not see a scholar opposing him (Shaikh ul-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah), preventing (the people) from him, filled with hatred for him, except that he was the greediest of them in gathering the goods of this world, and the most cunning of them in acquiring them, and the most pretentious amongst them, and the most desirous of reputation, and the most prolific of them in having lies upon the tongue." [4]

Muhammad bin 'Abdul-Barr as-Subkee said, "By Allaah, no one hates Ibn Taymiyyah except for an ignoramus or the person of desires which have diverted him from the truth after he came to know it."[5]

The Hanafi Imaam, Badr ud-Deen al-'Ainee said, "Whoever says Ibn Taymiyyah is a disbeliever is himself a disbeliever and whoever says that he was a heretic is himself a heretic. How can this be possible when his works are widely available and not a hint of deviation and departure (from the truth) is contained therein?"[6]

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