Who are the People of Knowledge?

Below are just some of the People of Knowledge of our time and of them are Kibaar (Great) Ulama, Fuquha and Muhhaditheen and Mashaykh that have called to Islam on the way of the Salafu Saalih (Pious Predessors).

N.B This list is not comprehensive and does not reflect all the People of Knowledge who ascribe to ad Dawatus Salafiya.

al-Allaamah Abdul-Aziz Ibn Abdullah Aal Shaykh

al-Allaamah Abdullaah Abdur-Rehmaan Al-Ghudayan

al-Allaamah Ahmed Yahya An-Najmi

al-Allaamah Badeeud-Deen Shah As-Sindee [d.1417]

al-Allaamah Muhammad Amaan al-Jaamee [d.1416]

Al-Allaamah Muhammad Ibn Abdul-Wahhaab al-Bannaa

al-Allaamah Muhammed Ibn Abdullah As-Subayal

al-Allaamah Rabee ‘Ibn Haadi Al-Madkhali

Al-Allaamah Salih Ibn Sad as-Suhaymi

Al-Allamah Nasirudeen Al-Albaani [d.1420]

Imaam ‘Abdul-‘Azeez Ibn ‘Abdullaah Ibn Baaz [d. 1420]

Shaykh Abdullah Ibn Abdul Azeez Al Aqeel

Shaykh Aasim Al-Qaryooti

Shaykh Abdul Azeez ar-Rayyis

Shaykh Abdul Razaq Al-Abaad

Shaykh Abdullaah AL-Jarboo

Shaykh Abdullah al Nahari

Shaykh Abdullah al-Musallam

Shaykh Abdullah Ibn Abdur-Raheem al-Bukharee

Shaykh Abdus-Salaam Ibn Burjis al Abdul-Kareem [d.1425]

Shaykh Abu Abdillah Umar as-Sumali

Shaykh Abu Anas Hamad al-Uthmaan

Shaykh Abu Sad Saalim at-Taweel

Shaykh Ahmed Al-Munayi

Shaykh Ahmed Bazmool

Shaykh Alee At-Tuwayjaree

Shaykh Ali Hasan Al-Halabi

Shaykh Faisal al Jaasim

Shaykh Falaah Ismaeel

Shaykh Hussain Al Ashaykh

Shaykh Jamal bin Farihan al-Harithi

Shaykh Khaalid Ar-Radaadi

Shaykh Khalid al-Anbaree

Shaykh Milfee as-Sa3idee

Shaykh Mis’ad al-Husaynee

Shaykh Muhammad al-Imaan

Shaykh Muhammad bin Abdul Wahhab al-Aqeel

Shaykh Muhammad bin Hadee al-Mudkhalee

Shaykh Muhammad ibn Ramazaan Al-Haajiri

Shaykh Muhammad Musa Aal-Nasr

Shaykh Saalih Al-Ashaykh

Shaykh Saalih as-Sindee

Shaykh Salmaan al-Ahmedi

Shaykh Sulaymaan al-Ruhayli

Shaykh Tarheeb ad Dosari

Shaykh Ubayd Ibn Abdullah al-Jabiri

Shaykh Wasiullaah Al-Abbas

Shaykh Yahyah ibn Ali al-Hajooree

Source: Salafitapes.com

The scholars who should be followed have certain qualities and characteristics that set them apart from others.

In this issue we will begin mentioning some of these qualities. They are as follows:

• Memorization of the Qur’aan – from the heart.
• Memorization of the pure Sunnah of the Prophet  – They have knowledge and understanding based on the fiqh of the companions of the Prophet  and the textual evidences from the Book and the Sunnah. They have knowledge of the Sahaabah’s and nderstanding that which the sahaabah took from the Qur’aan and the Sunnah.
• In addition to these scholars having understanding of the Qur’aan and he Sunnah, they take the fiqh of the Sahaabah and utilize it.

• They honor the knowledge of the Qur’aan and the Sunnah of the Prophet , holding it in high steem. They also honor the Sahaabah
and recognize their status. They honor and consider the opinions of hose who preceded them in knowledge from amongst the Salaf.

• They stop wherever the evidence stops. Once there is evidence theyput aside their own opinions and statements and they adhere to the truth, whatever it may be.

Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah رحمه الله points out;

“This group stops wherever the daleel (evidence) stops and they love with the daleel wherever the d aleel moves. Once there is evidence they adhere to it, take it, and they go to it collectively and individually”.

The textual evidences are more magnificent in their hearts  than the statements of anyone else. They do not put any analogy or
opinion before the textual evidence.
• They are cautious and take their time before passing any type of religious  ruling (fatwa) i.e. they are not hasty. Additionally, they would prefer that if someone else is capable, that person should pass the religious  ruling instead of having to do it themselves. They are also cautious in the areas where they have no knowledge on a particular issue. If at a given moment they do not have at the forefront of their mind the evidence for a particular issue they will refrain from answering.
• They are concerned about conveying knowledge and passing it on to others, as well as teaching and instructing others in the knowledge that they have been given.
• They are preoccupied with knowledge and putting it into practice.
• When they deal with knowledge, whether conveying it or acquiring it, they start with that which is most important and then that which is important – there is prioritisation. This is done without becoming bored or tired, although it is something that they do constantly.

• They have great concern for knowledge and for the areas of Tawheed and the Sunnah. They are concerned that nothing touches these aspects of our Deen.
• They are the ones who stand in defense of the Qur’aan, the Sunnah, and the Deen in general.

Part 4 of a series based on a lecture from albaseerah.org by Shaykh Ahmed Al-Munayee, Professor at Imaam Muhammad Islamic University

  1. March 29, 2010 at 11:46

    as salaamu alaykum

    Dear brothers and sisters of Faith in Leicester. May Allaah give you the humility, tenacity and strength to convey the bases of dawatus Salafiyyah in a way that will be inundated with wisdom and love to Amatun Naas. Ameen.

    Was Salaamu Alaykum

    Your Brother Muhammad

    • April 20, 2010 at 10:39

      Aslaam alaikum Akhi Muhammed,

      Thankyou for your dua and words of encouragement. May Allah facilitate us all to do that we can to propagate His Deen in a manner that is correct in accordance with what Allah and His Messenger Muhammed (peace be upon him) ordered us with.


      Was salaam alaikum

  2. Shn
    February 1, 2012 at 23:53

    Shaykh ali hasan above is called a spreader of murji creed by others on that list?

    So is he a salafi or not?

  3. Shn
    February 1, 2012 at 23:54

    And there are plenty of others who maybe have been crossed off the manhaj, since that list was made?

  4. real salaf
    December 2, 2012 at 09:01

    Surah al Imran verse seven clearly outlines the deviated Salafi’s without going to o deep into arguments.
    If you don’t understand it then go to some one of knowledge perhaps to Syria or to Al Azhar (egypt) to truely understand this Ayat.
    only then one can make a more informed judgement.further more look at the life of our master the Prophet Muhammad s.a.w. is this how he made Dawah.

  5. aswj
    December 13, 2012 at 14:40

    Do any of these people have a chain to link them to their knowledge called a sanad. Because otherwise you cant trust their knowledge if you cant trace it back to the salaf as saalihoon. As far as I can see their imam who they do taqleed of is ibn abdul wahab. Do you think from the whole muslim ummah these few chosen ones are the only ones on the truth. What about the rest of the 85% of the ummah who do taqleed of the four madhabs? Have the salafis ever questioned their scholars about why the salafi group was established not so long ago? Did Allah abandon the ummah of Muhammad sallalahu alayhi wasallam to be led ‘astray’? They only select bits from the salaf as saalihoon which conform to their view and ignore the rest even if it is the consensus of the ulama at that time. It is an insult to the salaf as saalihoon to call them salafi.

  6. December 13, 2012 at 15:26

    Is there any proof from the quran and the sunnah showing the permissibility of doing taqleed?

  7. aswj
    December 29, 2012 at 15:15

    is there any proof from the quran and sunnah showing the impermissibility of doing taqleed? If taqleed was impermissible our great aslaaf would have abandoned it. An endless list of Ulama which the ‘salafis’ take from were all muqallid of one imam. are you saying they are wrong?

  8. aswj
    December 29, 2012 at 15:24

    by the way there are many hadith which show taqleed. i will post them inshallah.

  9. aswj
    January 4, 2013 at 17:12

    It is an undisputed fact that Taqlid existed from the very beginning of Islam, as that is the normative procedure for learning. The Companions and Successors (Tabieen) of other Companions were compelled to do Taqlid of their seniors, those of the Companions and Successors who were not scholars, simply took the Deen from those who were scholars. Their basis for their doing Taqlid, apart from the obvious reason mentioned above, was the evidences that made it an obligation for them. Allah (SWT) said in the Holy Qur’an:

    Ask the people of Remembrance if you know not (Sura al-Anbiya:7)

    Elsewhere in the Holy Qur’an Allah (SWT) commanded the believers thus:

    Obey Allah, the Messenger and those authorities amongst you.

    Ibn Abbas (R.A.), Mujahid, and many authorities in Tafsir (Exegesis of the Holy Qur’an) stated “Those authorities amongst you” are the Islamic Jurists, see Tafsir Tabari and Al-Tafsir al-Kabir of Imam Fakhr al-Din al-Razi.

    Amongst the many hadith that prove Taqlid is a hadith recorded in Sunnan Abu Daud, in which the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Verily the cure to not knowing is asking.”
    There are many examples in the hadith books where we find the Companions of the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings upon him) doing Taqlid of other more learned Companions.

    1.Abu Ayub al-Ansari (R.A.) was once on his way to Hajj and lost his camels he brought to be sacrificed (and by which a person comes out of Ihram). On the day of sacrifice he came to Umar and asked him what to do? Umar (R.A.) told him to do as those who perform Umrah do (that is to shave or cut their hair), and you will be out of Ihram. Then in the next year do Hajj and make the sacrifice. Note, here neither did Abu Ayub (R.A.) ask for proof nor was it given, a clear example of Taqlid (Muwatta Imam Malik).

    2.Once Umar (R.A.) saw Talha (R.A.) wearing a coloured piece of cloth while he was in the state of Ihram (So long as the cloth is not scented such coloured sheets would be permitted for Ihram). Umar (R.A.) asked him the reason for wearing such sheets. Talha (R.A.) replied that the cloth was from a material which had not been scented. Umar (R.A.) said: “You are people who are followed by others. If an unknowing person saw this cloth, he would think Talha wore this cloth in Ihram (thus he would assume scented cloth is permitted). Refrain from using coloured sheets.” (Muwatta)

    This shows, that there is nothing essentially wrong with following scholars without evidence, rather it was always one of the ways the masses learnt their Deen as is shown by Umar’s (R.A.) statement.

    3.One of the \most obvious examples of Taqlid was that of when the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings upon him) sent Muadh Ibn Jabal (R.A.) to Yemen as a teacher. Whilst in Yemen the people, took exclusively what he taught them as Deen, in old and new issues, which is but Taqlid. For example, he was asked concerning a man who had been survived by daughter and a sister only, how would his inheritance be distributed amongst them. He ruled that they should receive half each and he did this as a Mufti and without mentioning the proof for his view to the people for his opinion. (Sahih al-Bukhari).

    4.We also find a clear example of Sahabah doing Taqlid Shakhsi (specific Taqlid). It is narrated in Sahih al-Bukhari from Ikrimah (R.A.) that the people of Medina asked Ibn Abbas (R.A.) concerning a woman who did Tawaf and then experienced her menstrual cycle (i.e. despite having Tawaf al-Wida upon her, is she permitted to return home or should she wait till her period passes?). Ibn Abbas (R.A.) replied: “She may return.” The people said: “We will not accept your opinion over the opinion of Zayd (Ibn Thabit).” (Sahih al-Bukhari).

    Two things become abundantly clear from this incident. The first is that the Medinans did Specific Taqlid (Taqlid Shakhsi) of Zayd Ibn Thabit (R.A.), and consequently they would not accept the opinions of another scholar from the Sahabah. Secondly, Ibn Abbas (R.A.) himself never blamed them for following his opinions exclusively.

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