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[3] These people are either unaware of or concealing some realities regarding the legacy of Erudite Salafi Imam, Abdul Azeez Bin Baaz

In The Name of Allah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy.

Aa’isha [may Allah be pleased with her] wrote to Mu’aawiyah [may Allah be pleased with him] and said: I heard the Prophet [peace and blessings of Allah be upon him] say, “Whoever seeks the pleasure of Allah at the expense of the displeasure of the people, Allah will suffice him against the people. Whoever seeks the pleasure of people at the expense of Allah’s displeasure, Allah will leave his affair to the people”. [(1)]

The anonymous writers at Wikipedia stated, “Many of ibn Baz’s views and rulings are considered controversial (both inside and outside Saudi Arabia), including those relating to cosmology, women’s rights, Saudi Arabia’s support for the Oslo Accords, and the acceptability of stationing non-Muslim troops in the Land of the Two Holy Mosques (Haramayn) during and after the Persian Gulf War. Osama bin Laden bitterly condemned Ibn Baz and his rulings that supported Saudi Arabia’s foreign policy and alliances with Western powers”. [End of quote]

First, every dispute or disagreement must be referred back to the Qur’an and the Sunnah for final judgment. Allah [The Exalted] says:

يَٰٓأَيُّهَا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوٓا۟ أَطِيعُوا۟ ٱللَّهَ وَأَطِيعُوا۟ ٱلرَّسُولَ وَأُو۟لِى ٱلْأَمْرِ مِنكُمْ فَإِن تَنَٰزَعْتُمْ فِى شَىْءٍ فَرُدُّوهُ إِلَى ٱللَّهِ وَٱلرَّسُولِ إِن كُنتُمْ تُؤْمِنُونَ بِٱللَّهِ وَٱلْيَوْمِ ٱلْءَاخِرِ ذَٰلِكَ خَيْرٌ وَأَحْسَنُ تَأْوِيلًا

O you who have believed, obey Allāh and obey the Messenger and those in authority over you. And if you disagree among yourselves over anything then refer it back to Allāh and the Messenger if you truly believe in Allāh and the Last Day. That is better (conduct) and (leads to) the most excellent outcome. [(2)]

Allah [The Exalted] says:

وَمَا ٱخْتَلَفْتُمْ فِيهِ مِن شَىْءٍ فَحُكْمُهُۥٓ إِلَى ٱللَّهِ ذَٰلِكُمُ ٱللَّهُ رَبِّى عَلَيْهِ تَوَكَّلْتُ وَإِلَيْهِ أُنِيبُ

And in whatsoever you differ, the decision thereof is with Allah (He is the ruling Judge). (And say O Muhammad) Such is Allah, my Lord in Whom I put my trust, and to Him I turn in all of my affairs and in repentance. [Surah Ash-Shuraa. Ayah 10]

It is useless to merely note that an affair has generated controversy without offering reliable, knowledge-based evidence that gives one an insight into the affair. Therefore, we’ll examine the affairs they claim were a controversial stance held by Imam Abdul Azeez. The first issue is that the Imaam issued a fatwa that allowed non-Muslim troops to be stationed temporarily in Saudi Arabia during the Gulf War, and his decision was based on sound knowledge, notwithstanding Usamah Bin Ladin and his ilk among the Kharijites’ ranting and raving. Therefore, must read the article by Shaikh Abu Khadeejah [may Allah preserve him] titled “Ibn Baaz Allowed The American Military Into Saudi Arabia?”

There is no need to elaborate on Usama Bin Ladin’s affair; rather, we will suffice with the clarification provided below by Shaikh Abu Iyaad and Shaikh Abu Khadeejah [may Allah preserve them].

“The Reality of Usama Bin Ladin”

Indeed, Imaam Abdul Azeez Bin Baaz and his brothers, who were upright Salafi Scholars, did not seek the approval of anyone; instead, they derived rulings from the Qur’an and the Sunnah as understood by the Sahaabah, and they did not fear those who would falsely accuse others of wrongdoing.

To be continued…InShaaAllah

[(1)]: Saheeh Sunan al-Tirmidhiee 2414