A Brief Mention of Shaikh al-Maghrâwî of Morocco (Updated Again)
August 29, 2007 10 Comments
In the introduction of the 2nd printing of his book Rifqan Ahl as-Sunnah bi Ahl as-Sunnah, Shaikh ‘Abdul-Muhsin al-‘Abbâd advised (emphasis added),
I also counsel that the students of knowledge in every land benefit from those occupied with knowledge from the People of the Sunnah in that land; like Shaikh al-Albânî’s pupils in Jordan who established a centre in his name after him, like Shaikh Muhammad al-Maghrâwî in Morocco, Shaikh Muhammad ‘Alî Farkūs and Shaikh al-‘Îd Sharîfî in Algeria, and others from the People of the Sunnah. From the advice to the People of the Sunnah is that whoever of them is mistaken should be notified of his mistake, not pursued for it. Innocence from him should not be declared because of that, and benefit should be sought from him, especially if no one is found who is more prominent in knowledge and virtue than he.
On July 28, 2007, Shaikh ‘Alî Hasan al-Halabî was asked, “Esteemed Shaikh, do you have a new statement regarding Shaikh al-Maghrâwî and what is the way out for the tribulations that we live through on all levels?” He replied saying (emphasis added),
I do not have anything new regarding Shaikh al-Maghrâwî and I believe that he is a Salafî man and from the People of Knowledge. Like others, however, he is mistaken [at times] and is right [at times]. I noticed some observations and we advised him and spoke to him regarding some matters. It appears that his Moroccan-ness and his passion have pushed him to the likes of these matters which have gone out of their limit and their frame. I do not have anything, however, that would make me to doubt his Salafism or his creed. I have known him for around twenty five years, since he was a student in the Higher Studies at the Islamic University, and after that, we met many times throughout the years. There is nothing heard from him except Sunnah … .
Source: audio recording (Arabic).
On August 2, 2006, Shaikh Abū Hâtim Usâmah al-Qūsî stated,
Shaikh al-Maghrâwî is a good man, from the People of the Sunnah, and from the luminaries of the Sunnah in his country. No one, no one, no one, no one, has come out of the land of Morocco in these days who has met the claim of the Salafî call like Shaikh Muhammad ‘Abdur-Rahman al-Maghrâwî, may Allah preserve him, has met it. He is not a heretic, he is not misguided, he is not a misguider, he is not a Surūrî, nor a Qutbî. May Allah, exalted is He, preserve him. Those who watch over him and claim that he has mistakes are those who, in reality, are criticized of being the companions of the methodology of “either … or else!” (i.e., giving ultimatums such as “either you do this or else I warn against you!”) and from the exaggerators in the issue of heretication (tabdî’).
Source: A transcribed recording from August 2, 2006 in al-Hudâ al-Muhammadî Mosque titled, Rahimallah Imra’an ‘Arifa Qadr Nafsihi, tape 1, side 2.
For those interested in reading a brief biography of the shaikh, they can do so here (Arabic) and here (English). There are also several replies to those who attack the shaikh that can either be read or listened to at the following link (Arabic). Also, for those interested, they can read the attestation given to him by Shaikh ‘Abdul-‘Azîz bin Bâz, may Allah have mercy on him (Arabic):
- SalafiManhaj.com‘s edit of this post: al-‘Allaamah ‘AbdulMuhsin al-‘Abbaad and Shaykh ‘Ali Hasan al-Halabee on Shaykh Maghraawee (Updated).