Shaikh Rabee’ Ibn Hādi ‘Umayr Al-Madkhali (حفظه الله): Falsifying the Lie that the Scholars Partake in Secretive Gatherings
In the name of Allah, Most Merciful, Bestower of Mercy.
All praise is for Allah. And may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon the Messenger, his Companions and those who follow his guidance.
Indeed, from the apparent lies is what some of the people of falsehood have ascribed to us that we have secretive gatherings. And this is from the greatest of lies! Our da’wah is to Allah, to following His Book and the Sunnah of His Messenger (salallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) and following the Manhaj of the Righteous Salaf that is apparent and clear, and which is established upon the Book of Allah and the Sunnah of His Messenger (salallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam). [A Manhaj] which is completely removed from all forms of partisan secretive gatherings, those against which we wage war in the severest of ways.
So whoever ascribes this secrecy to us, whoever it may be, has indeed lied upon us, and has spoken with falsehood and false-speech — we seek with refuge with Allah from the evil of such a person, and we free ourselves in front of Allah from his speech.
Our da’wah is clear [in calling] to the Book of Allah and the Sunnah of His Messenger (salallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam); it is clear and apparent, we proclaim it openly with plain and unambiguous evidences from the Book and Sunnah, upon the Way of the noble Salaf in proclaiming the Truth, refuting falsehood and innovations, and repelling them.
These writings of ours which are present in our books and our audios are clear and unequivocal. They proclaim the Truth and refute falsehood, innovations and [all types of] misguidance which are against the Methodology of the Righteous Salaf. We do not have — and all praise is for Allah — that which invites to the innovated, partisan secrecy which is from the ways of Ahlul-Bid’ah, to the secretive, innovated partisanship. We seek refuge with Allah from that and free ourselves from it.
So the statement that we have secret consultative gatherings is from the greatest of lies which is falsified by our clear and manifest Manhaj which we have been traversing for 40 years or more. And [this Manhaj] is the Manhaj of the Righteous Salaf, established upon the Book of Allah and the Sunnah of His Messenger (salallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam).
[Al-‘Allāmah] Rabee’ Ibn Hādi ‘Umayr Al-Madkhali (حفظه الله)
12th Sha’bān 1440 AH.