Muhammad Abdul Wahid al-Azhari ‘al-Hanbali’ – The Khurafi Saint Invoker

Since Muhammad ‘Abdul-Wahid al-Azhari seems to love caricatures, here is one about him.

One of the most vocal (mufawwidh) ‘Hanbalis’ of our time is an Egyptian individual who goes by the name of Muhammad Abdul-Wahid al-Azhari ‘al-Hanbali’ (who suffers from ‘Salafi burn-out’).

Muhammad ‘Abdul-Wahid al-Azhari started with some legit critique of the modern-day Salafi da’wah but then ended up waging outright war against the entire Najdi Da’wah and Salafis (similar to what some charlatans do in the English speaking world), attacking the likes of Shaykh al-Albani, Bin Baz, and other profound scholars. Even Shaykh al-Islam b. Taymiyyah wasn’t spared from his long tongue.

Therefore, it is no wonder that his cosy with known enemies of the Sunnah, the likes of al-La Sharif Haqid (‘Hatim’) al-‘Awni (an actual and ideological descendant of the humiliated khurafi Sufis of Hijaz and role model of Yasir Qazi), Sayf al-‘Asri, and other than them from amongst the ‘classical Sunni Islam’ jama’ah who attended a ‘Wahhabi’ bashing conference organized by the pet dog of Putin (who along with the Majus of Iran was busy slaughtering the Sunnis of Syria while the Sufis and Ash’aris met the enemy of Islam, Kadyrov, may Allah curse him).

Two vicious enemies of Ahl al-Sunnah, the Sufi Ash’ari Sayf al-‘Asri and his ideological partner Hatim al-‘Awni at the anti-Salafi Grozny conference (with love from Putin, Bashar and Khamenei).

All of them have nothing to little to say about the crimes and ghuluw and shirkiyat of the Rafidah and ghulat of the Sufiyyah. In the words of ‘Abdul-Wahid al-Azhari himself:

Translation:

“‘Ali Gomaa (the former khurafi mufti of Egypt who blatantly stated that Invoking Mary, peace be upon her, is from Islam!)

“Muhammad ‘Abdul-Wahid did not understand al-‘Ilm nor the importance of it… except after the lectures of ‘Ali Gomaa.”

“‘Ali Gomaa is superior to all the Salafi scholars of Egypt.”

“Our main aim is the spread the heritage of the madhahib and this requires the elimination of Wahhabism.”

Despite him claiming (like many later Hanbalis) that Ahl al-Sunnah are three i.e. the Asha’irah, Maturidiyyah and the Athariyyah (Hanabilah), Ash’ari leaders of our time like Saeed Foudeh are not on good terms with him (or with any Hanabilah really), which has forced him to reply to them and their attacks against Hanbali giants (whom many Asha’irah accuse of tajsim/anthropomorphism).

Nevertheless, most of his energy, hatred, enmity and grudge are directed to his archenemies, the ‘Wahhabis’. On his main (Arabic) YouTube channel almost every video dealing with his ‘Wahhabi’ foes is accompanied with thumbnails that could have been produced by Arab atheists/secularists and Rawafid (in fact, they are literally taken from those enemies of Islam):

Some gullible souls have started translating his videos into the English language. You know them ‘traditional Sunni Islam’ type of jama’ah, may Allah guide them and us to what pleases Him.

‘Abdul-Wahid al-Azhari’s does not just refer to his Salafi opponents as ‘Wahhabis’, he also refers to them as النابتة/Nabitah/Nawabit. The Nabitah are basically Khawarij, dogs of the Hellfire, who are hostile to the Prophet (ﷺ) and cause more mischief than the idolaters and thus must be killed. Here is an infamous ‘peace preaching’ batini zindiq Sufis declaring Salafis as Nabitah:

These allegations against Ahl al-Sunnah are not new, the heretics have always slandered them with similar nicknames even way back in the time of the Salaf and those who followed them:

وأما الرافضة فإنهم يسمون أهل السنة الناصبة وكذبت الرافضة بل هم أولى بهذا لانتصابهم.

وأما الخوارج فإنهم يسمون أهل السنة والجماعة مرجئة وكذبت الخوارج فِي قولهم بل هم المرجئة

وأما أصحاب الرأي فإنهم يسمون أصحاب السنة نابتة وحشوية وكذب أصحاب الرأي أعداء اللَّه بل هم النابتة والحشوية تركوا آثار الرسول – صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ – وحديثه وقالوا بالرأي رحم اللَّه عبدًا قَالَ بالحق واتبع الأثر وتمسك بالسنة واقتدى بالصالحين وبالله التوفيق. اللهم ادحض باطل المرجئة وأوهن كيد القدرية وأذل دولة الرافضة وامحق شبه أصحاب الرأي واكفنا مؤنة الخارجية وعجل الانتقام من الجهمية

إجماع السلف في الاعتقاد كما حكاه الإمام حرب بن إسماعيل الكرماني

“As for the Rafidah, they refer to Ahl al-Sunnah as Nasibah (Nawasib), and they have lied because they are more deserving of this […]

As for the Khawarij, they refer to Ahl al-Sunnah wa al-Jama’ah as Murji’ah and they have lied, indeed the Khawarij are the Murji’ah […]

As for the advocates of ra’y, they refer to Ahl al-Sunnah as Nabitah and Hashawiyyah and in fact the advocates of ra’y, the enemies of Allah, have lied. In fact, they are the Nabitah and Hashawiyyah who have abandoned the athars of the Messenger (ﷺ) and his hadith and have engaged in ra’y […] O Allah! O Allah, refute the falsehood of the Murji’ah and weaken the plot of the Qadariyyah and humiliate the state of the Rafidah and annihilate the ambiguities of the advocates of ra’y and spare us from the evil of the Khawarij, and hasten the revenge on the Jahmiyyah.”

Source: Ijma’ al-Salaf fi al-I’tiqad kama hakaha al-Imam Harb b. Isma’il

Back to Muhammad ‘Abdul-Wahid al-Azhari who openly said in one of his videos that Mawlid is not just permissible but recommended!

And in another video he raves about his tomb pilgrimages to the saints even during his Salafi (!) times:

“I’ve visited numerous SHRINES even during my Salafi times. My mother was healed after she visited al-Husayn’s (may Allah be pleased with him) shrine.” – Muhammad ‘Abdul-Wahid al-Azhari

In this clip, he tells a story (could have been told by Abdol-Hossein from Qom or Karbala’) of how his mother used to take him to a tomb pilgrimage; to the bogus shrine of al-Husayn (may Allah be pleased with him) in Cairo (a Sufi-Rafidi hotbed and Khurafah factory). One day she took him whilst suffering from some speech problem which miraculously disappeared after she visited the idolatrous shrine in Cairo. His fans celebrate this bid’i grave veneration as ‘tawasul bil-Husayn’! Instead of warning people against such khurafat they relay Sufi fairy-tales and cite some statements of the khalaf (like Rawafid) and are not ashamed to justify khurafat at empty graves and the ‘miraculous effects’ which can be easily explained by the Qur’an:

{By Allah, We did certainly send [messengers] to nations before you, but Satan made their deeds attractive to them. And he is the disbelievers’ ally today [as well], and they will have a painful punishment.} – Qur’an, 16:63

This Abdul-Wahid al-Azhari the ‘Hanbali’ who according to his own words used to frequent bid’i shrines even during his ‘Salafi’ times. This individual is supposed to be a former ‘Wahhabi’, والله المستعان.

The calamities of ‘Abdul-Wahid al-Azhari don’t end here. He openly encourages his gullible followers to call upon the Ahl al-Bayt, however, not without sophistry (in order to fool the weak-minded and gullible).

Knowing how reprehensible even to the most ignorant Muslim the khurafi Rafidi-Sufi practice of directly invoking other than Allah for one’s needs is, some of the Sufis, including Muhammad ‘Abdul-Wahid al-Azhari, and a group of mutakhirin (like Taqiyy al-Din al-Subki) consider Tawassul, Istighathah, Tawajjuh, Tashaffu’, etc. as essentially one and the same, ending up excusing (and some even justifying and recommending) blatant shirki statements  under the excuse of majaz aqli (rational/intellectual metaphor), a figure of speech in rhetoric. Majaz aqli means attributing a deed to something that the deed is related to like a place, time and cause, not to the real doer and agent.

To cite some example, with mental gymnastics these khurafi Sufis (just like the Rafidah) claim that a person who literally invokes his buried saint directly (not even bothering mentioning Allah) for all his wishes and needs at any place and any time (which they conflate with asking your mother for help!) is really asking from Allah! Thus you hear them uttering ridiculous kufri statements such as:

“Ya Ali/Jilani/Maryam/Fatimah/Badawi/Rifa’i/Hussain madad means Ya Allah madad (!) as it is Allah who ultimately gives via the saint that is invoked.”

Of course, Allah has never given the authority, task and power to any of His creation to listen to and respond to the prayers (and rush to the help) that are directed to other than Allah.

Some of the Quburiyyah who are less severe in their polytheism (or at least try to pretend that they aren’t) claim that invoking their saint directly (bypassing Allah) for all their needs and wishes merely means that one wants the saint to ask from Allah. This means that kufr statements such as:

“Ya Ali/Hussain/Jilani/Badawi, etc. madad (help)!”

Actually means:

“Ya Ali/Hussain/Jilani/Badawi, etc. ask Allah to help me.”

It’s ‘mere’ tawassul with the person in terms of majaz aqli (rational/intellectual metaphor).

This is how the likes of ‘Muhammad Abdul-Wahid al-Azhari argue to either excuse or even justify infamous Sufi-Rafidi invocation calls that are nothing but pure Tawhid because they can quote tons of khalaf/mutakhirin and because the doers add their get-out close (‘with the permission of Allah’).

All of these arguments are logically incoherent and necessitate an ambiguous God and our reality is the biggest proof for the evil that grave veneration and the invocation of the saints has caused from the West to the East of the Muslim world.

Knowing how the likes of Muhammad al-Azhari would justify his statements (majaz ‘aqli, and even citing some late Hanbali scholars), let’s look at one of his tweets that could have been written by some ‘Abdol-Hossein cleric from Qom:

In the above Facebook post he wrote that:

  • Allah helps us through the madad (help) of ‘Ali, al-Hasanayn and Fatimah (سلام الله عليهم).

This Sufi-Rafidi belief states that when one invokes the Ahlul-Bayt for madad (help) it’s really Allah who helps us as the saints have no power of their own). This is exactly how the Rafidah justify their ghuluw of invoking the Ahl al-Bayt for their wishes and needs.

  • The ‘weak’ khilaf (dispute) regarding the burial place of al-Husayn’s head (according to him that cesspool of khurafat and shirk is indeed the burial place) doesn’t bother the people of knowledge and insight, as the souls of the saints and the pious are free to roam our realm, and thus there is no harm for the pilgrim to seek blessings from al-Husayn at that Sufi shrine in Cairo after all al-Husayn might visit it himself (and respond to the invocations of those who call upon him for their needs). This is literally Rafidi Quburism minus Sabb al-Sahabah! This is why the scholars say:

As for the souls being free to roam our realm shubhah: Yes, it is proven that the souls that are blessed are free and are not detained, so they meet one another in Paradise and talk about what they used to do in this world and what happened to the people of this world. So each soul will be with its friends who did similar good deeds. There are sahih reports regarding this issue (by Abu al-Darda’, Abu Hurayrah, Salman al-Farsi, etc.).

However, how does this justify seeking madad (help) from these souls/spirits who dwell in the realm of al-Ghayb (to be precise)? These silly istidlalat reminds one of arguments such as:

“The Martyrs Are Alive, Therefore I Can Beseech My Favourite Saint For Help”

“Calling Upon Other Than Allah Is Like Asking Your Fellow Human Being For A Favour”

‘But Jesus raised the dead and the angel of death takes billions of souls’

The Prophet (ﷺ) can hear billions of salams so my favourite saint can do 24/7 madad

And many other Rafidi-Sufi ‘proofs’ (spoofs). These people claim to be people of intellect yet they are the farthest away from it.

Where is the proof that the souls/spirits of the saints and the pious, the likes of Ali, al-Husayn, Badawi, Jilani, Jesus, etc. have been given this task and/or divine power and authority to respond to our help (madad) calls or to deliver our prayers to Allah ‘with the permission of Allah’?

Where is the proof that the souls/spirits are roaming/floating around and awaiting our help (madad) calls as if we are here in a Catholic Church or the Church of Abu Jahl?

Only the devils amongst the Ins/mankind, the likes of the Rawafid and Ghulat of the Sufis, deduce from the mas’alah of some souls being free, that one can invoke them for one’s needs.

The Ahl al-Bid’ah can quote as many fallible scholars they like, none of that will justify this ghuluw and excessive grave veneration of the buried saint.

“But fulan and ‘illan quoted this and that in their books and allowed this and that…”

But the Umayyads, the Abbasids and the Ottomans built shrines… and fulan shaykh and pir allowed shrines… and a group of Shafi’is allow shrines…”

“But Subki said… and Ibn al-Jawzi said in his Kitab al-Ruh… and al-Ramli said… and a group of scholars talked about al-Tajribah at graves…”

I’m afraid, this is Rafidi level of istidlal, none of that will help you on Judgement Day.

Finally: Why would our master al-Husayn ibn ‘Ali, the monotheist, visit a superstitious Sufi shrine in Egypt that is attributed to his head? Even *if* his head was buried in there (which is disputed), why would his souls frequent a cesspool of khurafat and bid’ah (at the very least), where the most extreme type of Sufis and Rawafid indulge in heresies and invoke al-Husayn (who would denounce all of them) besides Allah? Are the likes of Muhammad ‘Abdul-Wahid al-Azhari not ashamed to justify these superstitious Rafidi-Esque practices and shrines with their nonsensical arguments?

أَفَلاَ تَتَفَكَّرُونَ {Will you not reflect}