About the Ghawth, Qutb, Abdal, Awtad, Akhyar

Who are Abdaal?

by “Muslim”

The Wahabi sect has once again shown its lack of understanding by denying many hadith on the existence of Abdal.

The Wahabis posted an article denying the authenticity of many hadith on this topic.

The Wahabi artcile can be read at this link


Here is the reply to this artcile , compiled from different resources.

It is also surprising to note that the teacher and Shaykh of Allamah Ibn al Qayyim , Allamah Ibn Taymiyyah also testified to the existence of the Abdaal. Thus, he mentions in his infamous ‘Al Aqeedah al wastiyyah

لكن لما أخبر النبي صلى الله عليه و سلم أن أمته ستفترق على ثلاث وسبعين فرقة كلها في النار إلا واحدة وهي الجماعة وفي حديث عنه أنه قال : ( هم من كان على مثل ما أنا عليه اليوم وأصحابي ) صار المتمسكون بالإسلام المحض الخالص عن الشوب هم أهل السنة والجماعة وفيهم الصديقون والشهداء والصالحون ومنهم أعلام الهدى ومصابيح الدجى أولوا المناقب المأثورة والفضائل المذكورة وفيهم الأبدال وفيهم أئمة الدين الذين أجمع المسلمون على هدايتهم وهم الطائفة المنصورة الذين قال فيهم النبي صلى الله عليه و سلم : ( لا تزال طائفة من أمتي على الحق منصورة لا يضرهم من خالفهم ولا من خذلهم حتى تقوم الساعة ) فنسأل الله أن يجعلنا منهم وألا يزيغ قلوبنا بعد إذ هدانا وأن يهب لنا من لدنه رحمة إنه الوهاب والله أعلم «العقيدة الواسطية» (ج 1 / ص 32( و انظر «مجموع الفتاوى» (ج 3 / ص 159)

“However, since Nabi صلي الله عليه و سلم has predicted that the Ummah will divide into seventy three groups; all of who will be in the fire except one group which is the ‘Jama’ah; (The Jama’ah is) as described in another hadith: “They remain on the like of that which I am on and my companions”, it becomes (known that) the true adherents of Islam in its pristine purity are the Ahl al Sunnah wal Jama`ah. Amongst them are the truthful saints (siddiqoon), the martyrs and the righteous ones. Also found amongst them are those men who are signs of guidance and hallmarks of illumination, of recorded integrity and virtues were mentioned. The Abdaals are amongst them. Also the Imams who (the general) Muslim populace are in full accord concerning their guidance of religion are to be found among them. These are the Victorious Group about whom the Prophet said: “A group within my Community manifestly continues to be in the truth. Neither those who oppose them nor those who abandon them can do them harm, from now on until the Day of Resurrection….”

(Al Aqeedah al waastiyyah 1/32. Also check Majmoah al fatawa 3/159)

In another place Hafidh Ibn Taymiyyah mentioned,

وأما أهل العلم فكانوا يقولون : هم ” الأبدال ” لأنهم أبدال الأنبياء وقائمون مقامهم حقيقة «مجموع الفتاوى » (ج 4 / ص 97)

((As for the people of knowledge, they used to say: (Scholars of hadith) are the Abdaals, because they are the Abdaal (substitutes) and representatives of the prophets…))

(Majmu`a Fatawa 4/97)

(P.S We do acknowledge that there are other opinions mentioned in his other works).

The vast majority of Scholars from the Ahl as sunnah hold the view that Abdaals do exist. In fact, Hafizh Ibn as-Salah has declared that there is consensus on this view. Hereunder follows the names of just a few illustrious Scholars who explicitly mentioned their views [Also refer to the introduction of Allamah Suyuti’s ‘Al Khabr ad daal’ (Dar al usool)]

1) Allamah Ibn Abi ad Dunya (he has mentioned many Ahadith in his book, ‘Al Awliya’)

2) Allamah Abu az Zinaad (ibid 27)

3) Allamah Abdullah an Nabbaji (ibid 28)

4) Allamah Abu Muhammad Al Khallaal (he has dedicated an entire chapter to this subject in his ‘Karaamaat al Awliya’)

5) Allamah Ibn Asaakir (he has dedicated two chapters to this subject in his magnificent ‘Taarikh ad Dimashq’.)

6) Allamah Ibn Salah (as could be found in his Fatawa (1/184)

7) Allamah Zarkashi (he discussed this subject in his ‘At Tadhkirah fil Ahadith al mushtahirah (1/144)

8) Allamah Taqi ad deen Al Hisni (he has refuted the view of Ibn Taymiyyah in his ‘Daf shubahi man shabbaha wa tamarradah’(1/123)

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