Benefits Obtained during Our Recent Visit to The City of Shaikh Zaid bin Muhammad al Madkhali (رحمه الله تعالى)
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
Benefits Obtained during Our Recent Visit to The City of Shaikh Zaid bin Muhammad al Madkhali
(رحمه الله تعالى)
Jamad al Awal 12- 13, 1435 | March 13-14, 2014
During our recent visit to the city of Jizaan, the home of Shaikh Zaid al Madkhali رحمه الله تعالى, Allah blessed those visiting to come into the company of some of the scholars who were present, along with the students and family members of the Shaikh رحمه الله تعالى . During that visit, we took notes of some statements that were made by the scholars and some of the Shaikh’s students, and likewise events, which took place that we felt, would possibly benefit the Salafi communities in the west.
From amongst those benefits:
- It was amazing to see how everyone in the city knew of the death of the Shaikh رحمه الله تعالى! Being that we haven’t visited the city in over 10 years, the location of the Shaikh’s home was not known to us, so while driving around the city, we asked normal (non-religious) people about the location of his home, and without delay or hesitation, they informed us exactly where it was located. There was even a man who had no signs of religion, but he said: He lives over there andإن شاء الله, we will be praying over him today after Asr!
This was a clear indication that the Shaikh رحمه الله تعالى was known by the people of his city, which informs of their love and respect for him. This is how the scholars are amongst the people, and that is why the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) said concerning them:
إن العالم ليستغفرُ له مَنْ في السموات ومن فى الأرض حتى الحيتانُ فى الماء
“Everyone in the sky and everyone on earth supplicates for the scholar, even the fish within the sea.”
(Sunan Abu Dawood and Jam’e of Tirmidhee)
- Another example of the people of the city’s love for him: While purchasing books in one of the local bookstores, we came across a new book of the Shaikh Zaid bin Muhammad Al Madkhali رحمه الله تعالى that was recently published. Upon approaching the cash register, the worker noticed that the book was not yet priced. He then said: The book is not yet priced, and thus I cannot sell it to you out of fear of taking more money than the actual price. We replied: We have come from far and we don’t want to leave without the book. Upon hearing this, the store worker said: He was my Shaikh just like he was yours! I will give the book to you as a gift and once I find out its price, I will pay for it myself.
The Khutbah on the day of the Shaikh’s burial was delivered by Shaikh Muhammad bin Hadee al Madkhali حفظه الله تعالى. During the khutbah he spoke of the high status of the people of knowledge in Islam, and during the second part of the khutbah he mentioned the disappearance of knowledge by the passing away of the scholars, and then he mentioned the name of Shaikh Zaid رحمه الله تعالى and the calamity of his death. At that moment, many people began………..
 A few brothers questioned the permissibility of travelling for the purpose of attending a funeral, due to the fatwa of the scholars that mention that doing so is not supported by Quran, nor Sunnah. We firstly ask Allah to increase those brothers in eman and knowledge, and then we say: It’s important for a student to understand the speech of a scholar correctly, and it’s also important that the fatwa is applied correctly. Those scholars, the likes of Shaikh Muhammad bin Saleh al ‘Uthaymeen (رحمه الله تعالى), have specifically spoken against travelling solely for the purpose of attending a funeral, but this speech does not apply to travelling with the intention of visiting the family and friends of someone who has died, for the purpose of giving condolences, and bringing ease to the family of the deceased person. Travelling for this purpose is allowed and the scholars have not spoken against it, which is the reason why a few scholars visited the family of Shaikh Zaid the following days after his death for the above purpose.
Shaikh ‘Abdul Azeez bin Baaz (رحمه الله تعالى) was asked: What is the ruling on travelling for the purpose of giving condolences to a relative or friend, and is it permissible to do so before the deceased person has been buried?
The Shaikh responded: I do not know of any prohibition in travelling for the purpose of giving condolences to a relative or friend, for indeed doing so brings comfort to the family of the deceased, strengthens the relationship, and gives them ease. There is also no problem in doing so before the burial or after it, but the closer it is to the time of the death, then it is greater in easing the pain of the calamity. (Mejmo’ Fatawa of Shaikh ‘Abdul Azeez bin Baaz 13/376)