Muslim Matters Rebukes Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad.

(Picture: The beloved scholar of Ahl-ul-Sunna wa’al Jama’ah, Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad. May Allah bless him immensely and protect him from Salafi-Wahhabi mischief!)

A classic example of little dwarfs shouting at Muslim giants, Muslim Matters had this to say of our beloved Shaykh and intellectual, Abdal Hakim Murad:

Abdal-Hakim Murad is particularly vitriolic about the “Wahhabi” bogey-man. In the wake of the 9/11 attacks, instead of giving a fair chance for investigations of who was responsible, etc., he did what the rest of the neo-cons did, blame “Wahhabis”. In his article here, he pointed to the great wisdom of Kabbani that was duly ignored by America. I wonder what he wanted the government to do. Arrest the leaders of 80% of America’s mosques, which Kabbani claimed were run by Wahhabis?

After tying Shaykh Abdal-Hakim to the “neo-cons” and taking a swipe at Shaykh Kabbani, the article then goes on to discuss Shaykh Abdal-Hakim’s “hatred for certain Muslims”:

Abdal-Hakim’s hatred for certain Muslims is unfortunate (even if he doesn’t agree with their methodology); instead of discussing the root-cause [of] the fanaticism and the terrorism (i.e. Israel & other injustice upon Muslims), he chose to attack Muslims.


Muslim Matters then directs readers to a refutation against Shaykh Abdal-Hakim from Usama Hassan. Is this the same Usama Hassan who said:

“I’m very happy to be associated with the quilliam foundation and i hope we’ll have more and more think-tanks like this to challenge some of the thinking and public discourse about islam in britain and the west.”

It makes one wonder why Muslim Matters is using someone who supports the Quilliam Foundation (QF), a foundation that openly speaks against Yasir Qadhi, to support their perspective against Shaykh Abdal-Hakim. Muslim Matters has even written a scathing but unsensible response against QF at:


To those who are unaware of Shaykh Abdal-Hakim Murad, know well that he is one of the leading intellectuals of our Ummah today. English-speaking Muslims (and non-Muslims) are especially indebted to him. I highly encourage everyone to read his biography and learn from his articles at: Masud Khan’s excellent website provides this biography of the beloved Shaykh:

“Abdal Hakim Murad graduated from Cambridge University with a double-first in Arabic in 1983. He then lived in Cairo for three years, studying Islam under traditional teachers at Al-Azhar, one of the oldest universities in the world. He went on to reside for three years in Jeddah, where he administered a commercial translation office and maintained close contact with Habib Ahmad Mashhur al-Haddad and other ulama from Hadramaut, Yemen.

In 1989, Shaikh Abdal Hakim returned to England and spent two years at the University of London learning Turkish and Farsi. Since 1992 he has been a doctoral student at Oxford University, specializing in the religious life of the early Ottoman Empire. He is currently Secretary of the Muslim Academic Trust (London) and Director of the Sunna Project at the Centre of Middle Eastern Studies at Cambridge University, which issues the first-ever scholarly Arabic editions of the major Hadith collections.

Shaikh Abdal Hakim is the translator of a number of works, including two volumes from Imam al-Ghazali’s Ihya Ulum al-Din. He gives durus and halaqas from time to time and taught the works of Imam al-Ghazali at the Winter 1995 Deen Intensive Program in New Haven, CT. He appears frequently on BBC Radio and writes occasionally for a number of publications, including The Independent; Q-News International, Britain’s premier Muslim Magazine; and Seasons, the semiacademic journal of Zaytuna Institute.”


But vitriolic attacks against eminent scholars by Muslim Matters is no surprise. Yasir Qadhi was one of the reviewers of the article who approved of this mockery. One reads at the bottom of the article:

Acknowledgements: Yasir Qadhi, Ruth Nasrullah, and Omar Usman for reviewing and providing valuable comments.

As Yasir and his team mock Shaykh Abdal-Hakim, Yasir is also known for his infamous accusation of shirk against the jewel of our Ummah, the late Shaykh Muhammad ibn `Alawi al-Maliki:

Yasir also accused our beloved Shaykh Busiri and his famous poem,  al-Burda, of shirk. He says:

“…there is blatant shirk in all three categories of tahweed in that poem: shrik in ruboobiyyah, uloohiyyah and asma wa sifaat.”

One may read more details of this repugnant attack at:

One wonders: What did Yasir Qadhi really have in mind when he signed the “Pledge of Unity” with Muslims who love and praise Shaykh Abdal-Hakim, who praise al-Burda, and who praise Shaykh Ibn `Alawi al-Maliki as a mujaddid?

P.S. In the Muslim Matters article, “British Muslims & Their Leadership”, author Abu Aaliyah uses “T.J. Winter” (a.k.a. Shaykh Abdal-Hakim) as a reliable source of information. See footnote #10. It’s interesting that Muslim Matters, with one breath, can accuse someone of being “vitriolic” and a “Muslim hater” and simultaneously use the same person as a reliable/authentic source of information for one of its articles.


5 responses to “Muslim Matters Rebukes Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad.

  1. Assalamu alaykum wRaB,
    Shaykh Abdul Hakim Murad is a good shaykh, hafidhullah. I didn’t know MuslimMatters threw accusations at him.
    It seems like some “traditional” people are in favor of websites like MuslimMatters or AlMaghrib or SubhaibWebb or Bayyinah or with Yasir Qadhi or other AlMaghrib instructors. Examples are Imam Abdul Latif, Imam Tahir Anwar, and Imam Zaid Shakir. Why? So what’s that about? It seems like we’re all the same or our differences are unimportant when they speak in favor of these sites/people.

    • “Disgusting charlatan”

      This is what Wahhabis have been saying about Ahl al-Sunna wa’al Jama’ah (the true Sunnis) for much of their existence. Resorting to such ad hominem attacks is the only approach Wahhabis resort to because they are always defeated at the intellectual level. This is unfortunate, but it’s no surprise.


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