The Repentance of Shaykh Muḥammad Khalīl Harrās
ash-Shaykh Muḥammad Amān al-Jāmī رحمه الله تعالى
Translated by Abū al-Ḥasan Mālik Ādam al-Akhḍar
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Al-Shaykh Muḥammad Khalīl Harrās (رحمه الله) was born in Egypt in the governorate of al-Gharbiyyah in 1915; he graduated from al-Azhar University in Cairo sometime around 1940, receiving his doctoral degree in al-Tawḥīd wa al-Mantiq. He taught first at al-Azhar in the college of Usul al-Dīn. Later, he took an appointment to teach in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia—may Allāh (تبارك وتعالى) continue to bless and protect it—at Imām Muḥammad ibn Saʿūd University in Riyāḍ. He was known for harshness against the people of innovation and Sufiyyah, who attempted to take his life a number of times. From his many works, besides his book Ibn Taymiyyah, al-Salafī, is an explanation of Shaykh al-Islām’s treatise al-ʿAqīdah al-Wāsiṭiyyah. He died in Egypt in 1975.
Benefits from the story:
First: This story shows the extreme importance of studying the books of creed and methodology authored by the noble scholars of the Salafī Manhaj. For here was Shaykh Muḥammad Khalīl Harrās (رحمه الله), who had studied the religion from elementary school all the way to receiving a degree from the college of Usūl al-Dīn; however, it was within a three month period studying the correct creed in the works of Shaykh al-Islām Ibn Taymiyyah that helped remove the veil from his eyes. This story is a clear example that the one who devalues the books of creed is either ignorant of their true reality or is an adversary to what they contain, and the sweeter of the two is bitter.
Second: This story is a beautiful example of Allah’s (تبارك وتعالى) statement:
“And you do not will except that Allāh wills. Indeed, Allāh is ever Knowing and Wise.” [al-Insān 76:30]
Do we not see that initially al-Shaykh Muḥammad al-Harrās set out to gather whatever he could from the works of Ibn Taymiyyah, with the explicit intent of refuting this great Imām, but Allāh (تبارك وتعالى) intended otherwise, and instead of writing against Shaykh al-Islām, Muḥammad Harrās (رحمه الله) ended up writing in his defense?
Third: That once a person hears the truth, they should accept it and immediately reject what they previously held from error. Moreover, they should work to correct and refute those errors as Shaykh Muḥammad Khalīl Harrās did with his doctoral dissertation, Ibn Taymiyyah, al-Salafī.
Fourth: Holding a university degree in no way guarantees that a person possesses sound knowledge. This can be seen in the statement of Muḥammad Amān al-Jāmī (رحمه الله): “After this period, he said it became apparent to him that he had not understood al-Islām except after studying these works. [After] those many years of study, beginning with elementary school, then middle school and afterward high school and university, until reaching the point of writing his doctoral dissertation, it became clear to him that he had not understood al-Islām correctly before studying these books.”
Fifth: An encouragement to gather, disseminate, translate and spread the works of the Salafī scholars with the hope that those who have been affected by the people of deviance will learn the correct creed of al-Islām and turn in penitence to Allāh, as He (تبارك وتعالى) blessed Muḥammad Khalīl Harrās to do. May Allāh (تبارك وتعالى) keep us firm upon the creed of the Salaf, the people of Ḥadīth.