Muqbil bin Haadi al-Waadi'ee

Shaikh Muqbil bin Haadee Al-Waadi’ee (19??-2001) (مقبل بن هادي الواديعي) was a renowned Muslim scholar and a proponent of Salafism.

Full name

His full name is Muqbil bin Haadee bin Muqbil bin Qaa’idah al-Hamdaanee al-Waadi’ee al-Khallaalee.


Muqbil was originally born in Waa'diah, to the east of Sa'adah near the valley of Dammaaj, Yemen, from the tribe of Aali Raashid.


After finishing primary education in Yemen, Muqbil spent roughly two decades of Islamic studies in Saudi Arabia under the well known scholar Muhammad ibn al Uthaymeen in Najran and attended Halaqas led by Hadith scholar Muhammad Nasiruddin al-Albani and former Grand Mufti Abd-al-Aziz ibn Abd-Allah ibn Baaz. It was after this that he enrolled in the Islamic University of Madinah.

Return to Yemen

In 1979 his stay in Saudi was ended abruptly when he was indicted on suspected involvement in the Grand Mosque Seizure. After spending a few months in prison Grand Mufti ibn Baaz negotiated his release, though he was forced to return to his home country; it was there that he began to spread the Salafi Da'wah in Yemen, with much initial opposition from the Shafi`is, Ismailis, and Zaidis there. While he initially harbored hard feelings toward the Saudi government due to his wrongful imprisonment, toward the end of his life he would ultimately recant his criticism, speaking highly of the country and its authorities.

While there he would go on to establish what would become one of the most important educational institutions of Salafi Islam in the world - the Madrasah Dar al-Hadith al-Khayriyya in Dammaaj - teaching tens of thousands of students ranging from the Arab world to Africa to Southeast Asia to even the Western world. It was during this time that Muqbil, along with Ja'far 'Umar Thalib, established the close ties between Yemeni and Indonesian Salafis.


After a prolonged illness, Muqbil finally passed away in 2001. After his death reports continued to surface of changes in curriculum and power struggles at the Dar al-Hadith, though these rumors were dispelled a few years later by contemporary Muslim scholar Rabee Al-Madkhali.


Waadi'ee gained the respect of some (and the ire of others) in part through his rejection of Osama bin Laden, whom he blames - along with movements like the Muslim Brotherhood - for many of the problems Muslims face today; he further commented in an interview:

I did in fact send my advice and warning (to bin Laden) but only Allaah knows if it actually arrived or not. However, some of those people did come to us, offering their help and assistance in preaching and calling to Allaah. Afterwards, we found them sending money, requesting that we distribute it among the leaders of various tribes; they were trying to buy rocket-launchers and machine guns. But I refused them and told them to never come to my house again. I made it clear to them that what we do is preach only and we don’t allow our students to do anything but that.
Waadi'ee had earlier authored a book as well, referring to bin Laden as the head of all "sectarianism," "partisanship," "division," and "religious ignorance," and accusing him putting money into weapons while ignoring his religion.

Links to Guantanamo captives

Joint Task Force Guantanamo counter-terrorism analysts prepared Summary of Evidence memos offering justifications for continuing to hold them in extrajudicial detention. Several of the captives had their detention justified, in part, through their association with Al Wadi.


  • al-Ilhad al-Khomeini fi Ard al-Haramayn or the Impudence of Khomeini on the Land of the Two Holy Sanctuaries (criticism of the Iranian Revolution)


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