Ibn Baz: Did Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab Revolt Against the Ottoman Empire?

Shaykh

Shaikh ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz ibn ʿAbd Allāh ibn Bāz, may Allāh have mercy on him, said:

Shaikh Muḥammad ibn ʿAbd al-Wahhāb never revolted against the empire of the Ottoman Caliphate according to what I know and believe, since the Turks neither had any government nor emirate in Najd; rather, Najd was [made up of] small emirates and scattered villages, and over every town or village—no matter how small—there was an independent emir. And they were emirates such that among them were battles, wars and conflicts.

Shaikh Muḥammad ibn ʿAbd al-Wahhāb never revolted against the empire of the caliphate; he only came out against corrupt practices in his land; so he fought and strove his utmost for Allāh’s sake as He should be fought for, and he bore with greater patience than others and persevered, until the light of this call [to worshipping Allāh alone] spread out to other lands…[.]

Translator: Mikail ibn Mahboob Ariff
Source: As quoted by Dr. Muḥammad ibn ʿUmar Bāzmūl in Isʿāf al-Hayarān min al-Shubah wa-l-Adrān. Comp. Ibrāhīm ibn Muḥammad ibn Kashīdān. 1435 H. Electronic Book. www.bazmool.net.