Lately there too much brouhahas about Syaikh Muhammad bin Abdul Wahhab in the local media. The path taken by the syaikh had been debated long time ago by the ulama. There are of course those who follow him to the letter and others who were against his teachings.
To say that the term Wahhabiyyah didn’t occur during the syaikh’s era as a certain ex-mufti of a northern state said is not entirely true since his own brother Syaikh Sulaiman wrote a book against his brother’s teaching and it was titled “Al Sawa’iq al Muhriqqah fi Madhhab al Wahhabiyyah.’ It was also known as Fasl al-Khitab min Kitab Allah wa-Hadith al-Rasul (salla Allahu `alayhi wa-Sallam) wa-Kalam Uli al-Albab fi Madhhab Ibn `Abd al-Wahhab.”
The problem arises IMHO is due to the unwillingness amongst us to accept difference of opinion. Difference of opinion exist since the era of the Sahabah r.d.a.
During the era of the Followers ( Al Tabi’in ) emerge schools of thought especially in Jurisprudence ( Al Fiqh ) whereby the Four Schools of Fiqh came about. There were other madhhabs as well such as madhhab of Imam Dawud al Zahiri, madhhab of Imam Sufyan Al Thawri, madhhab of Imam Al Auza’i, madhhab of Imam Laith to name a few which didn’t withstand the passing of time and were soon forgotten.
The existence of different schools of fiqh then was not a problem. Imam Al Shafi’i studied under Imam Muhammad Al Syaibani, Imam Hanafi‘s main student. When he prayed the Subuh prayers, Imam Al Shafi’i who was asked to lead the salat didn’t read the Qunut prayer. When he was asked why he didn’t recite it, he answered I didn’t recite it due to the fact that Imam Hanafi ( who’s tomb was inside the masjid ) said it was not sunat.
Imam Ibnu Taimiyyah when he was in Egypt didn’t hesitate to perform the salat behind Imam Ibnu ‘Ataillah al Sakandari, a well known Sufi and author of the famous book ‘Al Hikam.”
Imam Hasan Al Banna advised certain parties in Egypt during his time who were arguing about the rakaah of Tarawih. He told them that Salat Tarawih is sunat whereas keeping the spirit of ukhwah is wajib!
So IMHO, if each group have dalils according to the Qur’an and the Sunnah of the Holy Prophet ( phub) then each should act according to what each have learned!
What’s the use of finger pointing in this matter?