Shaykh Bin Baz said, “The term Wahhabism is used by many people to refer to the call initiated by Imam Muhammad Ibn Abdul-Wahhab ibn Sulayman Al-Tamimy Al-HanbalI (may Allah be merciful to him). He is called along with his followers ‘Wahhabis’.
Every knowledgeable person must have heard about Shaykh Muhammad Ibn Abdul-Wahhab’s movement and approach (may Allah be merciful to him). He called for pure Tawheed (belief in the Oneness of Allah) and warned people against all forms of Shirk (associating others with Allah in His Divinity or worship), such as supplicating to the dead, trees, rocks, or the like. He (may Allah be merciful to him) followed in creedal matters the Madhab (School of Jurisprudence) of the Salaf Us-Saalih (righteous predecessors), while in subsidiary matters he followed the Madhab of Imam Ahmad Ibn Hanbal Al-Shaybani (may Allah be merciful to him). This is clear in the books and Fatwas (expert legal opinions) of Muhammad Ibn Abdul-Wahhab and in the books of his followers and offspring which are published.
Imam Muhammad Ibn Abdul-Wahhab appeared at a time when Islam was alienated, the Arabian Peninsula and other areas were engulfed in ignorance and worshiping idols was widespread. The shaykh took it upon himself to strive and struggle, and devoted himself to destroying all means of misguidance.
He employed all possible ways to spreading Tawheed free from any kind of superstition. Allah, out of His Bounty, made Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud, Prince of Al-Diriyyah at that time, approve of the call.
Thus, the Prince, his sons, those under his authority, and his followers supported the Imam, may Allah reward them, forgive them, and guide their offspring to do all that pleases Him and to what sets right the affairs of His servants. All regions of the Arabian Peninsula have lived under this righteous call to the present day.
Therefore, Imam Ibn Abdul-Wahhab’s call was in accordance with the Quran and Sunnah (whatever is reported from the Prophet).
Wahhabism is not a fifth Madhab as some ignorant and prejudiced people claim; rather, it is a call to the Aqeedah (creed) of the Salaf Us-Saalih and a way of reviving the fundamental features of Islam and Tawheed which were forgotten in the Arabian Peninsula.” Ref: Alifta.net
Posted by Abdul Kareem Ibn Ozzie