I recently registered for Al-Baseerah's online intensive course, Al-Qawaaid al-arba' with Shaykh Abdullaah Al-Ghudyaan (May Allaah accept and reward his efforts, ameen). I had my first lesson on Tuesday, and masha'Allaah it was really interesting.
It was basically an introduction to Shaykh Muhammad Ibn Abdul-Wahhab's life (May Allaah have mercy upon him, ameen), the reviver of the sunnah. He started his quest for knowledge at a time when there many scholars, but they were mostly concerned with fiqh matters, as for their 'aqeedah, this was not pure.
Masha'Allaah the shaykh travelled far in search of knowledge, the more he learnt the more he strived for more. He faced many tests and hardships along the way, almost dying of thirst and hunger on his way to Ash-Sham, alhamdulillaah Allaah saved him by a man with a riding beast packed with drink and food, who took him back to Basrah.
The Shaykh met the Ameer, Muhammad Ibn Sa'ud (May Allaah have mercy upon him, ameen), from Ad-Dir'eeyah, who had heard his daw'ah, and then gave him bai'ah (the pledge of allegiance) and supported his daw'ah and struggled in it's cause.
Alhamdulillaah, through the daw'ah the shaykh gave, there came the obliteration of all manifestations of shirk in the land of Najd, graves were destroyed, along with trees that were used for worship, he refuted the doubts of the doubtful until his daw'ah became widespread and this pleased him.
The shaykh lived a long life, and later died in 1206 AH. His grandchildren and students carried on spreading the daw'ah.
This is just a brief summary of the Shaykh's life, but so amazing and inspiring to see how hard he fought for the truth to be established once again. For those people out there who label the shaykh as a 'wahhabi' and as someone who brought something 'new' I advise you to go and read his biography properly insha Allaah, he is not called 'the reviver of the sunnah' for nothing you know. In the lesson Sh. Abdullaah Al-Ghudyaan, mentioned a hadith by the prophet sallallaahu alayhi wa sallaam, which he gave glad tidings that at the head of every 100 years, someone will revive for it it's religion, I did not catch all of the hadith or the source, so if anyone knows it, please let me know so I can add it on insha Allaah.