Yemen Stops Issuing Visas At Airports

Yemen is to stop issuing visas to foreigners arriving at international airports, state media has reported.

The move was to “halt terrorist infiltration,” Saba state media said.

The change will affect Western visitors, including those from the US, Canada and Europe, who had generally been able to get visas at airports.

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, based in Yemen, apparently trained a Nigerian man charged over the failed bomb attempt on a US plane last month.

There has been increasing pressure on Yemen to crack down on al-Qaeda in the wake of the 25 December plot.

According to the Yemeni defence ministry newspaper September 26, a military official said “granting visas to foreigners will take place only through the embassies of Yemen, and after consulting security authorities to verify the identities of travellers”.

This is to “prevent the infiltration of any suspected terrorist elements,” he was quoted as saying.

Six airports in Yemen receive international flights, AFP news agency reported.

Separately, the US said there were concerns that al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula was expanding its recruitment efforts “to attract non-traditional followers”.

The US Senate foreign relations committee, in a report released on 21 January into al-Qaeda in Yemen and Somalia, said there were concerns about some Americans who “had disappeared and are suspected of having gone to al-Qaeda training camps in ungoverned portions of the impoverished country”.

Law enforcement officials believed there could be as many as 36 US citizens who converted to Islam while in US prisons and travelled to Yemen in the past year, “possibly for al-Qaeda training”.

There were also up to a dozen US citizens who had married Muslim women and converted to Islam who had also gone to Yemen, but there was no evidence they had undergone training, the report said.

“But [officials] said they are on heightened alert because of the potential threat from extremists carrying American passports,” the report added.

The report said one official described them as ”blond-haired, blue eyed types”.

“These individuals fit a profile of Americans whom al-Qaeda has sought to recruit over the past several years,” the report said.

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What the Scholars Say About Shaykh Muqbil

Shaikh Ibn Baz said of him: Shaikh Muqbil is more knowledgeable than me and is a Muhaddith (this is from Shaikh Ibn Baz’s humility).

Shaikh Al Albani said: The Shaikh is a caller to the book and the Sunnah and toward what the companions were upon.

Shaikh Muhammad Ibn Salih Al Uthaimeen said: Shaikh Muqbil is Imam Imam Imam (meaning leader).

Shaikh Ahmad An Najmi said: Shaikh Muqbil Ibn Hadi is an Alim from the Salafis and he has established the Methodology of the Salaf Us Salih in his books and he has called toward it and taught his students the Methodology of the Salaf.

Shaikh Rabee’ Ibn Hadi said: He is the carrier of the flag of Tawheed and Sunnah. This caller to Allah who is the true reviver in Yemen… the one who is abstinent and shuns from the world and is righteous, the scholar of Hadeeth who mashed the Dunya and its decorations under his feet.

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Timetable for Students in Dammaaj

They (the students) pray Fajr in Jama’ah in two Masjids. The first one being the Masjid of the institution which is called “the Masjid of the Library” with our Shaikh Yahya son of Ali Al Hajuuri (may Allah preserve him) the Khaleefah of Shaikh Muqbil Ibn Haadi Al Wadi’ee (May Allah have mercy upon him) leading them in the Fajr Salaat and he is the best of those who proceeded from those who preceeded. Allah has helped by him the Da’wah and humiliated innovations and there is another Masjid in the farmlands, and the farmlands contain the houses of the students who come seeking knowledge with their families.

When Salaat Ul Fajr is finished they remember Allah and read the Qur’an until sunrise then whoever wishes to pray the two Raka’ah of Salaat Ul Ishraaq does so. After this they turn to their specific lessons in all sciences and the most well known of their lessons is the lesson of our Shaikh the knowledgeable Yahya son of Ali Al Haajuri who remains with his students in rememberences and revision of the Qur’an which his guard reads to him or one of his students. Then he prays the two Raka’ah of Salaat Ul Ishraaq and then goes to sit with guests in order to teach whomsoever is present from his students. And this class is not compulsory, any student that wishes to do so sits in that class. Books are read quite quickly, whenever the Shaikh finishes with a book he opens another book. Until now he has read through Zaad Ul Ma’aad, the explanation of ‘ilal at Tirmidhi by Ibn Rajab (may Allah have mercy upon him), Haadi Al Arwaah by Ibnul Qayyim (may Allah have mercy upon him), Al Adhkaar by Imam An Nawawi (may Allah have mercy upon him), and he is now teaching the book Subulus Salaam by Imam As San’aani (may Allah have mercy upon him). And these lessons are very beneficial by the will of Allah because it makes clear that which is not understandable, specifies the general, clarifies that which is not clarified and he refutes errors. And during this lesson and after it there are various other lessons in inheritance, creed, language, jurisprudence, the science of Hadeeth for about an hour until Thuhr, Every student enters into classes that are appropiate for them. And those who are busy with memorizing remains with what he is memorizing and also those who are reviewing. As for those who research then the library is open for them from 6 o’clock in the morning until before the Adhaan by 20 minutes. The guard then informs the students about the time to leave in preparation for the Thuhr Salaat then the students come together in the Masjid for the Adhaan and after it then they pray four raka’aats before Thuhr because of the Hadeeth of Aisha (May Allah be pleased with her) in the Saheeh and in some cases they differ therefore praying two raka’ah because of the Hadeeth of Ibn Umar (May Allah be pleased with him and his father) in the Saheehain and then they pray Thuhr in Ja’amah. Afterwards they make their rememberences for Salaat and then they pray that which comes after then the Shaikh Al Allamah Abi Abdir Rahmaan Yahya Al Hajuuri proceeds with his daily lesson that does not cut off except for Juma’ah otherwise it is countinuous even on the days of the ‘Eed celebrations and these classes occur in the following order: On Saturdays, Tuesdays and Thursdays there is Tafseer of Ibn Katheer (may Allah have mercy upon him). And in other days the Jaami’ As Saheeh by Imam Al Wadi’ee (May Allah have mercy upon him.

And usually the Shaikh before the lesson answers some of the questions and inquiries of his brothers from the students of knowledge or giving attention to what needs to be given attention to…

Then they go and eat their lunches and whoever wishes he goes to the library before Asr and then they get ready for Asr and do the same as they do for Thuhr and then the Shaikh gives a daily lesson in Saheeh Al Bukhari which does not stop unless there is a furneral and the rest of the classes are like this and at this time the Shaikh answers questions and then the students read the Hadeeth and then the Shaikh reads the Hadeeth following it and then put notes upon it after this and then the students proceed to their work. Those who are researchers go to the library, teachers go to their lessons and the Shaikh sits down with visitors and those who have problems advising them, clarifying matters to them and calling to Allah then he returns to his house and reviews his research or puts forward the research of his brothers and other than this from his work. After this the students make their afternoon thikr and they get ready for Maghrib and then pray it and then they do their rememberances after the prayer and their superagatory prayers…

And after Maghrib … the Shaikh usually gives lessons and answers questions and then teachers Saheeh Muslim then Sunan As Sughra by Imam Al Baihaqi, then the book Iqtida Siraat Ul Mustaqeem, and before that he puts makes note of some issues in Umdah Fil Fiqh Al Hanbali. And this class goes on until the Isha Salaat for about one and a half hours or one hour and forty five minutes. Afterwards, we pray Isha and then the single  students go to eat their dinner, the married students to their houses, the researchers to their libraries, and whomsover has classes they go to their classes and those who review go back to what they were reviewing. Then the electricity gets turned off by 10:00 p.m …


1) I didn’t translate everything on the site however I just stuck to the important aspects of the timetable since that was the intention.  If anyone wishes to add to it please check

2) I chose to translate this so that maybe some of those who spread mischief can reflect at the amount of good that is being done in Dammaj.

And Allah knows best.

– Taken from Musa Millington

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Shaykh Rabee’ Defends Shaykhs of Yemen

Translated into English:

Shaykh Rabee’ Ibn Haadee al-Madkhalee is asked about the current condition of the school of Shaykh Muqbil in Dammaaj, and about the recent revilement that has occurred from some of the people against this school and its Shaykhs.

He clarifies that the Shaykhs of Yemen are in the best of conditions and that their works delight the chests of the believers and that their works anger every person of desire!

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One Sister’s Account of Dammaaj

“I was in Dammaaj in 2004. I only lived there for 5 months. I really enjoyed it, masha Allah.”

“…Damaaj is nestled in the mountains and as you reach the last set of mountainsvv coming in, it is a beautiful view as you look down on Damaaj. Spots of green trees sprinkled here and there.

I’ll mention a few things that I think might be interesting for those interested in hearing about the living there. These are my personal observations and experiences, so others’ may vary. Also keep in mind that this was three years ago and things can change very quickly…..


Most of the structures are mud houses. We rented from a very nice Damaaji family (who were not salafi). As I said, my husband was not there at first and the family was so helpful, masha Allah. They brought us fresh fruits from their garden just about everyday and they brought us bread at Maghrib during Ramadan. When we got a motor, they would turn it on every morning for us during Ramadan before we got up for suhoor.

The house was better than I had expected for mud, lol. Ours was painted on the outside and had a little decoration. Some houses are just kind of plain and look like what you see in National Geographic, lol. Everyone would say that we had a pretty good house (the rent was somewhere like $400-600 for the year, I can’t exactly remember). The main thing that I didn’t like about our particular house was that there was a courtyard in the middle of the house. It was nice in that at night, you could gaze up at the stars and it looked like you were at a planetarium. We had them put a screening over it because they were just going to leave it exposed. (to creatures and whatever else, lol).

So what was bad? Well when it rained in the courtyard, it was raining in the house. The floors were concrete so there was no damage, but to get from my room to the kitchen, I had to go “outside” lol. I have heard of other houses like that there, but most people had a courtyard in front of the house instead of in it. Some people have plastic tarpaulin type roofs. Ours was more like a “regular” roof, but we still had some problems with it. A couple of times it rained and the roof sprung a leak and down came mud and water. The kitchen was hit pretty hard one time, but the owner came from next door and repaired it masha Allah. One time, his daughters even came and cleaned up the mess in one of the rooms, masha Allah. That surprised me.


When we first moved to that house, we had no water, there were no pipes inside the house. I think it was because they were not really finished with the house when they rented it to us. So my oldest son was going to the well to get water and I had to use two dibas (containers)at a time to give baths and wash dishes and clothes for that first week. Then when the pipes were put in they were so low that the faucets were at knee level and I only had them in the bathrooms. So I had no running water in the kitchen. Again, this was just because they hadn’t finished the house before we moved in. Every other house that I visited seemed to have more American type situation as far as plumbing.


Most of the students got electricity from Maghrib to Isha, when I was there. We didn’t because we were not in a student area. I heard that we could have got electricity, but well, nothing ever surfaced as far as us getting it. So the first three months we were there, we had no electricity. So we didn’t use our refrigerator (well we used it to store food that didn’t need to be refrigerated). We used gas lamps for lighting which give off a lot of light and heat (great in the winter), but they are very scary to use at first if you aren’t used to them, lol. Then after 3 months, we got a motor, masha Allah. But we still didn’t have hot running water, lol. Kind of hard to wash seven little ones, but you manage. We warmed up water on the stove.


They have phone service there, but we never had a phone. It was about 100 dollars I think to get a phone line, if I am not mistaken. They have internet cafes there and itasalaat (phone places) where you can make calls.


When I was there they had several stores. I had heard that a few years earlier, they didn’t have that many stores. They also have a few stores just for sisters, they usually sell clothes, make up, and shoes. I think there was one or two grocery stores there that just women could go to. Some people had people go to Saadah to get things that you couldn’t get in Damaaj and then some people sometimes got stuff delivered from Sana’a which is about a 5-6 hour drive away.


I didn’t attend any Islamic classes while I was there. I had an American Arabic teacher who was very good mashaAllah. May Allah reward her. But I just found that it was too hard to go out with the kids. I had four and then my co wife died about a month after she got there and she had 3 kids and I had one on the way, so it was just too much for me. MashaAllah after my co wife died, my Arabic teacher held class in my house so I didn’t have to go out for class, may Allah reward her. So I can’t elaborate on the classes there at the masjid. I ended up seeing Umm Abdillah only once (we attended a lecture she gave) and that was in Sana’a.


The only other thing that shook me down there besides the fighting was the scorpions, lol. I counted 11 altogether throughout our stay there. That was something very new for me. They were small, but still rattled me each time I saw one. The black ones are poisonous, but I think I only had the brown ones there.

Ok so besides the fighting and the scorpions, the only other thing I did not like was that it was way out in the boonies. I am not a big city person either, but it was really isolated for me.. After 5 months, my husband moved us back down to Sana’a. I was happy to return to city life, but I did cry as we were leaving. It felt too soon to leave on one hand. But for me, I am happy to be back in Sana’a. I missed the wonderful damaaji family we rented from and the peace and quiet, but for me, it was just a little too quiet. But it was do-able for me. As I said, we had lived in the middle east for two years by then, so some of the things that may have bothered me moving straight from the states to damaaj, probably didn’t bother me.”

Talibideen Jr. [8/21/07]

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Brief Introduction

Dammaaj is the birthplace of the Reviver of the Sunnah, the Great Scholar Muqbil ibn Haadee Al-Waadi’ee. The Sheikh set up an institute of knowledge that by Allaah’s will has changed the face of Yemen. Before the da’wah of the Sheikh, Yemen was plagued by tashayyu‘ in the north and tasawwuf in the south and hizbiyyah.

Now by Allaah’s grace the da’wah of Ahlus-Sunnah can be found in all parts in Yemen, stronger in some areas than others. The institute in Dammaaj started as a small masjid made of mud then as the students numbers grew a bigger masjid was built adjacent to the Sheikh’s house then later a bigger masjid was built which is today the library then an even bigger masjid was built and now that masjid has just been expanded. The latest masjid is very big and is active day and night with classes and students memorizing Qur’aan and hadeeth and at night time some of the single students sleep in the masjid.

Other single students choose to sleep in the basement of the masjid while others choose to buy rooms in a section for the single brothers. The rooms are made of mud bricks and most of them have small bathrooms. There are also bathrooms adjacent to the masjid and presently even more are being built. The single brothers are given three meals a day usually beans and bread in the morning and evening and rice for lunch. There are also small restaurants where some choose to buy meals while some single brothers choose to cook there own meals in their rooms.

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Description of Class Schedule

On top of the masjid is a musallaa for the women where Umm Abdillaah Aishah bint Ash-Sheikh Muqbil gives her classes for the women. Other women such as Umm Salamah the wife of Ash-Sheikh Muqbil and Umm Shu’aib the former wife of Ash-Sheikh Muqbil and presently one of Ash-Sheikh Yahyaa’s wives and other women also have classes for the women. Some of the women also listen to the classes of Ash-Sheikh Yayhaa by way of the speaker system.

The women also have a large library next to their musallaa on top of the masjid where they can do research. Ash-Sheikh Yahyaa gives three general classes each day in the masjid for all students to attend; only those who are sick or are on security for the day or have asked permission from the Sheikh are excused from attending.
This is so the Sheikh can know the status of his students, how they are progressing and for other reasons. The first class of the Sheikh is after the Dhuhr prayer when he teaches Tafseer Ibn Katheer one day and Al-Jaami’ As-Saheeh by Ash-Sheikh Muqbil the next day. The next class is after the Asr prayer when he teaches Saheeh Al-Bukhaaree.

The students are expected to memorize the hadeeth read in the class of Al-Bukhaaree and the class of Al-Jaami’ As-Saheeh unless the hadeeth is long then those who don’t memorize are not blamed. The third class is after the Maghrib prayer. This is the longest class. The Sheikh in these days starts the class with a brief explanation of Al-Aqeedah As-Siffaareenee then reads from Saheeh Muslim then reads from As-Sunan As-Sughraa by Al-Baihaqee then gives a brief explanation of matn al-waraqaat in usool al fiqh.

Those are the daily classes given by Ash-Sheikh Yayhaa, may Allaah protect him and aide him. Then there are classes announced in specific subjects in specific books. The class and it’s time and place and teacher are announced over the loud speaker and are written on a board for the students to know. Classes are opened in all sciences and go all year round only stopping for Ramadaan when most people focus on reviewing Qur’aan while some students go on Umr’ah and others go back to their home villages and cities to give da’wah.

Also it should be noted that Ash-Sheikh Abdur-Rahmaan Al-Adanee is presently giving a class in Aayaatul-Ahkaam (the verses that have legal rulings) and Umdatul-Ahkaam Al-Kubraa one day for each class after Asr after the class in Saheeh Al-Bukhaaree. Ash-Sheikh Abdur-Rahmaan also gives the women a class every thursday in the women’s musallaa in the housing section called the mazra’ah by way of loud speaker from a mic in a room adjacent to the women’s musallaa.

The women are also able to write down questions for the Sheikh in this class. There are also many English and French speaking students who teach Arabic to those who don’t know Arabic. Inshaallaah I plan on opening a class for the brothers after Ramadaan in one of the madeenah books and plan to continue with the brothers until we reach Ibn Aqeel, may Allaah help us. There are also women who teach the sisters that don’t know Arabic.

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Conditions for Acceptance

“It is proper for the one who seeks to be accepted to study with us (the following conditions).

1) To be a Salafi with good manners.

2) To be one that is recommended by one of the Ulama of the Sunnah or from a student of knowledge who is known to be. If that cannot be accomplished then after he arrives if I know from him from what is contained in the first condition then he would be accepted inshallah.

3) For me to know his name as soon as he comes so that I would give him permission to seek knowledge. And I may direct him to what I would see would benefit him.

4) The one below the age of puberty is not accepted except if he has someone who is responsible for his upbringing.

These are our conditions.

And with Allah is the guidance.”

Abu Abdir Rahmaan. Yahya Ibn ‘Ali Al Hajuuri.

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ينبغـــي لم يرغـــب في الدراســـة لدينــــا أن يكون:
سلفيّـــــًا مؤدبـــًا،
أن يكون مزكى إلينا من أحد علماء السنة أو من طالب علم معروف عندي فإن لم يتيسر له ذلك فبعد مجيئه إن عرفت منه ما ذكر في الشرط الأول يقبل إن شاء الله،
أن أعرف شخصه و اسمه فور مجيئه فآذن له بطلب العلم و قد أوجهه إلى ما أراه ينفعه في هذا الشأن،
الصغير دون البلوغ غير مقبول إلا إن كان معه هنا من يكون مسؤولا على رعايته و تربيته.
فهذه الشروط المعتبرة لدينا فقط
و بالله التوفيق
أبو عبد الرحمن
يحي بن علي بن أحمد الحجوري

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