Wadi’i was born sometime between the late 1920s and early 1930s nearby to the city of Sa’adah in northern Yemen, and is said to be from the tribe of a Zaydi. He left Yemen as a young man and travelled to Saudi Arabia to work and became acquainted with orthodox sunni works of Islamic scholarship.
after finishing primary education in Yemen, Wadi’i spent roughly two decades of studying Islam in Saudi Arabia. In 1963 he began by studying in the Salafi teaching centre developed by Muhammad ibn al Uthaymeen in Najranbefore then being accepted to study at the Islamic University of Madinah where he attended Halaqas led by Hadith scholar Muhammad Nasiruddin al-Albani and Abdul-Ghaffar Hasan Al-Hindi as well as former Grand Mufti Abd-al-Aziz ibn Abd-Allah ibn Baaz while also studying under Muhammad al-Sumali Wadi’i is said to have graduated from the Islamic University of Madinah with a Masters degree in the science of hadith.
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