the Fatwa Department Research Committee - chaired by Sheikh `Abd al-Wahhâb al-Turayrî
We quote this statement about al-Hajjâj b. Yûsuf that is made by Imam al-Dhahabî in his biographical and historical encyclopedia Siyar A`lâm al-Nubalâ’:
He died in Ramadan in the year 95 AH. He was very old. He had been an oppressor, and an arrogant, deviated, wretched, blood-shedder. He was at the same time brave, clever and a marvelous speaker. He highly respected the Qur’ân. He seized Ibn al-Zubayr in the Ka`bah and attacked the Ka`bah by mangonel. He humiliated the people of Mecca and Madinah. He ruled Iraq and the eastern territories for twenty years. He used to delay the prayer times. We curse him and dislike him. We hate him for the sake of Allah. He had some few good deeds that cannot be counted in the sea of the sinful deeds he committed. However, he believed in monotheism and he was not alone among the oppressive rulers.
This is, in brief, the additude if the scholars of Ahl al-Sunnah wa al-Jamâ`ah towards al-Hajjâj b. Yûsuf.
Source: Islam Today