The Shaikh’s Life in his Own Words … 11
by The Albaani Site
His Justice and Fairness
So may Allaah have mercy on a servant who points out my mistake to me and guides me to my faults, since it is easy for me–with Allaah’s permission and his granting of success–to take back any mistake whose fault is made clear to me, and my books which are printed for the first time and the corrections that are made therein [in later editions] are the greatest witness to that.
And would that the people who refute us inform us of such benefits [i.e., corrections] so that we could return to the correct opinion [in any matter where we are mistaken], whilst acknowledging their excellence and giving them thanks. And the infallible one is the one who Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, grants infallibility to.
Al-Albaani’s Methodology Regarding Hadith Classification
It is befitting that I mention that I do not blindly follow anyone when giving a verdict about those hadiths. Rather I follow the knowledge-based rules that the People of Hadith [Ahlul-Hadith] laid down, and which they traversed upon when issuing verdicts concerning hadith, as to whether they are authentic or weak. And that was during a time when the Islamic way of life and knowledge was flourishing. I hope from Allaah, the One free of all defects and the Most High, that I have been given the ability [tawfiq] to follow that way, and to show it, or even part of it, to the Muslims in a practical way, hoping that from the Muslim youth there will be those who renew implementation of these principles, principles which are from the most precise of what methodological, scientific thought has seen throughout the differing ages of mankind, as a group of orientalists and others like them from the opposition have borne witness to. And of old it was said, “Excellence is what the enemy bears witness to.”
The Importance of time with Al-Albaani
I turned away from refuting it a second time, desiring to save time thereby.
His Methodology in Organising the Hadiths in his two Collections of Hadith Named As-Silsilah and Ad-Da’eefah
And I did not follow a specific order when compiling the hadiths, rather [I listed them] as I came across them.
Hayaatul-Allaamah al-Albaani, rahimahullaah, bi qalamihi, pp. 21-22.