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Shaikh al-Albaani’s Life | Questions and Answers … 4

Translated by Ahmed Abu Turaab

What was Al-Albaani doing in his teens?

Al-Huwaini: What year was this, when you started to read the magazine, Al-Manaar?

Al-Albaani: Less than twenty, it is possible that [I was] seventeen or eighteen or the like. So I started to write until I had arranged [part of] the first volume when I had an idea which was that I was a beginner in seeking knowledge, secondly I was a foreigner, an Albanian–[and so] many times I would come across sayings of the Prophet, صلى الله عليه وسلم, which I would not understand or some Arabic words which would be obscure and vague to me–words which I later came to realise were from [that special category of word] which occur in hadiths and are problematic/difficult to understand [i.e., gharibul-hadith].

So I said [to myself]: why don’t I use some of the books which are in my possession or in my father’s library to explain these words which I find difficult to understand? So I did that but I had just begun to make some notes when I started to blame myself and regard what I had done as something disagreeable. Because now the first volume seemed to be unorganised: the first part of it had no [such] commentary but the second part did, and this disparity did not please me. So I cancelled what I did and started all over again, commenting and explaining from the beginning of the book when the need arose.

In this manner the first volume was completed and then I started the second. [Until in the end] the difference in commentary between the first volume and the last volumes was clearly apparent. For in the first volume you will see that most pages only have a little commentary but after that the complete opposite is true: you could see one line [of main text] at the top and below it would be [nothing but] footnotes, written in a very fine script.

In Syria we had two types of writing pen: that which was for writing Arabic and the other for writing French, they would call the latter ‘the French pen’ because it had a very fine nib. So I would write the commentary in Arabic with the French pen to distinguish it from the main text, so you would find all of the page full of this minute writing and at the top [you would see] a line or two [of the main text for which the commentary was written] with the Arabian pen and so on.

Bearing in mind that I felt that I benefitted greatly from this revision in making up for this deficiency which I used to feel due to, firstly, being a beginner in seeking knowledge, and secondly, due to my foreignness.

So I benefitted from this work greatly, greatly indeed, and it is present with me, and all praise is due to Allaah, as a remnant of that work.[1]

[1] Shaikh Muhammad al-Majdhoob said, “And the Shaikh showed me the work he did on that copy. And behold I came face to face with three volumes [which contained] four parts and whose pages reached two thousand and twelve in number, made up of two different types of handwriting. The first was normal whereas the second was fine, [and is] the one he used to write his commentary or corrections in the footnotes area. By Allaah, it is an effort which the people of high resolve from the people of knowledge today would lack the strength for, let alone the university graduates who have no firm will to give them the patience to check, verify and pursue [such matters].

Then what is the case when you add to that the fact that the Shaikh was not more than twenty years old? So there is no doubt that this colossal effort in writing those volumes, while using all those means of verification which were available to this youth at that time, had the greatest effect on him becoming accustomed to this kind of academic endeavour. For it, even though he was [still] not entirely satisfied with it in its complete form, had opened up the way for him to progress to a higher level in this field.

So through such a life and that development, and those problems that he faced, it seems to me [that the presence of] other hidden factors also steadily directed this youth to that path. To make him, in the end, one of the great aiders of the pure Sunnah in the lands of Syria.” Ulamaa wa mufikkiroon (1/292).

Al-Imaam al-Albaani, Hayaatuhu, Da’watuhu, Juhooduhoo fee Khidmatis-Sunnah, of Muhammad Bayyoomi, pp. 12-14.

The Signs of the Hour … 2

Trials only increased after The False Prophet

Shaikh al-Albaani continued, “As for the prophet of Qadiyan, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, then he came and the trials and tribulations continued to increase after him, and the humiliation of the Muslims increased day after day. So where is the peace and security of Jesus, عليه الصلاة والسلام, and the rule of Islaam such that all people become rich, no poverty-stricken person found among them? Especially [among] the people of India among whom this false claimant to prophethood resided, they are from the poorest of the people on the earth. So the reality of the call of Ghulam Ahmad al-Qadiyani gives the lie to his claim of prophethood and [to the delivery of a] message, putting aside the fact that he contradicted that which is fundamentally and necessarily known about the religion: that there is no Prophet after Muhammad, عليه الصلاة والسلام. He, عليه الصلاة والسلام, said, “Prophethood and the [delivery of any new] message have ceased. There is no prophet and no messenger after me.” So everyone who claims prophethood … even if he philosophises about it as the Qadiani did [saying] that prophethood is of two types: prophethood of revelation and prophethood of legislation. So the Qadiani claimed that the prophethood which had ceased was that which legislates and that only that of revelation, which does not necessitate the prophethood of legislation, is the one that will remain until the end of time.

And this is a lie.

Rather it is disbelief due to its opposing the texts of the Book and the Sunnah and opposing the consensus of the Ummah, since it is united [upon the fact] that there is no prophet after the Prophet, صلى الله عليه وسلم, so there is no difficulty for anyone [to accept] the descent of Jesus, عليه الصلاة والسلام, because Jesus will not come with a new prophethood nor a new Legislation [Sharee’ah] nor new revelation.

He will instead come and judge with the Book and the Sunnah.

This is Jesus for whose [descent] at the end of time [i.e., at end of this worldly life] Allaah would have prepared the way through a man from the family of the Prophet, صلى الله عليه وسلم. And indeed [that man] is Muhammad the son of Abdullaah the Mahdi. This is the Mahdi which you hear much about, some of what you hear is correct and some things are not so.

And maybe you have heard from many people that there are those who reject the coming of the Mahdi. There is a book written by the famous author Ahmad Ameen called The Mahdi and The Mahdaawees, in it he denies the coming of the Mahdi, and this equates to being a rejection of the authentic sayings of the Prophet reported in the books of the Sunnah: that Muhammad the son of Abdullaah the Mahdi will come before the descent of Jesus as the one who paves the way for Jesus.

From the sayings of the Prophet, صلى الله عليه وسلم, which speak about the Mahdi who will come before Jesus and meet him, is his saying, عليه الصلاة والسلام, “The world will not end until Allaah sends a man whose name is the same as my name and whose father’s name is the same as my father’s name. He will fill the world with justice and fairness just as it had been filled with injustice and oppression.”[1] And from these hadiths is the hadith, “The Mahdi is from us, the people of the house [i.e., of the Prophet, from the family of the Prophet]. Allaah will prepare him in one night.”[2]

Where will Jesus, peace be upon him, descend?

And they think that Jesus, عليه الصلاة والسلام, will come down at that minaret and they interpret that previous hadith, “He will descend by the white minaret, [in the] east[ern part] of Damascus …” they explain this hadith [by saying that it is referring to] the minaret which is present today east of the Amawi mosque–and this is an incorrect explanation. That is because the Prophet, صلى الله عليه وسلم, said, “He will descend by the white minaret …” and not from the [actual] minaret, and there is a big difference [between the two]. They say, “He will descend in the minaret, then he will come down to the mosque from the minaret,” and the Prophet, صلى الله عليه وسلم, says, “He will descend by the white minaret …” Neither did he say, “East of the mosque …” but rather, “… [in the] east[ern part] of Damascus …” it is obligatory upon us not to add to the sayings of the Prophet, صلى الله عليه وسلم, that which is not from it.

So the Prophet, صلى الله عليه وسلم, spoke the truth: “Jesus will descend by the white minaret, [in the] east[ern part] of Damascus …” And this differs with the passage of time: east Damascus at the time Damascus was conquered was close to the Amawi mosque, and you know that part of Damascus was taken peacefully and the other part through force. So the eastern gate which was east of the Amawi mosque was the end of [the city limit of] Damascus in those days. As for today, then as you can see in all cities that which was east is now west due to the spread of buildings and [only] Allaah knows where east Damascus will have spread to.

The point of proof here is that Jesus will descend and the prayer will have been established, the morning [fajr] prayer for Muhammad ibn Abdullaah [Imaam] Mahdi [to lead], so when he sees Jesus, Imaam Mahdi will recognise him and ask him to go forward [to lead the prayer] but he will reply that no, I will not go forward.”

Al-Fataawaa al-Muhimmah lil-Allaamah Muhammad Naasirud-Deen al-Albaani, of Salaahud-Deen Mahmood as-Sa’eed, pp. 290-291.

[1] An authentic hadith. Reported by Abu Dawud (4282) and at-Tirmidhee (2230) who said, “Hasan Saheeh.”

[2] An authentic hadith. Reported by Ahmad (1/84), and Ahmad Shaakir (645) said, “Its chain of narration is authentic.” Also reported by Ibn Maajah (4075) and al-Albaani declared it to be hasan in As-Saheehah (2371).

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