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Al-Albaani’s Modesty | Crying when Praised


[Video from http://d3watuna.com/]

Al-Albaani: Who did you say is with you? I can hear him, tafaddal, … [doing dhikr] Lā ilāha illallāh, Lā ilāha illallāh

Questioner: I was talking about how the problem in what a person is told is actually from the people telling him about it [a phrase taken from a line of poetry showing how people can relay things contrary to reality], so we’d heard about many scholars, many students of knowledge, but when we met them, and sat with them, they turned out to be less than what we’d heard—except for you, O Shaikh.

Al-Albaani: [trying to deny what he’s saying] ʿAfwan

Questioner: When we met you, and Allaah is a witness to what I am saying …

Al-Albaani: Allaahu Akbar

Questioner: … you turned out to be way above what we expected, and …

Al-Albaani: O Allaah forgive what they don’t know about me!

Questioner: … and that is Allaah’s Grace on you.

Al-Albaani: I swear an oath that you are mistaken!

Questioner: Allāhul-Mustaʿān. You taught us to say, O Shaikh, ‘O Allaah make me …

Al-Albaani: Yes

Questioner: … better than what they think of me, and forgive what they don’t know about me.’

Al-Albaani: … and forgive what they don’t know about me. That is what I always say. Lā ḥawla wa lā quwwata illā billāh. You know some of the narrations from some of the Salaf, maybe you know them better than me, but maybe I can relate the meaning to you—if you knew what I was really like you wouldn’t go along with me, Allāhul-Mustaʿān, Allāhul-Mustaʿān.

The Shaikh’s Library Section at the Islamic University of Madinah


Before he passed away, Shaikh al-Albaani, may Allaah have mercy on him, wrote in his will that he wanted to bequeath his entire library to the Islamic University of Madīnah, here is a video showing his section at the library there. At the entrance they show his handwritten will. The narrator, who is in charge of the library, says the university has a team which indexed it all, made copies of the manuscripts and organised them, they also copied all of his books which have his annotations, notes and explanations written on them to make available for viewing.

A link to his will here, at the bottom is a link to a translation.

The Humble Shaikh | Al-Albaani and the Student who Needed to go to the Airport


On the phone with a student of knowledge …

Al-Albaani: I was saying do you have anyone to drop you off, I’m ready if you don’t?

Student: No, no, I can get there, inshā Allaah, the brothers will drop me, bi idhnillaah.

Al-Albaani: Even though your answer is more complete [than the last one you gave] you still haven’t answered fully.

Student: There are some brothers who study with Shaikh ʿAlī who will drop me to the airport.

Al-Albaani: Yaʿnī, did they say that to you?

Student: Yes.

Al-Albaani: And they promised you?

Student: Yaʿnī, they didn’t confirm it fully but on the basis that I sort it out with them tomorrow.

Al-Albaani: Okay, I’m saying for sure that if you’re not able to sort it out I am ready [to drop you].

Student: May Allaah reward you with good, O Shaikh.

Al-Albaani: I try to get closer to Allaah the Mighty and Majestic by being at the service of students of knowledge like yourself.

Student: May Allaah reward you with good, may Allah bless you!

Al-Albaani: And bless you too.

Student: If something happens and they can’t drop me I will call you inshaa Allaah.

Al-Albaani: Yes good, do it.

Student: May Allah reward you with good.

Al-Albaani: Ahlan wa sahlan

Student: Salāmun alaikum.

Al-Albaani: Wa ʿalaikum salām wa raḥmatullāhi wa barkātuhu

Al-Albaani’s Bed


Shaikh Mashoor was asked whether there was an incident that left an impression on him with Shaikh al-Albaani?

He replied, “There are lots, loads, the one that had a great impact on me was the first time I met him, the first time I met him was when I was in secondary school, and the Shaikh used to go to this house … where the top floor was a library, so subhānallah, I saw that there was some bedding on the floor, it was the Shaikh’s, he would work until he got tired, and when he would get tired he would sleep there, amongst the books—seeing that affected me greatly, it had a very deep effect on me …”

ʿUthaimīn About Al-Albaani’s Checking of Mishkātul-Maṣabīḥ


Shaikh ʿUthaimīn رحمه الله said, “And the Muḥaddith, the Muḥaddith of his time, the Shaikh Muḥammad Nāṣirud-Dīn al-Albānī, may Allāh grant him success, commented on this book with beneficial notes, brief in length yet with benefits abounding, clarifying some of the more obscure words [found in it], likewise expounding on the grading of the ḥadīths in it, [as to] whether [they are] authentic, or ḥasan or weak—and so with that the book became complete. We ask Allāh Who has blessed us to start it that He also blesses us to be able to finish it, and that He makes us benefit from it along with all those who hear it, verily, over all things, He has power.”

From Shaikh ʿUthaimīn’s explanation of Mishkātul-Maṣabīḥ, here.

In the checking, Shaikh al-Albaani wrote at the end that he completed it, “… on Wednesday, the 7th of September, 1960, in Alexandria …” and then said, “And all praise is due to Allāh for enabling me to do it.” May Allaah have mercy on him.

Uthaimeen’s Response to Some Youth who Were Attacking Al-Albaani


Shaikh Uthaimeen said that al-Albaani was, “…a Salafi, a Sunni, a Muhaddith [scholar of hadith]—you will be hard-pressed to find anyone like him in this time.”

May Allaah have mercy on them both.

Source.

The Watermelon Stand


 

Abu Layla al-Athari said, “Shaikh al-Albaani was with [his wife] Umm al-Fadl in his car and stopped next to a watermelon stall, and Umm al-Fadl, as normal, got out since she, it seems, knew about them [i.e., which ones were good to buy etc.].

The person selling them was Egyptian and after he had weighed one and was carrying it to the car for her he asked her, ‘Yaa Hajjah! Do you know where Al-Albaani’s house is?’

She said, ‘You want [to see] him?’ He said, ‘Yes.’ She said, ‘Here he is in the car.’

Upon which the Egyptian dropped the melon, breaking it into pieces, and rushed to Shaikh al-Albaani kissing him [on his head], saying, ‘Wallaahi O Shaikh! I’ve been wanting to see you for a long time! I want something from you as a gift [to remember you by]!’

The Shaikh said, ‘I don’t have anything right now.’ In the end the man took the Shaikh’s hat and the Shaikh went back home bareheaded!”

Source.

The Ameerul-Mu’mineen in Hadith of this Era


 

Shaikh al-Ubailaan said, “… and this methodology which the scholars, may Allaah have mercy on them, have determined [concerning hadith] and [also] which the people of knowledge are upon concerning hadith is what the Ameerul-Mu’mineen in hadith of this age [i.e., al-Albaani] is upon, for he is the reviver of [both] the Science of Hadith and the Sunnah in this time—as the scholars of this age have stated openly—yet he did not bring anything new [i.e., unfounded], additionally he didn’t accept being a blind follower of anyone else in a field of knowledge to which he had devoted the majority of his life, and Allaah granted him things in that field which He didn’t grant others, and his goal in it was to aid the Sunnah, he didn’t busy himself with it in order to make a particular madhhab triumph, or to seek the dunyaa, in fact, he split with his father when his father gave him the choice to agree with him in something he was opposing the Sunnah in or to part ways, so he chose to part ways, saying to his father, ‘Give me three days in which I can seek Allaah’s Guidance in this matter [istikhaarah],’—and at that time he had no worldly possessions, Shaikh [al-Albaani] told me this himself, may Allaah grant him a place in the highest Firdous and raise his rank among the rightly guided.

So the Shaikh spent his entire life in this struggle, he didn’t seek knowledge in order to live in the lap of luxury, or to gain fame and the people’s praise—rather his concern was to spread the Sunnah, whoever was pleased with that then so be it and whoever raged against it, then so be it.

And our Shaikh, the Abstemious, the ’Allaamah, the Haafidh, Abdullah ibn Muhammad ad-Daweesh, may Allaah have mercy on him, spoke the truth when he said about Shaikh al-Albaani, ‘For centuries no one has come forth in the Science of Hadith like Shaikh Naasir in the copiousness of his works, and his precision in checking.’

And no-one recognises the merit of the people of excellence apart from [other] people of excellence, yet despite that we do not claim that the Shaikh couldn’t make a mistake when declaring something to be authentic or weak, this wasn’t the case and nor will it be with others.

At the same time we do not accept and nor are we pleased with his reputation being tarnished, for attacking him and others like him is to attack the Sunnah, and the claim that his methodology opposes that of the earlier hadith scholars is a disparagement of the Shaikh, no-one who can grasp the results of making such a statement on the Sunnah and its people in this time and after it would say such a thing.”

Raddul-Jameel fidh-Dhabb ‘an Irwaa’ al-Ghaleel, pp. 67-68.

Al-Albaani on Being Aware of One’s Ignorance


 

The Imaam said, “And so here I am, having spent my youth’s vigour, the vitality of my middle age, whatever remaining strength I have in my old age, and the greater portion of my free time in the service of this [most] noble knowledge, with an acute craving for examining manuscripts and photocopies [of books], let alone actual printed ones—hardly anything preoccupying me from that as it does other students of knowledge, except for what I have no choice over.

And yet despite that, indeed I, whenever time advances and I grow older, increase in my faith in Allaah’s Statement, “… and of knowledge, you have been given but a little,” [17:85] and in the fact that over time whenever a person gains more knowledge he increases in his awareness of his own ignorance, and that is why, as a lesson for us, Allaah ordered His Prophet ﷺ to say, “And say, ‘My Lord! Increase me in knowledge!’” [20:114] and for that reason one of his supplications ﷺ was, “Oh Allaah! Cause me to benefit from what you have taught me, and teach me what will benefit me, and increase me in knowledge!” [Hasan: Saheehah, 3151]

Al-Kalimut-Tayyib, p. 7-8.

Umm al-Fadl, One of Shaikh al-Albaani’s Previous Wives, Has Passed Away


Yusraa Abdur-Rahmaan Aabideen Umm al-Fadl, one of the previous wives of Shaikh al-Albaani passed away today, she did remarry after the Shaikh passed away, may Allaah have mercy on her. She was close to 86 years old.

Source.

Al-Albaani Fasting Mondays and Thursdays


“From the day I met him, and maybe this is also true before my meeting him, I never knew him to miss fasting Mondays and Thursdays whether in summer or winter, unless he was travelling or sick.”

Muhaddithul-’Asr, Muhammad Naasirud-Deen al-Albaani, p. 40.

Al-Albaani’s Humility


 

The Imaam said, “But there is a detailed issue here to which attention must be paid, especially by those of you who are, like me, students of knowledge …”

Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 306.

Al-Albaani Not Even Calling Himself Shaikh


 

Addressing a questioner, the Imaam said, “Because you are a student of knowledge like me …” and then the questioner responded, “No, I’m not like you …”

Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 753.

See here for what the scholars said about him.

Al-Albaani’s Humility


 

“Every time I met him [i.e., Shaikh al-Albaani] I would kiss his hand and he would refuse, when he did so a lot I said to him:

‘We learnt from you in some of your research in As-Saheehah that kissing the hand of a scholar is permissible.’

So he said to me, ‘Have you ever seen a scholar with your own eyes?’

I said, ‘Yes. I’m looking at one right now.’

So he replied, ‘I am only a small student of knowledge. You and I are as that person said, ‘Indeed, in our land, the bugaath has become an eagle.’’” [In another post, the Shaikh used this same example and explained what it meant. Here is the quote, he said, “The reality which I feel from the depth of my soul is that when I hear such speech [i.e., praise] I remember the old proverb, well-known among writers, and it is, “Indeed, in our land, the bugaath has become an eagle,” “Indeed, in our land, the bugaath has become an eagle.”

Maybe the meaning of this speech or this proverb will be hidden from some people. The bugaath is a small bird of no value, so this small bird becomes an eagle in the eyes of the people due to their ignorance of the strength and hugeness of the [real] eagle. So this proverb applies to many of those who, [either] with truth and correctness, or with mistakes and falsehood, call to Islaam.” To see the complete post and more context go here.]
Kitaab Tanbeeh al-Haajid ilaa maa Waqa’a min an-Nadhr fee Kitaab al-Amaajid, p. 17.

And the Imaam said, “I am not the leader of a Jamaa’ah whatsoever—I am only a student of knowledge engaged in researching and verifying, the people of knowledge know the reality of what I’m saying.”
Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 10.

The Imaam said, “… alhamdulillaah, but I will tell you something in addition to that too, the reality is that every beginner student of knowledge, and I used to be one—and maybe I still am—…”
Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 458.

The Imaam said, “… as will not be hidden from students of knowledge like us …”
Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 341.

He said, “So, my brother, if some brothers from the people of hadith or those who follow the Salaf oppose someone like me, or, for example, Ibn Baaz—then this is not the criterion/gauge [by which we measure], the criterion is knowledge, whoever knowledge has reached has had the proof established against him.”
Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 799.

Shaikh Esaam Moosa Haadi said, “Some brothers said to him, ‘O Shaikh of ours! There is a man by us who regards you as an enemy and speaks ill of youshould we boycott him?’

So our Shaikh replied, ‘Does he oppose Al-Albaani as a person or does he oppose the ’aqeedah which Al-Albaani holds and calls to? The ’aqeedah of the Book and the Sunnah? If he is showing enmity to the ’aqeedah of the Book and the Sunnah then one is to discuss [such issues] with him and he is to be shown patience. Thereafter if you see that it is beneficial and more advantageous to boycott him, then he is boycotted.

But if he is opposing Al-Albaani as a person whilst he agrees with us on the path of the Book and the Sunnah—then no [he is not to be boycotted].’”
Muhaddithul-Asr, Imaam Muhammad Naasirud-Deen al-Albaani Kamaa ’Araftuhu, p. 94, of Esaam Moosaa Haadi.

He said, “And if you see that I have strayed or made a mistake you must advise me …”
Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 82.

He said, “I am only a student of knowledge. Nothing else.”

And, “I am only, as I always and forever say, a student of knowledge.”
Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 8.

Al-Albaani’s Humility


 

The Imaam said, “… alhamdulillaah, but I will tell you something in addition to that too, the reality is that every beginner student of knowledge, and I used to be one—and maybe I still am—…”

Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 458.

Al-Albaani’s Humility


 

The Imaam said, “… as will not be hidden from students of knowledge like us …”

Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 341.

Al-Albaani and His Access to Books in the Al-Dhaahiriyyah Library Which Many Other Shaikhs Never Had the Chance to See


 

The Imaam said, “I found the hadith with an authentic chain of narration in, ‘Masaa‘il al-Marwazi,’ from Imaam Ahmad and Ishaaq ibn Raahooyah—a very old manuscript which maybe dates back to the third century, a manuscript in the Al-Dhaahiriyyah Library …”

Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 90.

Al-’Abbaad: “Al-Albaani in Our Time is Like [Imaam] Ahmad in His.”


 

The ’Allaamah, the Muhaddith of Medinah, the Shaikh ’Abdul-Muhsin al-’Abbaad, may Allaah the Most High protect him, said, “Al-Albaani in our time is like [Imaam] Ahmad in his.”

Al-Imaam al-Albaani, Shaikhul-Islaam wa Imaamu Ahlis-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah fi ’Uyoon A’laam al-’Ulamaa wa Fuhool al-Udabaa, p. 223.

Shaikh Muhammad ’Ataa-Ullaah Haneef About Al-Albaani, “He is The Peerless Scholar of This Time … He is Our Blessed Teacher.”


 

Shaikh Muhammad ’Ataa-Ullaah Haneef gave Shaikh al-Albaani some gifts in the form of books that he had checked, and on them he had written:

“A gift in appreciation of, and sincerely for, the Shaikh, the Ustaadh, the verifier of this age, the peerless scholar of his time, the Shaikh, Muhammad Naasirud-Deen al-Albaani, may Allaah protect and guard him.

From someone who is weak, is your servant [khaadim] [i.e., is at your service] and who loves you for the sake of Allaah, Abut-Tayyib Muhammad ’Ataa-Ullaah Haneef al-Ghujiyaani, al-Athari, resident of Lahore.’

And he gave him a book called, ‘Minhaajus-Sunnah fi Naqd Kalaam ash-Shee’ah wal-Qadariyyah,’ and on it he wrote:

“A gift to His Eminence, the ’Allaamah, the major Muhaddith, the Shaikh, Muhammad Naasirud-Deen al-Albaani, may Allaah the Most High protect him.

From his brother for the sake of Allaah, Muhammad ’Ataa-Ullaah Haneef.
Head of Al-Maktabah as-Salafiyyah,
Shish Mahal Road,
Lahore,
Pakistan.
12/12/1996.”

And he used to describe Shaikh al-Albaani as, “Our blessed teacher.”

Al-Imaam al-Albaani, Shaikhul-Islaam wa Imaamu Ahlis-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah fi ’Uyoon A’laam al-’Ulamaa wa Fuhool al-Udabaa, pp. 89-90.

’Uthaimeen: “We Don’t Know of Anyone Who Matches Al-Albaani in This Age of Ours.”


 

Shaikh ’Uthaimeen said, “Al-Albaani is a man from Ahlus-Sunnah, may Allaah have mercy on him, a defender of the Sunnah, an Imaam in Hadith—we don’t know of anyone who matches him in this age of ours.”

Al-Imaam al-Albaani, Shaikhul-Islaam wa Imaamu Ahlis-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah fi ’Uyoon A’laam al-’Ulamaa wa Fuhool al-Udabaa, p. 276.

Shaikh ’Abdul-Kareem al-Khudair on Al-Albaani Being One of the Major Scholars of the Ummah


 

Shaikh ’Abdul-Kareem al-Khudair, may Allaah protect him, said, “And for that reason Al-Dhahabi came, Ibn Hajar came, Al-Haafidh al-’Iraaqi came, Abu Zur’ah ibn al-Haafidh al-’Iraaqi came, major scholars who graded hadith to be authentic and weak, good was placed at their hands [continuing] up to this era of ours—until the [line of] Huffaadh and Imaams was completed with al-Albaani, may Allaah have mercy on him.”

Al-Imaam al-Albaani, Shaikhul-Islaam wa Imaamu Ahlis-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah fi ’Uyoon A’laam al-’Ulamaa wa Fuhool al-Udabaa, p. 234.

Shaikh ’Abdul-Kareem al-Khudair About Al-Albaani: “He is The Imaam and Reviver of The Sunnah.”


 

Shaikh ’Abdul-Kareem al-Khudair, may Allaah protect him, was asked, “What is your opinion about the checkings of the muhaddith Al-Albaani?”

So he answered, “The Shaikh, may Allaah have mercy on him, is above what is said about him, and if we were to mention his virtues, even if it took a long time, even if it took hours, we would not have covered anything in terms of what he did in aiding the Sunnahfor he is the Imaam and Reviver of the Sunnah—and the Sunnah was not known in this manner except through him, may Allaah the Most High have mercy on him.”

Al-Imaam al-Albaani, Shaikhul-Islaam wa Imaamu Ahlis-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah fi ’Uyoon A’laam al-’Ulamaa wa Fuhool al-Udabaa, p. 233.

Al-Albaani said, “When al-Albaani Dies, the People will Come to Know Him.”


 

Shaikh Muhammad Musa Nasr said, “And near the end of his life, I heard the Shaikh saying, ‘When al-Albaani dies, the people will come to know him.’ Now, after his death, the people know al-Albaani. His house in his area … his neighbours didn’t know him, someone would come and ask about him and they would say, ‘Shaikh al-Albaani, we don’t know him,’ after he died the people came to know him. A person went to the Bahamas … and found two hundred and fifty Muslim families on that island, all of them Salafis—how did al-Albaani get to them? His tapes did, they never saw him with their eyes but they lived according to his tapes, all of them were on the Book and the Sunnah, not a single one of them was from the hizbi Jamaa’ahs or the Sufis. This shows that al-Albaani’s truthfulness and his sincerity spread his da’wah around the world …”

Mowqi Ahlil-Hadith.

Shaikh Abdul-Qaadir as-Sindhi Staunchly Defending Shaikh al-Albaani Against the Person who was the Prime Reason for Al-Albaani Leaving Medinah


 

“Dr. Falaah Ismail Mundakar said, ‘We used to study with our Shaikh, Shaikh Abdul-Qaadir Habeebullaah as-Sindhi, who was one of the major scholars, he used to teach us ‘Nukhbatul-Fikr’ in the Haram [of Medinah], and the people used to want to devour his speech and explanations of mustalah, the science of hadith and its narrators, it being so sweet. The Shaikh had moved from a house which was close to one that was far, and I had a car but he didn’t … so it was an opportunity for me to take him to his house. We left the Haram and stood there waiting while the brothers left to go and bring the car close to the Gate of Umar since it was next to the street.

Then one of the Shaikhs and judges came, and there is no harm in naming him, it was Atiyyah Muhammad Saalim, he came—and he was a judge who lived in and was connected to Medinah, he came and gave a very warm salaam to the Shaikh and I gave him salaam [too].

He said [to Shaikh Abdul-Qaadir], ‘O Shaikh! Where is the treatise? Where is the book? Fear Allaah! Why are you hiding knowledge?! I want to print it, I will print it at my own personal cost, give me the book! Bring it out! Produce the knowledge and do not hide it.’

Shaikh Atiyyah was a judge, and all the Shaikhs were apprehensive of the judges because they always sat with the princes and those in government.

Shaikh Abdul-Qaadir started to excuse himself saying, ‘Wallaahi, I will soon search … I don’t know where I put it … I will search for it amongst my papers …’

Shaikh Atiyyah left and [then] Shaikh Abdul-Qaadir said to me, ‘Ahhh! Do you know what he wants?’

I said, ‘No, Wallaahi O Shaikh, I don’t know.’

He said, ‘Did you see him?’

I said, ‘Yes, I saw him.’

He said, ‘However many souls he had … even if he had a hundred souls and dropped right here, and one soul after the other left him … the souls left him and he died—I would not give him that book!’

I said, ‘O Shaikh, what is this book?’

He said, ‘O Shaikh, they were some words that I had written to my brother, my beloved Shaikh, Naasirud-Deen al-Albaani where I answered him on some issues, he [i.e., Judge Atiyyah] came while I was writing and he saw them with me in the library and from that day on he’s been after me.’

Then Shaikh Abdul-Qaadir said to me, ‘By Allaah, if he were to die and then be brought back to life, and then die and be brought back to life [again]—I will not give him the book. I will never distribute it.’

I said to him, ‘Why, O Shaikh of ours?’

He said, ‘Because he wants to quench his rage! By Allaah, he doesn’t want it as a matter of knowledge between us and our Shaikh [al-Albaani], if he wanted it for the sake of knowledge and to sincerely advise, it would’ve happened.’

[Then] he said to me, ‘Do you know that he is the reason that the Shaikh [i.e., al-Albaani] had to leave Madinah or don’t you know that?’

I said, ‘Wallaahi, I had heard.’

He said, ‘He is the reason, the prime reason that Shaikh al-Albaani was made to leave Madinah—[and] I’m going to give it to him?!’

I said, ‘No, and may Allaah reward you with good, don’t give it to him!’'”

Al-Imaam al-Albaani, Shaikhul-Islaam wa Imaamu Ahlis-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah fi ’Uyoon A’laam al-’Ulamaa wa Fuhool al-Udabaa, pp. 118-120.

Al-‘Abbaad, “The One who Abuses al-Albaani Has no Intellect.”



Questioner:
This person says, ‘O Shaikh of ours, may Allaah protect you, there are some who attack Shaikh al-Albaani, may Allaah have mercy on him, and accuse him of having a corrupt ’aqidah, in fact, they describe him as someone whose ’aqidah is no different than that of the polytheists, what is your Eminence’s opinion about these statements?

Al-’Abbaad: The Prophet said, “Whosoever gives me a guarantee to safeguard what is between his jaws and what is between his legs, I shall guarantee him Paradise,” that which is between his jaws is the tongue. Likewise when the Prophet mentioned the forms of good in his advice to Mu’aadh ibn Jabal, he said, “Shall I not tell you of the foundation of all of that?” I said, “Yes, O Messenger of Allaah.” So he took hold of his tongue and said, “Restrain this.” I said, “O Prophet of Allaah, will we be taken to account for what we say with it?” He ﷺ said, “May your mother be bereaved of you, O Mu’aadh! Is there anything that throws people into the Hellfire upon their faces—or: on their noses—except the harvests of their tongues?”

And it is known that backbiting is forbidden, but backbiting the scholars through whom Allaah has benefitted the people and through whom much good has come about in terms of spreading knowledge and clarifying it, this is even more severe and greater than backbiting other people.

And there is no doubt that the person who says such things has wronged himself, and the harm goes back on himself, the Prophet explained who the bankrupt person in the Hereafter is when, in an authentic hadith, he said to his Companions, “Do you know who the bankrupt person is?” They replied, “The bankrupt among us is one who has neither money with him nor any property,” they thought he was asking about the bankrupt people of the world so they said, “The bankrupt among us is one who has neither money with him nor any property,” but he ﷺ was asking about the bankrupt person of the Hereafter, and such a person is the one who is truly bankrupt, i.e., a bankrupt person in the world is [indeed] bankrupt but the one who is even more bankrupt than him is the one of the Hereafter.

So who is the bankrupt person of the Hereafter? He said, “The real bankrupt of my Ummah would be he who will come on the Day of Resurrection with prayer, fasting and charity, (but he will find himself bankrupt on that day as he will have exhausted the good deeds) because he reviled others, brought calumny against others, unlawfully devoured the wealth of others, shed the blood of others and beat others. So his good deeds would be credited to the account of those (who suffered at his hand). If his good deeds fall short to clear the account, their sins would be entered in his account and he would be thrown in the Fire.”

So this person who made such evil, ugly statements about this lofty scholar has only wronged and harmed himself—and none of that hurts Shaikh al-Albaani, may Allaah have mercy on him, its harm goes back to the one who made the statements, it will not reach al-Albaani, al-Albaani will receive good and righteous deeds because of this crime against him from that person who has set loose his tongue against him by making statements such as these which do not befit or emanate from a person who has any intellect.

Shaikh Badee’ud-Deen as-Sindhi ar-Raashidi About Shaikh al-Albaani


 

Abu Muhammad Badee’ud-Deen Shaah ibn as-Sayyid Shaah Ihsaanullaah ibn Rushdullaah Shaah ibn Rasheedud-Deen Shaah ibn Muhammad Yaa-Seen Shaah ibn Muhammad Raashid Shaah ar-Raashidi al-Husaini [d. 1996] used to praise Shaikh al-Albaani and he said, ‘Shaikh al-Albaani is the Shaikh of Hadith and its reviver in this age,’ and he gifted some books to Shaikh al-Albaani, having written on them, ‘A gift to His Eminence, the Muhaddith, the Shaikh, Muhammad Naasirud-Deen al-Albaani, may Allaah protect him.’”

Al-Imaam al-Albaani, Shaikhul-Islaam wa Imaamu Ahlis-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah fi ’Uyoon A’laam al-’Ulamaa wa Fuhool al-Udabaa, pp. 105-106.

Al-Albaani’s Praise of Ehsan Elahi Zaheer and a Mention of Shaikh Ehsan’s Humility in that He Would Massage Al-Albaani’s Feet


 

Ehsan Elahi Zaheer’s Shaikhs: The Shaikh, the ’Allaamah, Abu ’Abdullah Muhammad Ibrahim ibn Fadl al-Deen al-Jundalwi … [and] the Shaikh Abul-Barakaat Ahmad ibn Isma’il, [and] the Shaikh Muhammad Shareefullaah, [and] the Haafidh, the Muhaddith, ’Abdul-Wahhaab al-Barhimalwi, [and] His Eminence, the Shaikh, ’Abdul-’Aziz ibn ’Abdullah ibn Baaz, [and] the Shaikh, the ’Allaamah, ’Abdul-Muhsin ibn Hamad al-’Abbaad al-Badr, [and] the Shaikh, the ’Allaamah, the Imaam Muhammad al-Ameen ibn Muhammad al-Mukhtaar ash-Shanqiti, [and] the Shaikh ’Atiyyah ibn Muhammad Saalim, [and] the Shaikh, the ’Allaamah, ’the Muhaddith Hammaad al-Ansaari, [and] the Shaikh, the ’Allaamah, the Muhaddith Muhammad Naasirud-Deen al-Albaani … Ehsan studied under him at the Islamic University of Madeenah, and Shaikh Ehsan used to love Shaikh al-Albaani and cherish him due to his excellence and because he was his teacher, and he had a debate with al-Albaani with manners and respect in some issues in which there was a difference of opinion and Shaikh al-Albaani used to praise Ehsan and his intelligence and al-Albaani said to ’Aabid, Shaikh Ehsan’s brother, ‘He was one of the intellectuals, and I will not forget the manners and politeness he afforded me …’ and he mentioned to him [i.e., to ’Aabid] that Ehsan travelled with him to London and he would massage Shaikh al-Albaani’s feet out of respect and esteem for him.”

Ash-Shaikh Ehsan Elahi Zaheer wa Juhuduhu fi Taqreer al-’Aqidah war-Radd ’alaa al-Firaq al-Mukhaalafah, vol. 1, pp. 73-74.

The Muhaddith of Medinah, Al-’Abbaad, Asked About Ignorant People who Warn Against The Imaam, The Mujaddid, Al-Albaani


Questioner: What is your advice about people who slander Shaikh al-Albaani, may Allaah have mercy on him, and warn against him? And what should our stance towards such an individual be?

Al-’Abbaad: That is the strangest thing, the fact that Shaikh al-Albaani is warned against, that a man who served the Sunnah is warned against, someone who spent his [entire] life examining and researching the hadiths of Allaah’s Messenger ﷺ, clarifying the authentic from what is not. What a person should do is supplicate for him, praise him, and benefit from his knowledge.

And the reality is that there are two people who someone working in the [field of] hadith cannot but refer back to, i.e., al-Haafidh Ibn Hajr and Shaikh al-Albaani. The benefit from al-Haafidh Ibn Hajr in those things connected to hadith is colossal, and the benefit from Shaikh al-Albaani in those things connected to hadith is colossal [too].

For this reason it means that the one who warns against Al-Albaani is warning against becoming acquainted with the truth and accessing the Sunnah, because what Al-Albaani did in connection to hadith was a preeminent service and complete diligence in [serving] the Sunnah, facilitating access to it and bringing it closer to comprehension for the students of knowledge.

So he is worthy of being complimented and supplicated for.

Al-Albaani Lined up to Pray but the Imaam said, “Get out! Get out! Get out of the Mosque!” So Al-Albaani said …


 

“My son, Shaikh Muhammad Zahraan ibn ’Abdullaah ’Aloosh told me that one of his friends, a youth, told him that Shaikh Muhammad Naasirud-Deen al-Albaani wanted to cause fitnah in the Al-Daqqaaq Jaami’ Mosque and that Shaikh ’Abdul-’Aziz al-Rifaa’i was able to stop him in his tracks, according to what this youth’s grandfather said. My son asked me about this incident, so I told him that:

‘I was there when it happened in 1956. We were in a lesson of our Shaikh and Muhaddith, al-Albaani, in Shaikh ’Abdur-Rahmaan al-Baani’s house [not al-Albaani, i.e., Shaikh Al-Albaani was giving a lecture in the house of another Shaikh called ’Abdur-Rahmaan al-Baani] in al-Midan. When he finished from his first dars, we left with the Shaikh to perform ’ishaa prayer in Jaami’ al-Daqqaaq, so the ’iqaamah for the prayer was given.

The Imaam was [a person called] Shaikh ’Abdul-’Aziz al-Rifaa’i, when he turned around to the worshippers to ask them to straighten their rows he caught a glimpse of our Shaikh al-Albaani standing in the first row to the right, about ten metres from him.

So Shaitaan overtook Shaikh al-Rifa’i and made him forget the remembrance of Allah, and he forgot the du’aa that was usually said before the prayer … and he shook as though the Devil had thrown a bucket of hot water on him, or like a thousand watt electrical current had struck him, so he started shouting angrily, ‘Get out! Get out! Get out!’ addressing these hard words at our Shaikh al-Albaani, expelling him from the mosque!

But our Shaikh replied to him with complete calm, saying, I am in the House of Allaah, the Most High—I’m not in your house, and when I enter your house, throw me out [then]!’

So Shaikh al-Rifa’i’s rage and anger increased even more, and he shouted out [quoting the hadith], ‘My ummah will split into seventy-three sects, all of them in the Fire—’ and he pointed with his hand at al-Albaani!

Some of the worshippers tried to calm the Shaikh [i.e., the Imaam] and others said, ‘Yaa Jamaa’ah, pray now and delay your fighting for after the prayer!’ So the Imaam prayed and we prayed behind him and it was a prayer like that of the one who performed his prayer badly!

After he gave salaam, the Imaam immediately turned and began shouting and screaming again and saying things. So we calmly left the mosque and left Shaikh Rifa’i to quench his desire.

A number of young guys met us, or Shaikh Rifa’i sent them to us, who wanted to fight us. We were about twenty youth in number and had circled our Shaikh al-Albaani, but then some of the noble people from that area who had intellect got involved and prevented the youth from al-Rifa’i’s group with wisdom and calming words, and it was over.

So who created that fitnah and stoked the fire? It was Shaikh ’Abdul-’Aziz al-Rifaa’i, may Allaah forgive us and him.’”

Source.

The Imaam of Ahlus-Sunnah, Ibn Baaz, asked About Al-Albaani: He is not Infallible and Makes Mistakes Like all Other Scholars


 

Questioner: What is your Eminence’s opinion about relying on what al-Albaani has authenticated?

The Imaam of Ahlus-Sunnah, Ibn Baaz: Shaikh Muhammad Naasirud-Deen al-Albaani, Naasirud-Deen al-Albaani, is from the elite, from the scholars well-known for their integrity, sound ’aqidah, and diligence in authenticating hadiths and clarifying their status. He is a chief support/pillar in this regard, but he is not infallible, he may fall into a mistake in declaring some hadiths authentic or weak, just like any other scholar, every scholar is like that, having some mistakes, from the earliest scholars to those who came later.

The student of knowledge must look at what he has authenticated, or declared hasan or weak, if he is from the people of knowledge, from the people of this field, someone who knows hadiths and can take a look at their paths of narration and their narrators, such that if he finds that what the Shaikh has said is correct, then alhamdulillaah, and if not then he relies on the proofs that are clear to him which the people of knowledge in this field have followed. Because the people of knowledge established principles to authenticate hadiths and declare them weak, as for [… unclear …] the people of knowledge, he [i.e., al-Albaani] is a chief support/pillar in authenticating and declaring hadiths to be weak, because he is from the people of knowledge, he is from those who are [experts] in this field, he has studied for a long time and many years, we ask Allaah to give us and him success and a good ending.

Questioner: Ameen, O Allaah, and may Allaah reward you with good.

See here for a collection of statements that scholars made about Shaikh al-Albaani, may Allaah have mercy on him.

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