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Category: Miscellaneous snippets from the Shaikh’s life

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 …”

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.

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


 

“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 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-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-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.

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.

Ibn Baaz Interceding on Behalf of Al-Albaani, may Allaah have Mercy on them both


 

“Shaikh Ibn Baaz interceded for Shaikh Muhammad Naasirud-Deen al-Albaani, may Allaah have mercy on him, to remain in Jordan when they wanted to exile him, whereby he wrote a letter to the King of Jordan which contained advice and a mention of the rank of Shaikh Al-Albaani, so the person in authority there agreed to let the Shaikh stay in Jordan.”

Al-Imaam Ibn Baaz, Duroos wa Mawaaqif wa ’Ibar, p. 51.

Al-Albaani’s Humility


 

He said, “And if you see that I have strayed or made a mistake you must advise me …”

Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 82.

The Incident That Directed Al-Albaani Towards the Science of Hadith


“Imaam al-Albaani grew up in Damascus, Syria.  In his youth the state the Ummah had reached alarmed and greatly disturbed him: [its] ignorance, myths/superstitions, blind following, innovations, misguidance, in fact polytheism and idol worship, and he used to renounce it. A Shaikh heard him forbidding some wrong and so said to him, ‘Haven’t you heard the hadith of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم, “Leave the people in their heedlessness?”

Al-Albaani, still a youth, replied, “Who reported this hadith? And what is its grading?” The Shaikh was taken aback by this youth and was unable, naturally, to answer him.

So al-Albani went and started to delve deeply into books, checking, researching, scrutinising until Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, guided him to the hadith with its complete wording, “Leave the people to their heedlessness, they are granted provision [by Allaah] one from another,” [see here for other wordings of this hadith without the word ‘heedlessness,’ to get a clearer context of the meaning] and so he checked it and expounded upon the condition of its narrators and made known its grading.

So Shaikh al-Albaani told me one time that this was the beginning of his work in this noble [field of] knowledge.”

Written by Muhammad ibn Badee’ Musa in Al-Isaalah magazine, 23/59.

Al-Albaani and Fame


 

Shaikh Abu Islaam Saalih Taa Haa said, “A man one day invited the Shaikh to visit him in his house and announced the visit on some media outlets and so a large number of people gathered to see the Shaikh and listen to him.  When the Shaikh came to know of that he refused to go to the invite. I later asked him about his reason for not going, and he said, ‘Showing off destroys a person.’

Al-Aqeedah Awwalan Law Kanu Ya’lamun, pp. 14-15.

‘This is a Gift Which No-one Except al-Albaani will Give to You.’


 

Shaikh Abu Islaam Saalih Taa Haa said, “He used to teach us humbleness, and an example of his humility and fine behaviour towards me is that many times he would visit us after Fajr prayer and would bring a modest gift with him, may Allaah have mercy on him, and sometimes say, jokingly, ‘This is a gift which no-one except al-Albaani will give to you,’ due to [both] the modest nature of the gift and his [own] modesty.”

Al-Aqeedah Awwalan Law Kanu Ya’lamun, p. 22.

Al-Albaani and Turning up on Time


 

Shaikh Abu Islaam Saalih Taa Haa said, “Shaikh al-Albaani, may Allaah have mercy on him, used to teach us to be precise for appointments. An example of that is when I would invite him to visit me or if I accompanied him to an invite, he, may Allaah have mercy on him, would not turn up late or early for the set engagement.

Once I invited him over at 1 pm and he arrived in his car before that by a quarter of an hour, and remained seated in it and did not get out until the time was due … I was not aware of the Shaikh’s presence, it was the people who accompanied him who told me about that [later]. When I asked the Shaikh about that, he said, ‘Because before the [set] time you’re busy preparing for the guest’s arrival at [that] specified time … if we were to come in before it, we’d divert you from your preparation for your guests.’

So may Allaah have mercy on our Shaikh, how precise his understanding was! And how keen he was to act upon the Sunnah of Allaah’s Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم.

And when he, may Allaah have mercy on him, was invited to a place he would not take anyone with him unless the host had permitted him to. One time I invited him saying, ‘Our Shaikh! I invite you to lunch with me tomorrow,’ and by that I meant him and his wife, Umm al-Fadl. The next day he came alone so I said to him, ‘Where is Umm al-Fadl?’ So he replied, ‘You didn’t mention to me that I should bring Umm al-Fadl with me. And we stick to being precise in what is said.’”

Al-Aqeedah Awwalan Law Kanu Ya’lamun, pp. 17-18.

Al-Albaani’s Goal in Life


 

The Imaam said, “And in reality, my entire goal in this life–after carrying out the obligatory duties and rights that Allaah has made incumbent upon me–is but to acquaint the Muslims with the accurate biography [seerah] of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم from every aspect as far as I am able, by teaching [them], lecturing and writing, and to urge them to take him as the definitive example for themselves, as Allaah the Most High has asked them to, as occurs in His Saying:

“There has certainly been for you in the Messenger of Allaah an excellent example for anyone whose hope is in Allaah and the Last Day and [who] remembers Allaah much.” [Al-Ahzaab 33:21]

And in that lies their happiness in this world and the Hereafter.”

Bidaayatus-Sool fi Tafdeelir-Rasool, p. 7.

A Picture of a Receipt from the Shop of Al-Albaani the Watch-Repairer


Watch Repair Receipt

Muhammad Naasirud-deen al-Albaani
Horologist
Damascus, Al-Amara district, King Faisal Street
[a famous district and street in Damascus]

Our code [motto] in selling and repairing is the noble hadith,
“The religion is to sincerely advise.”

Sale and Repair of all Types of Watches
With Precision, Sincere Advice, and Guaranteed

Name:
Sex [/or maybe type of watch]:
Repair and cost:

Guaranteed for six Arabic months, with a real warranty.
Note: Watches will not be returned except with this receipt.

Date:        /         /        year

Taken from: http://www.sahab.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=131263

Al-Albaani on His Balcony and The Fig Tree


“There used to be a fig tree in his house in Amman [Jordan], from which he would take figs while seated on his balcony.  He would do so by using a long stick that he had devised where he had split and overlapped it so that he controlled how long or short he wanted it.  At its end he placed a sharp, pointed cup, so that when he touched them with the tip of the stick, the figs would fall into the cup.”

Al-Imaam al-Albaani, Duroos, wa Mawaaqif, wa Ibar, of Abdul-Aziz ibn Muhammad Abdullaah as-Sadhaan, p. 111.

Al-Albaani and His Bicycle: The Turbaned Shaikh was the Talk of the Town But He Didn’t Care


 

He said, “I bought a bicycle to ride and it was the first time the Damascenes saw such a spectacle: a turbaned Shaikh riding a bicycle!

They were astonished at such a sight.

There used to be a magazine called Al-Mudhik al-Mubki1 which a Christian man would publish, he mentioned this incident among the witty jokes [therein, but] I wouldn’t care about these petty issues—all that concerned me was time.”

1 A comedic magazine published in Damascus by a journalist called Habeeb Kahaalah.  In each edition he would print a picture which would be the talk of the town for the whole week.

Al-Imaam al-Albaani, Duroos, wa Mawaaqif, wa Ibar, of Abdul-Aziz ibn Muhammad Abdullaah as-Sadhaan, p. 111.

Al-Albaani’s Humility


“I am only, as I always and forever say, a student of knowledge.”

Al-Albaani

When he was operated on …


Dr. Abdul-Aziz as-Sadhaan said, ‘Shaikh Esaam Haadi said, ‘When our Shaikh, may Allaah have mercy on him, was admitted to hospital I visited him and asked how he was.

He praised Allaah and then said, ‘So far they have performed more than one endoscopic procedure on me but the cause of the illness is still not clear.  And these operations hurt me a great deal.  But I seek aid in overcoming them by remembering Allaah and thinking of what happened to our brothers in the way of Allaah, so I say, ‘What have we been through in comparison to what they went through?’

Then he cried, may Allaah have mercy on him.’’

Al-Imaam al-Albaani, Duroos, wa Mawaaqif, wa Ibar, of Abdul-Aziz ibn Muhammad Abdullaah as-Sadhaan, p. 90.

He Cut off his Lesson to Receive Shaikh Ibn Baaz


Dr. Abdul-Aziz as-Sadhaan said, ‘And an old person in Madinah told me that one time Shaikh Naasir al-Albaani was in a religious gathering with the students around him.  At the beginning of the lesson one of the people present whispered something in his ear.

So the Shaikh excused himself from continuing the lesson and explained that Shaikh Ibn Baaz was about to arrive in Medinah and that he was going to give salaam to him or that he would receive him at the airport, and that was when Shaikh Ibn Baaz was at Medinah University.

But what I am not certain of is whether this occurred when Shaikh Naasir was a teacher at the university or when he was visiting Medinah and his presence there happened to coincide with the return of Shaikh Ibn Baaz from one of his journeys.’

Al-Imaam al-Albaani, Duroos, wa Mawaaqif, wa Ibar, of Abdul-Aziz ibn Muhammad Abdullaah as-Sadhaan, p. 257.

Jump the Queue


Long ago when repairing watches at his shop, the Shaikh would give each customer a receipt for when to collect his watch.  One of the customers was not happy with the time he was given and asked to be placed ahead of others [who were also waiting].

So the Shaikh said, ‘I’m a Muslim.’

Al-Imaam al-Albaani, Duroos, wa Mawaaqif, wa Ibar, of Abdul-Aziz ibn Muhammad Abdullaah as-Sadhaan, p. 96.

“Separately! Separately!” Al-Albaani’s Dream


Translated by Ahmed Abu Turaab

Al-Albaani said, “There was a problem with my eye so the doctor asked me to rest and stop reading and writing for some time. I said [to myself]: so that time is not wasted, I’ll give one of our brothers a small manuscript to copy out for me, such that by the time he finishes, I would have taken sufficient rest.

The brother started to copy out the manuscript and I would look through what he had copied, consoling myself by saying that such reading would not [adversely] affect [my eye] or overstrain it.

[While doing so] I came across a word [in the copy] which I didn’t understand and which I could not read. I went back to the manuscript [the copy was taken from] and found that the brother had copied the word [correctly] just as it appeared in the manuscript, he was a [skilled] scribe.

I started to look over it and ponder, hoping that I’d discover the correct way of reading it. I didn’t [however] and became preoccupied with it.

When the evening came and I slept, I awoke from a dream and I started saying, “Separately, separately!  Separately, separately!”

I had no idea what this dream meant? So I said [to myself], ‘O Naasir, write down what happened,’ so that I wouldn’t forget the dream and in the morning I could take a look at it.

So indeed in the morning I started to think and said: maybe it has a connection to the [difficult] word [that I am trying to read in the manuscript].

I brought the manuscript and started to look at the [difficult] word and [at the same time] started to repeat the word [that I said when I woke up from the dream, i.e., ‘Separately!’]–until I came upon the solution to the problem.

The word found in the manuscript was [in fact] two words joined together by the scribe, so I separated them and was able to read it.

Al-Imaam al-Albaani, Duroos, wa Mawaaqif, wa Ibar, of Abdul-Aziz ibn Muhammad Abdullaah as-Sadhaan, p. 58.

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