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Posing with Sunglasses

Shaikh Al-Albaani was asked about wearing sunglasses, so he said, “Actions are judged by their intentions. They are permissible if someone wears them to protect himself from the sun. But if by wearing them he wants to hunt pretty girls in order to satisfy his animalistic impulses, then it is haram!”
Al-Hudā wan-Nūr, no. 1256.

“Where is Allaah?” We Didn’t Innovate this Question. The Prophet ﷺ Established it for Us

Al-Albaani: … so as you saw with me the reality is that the entire ḥadīth [we were talking about] is knowledge, from the start to the end, it is all fiqh, and this is what is meant by his well-known saying, “Whoever Allaah wishes to grant good, He gives him understanding of the religion.” Understanding in the religion is understanding Allaah’s Book and His Messenger’s Sunnah . So he said to Muʿāwiyah, “Bring her,” so when she came he asked her, “Where is Allaah?”

Allaah’s Messenger is the one who established this Sunnah for us to ask, “Where is Allaah?” We did not innovate this question of our own accord, we are following Allaah’s Messenger when we ask someone, “Where is Allaah?”

“So the slave-girl replied, ‘Above the Heavens.’”

“Where is Allaah?” the Messenger of Allaah is the questioner.

“Where is Allaah?” She replied, “Above the Heavens.” He said to her, “Who am I?” She said, “You are Allaah’s Messenger.” So then he said to her owner, “Free her for she is a believer,” “Free her for she is a believer.”

There ends the ḥadīth of Muʿāwiyah ibn al-Ḥakam as-Sulamī which the Imāms, the Imāms of ḥadīth reported: Imām Muslim in his Ṣaḥīḥ, Imām Mālik in his Muwaṭṭaʾ, Imām Aḥmad in his Musnad, Imām Abū Dāwūd, his student, in his Sunan—count whichever books of the Sunnah you want, all of them reported this story, this authentic ḥadīth, and Imām ash-Shāfiʿī may Allaah be pleased with him used it as proof as did others and all the Ummah accepted it, some rulings were derived from it which we alluded to earlier when commenting on this authentic ḥadīth

Fatāwā ʿibar al-Hātif was-Sayyārah, no. 10.

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Shaikh al-Albaani’s Daughter Has Passed Away

Shaikh al-Albaani’s daughter, Umm Naasirud-Deen Sukainah, has passed away, رحمها الله.


Two Valuable Times to Supplicate Today: Supplicating on the Day of Arafah Along with the Excellence of Supplicating Between Dhuhr and Asr on Wednesday


The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said, “The best of supplications is the supplication of the Day of Arafah. And the best of what I and the Prophets before me have said is, ‘None has the right to be worshipped but Allaah, Alone, without partner, to Him belongs all that exists, and to Him belongs the Praise.’ (Laa ilaaha illallaah, wahdahu laa sharika lahu, lahul-mulku walahul-hamdu, wa huwa alaa kulli shai’in qadir.)”
[As-Saheehah, 1503]

And Jaabir ibn Abdullaah said, “The Messenger of Allaah صلى الله عليه وسلم made supplication in this mosque, the Mosque of Victory (Masjid al-Fath in Medinah), on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and his supplication was answered for him between the two prayers (of Dhuhr and Asr) on Wednesday.” Jaabir said, “Whenever anything severe and serious befell me and I singled out that time and made supplication to Allaah concerning it between the two prayers on Wednesday, I found the answer.”
[Hasan, Saheeh Al-Adabul-Mufrad, no. 704]

On University Graduates Issuing Fatwas

Questioner [asking about a fiqh principle about how to weigh issues and make choices as to which one has the greater or lesser harm]: I wanted [you] to clarify something which you have partially cleared up, about whether it is allowed, for example, for a student of knowledge who has graduated from a university with a degree in Shari’ah studies to implement this fiqh principle and these rulings?

Al-Albaani: No, it is not allowed, and I didn’t partially answer you, I fully answered you, saying that it is only allowed for someone who is a scholar versed in the Book and the Sunnah on the one hand and on the other that he be known for his righteousness and taqwaa—and it is not possible for us to testify as such for a youth who has just graduated in this new manner until many, very long, long years have passed such that he grows old in knowledge and in [fiqh] and the authentic Sunnah, then it may possibly be said that he is able to implement this principle.

Questioner: Jazakallaahu khair.

Fataawaa Jeddah, 16.

On Extending the Du’aa al-Qunoot in Witr


Questioner: Okay, is it allowed for the du’aa al-qunoot … because in the sunnah it is reported as being before the rukoo’, if we do it after the rukoo’  that would be …

Al-Albaani: … that would be following ’Umar etc., but the sunnah is dearer to us.

Questioner: Yes, doing it before the rukoo’ is better?

Al-Albaani: Yes.

Questioner: Okay, if we added an [additional] supplication to the du’aa al-qunoot which has been reported [in the Sunnah], is it allowed? The du’aa al-qunoot well-known as, ‘Allaahummahdini fi man hadaita …,’  if I add other supplications to that of my own accord?

Al-Albaani: No, it’s not allowed, except rarely.

Questioner: Only rarely.

Al-Albaani: Yes.

Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 326.

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The Fast of ’Aashuraa and Responding to an Invite

Questioner: Ustaadh, supposing that it’s ’Aashuraa, the fast of [the Day of] ’Aashuraa, and a person close to you has called you over for lunch, if you don’t go, he’ll get upset, so should you take up his invite or complete your fast?

Al-Albaani: If you don’t go he’ll get upset?

Questioner: He’ll get upset.

Al-Albaani: Go, but if there’s no harm [in not going] and he won’t get upset then he supplicates for him and completes his fast.

Questioner: So ’Aashuraa is like other optional acts of worship.

Al-Albaani: Optional, but it has special merit.

Questioner: Responding to an invite is regarded as being obligatory?

Al-Albaani: Yes.

Questioner: When a Muslim invites you then you must respond to his invitation, so the thing which is obligatory is given precedence over that which is optional.

Al-Albaani: That’s it, but if he accepts the excuse then he supplicates for him and asks Allaah to forgive him, if he doesn’t accept [his refusal] then he goes.

Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 25/2.

Is Fasting on Mondays and Thursdays Better than The Fast of Dawud ﷺ?


Questioner: When someone fasts Mondays and Thursdays, is that better or the fast of Dawud?

Al-Albaani: What do you mean by better?

Questioner: Better, superior, which is better?

Al-Albaani: Is what better?

Questioner: Fasting Mondays and Thursdays or the Fast of Dawud [which was to fast one day on and one day off].

Al-Albaani: No, the Fast of Dawud [is better], do you have textual proof that fasting on Mondays and Thursdays is better?

Questioner: No.

Al-Albaani: Thus, an invalid question, since you don’t have a text which states that fasting on Mondays and Thursdays is better but, on the contrary, there is a text stating the opposite of that.

The sum of my research comes to the conclusion that it is possible that we, the followers of Muhammad , [it is possible that] when we fast one day on and one day off, that at the same time as such a fast being the Fast of Dawud it is also possible that it is better than the Fast of Dawud , how so?

Because it is possible that in Dawud’s legislation there wasn’t a prohibition against fasting four days of Eed, in fact it is possible that he never had Eed al-Adhaa or Eed al-Fitr, and maybe he never had the prohibition against fasting on Fridays—we have such prohibitions, so whoever combines implementing what he has been ordered with and stopping at what he has been prohibited from is better than a person who limits himself to doing what he has been ordered with alone.

And so we, when we add to this method of fasting one day on and one day off, which is the Fast of Dawud, [when to that we add] keeping away from the days which have been forbidden [to fast], like Fridays and Saturdays, our fast will be better than continuing to fast one day on and one day off.

And if the fasting day falls on a Friday and it had not been preceded with a [fast on] Thursday, this would not be better, i.e., continuing to fast according to the madhhab of Dawud [would not be better here, because you can’t fast a Friday on its own], what is better is to proceed to fast according to the madhhab of Muhammad in which there are orders and prohibitions, so whatever we are ordered with, we follow, and whatever we are forbidden, we refrain from.

Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 144.

On Being Distant from the Sunnah


The Imaam said, “Today many people are extremely distant from his guidance  in all acts of worship, including funeral rites, due to their turning away from studying knowledge, especially the science of hadith and the Sunnah, and due to them devoting themselves to materialistic knowledge, and working to gather wealth.”

, p. 11.

They Will be Gathered, All Together, in Hell


“And it has already been revealed to you in the Book that when you hear the Verses of Allah being denied and ridiculed, then sit not with them until they engage in another conversation, (but if you stayed with them) certainly in that case you would be like them—verily, Allaah will gather the hypocrites and disbelievers in Hell, all together.”

[The Quraan 4:141]

Allaah will Defend the Prophet’s ﷺ Honour


“And among them are men who hurt the Prophet (Muhammad) and say, ‘He is (lending his) ear (to every news).’ Say, ‘He listens to what is best for you. He believes in Allaah, has faith in the believers and is a mercy to those of you who believe,’—but those who abuse Allaah’s Messenger will have a painful torment.”

[The Quraan 9:61]

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When Does Ishaa Time End?



Questioner: Up until when is ishaa time?

Al-Albaani: Up until half of the night [has passed], since that has been clearly stated in Sahih Muslim, from the hadith of ’Abdullah ibn ’Amr ibn al-’Aas, who said, “Allaah’s Prophet ﷺ  said, ‘And the time for al-Ishaa is until half the night has passed.’”

[It’s time] is not until the true fajr appears for there is no proof for that even if some of the Imaams say so, because that goes against this authentic hadith, “And the time for al-Ishaa is until half the night has passed.”

Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 97.

Al-Albaani Recommending Mahmood Khaleel al-Husari’s Recitation


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In the audio below, Shaikh al-Albaani is teaching some brothers how to correctly perform the adhaan, at about 10:38 in to it, he recommends Mahmood Khaleel al-Husari’s recitaiton:


Here is Shaikh Mahmood Khaleel al-Husari’s recitation of Surah Rahmaan:


More of al-Husari’s recitation here.

Al-Albaani: Purify Your Intentions


Al-Albaani: “Purify your intentions, so that you perform acts of worship as your Lord ordered you to.”

Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 716.

Al-Albaani said, “Allaah’s Forgiveness, My Brothers, Out of All of The Goals of a Muslim’s Life, is The Ultimate.”


Al-Albaani: “Allaah’s Forgiveness, my brothers, out of all of the goals of a Muslim’s life, is the ultimate.”

Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 696.

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An Amusing Conversation | Al-Albaani’s Patience and Precision in Helping People Get Their Questions Right Before Answering Them


[There are about three to four people addressing the Shaikh in this conversation.]

Questioner: What is the ruling concerning buying and selling with someone who trades in things forbidden in the legislation?

Someone Else: … what is the ruling concerning buying from someone who sells forbidden things …

Questioner: … carrying out transactions buying and selling with someone who trades in things forbidden in the legislation?

Al-Albaani: He trades in forbidden things … ya’ni, the person who wants to transact with him wants to buy some permissible things from him but he in fact also sells forbidden things, is that what you mean?

Questioner: Hmm.

Al-Albaani: Like he sells alcohol and also, for example, sells rice and dates? Correct?

Questioner: No.

Al-Albaani: Why no?

Someone Else: Drugs, O Shaikh …

Someone Else: Drugs …

Al-Albaani: Na’am?

Someone Else: Drugs …

Al-Albaani: He [i.e., the original questioner already] said transactions with something forbidden, from this it is beyond doubt that he holds them to be impermissible [i.e., so obviously it would include drugs, i.e., you haven’t brought any new information with your input].

Questioner: … forbidden … all he sells is drugs …

[They all start talking at once.]

Al-Albaani: Listen Yaa Jamaa’ah … I haven’t been able to understand one of you for me to now understand three of you …

[Talking amongst themselves asking the original questioner what he is trying to ask.]

Questioner: … what is the ruling concerning buying and selling with someone who trades in forbidden things …

Al-Albaani: May Allaah bless you, doing business with him in something haraam or halaal? Carrying out a transaction with this man who sells forbidden things … I for example … I want to carry out a transaction with him, to buy from him, will I be buying something halaal or haraam?

[Questioner hesitates again and they start laughing.]

Interjection: Shaikh, he means … sorry … this man deals in haraam things …

Al-Albaani: … I understood that.

Interjection: … he deals with him, he’s asking … what’s the ruling …

Al-Albaani: And what am I saying? What am I saying? And what are you explaining?

[They start laughing.]

Interjection: Yaa Shaikh …

Al-Albaani: Subhaanallaah, Yaa Akhi, there’s a man who sells alcohol …

Interjection: Yes.

Al-Albaani: … and dates …

Interjection: No, no, he doesn’t mean that he sells anything else, he means that all …

Interjection: … he means drugs, Yaa Shaikh …

Interjection: Yaa Shaikh …

Interjection: of his business is forbidden, so should he carry out transactions with him, he means that?

Al-Albaani: He means what, Yaa akhi?

Interjection: He means this trader who deals in drugs and alcohol …

Al-Albaani: He does business with him, what does he mean by “… does business/interacts with him?”

Interjection: He deals with him in some interactions …

Interjection: … [for example] get married …

Interjection: … yes, not that he does business with him …

[Talking all at once.]

Al-Albaani: Yaa akhi, what do you mean by, ‘does business/interacts with him?’ What does he mean?

Interjection: Ask him.

Al-Albaani: We did, and where did it get us?

[They start laughing.]

Interjection: Dealing with him in things like …

Interjection: … getting married and, and, and, and … divorce, [the question having now progressed to mean dealing with such a person in a social setting, then addressing the original questioner to clarify if he does mean this] dealing with him socially or in business?

Interjection: He buys forbidden things …

Interjection: Yaa Shaikh …

Interjection: and you … he comes and takes from you.

[They clarify the question a bit more from the original questioner, then finally having understood what he meant …]

Interjection: This [brother] will explain [the question] on his behalf, Yaa Shaikh … Shaikh, this [brother] will explain [the question] on his behalf …

Interjection: He’s saying that this man sells drugs and alcohol, and now you work in a store or something, and sell halaal things, then he comes and buys from you …

Interjection: … is it allowed for you to transact with him …

Interjection: ya’ni, you’re not buying alcohol or anything from him …

Al-Albaani: Ya’ni, he’s buying from me?

Interjection: Yes, he’s buying from you.

Al-Albaani: So, he’s dealing with me and it’s not that I’m dealing with him …

[Laughing slightly because they have finally conveyed the question to the Shaikh.]

Is it like that?

[Laughing heard.]

If it’s like that: what is it that I sell, [something] haraam or halaal? If I sell something halaal to him then it’s halaal, and if I sell something haraam to him then it’s haraam, and if I sell something halaal to him which he will immediately use to help him do something haraam, then it’s not allowed for me to sell it to him, do you understand?

Interjection: Yes.

Interjection: Yaa Shaikh, a question, Yaa Shaikh

Interjection: A question, Yaa Shaikh

Interjection: Hold on …

Al-Albaani: Tafaddal.

Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 93, [2/9/545].

Shaikh al-Albaani Saying The Talbiyyah, ‘Labbaik Allaahumma Labbaik …’

Near the end when the guy starts saying the talbiyah loudly Shaikh al-Albaani jokingly asks about the car window being open a few times and then the person who was saying the talbiyyah loudly catches on and asks, ‘And if it wasn’t [open]?’  And Shaikh al-Albaani jokingly replies that the car would’ve exploded [because of how loud he was saying it.]


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‘And You Will Come to Know that After My Death …’


Shaikh Abu Islaam Saalih Taa Haa said, “Shaikh al-Albaani, may Allaah have mercy on him, disclosed to me in private, ‘The callers to the manhaj are many, and those who remain firm on it are few—and you will come to know that after my death,’ … and how many people there are who used to claim to love the Shaikh and that they were following the manhaj [but then] abandoned it … and have accused the Shaikh of things which he is free of! Wa laa hawla wa laa quwwata illa billaah.”

Al-Aqeedah Awwalan Law Kanu Ya’lamun, pp. 20-21.

Al-Albaani’s Pride

“I’m proud that Allaah the Mighty and Majestic made it easy for me to be acquainted with the Salaf as-Saalih … their knowledge … their fiqh … their manners … and that I strive to follow in their steps … I take pride in that.”


Al-Huda wan-Noor, 848.

YouTube Videos

السلام عليكم

Does anyone have time to be able to dedicate enough of it to making audio videos of the posts from the blog for sites like YouTube?  One or two brothers had very kindly been doing it but have become busy and another is trying to help, may Allaah reward him with good, but I think there’s too much for one person to do.

Here are some of the videos that have already been done: YouTube videos.

I’d be grateful if there was a person or people who could come together on this and start making the videos.  You’d have to have a basic level of Arabic so you can understand which sentences to sync with what the Shaikh is saying.

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Jazaakumullaahu khair


Shaikh Al-Albaani on Shaikh Rabee’s Book on Sayyid Qutb’s Mistakes

Shaikh al-Albaani said about Shaikh Rabee’s book in which he explains the mistakes of Sayyid Qutb, “Everything that you have refuted Sayyid Qutb with is true and correct, and from that it will become clear to every Muslim reader who has some Islamic heritage that Sayyid Qutb was not acquainted with the fundamentals and subsidiary issues of Islaam.   So may Allaah reward you with the best of rewards, O brother Rabee, for fulfilling the obligation of clarifying and uncovering his ignorance and his deviation from Islaam.”

This book of Shaikh Rabee’s can be downloaded here.


Very Useful Resource: Search Hans-Wehr and Lane’s Lexicon at the Same Time Online and Offline

On the other blog, I mentioned a resource useful for people who need to access Hans-Wehr and Lane’s Lexicon to search for words.  I’m mentioning it here again for people who may not be subscribed to the other blog, and if you’re not, why not do so now?

This is a truly remarkable resource for those who regularly need to use Arabic-English dictionaries. On this page you can search both Hans-Wehr’s dictionary and Lane’s Lexicon at the same time.  What is most useful is the fact that you can type in the base root of the word you’re looking for in Arabic and it will show you the word in Hans-Wehr first and if you scroll down it will then show you where the same word occurs in Lane’s Lexicon. Here’s the link to the post which has the link to the site:

And for those of you who would like to use this facility offline, it can also be downloaded for that purpose, here’s the post mentioning that along with the download link:


New Free Arabic DVD Download Available of 901 of The Shaikh’s Tapes with Search Facility


The Arabic Shaikh al-Albaani website has produced a free DVD of the Shaikh’s Al-Hudaa wan-Noor series of tapes.  The DVD includes 901 tapes.  The size of the file is about 4.18GB, once you’ve downloaded it you have to burn it to a DVD for it to work.

You can actually search through the tapes by typing a particular word you may be after, which is quite handy.  As an example, if you searched for, ‘النووي’ it would give you all the recordings which have the word ‘An-Nawawi’ listed in the cassette titles.

You can find the download link here. [Update Feb 2015, this link no longer seems to be working and I haven’t been able to find a replacement.]

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