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Shaikh Ibn Baaz: Shaikh al-Albaani was not Infallible but that Does Not Mean He Can be Slandered …


As-Sadhaan said, “In one of the lessons of our Shaikh, Abdullah ibn Humayyid, a person brought a book in which there was some repugnant slander concerning the status of Shaikh al-Albaani. So while the person was reading the book out aloud–and I was present in the lesson–his eminence, Shaikh Ibn Humayyid cut him off and signs of annoyance and displeasure were visible on him, then he said words to the effect of, “This is disgraceful speech and its like is not permissible–and refuting the people of knowledge should be done with manners.”

Then Shaikh Ibn Humayyid mentioned the status of Shaikh al-Albaani and his aid and service to the Sunnah and then said, “Shaikh al-Albaani had [certain] opinions that we do not agree with him on, but slandering him is not allowed.”

And at that very time news reached me that a short while before, Shaikh Ibn Baaz had summoned the author of that book which was being read out aloud and advised him and [admonished him by] reminding him of Allaah, but when the author insisted on [his views of] his book, Shaikh Ibn Baaz spoke to King Faisal, may Allaah have mercy on him, or Khaalid, may Allaah have mercy on him, to ban the book, and so the King issued a directive for it to be banned.

And His Eminence Shaikh Ibn Baaz was asked in his tent in Minaa [during Hajj] after fajr on Friday 13/12/1418ah [April 1998ce] about some speech about Al-Albaani which slandered him, so part of his answer was, “Al-Albaani is well-known to be from Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah and from the helpers of the Sunnah, and those who speak against him have erred and are mistaken. He is from our good brothers and from the helpers of the Sunnah, and he has blessed efforts in regards to the Sunnah–and he is not infallible. Everyone makes mistakes and errs.

Imaam Maalik, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “There is none among us except that he rejects and has his speech rejected, except for the person of this grave, i.e., the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم).”

Every scholar has mistakes: ash-Shaafi’ee, Maalik, Abu Hanifah, Ahmad, ath-Thawri, al-Awzaa’ee, and those after them right up to this day of ours–not a single one is safe from making mistakes. All of the children of Aadam err.

But what is important is that he is well-known as being from the helpers of the Sunnah [Ansaarus-Sunnah], and from the callers to the Sunnah, and from the preservers of the Sunnah, and from the mujaahids striving to preserve the Sunnah. May Allaah grant him success and increase his good.””

Al-Imaam al-Albaani, Duroos, wa Mawaaqif, wa Ibar, of Abdul-Aziz ibn Muhammad Abdullaah as-Sadhaan, pp. 243-244.

Shaikh al-Albaani in an overturned car …

“Shaikh Ali Khashhaan, may Allaah protect him, in a piece he wrote entitled, ‘The Aider of the Hadith and the Reviver of the Sunnah, Naasirud-Deen al-Albaani’, said, “So by Allaah!  My eyes have never seen–as far as I know-anyone who cared more about the Sunnah and aided it with greater vigour or followed it more than al-Albaani.  One time between Jeddah and Medinah an-Nabawiyyah [he had an accident] and his car overturned and the people present rushed to him saying, “O Sattaar!  O Sattaar! يا ستار!  ياستار [i.e., O Concealer, meaning Allaah].”  So the Aider of the Hadith, Shaikh al-Albaani says to them while he is under the overturned car, “Say, ‘O Sitteer [يا ستير]’ and don’t say, ‘O Sattaar [يا ستار], because al-Sattaar is not one of His Names, the Most High!”

And in the hadith there occurs, “إن الله ستير يحب الستر – Allaah is characterised by modesty and concealment [sitteer] and loves that people conceal themselves.”[1]

Have you seen anyone who aids the Sunnah and the Hadith in a situation such as this in this time of ours?!  Never!  Except for what has been related from the likes of Umar ibn al-Khattaab, may Allaah be pleased with him, Ahmad ibn Hanbal and others from the Pious Predecessors of this nation.””

Taken from Juhoodul-Imaamil-Albaani, of Ahmad Saalih Hussain al-Jabboori, pp. 7-8

[1] An authentic hadith reported by Abu Dawud (4012), an-Nisaaee (1/70), al-Baihaqi (1/198), by way of Zuhair from Abdul-Malik from Abu Sulaymaan al-Azrami from Ataa from Ya’laa, who said, “The Prophet, صلى الله عليه وسلم, saw a man taking a shower in the bazaar without his lower garment on.  So the Prophet, صلى الله عليه وسلم, mounted the pulpit, praised Allaah and extolled him and then said, “Indeed Allaah is characterised by modesty and concealment, and He loves modesty and concealment.  So when one of you takes a shower let him conceal himself.” See Irwaaul-Ghaleel, no. 2335.

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