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On Only Turning Your Head When You Give Salaam in the Prayer, Not Your Shoulders and Body


The Imaam said to a person who had been praying next to him, “When you want to give salaam [to end the prayer] don’t trouble yourself, moving your shoulders right and left, stay as you are [i.e., keep your shoulders as they are and just turn your head not your body], you will trouble yourself like that—and I don’t want you to be troubled, doing so is burdening yourself unnecessarily, may Allaah bless you.”

Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, no. 397.

An Easy Way to Keep Devils Out of Your House by Reciting Two Blessed, Ancient Verses


An-Nu’maan ibn Bashir narrated that the Prophet ﷺ said, “Indeed Allaah wrote a Book two thousand years before He created the heavens and the earth, He sent down two aayahs from it with which He ended Surah al-Baqarah—if they are recited for three nights in a home, no Shaitaan shall come near it.”

Saheeh at-Targheeb, no. 1476, al-Albaani said, “Saheeh.” [Translation taken from the English translation of Al-Tirmidhi, slightly edited.]

The two verses are:

ءَامَنَ ٱلرَّسُولُ بِمَآ أُنزِلَ إِلَيۡهِ مِن رَّبِّهِۦ وَٱلۡمُؤۡمِنُونَۚ كُلٌّ ءَامَنَ بِٱللَّهِ وَمَلَٰٓئِكَتِهِۦ وَكُتُبِهِۦ وَرُسُلِهِۦ لَا نُفَرِّقُ بَيۡنَ أَحَدٖ مِّن رُّسُلِهِۦۚ وَقَالُواْ سَمِعۡنَا وَأَطَعۡنَاۖ غُفۡرَانَكَ رَبَّنَا وَإِلَيۡكَ ٱلۡمَصِيرُ

‘Āmanar-Rasūlu bimā ‘unzila ‘ilayhi mir-rabbihi wal-Mu’uminūna ۚ kullun ‘Āmana billāhi wa Malā’ikatihi wa Kutubihi wa Rusulihi Lā nufarriqu baina ‘aĥadin mir-Rusulihi ۚ wa qālū sami`nā wa ‘Aţa`nā ۖ  Ghufrānaka Rabbanā wa ‘ilaikal-Maşīr.

“The Messenger believes in what has been sent down to him from his Lord, and (so do) the believers. Each one believes in Allaah, His Angels, His Books, and His Messengers. They say, “We make no distinction between one another of His Messengers.” And they say, “We hear, and we obey. (We seek) Your Forgiveness, Our Lord, and to You is the return (of all).””

لَا يُكَلِّفُ ٱللَّهُ نَفۡسًا إِلَّا وُسۡعَهَاۚ لَهَا مَا كَسَبَتۡ وَعَلَيۡهَا مَا ٱكۡتَسَبَتۡۗ
رَبَّنَا لَا تُؤَاخِذۡنَآ إِن نَّسِينَآ أَوۡ أَخۡطَأۡنَاۚ
رَبَّنَا وَلَا تَحۡمِلۡ عَلَيۡنَآ إِصۡرٗا كَمَا حَمَلۡتَهُۥ عَلَى ٱلَّذِينَ مِن قَبۡلِنَاۚ
رَبَّنَا وَلَا تُحَمِّلۡنَا مَا لَا طَاقَةَ لَنَا بِهِۦۖ
وَٱعۡفُ عَنَّا وَٱغۡفِرۡ لَنَا وَٱرۡحَمۡنَآۚ أَنتَ مَوۡلَىٰنَا فَٱنصُرۡنَا عَلَى ٱلۡقَوۡمِ ٱلۡكَٰفِرِينَ

Lā yukallifullāhu nafsan ‘illā wus`ahā ۚ Lahā mā kasabat wa `alaihā maktasabat ۗ
Rabbanā lā tu’uākhidhnā ‘in-nasīnā ‘aw ‘akhţa’nā ۚ
Rabbanā wa lā taĥmil `alainā ‘işran kamā ĥamaltahu `alalladhīna min qablinā ۚ
Rabbanā wa lā tuĥammilnā mā lā ţāqata lanā bihi ۖ
Wa`fu `annā waghfir lanā warĥamnā ۚ ‘Anta mawlānā fānşurnā `alal-qawmil-kāfirīn.

“Allaah burdens not a person beyond his scope. He gets reward for that (good) which he has earned, and he is punished for that (evil) which he has earned. “Our Lord! Punish us not if we forget or fall into error. Our Lord! Lay not on us a burden like that which You did lay on those before us. Our Lord! Put not on us a burden greater than we have strength to bear. Pardon us and grant us Forgiveness. Have mercy on us. You are our Protector! And give us victory over the disbelieving people.””

Al-Albaani On Whether Long Fasting Hours Should Be Shortened


Questioner: The Muslims in Sweden, a European country, in Ramadaan they have only three hours to eat after opening their fast, i.e., the sun sets at ten o’clock and rises at one.

Al-Albaani: Where?

Questioner: In Sweden.

Al-Albaani: In Sweden, yes.

Questioner: Yes there are Muslims …

Al-Albaani: Yes … yes ma’roof.

Questioner: They only have three hours during which to eat, and they fast for twenty-one, so they find it difficult. One brother told me that some people gave them a fatwa that they can start and break the fast according to the time in Makkah, so this fatwa ya’ni

Al-Albaani: I don’t hold … I don’t hold this fatwa to be correct. Since we can flip the situation and say that a season will come where the situation will be the opposite, where they will fast for three hours or thereabouts and they will be able to eat for the remainder of those twenty four hours, clear?

Questioner: I don’t think …

Al-Albaani: Have you studied any geography?

Questioner: No, only a little.

Al-Abaani: Do you know that the sun, ya’ni, is hidden in the North Pole for half the year such that they don’t see it, and in the other half it’s the opposite of that totally, are you aware of that or not?

Questioner: My hold on geography [is weak], O Shaikh.

Al-Albaani:  So you don’t know that, it is something well-known.

Questioner: Yes.

Al-Albaani: And [then] between this and that [i.e., between the North and South poles] you have seasons in those countries, ya’ni, in the two poles you have night for half the year and day for half, [it is] in such a situation [that] the question as to what should be done is posed.

But those who are closer to us, [closer] to the equator, the closer they get to us the more uniform time becomes for them, you know that at the equator day and night are totally equal?

Questioner: Yes.

Al-Albaani: Yes, but it changes totally the higher or lower you go, so that you get a period in those countries where instead of the twenty or twenty-one hours they fast and the three hours they can eat, about half a year later it’s the total opposite of that.

That’s why I say to them your account is being accumulated in terms of what is coming [i.e., a time will come when your fast will be very short], and I do not give them a fatwa that they should fast according to [the timings of] their neighbouring countries, because the [following] aayahs apply to them: And eat and drink until the white thread of dawn becomes distinct to you from the black thread [of night], [Baqarah 2:187] in contrast to those we told you about in the North Pole who do not see the sun at all, there is no morning, no ’ishaa, nothing, [it is] these people [who] estimate the value as has been clearly stated in the authentic hadith about the Dajjaal in which the Prophet ﷺ upon informing his Companions that the Dajjaal would be there for how many days? Thirty or forty?

Questioner: Forty.

Someone else: Forty days.

Al-Albaani: Forty days. One of his days will equal a year, the next a month, the third a week and the rest will be like these days of yours. The question arose as to how they should pray [during that time]? He said, “You must make an estimate of its extent.”

So, making an estimate in that long year, what will the Muslims want to base that estimate on? On what they were accustomed to.

Now with the presence of watches it is very easy for them to estimate … if we supposed that the Muslims had a year-long dark night such that day and night were combined [into one], which happens at the two poles as we mentioned, in such an instance they have to make an estimate.

As for every country in which the sun can be seen setting and rising, and what that results in in terms of fajr­—then these people have to fast even if the duration of the fast seems long to them, and our Lord عز وجل says in the Noble Quran: And if Allaah had willed, He could have put you in difficulty, [Baqarah: 2:220] [but] He didn’t will difficulty for us, alhamdulillaah.

If such a situation does occur in some countries then soon enough they will get copious amounts of ease in place of that increased discomfort [when the day becomes short and their fasting becomes easier].

This is my answer and it is correct, inshaa Allaah.

Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 237.

See part two here.

On Letting the Beard Grow in Excess of a Fistful


Questioner: We’ve heard that you say that letting the beard flow is just like letting the garments hang below the ankles?

Al-Albaani: Yes.

Questioner: That is your stance?

Al-Albaani: Yes.

Questioner: That means that whatever is in excess of a fistful is haraam?

Al-Albaani: We’ve spoken about that before.

Questioner: That it is haraam to let the beard flow in excess of a fistful?

Al-Albaani: Yes, we said it is haraam, a newly invented matter, i.e., an innovation in the religion.

Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 527.

Revive a Sunnah: Saying, ‘Sami’a-llaahu liman hamidah,’ in the Prayer at the Right Time


 

The Imaam said, “This is also a Sunnah which has been abandoned … one of the Sunnahs which has been abandoned is that most of the Muslims if not all of them do not join the Imaam in saying, ‘Sami’a-llaahu liman hamidah,’ they suffice with, ‘Rabbanaa wa lakal-hamd,’ so one form of dhikr to be said at that time has been squandered and another form of dhikr has been mistakenly added in its place—what I mean is: there is a transition from being in the rukoo’ to standing up, at this time the words of remembrance that are said are, ‘Sami’a-llaahu liman hamidah,’ whether it’s the Imaam or someone praying alone, when is, ‘Sami’a-llaahu liman hamidah,’ said? As soon as he lifts [his head].

So let us take an example, there is someone bowing, [he says], ‘Sami’a-llaahu liman hamidah,’ when does he say, ‘Rabbanaa wa lakal-hamd?’ When he is [finally] standing.

What do the people following the Imaam nowadays do? The Imaam says, ‘Sami’a-llaahu liman hamidah,’ and they say, ‘Rabbanaa wa lakal-hamd,’ so to start they have forfeited the Sunnah which is that along with the Imaam they [should also] say, ‘Sami’a-llaahu liman hamidah,’ just as they say, ‘Allaahu Akbar,’ along with him, and [in addition to that] they put another Sunnah in the wrong place, [i.e., they start saying, ‘Rabbanaa wa lakal-hamd,’ when the Imaam is saying, ‘Sami’a-llaahu liman hamidah.’] is this clear?

This is a reminder, and a reminder benefits the believers.”

Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 183.

The Companion’s Education and Cultivation


 

The Imaam said, “The Prophet ﷺ nurtured the Companions and educated them, giving them the best possible education on the face of the earth.”

Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 90.

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.

The Future of Palestine ǀ The Believer Doesn’t Despair


 

The Imaam said, “It has reached me from someone who became a Sufi, after he used to be on guidance, that he stated that the Mahdi عليه السلام is on the verge of appearing during these days, and he [specifically] named Ramadaan of this year! This is one of his fabrications or a whispering from his devil—because this issue is a matter of the Unseen which no one but Allaah knows.

In fact, it contradicts what the authentic hadiths say, and what Allaah’s Universal Way [Sunnatullaah al-Kowniyyah] necessitates, from which is His Saying, ‘Allaah will not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves,’ [Ra’d 13:11], which is that it is known that Jesus عليه السلام will descend at the white minaret to the east of Damascus and that he will pray behind the Mahdi, may Allaah be pleased with him, and this means that Jesus عليه السلام will be with the believers in Jerusalem when Dajjaal, with whom will be seventy thousand Isfahani Jews wearing Persian shawls, lays siege to it—and this means that there will be no Jew in Palestine at that time, or at the very least, in Jerusalem, and that means that the Muslims will have put an end to the country of the Jews.

The situation of the Muslims today, unfortunately, does not suggest that they can do that, because of their distance from employing the means which will prepare them for it, due to the fact that they have not aided Allaah such that He will aid them, for this reason they must return to their religion so that the disgrace [they are currently under] can be lifted from them, as their Prophet Muhammad ﷺ promised them, such that when the Mahdi and Jesus do come, they will find the Muslims ready to be led to that in which their glory and honour lies [both] in this life and the hereafter, so they must work for that as Allaah the Most High ordered, ‘And say, ‘Do [as you will], for Allaah will see your deeds, and [so will] His Messenger …’’” [Tawbah 9:105]

Ad-Da’eefah, 13:382-383.

Also read: Al-Albaani on Boycotting The Goods of Those who Slaughter Your Brothers Like Sheep.

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.

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.

Al-Albaani: “Don’t Be Bigoted or Fanatical Towards Me.”


 

Shaikh Saalih as-Suhaimi, may Allaah protect him, said, “So it is not allowed to be bigoted for personalities nor to consecrate them—men are known by the truth, it is not the truth which is known by men.

And there is a situation that occurred which I will relate about our Shaikh, Shaikh Muhammad Naasirud-Deen al-Albaani, may Allaah have mercy on him, when I visited him just before his death by about a month and a half.

After I gave him salaam some of the brothers introduced me to him, so he said, ‘You’re introducing him to me, the disputant concerning fasting on Saturday and praying more than one Jamaa’ah [in a mosque]?’

So I said to him, ‘O Shaikh of ours! I still hold that opinion, I hold it to be permissible to repeat the congregational prayer more than one time and I still hold the legitimacy of fasting on Saturday as long as a person doesn’t single it out alone as the day to be fasted on, in opposition to you—and you are the one who taught us this, O Shaikh of ours.

So he tightened his grip on my hand, may Allaah have mercy on him, and I have never forgotten the pull of his hand at that moment, and said, ‘This is how we want the students of knowledge to be—not being bigoted towards me nor others—so may Allaah reward you with good.’

And I attended a debate between him and our Shaikh, Shaikh ’Abdul-Muhsin al-’Abbaad al-Badr where each one of them revered the other, [the debate being] about cutting off more than a fistful of the beard which was the opinion Shaikh al-Albaani held based upon the narration of ’Abdullah ibn ’Umar, so we enjoyed this debate for about two hours, with each of them, both our Shaikh, Shaikh ’Abdul-Muhsin al-’Abbaad al-Badr and our Shaikh, Shaikh Muhammad Naasirud-Deen al-Albaani, respecting each other [throughout].

And when Shaikh Muhammad Naasirud-Deen al-Albaani met our Shaikh, Shaikh Humood at-Tuwaijiri, may Allaaah have mercy on him, [prior to which] there had been strong rebuttals [between them] concerning the issue of the hijaab, when they met they honoured one another and when a question was put forth each one of them would refer it to the other.

‘These are my forefathers so bring me their likes
When, O Jarir, the places of assembly bring us together.’

These are the peerless scholars who left, and a huge breach was created because of their departure.”

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.

Praying Behind an Imaam whose Garments are Below his Ankles and who Wears Gold



Questioner:
What is the ruling about praying behind an Imaam whose garments are below his ankles and who wears gold even though he knows the rulings concerning that?

Al-Albaani: The prayer is valid because the Prophet ﷺ used to say about the rulers, “If they conduct it properly, you and they will be rewarded, but if they make mistakes you will earn the reward and they will be held responsible (for the mistakes).” But a Muslim must chose to pray behind a righteous, scholarly, Imaam who is a reciter, so that his prayer will be as close as possible to …

Questioner: [The Imaam is] a reciter but he wears gold and his clothes are below his ankles …

Al-Albaani: You’ve got the answer [already], may Allaah bless you, but after that answer I say that he should chose a righteous, scholarly, pious Imaam. If he prays behind a man like the one who adorns himself with things that Allaah has forbidden then he [i.e., the one wearing such things] is sinful and the sin is on him due to the statement of our Lord, the Mighty and Majestic, in His Book, “… and no bearer of burdens shall bear the burden of another …” [Al-An’aam 6:164], as for the prayer, it has no connection to such acts of disobedience done by this Imaam [in question]. So the Imaam who shaves his beard, for example, or prays in trousers etc., then the sin on him, and nothing is on those who pray behind him.

Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 81.

Praying Behind a Row Alone


 


Questioner: The ruling about someone who prays alone behind a row?

Al-Albaani: If he prays behind the row [out of necessity] then he is excused and does not have to repeat the prayer, but if he prays behind it out of carelessness in implementing the legislation—which is to join the row in front of him when he is able to—but didn’t, then in this case his prayer is invalid and he has to repeat it.

Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 90.

Not Justifying One’s Deviation



Al-Albaani:
The person who knowingly acknowledges his mistake but [then still goes ahead and] commits it, it is hoped that one day he will come back to what is right. As for someone who knows and then deviates—[and] justifies his deviation—[then] after a while he will come to live as a deviant.

Al-Hudaa wan Noor, 25.

How to Pray Maghrib Behind an Imaam who is Praying Ishaa



Questioner:
A person is late for Maghrib prayer, he enters the mosque and finds that the Imaam has started Ishaa prayer, or in the situation where he has to combine both Maghrib and Ishaa, he hasn’t prayed Maghrib, he enters the mosque and the Imaam has started Ishaa prayer—how does this person finish the Maghrib prayer, does he carry on with the Imaam or part with him?

Al-Albaani: In this situation he starts behind the Imaam who is praying Ishaa, but he makes the intention to pray Maghrib, in order to comply with putting one prayer before the other, but when the Imaam gets up for the fourth rak’ah [of Ishaa] this person makes the intention to part [with him], and remains sitting at the end of the third rak’ah, reads the tashahhud and gives salaam. Then he stands behind this Imaam who is still praying Ishaa and makes the intention to [now] pray Ishaa—whether or not he was able to join him before the rukoo’ [of the Imaam’s fourth rak’ah of Ishaa] or after it—what is important is that he joins [them] and prays Ishaa behind the Imaam after having prayed Maghrib with him.

Questioner: Ya’ni, he parts with him after the third rak’ah?

Al-Albaani: Yes.

Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 18.

When a Man Comes to the Prayer and Finds that the People are in Rukoo’, is He to Say Two Takbeers or Just One?



Questioner:
When a man comes to the prayer and finds that the people are in rukoo’, is he to say two takbeers [i.e., saying ‘Allaahu Akbar’]—one for entering the prayer and another for going into rukoo’—or just one?

Al-Albaani: Two.

Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 428.

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.

Growing the Beard is Obligatory [Waajib]



Questioner:
Is growing the beard obligatory?

Al-Albaani: You don’t know that it is obligatory? It is obligatory based upon many evidences. You know the book, ‘Hijaab al-Mar’ah,’ by al-Albaani but you haven’t read it?

Questioner: No, I haven’t read it.

Al-Albaani: That’s it, if you had read it you would’ve known that growing the beard is obligatory on every Muslim.

Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 174.

Prisoners in Solitary Confinement Performing Dry-Ablution [Tayammum]



Questioner:
Some prisoners, O Shaikh of ours, are put in special cells, ya’nee, due to their particular circumstances, and these cells are about a metre and a half by a metre and a half. They’re not allowed to leave them at all, ya’nee, they stay in them because they are under suspicion or are dangerous from a political standpoint or other such things, so they eat, drink and urinate—may Allaah honour you—in them, sometimes they are given water [but] only a very little so they can’t perform ablution [wudoo]. So should they perform dry-ablution [tayammum] using the wall, for example, as some people do?

Al-Albaani: Definitely, he must do that since he can’t perform wudoo.

Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 420.

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.

Should Someone who Catches the Tashahhud of the Jumu’ah Prayer, Having Missed Both Rak’ahs, Pray Four?


Questioner: A questioner asks: someone who catches the tashahhud of the Jumu’ah prayer, having missed both rak’ahs, should he pray four?

Al-Albaani: Yes, he prays four, and the explanation of that is in my well-known book, ‘Al-Ajwibah an-Naafi’ah ’an Asilati Masjidil-Jaami’ah.’

Su’aalaat, vol. 2, p. 365.

On Using a Compass on Journeys to Determine the Direction of the Qiblah


 

Questioner: The questioner says: taking a compass on journeys in order to ascertain the direction of the Qiblah for those who don’t know the cardinal points?

Al-Albaani: It’s waajib.

As-Su’aalaat, vol. 2, p. 332.

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.

“Following a Scholar as Though he is the Lord of the Worlds who has the Right to Legislate.”


 

The Imaam said, “So a Muslim individual’s following a scholar, not going to anyone else except him, as though he is the Lord of the Worlds who has the right to legislate—no one from mankind has this right whatsoever, even the Prophet  would relate what was revealed to him from his Lord.”

Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 101.

We Are not Shee’ah: “It is Not Allowed for us to Take a Specific Person to be an Imaam and not Benefit from the Knowledge of Others …”


 

 

The Imaam said, “It is not allowed for us to take a specific person to be an Imaam and not benefit from the knowledge of others because the truth which Allaah تبارك وتعالى revealed to His Prophet is not restricted to being found in one man after him .

We do not believe about the Companions who succeeded him what the Shee’ah believe about ’Ali ibn Abi Taalib, [i.e.,] that all of the knowledge which the Prophet had in his chest was transferred to ’Ali, we do not believe this, for this reason they believed him to be infallible and held him to be like the Prophet in terms of infallibility.

We say: the knowledge which was in the Prophet’s chest  was transferred to the Companions—not just one Companion—for this reason, whoever wants to gain knowledge or gain an abundant portion of it cannot do so from only one person, rather he must benefit from all of them, for if not, he will have forfeited a great deal of it.”

Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 101.

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.

Sending Salaah on the Prophet عليه السلام To Help Remember What One May Have Forgotten


 

Questioner: Noble Shaikh, [the questioner was about to ask his question but forgets what he was going to say and so does what is common and sends salutations on the Prophet عليه السلام to help him remember what he has forgotten thinking this to be the Sunnah], Allaahumma salli ’alaa Rasoolillaah … alaihis-salaatu was-salaam …

Al-Albaani: [Quotes the aayah], “And remember your Lord when you forget … and remember your Lord when you forget …” [Kahf 18:24].

Questioner: Laa ilaaha illallaah.

Al-Albaani: … because the hadith about sending salaah on the Prophet عليه السلام to help a person remember what he has forgotten is weak, not authentic, whereas the Quranic aayah is forthright, “And remember your Lord when you forget …”

Questioner: You’ve spoken the truth, just sometimes a person does things which he is used to …

Al-Albaani: I say that you too have spoken the truth [in saying that a person does things that he is used to], but what should you do … [what] you and I should do is go back to the aayah ….

Questioner: Inshaa Allaah, with Allaah’s Permission …

“As You Are, So Will Your Rulers Be.”


 

It has been reported that the Prophet ﷺ said, “As you are, so will your rulers be.”

Al-Albaani said, “Weak [Da’eef] … additionally I hold that the meaning of this hadith is not correct unrestrictedly, for history has shown us that a righteous man has become a leader directly after a non-righteous one with the selfsame public!”

Ad-Da’eefah, vol. 1, pp. 490-491.

The Saplings: On the Innovation of People and Youngsters Who Have Barely Finished Secondary School Propping Themselves Up As ‘Daa’ees’ When They Know Only Simple Rulings and Maybe Some Aayahs and A Few Hadiths


 

The PDF: The Saplings.

Questioner: Virtuous, kind father, we would like you to explain to us what the correct methodology in the Salafi da’wah is, especially in this time in which tribulations have increased and knowledge has decreased, and what is the difference between organising …? We would like a clarification, may Allaah reward you with good.

Al-Albaani: Concerning da’wah, then none except the people of knowledge who maintain justice are to carry it out. As for what has become widespread in this time where lots of people who have been given an amount of knowledge that can hardly [even] be mentioned call themselves, ‘Callers to Allaah,’ then—and maybe you will find this surprising but I take the responsibility for what I [am about to] say—in my opinion this is one of the innovations of the present age.

It is from the innovations of this day and age that thousands of callers have spread out amongst the people who do not have knowledge of the Book nor the Sunnah or the narrations of the Salaf, in fact, [they do] not [even have knowledge concerning] the existent madhhabs that are blindly-followed today.

All they know are a few simple rulings and maybe some aayahs and some hadiths—which even someone from the people who has the least amount of knowledge can say—and then they prop themselves up as callers.

When they are then asked about a topic they are at a loss and are not able to answer, and they may go and answer based upon manifest ignorance, this is from the blights of the present day and age.

And it doesn’t stop at these sprouting youth, rather we may find old men who have not been given an abundant share of knowledge who have become famous as callers to what? To Islaam, but they [in fact] fight Islaam by fighting the Sunnah of Allaah’s Messenger  without which a Muslim cannot understand Allaah’s Book, so how can someone who is ignorant of the knowledge of the Sunnah and who fights some of it, [who] at the very least [fights it] in ’aqeedah, [how can someone like that] be a caller to Islaam?

… likewise today there are callers who have not been given an abundant amount or a lot of knowledge of the Sunnah according to which the Noble Quraan can be explained correctly.

So what is one to say about people like these?

In fact, what are we to say about the present day saplings who have barely finished secondary school let alone obtained a more advanced certificate from … even a professor’s certificate … even in Sharee’ah … what are we to say about these people who have propped themselves up to call to Islaam?

And he  said as is reported in Saheeh al-Bukhaari and Muslim, from the hadith of ’Abdullaah ibn ’Amr ibn al-’Aas, “Verily, Allah does not take away knowledge by snatching it from the people but He takes away knowledge by taking away the scholars, so that when no scholar remains, the people turn to the ignorant as their leaders. Then they are asked to deliver religious verdicts and they deliver them without knowledge—so they go astray [themselves], and lead others astray.”

… before everything, calling to Allaah must be done based upon knowledge:

وَمَنۡ أَحۡسَنُ قَوۡلٗا مِّمَّن دَعَآ إِلَى ٱللَّهِ وَعَمِلَ صَٰلِحٗا وَقَالَ إِنَّنِي مِنَ ٱلۡمُسۡلِمِينَ
“And who is better in speech than he who invites to Allaah and does righteous deeds and says, ‘I am one of the Muslims.’” [Fussilat 41:33]

If he is not a scholar who acts upon his knowledge then he will not be a righteous scholar, and someone who does not have something, as was said in the past, cannot give it.

So it is obligatory that the caller be a scholar, and this [too] is not enough, he must be a scholar of the Book and the Sunnah and not of some of the fiqh opinions of those who came later …

… this is the first thing, that he be a scholar, and secondly that he be a scholar of the Book and the Sunnah on the methodology of the Salaf as-Saalih. And lastly that he acts upon his knowledge, because even if calling to Allaah were done correctly one hundred per cent but is not coupled with that caller’s actions then it will not have the desired effect on the masses because people pay heed to following the actions of the people of knowledge and excellence more than they do their statements.

Rihlatun-Noor, 37.

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