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Al-Albaani’s Modesty | Crying when Praised


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

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

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

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

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

Al-Albaani: Allaahu Akbar

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

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

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

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

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

Al-Albaani: Yes

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

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

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


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

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

“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.

Al-Albaani Crying at a Hadith About Repentance |“Did you Pray Salaah with Us?”


 

Al-Albaani: I wanted to remind you of a ḥadīth in connection to what you said but then my mind went to another one connected to what my friend here said …

He said, “… if you did not sin, Allaah would replace you with people who would sin and they would seek forgiveness from Allaah and He would forgive them,” what does this ḥadīth mean?

Its meaning is that Allaah the Mighty and Majestic said in the Noble Quraan that He created mankind in the best form, He didn’t make man like an infallible angel, “… who disobey Him not and do whatever Allaah has commanded them,” He made him a human being who has intellect, a soul, desires and volition, so he lives with these characteristics which Allaah gave him so that he can obey Allaah the Mighty and Majestic, not in an infallible manner, because there is no infallibility according to the hadithyaʿnī, our Lord doesn’t intend for us to be infallible, and there is no-one who can repel His Decree and Will—but He wants them to repent when they sin, “… if you did not sin, Allaah would replace you with people who would sin and they would seek forgiveness from Allaah and He would forgive them.”

And naturally this hadith is not an encouragement to commit sins inasmuch as it is an encouragement to seek forgiveness when one does.

Questioner: Does this include all sins?

Al-Albaani: What’s that?

Questioner: Does this include all sins or just minor lapses?

Al-Albaani: Whatever sin it is, yes.

Questioner: Even the major sins, yaʿni?

Al-Albaani: Whatever sin it is, whatever sin it is. I’ve forgotten the hadith that had occurred to me about what you said, what did you say?

Questioner: Not praying and then committing … [unclear] … better that he prays …

Al-Albaani: Ah, the hadith that I was thinking about was when a man came to the Prophet and said, “O Messenger of Allaah, I went in a garden,” yaʿnī an enclosed garden, “and found a woman there and did what a man would do with his wife except intercourse,” so he said:

“Did you pray ṣalāh with us?”

He replied, “Yes.”

So he said, “Verily good deeds wipe out the bad.”

For this reason when you say to a man [trying to encourage him] that, “You’re drinking so pray ṣalāh along with it Yaa Akhi, good deeds wipe out the bad,” this is a Legislated method of giving daʿwah, and is not an innovated one as you indicated that some say [earlier].

In relation to this I’ll mention that hadith of the young man who came to the Prophet and said, “O Messenger of Allaah, give me permission to fornicate.” So he said, “Would you like that for your mother?” The man said, “No …” He said, “Neither would people like it for their mothers. Would you like that for your sister?” The man said, “No,” The Prophet said, “Neither would people like it for their sisters.” Then he placed his hand on his chest and said, “O Allaah guard his chastity and purify his heart.”

Questioner: Now, should a person supplicate to the Lord of the Worlds to totally protect him from mistakes and slip-ups, yaʿnī, it’s as though it’s not recommended?

Al-Albaani: He, yaʿnī, the hadith in Bukhaari, “And the one who is truly protected is the one who is protected by Allah,” so he does ask [Allaah].

Questioner: This is recommended?

Al-Albaani: Yes … …

Questioner: May Allah reward you with good, by Allaah there’s no doubt that what caused this spiritual state in you was the Mercy of the Lord of the Worlds in that how can this person who does such a huge thing …

Al-Albaani: Allaahu Akbar.

Questioner: [and then] one ṣalāh

Al-Albaani: Allaahu Akbar.

Questioner: … and that thing is gone, this is from the Lord of the World’s Mercy on His Slaves, for if not people would despair …

Al-Albaani: Yes.

Al-Hudā wan-Nūr, no. 816.

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 Defending the Salafi Youth | Not Everyone who Speaks About a Particular Topic is Listened To


Questioner: Esteemed Shaikh, I have a question. There is a fatwā of Dr. [Yūsuf] al-Qarḍāwī about the ḥadīth concerning the splitting of the Ummah [wherein he states] that the last part of the ḥadīth, i.e., “‘… all of them are in the Fire except one …’ is fabricated,” and is not part of the original ḥadīth?

Al-Albaani: Not everyone who speaks about a particular topic is listened to.

Have you ever known Shaikh al-Qarḍāwī to have written a small piece on the Science of Ḥadīth, let alone a book, let alone books, let alone volumes?

This is the calamity of this day and age.

People like al-Qarḍāwī and the Egyptian, al-Ghazālī, they castigate some of the upcoming youth who are on the methodology of the Book and the Sunnah with the understanding of the Salaf as-Sāliḥ—[whereby] if one of them gives a fatwā and they [i.e., the youth] ask them what the proof is they savage them, [saying], ‘Who are you to ask what the proof is? You have to ask the scholars of fiqh and those who have knowledge and whose specialty this is!’—and then they go and fall into the same thing they were denouncing the youth for, and they are Shaikhs, because they [themselves] never took the opinions of the experts in the field of ḥadīth.

Questioner: True.

Al-Albaani:  Qarḍāwī himself, I know him personally and we were together for a few days in Qatar, we met at a gathering of the Higher Council of the Islamic University many times and he trusts my knowledge and knows my firm grasp of it, yet now in order to justify some of the bad circumstances in the Islamic world you see him authenticating what is weak and declaring weak the part in this ḥadīth [that you asked about] which is [actually] authentic.

That is why our Muslim brothers, [Muslims] whether they are men or women, should know, as is said in the old Arabic proverb, “How to eat the shoulder …” [a literal translation, it is used to refer to someone astute, insightful, who knows how to handle things].

Yaʿnī, as you know, today you will have a field of science that has categories of specialisation, for example, a person who has pain in his ear won’t go to a doctor who specialises in internal medicine, a gastroenterologist and so on, he will go to an ENT specialist.

This specialisation is very important and is one of the meanings of the Most High’s Statement, ‘And ask the people of knowledge if you do not know,’ so al-Qarḍāwī and al-Ghazālī like him and [yet] others are not people of knowledge in the science of ḥadīth, in declaring them to be authentic or weak, if they do have any knowledge then it is the blind-imitation fiqh [type] and not the fiqh derived from the Book and the Sunnah.

Questioner: Allāhu yusallimak.

Al-Albaani: We will end it here so as to give an opportunity to the other questioners waiting for this call to end. Was-salāmu alaikum.

Questioner: Wa ʿalaikum as-salām wa raḥmatullāh wa barakātuh, may Allāh reward you with good.

Al-Albaani: And you.

Mutafarriqātul-Al-Albaani, no. 001.

Al-Albaani’s Very High Opinion of Five Scholars


“Al-Albaani used to regard Taqiyud-Deen al-Hilaali as one of the five scholars the likes of whom he had not seen in terms of their knowledge and tahqiq, those five being: Ibn Baaz, Taqiyud-Deen al-Hilaali, Abdur-Rahmaan al-Mubaarakfuri, Badee’ud-Deen as Sindhi and ash-Shanqiti, may Allaah have mercy on them all.”

Sabeelur-Rashaad fi Hadyi Khairil-Ibaad, vol. 1, p. 6.

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.

“Aaishah is My Wife in Paradise.”


The Prophet ﷺ said, “Aaishah is my wife in Paradise.”

As-Saheehah, no. 1142.

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.

An Abandoned Sunnah When Opening Fasts


 

“From Anas in marfoo’ form, ‘He used to open his fast with fresh dates before he would pray and if there were no fresh dates then he would open it with dry dates and if there were none then he would take a few sips of water.’

The Imaam said, ‘The purpose of me mentioning this hadith whilst being brief in a discussion of its chain of narration is only to remind people of this Sunnah which most of those who fast have neglected, especially during common invitations in which all manner of delicious and pleasant food and drink is prepared, but as for fresh dates or at the very least dry dates then they have no mention, and even worse than that is their neglect of breaking the fast with some sips of water—so glad tidings for whoever is from those, ‘who listen to speech and follow the best of it. Those are the ones Allaah has guided, and those are people of understanding.”” [Az-Zumar 39:18]

As-Saheehah, vol. 6/2/821.

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.”


Ahkaamul-Janaaiz
, p. 11.

“Toobaa for Those Who Saw Me …”


 

[‘Toobaa’ refers to all kinds of happiness and the name of a tree in Paradise whose width is a hundred years, and the clothes of the people of Paradise are taken from its bark, see Surah Ra’d 13:29 and As-Saheehah 1985.]

The Prophet ﷺ said:

“Toobaa—once—for whoever saw me and believed in me, and Toobaa—seven times over—for whoever didn’t see me but believed in me.”

And he ﷺ said:

“Toobaa for whoever saw me and believed in me. And Toobaa, and Toobaa [once again], and Toobaa [once again] for whoever believed in me without seeing me.”

And he ﷺ said:

“Toobaa for whoever saw me and believed in me. And Toobaa for whoever saw those who saw me. And [Toobaa for] whoever saw those who saw those who saw me and believed in me—Toobaa for them and a most excellent [place to] return [to].”

As-Saheehah, nos. 1241 and 1254.

Six Hours

Do This and Allaah will Build a House for You in Paradise


 

The Imaam said, “The Merit of Filling the Gaps in the Rows [for Prayer]:

The Prophet said, ‘Whoever fills a gap, Allaah will build a house for him in Paradise and raise him one degree in status thereby.’” [Saheeh]

As-Silsilah as-Saheehah, 4/515. 

Reciting Faatihah Along with the Imaam



Questioner:
Does one recite [Surah] al-Faatihah along with the Imaam in those prayers in which the recitation is audible?

Al-Albaani: No, I don’t hold that view [to be correct].

Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 428.

On Saying Aameen in the Prayer


 

The Imaam said, “And in another hadith, [there occurs], ‘So say, ‘Aameen,’ Allaah will answer you,’ … i.e., He will answer your supplications—and this is a mighty encouragement to say Aameen—so one must make sure to give it attention, so said an-Nawawi.”

Asl-Sifatus-Salaah, 1/387.

Repelling People Walking In Front of You in the Haram When It’s Busy


Questioner: When it’s very busy in Makkah and it becomes difficult for someone who is praying to push or repel everyone who is passing in front of him and he fears that the time for the prayer will pass him by, does the need to push or repel them become null and void?

Al-Albaani: Yes, it becomes invalid.

Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 301.

Al-Albaani “Tightness in the Chest” Quote on the Internet Incorrectly Referenced as Being Something He Said


The quote below can be found on the internet and is referenced as being from Shaikh Al-Albaani’s Silsilah as-Saheehah, hadith no. 554, vol. 2, p. 86, but after checking Silsilah, under hadith no. 554 all that can be found is the actual text of the hadith, “Eemaan is patience and tolerance,” and no explanation, along with the fact that hadith no. 554 is on p. 94 and not p. 86 as is referenced, and there is also nothing explaining the hadith on p. 86, unless this was taken from a different print than the one it was just checked against. Allaah knows best but the entire paragraph preceding the hadith below is not in Silsilah and shouldn’t be attributed to the Shaikh.

Maybe someone meant to reference the hadith alone as being from Al-Albaani’s Silsilah and not the paragraph preceding it and then it may have been incorrectly copied and pasted and so on until it seemed as though the entire paragraph was from Silsilah. And Allaah knows best.

Here is the text of what is being circulated on the internet, attributed to Al-Albaani:

“Symptoms of weak faith

Shaykh Al Albani رحمه الله

Tightness in the chest, mood swings and depression,which weigh a man down and make him quick to complain about the slightest thing, these all are symptoms of weak faith. A person easily gets upset with the people around him, and no longer has any tolerance. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) described faith when he said, “Eemaan is patience and tolerance”

Shaykh Al-Albani Al-Silsilah al-Saheehah, no. 554, 2/86.”

What to Do if You Are Praying Sunnahs and the Iqaamah for the Fard Prayer is Called


Questioner: Regarding the prayer in the second rak’ah, if, ya’ni, for example, you’re sitting, or you stood up from rukoo’ in the second rak’ah of [your] Sunnah prayers, and the iqaamah for the [fard] prayer has been said, should you cut off your prayer or complete it, [a prayer of which you are in] the second rak’ah after rukoo’ or you just stood up from rukoo’?

Al-Albaani: … if you think that you will be able to catch the opening takbeer [of the fard prayer] with the Imaam [even] if you complete your prayer, then you complete it, and if not then you break it.

Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 529.

Also refer to this post.

The ‘Sunnah Prayers’ on Jumu’ah


Questioner: As regards the Jumu’ah prayer, the mu’addhin gives the adhaan, then one prays the two rak’ah Sunnahs of Jumu’ah, is that allowed or not?

Al-Albaani: [You said], ‘Is it allowed?’ what are you referring to?

Questioner: The two rak’ahs

Al-Albaani: There are no Sunnah [rak’ahs] for Jumu’ah [prayer], Yaa akhi. The Jumu’ah Sunnah prayers which are well-known today amongst many people have no basis in the Sunnah, why?

I will relate a hadith from Sahih Bukhaari to you, the most authentic book after the Book of Allaah, with an authentic chain of narration from as-Saa’ib ibn Yazeed who said the adhaan in the time of the Prophet was the first adhaan only, when the Prophet would ascend the minbar the mu’addhin would give the adhaan, when he finished the Prophet would stand up and deliver the sermon. There was no room for Sunnah prayers before Jumu’ah

… the Sunnah on Jumu’ah that a Muslim must stick to is to go to the mosque early, the earlier the better, due to his saying , “Whoever goes during the first hour, then it is as though he has offered a camel as a sacrifice to seek the Pleasure of Allah, and he who goes at the second hour is like one who offers a cow to win the Pleasure of Allah, and he who comes at the third hour is like one who offers a ram with horns (in sacrifice) and he who comes at the fourth hour is like one who offers a hen, and he who comes at the fifth hour is like one who offers an egg,” so the earlier he is the better.

[So when he does finally] enter the mosque, whether it is early or later, he prays two rak’ahs, four, six, eight, without a limit, because these are called optional prayers [naafilah], these are not Sunnah prayers which the Prophet specified, no, and that’s why he said in an authentic hadith, “Whoever takes a bath on Friday, and bathes completely, and goes early, arriving early, and then prays as much as he wants, then sits close to the Imaam, and listens to him … except that he is forgiven whatever was between that Jumu’ah and the one after it.”

So this person who enters the mosque on Friday can pray as much as he is able to and according to how much energy he has, and how much time.

But as for what happens nowadays then that has no basis in the Sunnah at all. And that which happens nowadays … how did two adhaans come about?

In the time of ’Uthmaan ibn ’Affaan, Medinah expanded as its residents increased. When the Prophet first migrated to Medinah it was like a village/small town naturally, Islaam spread and the Companions started to come and take up residence there bit by bit. In the time of ’Uthmaan, may Allaah be pleased with him, ya’ni, during his khilaafah, Medinah, maa shaa Allaah, became a city, the capital of the Islamic state, and an idea came to him, and how good an idea it was, considering that even until today, as you know, Jumu’ah is only prayed in the Prophet’s Mosque, [this has changed now], they were like that in the time of the Prophet , and Abu Bakr and ’Umar and ’Uthmaan … but due to the the expansion of the buildings in Medinah the people who were outside Medinah and in the market called Az-Zawraa couldn’t hear the adhaan in the Prophet’s Mosque, so he made an adhaan there, so let us now [for argument’s sake] call this, ‘The second adhaan.’

… the first adhaan is the one which the Prophet established, and this [other] one is called the second adhaan because ’Uthmaan brought it after the first but he didn’t do so except for the people in the market to be able to hear that Jumu’ah prayer’s time has arrived, and that yallah, ‘Come to prayer,’—[so to reiterate] where did ’Uthmaan place this second adhaan? In the market, a well-known place in the books of hadith called, ‘Az-Zawraa.’

It carried on like this up until the time of Hishaam ibn ’Abdul-Malik al-Amawi, it seemed an idea to him to move the adhaan from Az-Zawraa to the mosque, and from that day the situation changed.

And as time passed, a gap appeared between the two adhaans and the people filled it with what they call, ‘The Sunnah prayers anterior to Jumu’ah,’ and these Sunnah prayers done before Jumu’ah have no validity, because in his time, the Prophet, as I told you occurs in Saheeh al-Bukhaari, used to leave his home and ascend the minbar and Bilaal would give the adhaan and when he would finish the adhaan the Prophet would start the khutbah, there was no place for two Sunnah rak’ahs let alone four …

Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 3.

Questioner: … but today I prayed in a mosque in Al-Ashrafiyyah by my father’s house, everyone got up to pray except me, I stayed sitting, I stayed sitting and everyone else got up to pray, I had [already] prayed six rak’ahsya’ni before Jumu’ah and then sat down, [but] when they gave the adhaan all of them stood up and prayed [what they incorrectly think are the two Sunnah rak’ahs that one does after the adhaan] except me, they found what I did strange …

Al-Albaani: Inshaa Allaah, you’ll have been added to the strangers [al-ghurabaa]

Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 253.

You Can’t Take the Law into Your Own Hands


 

The Imaam said, “It is not allowed for an individual Muslim to take it upon himself to execute a ruling which is not under the jurisdiction of individuals but rather that of the rulers, and if the rulers fall short—as, unfortunately, is the case in this time—in carrying out this obligation, then that does not permit an individual Muslim to go and carry it out.”

Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 282.

The Sunnah Prayers Which People Perform On Jumu’ah Before the Khutbah


 

Questioner: The Sunnah prayer before Jumu’ah?

Al-Albaani: There’s no basis for it.

Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 253.

Please read this post for a detailed explanation.

Al-Albaani on a Righteous, Salafi Believer, Strong in Eemaan Cooperating with an Ash’ari


 

Questioner: Is it allowed to work together with a man who is Ash’ari in ’aqidah in the field of calling to Allaah under the pretext that this differing in ’aqidah will not result in evil but that rather not cooperating with him could lead to the efforts of the Muslims being split?

Al-Albaani: If cooperating with a[n ash’ari] man like this does not lead to him [i.e., the Salafi] neglecting his [Salafi] ’aqidah, then that is something allowed without doubt.

In fact, I believe that part of the religious good of a believer who is strong in his eemaan is for him to cooperate with other Muslims who have, due to reasons past or present, deviated from the Salafi ’aqidah.

It is more deserving for this Salafi believer to cooperate with these people because he will find an appropriate opportunity to convey the Salafi da’wah to them.

And what has happened, and I know this from experience, is that those people who oppose us will take one of two stances towards this righteous, Salafi believer: they will either respond to his call and will thus lean towards accepting the Salafi madhhab and will turn away from their khalafi madhhab—and this has happened many times, or they will reject him and his madhhab and will refuse to work with him …”

Mutafarriqaat lil-Albaani, 6, no. 15.

Al-Albaani on How Careful The Scholars Are Before They Declare Someone to be a Non-Muslim


 

Questioner: O Shaikh, for example, a person who declares the Companions to be disbelievers, for example, he says that Yazeed ibn Mu’aawiyah is a faasiq or a faajir and likewise his father, ya’ni, is such a person a disbeliever [due to what he said] or a faajir or a faasiq?

Al-Albaani: It differs, Yaa akhi, according to the person: is he ignorant, is he a scholar, has the proof been established against him from the Book of Allaah and the Sunnah of Allaah’s Prophet , is he someone who is obstinate [in his opinion], is he someone who has misinterpreted [the texts]? All of these things prevent the people of knowledge from [both] rushing to call him a disbeliever or from rushing to state that he is not a disbeliever. All of these checks have to be implemented so that after them we will have the ability to state whether he is a disbeliever or not.

Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 342.

New Doubts Don’t Affect the Person Who Clings to the Sunnah


 

The Imaam said, “… as for the person who clings to the Sunnah, new doubts [that arise] don’t affect him.”

Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 6.

In Leningrad There Are About Four Months Where the Night is Very Long, It Goes to About Twenty Hours, How is The Prayer Performed?


 

Questioner: In Leningrad there are about four months where the night is very long, it goes to about twenty hours, and the day is about four hours long, and vice versa, so how is the prayer [to be performed]?

Al-Albaani: They estimate the prayer times in accordance with the closest city/country to them in which the sun rises and sets in a normal manner.

But I will say something [to clarify the above]: the answer [I just gave] is for a country where it’s not possible for the five [prayer] times to be expected to be seen even if they are close—if these five prayer times cannot be realised then the answer is as I mentioned just now, they estimate the five times in accordance with the closest city/country to them in which the five times are [clearly] present.

Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 57.

Al-Albaani on The Rulers and The Masses Turning Away from the Quraan


 

“It was narrated that Talhah bin Musarrif said, ‘I asked ’Abdullah ibn Abi Awfa, ‘Did the Messenger of Allaah ﷺ leave a will?’ He said, ‘No.’ I said, ‘Why is making a will prescribed for the Muslims, or why are they commanded to make wills?’ He said, ‘His final will was to adhere to the Book of Allaah.’’” [Muslim, The Book of Wills, no. 4227]

“I [i.e., al-Albaani] say: i.e., to act according to what is in it and to judge by it when disputes occur, and this great will has become virtually nullified amongst the masses of Muslims today—as for their rulers, then they have turned away from acting according to it and have followed the laws laid down by the disbelievers, and as for their public, then they refuse to judge according to it in disputed issues and have [instead] taken to the opinions of men and their madhhabs, becoming content with reciting it in their houses and over the graves of their deceased, for blessing.

So to Allaah we complain and from Him do we seek aid.”

Mukhtasar Saheeh Muslim, p. 259.

You Can’t Make up a Missed Prayer if You Were Preoccupied with Business or Absorbed in Play and Amusement, It’s Gone


 

 

Questioner: A brother says, I missed the ’asr prayer and maghrib time started, which of the two should I pray? Ya’ni, he went to the mosque and they were about to pray maghrib?

Al-Albaani: If he missed ’asr because of one of the two legislated reasons, i.e., sleep or having forgotten, then he prays ’asr before maghrib. As for if he missed ’asr without one of these two excuses, then there is no place for him to pray it, neither before maghrib or after it.

Questioner: But what’s meant, O Shaikh, ya’nee, that he prays maghrib [with the Jamaa’ah] with the intention of ’asr?

Al-Albaani: What else? I’ve already answered you, may Allaah bless you, he prays it before maghrib. When I say: he prays it before maghrib it’s obvious that [I meant that] he prays ’asr, but with the condition that he had forgotten to pray it or overslept—as for if he was preoccupied with his business and merchandise, or [absorbed in] play and amusement and so on, then he has missed the prayer and there is no chance for him to repeat it, neither before maghrib or after it.

Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 259.

Is It Allowed to Talk About Worldly Things in The Mosque?


Questioner: Is it allowed to talk about worldly things in-between the adhaan and the iqaamah in the mosque?

Al-Albaani: There’s some elaboration to the answer—it’s allowed and not allowed. If it is incidental, for example, a person enters the mosque and sees a friend of his who he hasn’t seen in a long time, ‘As-Salaamu alaikum,’Wa alaikum salaam, how are you, akhi? How is your family?’ and so on, this is worldly, naturally, and it is allowed. But for them to sit in the mosque and have a sitting where they discuss currency rates and the prices of goods and so on, then, as the Prophet ﷺ said concerning a different incident, ‘The mosques have not been built for this.’

So, if it is normal speech then there is no objection, but as for talk about the transient things of the world, then that is not allowed.

Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 54.

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