His Sudden Departure from Amman back to Damascus
and then to Lebanon
“It was while I was preparing for the third lesson that I was shocked to hear of that which forced me–in such a manner that I had no choice whatsoever–but to leave Amman and my dependents therein since it was no longer possible for me to stay there. Thus I travelled back to my first place of migration, Damascus, and that was during a Wednesday afternoon, the 19th of the month of Shawwaal, 1401 [August 1981 ce]. I arrived there at night in an extremely bleak and sombre state, imploring and beseeching Allaah, the Most High, to avert the evil that has been decreed and also the plots of the enemies.
I remained there for two nights and in the third, after seeking counsel and praying for guidance [istikhaarah], I travelled to Beirut with great caution and fear due to what was known of the great trials and tribulations there and the wanton killings. The route to Beirut was surrounded by danger but Allaah, the Blessed and Most High, saved me and made it easy. I arrived at Beirut during the first third of the night, heading to the house of a dear brother of mine, a devoted, close friend who received me with his well-known kindness, manners and hospitality, and who who took me in as a respected and honoured guest, may Allaah reward him with good.
When I settled down in his house and my mind was no longer preoccupied with the difficulties of travelling, it was only natural that I [should] seize the opportunity of this sudden isolation, thus I turned all of my attention to studying and reading in his populous, rich library that was full of books and rare manuscripts, it contained most of the resources that I needed and many others that I did not have in my library in Damascus.
I asked him to show me the catalogue of the manuscripts and photocopied material that were in his hands and which he had written down on cards. He responded to that with an open heart and righteous Islamic manners that were well-known about him. May Allaah reward him with good.”
Hayaatul-Allaamah al-Albaani, rahimahullaah, bi qalamihi, pp. 18-19.
[Translators note: It was as a result of this journey that the Shaikh completed his book, Raf’ul-Astaar]