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“There is no Year Except That …”

مَا مِنْ عَامٍ إِلاَّ الَّذِيْ بَعْدَهُ شَرٌّ مِنْهُ حَتَّى تَلْقَوْا رَبَّكُمْ

From Anas رضي الله عنه that the Prophet ﷺ said, “There is no year except that the one after it will be worse, up until you meet your Lord.” Aṣ-Ṣaḥīḥah, no. 1218, [2705].

Four Things the Prophet ﷺ Swore To


From ʿĀʾishah, from the Prophet ﷺ, “Three things I swear to: Allāh does not hold a person who has a share in Islām to be like the one who doesn’t have a share—and the shares of Islām are three: fasting, the prayer and giving in charity. Allāh does not protect [/become an ally to] a servant in this world and then abandon him to someone else on the Day of Resurrection. And a man does not love a people except that he will come with them on the Day of Resurrection. And [then] a fourth [thing]—and if I swear to it I do not fear that I will have sinned: Allāh does not conceal a person’s faults in this world except that He will conceal them in the Hereafter.”
Aṣ-Ṣaḥīḥah, no. 1387.

Helping Your Brother in his Absence

مَنْ نَصَرَ أخَاهُ بِالْغَيْبِ نَصَرَهُ اللهُ فِي الْدُّنْيَا وَالْآخِرَةِ

From Anas in marfūʿ form, “Whoever helps his brother in his absence, Allāh will help him in this world and the Hereafter.”

Aṣ-Ṣaḥīḥah, no. 1217.

Then How Big is the Throne?

أُذِنَ لِي أَنْ أُحَدِّثَ عَنْ مَلَكٍ مِنْ مَلَائِكَةِ اللهِ مِنْ حَمَلَةِ الْعَرْشِ، إِنَّ مَا بَيْنَ شَحْمَةِ أُذُنِهِ إِلَى عَاتِقِهِ مَسِيرَةُ سَبْعِ مِائَةِ عَامٍ

From Jaabir, may Allaah be pleased with him, from the Prophet صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ, “I have been given permission to speak about an angel from Allaah’s Angels, from the Bearers of the Throne.  Indeed between his earlobe and his shoulder is a distance of seven hundred years travel.”

Silislah | 152 | Sahih

A Rooster Whose Neck is Under the Throne of Allaah

إِنَّ اللهَ أَذِنَ لِي أَنْ أُحَدِّثَ عَنْ دِيْكٍ قَدْ مَرَقَتْ رِجْلَاهُ الْأَرْضَ، وَعُنُقُهُ مُنْثَنٍ تَحْتَ الْعَرْشِ وَهُوَ يَقُوْلُ: سُبْحَانَكَ مَا أَعْظَمَكَ رَبُّنَا، فَيَرُدُّ عَلَيْهِ
مَا يَعْلَمُ ذَلِكَ مَنْ حَلَفَ بِي كَاذِبًا

From Abu Hurairah in marfoo form:

“Indeed Allaah has given me permission to inform you about a rooster whose legs have penetrated the earth and whose neck is bent under the Throne and he says, ‘Glory be to You! How great You are, Our Lord!’ So He answers him [saying], ‘The one who takes a false oath in My Name does not know that.’”

Shaikh Al-Albaani said in Silsilah:

“Reported by al-Tabaraani in Al-Awsat (1/156/1), and Abu Shaikh in Al-Udhmah (3/1003-1004) who both said, ‘Muhammad ibn al-Abbaas ibn al-Akhram reported to us [saying]: Al-Fadl ibn Sahl al-A’raj reported to us [saying]:Ishaaq ibn Mansoor reported to us [saying]: Israail reported to us from Mu’aawiyah ibn Ishaaq from Sa’eed ibn Abi Sa’eed from Abu Hurairah in marfoo form, and he said, ‘No one reported it from Mu’aawiyah except Israail, Ishaaq being alone in narrating it.’

I [Al-Albaani] say: And he is trustworthy [thiqah] from the men who the two Shaikhs [Bukhaari and Muslim] narrated from, and the same goes for all of the narrators, they are all trustworthy from the men of Bukhaari except for Ibn al-Akhram, who is from the precise preservers of hadith, and Fuqahaa, as is mentioned in Lisaanul-Meezaan.

So the chain of narration of the hadith is authentic.

And al-Haithami said in Al-Majma (4/180-181), “Reported by al-Tabaraani in Al-Awsat and its men are those of the Saheeh.” And in this declaration there is a mistake as will not be hidden, especially when in another place he said, (8/134), “Reported by al-Tabaraani in Al-Awsat, and its men are those of the Saheeh except that I do not know the Shaikh of al-Tabaraani, Muhammad ibn al-Abbaas from Fadl ibn Sahl al-A’raj.”

I [Al-Albaani] say: And we know him, and all praise is due to Allaah, and he is trustworthy, so the hadith is authentic, and Allaah is the One Who grants success.

And in Al-Majma’ there occurs, “Suhail,” and this is a printing error, ‘Sahl,’ is correct, as has preceded in the chain of narration, and as occurs in the books of narrators.

Bearing in mind that he was not the only one to narrate it, for Abu Ya’laa (1/309) reported it through another chain of narration from Mu’aawiyah from Ishaaq with a wording similar to it, “And the Throne is on his shoulders, and he is saying, ‘Glory be to You! Where were You? And where will You be?’

Thereafter, there is a point to be had in al-Tabaraani’s saying that, ‘Ishaaq is the only one who reported it.’ For Ubaidullaah ibn Moosaa narrated it [saying] that Israail informed us of it. Reported by al-Haakim (4/297) and he said, ‘It’s chain of narration is authentic,’ and adh-Dhahabi agreed with him.

And al-Mundhiri said (3/48), ‘Reported by al-Tabaraani with an authentic chain of narration, and al-Haakim said, ‘Its chain of narration is authentic.’’”End of Shaikh al-Albaani’s words.

Silsilah, vol. 1, pp. 281-282.

Revive a Sunnah: The Answer to, “Who Created Allaah?!”


From Aishah, may Allaah be pleased with her, that the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said, “Indeed the devil comes to you and says, ‘Who created you?’ He says, ‘Allaah.’ He says, ‘So who created Allaah?’ So when one of you finds that [i.e., such whisperings], let him read, ‘I believe in Allaah and His Messengers,’ for verily that will leave him.” [Silsilah 116 Hasan]

From Abu Hurairah, may Allaah be pleased with him, who said, “The Prophet of Allaah صلى الله عليه وسلم said, “The devil comes to one of you and says, ‘Who created such and such? Who created such and such? Who created such and such?’ Until he says, ‘Who created your Lord?’ When he reaches that [level], then let one seek refuge with Allaah and refrain from such thoughts.” [Bukhaari and Muslim, Silsilah no.  117]

“The people are about to question each other, such that one of them will say, ‘(This saying of yours that) Allaah created the creation (is well-known), so who created Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic?’ When they say that, then say, ‘Allaah is One.  Allaah is the Self-Sufficient Master. He begets not, nor was He begotten. And there is none co-equal or comparable to Him.’  Then let him spit [dry-spit] to his left three times and seek refuge from the Devil.” [Silsilah 118 Hasan] [Trans. note: the additions in parentheses () were taken from Awn al-Ma’bood.]

Shaikh al-Albaani said, “These authentic hadiths show that it is incumbent upon the one to whom the Devil has whispered by saying, ‘Who created Allaah?’ to turn away from arguing with him and instead answer him with what has been reported in the aforementioned hadiths.

And the summary is that he should say:

آمَنْتُ بِاللهِ وَرُسُلِهِ
  اللهُ أَحَدٌ اللهُ الصَّمَدُ
لَمْ يَلِدْ وَلَمْ يُولَدْ
وَلَمْ يَكُنْ لَهُ كُفُوًا أَحَدٌ

Āmantu billāhi wa rusulihi̱.
Allāhu Aḥad. All
Lam yalid, wa lam yūlad.
Wa lam yakullahū kufuwan aḥad.

‘I believe in Allaah and His Messengers.
Allaah is One.  Allaah is the Self-Sufficient Master.
He begets not, nor was He begotten.
And there is none co-equal or comparable unto Him.’

Then spit to his left three times and then seek refuge with Allaah from the Devil and finally refrain from drifting away with the whisperings.

And I believe that whoever does so, out of obedience to Allaah and His Messenger, being sincere in it, then the whisperings will certainly leave him. And his devil will be vanquished, due to his saying صلى الله عليه وسلم, “… for verily that will leave him.”

And this noble, prophetic instruction is more beneficial and more final in terminating the whisperings than logical argumentation in this issue. For indeed argumentation rarely benefits in issues such as it.

And what a pity it is that most people are ignorant of this precious, prophetic instruction!

So take heed, O Muslims!

And become acquainted with the Sunnah of your Prophet, and act upon it–for verily, in it is your cure and your honour.”

Silsilah, vol. 1, pp., 233-236.

The Importance of the Supplications of the Righteous

From Anas, “When he صلى الله عليه وسلم would strive in supplicating for someone he would say:

جَعَلَ اللهُ عَلَيْكُمْ صَلَاةَ قَوْمٍ أَبْرَار، يَقُوْمُوْنَ الْلَّيْلَ وَيَصُوْمُوْنَ الْنَّهَارَ، لَيْسُوْا بِأَثَمَةٍ وَلَا فُجَّارٍ

Jaʿalallāhu ʿalaikum ṣalāta qowmin abrār, yaqūmūnal-laila wa yaṣūmūna-nahāra laisū bi athamatin wa lā fujjār

‘May Allaah cause to be over you the prayers of a righteous people who stand [in prayer] at night and fast during the day, and who are neither sinners nor wicked evil-doers.’”

Silsilah | 1810 | Saheeh

The Breath of the People of the Fire

لَوْ كَانَ فِي هَذَا الْمَسْجِدِ مِائَةُ [أَلْفٍ] أَوْ يَزِيْدُوْنَ، وَفِيْهِ رَجُلٌ مِنْ أَهْلِ النَّارِ فَتَنَفَّسَ فَأَصَابَهُمْ نَفَسُهُ لَاحْتَرَقَ الْمَسْجِدُ وَمَنْ فِيْهِ

Abu Hurairah, may Allaah be pleased with him, said, “The Prophet of Allaah صلى الله عليه وسلم said, ‘If there were a hundred (thousand) or more in this mosque, and in it was a man from the People of the Fire who took a breath and whose breath came upon them, the mosque and those in it would burn.’”

Silsilah | 2509 | Saheeh

The Reward for Lying upon the Prophet صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ

إِنَّ الَّذِي يَكْذِبُ عَلَيَّ يُبْنَى لَهُ بَيْتٌ فِي النَّارِ

The Prophet صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ said, “Indeed a house in the Fire is built for the one who lies upon me.”

Silsilah | 1618 | Saheeh

Silsilah| The Authentic Collection| No. 12


“I seek refuge with you from an evil neighbour and from a wife
who causes me to grow old before old age …”

اَللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوْذُ بِكَ مِنْ جَارِ السُّوءِ، وَمِنْ زَوْجٍ تُشَيِّبُنِي قَبْلَ الْمَشِيْبِ، وَمِنْ وَلَدٍ يَكُوْنُ عَلَيَّ رَبّاً، وَمِنْ مَالٍ يَكُوْنُ عَلَيَّ عَذَاباً، وَمِنْ خَلِيْلٍ مَاكِرٍ عَيْنُهُ تَرَانِي، وَقَلْبُهُ يَرْعَانِي؛ إِنْ رَأَى حَسَنَةً دَفَنَهَا، وَإِذَا رَأَى سَيِّئَةً أَذَاعَهَا

From Abu Hurairah, may Allaah be pleased with him, who said, “From his, صلى الله عليه وسلم, supplications was: “O Allaah!  I seek refuge with you from an evil neighbour; and from a wife who causes me to grow old before old age; and from a son who will become a master over me; and from wealth which will become a punishment for me; and from a cunning friend whose gaze is upon me and whose heart is plotting and planning against me such that if he sees something good he buries it, and if he sees something bad he spreads it.” [1]

Silsilah, no. 3137.

[1]  Transl. note: Shaikh al-Munaawi said in Faid al-Qadeer the Explanation of al-Jaami’ as-Sagheer, “‘… a cunning friend …’ i.e., someone who shows love and good will but in reality is deceitful and deceptive; ‘… his gaze is upon me …’ i.e., he looks at me the way a close friend looks at a close friend but out of deceit and with [mere] flattery; ‘… his heart is plotting and planning …’ i.e., is on the look out to harm me, constantly watchful; if he hears of a good deed I have done, ‘… he buries it …’ i.e., hides and covers it just as a dead person is buried, and, ‘… if he sees something bad …’ i.e., he comes to know of a sin I may have fallen into, ‘… he spreads it …’ i.e., circulates it and makes it known among the people.”

Silsilah| The Authentic Collection| No. 11


“So He said, ‘May Allaah forgive you, O Abu Bakr!'”

عَنْ رَبِيْعَةَ الْأَسْلَمِيِّ قَالَ: كُنْتُ أَخْدُمُ رَسُوْلَ اللهِ – صَلَّى اللهَ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ -، فَأَعْطَانِي أَرْضاً، وَأَعْطَى أَبَا بَكْرٍ أَرْضاً، جَاءَتِ الْدُّنْيَا فَاخْتَلَفْنَا فِي عَذْقِ نَخْلَةٍ، فَقَالَ أَبُوْ بَكْرٍ: هِيَ فِي حَدِّ أَرْضِي! وَقُلْتُ أَنَا: هِيَ فِي حَدِّي! وِكَانَ بَيْنِي وَبَيْنَ أَبِي بَكْرٍ كَلَامٌ، فَقَالَ لِيَ أَبُوْ بَكْرٍ كَلِمَةً كَرِهْتُهَا وَنَدِمَ، فَقَاَل لِيَ: يَا رَبِيْعَةُ! رُدَّ عَلَيَّ مِثْلَهَا حَتَّى يَكُوْنَ قِصَاصاً. قُلْتُ: لَا أَفْعَلُ. فَقَالَ أَبُوْ بَكْرٍ: لَتَقُوْلَنَّ أَوْ لَأَسْتَعْدِيَنَّ عَلَيْكَ رَسُوْلَ اللهِ – صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ -. قُلْتُ: مَا أَنَا بِفَاعِلٍ. قَالَ: وَرَفَضَ الْأَرْضَ. فَانْطَلَقَ أَبُوْ بَكْرٍ- رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُ- إِلَى الْنَّبِيِّ – صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ -، فَانْطَلَقْتُ أَتْلُوْهُ، فَجَاءَ أُنَاسٌ مِنْ أَسْلَمَ فَقَالُوْا: رَحِمَ اللهُ أَبَا بَكْرٍ! فِيْ أَيِّ شَيْءٍ يَسْتَعْدِيْ عَلَيْكَ رَسُوْلَ اللهِ، وَهُوَ الْذِيْ قَالَ لَكَ مَا قَالَ؟! فَقُلْتُ: أَتَدْرُوْنَ مَنْ هَذَا؟ هَذَا أَبُوْ بَكْرِ الْصِّدِّيقُ وَهُوَ (ثَانِيَ اثْنَيْنِ) ، وَهُوَ ذُوْ شَيْبَةِ الْمُسْلِمِيْنَ، فَإِيَّاكُمْ يَلْتَفِتُ فَيَرَاكُمْ تَنْصرُوُنِيْ عَلَيْهِ فَيَغْضَبَ، فَيَأْتِيَ رَسُوْلَ اللهِ – صَلَّى اللهُ عَلِيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ – فَيَغْضَبَ لِغَضَبِهِ، فَيَغْضَبَ اللهُ لِغَضَبِهِمَا، فَيَهْلَكَ رَبِيْعَةُ. قَالُوْا: فَمَا تَأْمُرُنَا؟ قَالَ: اِرْجِعُوْا. فَانْطَلَقَ أَبُوْ بَكْرٍ- رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُ- إِلَى رَسُوْلِ اللهِ – صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ -، وَتَبَعْتُهُ وَحْدِيْ، وَجَعَلْتُ أَتْلُوْهُ، حَتَّى أَتَى النَّبِيَّ – صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ – فَحَدَّثَهَ الْحَدِيْثَ كَمَا كَانَ. فَرَفَعَ إِلَيَّ رَأْسَهُ فَقَالَ: “يَا رَبِيْعَةُ! مَا لَكَ وَلِلْصِّدِّيْقِ؟ “، قُلْتُ: يَا رَسُوْلَ اللهِ كَانَ كَذَا وَكَانَ كَذَا؛ فَقَالَ لِيْ كَلِمَةً كَرِهْتُهَا؛ فَقَالَ لِيْ: قُلْ كَمَا قُلْتُ لَكَ حَتَّى يَكُوْنَ قِصَاصاً. فَقَالَ رَسُوْلُ اللهِ – صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ: أَجَلْ، فَلَا تَرُدَّ عَلَيْهِ، وَلَكِنْ قُلْ: غَفَرَ اللهُ لَكَ يَا أَبَا بَكْرٍ! غَفَرَ اللهُ لَكَ يَا أَبَا بَكْرٍ! قَالَ: فَوَلَّى أَبُوْ بَكْرٍ – رَحِمَهُ اللهُ- وَهُوَ يَبْكِي.

From Rabee’ah al-Aslamee, who said, “I used to serve the Prophet of Allaah, صلى الله عليه وسلم, so he gave me some land and he also gave Abu Bakr some land.  So the worldly life came along and we differed concerning a cluster of date palm trees.  Abu Bakr said, “It is within the boundary of my land!”  And I said, “It is within my boundary.”  There were some words exchanged and so Abu Bakr said something to me which I hated and he [immediately] regretted it.  So he said to me, “O Rabee’ah!  Say the same to me so that it will be even [i.e., you would have taken your right of retaliation, qisaas).”  I said, “I will not do that.”  Abu Bakr said, “You will indeed say it or I will seek the assistance of the Messenger of Allaah, صلى الله عليه وسلم, against you!”  I said, “I am not going to do it.”  Abu Bakr, may Allaah be pleased with him, left the land and then went to the Prophet, صلى الله عليه وسلم, and I went following him.  Some people from [my tribe of] Aslam came and said, “May Allaah have mercy on Abu Bakr!  Why is he going to seek the assistance of the Prophet, صلى الله عليه وسلم, against you, whilst he is the one who said what he said to you?”  I said, “Do you know who this is?  This is Abu Bakr as-Siddeeq!  The second of the two [in the cave], the elder of the Muslims.  So beware in case he looks in your direction and sees you trying to aid me and thus becomes angry, and as a result goes to the Prophet of Allaah, صلى الله عليه وسلم, who becomes angry because of his [Abu Bakr’s] anger, and then Allaah becomes angry because of their anger and as a result Rabee’ah will be destroyed!”  They said, “What do you order us to do?”  I replied, “Go back.”  So Abu Bakr, may Allaah be pleased with him, went to the Prophet of Allaah, صلى الله عليه وسلم, and I followed him alone.  I did so until he came to the Messenger, صلى الله عليه وسلم, and narrated to him exactly what had happened.  So he, صلى الله عليه وسلم, raised his head towards me and then said, “O Rabee’ah!  What is [the issue] between yourself and Abu Bakr?” I said, “O Messenger of Allaah!  Such and such happened and then he said a word to me which I hated and so he said to me, “Say the same to me so that it will be even.””  So the Prophet of Allaah, صلى الله عليه وسلم, said, “Indeed!  Do not say the same to him, rather say, ‘May Allaah forgive you, O Abu Bakr!  May Allaah forgive you, O Abu Bakr!’” So Abu Bakr, may Allaah have mercy on him, left while he was crying.”

Silsilah, no. 3258.

The Shaikh’s Life in his Own Words … 14



His Advice to the Ummah

“I advise the Ummah to return to holding firm to its religion, the Book of its Lord, and the authentic Sunnah of it’s Prophet, acting upon it in all aspects of life, shrouding itself in its excellence and manners, and that it judges everything that it takes as religion against the Book of Allaah and the Sunnah of His Messenger, holding firm to what agrees with them both and disregarding whatever opposes them.  Since the affair is as the great Imaam Maalik ibn Anas, the Imaam of the place of hijrah [i.e., Medinah] said, “Whoever introduces an innovation into Islaam believing it to be good, has assumed that Muhammad, صلى الله عليه وسلم, betrayed [his delivery of] the Message.  Read the saying of Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, ‘This day, I have perfected your religion for you, completed My Favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islaam as your religion.’  And the latter part of this nation will not be rectified except by that which rectified its first part.

Al-Albaani was not the head of any Sect or Group

The article [an article written by a minister in one of the Emirates and which was then circulated in a number of newspapers like Al-Bayaan and which threw many accusations against the Salafis (compiler’s footnote)]  did not  suffice with this allegation [alone], but rather added another to it, which related to me personally and which was more manifest in its falsehood than its previous allegations, so it mentioned, “And a person by the name of Naassirud-Deen al-Albaani heads it.”

So this is a lie and total falsehood, and everyone who knows me personally bears witness to that.  For verily my  devotion to authoring written works and checking and verifying for more than half a century comes between me and this alleged headship.  And this would have been if my soul inclined towards that, then how can it be when it is in direct opposition to my natural disposition which inclines to a knowledge-based approach?!

The Musnad of Abu Ya’laa.

“… Then I completed reading it in its entirety.”

I found the second volume of it in the general library in Ribat, I read it and benefitted from it and that was during my first journey to Morocco at the end of the fourth month in the year 1396 [1976 ce].

Praying the Istikhaara Prayer when making a Judgement on a hadith

So [concerning the hadith in question] I prayed to Allaah, the Most High, for guidance [Istikhaarah] and then placed it here [i.e., in his book As-Saheehah] due to its being strengthened when all of its varying paths of narration are taken into consideration.”

 Hayaatul-Allaamah al-Albaani, rahimahullaah, bi qalamihi, pp. 28-30.

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اِتَّقُوا اللهَ وَصِلُوا أَرْحَامَكُم

From Abdullaah ibn Mas’ood, in marfoo’ form, “Fear Allaah and maintain your ties of kinship.”

As-Saheehah, no. 869.

أَثْقَلُ شَيْءٍ فِي الْمِيْزَانِ: اَلْخُلُقُ الْحَسَنُ

From Abud-Dardaa, from the Prophet, , صلى الله عليه وسلم, “The heaviest thing in the Scales is good manners.”

As-Saheehah, no. 876.

أَنَّ رَجُلاً قَالَ لِلْنَّبِيِّ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ: أَخْبِرْنِي بِكَلِمَاتٍ

أَعِيْشُ بِهِنَّ وَلَا تُكْثِرُ عَلَيَّ فَأَنْسَى، قَالَ: اِجْتَنِبِ الْغَضَبَ

ثُمَّ أَعَادَ عَلَيْهِ، فَقَالَ: اِجْتَنِبِ الْغَضَبَ

From a man among the Companions of the Prophet, صلى الله عليه وسلم, that a man said to the Prophet, صلى الله عليه وسلم, “‘Give me some words which I can live by, and do not make them too many, in case I forget.’  He replied, ‘Refrain from anger.’ So the man repeated his request.  So he said, ‘Refrain from anger.’”

As-Saheehah, no. 884.

The Shaikh’s Life in his Own Words … 11

His Justice and Fairness

So may Allaah have mercy on a servant who points out my mistake to me and guides me to my faults, since it is easy for me–with Allaah’s permission and his granting of success–to take back any mistake whose fault is made clear to me, and my books which are printed for the first time and the corrections that are made therein [in later editions]  are the greatest witness to that.

And would that the people who refute us inform us of such benefits [i.e., corrections] so that we could return to the correct opinion [in any matter where we are mistaken], whilst acknowledging their excellence and giving them thanks.  And the infallible one is the one who Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, grants infallibility to.

Al-Albaani’s Methodology Regarding Hadith Classification

It is befitting that I mention that I do not blindly follow anyone when giving a verdict about those hadiths.  Rather I follow the knowledge-based rules that the People of Hadith [Ahlul-Hadith] laid down, and which they traversed upon when issuing verdicts concerning hadith, as to whether they are authentic or weak.  And that was during a time when the Islamic way of life and knowledge was flourishing.  I hope from Allaah, the One free of all defects and the Most High, that I have been given the ability [tawfiq] to follow that way, and to show it, or even part of it, to the Muslims in a practical way, hoping that from the Muslim youth there will be those who renew implementation of these principles, principles which are from the most precise of what methodological, scientific thought has seen throughout the differing ages of mankind, as a group of orientalists and others like them from the opposition have borne witness to.  And of old it was said, “Excellence is what the enemy bears witness to.”

The Importance of time with Al-Albaani

I turned away from refuting it a second time, desiring to save time thereby.

His Methodology in Organising the Hadiths in his two Collections of Hadith Named As-Silsilah and Ad-Da’eefah

And I did not follow a specific order when compiling the hadiths, rather [I listed them] as I came across them.

Hayaatul-Allaamah al-Albaani, rahimahullaah, bi qalamihi, pp. 21-22.

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عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُ: سُئِلَ رَسُولُ اللهِ- صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ -: مَنْ أَكْرَمُ النَّاسِ؟ قَالَ:”أَتْقَاهُمْ لِلَّهِ “. قَالُوا: لَيْسَ عَنْ هَذَا نَسْأَلُكَ؟ قَالَ: “فَأَكْرَمُ النَّاسِ: يُوْسُفُ نَبِيُّ اللهِ ابْنُ نَبِيِّ اللهِ ابْنِ نَبِيِّ اللهِ ابْنِ خَلِيْلِ اللهِ “. قَالُوا: لَيْسَ عَنْ هَذَا نَسْأَلَكُ؟ قَالَ: “فَعَنْ مَعَادِنِ الْعَرَبِ تَسْأَلُوْنَنِيْ؟ اَلنَّاسُ مَعَادِنٌ؛ خِيَارُهُمْ فِي الْجَاهِلِيَّةِ: خِيَارُهُمْ فِي الْإِسْلَامِ؛ إِذَا فَقِهُوْا

From Abu Hurairah, may Allaah be pleased with him, who said, “The Prophet of Allaah, صلى الله عليه وسلم, was asked, ‘Who is the most honourable of people?’  He said, ‘The one who is the most pious and righteous [has the greatest taqwaa].’ They said, ‘It is not about this that we ask.’  He said, ‘Then the most honourable of the people is Yusuf, the Prophet of Allaah, son of the Prophet of Allaah, son of the Prophet of Allaah, son of the Khaleel [Friend] of Allaah [i.e., Ibraahim عليه السلام].’ They said, ‘It is not about this that we ask.’  He said, ‘Then is it about the tribes of the Arabs that you ask?  The people are of [differing] tribes.  The best of them in the Days of Ignorance [i.e., before Islaam] are [also] the best of them [when they embrace] Islaam–as long as they gain understanding of it.’”

As-Saheehah, no. 3996

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عَنْ مُحَمَّدِ ابْنِ جُحَادَةَ عَنْ رَجُلٍ عَنْ زَمِيْلٍ لَهُ مِنْ بَنِيْ الْعَنْبَرِ عَنْ أَبِيْهِ- وَكَانَ يُكَنَّى: أَبَا الْمُنْتَفِقِ- قَالَ أَتَيْتُ مَكَّةَ، فَسَأَلْتُ عَنْ رَسُوْلِ اللهِ – صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ -؟ فَقَالُوا: هُوَ بِعَرَفَةَ، فَأَتَيْتُهُ؛ فَذَهَبْتُ أَدْنُوْ مِنْهُ فَمَنَعُوْنِيْ، فَقَاْلَ: “اُتْرُكُوْهُ “. فَدَنَوْتُ مِنْهُ، حَتَّى إِذَا اخْتَلَفَتْ عُنُقُ رَاحِلَتِهِ وَعُنُقُ رَاحِلَتِيْ، فَقُلْتُ: يَا رَسُوْلَ اللهِ! نَبِّئْنِيْ بِمَا يُبَاعِدُنِيْ مِنْ عَذَابِ اللهِ، وَيُدْخِلُنِيَ الْجَنَّةَ؟ قَالَ:(1- تَعْبُدُ (وَفِيْ رِوَايَةٍ: اُعْبُدُ) اللهَ وَلاَ تُشْرِكْ بِهِ شَيْئاً.2- وَتُقِيْمُ الْصَّلاَةَ الْمَكْتُوْبَةَ.3- وَتُؤَدِّيْ الْزَّكَاةَ الْمَفْرُوْضَةَ. 4- وَتَصُوْمُ رَمَضَاْنَ. 5- وَتَحُجُّ وَتَعْتَمِرُوَانْظُرْ مَا تُحِبُّ مِنَ النَّاسِ أَنْ يَأْتُوْهُ إِلَيْكَ؛ فَافْعَلْهُ بِهِمْ، وَمَا كَرِهْتَ أَنْ يَأْتُوْهُ إِلَيْكَ؛ فَذَرْهُمْ مِنْهُ

From Muhammad ibn Juhaadah, from a man, from a friend of his from Bani al-Anbar, from his father whose kunyaa was Abul-Muntafiq, who said, “I came to Makkah and asked about [the whereabouts] of the Prophet, صلى الله عليه وسلم, so they said, ‘He is at Arafah.’  So I went to him and tried to get close to him but they prevented me.  So the Prophet, صلى الله عليه وسلم, said, ‘Leave him.’ So I came close to him until our riding beasts were neck and neck and then I said, ‘O Messenger of Allaah!  Inform me of that which will distance me from the Fire and cause me to enter into Paradise?’  So he said, ‘1) That you worship (and in a narration there occurs, ‘Worship …’) Allaah and do not associate anything in worship with him; 2) establish the prescribed prayer, 3) give the obligatory zakaah, 4) fast Ramadaan, 5) and perform Hajj and Umrah, 6) and look at how you would like to be treated by the people and so treat them in that manner, and how you would not like to be treated by them, then [likewise], do not treat them in that manner.’”

As-Saheehah, no. 3508

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أَتَدْرُوْنَ مَا الْعَضْهُ؟ قَالُوا: اللهُ وَرَسُوْلُهُ أَعْلَمُ، قَالَ: نَقْلُ الْحَدِيْثِ
مِنْ بَعْضِ الْنَّاسِ إِلَى بَعْضِ لِيُفْسِدُوْا بَيْنَهُمْ

From Anas bin Maalik, may Allaah be pleased with him, that the Prophet, صلى الله عليه وسلم, said, “Do you know what calumny/slander is?” They replied, “Allaah and His Messenger know best.”  He said, “Telling people what other people have said in order to create dissension between them.”

As-Saheehah, no. 845

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أَنَّ النَّبِيَّ – صَلَّى الله عَلَيْهِ وسَلَّمَ – فَقَدَ كَعْباً، فَسَأَلَ عَنْهُ؛ فَقَالُوا: مَرِيْضٌ، فَخَرَجَ يَمْشِي حَتَّى أَتَاهُ، فَلَمَّا دَخَلَ عَلَيْهِ قَالَ: أَبْشِرْ يَا كَعْبُ! فَقَالَتْ أُمُّهُ: هَنِيْئاً لَكَ الجنَّةُ يَا كَعْبُ! فَقَالَ: مَنْ هَذِهِ الْمُتَأَلِّيَةُ عَلَى اللهِ؟ ! قَالَ: هِيَ أُمِّي يَا رَسُولَ اللهِ! فَقَالَ: وَمَا يُدْرِيْكَ يَا أُمَّ كَعْبٍ؟ ! لَعَلَّ كَعْباً قَالَ مَا لاَ يَعْنِيْهِ، أَوْ مَنَعَ مَا لاَ يُغْنِيْهِ

From Ka’b ibn Ujrah, may Allaah be pleased with him, “That the Prophet, صلى الله عليه وسلم, missed Ka’b and so asked about him, they replied, “He is ill.”  So the Prophet, صلى الله عليه وسلم, left and walked until he came to him.  When he entered upon Ka’b, he said, “Receive the glad tidings, O Ka’b!” So his mother said, “O Ka’b, congratulations!  For you is Paradise!”  The Prophet, صلى الله عليه وسلم, said, “Who is the one who is taking an oath upon Allaah [that Ka’b has a place in Paradise]?”  Ka’b replied, “She is my mother, O Messenger of Allaah.”  So he, صلى الله عليه وسلم, replied, “And how do you know, O mother of Ka’b [that he is going to Paradise]?  Maybe Ka’b spoke about something which did not concern him or he withheld giving something which was insignificant?”[1]

As-Saheehah | no., 3103

[1] [i.e., would not have harmed him if he had given it, like wealth, knowledge, small kindnesses as mentioned in Surah Maa’oon, see Mullaa Ali Qaari’s explanation of the hadith of Anas (no. 4842) in Mishkaatul-Masaabih, والله أعلم] .

Note: Clarifications between square brackets [] and footnotes are those of the translator.

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آخِرُ مَا أَدْرَكَ النَّاسُ مِنْ كَلَامِ النَّبُوَّةِ الأُولَى: إِذَا لَمْ تَسْتَحِ فَاصْنَعْ مَا شِئْتَ

From Abu Mas’ud al-Badri, in marfoo form, “The last of what the people have obtained from the speech of the earlier prophethood is [the saying], ‘If you have no shame, then do as you please.’”

As-Saheehah, no., 684 | authentic

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Manners, Righteousness and
Keeping Ties of Kinship

آخَى – صلى الله عليه وسلم – بَينَ الزُّبَيرِ وبَينَ عَبْدِ اللهِ بْنِ مَسْعود

From Anas, who said, “The Prophet, صلى الله عليه وسلم, formed a pact of brotherhood between Ibn Mas’ood and az-Zubair.”

As-Saheehah, no., 3166 | authentic

Shaikh al-Albaani said, “Ibn Abdul-Barr said, ‘The pact of brotherhood occurred two times: once between the Muhaajirs specifically and that was in Makkah, and once between the Muhaajirs and the Ansaar.’  And from the proofs of this first pact of brotherhood is this authentic hadith, because az-Zubair and Ibn Mas’ood were both Muhaajirs as is well known.  It seems that Shaikhul-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah, may Allaah have mercy upon him, did not come across this hadith and others like it, since he denied this [first] brotherhood (11/99-100), al-Haafidh Ibn Hajr mentioned this and refuted that opinion based on this hadith and others.”

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