Shaikh al-Albaani

Translations From His Works

The Name of the Angel of Death …


Question: Is it correct that the name of the Angel of Death is Izraaeel [Azrael/Azriel]?

Shaikh al-Albaani: Nothing authentic has been reported from the Prophet, صلى الله عليه وسلم, naming the Angel of Death as Izraaeel.

Fataawas-Shaikh fil-Madeenah of Amr Abdul-Mun’im Saleem, p. 57.

He stood up and turned to the people …


 

“At Jumu’ah prayer the Imaam giving the sermon mentioned amongst other things the hadith, The believer to the believer is like a [solid] building, some [parts of it] support others …” [Bukhaari and Muslim] adding the word, ‘… solid …’ [which is not part of the narration].  So after the jumu’ah prayer ended Shaikh al-Albaani stood up and turned to the people and made clear the absence of the word ‘solid’ in the narration of the hadith and urged that the hadiths be narrated as they came without any additions.

So, by Allaah, his critique was better than the sermon itself.”

Muhaddithul-Asr, Muhammad Naasirud-Deen al-Albaani of Samir ibn Amin al-Zahraani, pp. 31-32.

“Why does he not give salaam …?”


 

“One day we were in a lecture being held at someone’s house. Whenever the owner of the house would come in or leave he would not give salaam assuming that by doing so he would be disturbing the lesson.  So the Shaikh turned to him and asked, “Why does he not give salaam when he enters and leaves?”  And so the lesson changed topic and ended up being about the manners concerning giving salaam when entering and leaving and the manners of seeking permission and so on.”

Muhaddithul-Asr, Muhammad Naasirud-Deen al-Albaani of Samir ibn Amin al-Zahraani, p. 31.

Enjoining the good and forbidding the evil …


 

“I saw him one time when he was sick, one of the nurses came in and he was clean shaven.  After he had given the Shaikh his medicine and was about to leave, he said, “Pray to Allaah for me, O Shaikh.”  So the Shaikh, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “May Allaah beautify you with that which he beautified men with.””

Muhaddithul-Asr, Muhammad Naasirud-Deen al-Albaani of Samir ibn Amin al-Zahraani, p. 31.

The Shaikh’s Life in his Own Words … 1



There’s a small book written by a person called Isaam Moosaa Haadi, entitled, “The Life of Allaamah al-Albaani, may Allaah have mercy upon him, in His Own Words.” I thought it would be a good idea to go through the book, a little at a time, so we could get a picture of the Shaikh’s life as he narrated it himself.  Isaam Haadi basically went through the Shaikh’s works and gathered sections where the Shaikh spoke about himself and the result was this small but lovely work.  Here’s the first post …

 

Migrating to Syria

Shaikh al-Albaani said, “Indeed the blessings of Allaah upon me are numerous and I cannot enumerate how many there are.  And perhaps from the most important of them are the following two: the migration of my father to Syria and that he taught me his profession as a watch repairer [horologist].

The first [blessing] made learning arabic easy for me and if we had remained in Albania I do not believe that I would have learnt a letter from it, and there is no path to the Book of Allaah or the Sunnah of his Prophet, صلى الله عليه وسلم, except by way of arabic.

The second [blessing], learning how to repair watches, gave me spare time which I filled with seeking knowledge.  And it provided me with the opportunity to visit the Dhaahiriyyah library and other than it for many hours every day.

And if I had continued to stick to carpentry, which I had initially tried to learn, it would have devoured all of my time, and as a result the paths of knowledge would have been closed in my face, [paths] whose students must have free time.”

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