An Amusing Conversation | Al-Albaani’s Patience and Precision in Helping People Get Their Questions Right Before Answering Them

by The Albaani Blog


 

[There are about three to four people addressing the Shaikh in this conversation.]

Questioner: What is the ruling concerning buying and selling with someone who trades in things forbidden in the legislation?

Someone Else: … what is the ruling concerning buying from someone who sells forbidden things …

Questioner: … carrying out transactions buying and selling with someone who trades in things forbidden in the legislation?

Al-Albaani: He trades in forbidden things … ya’ni, the person who wants to transact with him wants to buy some permissible things from him but he in fact also sells forbidden things, is that what you mean?

Questioner: Hmm.

Al-Albaani: Like he sells alcohol and also, for example, sells rice and dates? Correct?

Questioner: No.

Al-Albaani: Why no?

Someone Else: Drugs, O Shaikh …

Someone Else: Drugs …

Al-Albaani: Na’am?

Someone Else: Drugs …

Al-Albaani: He [i.e., the original questioner already] said transactions with something forbidden, from this it is beyond doubt that he holds them to be impermissible [i.e., so obviously it would include drugs, i.e., you haven’t brought any new information with your input].

Questioner: … forbidden … all he sells is drugs …

[They all start talking at once.]

Al-Albaani: Listen Yaa Jamaa’ah … I haven’t been able to understand one of you for me to now understand three of you …

[Talking amongst themselves asking the original questioner what he is trying to ask.]

Questioner: … what is the ruling concerning buying and selling with someone who trades in forbidden things …

Al-Albaani: May Allaah bless you, doing business with him in something haraam or halaal? Carrying out a transaction with this man who sells forbidden things … I for example … I want to carry out a transaction with him, to buy from him, will I be buying something halaal or haraam?

[Questioner hesitates again and they start laughing.]

Interjection: Shaikh, he means … sorry … this man deals in haraam things …

Al-Albaani: … I understood that.

Interjection: … he deals with him, he’s asking … what’s the ruling …

Al-Albaani: And what am I saying? What am I saying? And what are you explaining?

[They start laughing.]

Interjection: Yaa Shaikh …

Al-Albaani: Subhaanallaah, Yaa Akhi, there’s a man who sells alcohol …

Interjection: Yes.

Al-Albaani: … and dates …

Interjection: No, no, he doesn’t mean that he sells anything else, he means that all …

Interjection: … he means drugs, Yaa Shaikh …

Interjection: Yaa Shaikh …

Interjection: of his business is forbidden, so should he carry out transactions with him, he means that?

Al-Albaani: He means what, Yaa akhi?

Interjection: He means this trader who deals in drugs and alcohol …

Al-Albaani: He does business with him, what does he mean by “… does business/interacts with him?”

Interjection: He deals with him in some interactions …

Interjection: … [for example] get married …

Interjection: … yes, not that he does business with him …

[Talking all at once.]

Al-Albaani: Yaa akhi, what do you mean by, ‘does business/interacts with him?’ What does he mean?

Interjection: Ask him.

Al-Albaani: We did, and where did it get us?

[They start laughing.]

Interjection: Dealing with him in things like …

Interjection: … getting married and, and, and, and … divorce, [the question having now progressed to mean dealing with such a person in a social setting, then addressing the original questioner to clarify if he does mean this] dealing with him socially or in business?

Interjection: He buys forbidden things …

Interjection: Yaa Shaikh …

Interjection: and you … he comes and takes from you.

[They clarify the question a bit more from the original questioner, then finally having understood what he meant …]

Interjection: This [brother] will explain [the question] on his behalf, Yaa Shaikh … Shaikh, this [brother] will explain [the question] on his behalf …

Interjection: He’s saying that this man sells drugs and alcohol, and now you work in a store or something, and sell halaal things, then he comes and buys from you …

Interjection: … is it allowed for you to transact with him …

Interjection: ya’ni, you’re not buying alcohol or anything from him …

Al-Albaani: Ya’ni, he’s buying from me?

Interjection: Yes, he’s buying from you.

Al-Albaani: So, he’s dealing with me and it’s not that I’m dealing with him …

[Laughing slightly because they have finally conveyed the question to the Shaikh.]

Is it like that?

[Laughing heard.]

If it’s like that: what is it that I sell, [something] haraam or halaal? If I sell something halaal to him then it’s halaal, and if I sell something haraam to him then it’s haraam, and if I sell something halaal to him which he will immediately use to help him do something haraam, then it’s not allowed for me to sell it to him, do you understand?

Interjection: Yes.

Interjection: Yaa Shaikh, a question, Yaa Shaikh

Interjection: A question, Yaa Shaikh

Interjection: Hold on …

Al-Albaani: Tafaddal.

Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 93, [2/9/545].