Shaikh al-Albaani

Translations From His Works

The Mistake of Turning Your Shoulders and Chest When Giving the Adhaan or During Salaam at the End of the Prayer


 

Al-Albaani: I say that many of the callers to prayer turn their chests away from the Qiblah, they turn away from the Qiblah with their chests when they give the call to prayer and announce the Iqaamah—and this is in opposition to the Sunnah.

Turning away during the adhaan and iqaamah is only done with the mouth, the face naturally, and not with the chest and shoulders, just as it should be when one leaves the prayer, i.e., when he gives salaam.

Yet despite this we see many of the people who pray fall into this mistake, when they pray they say, “As-Salaamu alaikum …” [here the Shaikh is physically demonstrating to those in front of him the incorrect way people give salaam at the end of the prayer by turning their chests and shoulders away from the Qiblah], this is incorrect.

The salaam is completed as he was, facing the Qiblah, the Prophet ﷺ used to only turn towards the right with his head such that the whiteness of his cheek could be seen by those behind him, and likewise to the left—so when giving salaam these two shoulders don’t move, the same goes for the adhaan.

So when he turns then it is like this and this, as occurs in Sahih al-Bukhari from the hadith of Abu Juhaifah as-Sawaa’i [may Allaah be pleased with him], that he saw Bilaal [may Allaah be pleased with him] giving the call to prayer and he saw him turning to the right and left with his mouth [i.e., his face]—thus we don’t move at all … [in the call to prayer you say], ‘Allaahu Akbar, Allaahu Akbar we get to, ‘Come to prayer! Come to prayer!’—stay exactly as you are, don’t turn away from the Qiblah with your chest, because facing the Qiblah during the adhaan is part of the perfection of the Sunnah of the adhaan.

And this is a reminder, and reminders benefit the believers.

Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 532.

How to Move Your Finger In Tashahhud—You Move it But You’re Not Supposed to Raise and Lower It Such that It’s Not Pointing To The Qiblah


 

Al-Albaani: I want to remind my brothers who are here that I noticed when some of them are praying and they move their finger in tashahhud, they move it too much in a way that is not legislated.

There is no doubt that moving the finger in tashahhud is the Sunnah, but many times our brothers from Ahlus-Sunnah mix this movement [of the finger] up with another thing which is not from the Sunnah, and that is lowering and raising it.

I noticed in this mosque that the brother, the Imaam, may Allaah reward with him good, is active in spreading the Sunnah, for I saw some of the people in the mosque moving their fingers in tashahhud, and this is proof that the Imaam, walhamdulillaah, is carrying out the duty of calling to the Sunnah.

So I saw some of these people and [also] some of our brothers with us on this trip, [I noticed] that they add something to this movement which can be described as lowering and raising, i.e., this is lowering and raising—this has no basis in the Sunnah, all that has been mentioned in the Sunnah is that it is moved, i.e., there is a Sunnah that should be observed when moving [the finger], i.e., that the finger should be pointing towards the Qiblah, so when you point it towards the Qiblah and move it, don’t lower it, because if you do then you have made it point towards the ground, and the ground is not your Qiblah, the Qiblah is in front of you.

So here is your knee, and your palm is on your knee, so as soon as you sit you curl your fingers up and make a circle with your thumb and your middle finger, then you raise your index finger and move it—don’t raise and lower it—this has no basis in the Sunnah, rather you move it in its place.

This is what I wanted to remind you of and reminders benefit the believers. 

Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 494.

Also refer to this post for further clarification.

Al-Albaani’s Humility


 

The Imaam said, “… as will not be hidden from students of knowledge like us …”

Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 341.

Al-Albaani Asked: When Does One Perform the Prostrations of Forgetfulness [Sujood as-Sahw], Before or After Salaam?


 

Questioner: What is the most correct opinion regarding the prostrations of forgetfulness? [Should they be done] before or after [the salaam]?

Al-Albaani: Both are allowed.

Questioner: And the hadith in which the Prophet ﷺ said, “For each forgetfulness there are two prostrations after giving the salutation?” [Saheeh Abu Dawud, no. 954, Hasan]

Al-Albaani: There are other hadiths which permit the prostration before the salaam, and that is why I said both are allowed.

Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 338.

The Distance Which Should be Left if Having to Walk in Front of Someone Praying who Hasn’t Taken a Sutrah


Questioner: The distance which a person walking in front of someone praying must leave, someone who hasn’t taken a sutrah?

Al-Albaani: After the [place of] prostration of the person praying.

Questioner: After the [place of] prostration, about three cubits [arm’s-lengths]?

Al-Albaani: Yes.

Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 322.

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