Shaikh al-Albaani

Translations From His Works

We Don’t Worship Personalities: The Other Tawheed—Singling Out the Prophet ﷺ as The Only One who is Followed


 

The Imaam said, “Every Muslim must be sincerely devoted in following his Prophet just as he is sincerely devoted in worshipping his Lord, for that reason on an occasion such as this I say—and this is terminology which goes without saying, especially when what is intended by using it is to remind the people about what they are heedless of, so I say—there are two tawheeds … terminology, just now you heard that the tawheed of Allaah is split into three categories, ruboobiyyah, al-’uboodiyyah and tawheed as-sifaat.

Now I say: there are two tawheeds, one of them is to do with Allaah [i.e., the three categories just mentioned above] and the other is to do with Allaah’s Messenger, you know the detailed elaboration of the tawheed of Allaah عزوجل—as for the tawheed of the Prophet, [then it is] singling him out to be followed such that no one but him is followed, you don’t take anyone else along with the Messenger as someone who is followed, so there is no Prophet after the Prophet of Allaah , emphasising this meaning he said in a long hadith [and] the part from it which demonstrates [the point I’m making] is his saying, ‘If Moses were alive, he would have no choice but to follow me,’ Moses is the one Allaah spoke to directly, if he were alive he would not add anything to what the Prophet ﷺ did—so what is wrong with us Muslims today who don’t care about singling the Prophet out as the only one who is followed?

We now follow our desires, our customs, our fathers and fore-fathers and so on …”

Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 744.

Read these articles here about Al-Albaani’s criticism of those who go to extremes and his warning against worshipping personalities.

Is It Allowed to Talk About Worldly Things in The Mosque?


Questioner: Is it allowed to talk about worldly things in-between the adhaan and the iqaamah in the mosque?

Al-Albaani: There’s some elaboration to the answer—it’s allowed and not allowed. If it is incidental, for example, a person enters the mosque and sees a friend of his who he hasn’t seen in a long time, ‘As-Salaamu alaikum,’Wa alaikum salaam, how are you, akhi? How is your family?’ and so on, this is worldly, naturally, and it is allowed. But for them to sit in the mosque and have a sitting where they discuss currency rates and the prices of goods and so on, then, as the Prophet ﷺ said concerning a different incident, ‘The mosques have not been built for this.’

So, if it is normal speech then there is no objection, but as for talk about the transient things of the world, then that is not allowed.

Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 54.

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