The Watermelon Stand
by The Albaani Blog
Abu Layla al-Athari said, “Shaikh al-Albaani was with [his wife] Umm al-Fadl in his car and stopped next to a watermelon stall, and Umm al-Fadl, as normal, got out since she, it seems, knew about them [i.e., which ones were good to buy etc.].
The person selling them was Egyptian and after he had weighed one and was carrying it to the car for her he asked her, ‘Yaa Hajjah! Do you know where Al-Albaani’s house is?’
She said, ‘You want [to see] him?’ He said, ‘Yes.’ She said, ‘Here he is in the car.’
Upon which the Egyptian dropped the melon, breaking it into pieces, and rushed to Shaikh al-Albaani kissing him [on his head], saying, ‘Wallaahi O Shaikh! I’ve been wanting to see you for a long time! I want something from you as a gift [to remember you by]!’
The Shaikh said, ‘I don’t have anything right now.’ In the end the man took the Shaikh’s hat and the Shaikh went back home bareheaded!”