Shaikh al-Albaani

Translations From His Works

Category: Affairs of Creed [Aqeedah]

On Gog and Magog and the Fact that They Are in Existence Now Behind the Barrier Trying to Escape



Al-Albaani:
 ‘Until when [the dam of] Gog and Magog [Ya’jooj and Ma’jooj] has been opened and they, from every elevation, descend …,’ [21:96] there is no doubt that believing in the people known as Gog and Magog is a correct Islamic belief, due to it being present in the Quran and due to the story and its details [also] being related in the Sunnah.

The barrier mentioned in the verse before this one in the Noble Quraan is the one our Prophet ﷺ spoke about in the authentic hadith, i.e., that behind this barrier are the people of Gog and Magog and that every day they betake themselves to it in order to escape from it to [the rest of] the world, licking it with their tongues until when they [do get through it enough that they can] see a ray of light they say, ‘Tomorrow we will complete it and then leave through it,’ but when they come back they find it to have reverted to how it initially was.

[It will carry on like this] until when Allaah تبارك و تعالى [finally] permits them to leave He will inspire some of them to say, ‘Tomorrow, inshaa Allaah,’ so they then come back to the barrier … and find that it is as they had left it and carry on doing what they were doing and then they will, ‘… from every elevation, descend …’ as the Lord of the Worlds said.

So now, the doubt which is thrown around these days—emanating from the disbelievers and ending among some of those [Muslims] who are weak in knowledge, if not weak in eemaan, where these people claim even more than the disbelievers do, these people weak in knowledge and eemaan claim things the disbelievers don’t even claim about themselves—saying, ‘The non-Muslims have covered the entire globe and are acquainted with all of it, from its mountains to its plateaus, plains, rivers, seas, forests and so on,’ there is no place left, according to them, that they haven’t traversed—the disbelievers themselves don’t even make this claim.

This is because, regretufully, we acknowledge that the disbelievers don’t believe in anything except scientific research and it is this scientific research that causes them to refrain from claiming something they don’t have knowledge about such that they will say, ‘We reached this point but we don’t know what is beyond it.’

As for those in our Ummah who are weak in knowledge and eemaan … … so I say: this is a claim bereft of any proof, it is obligatory on the believer to believe in the Quraan and the hadith of the Prophet ﷺ, the very least that can be said is that he believes in these things more than his belief in what the disbelievers say and [more than his belief] in their research and experiments, and if the Quraan has openly declared the presence of a barrier there and of a people behind said barrier and that a time will come when they escape from it, then this means that the disbelievers [fall under the description that Allaah mentioned, when He said], talking about all creatures in general, ‘… and of knowledge ye have been given but a little,’ [17:85] from the knowledge that they have not acquired to this day is where Dhul-Qarnain’s barrier or the people who are behind it are.

It is, without doubt, on this earth—‘Allaah knows and you do not.’ [2:216]

Therefore, let no-one be confused into thinking that the disbelievers have explored all the world, for this is a false claim. Additionally, if the disbelievers did find it they would hasten to deny it because in that would be a … … for Islaam whereas they disbelieve in it, and if that were the case then the statement of the Lord of the Worlds regarding the early polytheists, would [also] apply to them, ‘They denied them [the signs], in their wickedness and their pride, even though their souls acknowledged them as true. See how those who spread corruption met their end!’ [27:14]

This is my answer to the issue and in summary it is that: we believe in what has come in the Book and the Sunnah and reject the statement that it does not exist.

Questioner: The statement of the Prophet ﷺ, ‘Woe to the Arabs from a great evil that has drawn near! Today a gap has been made in the wall of Gog and Magog …’ to the end of the hadith, along with what is mentioned from his statement ﷺ that they lick the barrier with their tongues, does it mean that a gap in this wall was made from that time?

Al-Albaani: The gap is made every day and then goes back to being as it was.

Questioner: The Prophet’s saying, ‘Today a gap has been made …,’ does it mean every day?

Al-Albaani: Yes, every day, yes.

Fataawaa Jeddah, 15b, see here.

When the Devils Wanted to Burn the Prophet ﷺ and the Du’aa That Jibreel Taught Him ﷺ for Protection Against Them and the Du’aa the Prophet ﷺ Taught Khaalid Ibn al-Waleed when He Complained of Feeling Some Fear at Night


Imaam Ahmad (15461) and Ibn Abi Shaibah (23601) report from Abu Tayyaah that he said, “Someone asked Abdur-Rahmaan ibn Khanbash, ‘What did the Prophet ﷺ do when the devils plotted against him?’ So he replied, ‘The Devils came to the Prophet ﷺ from the valleys and descended upon him from the mountains. Amongst them was a devil who wanted to burn Allaah’s Messenger ﷺ with a wooden torch that he had with him.

So [then] Jibreel عليه السلام came and said, ‘O Muhammad! Say [it]!’

He replied, ‘What shall I say?’

He said, ‘Say:

أَعُوذُ بِكَلِمَاتِ اللهِ التَّامَّاتِ الَّتِي لَا يُجَاوِزُهُنَّ بَرٌّ وَلَا فَاجِرٌ مِنْ شَرِّ مَا خَلَقَ وَذَرَأَ وَبَرَأَ


وَمِنْ شَرِّ مَا يَنْزِلُ مِنَ السَّمَاءِ، وَمِنْ شَرِّ مَا يَعْرُجُ فِيهَا


وَمِنْ شَرِّ مَا ذَرَأَ فِي الْأَرْضِ وَمِنْ شَرِّ مَا يَخْرُجُ مِنْهَا


 وَمِنْ شَرِّ فِتَنِ اللَّيْلِ وَالنَّهَارِ


وَمِنْ شَرِّ كُلِّ طَارِقٍ إِلَّا طَارِقًا يَطْرُقُ بِخَيْرٍ، يَا رَحْمَنُ

A’udhu bi-kalimaatillaahit-Taammaatillati laa yujaawizuhunna barrun wa laa faajirun min sharri maa khalaqa wa dhara‘a wa bara‘a.
Wa min sharri maa yanzilu minas-samaa‘i wa min sharri maa ya’ruju feehaa.
Wa min sharri maa dhara‘a fil-ardi wa min sharri maa yakhruju minhaa.
Wa min sharri fitanil-layli wan-nahaari.
Wa min sharri kulli taariqin illaa taariqan yatruqu bi khairin, Yaa Rahmaan!

I seek refuge in the Most Perfect Words of Allaah which no righteous or evil person can pass from the evil of what He has created, sowed and formed!
And from the evil that comes down from the sky and from the evil that ascends it!
And from the evil that is sowed in the earth and the evil that comes out from it!
And from the evil of the tribulations of the night and day!
And from the evil of every single one who comes knocking except someone who comes knocking with good, O Most Merciful One!’

And so the fire of the Devils was put out and Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, defeated them.’” As-Saheehah 840.

And at-Tabaraani reports in al-Kabeer (3838) from Khaalid ibn al-Waleed, may Allaah be pleased with him, that, “… he complained to the Prophet  saying, ‘I feel some fear at night.’ So he said, ‘Should I not teach you some words which Jibreel عليه السلام taught me when he believed a powerful [Ifreet] Jinn was plotting against me? He said:

أَعُوذُ بِكَلِمَاتِ اللهِ التَّامَّاتِ الَّتِي لَا يُجَاوِزُهُنَّ بَرٌّ وَلَا فَاجِرٌ مِنْ شَرِّ مَا يَنْزِلُ مِنَ السَّمَاءِ وَمَا يَعْرُجُ فِيهَا


 وَمِنْ شَرِّ مَا ذَرَأَ فِي الْأَرْضِ وَمَا يَخْرُجُ مِنْهَا


 وَمِنْ شَرِّ فِتَنِ اللَّيْلِ وَفِتَنِ النَّهَار


وَمِنْ شَرِّ طَوَارِقِ اللَّيْلِ وَالنَّهَارِ إِلَّا طَارِقًا يَطْرُقُ بِخَيْرٍ يَا رَحْمَانُ

A’udhu bi-kalimaatillaahit-Taammaatillati laa yujaawizuhunna barrun wa laa faajirun min sharri maa yanzilu minas-samaa‘i wa maa ya’ruju feehaa.
Wa min sharri maa dhara‘a fil-ardi wa maa yakhruju minhaa.
Wa min sharri fitanil-layli wa fitanin-nahaari.
Wa min sharri tawaariqil-layli wan-nahaari illaa taariqan yatruqu bi khairin, Yaa Rahmaan!

I seek refuge in the Most Perfect Words of Allaah which no righteous or evil person can pass from the evil that comes down from the sky and ascends it!
And from the evil that is sowed in the earth and the evil that comes out from it!
And from the evil of the tribulations of the night and the tribulations of the day!
And from the evil of all the ones who come knocking during the night and day except someone who comes knocking with good, O Most Merciful One!’”

As-Saheehah 2738.

An Easy Way to Keep Devils Out of Your House by Reciting Two Blessed, Ancient Verses


An-Nu’maan ibn Bashir narrated that the Prophet ﷺ said, “Indeed Allaah wrote a Book two thousand years before He created the heavens and the earth, He sent down two aayahs from it with which He ended Surah al-Baqarah—if they are recited for three nights in a home, no Shaitaan shall come near it.”

Saheeh at-Targheeb, no. 1476, al-Albaani said, “Saheeh.” [Translation taken from the English translation of Al-Tirmidhi, slightly edited.]

The two verses are:

ءَامَنَ ٱلرَّسُولُ بِمَآ أُنزِلَ إِلَيۡهِ مِن رَّبِّهِۦ وَٱلۡمُؤۡمِنُونَۚ كُلٌّ ءَامَنَ بِٱللَّهِ وَمَلَٰٓئِكَتِهِۦ وَكُتُبِهِۦ وَرُسُلِهِۦ لَا نُفَرِّقُ بَيۡنَ أَحَدٖ مِّن رُّسُلِهِۦۚ وَقَالُواْ سَمِعۡنَا وَأَطَعۡنَاۖ غُفۡرَانَكَ رَبَّنَا وَإِلَيۡكَ ٱلۡمَصِيرُ

‘Āmanar-Rasūlu bimā ‘unzila ‘ilayhi mir-rabbihi wal-Mu’uminūna ۚ kullun ‘Āmana billāhi wa Malā’ikatihi wa Kutubihi wa Rusulihi Lā nufarriqu baina ‘aĥadin mir-Rusulihi ۚ wa qālū sami`nā wa ‘Aţa`nā ۖ  Ghufrānaka Rabbanā wa ‘ilaikal-Maşīr.

“The Messenger believes in what has been sent down to him from his Lord, and (so do) the believers. Each one believes in Allaah, His Angels, His Books, and His Messengers. They say, “We make no distinction between one another of His Messengers.” And they say, “We hear, and we obey. (We seek) Your Forgiveness, Our Lord, and to You is the return (of all).””

لَا يُكَلِّفُ ٱللَّهُ نَفۡسًا إِلَّا وُسۡعَهَاۚ لَهَا مَا كَسَبَتۡ وَعَلَيۡهَا مَا ٱكۡتَسَبَتۡۗ
رَبَّنَا لَا تُؤَاخِذۡنَآ إِن نَّسِينَآ أَوۡ أَخۡطَأۡنَاۚ
رَبَّنَا وَلَا تَحۡمِلۡ عَلَيۡنَآ إِصۡرٗا كَمَا حَمَلۡتَهُۥ عَلَى ٱلَّذِينَ مِن قَبۡلِنَاۚ
رَبَّنَا وَلَا تُحَمِّلۡنَا مَا لَا طَاقَةَ لَنَا بِهِۦۖ
وَٱعۡفُ عَنَّا وَٱغۡفِرۡ لَنَا وَٱرۡحَمۡنَآۚ أَنتَ مَوۡلَىٰنَا فَٱنصُرۡنَا عَلَى ٱلۡقَوۡمِ ٱلۡكَٰفِرِينَ

Lā yukallifullāhu nafsan ‘illā wus`ahā ۚ Lahā mā kasabat wa `alaihā maktasabat ۗ
Rabbanā lā tu’uākhidhnā ‘in-nasīnā ‘aw ‘akhţa’nā ۚ
Rabbanā wa lā taĥmil `alainā ‘işran kamā ĥamaltahu `alalladhīna min qablinā ۚ
Rabbanā wa lā tuĥammilnā mā lā ţāqata lanā bihi ۖ
Wa`fu `annā waghfir lanā warĥamnā ۚ ‘Anta mawlānā fānşurnā `alal-qawmil-kāfirīn.

“Allaah burdens not a person beyond his scope. He gets reward for that (good) which he has earned, and he is punished for that (evil) which he has earned. “Our Lord! Punish us not if we forget or fall into error. Our Lord! Lay not on us a burden like that which You did lay on those before us. Our Lord! Put not on us a burden greater than we have strength to bear. Pardon us and grant us Forgiveness. Have mercy on us. You are our Protector! And give us victory over the disbelieving people.””

Not Exceeding the Limit in One’s Love for the Companions


 

The Imaam said, “We do not exceed the limit in our love for any of the Companions such that we claim that they are infallible as the Shee’ah do about ’Ali رضي الله عنه and other Imaams.”

At-Ta’leeq ’alaa Matan at-Tahaawiyyah, p. 101.

Useless Questions


Questioner: Shaikh of ours, are there people from the Companions, ya’nee, who will be called to account and punished and who will then [subsequently] enter Paradise, are there any who are of such a rank?

Al-Albaani: How does this question concern you?

Questioner: Wallaahi, it just occurred to me.

Al-Albaani: I don’t think it [just] occurred to you … this is a whispering [from the Devils] in some ways … how does it concern you? How does it concern you? Does this have any connection to your ’aqeedah, such that [you’re asking so] you can correct it?

Ask about things that concern you, Yaa akhi, because this is a door which the Devil enters through.

Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 547.

Al-Albaani on How Careful The Scholars Are Before They Declare Someone to be a Non-Muslim


 

Questioner: O Shaikh, for example, a person who declares the Companions to be disbelievers, for example, he says that Yazeed ibn Mu’aawiyah is a faasiq or a faajir and likewise his father, ya’ni, is such a person a disbeliever [due to what he said] or a faajir or a faasiq?

Al-Albaani: It differs, Yaa akhi, according to the person: is he ignorant, is he a scholar, has the proof been established against him from the Book of Allaah and the Sunnah of Allaah’s Prophet , is he someone who is obstinate [in his opinion], is he someone who has misinterpreted [the texts]? All of these things prevent the people of knowledge from [both] rushing to call him a disbeliever or from rushing to state that he is not a disbeliever. All of these checks have to be implemented so that after them we will have the ability to state whether he is a disbeliever or not.

Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 342.

PDF of Al-Albaani and The Medium Who Would Summon The Souls of the Dead in Damascus


 

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Continuing from the previous post.

“Doctor, this spirit which you summoned, is it of someone alive or dead?”

He said, “No, dead.”

I said, “Dead.  How did you summon his soul when it is in one of two states, there being no third: it is either a happy soul [i.e., one going to Paradise] or a wretched one [i.e., going to Hell]. If it is a happy one, then by Allaah, there is no way it will ever come back into this world again because it is occupied with the pleasure it has in its grave,” and I mentioned some hadiths which showed that the grave is either one of the gardens of Paradise or a pit from Hell, “and if it is a wretched soul, then it is all the more so and a fortiori that it will not be able to leave the prison it is surrounded by [in the grave]—so how are you able to summon this soul? This is something impossible according to the Legislation.”

Secondly and lastly and here is the point, “Imagine that it is possible for you to summon this soul, how do you know that it [actually] is, for example, the soul of the doctor Ibn Sina, a Muslim with all his open and hidden faults, the scholars who know him say that he was a philosopher and had deviated in many tenets of Islamic creed or [how do you know that it might even be] al-Razi the doctor of old, for example? How do you know that it is not a disbeliever, someone who associates partners with Allaah? Just because it says to you, ‘I am the soul of so and so,’ you say aameen?

These days interactions with people, between countries … when a country wants to send its ambassador to another it sends him with certified, registered, sanctioned, stamped and signed documents, and other such things of the sort, so that the country to which that ambassador has been sent is satisfied that this really is the ambassador of an Islamic country and not a dajjaal playing games with it—and this is [the situation] with people dealing with each other—[and what you are talking about] is the world of the Unseen, how can you know that this really is Doctor So and So?”

He had no choice, after having been confuted and having had the evidence established against him, except to say, “The reality, O Ustaadh, is that this was a medical gathering. We also have a gathering of knowledge, if you want to debate with us in it then you are more than welcome.”

I didn’t believe that there was a gathering of knowledge, [but] I said to him, “When?”

He said, “Sunday.”

I said, “Inshaa Allaah, our meeting is on Sunday.”

Allaah so willed that [when] Sunday did come I was obliged to assist one of our brothers who worked at the Ministry of Education where there was an effort being made to correct some books about Islamic Upbringing, books about Islamic Education which had weak and fabricated hadiths in them and Hanafi concepts which went against the Sunnah, so one of them called me to cooperate with him in that, he was an employee of the Ministry but I was not, walhamdulillaah, but I have a little knowledge as you know, so I held that it was more deserving for me to meet up with this person rather than keep my promise [of meeting the medium]. But my companion who had [initially] taken me to him came to me on the appointed day, Sunday, at the Dhaahariyyah Library upon the basis that we were going to meet up and go, so I told him that the situation was such and such and that I couldn’t make it with him, [so I said to him], “You go to him, may Allaah reward you with good, and apologise to him and inshaa Allaah set up another meeting.”

So he went and was taken aback when he found that there was no-one whatsoever at the house on the agreed upon day, [the house was] dark, unlit, nothing inside.

The next day he came to me and told me what had happened, so I said to him, “This is a victory granted to us by Allaah. Go to him [again] next Sunday.”

[He did] and naturally he met him on that following Sunday [because the medium thought that they wouldn’t actually turn up the following Sunday too], [but before he went] I said to him, “Don’t tell him that the Shaikh [i.e., al-Albaani] didn’t come [the previous Sunday], leave that hidden,” [say to him], “I came according to the appointment and didn’t find you?  Inshaa Allaah everything is ok, Dr. Haqqi Baik?”

He really said that to him and here is the point, my brothers, here take heed, O you with eyes [to see].

The medium said to him, “Go away! You brought a big, dangerous Wahhaabi to us—he doesn’t love the Prophet! May Allaah kill him!”

He said to him, “And how do you know that? That man is our friend and we attend his lessons which are always about, ‘Allaah said … Allaah’s Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم said …’” and so on.

He [i.e., the medium] said, “After he [i.e., al-Albaani] left …” he summoned the soul of I don’t know who, I forget who he said it was, and he [i.e., the medium] asked the summoned soul about me and he [i.e., the summoned soul] gave him all these testimonials, “That this man is a Wahhaabi who doesn’t love the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم …”

So I say that this is a proof that these people seek the help of the devils. There is no such thing as summoning the souls of the dead, that is impossible.

But the devils really do attend and inspire them with things, as the Lord of the Worlds said, “Devils among mankind and jinns, inspiring one another with adorned speech as a delusion (or by way of deception).” [An’aam 6:112]

Therefore I say that if one of our brothers has been tested, and I [purposefully] say, ‘has been tested,’ [by having to recite over people who have been possessed], because truthfully, as news has reached me [about these things], it is a situation that is a trial and a test, for a woman who is possessed may come to him and he may see that it is beneficial for him to touch her or examine her arm or neck or or and so on [by touching her]—so the Devil can come in through such easy and supple ways to start off with, and then the issue starts to get bigger and bigger until the big fitnah happens, so if one of our brothers has been tested by, and I say [has been tested by] only reciting verses from Allaah’s Book or forms of seeking refuge established from Allaah’s Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم to take out the Jinn which has possessed that person, then this is, as he عليه السلام said, ‘Whoever amongst you is able to help his brother, then let him do so.’

As for asking [the Jinn], ‘What is your name? What is your religion? What is your job? Where do you live? Where is so and so? What helps against such and such an illness?’ and so on, then this comes under His Saying, the Most High, which I mentioned earlier, “And verily, there were men among mankind who took shelter with the masculine among the Jinns, but they (i.e., the Jinns) increased them (mankind) in sin and disbelief.” [Jinn 72:6]

I ask Allaah for well-being and safety.

Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 455. [1/3/1046].

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Continuing from the first post.

“Welcome, Doctor,” there was someone sitting next to him [who said this], in Syria they call him a makawlik, I don’t know what you call them here, i.e., an adulator, [i.e., the medium’s sidekick], he [i.e., the sidekick] said to him [i.e., the summoned soul of the Doctor], “Welcome Doctor …,” he was repeating the same as what the medium had said, [i.e., the medium would say something and then this sidekick would repeat the same thing the medium said to make it look even more impressive or authoritative etc., so addressing the summoned soul, he carried on saying] “… because may Allaah reward you with good … we … are indebted to your favours [upon us], and alhamdulillaah our customers are increasing and the reason is due to the success of these medical prescriptions [which you dictate to us],” and he carried on saying things of this sort, “… and now we have a small boy here whose name is so and so the son of so and so and he lives in such and such an area …” etc., “… and his age …” and here’s the anecdote, “… is seven months …” the boy’s mother who was holding him said, “No, Doctor, he’s nine years old, not seven,” the makawlik [sidekick] who was sitting next to the medium said to her, “‘Be quiet! Do you know better than the Doctor?!”

The point is the man [who was the husband of the woman who was holding the child] was sitting at a round table which had numbers and an upturned cup on it, and he had placed his finger on the cup and his wife was facing him, and truth be told his wife was fully covered, even her face, nothing of her could be seen, so we saw this cup moving, going here and there, right and left, and so on, we understood that this cup was going over the numbers, going once, twice, then stopping, and he [i.e., the medium] had a piece of paper which he was writing symbols on which only he could see, he would move the cup two or three times and so on, then he gave this prescription to the employee he had assigned to this woman, [who passed it on to the woman] and ma’as-Salaamah, [it was over].

It carried on like this for an hour, one patient entering and another leaving, after one hour the sitting was over, the lights were turned on, the people still there, and I was one of them, unfortunately they were saying, “May Allaah give you well-being O Doctor! May Allaah reward you with good!”

But I was about to burst with rage.

Especially because in those days I was a youth and light skinned and so signs of anger were easily visible on me—and he noticed. So he said, “What does the Ustaadh [i.e., he’s addressing Shaikh al-Albaani] think?”

[So I said], “Wallaahi, Yaa Ustaadh, O Doctor, Yaa so and so, [i.e., Shaikh al-Albaani is addressing him respectfully] I have two questions if you would allow me.”

He said, “Tafaddal.

I said to him, “You started the gathering by saying, ‘Wa alaikum salaam wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuhu,’—who were you saying it to? The people were there … he said, “I returned the greeting of salaam to the Doctor.”

[I said], “Which doctor?”

He said, “The soul of the doctor that we summoned.”

I said, “He gave you salaam?”

He said, “Yes.”

I said, “How did you hear this salaam and we didn’t? Are the openings of your ears put together in a way different to other people?”

He said, “No. This is a secret of the trade. This is something you can’t understand until you enter this field.”

This is Sufi talk totally.

“Okay, and your friend,” naturally I couldn’t say to him on his face, ‘This one who was flattering you/your sidekick [as that would have been too rude to say to his face],’ he heard it along with you, when he [i.e., this friend of yours also] said to him [i.e., to the summoned soul], ‘Welcome, Doctor,’ [did he hear the salaam too?] …”

At any rate, I started debating with him based upon what one would call physiological aspects, but then I quickly switched to the second [type of] question which was concerning the Sharee’ah aspect [of all of this, so I said] …

The final post.

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The PDF of the complete article:Al-Albaani and The Damascene Medium.


Questioner:
Is it allowed for a person who recites over someone who has been possessed by a Jinn … after the Jinn becomes present in the sick person, is it [then] allowed for the person reciting to order the Jinn with some things, like asking for his help in finding the location of a treasure for example, or to dig out a treasure, or to find out whether another person is possessed or not, what is the ruling of the religion concerning this, may Allaah reward you with good?

Al-Albaani: It is not allowed, except for what was mentioned in the first part of the question, i.e., reciting the Quraan over someone possessed by a Jinn. As for seeking their help for those things mentioned or other things, then firstly this goes against the practical Sunnah which the Prophet عليه السلام and those who were guided by his guidance carried out, and secondly it goes against His Statement, the Most High:

“And there were men from mankind who sought refuge in men from the Jinn, so they [only] increased them in burden [i.e., sin].[Jinn 72:6]

So seeking refuge or aid have the same meaning, it is not allowed for someone who has been put to test in this present time and has set himself up to remove Jinns from those who have been afflicted by possession … … to recite some aayahs, and some of the legislated forms of seeking refuge mentioned in the authentic Sunnah, this is allowed and everything else is misguidance.

And the Devil is more devilish than the Americans, the British and others … because they [i.e., the Muslims who try to seek help from the Jinn] seek aid from the devils of the Jinn, [i.e., one cannot even trust devilish humans to help so how much more dangerous is it with the devils from the Jinn], I mean that when the devils from mankind want to achieve some of their illegal goals, they offer some bait, i.e., a trap by which they catch their prey by offering them something they want and which their hearts incline to, this is what the devils from mankind do, so what do you think the case will be with the devils from Jinn-kind, about whom we know nothing except that they may present some remedies, which are [in fact], as I just said, traps which act to gradually pull in the person who is seeking their help.

For this reason, I do not hold it to be permissible for a Muslim to seek the aid of Jinns who give a person the false impression that he is a Muslim, a believer in Allaah and His Prophet, and who shows that he is righteous and that he wants to help his human Muslim brothers, this is a matter of the Unseen which it is not possible for a human Muslim to feel comfortable with.

And I know through experience, one of us will live with a human like himself for many years, and then all of a sudden after that it becomes clear that he is an open enemy, and that person is a human like him, someone whom he inclines towards, feels comfortable with and relies upon, but after a long time it became clear that all of this pretense was in order to achieve a goal he had, the other person was unaware of this goal—and this is between two people, their nature being one, their thinking one etc.,—so what do you think the case will be with a human seeking the help of a Jinn?

And even though there is not a lot of time, I will give you an example that happened with me and someone who thought that he could summon the souls [of dead people], the soul of Ibn Seereen for example, the soul of the doctor Ibn Seena, Ibn ’Arabi, and so on … a long story of which I will give you the summary.

[So] I was present at the sitting, the lights were put out with only a dim one remaining, and with difficulty you could just about see the person sitting next to you, and then the sitting started.  After [a short while] it became clear to me that this medium [actually] regarded the sitting as a medical one, and indeed when I had come in I had found all four walls of the room full of customers … an old man, an aged lady, a woman holding a small child and so on—all of these people had come to be cured and treated by the spirit of the doctor which would be summoned by this medium [whose name was] Haqi Baik, this person is a medium there in Damascus. So the lights were turned off as I said, and the sitting of Haqi Baik Afandi started.

We heard a statement which we found strange, he said, “Wa alaikum salaam wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuhu …” the sitting was so quiet that if, as they say, you dropped a pin you’d hear it, so who was he saying this to?

You will come to know later on …

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No Room for Intellectual Reasoning in Matters of the Unseen


 

The Imaam said, “Be cognizant of the fact that whether the dead can hear or not is an issue of the Unseen related to Barzakh which no one except Allaah عز وجل knows about, so it is not allowed to delve into it based upon qiyaas and opinions, rather, in affirming and negating, one halts at the text about it.”

And he said, “Coming to deductions based upon the intellect … has no place in any issue related to the Unseen.”

Tahqeeq al-Aayaat al-Bayyinaat fi ’Adm Samaa’ al-Amwaat, p. 37 and p. 60.

It is Not Allowed for Anyone, Apart from the Prophet, to Say that a Specific Individual Has Been Forgiven Because of His Tawheed


 

From al-Haartih ibn ’Ubaid: from Thaabit: from Anas, who said, “Allaah’s Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم said to a man, ‘O so and so! Did you do that?’ He replied, ‘No, by the One besides whom none has the right to be worshipped!’—and the Prophet عليه السلام knew that he had [in fact] done it—so he said to him, ‘Verily, Allaah has forgiven you your lie due to your attestation to, ‘None has the right to be worshipped except Allaah.’’”

Al-Albaani said, “Al-Baihaqi said, ‘… what is intended is to show that even if a sin is great it does not mean that it necessitates the Fire as long as the [person’s] ’aqeedah is correct and he is someone for whom forgiveness has preceded [from Allaah]—and singling out a person in such a way [i.e., to say that a person has been forgiven as the Prophet did with that Companion] is not [allowed] for anyone [to do] after the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم.’”

As-Saheehah, 3064.

“If the Muslims Differ in ’Aqeedah Then They Will Differ in Things Less Than ’Aqeedah all the More so …”


 

The Imaam said, “If the Muslims differ in ’aqeedah then they will differ in things less than ’aqeedah all the more so—differing in ’aqeedah is what causes harm, differing in subsidiary issues does not harm as long as a person sincerely tries to follow the truth wherever it is [found]. So [the fact that] the majority of Islamic callers in all Islamic countries today have left the importance of spreading the correct ’aqeedah amongst the people, this is a deficiency from all of the scholars, so importance must be given to this area …”

Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 424.

On Election Results – It’s Only The Faces That Change


 

Questioner: Our Shaikh, some Muslims observe the West and their advancements and when something happens there they display joy and happiness, is this regarded as a defect in ’aqidah related to actions or the heart? And what do you advise these people with?

Al-Albaani: I’m sorry, what do you mean … what do you mean by …

Interjection: Clinton, Shaikh.

Questioner: America’s Presidents, so and so went and so and so has come.

Al-Albaani: Ah.

Questioner: This one is better than that one, this one will benefit the Muslims and so on.

Al-Albaani: This is a weakness in both eemaan and intellect, a weakness of eemaan and intellect. The reality which every Muslim must bear in mind regarding such situations is His Saying تبارك وتعالى, Every time a nation enters, it will curse its sister, [A’raaf 7:38] so that they may taste the punishment.

Someone Else: The aayah, “… when they have all overtaken one another therein, the last of them will say about the first of them …[A’raaf 7:38]

Al-Albaani: Allaahu Akbar. Yes, so the point is that in reality this joy is a childish one, not that of men, firstly, and secondly, not that of believing men. [That one becomes joyful] because Bush lost and in his place came …

Questioner: Clinton.

Al-Albaani: I don’t know what his name is.

Questioner: [Laughs]

Al-Albaani: Names that are strange to me.

Questioner: By Allaah, O Shaikh of ours, the names of devils.

Al-Albaani: [Laughs] so the point is … Bush lost and so and so won the elections–all of them follow the same policy, it is only the faces that change.

For this reason it is silliness to become happy because Bush has gone and so and so has taken his place, even more so when we don’t yet know so and so’s [the new leader’s] good from his evil, if there is good in them. So why this haste? As long as disbelief is one community, and the politics of the American population as a people is with the Jews, so the fact that Bush lost and so and so won does not change the politics of this populace in such a speedy manner which some of those of weak minds and intellects imagine, [imagining to themselves] that we are rid of Bush [and this new leader will be better] … ok, maybe this [new leader] is worse than Bush.

Whatever the case, a Muslim does not become joyful when a disbeliever loses and another disbeliever takes his place, because disbelief is one millah, and their politics is one and the same. Look at … who was it in the ministry of the Jews and someone else took his place …

Questioner: Yitzhak Shamir and Yitzhak Rabin.

Al-Albaani: Yitzak Rabin, what did we see between this one falling and that one taking his place? Nothing whatsoever. It is just a game they play with the minds of those of weak intellects and unfortunately with some Muslims or politicians who did not lead according to the politics of the Quraan and the Sunnah.

So because of that I am able to say concerning this that Allaah … as He عز وجل said … Indeed, Allaah does not like the exultant.[Qasas 28:76], these people who become joyful at the downfall of this person and the success [in becoming leader] of that one, these people are as I just said … their intellects are like those of children, rather, sparrows.

And Allaah’s aid is sought.

Questioner: Does this issue have a connection to aqidah, i.e., is it possible to call … i.e., some of our brothers call those who display such joy for those people disbelievers?

Al-Albaani: No, no, all of that is a mistake and disobedience, if it has a connection to disbelief then it is to disbelief in action. Yaa akhi, we go by the principle and relax [which is that] the disbelief which takes one out of the religion is that connected to the heart, not the tongue. This question of yours reminds me of another just way of categorising disbelief, so there is disbelief in word [kufr lafdhee] and disbelief of the heart [kufr qalbee], the previous categorization was disbelief in creed [kufr I’tiqaadi] and disbelief in action [kufr amalee].

Now another just way of categorising disbelief is disbelief in word and disbelief of the heart, the disbelief of the heart is the equivalent of disbelief in action, and disbelief in word equates to disbelief in action.

So a person who displays joy at the loss of Bush and the success of George or Antonius or whoever, there is no doubt that such joy should not emanate from a Muslim, so it is possible for us to term this as disbelief in word, but such a person is not declared a disbeliever based on it, because it happened in the time the Prophet عليه السلام, [an incident] I’m sure some of which will not be hidden from any of you, like the hadith of Ibn Abbaas when he said that the Prophet عليه السلام gave a sermon to his Companions one day and a man then stood up and said to him,  “As Allah and you, will,” so he said, “Would you set me up as a partner beside Allaah? Say, ‘As Allaah, Alone Wills.’”

So this is disbelief in word, he said to him, “Would you set me up as a partner beside Allaah?” but he did not impose upon him any of the requisites of disbelief in creed [kufr I’tiqaadi].

So we should always keep this correct categorization before our eyes: disbelief in creed or the heart [is the first], and disbelief in action or in word [the second], because uttering a word is an action, so when we see a thing such as this we do not rush to say, ‘A disbeliever,’ even if he uttered a word of disbelief we do not rush to declare him to be a disbeliever and to remove him from the religion until we clarify what he meant by that statement.

Interjection: With your permission, O Shaikh of ours, if I could please …

Al-Albaani: Tafaddal …

Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 672. [1/5/708].

The Ruling Concerning Non-Muslims in the West whom The Message did dot Reach


 

Questioner: Nowadays, a non-Muslim from Europe, for example, who dies and was brought up in a corrupt environment, and Allaah’s Refuge is sought, with no-one conveying the Islamic religion to him, and even if it had reached him, it did so in a form of disarray such that he did not want to enter it, so I don’t know … do such people come under the ruling of those whom the message did not reach [Ahlul-Fatrah] or is there a major difference [between them?]

Al-Albaani: No [there is no difference], such people are like those of the Fatrah whom the call did not reach, they will go through a special process on the arasaat on the Day of Resurrection.

Quesitoner: What about these people? [The questioner hasn’t understood clearly that the Shaikh was referring to the people the questioner asked about]

Al-Albaani: Who am I speaking to you about? These people are like the Ahlul-Fatrah, they will go through a special process on the arasaat on the Day of Resurrection, so neither a ruling of them being in Paradise or the Fire is given to them here.

Questioner: Does arasaat mean pathways?

Al-Albaani: The arasaat is the place where the people will be gathered.

Questioner: One of them who dies now, who will his right be upon, for example?

Al-Albaani: Who will what?

Questioner: His right will be upon whom, ya’ni, who will be responsible for him … who will bear the burden of his mistakes and his sin? Is it the Muslims for example … who didn’t go to him and convey the religion to him?

Al-Albaani: Which type are you talking about, is it the type that you asked about first?

Questioner: It’s the same question that we’re in, a person who, for example, dies in France, America, Britain, Germany and so on, and he had no one who conveyed the religion to him?

Al-Albaani: May Allaah guide you. At this very moment you have just judged that there is a sin on these people?

Questioner: How?

Al-Albaani: At this very moment you have just judged that there is a sin on them?

Questioner: A sin, ya’ni, for example the people who never conveyed it to them is what I mean.

Al-Albaani: I know what you mean, may Allaah guide you, did you understand from what I said that these people whom the da’wah did not reach and who died are sinful?

Questioner: No, I didn’t understand it to mean that.

Al-Albaani: Okay, you understand that they are not sinful?

Questioner: Yes, I understand.

Al-Albaani: So then how can you say, ‘Who will bear the burden of their sin?’

Questioner: Ah yes, true.

Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 326. [1/5/846]

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