Shaikh al-Albaani

Translations From His Works

Category: Methodology

On University Graduates Issuing Fatwas


Questioner [asking about a fiqh principle about how to weigh issues and make choices as to which one has the greater or lesser harm]: I wanted [you] to clarify something which you have partially cleared up, about whether it is allowed, for example, for a student of knowledge who has graduated from a university with a degree in Shari’ah studies to implement this fiqh principle and these rulings?

Al-Albaani: No, it is not allowed, and I didn’t partially answer you, I fully answered you, saying that it is only allowed for someone who is a scholar versed in the Book and the Sunnah on the one hand and on the other that he be known for his righteousness and taqwaa—and it is not possible for us to testify as such for a youth who has just graduated in this new manner until many, very long, long years have passed such that he grows old in knowledge and in [fiqh] and the authentic Sunnah, then it may possibly be said that he is able to implement this principle.

Questioner: Jazakallaahu khair.

Fataawaa Jeddah, 16.

Al-Albaani’s Reaction to Someone Calling Himself Shaikh


 

Al-Huwaini said, “And I won’t forget what happened to me with our Shaikh … Naasirud-Deen al-Albaani, may Allaah protect him and allow us to enjoy his presence, when as a gift I gave him [a book called], ‘Kitaab al-Ba’th’ by Ibn Abi Dawud. On its cover the publishers had printed, ‘Its hadiths have been checked by Shaikh al-Huwaini, as-Salafi.’

So he [i.e., al-Albaani] said to me, “What is this?’ as he pointed to the word, “Shaikh.”

So I excused myself telling him that it wasn’t of my doing, he criticised me for it …

… And it is enough that despite the testimony of famous scholars concurring to him [i.e., al-Albaani] being an Imaam in this field he only wrote his name on the cover of his books [without any titles such as Shaikh etc.], even though other people—whose statements alongside his are like the squeaking of a door or the buzzing of a fly—write on their books, “Written by the Imaam, the Haafidh, the Faqeeh, the One Versed in Usool, the Astute, the Mujtahid …” thinking that by doing so they are enumerating Allaah’s Blessings, but this is where one’s foot slips and delusions multiply.”

Badhlul-Ihsaan bi Taqreeb Sunan an-Nisaa’i, vol. 2, p. 11.

A Question About Two of the Greatest, Most Eminent Companions


Questioner: We see that some of the scholars of hadith preferred ’Ali over ’Uthmaan [may Allaah be pleased with them both], what is the stance of Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah about that?

Al-Albaani: Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah agree with the choice the Jamaa’ah made when they chose ’Uthmaan over ’Ali as their Khalifah after ’Umar. This is the conclusive answer on this topic.

Fataawa Jeddah, 3/54:41.

You Can’t Take the Law into Your Own Hands


 

The Imaam said, “It is not allowed for an individual Muslim to take it upon himself to execute a ruling which is not under the jurisdiction of individuals but rather that of the rulers, and if the rulers fall short—as, unfortunately, is the case in this time—in carrying out this obligation, then that does not permit an individual Muslim to go and carry it out.”

Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 282.

Al-Albaani on a Righteous, Salafi Believer, Strong in Eemaan Cooperating with an Ash’ari


 

Questioner: Is it allowed to work together with a man who is Ash’ari in ’aqidah in the field of calling to Allaah under the pretext that this differing in ’aqidah will not result in evil but that rather not cooperating with him could lead to the efforts of the Muslims being split?

Al-Albaani: If cooperating with a[n ash’ari] man like this does not lead to him [i.e., the Salafi] neglecting his [Salafi] ’aqidah, then that is something allowed without doubt.

In fact, I believe that part of the religious good of a believer who is strong in his eemaan is for him to cooperate with other Muslims who have, due to reasons past or present, deviated from the Salafi ’aqidah.

It is more deserving for this Salafi believer to cooperate with these people because he will find an appropriate opportunity to convey the Salafi da’wah to them.

And what has happened, and I know this from experience, is that those people who oppose us will take one of two stances towards this righteous, Salafi believer: they will either respond to his call and will thus lean towards accepting the Salafi madhhab and will turn away from their khalafi madhhab—and this has happened many times, or they will reject him and his madhhab and will refuse to work with him …”

Mutafarriqaat lil-Albaani, 6, no. 15.

“The People Nowadays, Unfortunately, Follow [any- and] Everyone who Shouts Out …”


 

The Imaam said, “The people nowadays, unfortunately, follow [any- and] everyone who shouts out, they don’t think about Sharee’ah rulings at all.”

Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 220.

Al-Albaani’s Humility: Knowledge is the Yardstick not Illustrious Personalities Let Alone Those Less Than Them


 

Al-Albaani: So, my brother, if some brothers from the people of hadith or those who follow the Salaf oppose someone like me, or, for example, Ibn Baaz—then this is not the criterion/gauge [by which we measure], the criterion is knowledge, whoever knowledge has reached has had the proof established against him.

Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 799.

Islaam is Humiliated and Honoured Through the Humiliation and Honour of its Followers


 

Commenting on the hadith, “When the Arabs are humiliated, Islaam will be humiliated,” the Imaam said:

Fabricated, reported by Abu Nu’aim in, ‘Akhbaar Asbahaan,’ , vol. 2, p. 340.

Islaam’s honour is not correlated with the Arabs alone, in fact Allaah may honour it through other believers as occurred during the time of the Ottoman empire, especially during its early days, for Allaah honoured Islaam through them until it reached the middle of Europe—then when they started to turn away from the Legislation to European laws, ‘… exchanging what was better for what was less …,’ their empire started to shrink from those countries and others until it almost disappeared from their [very] own lands!  No outward manifestation indicative of their Islaam remained in those countries except for very little!  And because of that all of the Muslims were humiliated after they had been in a state of honour and the non-Muslims entered their countries and, except for a few, subjugated them—and even if these few were safe from being outwardly subjugated, they were colonised in a covert way, under the cover of many schemes, such as through economic pressures and so on!

So it is established that Islaam is honoured and humiliated through the honour and humiliation of its followers, whether they are Arabs or non-Arabs, ‘And no Arab has superiority over a non-Arab except through piety.’

So, O Allaah! Give honour to the Muslims and inspire them to turn back to Your Book and the Sunnah of Your Prophet so that, through them, You will give honour to Islaam.”

Ad-Da’eefah, vol. 1, pp. 301-303.

The Companion’s Education and Cultivation


 

The Imaam said, “The Prophet ﷺ nurtured the Companions and educated them, giving them the best possible education on the face of the earth.”

Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 90.

Al-Albaani’s Love for His Fellow Muslims: Boycotting Goods of Those who Slaughter Your Brothers Like Sheep


 

 

Al-Albaani: Just now I said to one of my brothers who asked me, and how often I am asked, to this day the people are still asking me about meat from Bulgaria, and in reality I’m amazed at them—we’ve been sorely tried by [this issue] of Bulgarian meat for many long years, [after] all of these years hasn’t the time come for the Muslims to understand what the ruling concerning this Bulgarian meat is? Such a strange thing!

So I say that if you are in doubt and are uncertain about whether these animals have been slaughtered Islamically or not—what you are not in doubt about is [the fact] that they are slaughtering our Muslim brothers there, the Turks who have been resident there for a long time, they are slaughtering them just like sheep are slaughtered, so [even] if the Bulgarians really are slaughtering the meat which we import from them according to the Sharee’ah I [still] say that it is not allowed for us to import it from them, on the contrary, it is obligatory upon us to boycott them so that they cease spilling the blood of our Muslim brothers there.

So subhaanallaah! The feeling of brotherhood has died which the Prophet ﷺ described as being that of one body, “The believers in their mutual kindness, compassion and sympathy are just like one body. When one of the limbs suffers, the whole body responds to it with wakefulness and fever.”  [Bukhaari and Muslim]

The Muslims don’t feel the [many] pains of their brothers any more, the Islamic bonds between them have been cut off, and for this reason their concern [instead] is to ask, “Is it allowed to eat Bulgarian meat or not?!”

Yaa akhi, you know that the Bulgarians are slaughtering the Muslims there, there is no difference between an Arab Muslim, a Turkish one, an Afghaani Muslim and so on, and the situation is as he ﷺ said, “The Muslims are brothers …,” so if we are brothers, then it is obligatory on us to jealously protect each other and to feel grief for each other—and not merely be concerned with what one eats and drinks.

So if we assumed that a person is still not convinced that Bulgarian meat is [just] carrion … that its ruling is that it is meat of an animal that is not slaughtered according to the legislated requirements because it is killed not slaughtered—we can’t convince the people of every opinion, because they will continue to differ except those upon whom your Lord has mercy, as is mentioned in the Noble Quraan—so if we can’t convince the people that this meat which comes to us from Bulgaria has the ruling of being meat that has not been slaughtered Islamically—but don’t they [at the very least] know that these Bulgarians are slaughtering our Muslim brothers there? Isn’t this tyranny and this excruciating aggression against our Muslim brothers there enough to turn us away from Bulgarian meat, even if it is halaal

This is sufficient.

And this is a reminder, and a reminder benefits the believers.

Now bring what other questions you have …

Host: May Allaah reward you with good.

Someone else: May Allaah reward you with good.

Someone else: May Allaah reward you with good.

Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 190.

Also read The Future of Palestine.

Did Al-Albaani Praise George Bush for Visiting Saudi?


 

The Shaikh was asked about George Bush visiting Jeddah and said that he shouldn’t be allowed to and then describing Bush, he said, “… especially if it’s the most disbelieving of the disbelievers, under whose authority and orders all the non-Muslims are …”

Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 457.

The Future of Palestine ǀ The Believer Doesn’t Despair


 

The Imaam said, “It has reached me from someone who became a Sufi, after he used to be on guidance, that he stated that the Mahdi عليه السلام is on the verge of appearing during these days, and he [specifically] named Ramadaan of this year! This is one of his fabrications or a whispering from his devil—because this issue is a matter of the Unseen which no one but Allaah knows.

In fact, it contradicts what the authentic hadiths say, and what Allaah’s Universal Way [Sunnatullaah al-Kowniyyah] necessitates, from which is His Saying, ‘Allaah will not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves,’ [Ra’d 13:11], which is that it is known that Jesus عليه السلام will descend at the white minaret to the east of Damascus and that he will pray behind the Mahdi, may Allaah be pleased with him, and this means that Jesus عليه السلام will be with the believers in Jerusalem when Dajjaal, with whom will be seventy thousand Isfahani Jews wearing Persian shawls, lays siege to it—and this means that there will be no Jew in Palestine at that time, or at the very least, in Jerusalem, and that means that the Muslims will have put an end to the country of the Jews.

The situation of the Muslims today, unfortunately, does not suggest that they can do that, because of their distance from employing the means which will prepare them for it, due to the fact that they have not aided Allaah such that He will aid them, for this reason they must return to their religion so that the disgrace [they are currently under] can be lifted from them, as their Prophet Muhammad ﷺ promised them, such that when the Mahdi and Jesus do come, they will find the Muslims ready to be led to that in which their glory and honour lies [both] in this life and the hereafter, so they must work for that as Allaah the Most High ordered, ‘And say, ‘Do [as you will], for Allaah will see your deeds, and [so will] His Messenger …’’” [Tawbah 9:105]

Ad-Da’eefah, 13:382-383.

Also read: Al-Albaani on Boycotting The Goods of Those who Slaughter Your Brothers Like Sheep.

Al-Albaani: “Don’t Be Bigoted or Fanatical Towards Me.”


 

Shaikh Saalih as-Suhaimi, may Allaah protect him, said, “So it is not allowed to be bigoted for personalities nor to consecrate them—men are known by the truth, it is not the truth which is known by men.

And there is a situation that occurred which I will relate about our Shaikh, Shaikh Muhammad Naasirud-Deen al-Albaani, may Allaah have mercy on him, when I visited him just before his death by about a month and a half.

After I gave him salaam some of the brothers introduced me to him, so he said, ‘You’re introducing him to me, the disputant concerning fasting on Saturday and praying more than one Jamaa’ah [in a mosque]?’

So I said to him, ‘O Shaikh of ours! I still hold that opinion, I hold it to be permissible to repeat the congregational prayer more than one time and I still hold the legitimacy of fasting on Saturday as long as a person doesn’t single it out alone as the day to be fasted on, in opposition to you—and you are the one who taught us this, O Shaikh of ours.

So he tightened his grip on my hand, may Allaah have mercy on him, and I have never forgotten the pull of his hand at that moment, and said, ‘This is how we want the students of knowledge to be—not being bigoted towards me nor others—so may Allaah reward you with good.’

And I attended a debate between him and our Shaikh, Shaikh ’Abdul-Muhsin al-’Abbaad al-Badr where each one of them revered the other, [the debate being] about cutting off more than a fistful of the beard which was the opinion Shaikh al-Albaani held based upon the narration of ’Abdullah ibn ’Umar, so we enjoyed this debate for about two hours, with each of them, both our Shaikh, Shaikh ’Abdul-Muhsin al-’Abbaad al-Badr and our Shaikh, Shaikh Muhammad Naasirud-Deen al-Albaani, respecting each other [throughout].

And when Shaikh Muhammad Naasirud-Deen al-Albaani met our Shaikh, Shaikh Humood at-Tuwaijiri, may Allaaah have mercy on him, [prior to which] there had been strong rebuttals [between them] concerning the issue of the hijaab, when they met they honoured one another and when a question was put forth each one of them would refer it to the other.

‘These are my forefathers so bring me their likes
When, O Jarir, the places of assembly bring us together.’

These are the peerless scholars who left, and a huge breach was created because of their departure.”

“Following a Scholar as Though he is the Lord of the Worlds who has the Right to Legislate.”


 

The Imaam said, “So a Muslim individual’s following a scholar, not going to anyone else except him, as though he is the Lord of the Worlds who has the right to legislate—no one from mankind has this right whatsoever, even the Prophet  would relate what was revealed to him from his Lord.”

Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 101.

We Are not Shee’ah: “It is Not Allowed for us to Take a Specific Person to be an Imaam and not Benefit from the Knowledge of Others …”


 

 

The Imaam said, “It is not allowed for us to take a specific person to be an Imaam and not benefit from the knowledge of others because the truth which Allaah تبارك وتعالى revealed to His Prophet is not restricted to being found in one man after him .

We do not believe about the Companions who succeeded him what the Shee’ah believe about ’Ali ibn Abi Taalib, [i.e.,] that all of the knowledge which the Prophet had in his chest was transferred to ’Ali, we do not believe this, for this reason they believed him to be infallible and held him to be like the Prophet in terms of infallibility.

We say: the knowledge which was in the Prophet’s chest  was transferred to the Companions—not just one Companion—for this reason, whoever wants to gain knowledge or gain an abundant portion of it cannot do so from only one person, rather he must benefit from all of them, for if not, he will have forfeited a great deal of it.”

Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 101.

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