Shaikh al-Albaani

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Shaikh al-Albaani's Daughter Has Passed Away

Shaikh al-Albaani’s daughter, Umm Naasirud-Deen Sukainah, has passed away, رحمها الله.


Al-Albaani Fasting Mondays and Thursdays

“From the day I met him, and maybe this is also true before my meeting him, I never knew him to miss fasting Mondays and Thursdays whether in summer or winter, unless he was travelling or sick.”

Muhaddithul-’Asr, Muhammad Naasirud-Deen al-Albaani, p. 40.

Two Valuable Times to Supplicate Today: Supplicating on the Day of Arafah Along with the Excellence of Supplicating Between Dhuhr and Asr on Wednesday


The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said, “The best of supplications is the supplication of the Day of Arafah. And the best of what I and the Prophets before me have said is, ‘None has the right to be worshipped but Allaah, Alone, without partner, to Him belongs all that exists, and to Him belongs the Praise.’ (Laa ilaaha illallaah, wahdahu laa sharika lahu, lahul-mulku walahul-hamdu, wa huwa alaa kulli shai’in qadir.)”
[As-Saheehah, 1503]

And Jaabir ibn Abdullaah said, “The Messenger of Allaah صلى الله عليه وسلم made supplication in this mosque, the Mosque of Victory (Masjid al-Fath in Medinah), on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and his supplication was answered for him between the two prayers (of Dhuhr and Asr) on Wednesday.” Jaabir said, “Whenever anything severe and serious befell me and I singled out that time and made supplication to Allaah concerning it between the two prayers on Wednesday, I found the answer.”
[Hasan, Saheeh Al-Adabul-Mufrad, no. 704]

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.

On Extending the Du’aa al-Qunoot in Witr


Questioner: Okay, is it allowed for the du’aa al-qunoot … because in the sunnah it is reported as being before the rukoo’, if we do it after the rukoo’  that would be …

Al-Albaani: … that would be following ’Umar etc., but the sunnah is dearer to us.

Questioner: Yes, doing it before the rukoo’ is better?

Al-Albaani: Yes.

Questioner: Okay, if we added an [additional] supplication to the du’aa al-qunoot which has been reported [in the Sunnah], is it allowed? The du’aa al-qunoot well-known as, ‘Allaahummahdini fi man hadaita …,’  if I add other supplications to that of my own accord?

Al-Albaani: No, it’s not allowed, except rarely.

Questioner: Only rarely.

Al-Albaani: Yes.

Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 326.

Also see here.

The Fast of ’Aashuraa and Responding to an Invite

Questioner: Ustaadh, supposing that it’s ’Aashuraa, the fast of [the Day of] ’Aashuraa, and a person close to you has called you over for lunch, if you don’t go, he’ll get upset, so should you take up his invite or complete your fast?

Al-Albaani: If you don’t go he’ll get upset?

Questioner: He’ll get upset.

Al-Albaani: Go, but if there’s no harm [in not going] and he won’t get upset then he supplicates for him and completes his fast.

Questioner: So ’Aashuraa is like other optional acts of worship.

Al-Albaani: Optional, but it has special merit.

Questioner: Responding to an invite is regarded as being obligatory?

Al-Albaani: Yes.

Questioner: When a Muslim invites you then you must respond to his invitation, so the thing which is obligatory is given precedence over that which is optional.

Al-Albaani: That’s it, but if he accepts the excuse then he supplicates for him and asks Allaah to forgive him, if he doesn’t accept [his refusal] then he goes.

Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 25/2.

Is Fasting on Mondays and Thursdays Better than The Fast of Dawud ﷺ?


Questioner: When someone fasts Mondays and Thursdays, is that better or the fast of Dawud?

Al-Albaani: What do you mean by better?

Questioner: Better, superior, which is better?

Al-Albaani: Is what better?

Questioner: Fasting Mondays and Thursdays or the Fast of Dawud [which was to fast one day on and one day off].

Al-Albaani: No, the Fast of Dawud [is better], do you have textual proof that fasting on Mondays and Thursdays is better?

Questioner: No.

Al-Albaani: Thus, an invalid question, since you don’t have a text which states that fasting on Mondays and Thursdays is better but, on the contrary, there is a text stating the opposite of that.

The sum of my research comes to the conclusion that it is possible that we, the followers of Muhammad , [it is possible that] when we fast one day on and one day off, that at the same time as such a fast being the Fast of Dawud it is also possible that it is better than the Fast of Dawud , how so?

Because it is possible that in Dawud’s legislation there wasn’t a prohibition against fasting four days of Eed, in fact it is possible that he never had Eed al-Adhaa or Eed al-Fitr, and maybe he never had the prohibition against fasting on Fridays—we have such prohibitions, so whoever combines implementing what he has been ordered with and stopping at what he has been prohibited from is better than a person who limits himself to doing what he has been ordered with alone.

And so we, when we add to this method of fasting one day on and one day off, which is the Fast of Dawud, [when to that we add] keeping away from the days which have been forbidden [to fast], like Fridays and Saturdays, our fast will be better than continuing to fast one day on and one day off.

And if the fasting day falls on a Friday and it had not been preceded with a [fast on] Thursday, this would not be better, i.e., continuing to fast according to the madhhab of Dawud [would not be better here, because you can’t fast a Friday on its own], what is better is to proceed to fast according to the madhhab of Muhammad in which there are orders and prohibitions, so whatever we are ordered with, we follow, and whatever we are forbidden, we refrain from.

Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 144.

On Being Distant from the Sunnah


The Imaam said, “Today many people are extremely distant from his guidance  in all acts of worship, including funeral rites, due to their turning away from studying knowledge, especially the science of hadith and the Sunnah, and due to them devoting themselves to materialistic knowledge, and working to gather wealth.”

, p. 11.

They Will be Gathered, All Together, in Hell


“And it has already been revealed to you in the Book that when you hear the Verses of Allah being denied and ridiculed, then sit not with them until they engage in another conversation, (but if you stayed with them) certainly in that case you would be like them—verily, Allaah will gather the hypocrites and disbelievers in Hell, all together.”

[The Quraan 4:141]

Allaah will Defend the Prophet’s ﷺ Honour


“And among them are men who hurt the Prophet (Muhammad) and say, ‘He is (lending his) ear (to every news).’ Say, ‘He listens to what is best for you. He believes in Allaah, has faith in the believers and is a mercy to those of you who believe,’—but those who abuse Allaah’s Messenger will have a painful torment.”

[The Quraan 9:61]

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When Does Ishaa Time End?



Questioner: Up until when is ishaa time?

Al-Albaani: Up until half of the night [has passed], since that has been clearly stated in Sahih Muslim, from the hadith of ’Abdullah ibn ’Amr ibn al-’Aas, who said, “Allaah’s Prophet ﷺ  said, ‘And the time for al-Ishaa is until half the night has passed.’”

[It’s time] is not until the true fajr appears for there is no proof for that even if some of the Imaams say so, because that goes against this authentic hadith, “And the time for al-Ishaa is until half the night has passed.”

Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 97.

Al-Albaani Recommending Mahmood Khaleel al-Husari’s Recitation


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In the audio below, Shaikh al-Albaani is teaching some brothers how to correctly perform the adhaan, at about 10:38 in to it, he recommends Mahmood Khaleel al-Husari’s recitaiton:


Here is Shaikh Mahmood Khaleel al-Husari’s recitation of Surah Rahmaan:


More of al-Husari’s recitation here.

Al-Albaani: Purify Your Intentions


Al-Albaani: “Purify your intentions, so that you perform acts of worship as your Lord ordered you to.”

Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 716.

Al-Albaani said, “Allaah’s Forgiveness, My Brothers, Out of All of The Goals of a Muslim’s Life, is The Ultimate.”


Al-Albaani: “Allaah’s Forgiveness, my brothers, out of all of the goals of a Muslim’s life, is the ultimate.”

Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 696.

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