Shaikh al-Albaani

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On Saying Aameen in the Prayer


 

The Imaam said, “And in another hadith, [there occurs], ‘So say, ‘Aameen,’ Allaah will answer you,’ … i.e., He will answer your supplications—and this is a mighty encouragement to say Aameen—so one must make sure to give it attention, so said an-Nawawi.”

Asl-Sifatus-Salaah, 1/387.

In a Three or Four Rak’ah Prayer, When Does One Raise One’s Hands After Having Read the Tashahhud?


 

 

Questioner: In a three or four rak’ah prayer, does one raise one’s hands after the tashahhud when he intends to get up or after he [actually] gets up?

Al-Albaani: No, the first situation [that you mentioned is correct], when he is about to get up, not after it, before, when he intends to get up he says, “Allaahu Akbar,” and raises his hands.

Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 134.

“Allaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahu Akbar.”


Questioner: … we want a clarification about something which we have become used to or which we see in our country, i.e., lengthening the takbeer [i.e., saying, ‘Allaahu Akbar,’ in the prayer] and making it different in length according to the different pillars [of the prayer one happens to be performing at the time], like the standing or the opening takbeer [to start off the prayer], or the middle or final tashahhud, and so on.

Al-Albaani: This is an issue which in reality we are not familiar with as being from the Sunnah, even though it has been mentioned in some of the books of fiqh, specifically Shaafi’i fiqh.

And if I, as is said, were to forget I [still] won’t forget an Imaam with us in Damascus who used to pray in the mosque and who was my shop’s neighbour, he was bigoted towards his Shaafi’i madhhab and would say, and I don’t mean Imaam ash-Shaafi’i would say but rather some of his followers, [that] the Imaam should extend the takbeer from pillar to pillar [in the prayer].

So if he wants to prostrate after having raised his head from rukoo’ he should carry on saying, “Allaaaaaaaahu Akbar,” until he puts his head on the ground in prostration, and this [extension] is somewhat acceptable in terms of how long it is, but what grabs one’s attention totally are two things: the Shaafi’i madhhab … this issue [of prolonging the takbeer] we do not know it to be from the Sunnah … but they have another point which is from the Sunnah and which they are envied for, and that is, ‘the sitting at ease,’ and you know that, ‘the sitting at ease,’ is when the person who is praying does not stand up from the second prostration to go into the second rak’ah in one whole movement as the Hanafis and others do, but that he should [instead] sit as though he has forgotten [to get up], [just] as one would do if you had forgotten and you [instead] stayed sitting for the tashahud, but this sitting is short and then he gets up resting on his hands, the Shaafi’i madhhab holds this view.

So the thing which grabs one’s attention and which was what I saw that Imaam doing, and subhaanallaah, he was a giant, obese guy, so he had hardly raised his head from the second sajdah when he started saying, “Allaaaaaaaaaaaaaa …” and he sat down for the sitting of ease all the while continuing to extend [saying] it until he stood up straight—imagine how long he would’ve had to extend his voice, maa shaa Allaah and he had two really big lungs [Shaikh starts laughing] … saying, “Allaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahu Akbar,”—this has no basis in the Sunnah, rather the takbeer is short and concise …

… what can we do, talking about such things will lead us to talk about other [connected] issues so don’t blame us [since now following on from what I said about the takbeer, I will mention that concerning] … the salaam too, many of the Imaams make a mistake [when saying it, since they say], “As-Salaamu alaikum wa rahmatullaaaaaaaaaaaaaah,” this is a mistake, [and what happens is that] he will not have finished saying the salaam but the people praying behind him will have, the opposite to what happened in the first example.

Why? Because he carried on prolonging it, and this is in opposition to the Sunnah, the Sunnah is that he makes it succinct, “As-Salaamu alaikum wa rahmatullah,” there is no need to prolong it, because it puts the people who are following him in a fix such that they end up saying the tasleem, which is the final pillar of the prayer, before him.

So, all of the takbeers of the prayer are like one another, there is no extending or prolonging them, whether that be when getting up from the second prostration to go in to the second rak’ah or when standing up from rukoo’ and so on, the takbeer [is simple], “Allaahu Akbar,” and it’s over.

And up to here is enough.

Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 532.

The Saplings: On the Innovation of People and Youngsters Who Have Barely Finished Secondary School Propping Themselves Up As ‘Daa’ees’ When They Know Only Simple Rulings and Maybe Some Aayahs and A Few Hadiths


 

The PDF: The Saplings.

Questioner: Virtuous, kind father, we would like you to explain to us what the correct methodology in the Salafi da’wah is, especially in this time in which tribulations have increased and knowledge has decreased, and what is the difference between organising …? We would like a clarification, may Allaah reward you with good.

Al-Albaani: Concerning da’wah, then none except the people of knowledge who maintain justice are to carry it out. As for what has become widespread in this time where lots of people who have been given an amount of knowledge that can hardly [even] be mentioned call themselves, ‘Callers to Allaah,’ then—and maybe you will find this surprising but I take the responsibility for what I [am about to] say—in my opinion this is one of the innovations of the present age.

It is from the innovations of this day and age that thousands of callers have spread out amongst the people who do not have knowledge of the Book nor the Sunnah or the narrations of the Salaf, in fact, [they do] not [even have knowledge concerning] the existent madhhabs that are blindly-followed today.

All they know are a few simple rulings and maybe some aayahs and some hadiths—which even someone from the people who has the least amount of knowledge can say—and then they prop themselves up as callers.

When they are then asked about a topic they are at a loss and are not able to answer, and they may go and answer based upon manifest ignorance, this is from the blights of the present day and age.

And it doesn’t stop at these sprouting youth, rather we may find old men who have not been given an abundant share of knowledge who have become famous as callers to what? To Islaam, but they [in fact] fight Islaam by fighting the Sunnah of Allaah’s Messenger  without which a Muslim cannot understand Allaah’s Book, so how can someone who is ignorant of the knowledge of the Sunnah and who fights some of it, [who] at the very least [fights it] in ’aqeedah, [how can someone like that] be a caller to Islaam?

… likewise today there are callers who have not been given an abundant amount or a lot of knowledge of the Sunnah according to which the Noble Quraan can be explained correctly.

So what is one to say about people like these?

In fact, what are we to say about the present day saplings who have barely finished secondary school let alone obtained a more advanced certificate from … even a professor’s certificate … even in Sharee’ah … what are we to say about these people who have propped themselves up to call to Islaam?

And he  said as is reported in Saheeh al-Bukhaari and Muslim, from the hadith of ’Abdullaah ibn ’Amr ibn al-’Aas, “Verily, Allah does not take away knowledge by snatching it from the people but He takes away knowledge by taking away the scholars, so that when no scholar remains, the people turn to the ignorant as their leaders. Then they are asked to deliver religious verdicts and they deliver them without knowledge—so they go astray [themselves], and lead others astray.”

… before everything, calling to Allaah must be done based upon knowledge:

وَمَنۡ أَحۡسَنُ قَوۡلٗا مِّمَّن دَعَآ إِلَى ٱللَّهِ وَعَمِلَ صَٰلِحٗا وَقَالَ إِنَّنِي مِنَ ٱلۡمُسۡلِمِينَ
“And who is better in speech than he who invites to Allaah and does righteous deeds and says, ‘I am one of the Muslims.’” [Fussilat 41:33]

If he is not a scholar who acts upon his knowledge then he will not be a righteous scholar, and someone who does not have something, as was said in the past, cannot give it.

So it is obligatory that the caller be a scholar, and this [too] is not enough, he must be a scholar of the Book and the Sunnah and not of some of the fiqh opinions of those who came later …

… this is the first thing, that he be a scholar, and secondly that he be a scholar of the Book and the Sunnah on the methodology of the Salaf as-Saalih. And lastly that he acts upon his knowledge, because even if calling to Allaah were done correctly one hundred per cent but is not coupled with that caller’s actions then it will not have the desired effect on the masses because people pay heed to following the actions of the people of knowledge and excellence more than they do their statements.

Rihlatun-Noor, 37.

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


 

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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