Translated by Ahmed Abu Turaab
What do you say about those who conclude their recitation of the Quraan by saying, “Allaah, the Almighty, has spoken the Truth [Sadaqallaahul-adheem]?” And does this sentence have an origin in the Sharee’ah? And is the one who says it called an innovator?
Al-Albaani: We do not doubt that the habitual reading of this sentence after every instance of recitation is from the newly-invented innovations which was not around at the time of the Salaf as-Saalih.
And it is befitting that you take note of the fact that innovating in the religion is not because the innovation–in and of itself–is something condemned, for the innovation maybe be something acceptable, something amiable, yet along with that it is called an innovation and misguidance. As Abdullaah ibn Umar indicated when he said, “Every single innovation is misguidance even if the people hold it to be something good.”
So the saying, “Allaah, the Almighty, has spoken the Truth,” is a beautiful phrase just as Allaah the Most High said, “And who is more truthful than Allaah in statement,” [Nisaa 4:122].
But for us to say, “Allaah, the Almighty, has spoken the Truth,” every time we read ten aayahs [for example], … then I fear that a day will come when this sentence in relation to the aayahs recited [before it] will be like the addition of sending salaah on the Prophet after the call to prayer [which is also an innovation].
As for the fact that some of them use the saying of Allaah the Most High, “Say Allaah has spoken the Truth,” [Aali Imraan 3:85] as a proof for the legitimacy of saying it, then it is like those who claim that the proof for saying, “Allaah … Allaah … Allaah …” to remember Him [i.e., during dhikr] is His Saying, “Say Allaah …”
So His Saying, “Say Allaah has spoken the Truth,” has another occasion [for which it is appropriate].
Al-Masaa’il al-‘Ilmiyyah wal-Fataawaa ash-Shar’iyyah, Fataawaa ash-Shaikh al-Allaamah Muhammad Naasirud-Deen al-Albaani, fil-Madeenah wal-Imaaraat, of Amr Abdul-Mun’im Saleem, pp. 162-163.