Shaikh al-Albaani

Translations From His Works

Tag: guidance

Adding the words, “ونَسْتَهْدِيْهِ And we seek His Guidance,” or “… وَنَتُوْبُ إِلَيْهِ … we turn to Him in repentance,” to the Khutbatul-Haajah


 

“Our Shaikh, may Allaah have mercy on him, said in Silsilah al-Ahadith as-Saheehah (5/6), “I have heard more than one person from the preachers increasing upon this by saying, ‘ ونَسْتَهْدِيْهِ … and we seek His Guidance …’! And while we thank them for reviving this sermon [of need], [using it] in their sermons and lectures, [at the same time] we see it incumbent upon us to remind them that this addition has no basis reported in any of the paths of narration through which this sermon is reported–the Sermon of Need–which I had gathered in a well-known treatise specifically about it, ‘And remind, for reminding profits the believers.’” [Dhaariyaat 51:55].

And in [his book] ‘The Advice’ on page 77 he said, “And the wording, ‘ونَسْتَهْدِيْهِ … and we seek His Guidance …’ is an addition which has no basis in any of the paths of narration of the hadith. And I hear this addition, ‘… and we seek His Guidance …’ many times from some of the notable preachers in some of the Arab countries, and for this reason it is necessary to point it out because the words of remembrance with Ahlus-Sunnah are bound by a religious text and not amenable to personal opinion [tawqi̱fi̱yah], as is known from the Sunnah.”

And he said in, ‘The Decisive Refutation,’ on page 5, “Some of the preachers, and other than them, add [the wording], ‘ونَسْتَهْدِيْهِ … and we seek His Guidance …’ or other than it like, ‘وَنَتُوْبُ إِلَيْهِ … and we turn to Him in repentance …,’ so it should be noted that that has not been reported and it is not permissible to increase upon the teaching of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم, as is known.”

As-Saheeh al-Mustakhraj, p. 5.

The Shaikh’s Life in his Own Words … 14


 

 

His Advice to the Ummah

“I advise the Ummah to return to holding firm to its religion, the Book of its Lord, and the authentic Sunnah of it’s Prophet, acting upon it in all aspects of life, shrouding itself in its excellence and manners, and that it judges everything that it takes as religion against the Book of Allaah and the Sunnah of His Messenger, holding firm to what agrees with them both and disregarding whatever opposes them.  Since the affair is as the great Imaam Maalik ibn Anas, the Imaam of the place of hijrah [i.e., Medinah] said, “Whoever introduces an innovation into Islaam believing it to be good, has assumed that Muhammad, صلى الله عليه وسلم, betrayed [his delivery of] the Message.  Read the saying of Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, ‘This day, I have perfected your religion for you, completed My Favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islaam as your religion.’  And the latter part of this nation will not be rectified except by that which rectified its first part.

Al-Albaani was not the head of any Sect or Group

The article [an article written by a minister in one of the Emirates and which was then circulated in a number of newspapers like Al-Bayaan and which threw many accusations against the Salafis (compiler’s footnote)]  did not  suffice with this allegation [alone], but rather added another to it, which related to me personally and which was more manifest in its falsehood than its previous allegations, so it mentioned, “And a person by the name of Naassirud-Deen al-Albaani heads it.”

So this is a lie and total falsehood, and everyone who knows me personally bears witness to that.  For verily my  devotion to authoring written works and checking and verifying for more than half a century comes between me and this alleged headship.  And this would have been if my soul inclined towards that, then how can it be when it is in direct opposition to my natural disposition which inclines to a knowledge-based approach?!

The Musnad of Abu Ya’laa.

“… Then I completed reading it in its entirety.”

I found the second volume of it in the general library in Ribat, I read it and benefitted from it and that was during my first journey to Morocco at the end of the fourth month in the year 1396 [1976 ce].

Praying the Istikhaara Prayer when making a Judgement on a hadith

So [concerning the hadith in question] I prayed to Allaah, the Most High, for guidance [Istikhaarah] and then placed it here [i.e., in his book As-Saheehah] due to its being strengthened when all of its varying paths of narration are taken into consideration.”

 Hayaatul-Allaamah al-Albaani, rahimahullaah, bi qalamihi, pp. 28-30.

The Shaikh’s Life in his Own Words … 9


His Sudden Departure from Amman back to Damascus
and then to Lebanon

“It was while I was preparing for the third lesson that I was shocked to hear of that which forced me–in such a manner that I had no choice whatsoever–but to leave Amman and my dependents therein since it was no longer possible for me to stay there.  Thus I travelled back to my first place of migration, Damascus, and that was during a Wednesday afternoon, the 19th of the month of Shawwaal, 1401 [August 1981 ce].  I arrived there at night in an extremely bleak and sombre state, imploring and beseeching Allaah, the Most High, to avert the evil that has been decreed and also the plots of the enemies.

I remained there for two nights and in the third, after seeking counsel and praying for guidance [istikhaarah], I travelled to Beirut with great caution and fear due to what was known of the great trials and tribulations there and the wanton killings.  The route to Beirut was surrounded by danger but Allaah, the Blessed and Most High, saved me and made it easy.  I arrived at Beirut during the first third of the night, heading to the house of a dear brother of mine, a devoted, close friend who received me with his well-known kindness, manners and hospitality, and who who took me in as a respected and honoured guest, may Allaah reward him with good.

When I settled down in his house and my mind was no longer preoccupied with the difficulties of travelling, it was only natural that I [should] seize the opportunity of this sudden isolation, thus I turned all of my attention to studying and reading in his populous, rich library that was full of books and rare manuscripts, it contained most of the resources that I needed and many others that I did not have in my library in Damascus.

I asked him to show me the catalogue of the manuscripts and photocopied material that were in his hands and which he had written down on cards.  He responded to that with an open heart and righteous Islamic manners that were well-known about him.  May Allaah reward him with good.”

Hayaatul-Allaamah al-Albaani, rahimahullaah, bi qalamihi, pp. 18-19.

[Translators note: It was as a result of this journey that the Shaikh completed his book, Raf’ul-Astaar]

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