Calling to Allaah, the Most High
“Communication began between acquaintances, friends and their friends and I made a place in the shop where we could gather and I would teach. Then we saw it fit to move to the house of one of the brothers and then again to another bigger one until we had to rent out the floor of a building for this teaching. The people attending increased in number until the space became congested and the vigour and activity to read hadith, its explanations and chains of narrations reached a high level.
We continued like this until the efforts of those who oppose us were directed at us and so matters became restricted until the lessons were cancelled and the sessions were disbanded.
And here we are, even now, [still] not free of these restrictions, so we gather whenever it is possible and when something comes between us and being able to meet I turn to writing and verifying instead, two things which I can never cut off from.
The Spread of Da’wah outside Damascus
From the results of this positive turn which the da’wah received was that we arranged a program to visit different places, like Aleppo, Latakia, Idlib, Salamiyah, Homs, Hama and ar-Raqqah, and despite the limited time that I had allocated for these cities, the journeys met with tangible success. Since a large number of those who were keen to study the science of hadith would gather at lectures which resembled seminars, books of the Sunnah would be read, questions asked and beneficial debate would flare up.
Except for the fact that this travelling [to spread da’wah] doubled the intensity of the wrath from others [directed at us]. So they doubled their efforts to [cause trouble] before those in places of authority and as a result we were in the centre of one problem after another.”
Hayaatul-Allaamah al-Albaani, rahimahullaah, bi qalamihi, pp. 12-13.