Shaikh al-Albaani

Translations From His Works

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Ibn Baaz Interceding on Behalf of Al-Albaani, may Allaah have Mercy on them both


 

“Shaikh Ibn Baaz interceded for Shaikh Muhammad Naasirud-Deen al-Albaani, may Allaah have mercy on him, to remain in Jordan when they wanted to exile him, whereby he wrote a letter to the King of Jordan which contained advice and a mention of the rank of Shaikh Al-Albaani, so the person in authority there agreed to let the Shaikh stay in Jordan.”

Al-Imaam Ibn Baaz, Duroos wa Mawaaqif wa ’Ibar, p. 51.

So Al-Albaani said, ‘… Forgive me if I have wronged you …,’ and started to cry


 

As-Sadhaan said, “Shaikh Sameer az-Zuhairee who is among the students of the Shaikh, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, ‘I met up with some of the students of knowledge in Jordan one day. As was the norm in such gatherings, the Shaikh was mentioned and one of the people there started a sweeping attack on him due to the difference in methodology [between the two].

I saw no point in debating with this man due, firstly, to his lack of fairness, and secondly, his severe anger which took him beyond the limits of moderation. So I said to him, ‘If this is the image you have of the Shaikh—and he is not as you imagine him to be—then why don’t you give him some advice directly, because he is better than your backbiting and slander of him?’

He replied, ‘Al-Albaani does not accept advice.’

So I said, ‘Have you tried?’

‘I’ve never seen him, but this is unanimous about him,’ he said.

So I said to myself, ‘Subhaanallaah! This man has been affected to such an extent due to his Shaikhs without ever having searched for the truth himself or [without ever] having met the Shaikh even though they live in the same city and have been doing so for years!’

Later I organised a gathering of knowledge in the evening with the Shaikh [held] at my house and I called a whole group of students of knowledge. [I also called] this person who had spoken against the Shaikh—but I didn’t tell the Shaikh anything about that [incident].

Most of the gathering was monopolised by that man who argued with the Shaikh, raised his voice and was infuriated [at Shaikh Al-Albaani], to such an extent that it became apparent that I was angry and embarrassed [on behalf of the Shaikh]. When the Shaikh saw that on my face he turned to me smiling and said, ‘Don’t worry about it/don’t take it upon yourself.’

By Allaah, that smile never left the Shaikh’s face and he continued answering him with proofs from the Book and the Sunnah with great patience and an open heart, as was his habit, may Allaah have mercy on him.

At the end of the gathering the man stood up and said to the Shaikh, ‘I thank Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, that you had [already] changed and that I met you after it!’

The Shaikh said, ‘And have you ever met me before today?’

‘No,’ he replied.

So the Shaikh pointed to one of the brothers from Syria who had accompanied him in [his call to] the Salafi da’wah, and who was, at that time, a guest of the Shaikh in Amman [Jordan], and said, ‘I have not changed. And this brother has accompanied me for more than twenty years in da’wah, and he knows that about me.  Either way, may Allaah reward you with good, and as for me, then I ask you to forgive me if I have wronged you in anything.  And I ask Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, to forgive me if I have wronged any of the Muslims.’

Then he started crying, may Allaah have mercy on him.

And then that person [who had been angry at the Shaikh] could do nothing except cry too, and he started to kiss the Shaikh’s hand and head.

And I never knew him after that to be anything except a Salafi, following [the proofs], who loved the Shaikh and honoured him greatly.’”

Al-Imaam al-Albaani, Duroos, wa Mawaaqif, wa Ibar, of Abdul-Aziz ibn Muhammad Abdullaah as-Sadhaan, pp. 158-159.

Shaikh al-Albaani’s Life | Questions and Answers … 13



His Migration to Jordan and the Secret Service

Al-Huwaini: In some of your books you mentioned in general terms your entrance into Amman, Jordan and then your return to Syria once again due to some powerful circumstances. We’d like to know about this situation.

Al-Albaani: I used to live there in a small, modest house, and was searching for [a piece of] land upon which to build a house, so I chose this piece and started to build. Our brothers were very eager for me to start giving them a lesson, as had been the case before I had settled here. I used to come [to Jordan from Syria] every month, or every other month or every third month–depending on my circumstances, and would give them lessons in the house of Shaikh Ahmad Atiyyah. I would also visit Zarqa and give some lessons there. This was my habit before I settled here.

When I [actually] moved there I became busy with building a house … we [finally] did finish building it and moved in, and all praise is due to Allaah. We used to hold the lesson on the roof of Shaikh Ahmad’s house here not the previous one in which I would give the lesson. The roof filled up with people even though it was large, and the lessons were on Riyaad as-Saaliheen [and would last] for about three quarters of an hour and then questions and answers.

The third lesson had hardly come when the secret service turned up behind me. I had prayed dhuhr in Noor Mosque along with my older brother whose name is Muhammad Naaji Abu Ahmad and that day my son, Abdul-Musowwir, was also with me. I was going up the stairs and my brother was behind me and then my son when someone said to my brother, “Are you so and so?” So I turned around and said, “I am so and so.” So he said, “We need you for a while.”

They took me to the secret service and asked me for my ID and asked me about my work and so on. Then someone else came in and it seemed as though he was senior in rank and said to me, “O Shaikh, your presence in this city here is not wanted.”

So I said to him, “Why? For I have been living here for one year now, and not only this, but in fact I bought a piece of land with the permission of the state, and not only this, but I built a home on it with the permission of the state, and not only this, but I got married to one of its women [too].”

So the senior one among them consulted with another and then left.

They then transferred me to another room and questioned me again. After which they took me downstairs with a soldier and put me in a military car and started to take me from place to place until they took me somewhere where there was a group of people, and judging by their faces most of them were base people, i.e., criminals, and they had their belongings with them. Close to them was an army vehicle so I realised that they were about to be transported, and in one of the centres which they had taken me to, one of the people there had said, “They now want to expel you to Syria.”

Then the sergeant came and said, “Come on them, O Youth, get on.” I was the last of them and refused to get on saying to the sergeant, “I do not want to go to Syria,” even though my exit from Syria was totally normal [i.e. the Shaikh had not fled Syria for doing something wrong etc.], and this is a point which many people are ignorant of, because a few months after I had left, the Syrian Revolution had taken place. After I had settled here [i.e., in Jordan] I didn’t think it a good idea to go back to Syria.

So the sergeant lied to me and said, “We will not take you to Syria, we’re taking you to Erbil instead.” Then they took us in the car to the Jordanian-Syrian border and handed me over to a Jordanian officer, who then permitted me to go to the Syrian border and [once] in Syria they questioned me and so I mentioned the story to them. They gave me a piece of paper which had a note [written] on it, saying, “You must report to the Syrian Secret Service after three days.”

When I went to my brother’s house there and stayed there for two nights I consulted with my brothers: should I go to the Syrian Secret Service or should I leave Syria? So all opinions were unanimous in that I should not go to the Secret Service. They said, “Because you do not know what they [might] do to you.” So based upon this I made my decision and travelled to Lebanon.

I remained there for six months approximately and then one of our brothers from the Emirates came and he had a pass to allow me entry into the Emirates and [so] I spent a few months there.

Then one of our brothers here like Abu Maalik [Muhammad Ibrahim Shaqrah] and others made an effort and got in touch with those in authority [in Jordan] until they were able to take the matter to the King [telling him] that the Shaikh is not a revolutionary and nor is he a political person–he is only a person of knowledge. And they presented two boxes full of [my] books to the Chief Minister and said to him, “This is the Shaikh.” And so those in authority allowed me to enter.

So this is how it was, this is the story you asked about.

Al-Huwaini asked the Shaikh about his reason for leaving Syria [to go to Jordan in the first place] and how it happened?

Al-Albaani: Leaving Syria was a natural matter, a plan for the future, i.e., I had made a plan for myself, saying, “I must withdraw myself from the people in whatever remains from my life, and dedicate what remains from it to complete my projects,” or some of my projects at least. Because as you know in Syria I used to travel widely: from Damascus to Homs, to Hama, to Aleppo, to Idlib, to Latakia. So I didn’t want to become busy with the people such that I would not be able to complete my knowledge-based projects.

So I said [to myself], “I will go to a country where I am not well-known.”  But the reality turned out to be the total opposite, and this is as it is said in some of the Israaeeliyyat narrations [i.e., narrations from the People of the Book], “My servant wants [something], and I want something, and nothing will happen except that which I want,” and this is true without doubt.

So I came for this purpose so that I could live far away from being referred back to and [from being asked] questions and so on, and to devote myself to knowledge, so my departure [from Syria] was totally normal.

Al-Imaam al-Albaani, Hayaatuhu, Da’watuhu, Juhooduhoo fee Khidmatis-Sunnah, of Muhammad Bayyoomi, pp. 23-25.

How Do You Advise Someone Who Claims Prophethood?


Questioner: With us in Zarqa [a city in Jordan] now, O Shaikh, I had mentioned to you some time ago that there is an imbecile who claims that he is the one who will get al-waseelah. [Trans. Note: The Prophet, صلى الله عليه وسلم, told us to ask for al-Waseelah for him in the supplication that is said after the call to prayer as mentioned in Bukhaari and Muslim, he, صلى الله عليه وسلم, said, “… then ask Allaah to grant me Al-Waseelah, for it is a station in Paradise which only one of the slaves of Allaah will attain, and I hope to be the one. Whoever asks for al-Waseelah for me, (my) intercession will be permissible for him.” Bukhaari and Muslim (Eng. trans. vol., 1, p. 488, no. 849.). Look how the Prophet, صلى الله عليه وسلم, said, “ … ask Allaah to grant me al-waseelah…” and “I hope to be the one …” and here is this claimant to prophethood saying with all surety that he is the one who will get al-waseelah!]

Shaikh al-Albaani: Yes.

Questioner: Now a new one has come out.

Shaikh al-Albaani: Maa shaa Allaah.

Questioner: He says, “Indeed I am a Prophet.”

Shaikh al-Albaani: Maa shaa Allaah.

Questioner: And some brothers told me that now, in this mosque which he prays in, lots of tribulation [fitnah] is happening.

Shaikh al-Albaani: Yes.

Questioner: And many people have leaned towards what he says.

Shaikh al-Albaani: Yes.

Questioner: [He says that] that Muhammad, صلى الله عليه وسلم, gave him his share [of Prophethod].

Shaikh al-Albaani: Maa shaa Allaah.

Questioner: And Abu Bakr gave him his share [of knowledge/excellence etc.,] but he gave it away and distributed it amongst his friends and companions.

Shaikh al-Albaani: Yaa Salaam!

Questioner: And Umar, may Allaah be pleased with him, also gave his share to one of the friends of this claimant to prophethood.

Shaikh al-Albaani: Maa shaa Allaah.

Questioner: So some of the people came to us, and from these people, O Shaikh, namely from those who, namely, lean towards his saying [they came and said], “My brother, everything he says is, ‘Allaah said …’ and ‘The Prophet said …’ what’s wrong with that?”

Shaikh al-Albaani: Maa shaa Allaah.

Questioner: Yes, so they said, “We want Shaikh Ali and you to come and sit with this brother,” so I said, “By Allaah, I’ve heard more than one time that with such people we shouldn’t, namely, shouldn’t waste our time with them.”

Shaikh al-Albaani: Yes, by Allaah.

Questioner: I wanted to … by Allaah … our Shaikh I wanted to seek your opinion, because now this matter has become common in Zarqa.

Shaikh al-Albaani: Yes.

Questioner: Yes, and this man, we sat with him three years ago.

Shaikh al-Albaani: Yes.

Questioner: Maybe I mentioned him to you, O Shaikh, he used to … namely, he used to say that he has underground tunnels which he passes through. And one time I went to Kuwait so I mentioned to him, “What did you find in Kuwait? And where did you go?” He said, “I went to the roundabout,” namely, the roundabout that cars go round.

Shaikh al-Albaani: Yes.

Questioner: “And what did you see there?” He said, “I saw a woman wearing a short skirt.”

That’s all he saw.

So we want some advice from you, namely, that you advise us [whether we should] go to him and clarify this man’s deception to the people with clear proof and if not [i.e., if you advise against it] then we won’t, or [maybe you advise] something else [that] we sit with him and some other people, because now he speaks openly and generally, O Shaikh, in front of the common folk and in front of the students of knowledge from the brothers. [In front] of people from [Hizb] atTahrir and the Salafi youth. So what is your advice? He speaks in front of these people.

Shaikh al-Albaani: Yes.

Questioner: Yes, namely, not only in front of the common folk but even in front of some of the students of knowledge, but what is apparent is that he hasn’t tried to talk to any of these.

Shaikh al-Albaani: Yes.

Questioner: Yes.

Shaikh al-Albaani: By Allaah, what comes to mind is that people such as these stupid ones, nothing will suit them except someone who is Abu Sayyaah.

Questioner: Yes.

Shaikh al-Albaani: Do you know what I mean by Abu Sayyaah?

Questioner: Yes, of course, Shaikh.

Shaikh al-Albaani: Yes, I advise that you go to your new companion [i.e., this claimant to prophethood].

Questioner: Yes, understood.

Shaikh al-Albaani: And in one voice overpower/vanquish him.

Questioner: By Allaah, excellent, O Shaikh. Yes, but Shaikh, he is not here now, he’s in France.

Shaikh al-Albaani: Maa shaa Allaah.

Questioner: Yes.

Shaikh al-Albaani: Okay, by Allaah, my brother, let me ask you, every Prophet has a miracle, [say to him], “You, what is your miracle?”

Questioner: [He says that] he is the reviver of this century, O Shaikh.

Shaikh al-Albaani: Never mind that, that is [nothing but] a claim. [Ask him], “What is your miracle?”

Questioner: Yes.

Shaikh al-Albaani: Do you know him from before?

Questioner: Yes, I know him, O Shaikh.

Shaikh al-Albaani: Is he educated or not?

Questioner: It seems as though he has some education.

Shaikh al-Albaani: He has some education. How old is he?

Questioner: Round about forty.

Shaikh al-Albaani: Yes, say to him, “Every Prophet was sent when he was forty.”

Questioner: Yes.

Shaikh al-Albaani: So you ask him firstly, “You, how old are you?” If he says to you that he hasn’t reached forty yet then say to him, “So you haven’t become a Prophet [then].”

Questioner: Yes.

Shaikh al-Albaani: Secondly, [ask him], “What are the signs of your prophethood? Do you have a miracle or clear proof?”

Questioner: Yes.

Shaikh al-Albaani: The Prophet, صلى الله عليه وسلم, came with a clear proof and the Quraan and it is the miracle of all time. [Ask him], “You, what is your miracle?”

O my brother, this [man] needs someone to mock/ridicule him.

Questioner: Yes, by Allaah, O Shaikh.

Shaikh al-Albaani: So don’t tire yourself out …

Mawsoo’atul-Allaamah, vol. 8, pp. 339-344.

Seeking Help from the Jinn


What is the ruling concerning asking the jinn
about matters of the Unseen?

Shaikh al-Albaani said, “We do not hold that one should turn to the Jinn concerning questions about matters of the Unseen since that is one of the causes for the misguidance of mankind. In the Noble Quran, Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, mentioned some of the misguidance of the polytheists of the past. So the Lord of all Creation, the Blessed and Most High, said, narrating the story of the Jinn who came to the Prophet, صلى الله عليه وسلم, and believed in him, part of what those Jinn said was, And verily, there were men among mankind those who sought refuge with the masculine among the jinns, but they (i.e., the jinns only) increased them in sin and disbelief.” Jinn 72:6

Seeking the help of the Jinn in order to gain knowledge of the Unseen is, as some of the people of the past said when disapproving of people seeking help from one another, “… like a prisoner calling for help from another prisoner.” So mankind seeking help from the Jinn to gain knowledge of the Unseen is just like a man seeking the help of another man since both categories, man and jinn, share in the fact that neither of them has knowledge of the Unseen.

As for when by Unseen a matter is intended which actually occurred but is absent from mankind due to the fact that their strength and power is limited and the strength of the Jinn is greater, then likewise we say: it is [still] not befitting [to ask the Jinn]. Since if they are continually called upon the matter will expand just as a hole in a garment keeps increasing until it cannot be patched up[1], and thus the people will fall into associating partners in worship with Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, [shirk], committing shirk in the Attributes of Allaah. Since as you all know Allaah is one in His dhaat [essence], one in the fact that He Alone is worshipped–so none of His Creation whatsoever can share with Him in knowing the Unseen. As He, the Blessed and Most High, said, “(He Alone is) the All-Knower of the Unseen, and He reveals to none His [knowledge of the] Unseen. Except to a Messenger (from mankind) whom He has chosen …” Jinn 72:26-27

So the Prophets and the Messengers themselves did not know the Unseen but Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, taught them some of the matters of the Unseen through revelation.

And there is no Prophet after our Prophet, صلى الله عليه وسلم.

Thus, the path to acquiring knowledge of the Unseen is blocked, whether it is concerning knowledge of those things from the Unseen which have not yet occurred or those things of the Unseen which have occurred but which mankind does not have the strength or ability to acquire [even though they have taken place]. So seeking the aid of the Jinn in this type, without doubt, is humiliating and [nothing but] misguidance, which can lead, as I have just said, to associating partners with Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic.

Perhaps from the modern day proofs of this is what has reached us about your country in particular, Kuwait. That there is a person there who claims to have knowledge of the Unseen such that he ordered his followers to migrate from Kuwait to here, Jordan, and that there would be snow and it would be very cold in Jordan so he ordered them to buy some blankets and other such things to keep themselves warm with and that on the contrary in Kuwait, Allaah forbid, there would be a blazing fire along with other false and futile claims that he made–do you have any knowledge about that?

Questioner: We received some news, O Shaikh, that he is in Syria and there is another in Egypt, from the Sufis.

Shaikh al-Albaani: But there followers here [in Jordan] say that their Shaikh is in Kuwait.

Questioner: This is correct. They have followers dispersed [in different places, some of whom] went to Kuwait. Last Sunday they made an announcement in the newspaper that they were waiting for everybody. And the Shaikh was present in Syria and another in Egypt, and they announced to their followers that the Day of Resurrection was about to be established. So they left the schools, and this is true, and some of them sold their land and left.

Shaikh al-Albaani: Many of them came here.

Someone in the gathering said: The abode of the Shaikh of this tariqah [Sufi way] in Kuwait is that of Fareed Hamdaan. And his son and brother are here [in Jordan].

Questioner: Last Sunday and Monday many of the newspapers announced that one of their Shaikhs was in Syria and the other in Egypt.

Shaikh al-Albaani: It is possible, whatever the case, that there is movement [of these people or Shaikhs] and [people] preferring [one to another]

The proof here is that opening the door to communicating with the Jinn leads man to fall into misguidance which has been forbidden.”

Al-Fataawaa al-Kuwaitiyyah, pp. 38-40.


[1] Shaikh al-Albaani used an old Arabic example here, saying:

اتَّسَعَ الْخَرْقُ عَلَى الرَّاقِعِ

The literal translation would be as I have put in the post, i.e., a hole in a garment is patched up but keeps increasing such that the patch cannot cover the hole anymore and the meaning is as Abu Hilaal al-Askari explained  in Jumhuratul-Amthaal (1/160), “And it means: The problem/corruption increases such that it cannot be rectified or contained.”

The Shaikh’s Life in his Own Words … 8


 

His Migration from Damascus to Amman, Jordan

“Indeed Allaah, through his wisdom, has made a reason for everything and an appointed term for every affair, and He has decreed everything in a most excellent way.  Part of which was that I migrated with my family from Damascus in Syria to Amman [in Jordan], at the beginning of Ramadaan in the year 1400 [1980 ce].  So I undertook the steps to building a house there which I could betake myself to for as long as I was alive and Allaah, through his great favour and grace, made its completion easy.  I began to live there after a lot of hard work and an illness affected me as a result of the effort I put in from purchasing the land, putting down the foundations and [finally] building the house, and I still suffer from it a little, and all praise is due to Allaah in every condition and all praise is due to Allaah through whose blessings righteous actions are completed.  So it was natural that this would divert me from what I was used to doing in Damascus [where I had been] devoting myself to knowledge both studying and teaching, writing and checking – especially since my personal library was still in Damascus for I had not been able to have it transferred to Amman due to well known difficulties and obstacles.  I would console myself daily and wish for it, saying [to myself] that very soon the water will return to its course, but how often the winds flow [in directions] opposite to that which the sailors long for.  For as soon as some of our brothers in Jordan realised that I had settled at home they started to request that I resume the lectures that I used to give them in the years gone by before I migrated to Amman–since I used to travel to it every month or two, giving them a lesson or two on each journey.  They persisted in their request and so even though I had not decided to give any lectures so that I could spend what remained of my energy and life to complete some of my knowledge-based projects–and how many there are–I saw that I had to fulfil their good [natured] request and desire.  So I promised good to them and told them that I would give them a lesson every Thursday after Maghrib prayer in the house of one of our noble brothers whose house was close to mine.

That was realised, by the Permission of Allaah, and I gave them the first and then the second lesson from the book Riyaad as-Saaliheen of Imaam an-Nawawee, and I answered some of their many questions after the lesson, questions which showed their extreme desire for knowledge and to become acquainted with the Sunnah.”

Hayaatul-Allaamah al-Albaani, rahimahullaah, bi qalamihi, pp. 16-18.

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