Shaikh al-Albaani

Translations From His Works

Tag: manners

On Harshness | 13 | Slandering the Scholars of the Hijaaz and Accusing Them of Adulating Taaghuts [Evil Leaders]



Questioner: There are some youth in Holland and elsewhere, Salafis alhamdulillaah, we do not doubt their creed but they say vile things about some of the scholars, especially the scholars of the Hijaaz. They say, ‘We don’t trust them because some of them flatter taaghuts [evil leaders]’ is this correct, O Shaikh?

Al-Albaani: From what I myself hear directly and from those things I hear through others, like you just told me now, it appears to me that those who speak against the scholars and charge them with flattering taaghuts [evil leaders], [it appears to me that] these people who accuse the scholars of the present day are, without doubt, from the youth.

And we, in turn, cannot think ill of them, i.e., of their intent–but we do suspect their knowledge. So firstly, the shallowness of their knowledge and their scant acquaintance with correct Islamic fiqh and [secondly] with Islamic manners which the Muslim youth should have been brought and raised up on, it is this, with regret, which the present day and age’s generation of youth has been deprived of.

It is true that there now is an Islamic, as they say, awakening. But I say, firstly, that this awakening is in its early stages, it has not even reached half way yet, let alone its end. Secondly, that this awakening is an ideological and knowledge-based one which has not been accompanied by an awakening in manners.

For this reason we advise these youths to apply themselves eagerly to seeking knowledge and to do so sincerely for Allaah the Mighty and Majestic, firstly. And that they rectify/discipline themselves and teach themselves Islamic manners.

And if they do that, they will withhold their tongues from speaking ill of people in general, let alone speaking about the honour of the scholars who are the elite of this Ummah.

Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 574.

Silsilah| The Authentic Collection| Nos. 8-10


اِتَّقُوا اللهَ وَصِلُوا أَرْحَامَكُم

From Abdullaah ibn Mas’ood, in marfoo’ form, “Fear Allaah and maintain your ties of kinship.”

As-Saheehah, no. 869.


أَثْقَلُ شَيْءٍ فِي الْمِيْزَانِ: اَلْخُلُقُ الْحَسَنُ

From Abud-Dardaa, from the Prophet, , صلى الله عليه وسلم, “The heaviest thing in the Scales is good manners.”

As-Saheehah, no. 876.


أَنَّ رَجُلاً قَالَ لِلْنَّبِيِّ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ: أَخْبِرْنِي بِكَلِمَاتٍ

أَعِيْشُ بِهِنَّ وَلَا تُكْثِرُ عَلَيَّ فَأَنْسَى، قَالَ: اِجْتَنِبِ الْغَضَبَ

ثُمَّ أَعَادَ عَلَيْهِ، فَقَالَ: اِجْتَنِبِ الْغَضَبَ

From a man among the Companions of the Prophet, صلى الله عليه وسلم, that a man said to the Prophet, صلى الله عليه وسلم, “‘Give me some words which I can live by, and do not make them too many, in case I forget.’  He replied, ‘Refrain from anger.’ So the man repeated his request.  So he said, ‘Refrain from anger.’”

As-Saheehah, no. 884.

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]

“Why does he not give salaam …?”


 

“One day we were in a lecture being held at someone’s house. Whenever the owner of the house would come in or leave he would not give salaam assuming that by doing so he would be disturbing the lesson.  So the Shaikh turned to him and asked, “Why does he not give salaam when he enters and leaves?”  And so the lesson changed topic and ended up being about the manners concerning giving salaam when entering and leaving and the manners of seeking permission and so on.”

Muhaddithul-Asr, Muhammad Naasirud-Deen al-Albaani of Samir ibn Amin al-Zahraani, p. 31.

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