Shaikh al-Albaani

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Shaikh Abdul-Qaadir as-Sindhi Staunchly Defending Shaikh al-Albaani Against the Person who was the Prime Reason for Al-Albaani Leaving Medinah


 

“Dr. Falaah Ismail Mundakar said, ‘We used to study with our Shaikh, Shaikh Abdul-Qaadir Habeebullaah as-Sindhi, and he was from the major scholars, he used to teach us, ‘Nukhbatul-Fikr,’ in the Haram [of Medinah] and the people used to want to devour his speech and explanations of mustalah, the science of hadith and the narrators, it being so sweet. The Shaikh had moved from a house which was close to one that was far, and I had a car but he didn’t … so it was an opportunity for me to take him to his house. We left the Haram and stood there waiting while the brothers left to go and bring the car close to the Gate of Umar since it was next to the street.

Then one of the Shaikhs and judges came, and there is no harm in naming him, it was Atiyyah Muhammad Saalim, he came—and he was a judge who lived and was connected to Medinah, he came and gave a very warm salaam to the Shaikh and I gave him salaam [too].

He said [to Shaikh Abdul-Qaadir], ‘O Shaikh! Where is the treatise? Where is the book? Fear Allaah! Why are you hiding knowledge?! I want to print it, I will print it at my own personal cost, give me the book! Bring it out! Produce the knowledge and do not hide it.’

Shaikh Atiyyah was a judge, and all of the Shaikhs were apprehensive of the judges because they always sit with the princes and the government.

Shaikh Abdul-Qaadir started to excuse himself saying, ‘Wallaahi, I will soon search … I don’t know where I put it … I will search for it amongst my papers …’

Shaikh Atiyyah left and [then] Shaikh Abdul-Qaadir said to me, ‘Ahhh! Do you know what he wants?’

I said, ‘No, Wallaahi O Shaikh, I don’t know.’

He said, ‘Did you see him?’

I said, ‘Yes, I saw him.’

He said, ‘However many souls he had … even if he had a hundred souls and dropped right here and one soul after the other left him … the souls left him and he died—I will not give him the book!’

I said, ‘O Shaikh, what is this book?’

He said, ‘O Shaikh, they were some words that I had written to my brother, my beloved, Shaikh Naasirud-Deen al-Albaani where I answered him in some issues, he [i.e., Shaikh Atiyyah] came while I was writing and he saw it with me in the library and from that day on he’s been after me.’

Then Shaikh Abdul-Qaadir said to me, ‘By Allaah, if he were to die, and then be brought back to life, and then die and be brought back to life [again]—I will not give him the book, I will never distribute it.’

I said to him, ‘Why, O Shaikh of ours?’

He said, ‘Because he wants to quench his rage! By Allaah, he doesn’t want it as a matter of knowledge between us and our Shaikh [al-Albaani], if he wanted it for the sake of knowledge and to sincerely advise, it would’ve happened.’

[Then] he said to me, ‘Do you know that he is the reason that the Shaikh [i.e., al-Albaani] had to leave Madinah or don’t you know that?’

I said, ‘Wallaahi, I had heard.’

He said, ‘He is the reason, the prime reason that Shaikh al-Albaani was made to leave Madinah—I’m going to give it to him?!’

I said, ‘No, and may Allaah reward you with good, don’t give it to him!’'”

Al-Imaam al-Albaani, Shaikhul-Islaam wa Imaamu Ahlis-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah fi ’Uyoon A’laam al-’Ulamaa wa Fuhool al-Udabaa, pp. 118-120.

“He was Buried in the Clay from Which he was Created.”


 

From ’Abdullah ibn Eesaa [who said]: Yahyaa al-Bukaa narrated to us from Ibn Umar that an Ethiopian was buried in Madeenah.  So the Prophet of Allaah صلى الله عليه وسلم said:

دُفِنَ فِيْ الطِّيْنَةِ الَّتِي خُلِقَ مِنْهَا
“He was buried in the clay from which he was created.”

Reported by Abu Nu’aim in Akhbaar Asbahaan (2/304) and al-Khateeb in Al-Muwaddah (2/104).

Hasan


I [Al-Albaani] say: and this chain of narration is weak.  Yahyaa al-Bukaa, who is Ibn Muslim al-Basree is weak.  Like him is ’Abdullah ibn Eesaa, who is al-Khazzaaz al-Basree.  And due to him alone al-Haithamee declared it to be defective (3/42) after he attributed it to al-Tabaraani in Al-Kabir.

And it has a supporting narration in the hadith of ’Abdullah ibn Ja’far Najeeh [who said] my father narrated to me [saying that]: Unais ibn Abu Yahyaa narrated to me from his father from Abu Sa’eed [who said]:

‘That the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم passed by Al-Medinah and saw a group of people digging a grave.  So he asked about it.

So they said, ‘An Ethiopian who came [here] and then died.’

So the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said, ‘None has the right to be worshipped except Allaah.  He was led from his land and his sky to the soil that he was created from.’

Reported by al-Bazzaar [no. 842, Kashful-Astaar], and [p. 91, Zawaa’id Ibn Hajar] and he said, ‘We do not know it from Abu Sa’eed except through this chain of narration.  And Unais and his father were both righteous.’

I say: [one of the narrators] ’Abdullah ibn Ja’far is weak and I do not know his father.  And it has another supporting narration from the hadith of Abud-Dardaa and his likes.  Al-Haithami said, ‘At-Tabaraani reported it in Al-Awsat and Al-Ahwas ibn Hakeem is in it.  Al-Ijlee declared him to be trustworthy and the majority declared it to be weak.’

So in my opinion, through all of its chains of narrations, the hadith is hasan.  And Allaah knows best.’

As-Saheehah 1858.

A Conversation with his Wife | 4 | How did Umm al-Fadl help the Shaikh in his Knowledge?


Translated by Ahmed Abu Turaab

     “Our noble mother, did you have a role to play with regard to the level that our scholar and Shaikh, al-Albaani, reached in terms of excellence and knowledge in the religion of Allaah and the Sunnah of His Messenger عليه الصلاة والسلام. Because this concerns us greatly, how can we encourage and help our brothers and families in seeking knowledge? Was there a piece of research or an opinion in a matter or point of knowledge that may have popped up that was shared between you and the Shaikh, may Allaah have mercy on him, and did you benefit from his knowledge?

Your daughter and someone who loves you for the sake of Allaah.”

As for benefitting from [his] knowledge, then all praise is due to Allaah, we benefitted vastly from him. In fact, my family, Aal-Aabideen, and others benefitted from him after we got married. Many times people will ask me about a legislative ruling so I say, ‘The Shaikh used to say such and such about that,’ and if I don’t know, [then] on their behalf I ask some of the Shaikh’s students who were close to him and who he trusted.

As for my role in his knowledge, then I am not even a student of knowledge, and how can someone like me share with him in his knowledge and his precise knowledge-based research?

But I used to prepare the environment for him, as they say, as much as I was able to. I would serve him, his guests and his students as much as I could, for he did not have a maid and he would never accept having a maid in the house.

May Allaah grant you success, was-salaamu alaikum.

     “What effect did leaving Medinah al-Munawwarah have on our great scholar, i.e., when he moved from there?”

The Shaikh was greatly affected when he left Medinah an-Nabawiyyah. He used to regard the days he spent in the City of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم as the best of his life. But [at the same time] that did not ever stop him from continuing in his knowledge-based projects.

     “What is the most distinguished Islamic event that he participated in while residing in Medinah al-Munawwrah?”

As for the most distinguished Islamic even that occurred there then I do not know for I was not with him.

     “In the opinion of our Khaalah, Umm al-Fadl, how do we honour a great scholar like him?”

As for honouring the Shaikh then there is nothing like supplicating for him and adhering to the methodology which he would always call to and which he would summarise in two words: purification and cultivation. Namely, purifying the methodology of the Muslims and their heritage from the innovations, heretical superstitions [khuraafaat] and weak hadiths and so on, while cultivating [the people] upon the true methodology and the upright religion. The Shaikh used to regard one of the greatest problems of the Muslims, especially those who claim to be following the Sunnah, to be correct cultivation upon the sound methodology. And by and large, this cultivation requires a long period of time and great effort.

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 … 13


His Perseverance and Fortitude in Seeking Knowledge

Indeed from the blessings of Allaah upon me is that since more than ten years ago I had gathered thousands of hadiths in more than forty volumes, all referenced to their numerous sources.  I wrote them down in my own handwriting from hundreds of preserved manuscripts in a number of different well-known libraries, such as the Maktabah adh-Dhaahiriyyah in Damascus, the Al-Awqaaf al-Islaamiyyah library in Aleppo, the Maktabah al-Mahmoodiyyah in the Prophet’s Mosque in Medinah, Aarif Hikmah’s library in Medinah al-Munawwarah, and other libraries which contained priceless books on hadith, on benefits, seerah, history, and biographies–things which have still not been printed to this day.  So every time that I would have to research the chain of narration of a hadith in the book Al-Jaami as-Sagheer or its additions, I would return to these volumes, which were organised alphabetically, and I would find the hadith in them with its chain of narration referenced back to the same source that Suyooti himself and other than him had sourced it to.

And it is from this that the secret becomes apparent to whoever among the scholars comes across some of my books in the various knowledge-based subjects–when they see that despite its size,  just one work such as the Prophet’s Prayer Described, صلى الله عليه وسلم, used scores of manuscripts of books that most people have not even been able to discover the names of, let alone read and become acquainted with the hadiths, the chains of narrations, wording, and supporting narrations that they contain!

In the same way Allaah made it easy for me to compile a detailed index, composed of everything that is in this well-established library, from the books of hadith in their varying forms, like the Musnads, the collections, selections, benefits, treatises of hadith collected by a specific scholar, biographies and others.

Pointing out therein that which has not been mentioned in the [official] index of the library to this day, and I arranged this index based upon the names of the authors, in alphabetical order.  I did the same with their actual works, arranging them in this order under the name of each author, writing a very brief biography mentioning in it the date of birth, death and whether he was trustworthy or weak as a narrator and so on.  Finally at the end I placed a general index including all of the books also arranged in alphabetical order.

The most important of the knowledge-based projects that I have is what I have called, ‘Bringing the Sunnah to the Ummah.’  I intended therein to gather all that I could that was authentic form the sayings of the Prophet, صلى الله عليه وسلم, in one book, upon the methodology of the scholars of hadith and their knowledge-based principles in differentiating between those narrations that are authentic and weak.  I ask Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, that he makes its realisation easy for me.

For verily I spent my youth on it, as I did my middle years, and I am completing it, even now, during my old age, all the while asking Allaah, magnificent in His Loftiness, that I be from among those concerning whom the Prophet, صلى الله عليه وسلم, said, ‘The best of you are those who live long and who excel in good deeds,’ hoping from Him, the Majestic in His Glory, that I be granted a good ending, and death upon eemaan.

[Translators note: The following paragraph is a completion of the one above which was not included in the book we are going through: “And in conclusion [to the volume he was writing about[, it has not deluded me that I give my thanks and gratitude to my eldest daughter, Umm Abdullaah, who facilitated the proof reading of this volume, and drew ones attention to matters that any author can overlook, let alone one who has reached eighty years of age; things such as missing out a word or sentence, or drawing ones attention to places where hadith checking has been repeated, or where I did not complete a discussion concerning it and so on, so may Allaah reward her on my behalf with the best of rewards.  Likewise the brother Ali [Hasan] al-Halabi, I have benefitted form the notes he wrote on my handwritten original, and some of it he wrote scores of years ago, others he had written on the draft copy that he had had the opportunity to take a look at.  So he, and all others who played a part in getting this volume published under the supervision of my brother-in-law, Nidhaam Sakjahaa, the owner of Al-Maktabah al-Islaamiyah in Jordan, have my deepest gratitude and thanks.”]

His Goal in Life

In reality, my entire goal in this life–after [aiming to] fulfil the actions and rights that Allaah has made obligatory upon me–is nothing but trying to acquaint the Muslims by way of study, lectures and books that I write, with the authentic biography of the Prophet, صلى الله عليه وسلم, [authentic] from every angle as much as I am able to do.  And to encourage them to take it as the singular example for them to follow as Allaah [Himself] encouraged them to do in His, the Most High’s, saying, “Indeed in the Messenger of Allaah you have a good example to follow for he who hopes in (the Meeting with) Allah and the Last Day and remembers Allah much.”

And therein lies the key to their happiness in this life and the next.”

Hayaatul-Allaamah al-Albaani, rahimahullaah, bi qalamihi, pp. 22-28.

The Shaikh’s Life in his Own Words … 7


 

Appointed as a Lecturer at Medinah University

“I was a lecturer in the Science of Hadith at the Islamic University [in Medinah], from 1381 [1961 ce] to the end of 1383 [1963 ce].

In my car I would take with me whichever students I happened to meet on the way to the university and also back to Medinah.  So at all times, my car would be full of them, going and coming.”

His Shaikhs Benefitting from Him

“As for our Shaikhs today, then they are heedless of this legislated ruling.  Many of them will intend to go and pray in mosques such as this [i.e., mosques with graves in them or built on graves etc.].  I used to go with some of them to pray with them at the grave of Shaikh Ibn Arabi – when I was young and when I had not yet understood the Sunnah! Then when I learnt of the prohibition of that I discussed it with this Shaikh [who I used to go with] many times until Allaah, the Most High, guided him and he refrained from praying there.  He would later acknowledge that and would thank me saying that I was a reason for him being guided.  May Allaah, the Most High, have mercy on him and forgive him.

And all praise is due to Allaah who guided us and we would not have been guided were it not for the fact that Allaah guided us.”

What he would say when Praised

He would repeat the supplication of Abu Bakr, the Truthful, “O Allaah!  Do not hold me to account for what they say.  And make me better than what they think.  And forgive me that which they do not know.”

Hayaatul-Allaamah al-Albaani, rahimahullaah, bi qalamihi, pp. 15-16.

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