Shaikh al-Albaani

Translations From His Works

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The Shaikh’s Fatwaa Concerning the Menstruating Woman Sitting in the Mosque



Questioner:
The menstruating woman, the Prophet permitted her to enter the mosque except that she is not allowed to perform Tawaaf?

Al-Albaani: Yes.

Questioner: [If she enters the mosque does she] or does she not pray the two rak’ahs performed upon entering the mosque [Tahayyatul-Masjid]? Does she pray or [just] sit down in the mosque?

Al-Albaani: She sits down without praying, it’s not allowed for her to pray, she sits in the mosque without praying.

Questioner: … [she sits] without praying, but what is the proof for that, O Shaikh?

Al-Albaani: The proof is the hadith I mentioned to you which is in Sahih Bukhaari, “Do what the pilgrims do, except that you should not perform tawaaf and nor pray.” So what does the pilgrim do? He enters the mosque, prays, performs tawaaf, sits, and reads the Quraan—the Prophet allowed her to do all of that but excluded the prayer and the tawaaf from it.

Questioner: This noble Prophetic hadith [states] that it is not allowed for her to pray …

Al-Albaani: Yes, and there are other hadiths about the fact that the woman does not pray or fast but that she makes up the fast but not the prayer.

Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 160.

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.

“Carpenter, change the side the door opens on …”


Shaikh Ali Hasan said, “The Shaikh, may Allaah have mercy upon him, called a carpenter to his house and requested that he change the side from which the door of his library opens from one side to the other!

So the carpenter responded, “From one side …” looking stunned, “… to the other?”  Trying to ascertain what use and benefit there would be in doing that.

So our Shaikh answered him saying, “When the door opens towards the left side then this increases the distance to my library by a number of steps!  And I go to the mosque [to pray] five times a day along with having to go out once or twice for household chores or for personal matters.  So how much of my time is wasted, when accumulated, as a result of all those extra steps which could be eliminated or reduced?

So when the opening of the door is changed from this side to that we can benefit from all of this lost time since it is so priceless and infinitely important.””

Su’aalaat of Ali Hasan al-Halabi, vol. 1, p. 38-39.

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