Shaikh al-Albaani

Translations From His Works

Tag: tawheed

We Don’t Worship Personalities: The Other Tawheed—Singling Out the Prophet ﷺ as The Only One who is Followed


 

The Imaam said, “Every Muslim must be sincerely devoted in following his Prophet just as he is sincerely devoted in worshipping his Lord, for that reason on an occasion such as this I say—and this is terminology which goes without saying, especially when what is intended by using it is to remind the people about what they are heedless of, so I say—there are two tawheeds … terminology, just now you heard that the tawheed of Allaah is split into three categories, ruboobiyyah, al-’uboodiyyah and tawheed as-sifaat.

Now I say: there are two tawheeds, one of them is to do with Allaah [i.e., the three categories just mentioned above] and the other is to do with Allaah’s Messenger, you know the detailed elaboration of the tawheed of Allaah عزوجل—as for the tawheed of the Prophet, [then it is] singling him out to be followed such that no one but him is followed, you don’t take anyone else along with the Messenger as someone who is followed, so there is no Prophet after the Prophet of Allaah , emphasising this meaning he said in a long hadith [and] the part from it which demonstrates [the point I’m making] is his saying, ‘If Moses were alive, he would have no choice but to follow me,’ Moses is the one Allaah spoke to directly, if he were alive he would not add anything to what the Prophet ﷺ did—so what is wrong with us Muslims today who don’t care about singling the Prophet out as the only one who is followed?

We now follow our desires, our customs, our fathers and fore-fathers and so on …”

Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 744.

Read these articles here about Al-Albaani’s criticism of those who go to extremes and his warning against worshipping personalities.

It is Not Allowed for Anyone, Apart from the Prophet, to Say that a Specific Individual Has Been Forgiven Because of His Tawheed


 

From al-Haartih ibn ’Ubaid: from Thaabit: from Anas, who said, “Allaah’s Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم said to a man, ‘O so and so! Did you do that?’ He replied, ‘No, by the One besides whom none has the right to be worshipped!’—and the Prophet عليه السلام knew that he had [in fact] done it—so he said to him, ‘Verily, Allaah has forgiven you your lie due to your attestation to, ‘None has the right to be worshipped except Allaah.’’”

Al-Albaani said, “Al-Baihaqi said, ‘… what is intended is to show that even if a sin is great it does not mean that it necessitates the Fire as long as the [person’s] ’aqeedah is correct and he is someone for whom forgiveness has preceded [from Allaah]—and singling out a person in such a way [i.e., to say that a person has been forgiven as the Prophet did with that Companion] is not [allowed] for anyone [to do] after the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم.’”

As-Saheehah, 3064.

The Companions and the Time they Found the Body of the Prophet Daanyaal عليه السلام



Questioner:
The story which the ‘Imaams of the Da’wah’ report in some of their books, that some of the Companions found the body of the Prophet Daanyaal and so dug thirteen graves for it [such that they would bury him in one of them] so that the people would be unable to locate it, how far is this narration authentic?

Al-Albaani: Firstly, at the start of your question you mentioned, the ‘Imaams of the Da’wah, who are you referring to with that phrase?

Questioner: Shaikh Muhammad ibn Abdul-Wahhaab’s grandchildren.

Al-Albaani: But nowadays it usually refers to the Tablighi Jamaa’ah.

Questioner: I didn’t mean that.

Al-Albaani: You didn’t mean that but your wording gave that false impression, that’s why, according to what I understood [when you used that term], I found it strange that you attributed that to them because those people [i.e., Jamaa’atut-Tabligh] do not give important to such noble issues at all.

Questioner: True.

Al-Albaani: [Anyway], what is important is that this narration has an authentic, established basis, having many paths of narration. Right now I do not recall whether the particular details that you mentioned are correct. But what is important is that they really did find [his body] and then dug [the earth] and caused a river to flow over him [i.e., over the grave] such that it was not possible to go to it and glorify it or for it to be worshipped instead of Allaah the Blessed and Most High, this is established.

Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 304.

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