|sajid_chauhan_81||-- 03-16-2009 @ 5:52 PM|
EVERY hundred years Allah sends someone in this Ummah to revive His religion. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: ıIndeed Allah raises up from this ummah at the beginning of every century someone who will revive it for them (i.e. a mujaddid ).ı
Among several exemplary scholars Islamic history has seen, there have always been some scholars who have strode extra miles to revive Islam. Scholars like Ibn Taimiyyah and Muhammad Ibn Abdul Wahab are two such examples.
In more recent times scholars like Sheikh Abdul Aziz Bin Baz, Muhammad Bin Al-Uthaymeen and Sheikh Badi-ud-deen Shah As-Sindi have all exerted great efforts for the cause of Islam, and indeed Allah aided them and brought glory and success to Islam through them.
However, there is one name that really stands out. His contribution to Islam, especially in the science of Hadith, is second to none in our times. Born and raised in Shkodra, the then capital of Albania, Muhammad Nasriddeen Al-Albani, started his life without knowing that one day he would become one of the leading scholars 20th century has seen. His family was poor. His father, Nuh Najati Al-Albani, was a leading scholar in Hanafi Fiqh. Since his countryıs government was slowly becoming more and more western, he left with his family and went to Damascus, where Nasiruddeen Al-Albani began his studies. It wasnıt long before he finished learning the Quıran, the Arabic language and Fiqh. Sheikh Albani also learnt repairing watches and clocks from his father. It wasnıt long before he mastered the trade.
He began specializing in the field of Hadith and its related sciences by the tender age of 20 and his first assignment was to start transcribing Hafiz Al-Iraqiıs great piece ıAl-Mughnee ıan-Hamlil-Asfar fil-Asfar fee Takhrej maa fil-lhyaa min Al-Akhbarı. It was here where his fascination into the science of Hadith intensified and even though his father discouraged him, Al-Albaniıs love for Hadith just kept growing.
The Sheikh would spend much of his time, sometimes more than 12 hours a day, in Damascusıs Az-Zahiriyah library. He would be so engrossed in research that he would have no time for food. As weeks and months flew by, the Sheikh was given his own room and a set of keys to the library to pursue his study.
Once the Sheikh was up on the ladder to get some books from the top shelf. While looking out, he began to read a book for some information and he ended up standing on the ladder for hours till he finished that book. However, his reading and research did not neglect him from his religious obligations like offering prayer five times a day.
After being regularly invited to give lectures in prestigious Islamic universities and having several of his works published, the Sheikh was invited to teach Hadith at the Islamic University of Madina. The Sheikh called people to worship Allah alone and spared no efforts to revive the Prophetıs Sunnah.
The Sheikh did face several hardships and lived in several countries like Syria, the UAE, Lebanon and Jordan.
Great scholars of our time have praised him extensively. The late Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia Sheikh Muhammad Ibn Ibraheem Aal Sheikh said, ıAnd he is the upholder of the Sunnah, a supporter of the truth and in opposition to the people of falsehood.ı
The late former Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz Bin Baz said, ıI have not seen anyone under the surface of the sky with more knowledge of Hadith in our current times than the likes of the great scholar, Muhammad Nasir-ud-Deen Al-Albani.ı
Sheikh Bin Baz, in fact, was of the opinion that Al-Albani was the Mujaddid of our era. All great scholars including Sheikh Uthaymeen have praised him extensively.
After a life full of seeking knowledge and propagating Islam, the reviver of Sunnah, Sheikh Al-Albani died in 1420 AH/1999 CE when he was 87.
He left his will advising his relatives not to wail over his death and hurry his burial. He donated his entire library that included valuable manuscripts to the library of the Islamic University of Madina because of his ıfond memoriesı of the years he spent teaching there. ı SG
source: Saudi Gazette newspaper of 19 Rabi Al-Awaal 1430 H
|sajid_chauhan_81||-- 08-06-2009 @ 5:15 AM|
Q: People have talked a lot these days about one of the well-known scholars who supported this religion. This scholar is muhammad Nasir Al-Din Al-Albany. They accused him of having no knowledge and that he aroused chaos among people. Some people said "I began to hate him for the sake of Allah." Did the works of this great Shaykh serve Islam and Muslims? I am not biased towards anyone except whoever is on the right side. What can we say to the people who say that people die in Syria and Afghanistan and he is still talking about the weak and authentic Hadith? I would like to know your last word about the Shaykh.
A: It is well-known that this man was a virtuous scholar who protected and served the Sunnah. He was one of the supporters of the Madh-hab (School of Jurisprudence) of Ahl-ul-Sunnah wal-Jama`ah (those adhering to the Sunnah and the Muslim main body) in warning against fanaticism and blind imitation. His books are very useful. But he is like any other scholar in being right and wrong in his views. We hope that he will receive double reward if he is right and one reward for his Ijtihad (juristic effort to infer expert legal rulings) if he is wrong. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, If a judge gives a verdict according to the best of his knowledge and his verdict is correct (i.e. agrees with Allah and His Messengerıs verdict) he will receive double the reward, and if he gives a verdict according to the best of his knowledge and his verdict is wrong, (i.e. against that of Allah and His Messenger) even then he will get one reward. We ask Allah to grant us and you success and to keep you and us firm on the truth away from delusive temptation.
May Allah grant us success! May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and Companions!
Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta'