JEWELS OF GUIDANCE - Ibn Baaz, Ibn Uthaymeen, al-Albaanee

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    Jewels of Guidance

    ...gems from the lives of the three imaams,
    Ibn Baaz, al-Albaanee, Ibn 'Uthaymeen
    - may Allaah have mercy upon them all


    Some parts of the book:

    Jewels of Guidance on http://fatwa-online.com/
    Ibn Baaz - Ibn Uthaymeen - al-Albaanee
    Also see: http://giftsofknowledge.net/
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    Imaam ‘Abdul-‘Azeez Ibn Baaz
    (rahimahullaah)

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    Serving the Ummah Regardless
    Shaykh Ahmad al-Qattan narrates:

    “One day we visited the Shaykh [ibn Baaz] whilst he was suffering from an ailment in his leg. The doctor stood beside the Shaykh for an hour seeking the Shaykh’s permission to begin treating him, but the continuous telephone calls from the people seeking religious answers to their questions led to the doctor standing for a long time. Even when we left the Shaykh, the doctor had as yet been unable to treat him.”

    Give the benefit of the doubt
    Doosh bint Falah ad-Dawsaree narrates:

    “One of the people who used to regularly visit the Shaykh (Ibn Baaz) mentioned that once the Shaykh was extending his greetings to the people who had gathered when a man who smelt of cigarette smoke came and shook his hand. So, one over-enthusiastic person hastened to tell the Shaykh (about this) as if he wished for the man to be rebuked and scolded. However, the Shaykh, with his welcoming heart and good opinion of the people said, paraphrasing: “Do not be hasty in passing judgement! It is possible that he was a passenger with someone who smokes and as a result some of the smell went onto him.””

    During the final hours of his life
    Fahd ibn ‘Abdil-’Azeez as-Sunaydee narrates:

    “Shaykh Talaal ibn Ahmad al-’Aqeel said: In the early evening of 27th Muharram 1420 AH, right after the Maghrib salaah, myself, Shaykh ‘Abdur-Rahmaan al-Ujayree and Misfir al-Moosaa, went to visit the noble Shaykh Ibn Baaz at his home, in Taif. As was his habit, the Shaykh had around him 25 people who had come to visit him. Everyone had their need; this one wants to ask for a fatwa and this one wants to ask a question and this one just came to visit to extend his greetings (salaam) to the Shaykh. On that day, I saw the Shaykh‘s face was radiating with light (noor) and his happiness indicated how much at ease he was and his desire to show love to all those who were gathered around him.

    So, he asked the name of everyone who extended their greetings to him, and if he knew them, he would ask them about their affairs, their family and children. Someone came to the Shaykh and he gave him (enough) to satisfy his needs, and another called from one of the Arab states to ask the extent of his ability to assist him in gaining entry to the Islaamic University in Madeenah. The Shaykh said to him: “Send (us) your papers and we will do what we are able are able to.” Another came to ask him for a fatwa regarding divorce and the Shaykh responded to his question with much composure and wisdom.

    One of the Shaykhs came to extend greetings to the Shaykh on behalf of some of the Shuyookh, and he asked for the Shaykh‘s opinion regarding electric mosquito repellents. The Shaykh replied: “If it is electric, then it is (a form of) fire and thus it is not permissible to strike mosquitoes with fire.”

    Then the servant of the house came with coffee, tea and bakhoor (incense) and the Shaykh continued to answer the telephone, one call after another. To the right of the Shaykh sat Shaykh ‘Abdul-’Azeez ibn Naasir, and to his left sat Shaykh Ibn Moosaa; both of them had papers with them, each one reading one after the other to the Shaykh.

    Suddenly, the Shaykh raised his voice and said: “I ask Allaah ‘Azza wa Jall to grant tawfeeq to everyone with all that is good, and to purify our intentions and to accept from us (our) sincere actions and to grant Islaam and the Muslims honour.” Then he made a long supplication while we responded by saying ‘Aameen.’ Then the adhaan for the ‘Ishaa salaah was called, and we stood and bade farewell to the Shaykh; kissing his hands, which were warm and smooth. Again, he prayed for tawfeeq for us.

    This is what the Shaykh was doing during the final hours of his life.”

    Khayran, inshaaAllaah..
    Shaykh ‘Abdul-Maalik al-Qaasim narrates:

    “Shaykh Muhammad ar-Roomee, a lecturer at the Faculty of Teaching, and someone who was renowned and respected for interpreting dreams, mentioned to me:

    “About a year ago, I met Shaykh Ibn Baaz and he asked me about the interpretation of a dream he had which was as follows: He saw himself on a mountain, and with him was the Messenger (of Allaah) and another man. The Messenger then descended and headed for his masjid (al-Masjid an-Nabawee) in Madeenah. There, he led the prayer and the dream ended.”

    Shaykh ar-Roomee then said: “I interpreted the dream for him, that: ‘Indeed, O Shaykh you will attain the ranks of the siddiqeen and the shuhadaa.’ This is because the Messenger was upon the Mount of Uhud (and this was understood to be the case in the dream) which then began to shake, so he said: “Stand firm Uhud, for indeed upon you is a Prophet, a Siddeeq and a Shaheed.” [Translator’s Note: Musnad of Imaam Ahmad]

    So, it could be the shahaadah (martyrdom) which we pray Allaah ‘Azzaa wa Jall permits the Shaykh to achieve; since he died from a stomach-related illness, or that he prayed for the shahaadah of sidq, and so Allaah granted him both.”

    Shaykh ar-Roomee said: “And when I interpreted the dream for the Shaykh, he lowered his head and said: ‘Khayraan, inshaaAllaah.’”

    Maintaining family ties
    Wafaa bint Muhammad al-Baaz narrates [Translators Note: The Shaykh’s granddaughter]:

    “He was always one to ask about everyone without exception.

    He used to call us by telephone if he missed any of us or if he travelled to Taif or Makkah, and was not one to consider his right to be asked about even though he was more worthy of being asked about.

    He would always say: “I know you are trying to call me or visit me, while I am busy,” and because of this, whenever he would find any time, he would be sure to call and speak to us; asking us about our affairs.”

    The jinn flee
    Shaykh Badar ibn Naadhir al-Mashaaree narrates:

    “One of the (ruqyah) reciters narrates: “That day, I read upon a man who was possessed by a jinn and I spoke to the jinn and said to him; ‘Leave this man, otherwise I will take you to Shaykh Ibn Baaz.’ The jinn cried out, saying: ‘No! By Allaah, if we see Shaykh Ibn Baaz coming along a path, we (change and) go the other way!””

    Inviting to Islaam wherever he may be
    Shaykh Amad ibn ‘Abdil ‘Azeez ibn Baaz narrates:

    ‘When he [Ibn Baaz] would attend hospital (appointments) for treatment, there was a Christian from Belgium amongst those on the medical team of specialists treating him.

    The Shaykh noticed he would speak Arabic like a foreigner so he asked about him and we informed him as to where he was from and his religion. So, the Shaykh invited him over and sat him next to himself and proposed that he accept Islaam (and become a Muslim). He spoke to him about the beauty of the religion of Islaam and encouraged him to accept the truth (which the religion offered).

    This man promised the Shaykh that he would conscientiously read about Islaam and learn more about it so that (when he accepts Islaam) his acceptance will be based upon knowledge and contentment.

    From this incident I learnt of the care and attention he paid to inviting the non-Muslims to Islaam with wisdom and good speech.’
    Translator’s Note: As Allaah (‘Azza wa Jall) says in the Noble Qur’aan – Soorah an-Nahl, Aayah 125: “Invite to the way of your Lord with wisdom and fair preaching.”
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    "This is not enough for my needs"
    Concerning the Imaam, the Shaykh - 'Abdul-'Azeez ibn Baaz (rahima-hullaah), Raashid ar-Raajih narrates:

    “Once, while I was in the presence of the Shaykh, a man came asking the Shaykh for (financial) assistance, so the Shaykh gave him a generous amount. However, the man was not satisfied, and said to the Shaykh “This is not enough for my needs”. So the Shaykh, most humbly and respectfully, said to him: “Take it, and there will be barakah in it, with the permission of Allaah”.

    And it appeared the man understood what the Shaykh had intended, so he took the money, thanking the Shaykh as he left.”

    "...implementing the Sunnah in all (his) affairs"
    Concerning the Imaam, the Shaykh - 'Abdul-'Azeez ibn Baaz (rahima-hullaah), Ibraaheem ibn ‘Abdil-‘Azeez ash-Shi.three narrates:

    “I was in the company of the Shaykh once when someone telephoned the Shaykh seeking a fatwa. Just at that time the mu.adhdhin began calling the adhaan, so the Shaykh said to the questioner:
    “We shall now (listen and) respond to the adhaan”, and he placed the telephone handset down beside him.

    When he finished responding to the (call of the) mu.adhdhin and (reciting) the well-known supplication after the adhaan, he turned to speak to the questioner (still waiting) on the phone and answered his question.
    This is indicative of the Shaykh’s consciousness at implementing the Sunnah in all (his) affairs.”

    “He would...become choked by the news”
    Concerning the Imaam, the Shaykh - 'Abdul-'Azeez ibn Baaz (rahima-hullaah), Doctor Naasir ibn Misfir az-Zahraanee narrates:

    “Whenever it was mentioned to the Shaykh about those from the scholars who had passed away, especially those who were from amongst his close friends and scholars, he would be deeply affected. He would pray for them a lot, and even cry and become choked by the news.

    One day he spoke about his Shaykh, al-‘Allaamah Muhammad ibn Ibraaheem (rahima-hullaah), but was unable to hold himself back from crying. I would sit beside him many times, whilst his assistant would read to us the fataawa of Shaykh Muhammad ibn Ibraaheem (rahima-hullaah), and in some instances Shaykh Muhammad ibn Ibraaheem (rahima-hullaah) would refute Shaykh Ibn Baaz himself, at which the Shaykh would smile and pray for him and ask Allaah to have mercy upon him.”

    “This is just to pass the time”
    Concerning the Imaam, the Shaykh - 'Abdul-'Azeez ibn Baaz (rahima-hullaah), Sa’d ad-Daawood narrates:

    “The Shaykh was very careful in how he spent his time;
    If he was to travel by car to deliver a lecture or to (simply) attend a gathering, then a number of books would be read to him, (so much so that) I don’t know how many books have been read to him whereby he would make beneficial notes in them. And when he was asked about (all) this, he (simply) said: “This is just to pass the time”.”

    The Shaykh advises President Gadaffi of Libya
    Concerning the Imaam, the Shaykh - 'Abdul-'Azeez ibn Baaz (rahima-hullaah), Doctor Bassaam Khidar ash-Shatee narrates:

    "From amongst his noble actions was when he called the President of Libya, Mu’ammar Gadaffi, and informed him of the prohibition of removing the word {Qul} from the soorahs (of the Qur.aan), and that pronouncing it was obligatory. The Shaykh did this, because he had heard the President had ordered the radio stations and the reciters in the masaajid to stop (reciting the word {Qul}), as he had also had the official textbooks changed to affect this order. As a result of Shaykh Ibn Baaz’s call, the President was convinced and returned to that which was (Islaamically) correct.

    Likewise, when he called the former President of Tunisia and explained to him Allaah’s ruling regarding the ud.hiyah sacrifice and fasting, and that both of them do not adversely affect the path of progress and development (of a nation), and he gave the former President convincing evidence to prove this.”

    "I arrived in Riyadh on a cold night..."
    Concerning the Imaam, the Shaykh - 'Abdul-'Azeez ibn Baaz (rahima-hullaah), ‘Abdullaah ibn Muhammad al-Mu’taaz narrates:

    "Shaykh Muhammad Haamid who was the president of the group “As.haab al-Yameen” in Eritrea said:
    “I arrived in Riyadh on a cold night, and did not have any (money) with which to pay for a hotel. So I thought about going to Shaykh ‘Abdul-‘Azeez ibn Baaz’s house; the time was 3 o’clock in the morning (and) I was hesitant, but (finally) decided to go (to the Shaykh’s house).

    I arrived outside his old mud-style house and found someone asleep by the gate. Having awoken, he opened the gate for me and I conveyed my greetings to him ever so quietly so that no-one (else) hears me since it was so late at night.

    After a short while, I saw the Shaykh himself descending from the stairs with a pot of food. He extended greetings to me and gave me the food, saying:
    “I heard your voice and brought this food for you, assuming you had not eaten this night”.

    By Allaah, I was unable to sleep (the rest of the night) due to weeping at such noble manners”.”

    "By Allaah! He has never asked me about it..."
    Concerning the Imaam, the Shaykh - 'Abdul-'Azeez ibn Baaz (rahima-hullaah), Doctor Naasir ibn Misfir az-Zahraanee narrates:

    “Shaykh ‘Abdur-Rahmaan ibn ‘Ateeq, the one in-charge of the Shaykh’s finances was asked: “Has the Shaykh ever asked you about his salary, and when it was due, or when it was spent, or anything about it? And has he ever asked you about how much his salary is?”

    The Shaykh responded: “By Allaah! He has never asked me about it, rather he would ask about the salaries of the other people, stipulating that it must not be late”.”

    "O Shaykh, he (even) speaks about you and slanders you"
    Concerning the Imaam, the Shaykh - 'Abdul-'Azeez ibn Baaz (rahima-hullaah), Doctor Naasir ibn Misfir az-Zahraanee narrates:

    “Some students of knowledge came to the Shaykh complaining about a particular person. They explained his mistakes and some of the errors he has. So the Shaykh asked his assistant to begin taking notes so he could reprimand and advise this particular person.

    Whilst the assistant was taking notes, one of the students added: “O Shaykh, he (even) speaks about you and slanders you”.
    At that moment, the Shaykh asked his assistant to stop taking notes, as he feared it may be said that the Shaykh sought revenge for himself.”

    "This is so-and-so who said such-and-such about you"
    Concerning the Imaam, the Shaykh - 'Abdul-'Azeez ibn Baaz (rahima-hullaah), ‘Abdur-Rahmaan ibn Muhammad al-Baddaah narrates:

    “It was narrated that the Shaykh (Ibn Baaz) differed (in opinion) with one of the Shaykhs from outside Saudi Arabia regarding a few issues.

    It then occurred that this (non-Saudi) Shaykh came to Saudi Arabia and the Shaykh (Ibn Baaz) invited him for lunch to his house and honoured him. Amongst the gathering were some students, who (turned and) said to the Shaykh (Ibn Baaz): “This is so-and-so who said such-and-such about you”, (at which) the Shaykh (Ibn Baaz) silenced them.

    He (then) continued to honour his guest, and at the end of the gathering, the Shaykh (Ibn Baaz) escorted him to the (front) door to bid him farewell. (It was) then the (non-Saudi) Shaykh said:
    “If it was said to me that there is someone on the face of this earth who is from the pious predecessors, certainly I would have said it is this man (i.e. Shaykh Ibn Baaz)”, rahimahumullaah.”

    "Yes, I am ‘Abdul-‘Azeez ibn Baaz"
    Concerning the Imaam, the Shaykh - 'Abdul-'Azeez ibn Baaz (rahima-hullaah), Saalih ibn Raashid al-Huwaymil narrates on the authority of one of the trustworthy (people):
    “...that one day, one of the (hajj) pilgrims who came from one of the Soviet states entered the dwelling of the Shaykh (Ibn Baaz) in Minaa, and when he saw him he said: “Are you Shaykh ‘Abdul-‘Azeez ibn Baaz?”

    And the Shaykh replied in the most humble manner:
    “Yes, I am ‘Abdul-‘Azeez ibn Baaz.”

    So the pilgrim conveyed his salaam to him and embraced him, and kissed his (fore)head and said: “By Allaah, I used to pray that Allaah does not cause me to die until I see (meet) you”.”

    "...as a blessing from Allaah and then as a result of having read your book"
    Concerning the Imaam, the Shaykh - 'Abdul-'Azeez ibn Baaz (rahima-hullaah), Shaykh Badar ibn Naadir al-Mashaaree narrates:

    “I recall (once) when a letter from a Philipino woman was translated and read to the Shaykh, whereby she wrote:
    “I used to be a Christian and then embraced Islaam, and my family also embraced Islaam – as a blessing from Allaah and then as a result of having read your book.”

    (At this,) the Shaykh became emotionally affected (by such good news) and cried.”

    "In that case you must be scared of her..."
    Concerning the Imaam, the Shaykh - 'Abdul-'Azeez ibn Baaz (rahima-hullaah), Fahd al-Bakraan narrates:

    “Many have narrated that when someone wants to depart from the gathering of the Shaykh at night, that the Shaykh would invite him to stay and join them for supper, as was his manner with all who visited him. And if anyone asked to be excused, then the Shaykh would immediately respond by saying:

    “In that case, you must be scared of her (implying his wife), certainly if you deny this, then you would remain with us for supper.”

    May Allaah (Subhaanahu wa Ta'aala) shower His immense Mercy upon him and enter him to Paradise, (aameen).”

    "Indeed Allaah is Most Giving and will make easy our affairs in provision"
    Concerning the Imaam, the Shaykh - 'Abdul-'Azeez ibn Baaz (rahima-hullaah), Shaykh Muhammad ibn ‘Abdullaah ibn Baaz (the Shaykh’s brother) mentioned:

    “That his blood brother Shaykh ‘Abdul-‘Azeez ibn ‘Abdullaah ibn Baaz used to maintain the ties of kinship with him and his parents ever since he was young.

    He used to visit him regularly and ask about his health and used to kiss him on his (fore)head, when he used to live in the district of al-Badee’ah al-Qadeemah in Riyaadh.
    And he used to ask about my children and encourage his (own) children to visit me, may Allaah have Mercy upon Abu ‘Abdullaah.

    Ever since he was young he used to love knowledge and the scholars and used to be very giving towards them, such that he would always ask our mother (rahima-hallaah) for more during lunch and supper so that he could take it with him for his brothers (in Islaam) amongst the students of knowledge.

    And we were young, and used to say to him:
    “Why do you do that regularly?”

    And he (rahima-hullaah) would say:
    “Indeed Allaah is Most Giving and will make easy our affairs in provision”.”

    "...fulfill the trust in respect to the education of the girls, and protect them and their affairs"
    Concerning the Imaam, the Shaykh - 'Abdul-'Azeez ibn Baaz (rahima-hullaah), Dr. Muhammad ibn Sa’d ash-Shuway’ir narrates:

    “When I was appointed (in charge of) the girls schools, I had to travel to Madeenah for some important matter. (Whilst there), I visited him (Shaykh Ibn Baaz) at the Islaamic University to convey my greetings to him, whereby he offered me some advice and guidance, and encouraged me to fulfill the trust (of my position) in respect to the education of the girls, and to protect them and their affairs.”

    "...this is my way with the kings and other than the kings"
    Concerning the Imaam, the Shaykh - 'Abdul-'Azeez ibn Baaz (rahima-hullaah), Shaykh ‘Abdullaah ibn Saalih al-‘Ubaylaan narrates:

    “Shaykh ‘Abdul-‘Azeez ibn Baaz (rahima-hullaah) stood out from the rest in the manner he would offer advice, and how he refuted those who differed with him.

    I once asked him in a large gathering:
    “There are many who differ (with you, yet) all of them love the noble Shaykh ‘Abdul-‘Azeez ibn ‘Abdullaah ibn Baaz. We would like to know the reason for that. What is it that Allaah has blessed Shaykh ‘Abdul-‘Azeez ibn ‘Abdullaah ibn Baaz with which causes love in their hearts for him?”

    So he responded:
    “I do not know of anything except that – and all praise is due to Allaah – ever since I have come to know the truth during my youth I have called/invited to it, and I remain patient at whatever befalls me in that regard. And I do not favour anyone in that regard and nor do I adulate anyone in that regard. I speak the truth and remain patient at whatever befalls me. If it is accepted, then all praise is due to Allaah, and if it is not accepted, then all praise is due to Allaah. This is the path I have set out for myself, (both) verbally and (in) written (form) – whoever accepts it - accepts it, and whoever rejects it - rejects it. So long as I am upon clear understanding, so long as I am upon (sound) knowledge in that which I (firmly) believe, then I say (what I say) and whoever from the people differs with me, then for them is their ijtihaad. Allaah grants a mujtahid two rewards if he is correct and one reward if he errs. So I do not know of any other reason except this – that I call/invite to the truth according to my ability – and all praise is due to Allaah – and I propagate it (both) verbally and by action, and I do not admonish and nor do I cause (any) harm. If I am able, rather, I pray that Allaah grants him success and guidance – this is my way with the kings (leaders) and other than the kings”.”

    "...take a set portion from the Qur.aan everyday"
    Concerning the Imaam, the Shaykh - 'Abdul-'Azeez ibn Baaz (rahima-hullaah), Shaykh ‘Abdul-‘Azeez ibn Muhammad ibn Daawood narrates:

    “I used to walk with the Shaykh (rahima-hullaah) from Jaami’ al-Imaam Turkee ibn ‘Abdullaah to his house, and he asked me about my Qur.aan recitation. So I told him that I read it from time to time, but I don’t have a specific amount which I read everyday. So he directed me to take a set portion from the Qur.aan everyday, even if it is a little. This is because whoever has a set daily portion will (in time) complete the Qur.aan, however, whoever does not have a set (daily) portion, then he could complete the Qur.aan very quickly, or many months may pass whereby he would not have completed the Qur.aan.

    He then gave me an example, saying:
    “Whoever reads an entire juz (part) daily, then he will complete the Qur.aan in a month, and whoever reads two juz (daily, will complete the Qur.aan) in fifteen days and so on”.”

    "Where is Shaykh 'Abdul-'Azeez ibn Baaz, and when will he arrive?"
    Concerning the Imaam, the Shaykh - 'Abdul-'Azeez ibn Baaz (rahima-hullaah), Dr. Muhammad ibn Sa'd ash-Shuway'ir narrates:

    "During the Hajj of 1406 A.H. (1986 C.E.) the first official group of pilgrims came to Saudi Arabia from communist China, and along with this group came some scholars who visited Shaykh 'Abdul-'Azeez ibn Baaz to convey their greetings to him. The head of the group was a very old man who had studied at al-Azhar. He led the group of these scholars, who were seven in total, to greet Shaykh Ibn Baaz. After having conveyed their greetings to the gathering of people, the head of the group turned to me and asked me:
    "Where is Shaykh 'Abdul-'Azeez ibn Baaz, and when will he arrive?"

    So I said to him:
    "There, he is the one you conveyed your greetings to just now."

    But this old man did not believe me, and speaking in fluent Arabic he demanded:
    "I want to see him now." So I said to him:

    "There he is", firmly pointing him (Shaykh Ibn Baaz) out. So he stood up from his gathering and presented himself before Shaykh Ibn Baaz for a second time to greet him.

    I then informed the Shaykh about the eagerness of this old man, so the Shaykh stood to embrace him. I saw the old Chinese man affectionately cling to the Shaykh's chest and cry, saying:
    "All Praise be to the One Who has permitted me to see you; We used to hear about you whilst in China, that you give hope to the Muslims and are their "saviour" and support them."

    Then one of his companions said (to Shaykh Ibn Baaz):
    "Pray to Allaah O Shaykh, that He takes ten years of my life and adds it to yours, for that which you have benefited Islaam and it's people, as for me, then I am just a (simple) human being like others from the children of Islaam."

    Then the old Chinese man began crying profusely turning again to embrace him (Shaykh Ibn Baaz) and repeating:
    "All Praise be to the One Who has permitted me to see you before my death, since I used to long for this (opportunity) all my life.

    The Shaykh used to cry whenever he remembered his Shaykh...
    Concerning the Imaam, the Shaykh - 'Abdul-'Azeez ibn Baaz (rahima-hullaah), it has been narrated:

    He used to cry whenever he remembered his Shaykh, Muhammad ibn Ibraaheem ibn 'Abdul-Lateef Aal ash-Shaykh (rahima-hullaah), such that he would praise him. It has been mentioned Shaykh Ibn Baaz said about him that he does not know anyone on the face of the earth more knowledgeable than him, and nor a better teacher than him and one who had a lot of concern for the students. This would then reduce the Shaykh to tears, as he would ask Allaah to have mercy upon him.

    The Shaykh used to wake up his children for Salaatul-Fajr...
    Concerning the Imaam, the Shaykh - 'Abdul-'Azeez ibn Baaz (rahima-hullaah), his son Ahmad narrates:

    "The Shaykh used to call his children via the internal phone to wake them up for Salaat al-Fajr.

    And when he called them, he would recite the (authentic and recommended) supplication:

    ((al-Hamdu Lillaahil-lathee Ahyaanaa ba'da maa Amaatanaa wa ilayhin-nushoor))
    (All praise is for Allaah who gave us life having taken it from us and unto Him is the resurrection)

    ...since they were overcome by sleep, he would ask them to repeat this supplication until he felt sure they had woken up!"

    In her dream she saw two palaces made of glass...
    Concerning the Imaam, the Shaykh - 'Abdul-'Azeez ibn Baaz (rahima-hullaah), a woman narrates that:

    "A woman had a dream 12 years ago during (the month of) Ramadhaan, that she entered Jannah through a huge door and saw two palaces made of glass.
    The two palaces were not completely built yet, (but) from the outside you could see what was inside. Inside the two palaces were luxurious floor coverings which were not laid out as yet, but were piled up on one side of the palace."

    She then said:
    "The first palace was for Shaykh Ibn Baaz and the other was for Shaykh Ibn 'Uthaymeen..."

    One of the pious people had a dream about Shaykh Ibn Baaz shortly before his death...
    Concerning the Imaam, the Shaykh - 'Abdul-'Azeez ibn Baaz (rahima-hullaah), a student of Shaykh al-Albaanee (rahima-hullaah) narrates that:

    "One of the pious people from amongst us in Syria had a dream shortly before the death of Shaykh Ibn Baaz.
    He saw two stars in the sky heading at great speed towards the earth. The first of the two reached the earth, whilst the other remained close to the earth.
    As for the one which reached the earth, then it made a terrifying sound causing the people to panic and ask: "What is the news?"
    He (the one who had the dream) then woke up and asked one qualified in the interpretation of dreams about this dream.

    So the dream interpretor said: This is something which will happen, leaving the people trembling, and its effect would be grave, then it would be followed by that which is similar, that being the second star.

    A short time passed and news came of the death of Shaykh Ibn Baaz (rahima-hullaah), then Shaykh al-Albaanee (rahima-hullaah) died a short while after, and that was the interpretation of the second star which was delayed in reaching the first star."

    The Shaykh used to value his time...
    Concerning the Imaam, the Shaykh - 'Abdul-'Azeez ibn Baaz (rahima-hullaah), it has been narrated that he valued his time to such an extent that:

    "If he requested something from someone on the other end of the telephone, and was required to wait for a response, he would pass his time glorifying Allaah (saying: Subhaan-Allaah) and seeking forgiveness from Allaah (saying: astaghfi-rullaah)."

    And from the accuracy of the Shaykh's memorisation...
    Concerning the Imaam, the Shaykh - 'Abdul-'Azeez ibn Baaz (rahima-hullaah), it has been narrated by Shaykh 'Abdul-'Azeez as-Sad.haan:

    "And from the accuracy of the Shaykh's memorisation, I once asked him in a lesson: "O Shaykh, the hadeeth which al-Haafidth (ibn Hajar al-Asqalaanee) mentions in Buloogh al-Maraam is:
    [​IMG]
    ...and I paused, and he said: "this (hadeeth) is not in Buloogh (al-Maraam)".

    So I replied: "O Shaykh, I read it in Buloogh (al-Maraam)".
    So he began to think, then said: "this (hadeeth) is not in Buloogh (al-Maraam)".
    So one of the brothers indicated to me that the Shaykh was adamant.
    So I said: "O Shaykh, I have read it".
    He said: "Bring it (Buloogh al-Maraam) with you tomorrow", and this lesson took place on a Thursday.

    So I began to turn over the pages of Buloogh (al-Maraam), page by page, but did not come across it. And after some time had passed, I would guess it was about 4 to 5 months, I found the hadeeth in Buloogh (al-Maraam), so I came to the Shaykh and said: "O Shaykh, may Allaah improve your affairs, I asked you about a hadeeth, and mentioned to you that it was in Buloogh (al-Maraam) and you denied it, and I have it with me now".

    So he said: "Read".
    So I said: "On the authority of Abu Sa'eed al-Khudree (radhi-yallaahu 'anhu), who said: The Messenger of Allaah (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) said:
    [​IMG]

    He said: "Yes, however, you asked about the (hadeeth whose) wording (was):
    [​IMG]

    ...as for this hadeeth, then it is in (Saheeh) al-Bukhaaree".

    The Shaykh was so careful about how he spent his time...
    Concerning the Imaam, the Shaykh - 'Abdul-'Azeez ibn Baaz (rahima-hullaah), his son Ahmad narrates that he valued his time to such an extent that:

    "He was so careful about how he spent his time, to the extent that every second of his time had great value; Even while he was sitting in the car, he would be busy in some aspect of knowledge, either dictating (notes) or listening."

    His son Ahmad goes on to mention that:
    "A number of books were read to the Shaykh whilst in the car, and from amongst them were the following:

    Majmoo' Fataawa ash-Shaykh Muhammad ibn Ibraaheem (rahima-hullaah);
    Ighaathatul-Lufhaan of Ibn al-Qayyim (rahima-hullaah);
    al-Iqnaa' of Ibn al-Mundhir (rahima-hullaah);
    Kitaab Marwiyaatal-La'n fis-Sunnah.

    And this was in addition to a number of other smaller texts."
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    Imaam Muhammad ibn Saalih al-‘Uthaymeen
    (rahimahullaah)

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    Asking questions
    Concerning the Imaam, the Shaykh - Muhammad ibn Saalih al-'Uthaymeen (rahima-hullaah), it has been narrated:

    Shaykh Ibn 'Uthaymeen would accompany Shaykh 'Abdur-Rahmaan as-Sa'dee – on foot – to whatever place he was invited to, and along the way he would ask his Shaykh questions for the duration of the journey until they arrived at the destination. Thereafter, the Shaykh would return whilst Shaykh 'Abdur-Rahmaan would enter.

    “Isn't the graveyard in as-Saalihiyyah"!?
    Concerning the Imaam, the Shaykh - Muhammad ibn Saalih al-'Uthaymeen (rahima-hullaah), it has been narrated:

    “Once, King Khaalid (rahima hullaah) visited the Shaykh at his house, as was the habit of the rulers in their high regard and respect for the scholars. And when the King saw the humble home of the Shaykh he offered to have a new house built for him, (at which) the Shaykh thanked him saying: “I am building a house in (the district of) as-Saalihiyyah (a district in ‘Unayzah, Qaseem), however, the masjid and the charitable trust are in need of (financial) assistance.”
    So, after the King left, some of those sitting in the gathering said: O Shaykh, we did not know that you were building a home in as-Saalihiyyah, (to which) the Shaykh replied: “Isn’t the graveyard in as-Saalihiyyah”!?”

    “...the Shaykh remained patient at this until...”
    Concerning the Imaam, the Shaykh - Muhammad ibn Saalih al-'Uthaymeen (rahima-hullaah), it has been narrated by Shaykh Hamad ibn ‘Abdillaah al-Jutaylee:

    “I have many memories of the Shaykh, since I studied under him over (a period of) thirty years in the (study) circles in al-Jaami’ al-Kabeer in ‘Unayzah; even when there was only myself and another (student) in these (study) circles, the Shaykh remained patient at this until his (study) circles (grew and) were (later) attended by hundreds.”

    “...one of the students of knowledge reminded the Shaykh”
    Concerning the Imaam, the Shaykh - Muhammad ibn Saalih al-'Uthaymeen (rahima-hullaah), it has been narrated:

    “During the Jumu'ah khutbah, the Shaykh mentioned the excellence of reciting Soorah al-Faatihah before sleeping, and encouraged (everyone) to recite it. After the khutbah, one of the students of knowledge reminded the Shaykh, saying: “O Shaykh, you probably meant the excellence of Aayatul-Kursee”
    The Shaykh then realised he had unintentionally made a mistake, so he corrected his mistake immediately before the congregation left, warning them a mistake had been made in the khutbah and that which is correct is reciting Aayatul-Kursee before sleeping.”

    “...whilst he was still young...”
    Concerning the Imaam, the Shaykh - Muhammad ibn Saalih al-'Uthaymeen (rahima-hullaah), it has been narrated by Shaykh 'Aasim ibn 'Abdil-Mun'im al-Maree:

    “And from the special characteristics for which he was well-known was his steadfastness in (seeking) knowledge. Some of the relatives of Shaykh 'Abdullaah ibn Muhammad al-Maani' (rahima-hullaah), who was a judge in 'Unayzah until 1360 AH (1936 AD) mentioned that the Shaykh (Ibn 'Uthaymeen) would arrive early every morning at their home, whilst carrying his papers and books. He would knock on the door, extend greetings and seek permission to ascend to the library. There he would remain until just before (the time of) Zhuhr, whereby he would descend, extend greetings and depart. This was whilst he was still young and had not yet reached the age of puberty.”

    “Resting is in being at the service of the Muslims”
    Concerning the Imaam, the Shaykh - Muhammad ibn Saalih al-'Uthaymeen (rahima-hullaah), it has been narrated by Shaykh Badr ibn Naadir al-Mashaaree:

    “Despite the ill-health of the Shaykh, he was steadfast in delivering the Jumu'ah khutbah in al-Jaami' al-Kabeer and leading the prayers and meeting the people to answer their questions and enquiries; All this in spite of what he was going through himself, such that it was said to him: "Rest yourself O Shaykh", to which he replied: "Resting is in being at the service of the Muslims".”

    “...he slept very little at night during the times of major crises within the Ummah...”
    Concerning the Imaam, the Shaykh - Muhammad ibn Saalih al-'Uthaymeen (rahima-hullaah), it has been narrated by Shaykh Badr ibn Naadir al-Mashaaree:

    “One of his (Shaykh Ibn 'Uthaymeen's) students informed me that he slept very little at night during the times of major crises within the Ummah, especially during the days of the Gulf War and the tragedy of our brothers (and sisters) in Bosnia and Chechnya; Whereby he would stand the night (in prayer) beseeching His Lord for their victory (against their enemies) and firmness (upon Islaam) and to repel the plans of the enemies of the religion against them; He also prayed for the Muslims (in general) and encouraged them to stand by (support) them (in their hardship against their enemies).”

    “...he memorised the Qur.aan in 6 months...”
    Concerning the Imaam, the Shaykh - Muhammad ibn Saalih al-'Uthaymeen (rahima-hullaah), it has been narrated by Shaykh Ibraaheem ibn Hamad al-Jutaylee, who knew the Shaykh for more than 45 years, whilst also studying under him for more than 20 years:

    “Indeed, he memorised the Qur.aan in 6 months under the guidance of a blind teacher, 'Alee ibn 'Abdillaah ash-Shuhaytaan.”

    Note: Based upon this narration it is clear the Shaykh did not memorise the Qur.aan under the guidance of his grandfather, ‘Abdur-Rahmaan Ibn Sulaymaan ‘Aal Daamigh, as is popularly narrated, rather he merely read the Qur.aan to him, whilst later memorising it under the guidance of ash-Shuhaytaan.


    “...at a time when he was desperately in need of sleep...”
    Concerning the Imaam, the Shaykh - Muhammad ibn Saalih al-'Uthaymeen (rahima-hullaah), it has been narrated by Muhammad ibn ‘Abdil-Jawwaad as-Saawee:

    “Once the Shaykh was invited by one of the charity organisations in Jeddah, and the meeting prolonged into the night, close to one o’clock in the morning; and it was not the habit of the Shaykh to remain awake like this. It was noticeable that he was overcome with exhaustion and tiredness and it was evident he needed sleep, so we returned to the house where the Shaykh was staying, and we entered and fell asleep right away.
    In the middle of the night, at about 3:30(am), after we had been sleeping for about only two hours – since we fell asleep at about 1:30 – I noticed the sound of the Shaykh reciting in prayer; and this at a time when he was desperately in need of sleep and rest, (yet) he was standing before his Lord praying.”

    “I saw you with my own eyes talking to him and greeting him”
    Concerning the Imaam, the Shaykh - Muhammad ibn Saalih al-'Uthaymeen (rahima-hullaah), ‘Abdullaah ibn ‘Alee al-Matawwu’ narrates that he accompanied the Shaykh (from ‘Unayzah) to al-Badaa.i’ – which was a distance of 15 kilometres from ‘Unayzah – for a lunch invitation.

    After lunch, on their return home they noticed a man with a red beard (possibly dyed with henna), and a peaceful look about him waving his hand. The Shaykh said: “Slow down, we’ll take him with us.”
    So the Shaykh said to him: “Where do you want to go?”
    He said: “Take me with you to ‘Unayzah.”
    So the Shaykh said to him: “On two conditions: First, that you do not smoke, and second, you increase in the remembrance of Allaah.”
    The man responded: “As for smoking, then I do not smoke, however, I was a passenger with a man who smoked and (because of this) I asked him to drop me off (here), and as for the remembrance of Allaah, there is no Muslim except that he remembers Allaah.”

    So the man got in the car.
    (It was apparent throughout the journey that) the man was not aware he was in the company of Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen. So when they arrived at ‘Unayzah, the man said: “Direct me to the house of Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen, (as I have a question I need to ask him).”
    So the Shaykh said to him: “Why did you not ask him when you met him in al-Badaa.i’?”
    And the man said: “I did not meet him.”
    The Shaykh said: “I saw you with my own eyes talking to him and greeting him.”
    So the man said: “You are making fun of a man who is older than your father!”
    The Shaykh smiled and said to him: “Pray the ‘Asr prayer at this (masjid) Jaami’ (Jaami’ ‘Unayzah) and you shall see him.”

    The man then left without knowing he was talking to Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen himself.
    After he finished praying the ‘Asr prayer, he saw the Shaykh in front having led the congregation in prayer. So he asked about him, and was informed that he is the Shaykh. So he approached the Shaykh and excused himself that he had not known (recognised) him (earlier), then asked his question. The Shaykh answered his question, and the man began to cry, supplicating for the Shaykh.

    “Do you know who the Shaykh is?”
    Concerning the Imaam, the Shaykh - Muhammad ibn Saalih al-'Uthaymeen (rahima-hullaah), it has been narrated:

    Whilst the Shaykh was returning from al-Masjid al-Haraam to his hotel having prayed, he noticed a group of youth playing football instead of having prayed. So the Shaykh stopped and began advising them and reminding them about Allaah, whilst they did not know who he was. The Shaykh then forbade them to continue playing football until they prayed. So one of them came forward and began raising his voice and cursing the Shaykh. At this, the Shaykh turned to address him with love and humility, and said to him: “You must come with me to the hotel, where we shall talk.”

    With the Shaykh were some students of knowledge, and they advised the youth to listen to the Shaykh and go with him. So he went with him and the Shaykh hosted him in his room. The Shaykh then left the room for a brief moment, and those present turned to the youth, asking him: “Do you know who the Shaykh is?”, and he replied: “No”
    They told him: “This is Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen”

    At this, the look on the youth’s face suddenly changed.
    When the Shaykh entered the room, the youth stood up crying and kissed the Shaykh on the forehead.
    It is related that this incident happened to be the turning point for the youth who changed and became religious.

    “So the Shaykh got out and pushed the car himself...”
    Concerning the Imaam, the Shaykh - Muhammad ibn Saalih al-'Uthaymeen (rahima-hullaah), it has been narrated:

    The Shaykh once rode in an old car of a dear friend which happened to break down a lot. So, along the journey, the car broke down and the Shaykh said to the driver: “Stay where you are, I will get out and push the car”
    So the Shaykh got out and pushed the car himself until it started up again.
    Such was the extent of the humility of the Shaykh (rahima-hullaah).

    “...since it was the property of the University”
    Concerning the Imaam, the Shaykh - Muhammad ibn Saalih al-'Uthaymeen (rahima-hullaah), it has been narrated:

    "When the Shaykh was in need of refilling his pen with ink from an inkpot in the University library to use for University work purposes, he would make sure to empty the ink out of his pen into the inkpot before he left, since it was the property of the University.”

    “Subhaan-Allaah! ...here is an old man who has succumbed to prayer and worship!”
    Concerning the Imaam, the Shaykh - Muhammad ibn Saalih al-'Uthaymeen (rahima-hullaah), it has been narrated by Shaykh Dr. Hamad al-‘Uthmaan from Kuwait, who was one of the ardent students of the Shaykh for more than five years:

    "I accompanied the Shaykh on a journey from ‘Unayzah to Riyadh, then headed for Makkah by car to perform ‘umrah.
    After completing the ‘umrah, all those who accompanied the Shaykh sought leave of the Shaykh to go and sleep, that being out of severe tiredness after travelling for so long and then doing the ‘umrah (right away upon arrival)."
    Shaykh Hamad then relates that he woke up sometime in the middle of the night and found the Shaykh standing in prayer. He said to himself: “Subhaan-Allaah! I am a young man and have succumbed to sleep, and here is an old man who has succumbed to prayer and worship!”
    So he got up and made wudhoo. and joined the Shaykh in prayer. He tried hard to fight off his sleepiness, until he was finally unable to persist, and then fell asleep leaving the Shaykh standing in prayer.

    "Shaykh Ibn 'Uthaymeen! Shaykh Ibn 'Uthaymeen! Shaykh Ibn 'Uthaymeen!..."
    Concerning the Imaam, the Shaykh - Muhammad ibn Saalih al-'Uthaymeen (rahima-hullaah), it has been narrated:

    "A member of the Da’wah and Guidance Centre in Jeddah narrates that during the hajj of 1416A.H, he was in the company of the Shaykh at King ‘Abdul-‘Azeez Airport in Jeddah surrounded by the pilgrims who were arriving for hajj.
    Here, the Shaykh undertook that which was obligatory upon him by giving da’wah to the arriving pilgrims. A large group of Russian pilgrims arrived and the Shaykh wanted to offer some words (of da’wah) to them. So he asked if there was a translator amongst them. Then, the (Russian) guide for the group came forward not knowing this was Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen.

    After completing the translation, the guide asked who the Shaykh was. He was told that it was Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen. At this, he turned to embrace the Shaykh kissing him (on his forehead) whilst crying. He then grabbed hold of the microphone and addressed all the members of his group that this was Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen. At this, tears began falling from the eyes of each and every member of the group, whilst the guide was repeatedly loudly calling out on the microphone “Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen! Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen! Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen!...”

    The members of the group then came (forward) and conveyed their greetings to the Shaykh and kissed him (on his forehead).
    The guide for the group then turned to the Shaykh and said: “These are your students. They used to read your books in shelters under the ground during the Communist rule.”

    "Take the car (back) to the Prince and thank him for his noble gesture..."
    Concerning the Imaam, the Shaykh - Muhammad ibn Saalih al-'Uthaymeen (rahima-hullaah), it has been narrated by his son, ‘Abdullaah ibn Muhammad ibn Saalih al-‘Uthaymeen:

    "Prince ‘Abdul-Ilaah ibn ‘Abdil-‘Azeez Aal Sa’ood, the governor of Qaseem, sent a brand new car as a gift to the Shaykh. When the Shaykh arrived home, he saw the car in front of the house and was informed about it. The car remained outside the house for five days without being used, then the Shaykh said to his son, ‘Abdullaah: “Take the car (back) to the Prince and thank him for his noble gesture, and inform him that I am not in need of it.”
    So the car was returned to the Prince, whilst the Shaykh remained with his cheap, old car, not seeking much importance at the sight of his (cheap and old) vehicle; And (as such) the Shaykh died whilst he was still in possession of that same (cheap and) old car."
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    "...just allow them to go to their families!"
    Concerning the Imaam, the Shaykh - Muhammad ibn Saalih al-'Uthaymeen (rahima-hullaah), it has been narrated by Ihsaan ibn Muhammed al-'Utaybee:

    "Some youth travelled (by car) from Jordan for 'Umrah and in Khaybar they had an accident whereby they hit a lamp-post. The police were quick to arrive at the scene of the accident and demanded the driver pay for the damage to the lamp-post which was estimated to be at a cost of SR21,000! (approximately £3,500)
    Neither the driver nor the youth could afford to pay such an amount! Therefore, the police confiscated the passport of the driver until such time that they could arrange for payment on their return from having performed 'Umrah.
    The students were overcome by this affair and began thinking of a way to get hold of such an amount. There was no way before them except that they present their case to some of the scholars. So, one of them travelled to meet Shaykh Ibn 'Uthaymeen in his room in al-Masjid al-Haraam in Makkah after the 'Asr prayer.

    After the Shaykh was made aware of the situation, he said to him: "Come (back) tomorrow and inshaa.-Allaah, all will be well!"
    However, the youth did not return to the Shaykh (the following day) because he knew how large the amount (of money) was and moreover, the Shaykh did not know them and he did not know of the Shaykh to assist in such matters.
    So the youth returned back to his friends (held up in Khaybar) believing he had carried out their request to at least having talked to the Shaykh.
    The youth then decided to return back to Jordan but they had to pass through the checkpoint in Khaybar to collect the driver's passport - hoping that Allaah had softened their hearts and they may overlook payment for the damage caused.
    When the youth entered the office, the inspector demanded payment in full (for the damage) or no travel! However, if they really wished to travel, they could do so but without the driver!
    The youth and their driver became worried - what were they to do? They all turned to the youth who had met Shaykh Ibn 'Uthaymeen and said to him: "Did you not go to see the Shaykh? What did he say to you?"
    He replied: "Come (back) tomorrow."
    So they said: "Did you go (back) to him?"
    He said: "No."
    They said: "Call him (now) and maybe Allaah will open a way for us at his hands - we are held up here, far from our families and we are in the final days of Ramadhaan."

    The youth called the Shaykh in his room and he (the Shaykh) responded. The youth explained their situation.
    The Shaykh said: "Are you the Jordanian youth?"
    He said: "Yes, O Shaykh!"
    The Shaykh said: "Did I not tell you to come (back) tomorrow - why did you not come?"
    He said: "I became shy."
    The Shaykh said: "Then why did you come to me? …in any case, the amount was ready the same day!"
    The youth could not believe the news, they were all elated.
    The youth said: "So how do we proceed, O Shaykh?"
    The Shaykh said: "I shall transfer the funds to the centre and will ask them to make your affairs easy and permit you to return to your families before 'Eed (al-Fitr)."
    So the Shaykh spoke to the inspector, saying: "I have the funds so give me the account number and I will transfer the amount to you. Let the youth and their driver go to their families."
    The inspector responded disrespectfully, saying: "I am sorry, O Shaykh, but it is imperative we have the funds here in cash, otherwise they will not be allowed to travel and return (to their families)."
    The Shaykh became angered by the inspector and said to him: "I say to you, the funds are with me, just allow them to go to their families!"
    But, again, the inspector, refused.
    The Shaykh then put the phone down.

    Moments later the entire office was turned upside down!
    The governor of Madeenah - Prince 'Abdul-Majeed - was on the phone asking for the inspector who had refused the request of the Shaykh and began to threaten him with discplinary action!
    The inspector’s colleagues tried hard to cover for him.
    The youth just stood there (staring at them), noticing how their tone had changed from disrespect to that of respect!
    The Prince ordered them to release the youth and their driver immediately and have the lamp-post repaired at the expense of the state.

    No-one could imagine the extent of the youth's happiness at such news. They thanked the Shaykh for his efforts and his stance towards them, their voices rising with supplications for the Shaykh and their thanks to the Prince for his respect towards the scholars and appreciation of their rank and position - all this in a situation none of them will ever forget as long as they live!"

    "I would like a new riyal"
    Concerning the Imaam, the Shaykh - Muhammad ibn Saalih al-'Uthaymeen (rahima-hullaah), it has been narrated by Shaykh Ahmad al-Qar'aawee:

    "Most of the time, before the Shaykh entered the masjid, a little girl of 6 years would approach him asking the Shaykh for a riyal. So, the Shaykh, smiling, would say to her: "Would you like a (brand) new riyal or an old (used) riyal?"
    So she would reply: "I would like a new riyal."
    So the Shaykh would give her a new riyal and then she would ask him on behalf of her sister and the Shaykh would give her one (riyal) too."

    "...who started first?"
    Concerning the Imaam, the Shaykh - Muhammad ibn Saalih al-'Uthaymeen (rahima-hullaah), it has been narrated by Abu Khaalid 'Abdul-Kareem al-Miqrin:

    "Once while I was recording a special edition of the radio programme ((Noor ‘alad-Darb)) at the Shaykh’s house, we heard the sound of workmen doing some work in a house close to the Shaykh’s house, in fact they were the Shaykh’s neighbours. It appeared they were doing some breaking in the yard, and as such this noise affected the recording.
    It was then that the Shaykh stood up and proceeded to go to them to inform them of this and to take a break. However, when he got to the door of the room within which we were recording, he turned around and said: “O ‘Abdul-Kareem, who started first?”
    So I replied: “It was them O noble Shaykh”
    So from his piety and fear (of infringing upon their rights) he left them alone. He said: “We will postpone our recording (session) for some time until they finish their work.”

    The Shaykh disliked attention...
    Concerning the Imaam, the Shaykh - Muhammad ibn Saalih al-'Uthaymeen (rahima-hullaah), it has been narrated by Abu Khaalid 'Abdul-Kareem al-Miqrin:

    "As is known to many Muslims, the Shaykh disliked attention as well as titles and positions of importance.
    The Shaykh was a member of the Council of Senior Scholars, and as such he requested that I not mention this of him whilst hosting the radio programme ((Noor 'alad-Darb)). He suggested it was sufficient I introduce him as the imaam and khateeb of al-Jaami' al-Kabeer masjid in the city of 'Unayzah, and a teacher at the Faculty of Sharee'ah and Usool ad-Deen in Qaseem.
    So I adhered to the Shaykh's request since I began hosting the programme until he died.
    And many of those who loved the Shaykh ask me: "O Abu Khaalid, why is it that you do not mention that the Shaykh is a member of the Council of Senior Scholars?"
    So I respond by telling them this was the Shaykh's personal request."

    ...so the people are not denied the opportunity to ask questions...
    Concerning the Imaam, the Shaykh - Muhammad ibn Saalih al-'Uthaymeen (rahima-hullaah), it has been narrated by Shaykh Towfeeq as-Saa.igh:
    "When the Shaykh returned from his trip abroad for treatment, he had spent 14 hours in the air travelling from the United States to Saudi Arabia; And when he arrived in Taif he called me by telephone and said: "If you are able to inform the people via the internet websites of our telephone number in Taif, and that we have now arrived here, then do so, so that the people are not denied the opportunity to ask questions and seek fatwa".

    Words worthy of being written in gold
    Concerning the Imaam, the Shaykh - Muhammad ibn Saalih al-'Uthaymeen (rahima-hullaah), it has been narrated by Shaykh Badar ibn Naadir al-Mashaaree:

    "When he returned from America after (medical) treatment, he was asked as to his health and condition. So the Shaykh said some words worthy of being written in gold: "Know that both illness and good health do not come before or after their (decreed) time. Indeed my time has been written and your time has been written (even) before Allaah created the heavens and the earth. So believe in this, for certainly I have believed in this"."

    "You're Shaykh 'Abdul-'Azeez ibn Baaz?!!!"
    Concerning the Imaam, the Shaykh - Muhammad ibn Saalih al-'Uthaymeen (rahima-hullaah), it has been narrated by Ihsaan ibn Muhammad al-'Utaybee:

    "After having prayed in al-Haram al-Makkee, the Shaykh left the Haram wanting to go somewhere by car. So he stopped a taxi and sat in. During the journey, the taxi driver wanted to get to know his passenger, so he asked: "Who are you O Shaykh?"
    The Shaykh replied: "Muhammad ibn 'Uthaymeen"
    Surprised, the taxi driver asked: "Shaykh Ibn 'Uthaymeen?", thinking the Shaykh was lying to him, since he could not believe someone like the Shaykh would ever be a passenger in his taxi.
    So the Shaykh replied: "Yes, the Shaykh"
    So the taxi driver turned his head towards the Shaykh out of sheer surprise at this fare.
    The Shaykh then asked: "Who are you O brother?"
    So the taxi driver replied: "Shaykh 'Abdul-'Azeez ibn Baaz!!"
    The Shaykh laughed, enquiring: "You're Shaykh 'Abdul-'Azeez ibn Baaz?!!!"
    The taxi driver replied: "Yeah! just like you're Shaykh Ibn 'Uthaymeen!!!"
    So the Shaykh said: "But Shaykh 'Abdul-'Azeez ibn Baaz is blind, and does not drive a car!!"
    Just then it dawned upon the taxi driver that the passenger sitting next to him was indeed the Shaykh Ibn 'Uthaymeen. And what a fine mess he had got himself into now!"

    Do what you have to and I am going to give the lesson...
    Concerning the Imaam, the Shaykh - Muhammad ibn Saalih al-'Uthaymeen (rahima-hullaah), it has been narrated by Muhammad Raabi' Sulaymaan:

    "Last year (1420 A.H.), there occurred a memorable incident during the month of Ramadhaan whilst Shaykh Ibn 'Uthaymeen was giving his daily lessons in al-Masjid al-Haraam, Makkah.
    The specialist doctors who were supervising the Shaykh's condition advised that the Shaykh's condition necessitated rest that particular evening, rather than giving a lesson after Salaat at-Taraaweeh. The doctors needed to give him a blood transfusion and do some medical checks on him. In response to them, the Shaykh simply said: "Do what you have to and I am going to give the lesson".
    So, while he was giving the lesson, the doctors (around him) were putting a needle into him to initiate the blood transfusion process and complete the medical checkup, checking his temparature, pulse and general health. Such was the level of importance the Shaykh gave to spreading knowledge and teaching the people, (right) up until the last night of Ramadhaan before his departure from al-Masjid al-Haraam."

    The Shaykh smiled and (then) laughed, and we all laughed together...
    Concerning the Imaam, the Shaykh - Muhammad ibn Saalih al-'Uthaymeen (rahima-hullaah), it has been narrated by Abu Khaalid 'Abdul-Kareem al-Miqrin:

    "Whilst in the studio recording the programme "Questions by Telephone", a brother by the name of Sa'd Khamees used to say to the Shaykh after every recording session: "May Allaah reward you with good O Shaykh, (and may) Allaah have mercy upon your parents".
    (And on this particular occasion) the Shaykh said: "Aameen O Sa'd, and (as for) me?"
    So Sa'd said: "(May) Allaah have mercy upon your parents".
    And (then) the Shaykh said: "Aameen, and (as for) me?"
    It was then that Sa'd Khamees realised (what the Shaykh was saying) and (so) he said: "(May) Allaah have mercy upon you and (may) Allaah have mercy upon your parents, and (may) He reward you with the best of rewards".
    (At this) the Shaykh smiled and (then) laughed, and we all laughed together.

    The Shaykh gave much importance to the affairs of his students...
    Concerning the Imaam, the Shaykh - Muhammad ibn Saalih al-'Uthaymeen (rahima-hullaah), it has been narrated by his prolific student, the Shaykh - Khaalid ibn 'Alee ibn Muhammad al-Mushayqih (lecturer at the Faculties of both Sharee'ah and Usool ad-Deen - Islaamic University of Imaam Muhammad ibn Sa'ood, Qaseem branch):

    "The Shaykh gave much importance to (the affairs of) his students. He was keen to assist in alleviating the difficulties which came their way during their path in seeking knowledge. In so doing, he allocated free accommodation for foreign students, supplying them with all necessary comforts from food, drink and other than these".

    The Shaykh sewing/mending his own clothes...
    Concerning the Imaam, the Shaykh - Muhammad ibn Saalih al-'Uthaymeen (rahima-hullaah), it has been narrated by one of his students:

    "Once, I visited Shaykh Ibn 'Uthaymeen in Makkah in his lodgings during the days of Hajj, and I found him with a needle in his hand sewing his thobe (traditional full-length shirt-type garment)."

    The Shaykh was the peak of simplicity and humility...
    Concerning the Imaam, the Shaykh - Muhammad ibn Saalih al-'Uthaymeen (rahima-hullaah), it has been narrated:

    "And he (rahima-hullaah) was the peak of simplicity and humility; He did not like sleeping on a bed, nor a comfortable mattress, rather he slept on the floor or a meagre mattress or straw mat which affected his side."

    These are the attributes of the real scholars...
    Concerning the Imaam, the Shaykh - Muhammad ibn Saalih al-'Uthaymeen (rahima-hullaah), it has been narrated by Abu Khaalid 'Abdul-Kareem al-Miqrin:

    "One night while we were recording the radio programme ((Noor 'alad-Darb)), the Shaykh appeared as if sleep was taking over him. And from that which is known about the Shaykh is that he has much patience, tolerance and endurance towards anything within which there is benefit for the ummah. As such, he fought off his sleep and we continued with the recording.
    Later he stopped and asked for an extension cable to the microphone so he could continue answering the questions whilst standing. So I gave him a small microphone (which he was able to attach to his clothing) with an extension cable. The Shaykh then continued answering the questions whilst walking to and fro within the room so as to fight off his sleep. He continued in this manner until we finished the (recording) session.
    These are the attributes of the real scholars and the importance they attach to the affairs of the ummah both with their knowledge and actions."
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    Imaam Muhammad Naasiruddeen al-Albaanee
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    Humility and the dislike for being in the limelight
    Concerning the Imaam of Hadeeth, the Shaykh - Muhammad Naasiruddeen al-Albaanee (rahima-hullaah) Abu Laylaa al-Atharee narrated:

    In 1405 AH, during a journey to Saudi Arabia, we were travelling in the same car as the Shaykh and his wife, Umm al-Fadhl. When we arrived in Makkah, we were guests of a friend of the Shaykh, (popularly) known as Abu ‘Arab.
    Whilst there, a discourse occurred between the Shaykh and one of the followers of ‘Alawee al-Maalikee, regarding (celebrating) the birthday of the Prophet (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhe wa sallam).
    After they finished their exchange, Abu ‘Arab invited the Shaykh to visit Bangladesh for a period of three days; in order to give da’wah of tawheed to the brothers from Ahlul-Hadeeth, whose number reached into millions.
    However, the Shaykh excused himself by saying: “I cannot.”
    The invitation was then put to him a second time, whereupon he replied: “I cannot.”
    The invitation was put to him a third time, only this time he was requested to go to Bangladesh for just one day, whereupon the Shaykh replied: “I cannot.”
    When we returned to the sleeping quarters, we wanted to take a little nap. So we removed a table which was in the centre of the room and I then brought a pillow for us; the Shaykh laid his head at one end whilst I laid my head at the other end, in the opposite direction. It was then that I put a question to the Shaykh which had been burning up inside me. I said: “O Shaykh! Why did you refuse to go (to Bangladesh)?” He replied: “Indeed I feared for myself the fitnah!”

    "...waking them up for Salaatul-Fajr"
    Concerning the Imaam of Hadeeth, the Shaykh - Muhammad Naasiruddeen al-Albaanee (rahima-hullaah) Shaykh Husayn al-‘Awaa.ishah narrated:
    "The Shaykh himself used to pass by the houses of his students in his car waking them up for Salaatul-Fajr."

    "Certainly, this does not affirm it (the authenticity of the hadeeth)..."

    The Imaam of Hadeeth, the Shaykh - Muhammad Naasiruddeen al-Albaanee (rahima-hullaah) said:
    “And the saying of some of the muhaddithoon (scholars of hadeeth) regarding some hadeeth:
    ((Its rijaal (male narrators) are those of the narrators of the Saheeh (al-Bukhaaree))), or:
    ((It’s rijaal are thiqaat)), or that which is similar, then these statements do not equate to the term:

    ((It’s isnaad (chain of narration) is saheeh))
    ...since this (statement) assumes the presence of all the conditions of authenticity (of a hadeeth) from which include: free of any defect, which is different from the first statement.
    Certainly, this does not affirm it (the authenticity of the hadeeth), rather, it affirms just one condition and that is the uprightness of the rijaal. And with this, the authenticity (of the hadeeth) is not affirmed, as is not hidden (from the people of hadeeth).”

    "...all that mattered to me was (saving) time!"
    The Imaam of Hadeeth, the Shaykh - Muhammad Naasiruddeen al-Albaanee (rahima-hullaah) narrated:

    “I bought a piece of land because it was cheap, and then began building a house and a shop (on it). As it was, the distance between my house to the Zaahiriyyah library which I used to frequent became further. (At the time), I used to work on a watch or two before the library opened its doors (in the morning).
    I (then) bought a bicycle to ride, and it was the first time the people of Damascus saw such a sight, that a shaykh wearing a turban was riding a bicycle!; as a result they were very surprised. (At the time), there was a magazine run by a Christian entitled: ((al-Mudh-hik al-Mubkee)) and it mentioned this ("amazing") sight, and I was none too concerned by these small issues, since all that mattered to me was (saving) time!”

    Used to continuously pray 2 rak'ahs until the imaam ascended the pulpit...
    Concerning the Imaam of Hadeeth, the Shaykh - Muhammad Naasiruddeen al-Albaanee (rahima-hullaah), it has been narrated by Sameer ibn Ameen az-Zuhayree:
    "Whenever he entered the masjid on the day of Jumu'ah, he would pray 2 rak'ahs (naafilah) and continue to do so until the imaam ascended the pulpit."

    Never knew him to leave off fasting on Mondays and Thursdays...
    Concerning the Imaam of Hadeeth, the Shaykh - Muhammad Naasiruddeen al-Albaanee (rahima-hullaah), it has been narrated by Sameer ibn Ameen az-Zuhayree:
    "From the day I knew him, he was never known to leave off fasting on Mondays and Thursdays - throughout the entire year, unless he was travelling or ill (and this was the case even before I knew him)."

    May Allaah beautify you with that which he has beautified the man...
    Concerning the Imaam of Hadeeth, the Shaykh - Muhammad Naasiruddeen al-Albaanee (rahima-hullaah), and how much importance he placed on enjoining the good and forbidding the evil, it has been narrated by Sameer ibn Ameen az-Zuhayree:

    "I was with him once while he was ill (hospitalised) when one of the doctors (who was clean-shaven) entered (the room).
    After giving the Shaykh his medication he hastened to leave, saying: "Pray for me O Shaykh".
    So the Shaykh (rahima-hullaah) said: "May Allaah beautify you with that which he has beautified the man"."

    Translators note: It is understood that the Shaykh's supplication implied the seeking of Allaah's Guidance for this man to keep a beard (which is obligatory), wAllaahu A'lam.


    In the dream, the Prophet (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) said: ((Ask Muhammad Naasiruddeen al-Albaanee))...
    Concerning the Imaam of Hadeeth, the Shaykh - Muhammad Naasiruddeen al-Albaanee (rahima-hullaah), it has been narrated:

    “And in my last meeting with him (rahima-hullaah), I narrated to him a dream which one of the brothers had.
    And it was that this brother saw the Prophet (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam), so he (the brother) asked him: “If I find some difficulty in (any aspect of the science) of hadeeth, then who should I ask?”
    So the Prophet (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) said: ((Ask Muhammad Naasiruddeen al-Albaanee)).
    So, just as I completed this narration, I saw the Shaykh cry profusely, and he was continuously repeating:
    ((O Allaah do not take me to account for what they say (about me), and make me better than what they suspect (of me), and forgive me for that which they do not know (about me)))”.

    al-Hamdu Lillaah, indeed the Shaykh has memorised a hundred thousand hadeeth...
    Shaykh 'Asheesh narrates an incident when the Imaam of Hadeeth, the Shaykh - Muhammad Naasiruddeen al-Albaanee (rahima-hullaah) was explaining the different scholarly levels of hadeeth, and Shaykh al-Albaanee went on to say: "al-Haafidth is one who has memorised a hundred thousand hadeeth along with their chains of narration and the text (of each hadeeth)."

    So Shaykh 'Asheesh responds: "Is it possible for me to be satisfied in the knowledge that our Shaykh has memorised a hundred thousand hadeeth?"
    Shaykh al-Albaanee said: "This does not concern you."
    Shaykh 'Asheesh said: "Rather, it is from that which does concern me."
    Shaykh al-Albaanee said: "…does not concern you."
    Shaykh 'Asheesh said: "So is it possible for me to say that our Shaykh is a haafidth?"

    So Shaykh al-Albaanee became quiet.
    Shaykh 'Asheesh said: "So is it possible for me to take your silence as an answer?"
    Shaykh al-Albaanee said: "Have I not told you that this does not concern you?"
    Shaykh 'Asheesh said: "Yes. This is from that which does concern me. Is it possible for me to interpret (your) lack of response as an answer?"

    So the Shaykh became quiet.
    And Shaykh 'Asheesh repeated his question to him a number of times.
    Shaykh al-Albaanee recited: "{And whatever you have of the blessings, then it is from Allaah}."
    And Shaykh 'Asheesh quickly said: "Can I interpret this as an answer?"
    Shaykh al-Albaanee said: "It is for you to interpret it as an answer and it is for you to interpret it as whatever you wish."
    Shaykh 'Asheesh narrates: "So I happily proclaimed: "Allaahu Akbar", and jubilantly exclaimed: "Laa ilaaha ill-Allaah", and said:
    "al-Hamdu Lillaah, indeed the Shaykh has memorised a hundred thousand hadeeth."
    So our Shaykh laughed; It was as if he confirmed what I was saying."

    Shaykh 'Asheesh further narrates: "From his responses from the beginning to the end there never was a clear answer from the Shaykh, so this does not imply anything except his extreme humility."

    Are you Shaykh al-Albaanee?
    Once the Imaam of Hadeeth, the Shaykh - Muhammad Naasiruddeen al-Albaanee (rahima-hullaah), whilst sitting in his car, was approached by a man who asked: "Are you Shaykh al-Albaanee?"
    At this, the Shaykh was reduced to tears, and when he was asked as to the reason for him crying, he replied: "It is befitting for a person to strive hard with himself and not to feel proud as a result of the people's statements (praises)".

    The Shaykh bequeathed his entire library to the Islaamic University of Madeenah...
    In his will, the Imaam of Hadeeth, the Shaykh - Muhammad Naasiruddeen al-Albaanee (rahima-hullaah), mentioned the following:

    "And I bequeath my library - all of it, whether it be (in) printed (form) or photo-copy or manuscript (form); in my hand writing or the hand writing of other than mine - to the library of al-Jaami'ah al-Islaamiyyah (Islaamic University) in al-Madeenah al-Munawwarah. Because I have fond memories of it (the University), in calling to the Book (of Allaah) and the Sunnah, upon the manhaj of the Pious Predecessors in the days when I was a teacher there."

    The Shaykh grieves upon hearing about the death of Shaykh Ibn Baaz...
    Concerning the Imaam of Hadeeth, the Shaykh - Muhammad Naasiruddeen al-Albaanee (rahima-hullaah), it has been narrated by his prolific student, the Shaykh - 'Alee ibn Hasan al-Halabee al-Atharee (hafitha-hullaah) when he informed Shaykh al-Albaanee (rahima-hullaah) of the death of Shaykh Ibn Baaz (rahima-hullaah):

    And on the same day (as the death of Shaykh Ibn Baaz (rahima-hullaah)) I met our Shaykh and teacher the 'Allaamah, the Muhaddith - Abu 'Abdir-Rahmaan Muhammad Naasiruddeen al-Albaanee (rahima-hullaah), may Allaah restore his health and prolong his stay and extend his time; And I informed him the news of the death of the noble Shaykh 'Abdul-'Azeez ibn Baaz. May Allaah increase his favours upon him - I did not see him (the Shaykh), except that his eyes began to shed tears and he sighed deeply and then said:
    ((innaa lillaahe wa innaa ilayhe raaji'oon; Allaahumma ajurnee fee museebatee wakhlifnee kayran minhaa...));
    (To Allaah we belong and unto Him is our return. O Allaah, recompense me for my affliction and replace it for me with something better)

    - [as per the hadeeth in Volume 2, Page 632 of Saheeh Muslim regarding when one is informed of the death of another Muslim].


    A sister from Algeria calls the Shaykh about a dream...
    Concerning the Imaam of Hadeeth, the Shaykh - Muhammad Naasiruddeen al-Albaanee (rahima-hullaah), it has been narrated:

    Once a sister from Algeria called the Shaykh and said: "O Shaykh! I have news!"
    The Shaykh said: "I hope Allaah has blessed you with good news".
    She said: "One of the sisters had a dream, and I shall narrate it to you".
    The Shaykh said: "I hope she saw (something) good".
    She said: "O Shaykh! is this confirmed, that someone comes and narrates a dream to you and you say: "I hope you saw (something) good and (hopefully) it is good"? Is this confirmed from the Sunnah?"
    The Shaykh said: "No. This is not confirmed, however, there is no harm in using this (term) sometimes".

    She said: "This sister saw herself on a balcony which overlooked a path. And upon this path she saw the Messenger (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) by his (known) description. Then she saw me standing infront of the Messenger (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) and saw the Messenger (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) smiling at me, and I was smiling at him.
    Then I called her, and said to her: "Come down. Come down with us."
    So when she came down she asked me: "Who are you looking at?"
    So I said: "Look at the one who looked at me", and she saw the Messenger (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam), then the Messenger (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) smiled, and proceeded along the path.

    We then walked together along the (same) path (the sister and I) and whilst we were walking we saw a Shaykh upon the (same) path, so we extended our greetings to him, we said: "as-Salaamu 'alaykum".
    So he replied to us: "wa 'alaykum as-Salaam wa Rahmatullaahe wa Barakaatuhu."
    Then this Shaykh asked us: "Did you see the Messenger (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam)?"
    We said: "Yes, we saw him."
    So this sister asked me: "Who is this Shaykh?"
    So I said to her: "This is Shaykh al-Albaanee."." [end of dream]
    The sister who had called the Shaykh, then said: "I ask Allaah to make this good news for you O Shaykh, and I wished to inform you O Shaykh, so hopefully it is good news, inshaa.-Allaah, that you are upon the way of the Sunnah, inshaa.-Allaah Ta'aala. So what do you say O Shaykh?"

    Here, the Shaykh did not say a thing, rather, tears began pouring down (his face) and he cried profusely. He then asked those of the brothers who were in his gathering to leave.
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    His dislike of fame

    One time a man saw the Shaikh while he, may Allaah have mercy on him, was sitting in his car, so the man rushed to him and said, ‘You’re Shaikh al-Albaani?’
    So the Shaikh started to cry.
    When he, may Allaah the Most High have mercy on him, was asked why he started to cry he replied, ‘It befits a person to strive against his own soul and not to become deceived by the people pointing to him.

    Al-Imaam al-Albaani, Duroos, wa Mawaaqif, wa Ibar, of Abdul-Aziz ibn Muhammad Abdullaah as-Sadhaan, p. 126.

    Al-Albaani wishing he was a millionaire …

    “A man who was sick and whose treatment was by way of injections came [to the Shaikh], one of these injections would cost twenty dinars and he needed fifteen of them. So the Shaikh asked me [Muhammad al-Khateeb] to go to his house and confirm the correctness of what he had said. When we came to know that what he had said was true, the Shaikh gave me some money and we bought the injections for him.
    When I had intended to build a house I needed [to borrow] some money. So I knocked many doors [i.e., asked a lot of people], but I did not come across anything. Then I remembered a rich man who the Shaikh knew so I said to the Shaikh’s wife,‘Maybe you could ask the Shaikh to intercede on my behalf with the man so that he might lend me [what I need].’
    The next day while I was sitting at my desk the Shaikh said to me, ‘O Muhammad! You want me to intercede on your behalf with so and so to lend you some money?’
    So I said, ‘Yes.’
    He said, ‘I am closer to you than him. I will give you what you want.’ So I cried and said, ‘Our Shaikh! May Allaah reward you with good.’ But, by Allaah, it never occurred to me that I would get what I needed from the Shaikh …
    Then when he gave the money he said, ‘This is a gift of a thousand dinars which are not included [in the loan].’ So I cried a second time, may Allaah reward him with abundant good and may He, the Most High, have mercy on him.

    Another story that occurred recently was when the Shaikh was in hospital and a woman came to him complaining about the fact that she had fallen prey to the banks. She had borrowed nine thousand dinars from one of them and then the amount she owed began to multiply due to interest.
    She came to the Shaikh appealing to him to help rid herself of this problem.
    So the Shaikh, as was usual, asked me to verify the facts. After I did so and was sure of the truthfulness of the woman he agreed to loan her seven thousand dinars.
    The lady came along with her children and the Shaikh said, ‘Here is a thousand dinars as a gift, and here is the other amount that you requested.’ So the lady was delighted as were her children and they supplicated for the Shaikh and I did too. The lady asked Allaah to reward the Shaikh with good.
    Then the Shaikh looked at us and said, ‘O brothers, by Allaah, truly I wish that I become a millionaire so that I can take thousands more women like this one out of the shackles of interest.’

    Al-Imaam, al-Mujaddid, al-Allaamah, al-Muhaddith, Muhammad Naasirud-Deen al-Albaani, pp. 62-63.

    Shaikh al-Albaani’s independence from the rulers …

    Shaikh Muhammad Musa Nasr said,
    “We do not know from the life of our Shaikh and through the times we accompanied him which spanned over twenty years that he ever entered upon a ruler, or those in authority or a judge, or ever fawned on one, or was ever appointed in a religious position under one, or ever ate at the table of one: which was the thing that made him independent in the stances he took; and his religious verdicts were not issued due to political or religious pressure …
    So his religious verdicts were never to please Zaid or Amr. Allaah had made him free of having a need of the people, and provided for him through what his own hands earned where he worked repairing watches for many long years, “The best of what a man eats is that which his own hands have earned …”

    And I took his hand one day and said to him, “Our Shaikh! Have you ever shaken hands with any of the tyrants of this world?”
    He replied, “No.”
    I said to him, “And have you ever eaten at their tables or entered upon them?”
    He said, “No.”
    So I took his hand to kiss it and he prevented me from doing so, but I overcame him and kissed it. After which he severely reprimanded me, so I said, “And why shouldn’t I kiss a hand that has never shaken that of a tyrant? And which has served the Sunnah of the Messenger صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ for more than half a century?”
    And the Shaikh would reprimand me many times for my exaggeration in the love and honour for him, and in my view this was less than what he deserved.
    But this did not prevent us from opposing him, sometimes, in some of the independent judgements [ijtihaad] he would come to, may Allaah have mercy on him. For everyone’s saying is accepted and rejected except for the companion of this grave [i.e., the Prophet صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ] as Imaam Maalik, may Allaah have mercy on him, said …”

    Al-Imaam, al-Mujaddid, al-Allaamah, al-Muhaddith, Muhammad Naasirud-Deen al-Albaani, pp. 63-64.

    Al-Albaani writing Ad-Da’eefah on gift paper and red paper bags used to weigh rice and sugar in

    Shaikh Mashoor Hasan said, “Our Shaikh, may Allaah have mercy on him, charged me with reviewing some of the volumes of As-Silsilah ad-Da’eefah before it was printed … he gave me the fifth volume of Ad-Da’eefah. So I took the volume from him [which was written] in his own handwriting before it was printed.
    When I took it out of the bag [it was in] and saw it I started to cry.
    The Shaikh asked me, “What is wrong with you?”
    So I didn’t say anything, and the Shaikh saw the tears in my eyes.
    The Shaikh, may Allaah have mercy on him, had written the fifth volume of Ad-Da’eefah on gift paper, and on the paper bags used for sugar and rice, the red [paper] bags which the people would weigh sugar and rice in.
    So the Shaikh said to me, “I used to have thread which I would place in ink. Then I would place this thread on the paper and so the paper would become lined.” And he said, “I didn’t have any money to buy paper with.””

    Transl. note: The fifth volume of Ad-Da’eefah which is printed is 524 pages long.
    Taken from this lecture of Shaikh Mashhoor in Arabic, at the 67th minute:
    Writing on gift paper …

    Shaikh al-Albaani when he was beaten

    As-Sadhaan said, “Shaikh Muhammad Ziyaad at-Tuklah, may Allaah reward him, wrote to me stating that Shaikh Abdullah Aloosh said, ‘One time we came along with Shaikh Naasir to pray in one of the Jaami mosques in the Maidaat district, and the Imaam was ‘so and so’ (one of the bigots and he named him for us). So when the Imaam turned around and was about to say Allaahu Akbar to start the prayer, he saw Shaikh al-Albaani and so in a loud voice in front of all the people he said, “Come on! Get out! Get out! Get out!’”
    And he also wrote to me narrating from one of the students of Shaikh al-Albaani that Shaikh Naasir was once assaulted in Damascus by being beaten in a street by a fool who had been paid to do so.”

    Al-Imaam al-Albaani, Duroos, wa Mawaaqif, wa Ibar, of Abdul-Aziz ibn Muhammad Abdullah as-Sadhaan, p. 47.

    His Worship and how many times he performed Hajj

    As-Sadhaan said, “The Shaikh, may Allaah have mercy on him, was from the most eager of people in ensuring that his worship was in accordance with the Sunnah, in its form, its amount and its time. He was eager to implement the Sunnah in what he ate, drank and wore, and in his dealings [with the people].
    Those who sat with him, visited him, or attended his lectures or gatherings which were full [of people] bear witness to that. Such that Shaikh Muhammad ibn Saalih al-Uthaymeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “That which I know about the Shaikh through the times I met him, and they were few, is that he was extremely eager to act upon the Sunnah, and to fight innovations, whether they were in matters of creed or action.”

    And he would pray a lot of optional prayers and fast a lot also.
    He would be affected very quickly and would cry easily, especially when listening to the Quraan or reciting it, or when listening to Prophetic sayings which contained a mention of a promise or threat, or when he would hear about the death of a scholar of hadith and the Sunnah, or when a good dream which someone saw about him would be mentioned to him, or when he would be praised or complemented.
    He, may Allaah have mercy on him, would be eager to fast Mondays and Thursdays in summer and winter, except if he was travelling or ill.
    When he would enter the mosque on Fridays he would continue to pray two units of prayer, followed by another two and so on [continually] until the Imaam would ascend onto the minbar.

    He would perform Hajj and umrah every year if he was able to, and would sometimes perform umrah twice in one year. He performed Hajj more than thirty times.
    I was told that there was a man who was a worshipper who lived in close proximity to the Prophet’s Mosque, he was well-known for his righteousness, his abstinence, and was a person of the Sunnah who would very often give advice [to the people].
    One time he saw some people who were doing a great deal of talking in the Prophet’s Mosqueso he advised them to seize the opportunity to benefit from their time by reading the Quraan or remembering Allaah.
    The people found his sincere speech to be pleasant and agreeable and he continued to speak to them. Those around him heard what he was saying and [heard] his pleasant words such that the number of people increased and he was speaking in a way which, inshaa Allaah, showed the truthfulness of his intention.
    Then all of a sudden while he was speaking he fell totally silent and started to stare at one of the people present in the gathering and started to apologise [saying] that he did not know he was present.
    But that person who had been affected by this man’s advice did nothing except ask this man to continue giving his reminder and advice–but the man sat down [instead].
    The person who had asked him to continue in his advice was none other than Shaikh al-Albaani, may Allaah have mercy on him, [this was] when he was in Medinah as a teacher at the Islamic University.

    Shaikh Muhammad Ziyaad at-Tuklah, may Allaah reward him, wrote to me saying, “I asked Shaikh Muhammad Eed al-Abbaasee about the worship of Shaikh al-Albaani so he said,
    ‘We would pray the night prayer [taraaweeh in Ramadaan] with some brothers. Shaikh al-Albaani would get up and lead us in a long prayer which would be almost three hours long. During it he would implement [even] the smallest of Sunnahs. He would make the bowing and prostration long.
    The bowing [rukoo’] would be about eight to nine minutes long.
    And when he would sit he would ask Allaah for forgiveness and praise him between every two rak’ahs. And one time Shaikh Ali Khashaan went up to him while he was in that state and asked him about an issue, so he replied, ‘Now is the time for worship, the time for knowledge is other than this.’
    And because of how long the Shaikh would make the night prayer we would fear, as occurs in the hadith, that we might miss the suhoor meal. And when praying behind him we would feel tranquillity, devoutness [khushoo], and calmness.””

    Al-Imaam al-Albaani, Duroos, wa Mawaaqif, wa Ibar, of Abdul-Aziz ibn Muhammad Abdullaah as-Sadhaan, pp. 88-89.

    Why Al-Albaani almost felt like wishing for death …

    As-Sadhaan said, quoting from Saheeh Mawaarid adh-Dham’aan,
    “And he, may Allaah have mercy on him, said concerning the hadith, “The life spans of my Ummah are between sixty and seventy. Few of them pass that,” Ibn Arafah said, “And I am from those few.”

    So Shaikh al-Albaani said commenting on the saying of Ibn Arafah,
    “And I too am from those few. For I have passed eighty-four years in age, all the while asking the Protector[mawlaa], far removed be He from all defects, that I be from those whose lives are prolonged and whose actions get better. And yet along with that I almost wish for death due to the deviation from the religion that has afflicted the Muslims.
    But far be it that I wish for death when the hadith of Anas has been before me since childhood, so it is not for me but to say as my Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) ordered me to, “O Allaah, give me life as long as life is better for me. And take my soul if death is better for me,’” [also] supplicating with that which he (صلى الله عليه وسلم) taught me, “O Allaah! Let us enjoy our hearing and vision and strength for as long as You grant us life and make it our legacy.”

    And He, the One free of all defects, has favoured me and responded, allowing me to enjoy all of that. So here I am still researching and verifying, still writing actively the like of which is rarely seen, and I pray the optional prayers standing, and I drive my car for long distances by myself, and at a speed which some of those dear to me advise me to reduce, and I have an elaboration for that which some of them know! And I say all of this by way of, “And as for the favour of your Lord, then proclaim [it] …” [Ad-Duhaa 93:11], hoping that the Protector, free is He from all defects and the Most High, increases the Bounty He has bestowed upon me, and that He makes all of it my legacy. And that He takes my soul as a Muslim upon the Sunnah which I dedicated my life to, calling to it and writing about it. And that He gathers me with the martyrs and the righteous, and what an excellent company that is. Indeed He is the All-Hearer, the One who answers supplications.””

    Al-Imaam al-Albaani, Duroos, wa Mawaaqif, wa Ibar, of Abdul-Aziz ibn Muhammad Abdullaah as-Sadhaan, pp. 286-287.

    Al-Albaani debating with takfeeri youths for three nights and what happened to some of them later …

    As-Sadhaan said, “Shaikh Baasim Faisal al-Jawaabirah, may Allaah the Most High protect him, said,
    ‘… I was a student at secondary school, and in those days I was part of a group of youths who would declare the Muslims to be disbelievers and would not pray in their mosques arguing that they were [from] a society of ignorance!
    The people who would oppose us in Jordan would always threaten us with Shaikh Muhammad Naasirud-Deen al-Albaani, [saying] that he was the only one who would be able to debate with us and convince us [of the Truth] and return us to the Straight Path. When Shaikh Naasir came to Jordan from Damascus he was told about a group of youths who declare the Muslims to be disbelievers and so he wanted to meet us. So he sent his son in law, Nidhaam Sakkajhaa, to us who informed us of the Shaikh’s desire to meet us.

    We replied, ‘Whoever wants to meet us, then let him come to us, we will not go to him!’ But our Shaikh in declaring someone to be a disbeliever [takfeer] told us that Shaikh Naasir was from the scholars of the Muslims who had excellence due to his knowledge and old age and that we had to go to him.
    So we went to him in the house of his son in law, Nidhaam, just before ishaa prayer. One of us made the call to prayer and then we stood to pray and Shaikh Naasir said, ‘Shall we pray behind you or will you pray behind us?’ So our takfeeri Shaikh said,‘We believe that you are a disbeliever! [i.e., so we will not pray with you as Imaam]’ So Shaikh Naasir said, ‘As for me, then I hold that you have faith [i.e., that you are Muslims].’ Then our [takfeeri] Shaikh led us all in prayer [including Shaikh al-Albaani].
    Then Shaikh Naasir sat down debating with us continually until late at night, most of it being with our Shaikh. As for us youth, we would stand and then sit, stretch out our legs and then lie down on our sides, as for Shaikh Naasir, he sat in the same position from the start of the gathering until its end, never once changing. Always debating with this [person], and this [person] and then that [person], I was amazed at his patience and fortitude. Then [when it ended] we promised to meet the next day. We went back to our houses gathering the evidences which, so we believed, proved [our stance] in declaring Muslims to be disbelievers [takfeer].

    On the second day Shaikh Naasir came to the house of one of our brothers, and we had prepared the books and replies to his proofs. The debate continued from after ishaa [prayer] until morning prayer [fajr]. Then [when it ended] we promised to go to his house [the next day], and so we went there after ishaa on [this] the third day.
    The discussion continued until the mu’addhin made the call to prayer for fajr, and we were continually debating mentioning many aayahs [from the Quraan] which apparently proved [our stance of] declaring Muslims to be disbelievers [takfeer], and likewise we would mention hadiths which [again], apparently, proved [the stance we had taken of] declaring those people who had committed major sins to be disbelievers. And Shaikh Naasir was like a towering mountain answering this proof, and [explaining] the objective of other proofs, and reconciling between those which on the surface seemed to be contradictory, quoting the sayings of the Imaams who are relied upon from Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah.

    And then afterthe call to prayer for fajr nearly all of us went with Shaikh Naasirud-Deen to the mosque to perform the morning prayer, after Shaikh Naasir had convinced us of the error and deviation from the [correct] methodology that we had been continuing upon.
    We turned back from our takfeeri thinking, and all praise is due to Allaah.
    Except for a small group [of us]–who ended up apostatising from Islaam a few years after that.
    We ask Allaah for well-being.’”

    Al-Imaam al-Albaani, Duroos, wa Mawaaqif, wa Ibar, of Abdul-Aziz ibn Muhammad Abdullaah as-Sadhaan, pp. 157-158.

    So Al-Albaani said, ‘Forgive me if I have wronged you …’ and started to cry …

    As-Sadhaan said, “Shaikh Sameer az-Zuhairee who is from the students of the Shaikh, may Allaah have mercy on him, said,
    ‘I met up with some of the students of knowledge in Jordan one day. As was the norm in such gatherings, the Shaikh was mentioned and one of the people there started a sweeping attack on him due to the difference in methodology [between the two].
    I saw no point in debating with this man due, firstly, to his lack of fairness, and secondly, his severe anger which took him beyond the limits of moderation. So I said to him, ‘If this is the image you have of the Shaikh–and he is not as you think him to be–then why don’t you give him some advice directly, because he is better than your backbiting and slander of him?’
    He replied, ‘Al-Albaani does not accept advice.’
    So I said, ‘Have you tried?’
    ‘I’ve never seen him, but this is unanimous about him,’ he said.
    So I said to myself, Subhaanallaah! This man has been affected to such an extent due to his Shaikhs without ever having searched for the truth himself or [without ever] having met the Shaikh even though they live in the same city and have been doing so for years!’

    Later I organised a gathering of knowledge in the evening with the Shaikh [held] in my house and I called a whole group of students of knowledge. [I also called] this person who had spoken against the Shaikh–but I didn’t tell the Shaikh anything about that [incident].
    Most of the gathering was monopolised by that man who argued with the Shaikh, raised his voice and was infuriated [at Shaikh Al-Albaani], to such an extent that it became apparent that I was angry and embarrassed [on behalf of the Shaikh]. When the Shaikh saw that on my face he turned to me smiling and said, ‘Don’t worry about it/don’t take it upon yourself.’
    By Allaah, that smile never left the Shaikh’s face and he continued answering him with proofs from the Book and the Sunnah with great patience and an open heart, as was his habit, may Allaah have mercy on him.
    At the end of the gathering the man stood up and said to the Shaikh, ‘I thank Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, that you had changed [already] and that I met you after this change!’
    The Shaikh said, ‘And have you ever met me before today?’
    ‘No,’ he replied.

    So the Shaikh pointed to one of the brothers from Syria who had accompanied him in [his call to] the Salafi da’wah, and who was, at that time, a guest of the Shaikh in Amman [Jordan], and said:
    ‘I have not changed. And this brother has accompanied me for more than twenty years in da’wah, and he knows that about me. Either way, may Allaah reward you with good, and as for me, then I ask you to forgive me if I have wronged you in anything. And I ask Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, to forgive me if I have wronged any one from the Muslims.’
    Then he started crying, may Allaah have mercy on him. And then that person [who had been angry at the Shaikh] could do nothing except cry too, and he started to kiss the Shaikh’s hand and head.
    And I never knew him after that to be anything except a Salafi, following [the proofs], who loved the Shaikh and honoured him greatly.’

    Al-Imaam al-Albaani, Duroos, wa Mawaaqif, wa Ibar, of Abdul-Aziz ibn Muhammad Abdullaah as-Sadhaan, pp. 158-159.
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    Dreams People saw about Shaikh al-Albaani

    Shaikh Muhammad Moosaa Nasr said,
    “I saw a dream in which there was a group of people who had swarmed together before some steps which led up to a balcony in front of which there was a door. No one was climbing up the steps, they only looked at the balcony and the door.
    So I said to them, “Who are you looking for? And what are you looking at?” So they said, “The Messenger of Allaah (صلى الله عليه وسلم).”
    So I broke through the rows and went up the stairs until I came to the terrace before the door so that I could have the honour of seeing the Messenger of Allaah (صلى الله عليه وسلم). And the people were below the steps looking towards the door. Then the door opened and Shaikh al-Albaani came out, may Allaah have mercy on him.
    So I interpreted it to mean that he is [someone] who has the greatest share of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم), for standing up for his Sunnah and acutely following his guidance (صلى الله عليه وسلم). And I told the Shaikh, may Allaah have mercy upon him, about this dream. And it is as though the dream is saying that whoever wants the way of the Messenger of Allaah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) then he should pay heed to the one coming out of the balcony door who will guide him to the methodology of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم).

    [Shaikh Moosaa continued] another dream was seen by an Algerian sister who is a reader of the Asaalah magazine [which this piece was taken from], and from those who held the Shaikh and his methodology in great esteem. [This sister] told me in a letter which she had sent to Asaalah that she saw Abu Ubaidah Aamir ibn al-Jarraah, may Allaah be pleased with him, the venerable Companion and the trustee of this Ummah in a dream she had before daybreak, and he was saying to her, “Convey my salaam to Shaikh Muhammad Naasirud-Deen al-Albaani.” Then she woke up and was crying out of joy saying, “I’m not worthy of that. I’m not worthy of that.”
    So I interpreted it to mean that the Shaikh, may Allaah have mercy upon him, was a trustee over this Ummah, for the scholars are the trustees of the Sharee’ah, and our Shaikh al-Albaani was from those few who were trustees of Allaah’s Religion, advising His Servants, this is what we think, and Allaah knows best.”

    As-Sadlaan said, “And the noble Shaikh Ihsaan al-Utaibi said,
    “And the last time I met him I told him about a dream a brother of ours had seen. And it was that this brother saw the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) and asked him, “When I find something difficult [to understand] in hadith who should I ask?” So the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said, “Ask Muhammad Naasirud-Deen al-Albaani.” And I hardly finished telling him the dream when he started to cry profusely, and was saying [the supplication of Abu Bakr, may Allaah be pleased with him], “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.”

    And Shaikh Muhammad Ibrahim Shaqrah, may Allaah protect him, said, “One of our good brothers here in Syria saw a dream a short while before the death of Shaikh Ibn Baaz in which there were two stars in the sky which had started to head towards the earth with force. One of them reached the earth and the other remained close to the earth [but did not actually reach it].
    But the one that did caused a terrifying boom which horrified the people and made them ask what the news was. Then this person [who saw the dream] woke up and asked someone who interpreted dreams about it and he replied, “This is something which will shake society when it happens and will have a drastic effect [on it]. Then a similar event will follow it, and that is the second star.”
    So this person who told me the dream said, “So hardly a few days had passed when the news of the death of Shaikh Ibn Baaz came, may Allah have mercy on him, and then Shaikh al-Albaani died a short while after him, may Allaah have mercy on him, and that is the interpretation of the second star which fell a short while after the first.”

    And Abu Muhammad Abdullaah ibn Rasheed al-Inazi who is the Imaam of the Hishaam ibn al-Aas mosque in Hafr al-Baatin told me in a fax he sent to me that he saw a dream in which there were four snow-white birds in the sky flying in from the north, i.e., from the direction of Syria, carrying a body. When they passed by over our heads we saw that it was the body of Imaam al-Albaani, may Allaah have mercy on him. Abu Muhammad said, “By Him besides whom there is none worthy of worship, I saw him covered in a very modest shroud the closest thing it resembled being the gauze used to cover wounds, such that I saw through it [seeing that] he had placed his right hand on his left and had raised his right index finger to the sky. Then the birds took him in the direction of the horizon until he disappeared from our sight. This dream occurred after Asr prayer, and then after maghrib one of the brothers called me and informed me that Shaikh al-Albaani had passed away, so I said, ‘Truly, to Allaah be belong and truly, to Him shall we return.’”

    And in tape number five hundred an Algerian sister phoned the Shaikh and mentioned a dream in which she saw the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) on a path. Then a Shaikh came asking about the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) and so he was shown which way he went. Then she said that her friend who was on the balcony of the house [in the dream] asked her, “Who is this Shaikh that is walking behind the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم)?” So I said to her, “This is Shaikh al-Albaani.” So the Shaikh, may Allaah have mercy on him, was overcome and started to cry.”
    And you can hear this audio clip here: [ame]


    Al-Imaam, al-Mujaddid, al-Allaamah, al-Muhaddith, Muhammad Naasirud-Deen al-Albaani, of Umar Abu Bakr, pp. 67-68, [Al-Asaalah, 32/26] and Al-Imaam al-Albaani, Hayaatuhu, Da’watuhu, Juhooduhoo fee Khidmatis-Sunnah, of Muhammad Bayyoomi, p. 293-295, with slight editing.

    Al-Albaani when told about a visit to Spain …

    As-Sadhaan mentioned that, “Shaikh Esaam Haadi, may Allaah the Most High protect him, said,
    ‘When I came back from Spain I spoke to the Shaikh about the condition of the Muslims there. And from the things that I told him about was the justice the Muslims receive in the lands of kufr in terms of freedom in their worship and [the freedom] to gather. Such that, for example, they can make a request to the municipality to [allow them to] pray the Eed prayer in an open place outside [musalla], [as a result of which] the municipality will prepare a place for them and send a patrol officer to facilitate their parking and passing safely, and things such as this.

    So the Shaikh started crying and said, Allaahu Akbar. The Muslims receive justice and freedom in the lands of kufr which they don’t even get in the lands of Islaam! So Allaah’s Aid is sought, and there is neither movement or power except by the Will of Allaah.”

    Al-Imaam al-Albaani, Duroos, wa Mawaaqif, wa Ibar, of Abdul-Aziz ibn Muhammad Abdullaah as-Sadhaan, p. 138.

    His Illness and Death

    His son Abdul-Lateef said, “One time he was speaking in his sleep so I came close to him to listen to what he was saying. So he opened his eyes all of a sudden and said, “You spying on me?” and then laughed. He used to join his prayers at the end of his life, in the last two months. And his shop is still there in Damascus, ‘Al-Albaani Watches.’
    We used to feel sympathy for him for not sleeping, he would stay awake all night to author [works] and check and verify. He would go to sleep at 11 at night, then I could tell that at 1 in the morning he would get up and stay awake until Fajr. He would sleep for two hours during the day, so he would be busy for twenty hours and sleep for four.
    And I make special mention of the fact that during his washing [after he passed away] we noticed the marks/effects on his back of all that [long] sitting.”

    Al-Imaam al-Albaani, Hayaatuhu, Da’watuhu, Juhooduhoo fee Khidmatis-Sunnah, of Muhammad Bayyoomi, p. 268, with editing.

    Dr. Abdul-Aziz ibn Muhammad ibn Abdullaah as-Sadhaan said, “During the last three years of his life, he, may Allaah have mercy on him, used to suffer from a number of ailments, yet along with all of this he was patient and hoped for Allaah’s reward. He had lost a lot of weight and I saw that myself a month before his death. Some of the ailments he suffered from were anaemia, and problems with his liver and one of his kidneys. And so after a life full of knowledge and action, calling to Allaah and patience, he, may Allaah the Most High have mercy on him, passed away after asr time, on Saturday, 22nd Jumaada al-Aakhirah 1420 [October 1999], may Allaah make Firdous his abode.
    And his funeral was prepared quickly on the same day as per his will. And the bier was carried on the shoulders from his house to the grave.”

    Al-Imaam al-Albaani, Duroos, wa Mawaaqif, wa Ibar, of Abdul-Aziz ibn Muhammad Abdullaah as-Sadhaan, p. 292.

    Shaikh Muhammad Moosaa Nasr said, “And he was buried in a small graveyard … as he wanted. For one day he passed by the Hamlaan graveyard with the brother Muhammad al-Khateeb, as Ustaadh Muhammad Shaqrah, may Allaah protect him, told me, and so the Shaikh said to him, “I hope to be buried in this graveyard.” And it was the closest graveyard to his house. And Allaah fulfilled his wish and he was buried there, may Allaah the Most High have mercy on him.”Al-Imaam al-Mujaddid, wal-Allaamatul-Muhaddith, Muhammad Naasirud-Deen al-Albaani, p. 65.

    Shaikh al-Albaani’s Will

    http://shaikhalbaani.files.wordpress.com/2011/04/shaikh-al-albaanis-will1.jpg
    The translation can be found here: http://www.alalbany.net/albany_eng_027.php

    Part Of Shaikh Al-Albaanee’s Last Will And Testament

    In the Name of Allaah, Most Merciful, Bestower of Mercy. I counsel my wife, my children, my friends, and all my loved ones, when news of my death reaches them, that they – first – supplicate to Allaah to forgive me and have mercy on me, and that they do not wail over me nor cry with a raised voice.
    Secondly, I advise them to hasten my burial, and that they do not inform my close relatives or brothers (of my death) except for the amount that is necessary to carry out the preparation of my burial. I ask that they put my neighbor and sincere friend, ‘Izzat Khidr Abu ‘Abdillah in charge of washing my body, as well as whoever he chooses to assist him in that.
    Thirdly, I choose to be buried in the closet area (i.e. graveyard), so that those who carry my body will not be forced to place me in a car, and which will consequently lead the followers of the Janaazah (funeral) procession to drive in their cars. I also ask that my grave be put in an old graveyard, which will most likely not be dug up (anytime in the near future)…(Some parts omitted here)…
    And it is upon those who live in the land in which I die, to not inform anyone outside of these lands, such as my children – not to mention other than them – until after I am buried. This is so that the emotions will not overwhelm and cause people to act on them, which will in turn result in the delay of my Janaazah (funeral).
    I ask the Guardian (Allaah) that I meet Him, while having my past and future sins forgiven by Him…(Some parts omitted here)…
    I bequest my entire library – whether the book is printed, photocopied, in manuscript form, in my handwriting or someone else’s – to the library of the Islaamic University of Madeenah. This is because of the good memories I have of it with regard to Da’wah (Calling) to the Qur’aan and the Sunnah upon the methodology of the Salaf As-Saalih when I was a teacher there.
    I hope that Allaah will cause it to be of benefit to the leaders of that university, just as the university students benefited from its owner in those days. And I ask Allaah that He benefit me by them (the
    students), through their sincerity and in their Da’wah.
    [Allaah says:] “O my Lord! Make me thankful for Your Favor that You bestowed upon me, and upon both my parents, and make me one that does righteous deeds that You love. And correct my offspring for me. Surely I repent to You, and surely I am from amongst the Muslims. “
    [Surah Al-Ahqaaf: 15]

    Muhammad Naasir-ud-Deen Al-Albaanee
    On the 27th day of Jumaadaa Al-Oolaa, 1410 AH

    Taken from Shaikh ‘Alee Hasan Al-Halabee’s book “With our Shaikh, the Upholder of the Sunnah and the Religion, Muhammad Naasir-ud-Deen Al-Albaanee” (pages 27-28)

    Shaikh al-Albaani in an overturned car …

    “Shaikh Ali Khashhaan, may Allaah protect him, in a piece he wrote entitled, ‘The Aider of the Hadith and the Reviver of the Sunnah, Naasirud-Deen al-Albaani’, said, “So by Allaah! My eyes have never seen –as far as I know– anyone who cared more about the Sunnah and aided it with greater vigour or followed it more than al-Albaani. One time between Jeddah and Medinah an-Nabawiyyah [he had an accident] and his car overturned and the people present rushed to him saying, “O Sattaar! O Sattaar! يا ستار! ياستار [i.e., O Concealer, meaning Allaah].” So the Aider of the Hadith, Shaikh al-Albaani says to them while he is under the overturned car, “Say, ‘O Sitteer [يا ستير]’ and don’t say, ‘O Sattaar [يا ستار], because al-Sattaar is not one of His Names, the Most High!”
    And in the hadith there occurs, “إن الله ستير يحب الستر – Allaah is characterised by modesty and concealment [sitteer] and loves that people conceal themselves.”[1]
    Have you seen anyone who aids the Sunnah and the Hadith in a situation such as this in this time of ours?! Never! Except for what has been related from the likes of Umar ibn al-Khattaab, may Allaah be pleased with him, Ahmad ibn Hanbal and others from the Pious Predecessors of this nation.””

    Taken from Juhoodul-Imaamil-Albaani, of Ahmad Saalih Hussain al-Jabboori, pp. 7-8

    [1]An authentic hadith reported by Abu Dawud (4012), an-Nisaaee (1/70), al-Baihaqi (1/198), by way of Zuhair from Abdul-Malik from Abu Sulaymaan al-Azrami from Ataa from Ya’laa, who said, “The Prophet, صلى الله عليه وسلم, saw a man taking a shower in the bazaar without his lower garment on. So the Prophet, صلى الله عليه وسلم, mounted the pulpit, praised Allaah and extolled him and then said, “Indeed Allaah is characterised by modesty and concealment, and He loves modesty and concealment. So when one of you takes a shower let him conceal himself.”See Irwaaul-Ghaleel, no. 2335.

    “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.

    A month before he died…

    “In Dubai Ali ibn Hasan al-Halabi told us, “A month before his death, the Shaikh, may Allaah have mercy upon him, spent three days researching one hadith. And he dictated eighteen pages to his grandson, Ubaadah, and I was watching.””

    Safahaat Baidaa min Hayaatil-Imaam Muhammad Naasirud-Deen al-Albaani, rahimahullaahu ta’aala, of Abu Asmaa Atiyyah ibn Sidqee Ali Saalim, p. 94.

    He stood up and turned to the people…

    “At Jumu’ah prayer the Imaam giving the sermon mentioned amongst other things the hadith, The believer to the believer is like a [solid] building, some [parts of it] support others …” [Bukhaari and Muslim] adding the word, ‘… solid …’ [which is not part of the narration]. So after the jumu’ah prayer ended Shaikh al-Albaani stood up and turned to the people and made clear the absence of the word ‘solid’ in the narration of the hadith and urged that the hadiths be narrated as they came without any additions. So, by Allaah, his critique was better than the sermon itself.”

    Muhaddithul-Asr, Muhammad Naasirud-Deen al-Albaani of Samir ibn Amin al-Zahraani, pp. 31-32.

    “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 ofSamir ibn Amin al-Zahraani, p. 31.

    Enjoining the good and forbidding the evil …

    “I saw him one time when he was sick, one of the nurses came in and he was clean shaven. After he had given the Shaikh his medicine and was about to leave, he said, “Pray to Allaah for me, O Shaikh.” So the Shaikh, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “May Allaah beautify you with that which he beautified men with.”

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

    Reading on a ladder …

    “Shaikh Baasim Faisal al-Juwaabirah said, ‘And from that which showed the Shaikh’s patience and fortitude in seeking knowledge was what Dr. Mahmood al-Meerah, may Allaah protect him, told me.
    That Shaikh Naasir climbed up a ladder in the Dhaahiriyyah library in Damascus to take a book, a manuscript, so he got the book and opened it and then started to read it while standing on the ladder and stayed there reading for more than six hours.’”

    Al-Imaam al-Albani, Duroos wa Mawaaqif wa Ibar, p. 63.
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    Going to the mosque

    “Saami Khalifah wrote to me telling me that, ‘When the Shaikh, may Allaah have mercy upon him, would pick somebody up in his car on the way to the mosque, he would wait after the prayer would finish for that same person so that he could take him back and drop him up off at the place where he picked him up.’”

    Al-Imaam al-Albani, Duroos wa Mawaaqif wa Ibar, p. 175.

    Forty-eight hours before he died…

    Shaikh Ali Hasan mentioned that Shaikh Al-Albaani’s son, Abdul-Lateef said that forty-eight hours before his death, the Shaikh, may Allaah have mercy upon him, requested that he bring the book Saheeh Sunan Abi Daawood to look for something that had crossed his heart and mind.

    Al-Imaam al-Albani, Duroos wa Mawaaqif wa Ibar, pp. 275-276.

    “His eyes swelled up with tears…”

    Muhammad al-Khateeb said, “One time I was working on the roof of the Shaikh’s house to fix some things. I was carrying a heavy rod from one place to another. Then [all of a sudden] the rod overwhelmed me and I was almost, were it not for the grace of Allaah, about to fall off the top of the roof. Later the Shaikh found out about what had happened, so he thanked Allaah that I was safe and quickly fell into prostration out of thankfulness, his eyes then swelled up with tears, crying. He then took out one hundred dinaars and gave them to me.”

    Al-Imaam al-Albani, Duroos wa Mawaaqif wa Ibar, p. 167

    “Show me that book …”

    Esaam Moosaa Haadi said, “A student of knowledge who used to study at the Institute of Sharee’ah used to work with our Shaikh. During his spare time he would come to our Shaikh and transcribe for the Shaikh [whatever he wanted penned down]. So this student told me that the Shaikh once said to him, “Show me that book you have with you …” [alluding] to a book that student had with him. The Shaikh then started to look through the book. He then left the study with it and came back later returning it to the student. So when the student left our Shaikh, he said, “I noticed that there was something in the book. When I had a look I saw that our Shaikh had left some money [between the pages].”

    Al-Imaam al-Albani, Duroos wa Mawaaqif wa Ibar, p. 173.

    Don’t you hang up on me…

    A youth who had just started to practise Islaam phoned Shaikh al-Albaani and as soon as the Shaikh picked up the receiver he said, “I’m a young guy who has just started to practise and I have heard that you hang up the phone very quickly so make sure you don’t hang up until I’ve finished what I want to say!” So the Shaikh started to laugh and gave him what he wanted.

    Al-Imaam al-Albani, Duroos wa Mawaaqif wa Ibar, p. 159.

    Every son of a female…

    “When I (Ali Hasan), informed Shaikh Al-Albaani, may Allaah have mercy upon him, of the death of his Eminence Shaikh Abdul-Aziz ibn Baaz, may Allaah have mercy upon him, he could not stop himself from crying, his eyes were filled with flowing tears, and he spoke of him with compassionate, righteous words.
    So he, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, and I wrote this down from him:
    ‘To Allaah we belong and to Him we return. Oh Allaah! Recompense me for my affliction and replace it for me with something better. May Allaah have mercy upon him, a vast mercy. And may He reward him well on behalf of Islaam and the muslims.
    Every son of a female, even if he is well for a long time
    will, one day, be carried on a bier [to his grave]
    Indeed Shaikh Abdul-Aziz Ibn Baaz, may Allaah have mercy on him, was from the elite of the scholars. We ask Allaah, the Most High, to make Paradise his dwelling. If this life were to last forever for anyone, it would have lasted as such for Mustafaa, sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam. May Allaah have mercy on him and may He cause us and him to be with the righteous.’”

    Ma’a Shaikhinaa Naasirus-Sunnnah … of Shaikh Ali Hasan, p. 15.

    Shaikh al-Albani talking while asleep…

    Shaikh al-Albani’s son, Abdul-Lateef, mentioned that his father:
    “… used to say in his sleep, ‘Bring me the book entitled ‘Al-Ilal. Bring me the book entitled such and such. Bring me the book entitled such and such. Bring me the book entitled ‘Al-Jarh wat-Ta’deel’. And one time he said while he was asleep and while he was moving his hand as someone writing would, ‘Bring [the book] Sunan Abu Dawood and the problem will be solved.’
    One time he said to me whilst he was asleep, ‘Bring the first volume of the book Al-Targheeb and Tarheeb.’ So I brought it. He then said to me, ‘Open it,’ and I did. He said, ‘Look at one, two, three ahadith. Are these approximately equal in length?’ So I said, ‘No. There is one amongst them which is long.’ He said, ‘Go …’ – this is during sleep, he is talking whilst he is asleep. I then said to him, ‘This third hadith is long.’ So he asked, ‘Who narrated it?’ I replied, ‘So and so.’ Then he said, ‘Enough. Return the book.’
    All of this was when he was asleep!

    Al-Imaam al-Albani, Duroos wa Mawaaqif wa Ibar, pp. 65-66.
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