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A Note on the Ijāzāt of Shaykh Muḥammad Nāṣir al-Dīn al-Albānī


A reply to the infamous age-old argument that Imām al-Albānī does not have any recommendations from the people of knowledge. Rather, he has recommendations and even the enemies of this great muḥaddith have been forced to testify to his knowledge.

Audio: Guard Yourselves from the Two Extremes

 In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

  Guard Yourselves From the Two Extremes

During the seminar, Bulūgh al-Marām: Chapter of Purification in January 2017, our noble and respected Shaykh, Shaykh Ḥasan ibn ʿAbd al-Wahhāb al-Banná delivered a very important lecture concerning the importance of clinging to the Qurʾān and the Sunnah and the methodology of the Salaf, and the importance of staying away from the two extremes of exaggeration and falling short. Instead, one should maintain a balanced path of understanding, which can only be attained through seeking knowledge.


Audio: The Trickery and Deception of Ahl al-Bidʿah

 In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

  The Trickery & Deception of Ahl al-Bidʿah

Abū Khadījah gives a brilliant in-depth lecture regarding the trickery and deception of Ahl al-Bidʿah, and an admonition against the  likes of misguided individuals such as Usāmah al-Qūsī, Abū al-Ḥasan al-Maghribī, Muḥammad al-Maghrāwī, Yāsir Qaḍhī and Abū Usāmah al-Dhahabī.



Benefit: Answering the Claim, "The Caller (Dāʿī) Is Better Than the Scholar"

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

Shaykh ʿUbayd al-Jābirīcomments on the verse below, clarifying an existing doubt:

شَهِدَ اللَّهُ أَنَّهُ لَا إِلَٰهَ إِلَّا هُوَ وَالْمَلَائِكَةُ وَأُولُو الْعِلْمِ قَائِمًا بِالْقِسْطِ ۚ لَا إِلَٰهَ إِلَّا هُوَ الْعَزِيزُ الْحَكِيمُ
Allāh bears witness that none has the right to be worshipped but Him; and likewise, the angels and the people of knowledge bear witness: He who maintains justice, none has the right to be worshipped but Him, the All Mighty, the All Wise.[Sūrah al-ʿImrān, 3:18]

Present in this verse is a refutation of some of those who ascribe to the daʾwah, who say: The caller (dāʿī) is better than the scholar. They use the argument that the caller is like the rain cloud, travelling from place to place, everyone benefits from it [i.e. the rain]. While the scholar is like a well, no one drinks from it except those who travel to it. Glorified is Allāh the Exalted! Are they more knowledgeable or Allāh? Who are the ones who testify to the oneness of Allāh [in this verse], the scholar or the caller? The scholar! Who are the inheritors of the prophets? The scholars, or the callers who travel from place to place? Some of them [i.e. callers] are not even able to recite Sūrah al-Fātiḥah correctly and do not know the pillars of Islām. Corrupt reasoning and misinterpetation of the speech of Allāh and His Messenger (ṣallá Allāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam) is the way of the people of innovation and desires; so be warned.

Source: Itḥāf al-ʿUqūl, pg. 89-90
Translated by: Munīb al-Ṣumālī

Benefit: Are You Any of These Individuals?

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

Shaykh Ṣāliḥ ibn Fawzān al-Fawzān (حفظه الله) said: Only one of these individuals will discredit the scholars who are upon the truth:
[1] Someone who is a known hypocrite
[2] A sinner who is upset with the scholars because they prevented him from sinning
[3] A misguided ḥizbī who hates the scholars because they rejected his ḥizbīyyah and his misguided ideology

Source: al-Ajwibah al-Mufīdah, pg. 51.
Translated by: Musa Shaleem Mohammed

Benefit: Degrading Learned Individuals Was Practiced during Jāhiliyyah   

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

Shaykh Ṣāliḥ ibn ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz Āl al-Shaykh (حفظه الله) stated: “Ridiculing and degrading the scholars is not from the religion; rather, it was practiced in the pre-Islamic period of ignorance.”

فليس من الدين الطعن في أهل العلم، وليس من الدين الانتقاص من أقدارهم بل ذلك من عمل الجاهلية

Source: Simāt al-Mu’minīn Fī-al-Fitan, pg. 27.
Translated by: Musa Shaleem Mohammed

Benefit: Everyone Today Is Considered a Scholar?!

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

  A brief discussion on the humility of the scholars, their fleeing from praise and grand titles. This example is then contrasted with those in the West who embrace titles, demand praise and seek recognition for everything they do, small or large. Importantly, Ustādh Abū Idrīs mentions the importance of clarity, those men who stand up in times of fitnah and are courageous, defending the truth, defending the scholars, not simply those who seek fame off the letters that follow their names.

The benefit is excerpted from the lecture entitled: Benefits from the Introduction to al-Ibānah al-Ṣughrá by Ustādh Abū Ḥakīm, from the 2018 Summer Seminar: The Methodology of the Salaf in Times of Fitnah.


Benefit: Is the Criticism (of a Scholar) Rejected, Since He Used to Recommended the One He Refutes?

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

The opinion circulates today: "The criticism (of a scholar) is rejected, since he used to recommended the one he now refutes!" Is this a principle established and practised by the scholars of old? Is a student of knowledge immune from crticism due to his resume of valuable works? Or is this a false-principle used to dissuade the unsuspecting Muslim from safety and clarity? Abū al-ʿAbbās Mūsá Richardson discusses this issue drawing upon examples of the Scholars of olden times such as Imām Aḥmad Ibn Ḥanbal and Yahyá Ibn Ma'een. (An academic response to a complaint regarding the benefit below: Hiding behind al-Albānī, Ibn Bāz, Ibn 'Uthaymīn?)

Benefit: Hiding behind al-Albānī, Ibn Bāz, Ibn 'Uthaymīn? In the Name of Allāh... Something came to my mind about a question I was asked the other night about people who only mention references to the scholars of recent times, specifically: al-Albānī, Ibn Bāz, and Ibn 'Uthaymīn. You may recall that I said that these are - of course - the greatest scholars of recent times, and we are happy to hear people mention them with goodness and attach themselves to them. I also mentioned that some people claim an attachment to them and then contraḍīct their teachings, and so a good and wise tactic to use in calling them to the Truth would be to mention to them what those scholars have said about that issue that they are mistaken in, so that they could accept the correction more easily. And I alluded to the idea of those three - may Allāh have Mercy on them - recommending other scholars and warning against certain callers. And that could be a way of introducing them to or helping them establish contact with other noteworthy scholars who are still alive. I'd like to mention a specific example of this, that is sadly too common to hear. People say, "I prefer the manhaj of Shaykh Ibn 'Uthaymīn over the manhaj of Shaykh Rabīʿ al-Madkhalī..." Or they may say Shaykh Ibn Bāz or Shaykh al-Albānī in place of Shaykh Ibn 'Uthaymīn, or all three of them! Let's be perfectly clear on this issue - this is not the speech of the people of knowledge. All three of those great scholars were upon the same manhaj of Shaykh Rabīʿ ibn Hādī al-Madkhalī (may Allāh preserve him) - the manhaj of the Salaf. This is not merely a devoted student's opinion, rather, all three of those scholars have clear and specific praises of Shaykh Rabīʿ, his teachings, his books, his recordings, and even his refutations. As for the statements of taxi drivers and their students, or anonymous internet writers, that the manhaj of Shaykh Ibn 'Uthaymīn was other than the manhaj of Shaykh Rabīʿ, etc... then it is simply jahl murak-kab (compound ignorance), when a person hears a specific point of disagreement between two scholars, and assumes that it means that a major disagreement has taken place, and that they have parted ways and gone forth on two different paths! As an extremely clear example, here are the words of Shaykh Ibn 'Uthaymīn himself, about the visit of Shaykh Rabīʿ to his city (Unayzah) around the year 1421 shortly before the death of Shaykh Ibn 'Uthaymīn:...Our brother (Shaykh Rabīʿ), may Allāh grant us and him success, is upon Salafīyyah, the way of the Salaf. And I do not mean here that Salafīyyah is a ḥizb (party) which is set up to oppose the Muslims outside of it, but I mean by Salafīyyah, that he is upon the path of the Salaf in his Manhaj. Especially in the field of actualising Tawḥīd and throwing aside what opposes this [manhaj]. The visit of our brother, Shaikh Rabee bin Hādī to this region, our city, Unayzah, no doubt will have a good effect, and it will also become clear to many of the people what used to be hidden from them due to the scare-mongering and rumour-mongering, and also letting loose the tongue [of discord]. You may access the original Arabic audio, transcription, and translation, including other helpful articles on the topic here: http://www.themadkhalis.com/md/articles/ebhen-shaykh-ibn-uthaymin-on-shaykh-rabi-al-madkhali.cfm So let those who insist that Shaykh Ibn 'Uthaymīn was upon a different manhaj than Shaykh Rabīʿ repent from their audacious lie against Shaykh Ibn 'Uthaymīn, and their oppression of Shaykh Rabīʿ as well. I mention this illustration since it is something that affected a dear brother of mine, may Allāh guide me and him to what is correct. And it is generally relevant to the question I was asked, as people claim attachments to the likes of those great scholars, and may hide these kinds of sentiments, revealing them every now and then. And it really really hurts to hear people slander a great man like Shaykh Rabīʿ, a man of the Sunnah, a concerned advisor, patient, full of love for the Muslims and hope for the success of their da'wah, busy with knowledge day and night, reading, writing, researching, compiling, falling asleep on a thin mattress on the floor with a book on his chest and books all around him, critical of his own self and his own students, a brave and guided critic whose writings are blessed with academic strength and clarity, a gracious host, a father-figure to people all over the world, a man who cries when he hears about things that harm the image of our da'wah, a man who reads a book about the history of the righteous Salaf and the trials they faced and becomes engaged in the story and attached to it more devoutly than how common people watch an action movie!! "The flesh of the scholars is poisonous! The way that Allāh exposes those who belittle them is well known! Those who unleash their tongues (with falsehood) against the scholars, Allāh shall cause them to suffer from the death of their hearts before their lives end!" (So let those who contraḍīct his order be warned that a trial may befall them, or a painful punishment!) (Words attributed to Ibn Ásaakir, quoted in An-Nawawee's Tibyaan) I say this, while I praise no one above Allāh, al-ʿAlī al-Qadeer, and it is HE alone who is his Reckoner. (And I do not endorse or encourage the blind following of Shaykh Rabīʿ, or any other specific scholar.)

Mūsá Richardson

Benefit: Recognize the Station of the Scholars

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

Shaykh Rabīʿ ibn Hādī al-Madkhalī (may Allāh preserve him) mentioned: It is incumbent upon the Ummah to recognize the station and the level of the scholars. They (the Ummah) must also know that it is obligatory for them to love and obey the scholars. Hating the scholars is considered hating the religion of Allāh and the carriers of this religion; in fact, hating the scholars leads to hating the correct knowledge which they inherit from the prophets. So, woe to those who despise them and their beliefs.

Source: Marḥaban Yā Ṭālib al-ʿIlm pg. 60-61.
Translated by: Munīb al-Ṣumālī

Benefit: Shaykh Rabīʿ on the Mashāyikh of Madīnah and Salafi Publications

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

Shaykh Rabīʿ on the Mashayikh of Madinah and al-Maktabah al-Salafīyyah: A Visit to Shaykh Rabīʿ - Feb 2012 by ʿAbd alilah Lahmami.

A visit to Shaykh Rabīʿ ibn Hādī Al-Madhkhali Rabīʿ al-Awwal 1433 - Feb 2012

On 24 Rabīʿ 1 433, corresponding to Thursday 16th February 2012, Allāh blessed us to visit Shaykh Rabīʿ ibn Haadi al-Madhkhali. I prayed the Maghrib prayer with the Shaykh along with other brothers, mainly from North Africa. Some of the students, I recognized, were studying at the Islamic University of Madinah or the Prophet's mosque (sallallāhu ʿalayhī wa-sallam). The sheikh said, come to the house so we all entered his house. We sat down and waited for him to come from the other door. When he came, he gave salām and asked how was Shaykh ʿUbayd al-Jābiri? I said that alhamdulilāh he was well mashaAllāh. He asked the other brothers as to where they were from. He asked about their countries and their da'wah. Then he asked about the teachers in these countries and what were they teaching.

The sheikh gave some advice concerning Ikhlās (sincerity) and Taqwa (piety). He also spoke of holding firm onto the rope of Allāh and not to be divided. The sheikh mentioned that we should advise each other wanting good for our brothers. The sheikh said that we should be brothers for the sake of Allāh. He warned from falling into the corrupt methodologies such as in our current time, into the dangers of the new principles laid down by Abū al Ḥasan and lately 'Ali Ḥasan. One of the new false principles that some of these invented was the methodology of 'La Yalzamoni' meaning 'it doesn’t concern me so that they don't have to clarify their mistakes and repent. He said that this is similar to the way of the disbelievers, who say it is not incumbent to clarify, so they can do as they wish. Then the sheikh called his driver to prepare tea for everyone.

When it was time for salatul Isha, I went to the prayer with the sheikh. After salatul Isha, I spoke with the sheikh briefly and as I was about to leave, the sheikh called me back and said that he was very busy writing up something (turned out it was in defense of Imam Bukhārī raḥimahullāh against what 'Ali Ḥasan attributed to Imam Bukhārī that he has statements similar to the Murji'a but we don't call him Murji - put up earlier today 2nd Rabīʿ 2 1433 – Friday 24th February). He said, "the library is open if you want to use it; you are welcome to stay and if you want you can also sleep over." Mashaallah, Allāhuma Baarik, the sheikh showed such beautiful manners. I decided to benefit from his library and went downstairs. After about an hour, I was about to leave but the driver said that the sheikh said no one leaves until they have had dinner. He called us up and we sat at the sufrah mashaAllāh. He asked about the duroos in Madinah, he said give sallam to Shaykh ʿUbayd al-Jābiri, Shaykh Muḥammad bin Haadi and Shaykh ʿAbdullāh Al-Bukhārī, mentioning them by name. He asked about their efforts in Madinah. I said to him that Shaykh ʿUbayd teaches Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī in Masjid Dhu Nurayn near the Prophet's mosque (sallAllāhi 'ʿalayhī wa-sallam) and that about a few hundred people attend. I mentioned that Shaykh Muḥammad bin Haadi teachers 'Ma'aarij Al-Qubool' on Sundays and his masjid is always full mashaAllāh. He asked where was sheikh Muḥammad in the book? I replied that he was explaining the ḥadīth of Jibril (ʿalayhī sallam). I also mentioned that sheikh ʿAbdullāh Al-Bukhārī was teaching Usūl Thalatha and 'Umdat al-Aḥkām.

The sheikh was happy and then commented that the sign of the people on the truth is they concentrate on books of the scholars of the past and in particular 'Aqīdah. He then asked about the da'wah in the UK and he said if some brothers are still warning against the brothers at Maktaba Salafīyyah, he will personally address it and speak to those concerned not to warn against their brothers from Ahlu Sunnah. The sheikh advised that there should not be discord between the Salafīs. Advice is one thing and is welcomed from any person without dishonouring and defaming one's brother. May Allāh rectify the affairs and forgive us our shortcomings. Finally, after dinner, he said, "give my sallam to the mashaayikh."

I sought permission to leave and made du'a for the sheikh and left after saying the sallam. May Allāh aid us in that which benefits and benefit us with that which we have learnt. Amīn.

ʿAbd alilah Lahmami

Note from Abū Khadījah: 

This inshaa'Allāh puts an end to the warnings that are being made against the Mashayikh of Madinah and the Maktabah. One should pay no attention to those who try to divide the ranks of Ahl al-Sunnah by speaking ill of those who love and call to the Sunnah. Cling, brothers and sisters, to this beautiful advice of 'Allāmah Rabīʿ al-Madkhalī (hafiẓahullāh) in pursuing and acting upon knowledge, in loving the People of Sunnah and their Scholars - and also being upon clarity with regard to the callers to misguidance, being cautious of them and the false principles they call to. And we ask Allāh for security from fitan.

Was-ṣallallāhu 'ala Muḥammad wa 'ala aalihi wa sahbihi wa-sallam, wal-hamdulillāhi rabbil-'aalameem.


Benefit: Shaykh Rabīʿ: "I am not the Imām of Jarḥ wa Taʿdīl" The Humility of a Scholar

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

In the past, the great scholar of ḥadīth, Shaykh Rabīʿ' ibn Hādī al-Madkhalī issued some statements in regards to him being called, "Imām of Jarḥ wa Taʿdīl" and being considered a scholar. The noble shaykh, following in the footsteps of great scholars who preceeded him like Imām al-Albānī (who called himself a طُويلب -  [just] a small student), negated scholarship for himself and showed dislike for being praised. This is a characterstic of humilty and follows in the way of the Salaf - humility, hating being elevated etc. Naturally, those with sinister objectives sought to utilise this speech to infer that Shaykh Rabīʿ is not an Imām, not a scholar, and not fit to critique (ahl al-bidʿah), hoping to dismiss every criticism ever levied by this noble scholar. In this benefit, our brother Abū al-Ḥasan Mālik sheds light on this sinister behaviour. In addition, Abū Khadījah recently blogged "Is Shaykh Rabīʿ a Scholar of this Era?" Pay attention to this audio clip and the blog posting. The people of trickery and deception never cease in their attempts to confuse.


Benefit: Some of Our Older Scholars in Madīnah

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

Shaykh Sulaymān al-Ruḥaylī (حفظه الله) said: “Shaykh ʿAbd al-Muḥsin al-ʿAbbād, Shaykh ʿAlī [Nāṣir] al-Faqīhī, and Shaykh Rabīʿ [ibn Hādī] al-Madkhalī—may Allāh preserve them all—are our oldest scholars in Madīnah, and they have exerted a great amount of effort to spread the Sunnah and to destroy innovation.”

Source: Shaykh Sulaymān al-Ruḥaylī’s Twitter Account
Translated by: Musa Shaleem Mohammed

Benefit: Taking Knowledge from the Elder Scholars

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

Abū ʿUways on taking knowledge from the senior scholars This is a tremendous benefit, taken from the lecture entitled 'The Importance of Sticking to the Scholars', from our beloved brother Abū ʿUways ʿAbdullāh Aḥmad ʿAlī (raḥimahullāh). In this lecture he (raḥimahullāh) describes some of the characteristics of the true scholars. One of the main characteristics that our noble brother (raḥimahullāh) mentions is the characteristic of old age. He mentions that in most cases being elderly is a key trait that the scholars have, except in certain rare cases. Our beloved brother (raḥimahullāh) goes on to mention the reasons why one should not take knowledge from those young in age and the many deficiencies they may have. Listen, so that you may benefit from this clarification that precedence is to be given to those scholars who are elder in age whose knowledge is agreed upon by the scholars in his time.


Benefit: The Inept Will Eventually Overtake the Realm of Daʿwah

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

Shaykh Rabīʿ ibn Hādī al-Madkhalī (حفظه الله) said: “From the signs of the Hour is that people will not only abandon the senior scholars, but they will also seek knowledge from the young, ignorant mutaʿālim [i.e. someone who feigns knowledge] which is a trial.”

Source: Marḥaban Yā Ṭālib al-ʿIlm, pg. 227.
Translated by: Musa Shaleem Mohammed

Benefit: The Meaning of Shaykh al-Islām

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

Questioned about the meaning of the term ‘Shaykh al-Islām’ [i.e. the Shaykh of Islām], Shaykh Ṣāliḥ ibn ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz Āl al-Shaykh (حفظه الله) stated:

What is meant by the term ‘Shaykh al-Islām’? Does this mean that Islām is a student of the Imām of daʿwah [i.e. Shaykh Muḥammad ibn ʿAbd al-Wahhāb (رحمه الله)], or that Islām is a student of Ibn Taymīyyah (رحمه الله)?

This is not what is meant. ‘Shaykh al-Islām’ is a designated title, and it was first utilized in the latter part of the second generation of the Hijrah. It was then applied to anyone who was a role model, had companions and followers, and possessed different branches of knowledge and information. He is called: “Shaykh al-Islām”, which is a rank just below the rank of ‘Imām’.

The highest rank is that of ‘Imām’ followed by the rank of ‘Shaykh al-Islām’. This is a designated sequence [i.e. the rank of ‘Imām’ proceeding that of ‘Shaykh al-Islām’ is merely a sequence the scholars agreed upon to identify and to differentiate the status and the level of knowledge of the scholars], so it is not said about the Companions (رضي الله عنهم) that they are Shuyūkh al-Islām [i.e. Shaykhs of Islām], although Abū Bakr and ʿUmar (رضي الله عنهما) were mentioned with this title in some Aḥādīth.

Source: al-Ajwibah wa-al-Buḥūth wa-al-Mudārasāt, vol. 6, pg. 251
Translated by: Musa Shaleem Mohammed

Benefit: The People Will Become Pleased with Their Ignorance!

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

 Abu Ḥafsah Kāshiff Khān encourages the audience to come out and attend the upcoming telelink with Shaykh Ḥasan ibn ʿAbd al-Wahhāb al-Banná: "In the end of time, knowledge will be taken away and ignorance will become prevalent...people will become pleased with their own ignorance...many times we hear people claim they will go overseas to study and benefit...but when the mashāyikh speak at your local Salafī masjid, you cannot drive 10 miles to attend but you say you will (soon) travel a thousand miles to sit with them (Ahl al-Ilm)?" The speaker then goes on to remind the parents, that how they set precedence for their children, in seeking knowledge, will impact them throughout their lives, such that if they see their parents striving, they too will strive (as they mature).


Benefit: The Scholars Do Not Refute in Jest!

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

From the Lecture Series: "From the Gems of the Sunnah: Benefits from the Story of Ka'b Ibn Mālik"

An excerpt from the lecture series that took place in Toronto (Jan 30-Feb 1 2009) expounding upon the benefits of the famous ḥadīth aforementioned. In this excerpt, Abū Muḥammad mentions the reasons, the manners and the importance of the refutations of the Scholars. The importance of paying heed to them and the horrible mistake of rejecting them due to personal desires.