AL ALBANI – CHIEF INNOVATOR IN OUR TIME

AL ALBANI – CHIEF INNOVATOR IN OUR TIME AL-ALBANI 

A Concise Guide to the Chief Innovator of Our Time

by Dr. G. F. Haddad

Nasir al-Albani is the arch-innovator of the Wahhabis and “Salafis” in our time. A watch repairman by trade, al-Albani is a self-taught claimant to hadith scholarship who has no known teacher in any of the Islamic sciences and has admitted not to have memorized the Book of Allah nor any book of hadith, fiqh, `aqîda, usûl, or grammar. He achieved fame by attacking the great scholars of Ahl al-Sunna and reviling the science of fiqh with especial malice towards the school of his father who was a Hanafi jurist.

A rabid reviler of the Friends of Allah and the Sufis, he was expelled from Syria then Saudi Arabia and lived in Amman, Jordan under house arrest until his death in 1999. He remains the qibla of the people of Innovation, self-styled re-formers of Islam, and other “Salafi” and Wahhabi sympathizers, and the preferred author of book merchants and many uneducated Muslims. Most of the contemporary Sunni scholars warned of his heresy and many of them wrote articles or full-length works against him such as:

- The Indian hadith scholar Habib al-Rahman al-A`zami who wrote al-Albani Shudhudhuh wa Akhta’uh (“Al-Albani’s Aberrations and Errors”) in four volumes.

- The Syrian scholar Muhammad Sa`id Ramadan al-Buti who wrote the two classics al-Lamadhhabiyya Akhtaru Bid`atin Tuhaddidu al-Shari`a al-Islamiyya (“Not Following A School of Jurisprudence is the Most Dangerous Innovation Threatening Islamic Sacred Law”) and al-Salafiyya Marhalatun Zamaniyyatun Mubaraka La Madhhabun Islami (“The `Way of the Early Muslims’ Was A Blessed Historical Epoch, Not An Islamic School of Thought”)

- The Moroccan hadith scholar `Abd Allah ibn Muhammad ibn al-Siddiq al-Ghumari who wrote Irgham al-Mubtadi` al-Ghabi bi Jawaz al-Tawassul bi al-Nabi fi al-Radd `ala al-Albani al-Wabi (“The Coercion of the Unintelligent Innovator with the Licitness of Using the Prophet – Allah bless and greet him – as an Intermediary in Refutation of al-Albani the Baneful”), al-Qawl al-Muqni` fi al-Radd `ala al-Albani al-Mubtadi` (“The Persuasive Discourse in Refutation of al-Albani the Innovator”), and Itqan al-Sun`a fi Tahqiq Ma`na al-Bid`a (“Precise Handiwork in Ascertaining the Meaning of Innovation”).

- The Moroccan hadith scholar `Abd al-`Aziz ibn Muhammad ibn al-Siddiq al-Ghumari who wrote Bayan Nakth al-Nakith al-Mu`tadi (“The Exposition of the Treachery of the Rebel”).

- The Syrian hadith scholar `Abd al-Fattah Abu Ghudda who wrote Radd `ala Abatil wa Iftira’at Nasir al-Albani wa Sahibihi Sabiqan Zuhayr al-Shawish wa Mu’azirihima (“Refutation of the Falsehoods and Fabrications of Nasir al-Albani and his Former Friend Zuhayr al-Shawish and their Supporters”).

- The Egyptian Hadith scholar Muhammad `Awwama who wrote Adab al-Ikhtilaf (“The Proper Manners of Expressing Difference of Opinion”).

- The Egyptian hadith scholar Mahmud Sa`id Mamduh who wrote Wusul al-Tahani bi Ithbat Sunniyyat al-Subha wa al-Radd `ala al-Albani (“The Alighting of Mutual Benefit and Confirmation that the Dhikr-Beads are a Sunna in Refutation of al-Albani”) and Tanbih al-Muslim ila Ta`addi al-Albani `ala Sahih Muslim (“Warning to the Muslim Concerning al-Albani’s Attack on Sahih Muslim”).

- The Saudi hadith scholar Isma`il ibn Muhammad al-Ansar who wrote Ta`aqqubat `ala “Silsilat al-Ahadith al-Da`ifa wa al-Mawdu`a” li al-Albani (“Critique of al-Albani’s Book on Weak and Forged Hadiths”), Tashih Salat al-Tarawih `Ishrina Rak`atan wa al-Radd `ala al-Albani fi Tad`ifih (“Establishing as Correct the Tarawih Salat in Twenty Rak`as and the Refutation of Its Weakening by al-Albani”), and Ibahat al-Tahalli bi al-Dhahab al-Muhallaq li al-Nisa’ wa al-Radd `ala al-Albani fi Tahrimih (“The Licitness of Wearing Gold Jewelry for Women Contrary to al-Albani’s Prohibition of it”).

- The Syrian scholar Badr al-Din Hasan Diab who wrote Anwar al-Masabih `ala Zulumat al-Albani fi Salat al-Tarawih (“Illuminating the Darkness of al-Albani over the Tarawih Prayer”).

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