Shaikh Muhammad Naasir-ud-Deen Al-Albaani was born in the Ashkodera, capital of Albania in 1914 C.E. While he was young his parents migrated with him to Damascus, Syria. From an early age he became fascinated by the sciences of Hadith and thereafter spent his time devoted to seeking the knowledge. In later life he was given professorship of Hadith at the Islamic University of Madinah. He is well known to students and scholars for his knowledge and writings. He has many well-known students and has visited places throughout the MiddleeEast and Europe. He was forced to migrate to Syria to Jordan, then to Syria, then to Lebanon, then to the Emirates, then finally back to Jordan. He has been of enormous service to the Prophetic Hadith, taking great pains to check and sort out the authentic from the weak and fabricated narrations. He has produced many pamphlets and books, some of them running into many volumes - on topics of great importance to Muslims - and has fully checked many of the famous books of Hadith - the Sunan of Tirmidhee, Aboo Daawood, An-Nasaa'ee and Ibn Maajah, along with Suyootis huge 'Jaami su-Sugheer' and Mishkat ul-Masaabeeh'. He is the foremost scholar of Hadith and related science of this age.
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Verily all praise is for Allaah, we praise Him and seek His aid, and we ask for His forgiveness, and we seek refuge in Allaah from the evils of our own selves and from our evil deeds. Whomsoever Allaah has guided, none can misguide him, and whomsoever Allaah has mis- guided, none can guide him, and I testify that none has the right to be worshipped except Allaah, without any partner, and I testify that Muhammad is His servant and Messenger.
Verily the desire to make Knowledge easily accessible to the public has called me to explain the rites of Hajj and to do that by extracting these from my original book: "the Hajj of the Prophet as narrated by Jaabir " - in the same way that I produced an abridgement of my book on th Prophet's manner of Prayer - except that I have herein included many important additions not found in the original - and I have been careful to record their source and authenticity - along with other additions with I have added in accordance with the method used in my other books as regards quoting the standard Hadith along with its source - in abridged form - while usually referring the reader to my other books - some of which have been published and some of which have not. As for what is to be found in my original book on Hajj, then I have not quoted the sources in full herein - regarding it as sufficient that reader should refer back to the original as it is widely available to the honourable readers - so anyone who wishes to check on such a point will find it easy to refer back to and I will refer to it as 'The Original'. And to add to the usefulness of the book I have ended it with a brief mention of the innovations connected with Hajj and visiting Madinah.
And I have called it "The Rites of Hajj and 'Umrah" from the Book and the Sunnah and Narrations from the Pious Predecessors.
I ask Allaah the Blessed and Most High to make all my work good and sincerely for His Face and that should be no sharer in that with Him.
Muhammad Naasir-ud-Deen Al-Albaani
Damascus, 21st Sha'baan 1395
Advice for those about to perform Hajj
These are some pieces of advice and useful points which I offer to our brothers about to make Hajj.
Firstly. The pilgrim must fear his lord by obedience to Him, and must be very careful not to fall into that which Allaah has forbidden as Allaah ta'la says:
quot;For Hajj are the months well-known. If anyone undertaken that duty therin, let there be no obscenity nor wrangling in the Hajj."[Surat-al-Baqarah ayah 197]
And the prophet said: "He who performs Hajj and does not speak obscenely or commit evil then he returns from his sins just as the day his mother gave birth to him", and if he did so then his Hajj would be accepted and Rasoolullaah said: "The accepted Hajj - there is no less a reward for it than Paradise.(1) So he must be aware of what many are affected by because of their ignorance or misguidance:
(A) Directing any form of worship to other than Allaah (shirk). And we have seen many of the people falling into shirk - like praying fro the removal of distress or aid from the Prophets and the pious instead of from Allaah alone, and their taking oath by them in veneration of them - so by their actions they completely nullify their Hajj. As Allaah ta'ala says:(Soorat-ul-Zumar ayah 65)
"If you were to join gods with Allaah, truly fruitless will be you work (in life)."