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Misconceptions About the Scholars of the Salaf
  Shaikh Ibn Uthaimeen Affirms His Defence of Al-Albaani
Author: SalafiPublications.Com
Source: Muhammad at-Tameemi
Article ID : MSC060010  [29363]  


All praise is due to Allaah, and prayers and peace upon the Messenger of Allaah.To proceed:

Part 1: Verifying the Statements of Shaikh Ibn Uthaimeen

Stated [name removed - due to his becoming an Innovator and enemy of Ahl us-Sunnah ]:

All praise is due to Allaah, Lord of the Worlds, and prayers and peace be upon the Noblest of the Prophets and Messengers.

To proceed:

On Wednesday, 28th Jumaadah al-Aakhirah 1421H, after Dhuhr prayer, I came across the fatwa of the father, the Shaikh and Allaamah, Muhammad bin Saalih al-Uthaimeen - may Allaah protect him and bring about benefit through him - and this verdict was in response to two questions that had been put to his respected self. I had come across the fatwa in written format, taken from two cassettes:

The first: From the meeting between the Ministry of Islamic Affairs of Qatar and the Shaikh, dated 7/5/2000H.

The second: From the cassette "Makaalamaat Haatifiyyah Ma'a Mashayikh ad-Da'wah as-Salafiyyah" (no. 4), released by Majaalis al-Hudaa Lil-Intaaj wat-Tawzee' of Algeria, dated 12/6/2000H, quoted from the book 'at-Ta'reef wat-Tanbi'ah bi Ta'seelaat al-Allaamah al-Albaani Fee Masaa'il il-Imaan war-Radd alal-Murji'ah'. (p.105-106) of the noble brother and Shaikh, Ali Hasan bn Abdul-Hamid al-Halabi - may Allaah protect him.

So I wished to verify the authenticity of the fatwa of the respected Shaikh - may Allaah take care of him - and so I contacted him by phone on the very same day and informed him of these two verdicts. Then he gave me permission to read out the text of the two answers he gave and so I did that, and read out to him what occurs in the text of the question:

"Some people say that Shaikh al-Albani - rahimahullaah - his position on the issues of Imaan is that of the Murji'ah. What is your view on this?"

And the reply of the Shaikh [included] "...Al-Albani is a scholar, a muhaddith, a jurist - even if he is greater in being a muhaddith than a jurist - and I do not know of any of his statements which indicate Irjaa, ever. However, it is those who want to perform takfir of people, they are the ones who accuse him and those like him of being Murji'ah, and this action of theirs is by way of ascribing evil names [to him]. I testify for Shaikh al-Albani - may Allaah have mercy upon him - with uprightness, (istiqaamah), a sound creed, and good intention..." This is from the first cassette.

And the Shaikh also said, in refutation of the one who described the Shaikh as being Murji':

"Whoever accused Shaikh al-Albaanee of Irjaa' has erred. Either he is one who does not know al-Albaanee or he is one who does not know Irjaa'. Al-Albaanee is a man from Ahl us-Sunnah - may Allaah have mercy upon him -, a defender of it, an Imaam in Hadeeth. We do not know of anyone who has surpassed him in our time. However, some people - and we ask Allaah's pardon - have jealousy in their hearts. For when [one of them] sees that a person has been met with acceptance [by the people], he begins to find fault with him on account of something, just like the hypocrites, those who used to defame those believers who would give freely in charity - and those [i.e. hypocrites] who would find nothing but the striving of [the believers]. So they would defame the one who would give charity in abundance, and also the poor person who would give charity!

We know the man from his books - may Allaah have mercy upon him - and I know him from sitting with him on occasions. He is Salafi in aqeedah, of sound manhaj. However some people desire to perform takfeer of the servants of Allaah on account of something that Allaah did not perform takfeer of them. Then they claim that whoever opposes them in this takfeer is a Murji' - a lie, slander, and mighty fabrication. Therefore, do not listen to this saying regardless of whomever it comes from!"

I say: Then after completing the reading of the two questions and the answers I said to the Shaikh - may Allaah bless him -: Is the ascription of this fatwa to you correct?

He replied - may Allaah bring benefit and satisfaction through him -, "This is correct, the first and the second, both of them are correct."

But since the answer was not clear to me due to the low voice on the phone I repeated the question to him again, and he replied - may Allaah keep him safe - "Correct, correct...correct (saheehah)".

Then the Shaikh said - may Allaah preserve him -: "This is what we hold as our religion with Allaah and we call Allaah to witness over our love for him (al-Albani)".

Then he said, "I request you also to spread this fatwaa."

And all of this reply is recorded on cassette in our possession and all praise is due to Allaah and to him belongs the favour.

And this reply needs no further comment, for it cuts off the saying of every khateeb and from Allaah is all aid and assistance and there is no might and no power save that of Allaah.Muhammad at-Tamimi.

Part 2: Concerning the verdict of the Permanent Committee on the books of Shaikh Ali Hasan

Some of the students of knowledge from Yemen, phoned Shaikh Muhammad bin Salih al-Uthaimeen - may Allaah cure him - on 28th Jumaada al-Aakhirah 1421H and asked him, "What is your view concerning the fatwaa issued by the Permanent Committee concerning the two books of Shaikh Ali al-Halabi, "At-Tahdhir Min Fitnah of Takfir" and "Saihatu Nadheer" and what is your view concerning it?

The Shaikh replied, "I have not read the two books, and this fatwaa, I do not like the fact that it was issued, because there is within it what creates turmoil amongst the people - and my advice to the students of knowledge is they should not give any care for the fatwaa of fulaan or fulaan ("laa ya'ba'oo bi..." lit. should not give consideration to it)..."

This narration has been confirmed by both Shaikh Ali Hasan and also [name omitted] to the brothers in Makkah and exists recorded on cassette.


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