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A Clarification of Some Common Doubts and Misconceptions Affiliated with the Month of Ramaḍān

   Shaykh Muḥammad ibn Ṣāliḥ al-ʿUthaymīnShaykh Aḥmad ibn Yaḥyá al-NajmīShaykh Muqbil ibn Hādī al-WādiʿīShaykh ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz ibn BāzShaykh Khālid ibn Ḍahwī al- ẒufayrīShaykh ʿAbd al-Muḥsin al-ʿAbbādShaykh Muḥammad Nāṣir al-Dīn al-AlbānīShaykh ʿUbayd al-Jābirī

The blessed month of Ramaḍān is a time of worship and righteous deeds. However, during this month, many misnomers and false practices exist. The following is a compilation of common doubts and misconceptions corrected and clarified by Islamic scholars.

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.

Benefit: Al-Albānī: May Allāh Beautify You with the Beard

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

On an occasion while Shaykh al-Albānī was ill, a doctor who was clean-shaven visited him. After giving the Shaykh his medicine and on his way to leave, he said to the Shaykh:

“Make duʿāʾ for me Shaykh!”

So Shaykh al-Albānī replied:

“May Allāh beautify you with that which He has beautified the men with [i.e. the beard]”.

Source: Min Kitāb al-Shaykh al-Albānī, Durūs wa-Mawāqif wa-ʿibar: pg.96.
Translated by: Munīb al-Ṣumālī

Benefit: Do the Salafīs Get Exhausted Constantly Calling to Tawḥīd?

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

Shaykh al-Albānī: Nūḥ (ʿalayhi al-salām) remained with his people for nine hundred and fifty years, spending his time devoted to calling (the people) to Tawḥīd. Thus, it is required from us that we start with that which the Prophet (Muḥammad) ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam started with, and it was to firstly rectify that which has become corrupt with regards to the ʿaqīdah of the Muslims.

Shaykh Muḥammad Nāṣir al-Dīn al-Albānī

Source: al-Tawḥīd Awwalan Yā Dūʿāt al-Islām pg.5.
Translated by: Munīb al-Ṣumālī 

Benefit: Fear Allāh and Seek Nearness to Him

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

Shaykh al-Albānī comments on Sūrah al-Māʾidah, 5:35,
In the Name of Allāh, the Extremely Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy...

Allāh, the Perfect and Most High states:

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اتَّقُوا اللَّـهَ وَابْتَغُوا إِلَيْهِ الْوَسِيلَةَ وَجَاهِدُوا فِي سَبِيلِهِ لَعَلَّكُمْ تُفْلِحُونَ
«O you who believe! Do your duty to Allāh and fear Him. Seek the means of approach to Him, and strive hard in His Cause as much as you can. So that you may be successful.»1

Shaykh al-Albānī comments:2

"...The Imām of the scholars of Tafsīr, al-Ḥāfiẓ ibn Jareer (raḥimahullāh) in explaining this verse, commented: "O you who affirm all that Allāh and His Messenger have informed you of, the reward He promised and the punishment He threatened!

اتَّقُوا اللَّـهَ
«Fear Allāh»

He commented: "Respond to Allāh by obeying Him in all that He has commanded you with and forbade you from."

وَابْتَغُوا إِلَيْهِ الْوَسِيلَة
«Seek the means of approach to Him»

He commented: "Seek nearness to Him by performing deeds pleasing to Him."

al-Ḥāfiẓ ibn Kathīr relates from Ibn ʿʿAbbās (raḍī Allāhu `anhumaa) that the meaning of waseelah is "to draw near." He related the likes of that from Mujāhid, Abū Waa.il, al-Ḥasan, `ʿAbdullāh ibn Kathīr, as-Suddee, Ibn Zayd and others. He further related from Qatādah that he said regarding it: ‘Meaning: You draw near to Him by obeying Him and performing deeds pleasing to Him.'

Imām Ibn Kathīr then stated: "This is what these Imām's have said regarding this, and there is no disagreement between the scholars of tafsīr about it. And al-Waseelah is that which delivers one to the attainment of what he intends."3

[1] Sūrah al-Maʾidah (5):35.
[2] Shaykh al-Albānī, al-Tawassul, Anwaa'uhuwa Aḥkāmuhu, p13.
[3] Ibn Kathīr, Tafsīr ibn Kathīr, 2/52-53).  

Translated by Umm Sufyān Fāṭimah

Benefit: Priorities in Calling to Allāh

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

In the West, Muslims often interact with non-Muslims in discussions surrounding Islām. Some Muslims, in these situations, bring up issues such as Jihād and the Ḥijāb. Meanwhile, they fail to convey the most important aspect of the religion, Tawḥīd (that none has the right of worship except Allāh). From the guidance of the Messenger of Allāh (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhī wa-sallam) is that there are priorities in calling to the religion of Islām, as outlined in the ḥadīth where Muʿādh, may Allāh be pleased with him, was sent to Yemen. In a Kitāb al-Tawḥīd class, our brother Abū al-ʿAbbās Mūsá Richardson, may Allāh reward him, discusses these priorities. Listen to this benefit, may Allāh guide you to his obedience, and learn the proper method of daʿwah to Allāh. For a detailed study, be sure to read the book, Tawḥīd First O' Callers to Islām by Imām Muḥammad Nāṣir al-Dīn al-Albānī, raḥimahulllāh. 

For more on the topic, check out Class 08 from the Explanation of Kitāb al-Tawḥīd [class audio]


Benefit: Self-Amazement

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

The disease afflicting the Muslim youth in our times is that when they acquire some new knowledge, they raise their heads (arrogantly) thinking that they know everything, and they are overcome with self-amazement. We fear that they resemble the statement of the Messenger of Allāh ():

"There are three destructive things: Being stingy, following one’s desires and being amazed with one’s own opinion."

Shaykh Muḥammad Nāṣir al-Dīn al-Albānī

Source: Silsilat al-Hudā wa-al-Nūr 861.
Translated by: Munīb al-Ṣumālī

Benefit: The Innovation of Greeting People One-by-One When Entering a Gathering

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

Shaykh Muḥammad Nāṣir al-Dīn al-Albānī said: From among the widespread innovations of this time—of which none has the capability to point out except the one who is well acquainted with the Sunnah of the prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) and the Salaf al-Ṣālih—is that when a person enters and gives his salām, shakes hands (and from the perfection of the greetings is to shake hands even though the narration it comes in is weak but its meaning is correct), so he shakes hands but what is incorrect is that he gives salām [individually] to everyone he shakes hands with. So he says: “salāmu ʿalaykum, salāmu ʿalaykum, salāmu ʿalaykum", if there are twenty people in the gathering he gives twenty salāms; this is an innovation.

Rather, the Sunnah is that when a person enters upon a gathering that he say, “salāmu ʿalaykum” once, after this if it is possible for him to shake hands with those present in the gathering then that is better. If it is not possible for him to shake hands, he has accomplished the obligation of the Muslim giving salām to another Muslim—one fifth (of the rights a Muslim has upon a Muslim)—that if you come upon another Muslim, you give him salām. As for shaking hands, this is a recommended Sunnāh.

Like some of the companions have said:

We have not come upon the Messenger of Allāh (صلى الله عليه وسلم) except that we shook his hand.

So adding to the Sunnah al-Qawliyyah (the Prophet’s speech) or Sunnah al-Fiʿliyyah (the Prophet’s actions) is an innovation in its essence. For this reason, if it is said that adding good [to the sunnah] is good, [it is said] this speech will not save you because if it was truly good we would have been preceded in it (by the early generations). This is my advice.

Source: Silsilat al-Hudā wa-al-Nūr #181
Translated by: Munīb al-Ṣumālī 

Benefit: The Sunnah of Tasbīḥ

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

  Shaykh Muḥammad Nāṣir al-Dīn al-Albānī: Whoever makes tasbīḥ [counting subḥan Allāh as the prophet ṣallá Allāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam did with his fingers] with his left hand has opposed [the sunnah]. Whoever makes tasbīḥ with both of his hands like many of the people do, then he has mixed between a correct action and an incorrect action; perhaps Allāh will pardon him. Lastly, whoever specifies his tasbīḥ with only his right hand has indeed been guided and achieved the sunnah of al-Muṣṭafá (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam).

Source: Ṣaḥīḥ al-Adab al-Mufrad pg. 471.
Translated by: Munīb al-Ṣumālī

Benefit: Your Manhaj Must Be Upright

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

Shaykh Muḥammad Nāṣir al-Dīn al-Albānī: The Muslim must combine two things: between being sincere with his intentions for the sake of Allāh, The Exalted, and following the example of that which the Prophet (ṣallá Allāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam) was a upon. Likewise, it is not sufficient that the Muslim is sincere and earnest concerning his objective with regards to acting upon the book [Qurʾān] and the Sunnah, and calling towards it, rather it must be added that his manhaj [methodology] be sound and upright.

Source: Mawsūʿat al-Albānī fī-al-ʿAqīdah, pg. 286.
Translated by: Munīb al-Ṣumālī

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