Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Naseeruddin Albani : a great Hadees rejector

50 Sahih hadees rejected by Naseeruddin al Albani

Albani’s weakening of some of Imam Bukhari and Imam Muslim’s hadees.

Albani has said in "Sharh al-Aqeedah at-Tahaweeah, pg. 27-28" (8th edition, Maktab al-Islami) by Shaykh Ibn Abi al-Izz al-Hanafi (Rahimahullah), that any Hadith coming from the Sahih collections of al-Bukhari and Muslim is Sahih, not because they were narrated by Bukhari and Muslim, but because the Ahadith are in fact / correct. But he clearly contradicts himself, since he has weakened Ahadith from Bukhari and Muslim himself! Now let us consider this information in the light of elaboration: -


1. Page 10, no. 1. Hadith-  The Prophet said: "Allah says I will be an opponent to 3 persons on the day of resurrection: (a) One who makes a covenant in my Name but he proves treacherous, (b) One who sells a free person (as a slave) and eats the price (c) And one who employs a laborer and gets the full work done by him, but doesn't pay him his wages." [Bukhari 2114-Arabic version, or see the English version 3/430 pg 236].
Albani said that this Hadith was DAEEF in "Daeef al-Jami wa Ziyadatuh, 4/111 no. 4054". Little does he know that this Hadith has been narrated by Ahmad and Bukhari from Abu Hurayra (Allah be pleased with him)!!

2: Page 10 no. 2. Hadith-  "Sacrifice only a grown up cow unless it is difficult for you, in which case sacrifice a ram." [Muslim no.1963-Arabic edition, or see the English version 3/4836 pg. 1086].
Albani said that this Hadith was DAEEF in "Daeef al-Jami wa Ziyadatuh, 6/64 no. 6222." Although this Hadith has been narrated by Imams Ahmad, Muslim, Abu Dawood, Nisai and Ibn Majah from Jaabir!!

3: Page 10 no. 3. Hadith-  "Amongst the worst people in Allah’s sight on the Day of Judgement will be the man who makes love to his wife and she to him, and he divulges her secret." [Muslim no. 1437- Arabic edition].
Albani claims that this Hadith is DAEEF in "Daeef al-Jami wa Ziyadatuh, 2/197 no. 2005." Although it has been narrated by Muslim from Abi Sayyed!!

4: Page 10 no. 4. Hadith-  "If someone woke up at night (for prayers) let him begin his prayers with 2 light rakats." [Muslim no.768].
Albani stated that this Hadith was DAEEF in "Daeef al-Jami wa Ziyadatuh, 1/213 no. 718." Although it is narrated by Muslim and Ahmad from Abu Hurayra.

5: Page 11 no. 5. Hadith-  "You will rise with shining foreheads and shining hands and feet on the Day of Judgement by completing Wudhu properly. . . . . . . ." [Muslim no. 246].
Albani claims it is DAEEF in "Daeef al-Jami wa Ziyadatuh, 2/14 no. 1425." Although it has been narrated by Muslim from Abu Hurayra!!

6: Page 11 no. 6. Hadith-  "The greatest trust in the sight of Allah on the Day of Judgement is the man who doesn't divulge the secrets between him and his wife." [Muslim nos 124 and 1437]
Albani claims it is DAEEF in "Daeef al-Jami wa Ziyadatuh, 2/192 no. 1986." Although it has been narrated by Muslim, Ahmad and Abu Dawood from Abi Sayyed!!

7: Page 11 no. 7. Hadith-  "If anyone READS the last ten verses of Surah al-Kahf he will be saved from the mischief of the Dajjal." [Muslim no. 809].
Albani said that this Hadith was DAEEF in "Daeef al-Jami wa Ziyadatuh, 5/233 no. 5772." NB- The word used by Muslim is MEMORIZED and not READ as Albani claimed; what an awful mistake! This Hadithhas been narrated by Muslim, Ahmad and Nisai from Abi Darda!! (Also recorded by Imam Nawawi in "Riyadh us-Saliheen, 2/1021" of the English edn).

8: Page 11 no. 8. Hadith-  "The Prophet had a horse called al-Laheef." [Bukhari, see Fathal-Bari of Hafiz Ibn Hajar 6/58 no. 2855]. But Albani said that this Hadith was DAEEF in "Daeef al-Jami wa Ziyadatuh, 4/208 no. 4489." Although it has been narrated by Bukhari from Sahl ibn Saad! Shaykh Saqqaf said: "This is only anger from anguish, little from a lot and if it wasn’t for the fear of lengthening and boring the reader, I would have mentioned many other examples from Albany’s books whilst reading them. Imagine what I would have found if I had traced everything he wrote? "Albany’s INADEQUACY IN RESEARCH (* Vol. 1 pg. 20) Shaykh Saqqaf said: "The strange and amazing thing is that Shaykh Albani misquoted many great Hadith scholars and disregards them by his lack of knowledge, either directly or indirectly! He crowns himself as a unbeatable source and even tries to imitate the great scholars by using such terms like "Lam aqif ala sanadih", which means "I could not find the chain of narration", or using similar phrases! He also accuses some of the best memorizers of Hadith for lack of attention, even though he is the one best described by that!" Now for some examples to prove our point:

9: Page 20 no. 1. Albani said in "Irwa al-Ghalil, 6/251 no. 1847" (in connection to a narration from Ali): "I could not find the sanad. "Shaykh Saqqaf said: "Ridiculous! If this Albani was any scholar of Islam, then he would have known that this Hadith can be found in "Sunan al-Bayhaqi, 7/121" :- Narrated by Abu Sayyed ibn Abi Amarah, who said that Abu al-Abbas Muhammad ibn Yaqoob who said to us that Ahmad ibn Abdal Hamid said that AbuUsama from Sufyan from Salma ibn Kahil from Muawiya ibn Soayd who said, I found this in my father’s book from Ali.

10: Page. 21 no. 2. Albani said in Irwa al-Ghalil, 3/283: Hadith of Ibn Umar Kisses are usury, I could not find the sanad. "Shaykh Saqqaf said: "This is outrageously wrong for surely this is mentioned in Fatawa al-Shaykh ibn Taymiyyaal-Misriyah (3/295): Harb said Obaidullah ibn Muaz said to us, my father said to me that Soayd from Jiballa who heard Ibn Umar as saying: Kisses are usury. And these narrators are all authentic according to Ibn Taymiyya!"

11: Page 21 no. 3. Hadith of Ibn Masood: "The Quran was sent down in 7 dialects. Everyone of its verses has an explicit and implicit meaning and every interdiction is clearly defined." Albani stated in his checking of "Mishkat ul-Masabih, 1/80 no. 238" that the author of Mishkat concluded many Ahadith with the words "Narrated in Sharh us-Sunnah," but when he examined the chapter on Ilm and in Fadail al-Quran he could not find it! Shaykh Saqqaf said: "The great scholar has spoken! Wrongly as usual. I wish to say to this fraud that if he is seriously interested in finding this Hadith we suggest he looks in the chapter entitled Al-Khusama fi al-Quran from Sharh-us-Sunnah (1/262), and narrated by Ibn Hibban in his Sahih (no. 74), Abu Yaala in his Musnad (no.5403), Tahawi in Sharh al-Mushkil al-Athar (4/172), Bazzar (3/90Kashf al-Asrar) and Haythami has mentioned it in Majmooa al-Zawaid (7/152) and he has ascribed it to Bazzar, Abu Yaala and Tabarani in al-Awsat who said that the narrators are trustworthy.

12: Page 22 no. 4. Albani stated in his "Sahihah, 1/230" while he was commenting on Hadith no. 149: "The believer is the one who does not fill his stomach. . . . The Hadith from Aisha as mentioned by Al-Mundhiri (3/237) and byAl-Hakim from Ibn Abbas, I (Albani) could not find it in Mustadrak al-Hakim after checking it in his Thoughts. section."Shaykh Saqqaf said: "Please don’t encourage the public to fall into the void of ignorance which you have tumbled into! If you check Mustadrak al-Hakim (2/12) you will find it! This proves that you are unskilled at using book indexes and the memorization of Hadith!"

13: Page 23. Another ridiculous assumption is made by Albani in his "Sahihah, 2/476" where he claims that the Hadith: "Abu Bakr is from me, holding the position of (my) hearing" is not in the book Hilya. We suggest you look in the book "Hilya , 4/73!"

14: Page 23 no. 5. Albani said in his "Sahihah, 1/638 no. 365, 4th edition": "Yahya ibn Malik has been ignored by the 6 main scholars of Hadith, for he was not mentioned in the books of Tahdhib, Taqreeb or Tadhhib."Shaykh Saqqaf: "That is what you say! It is not like that, for surely he is mentioned in Tahdhib al-Tahdhib ofHafiz ibn Hajar al-Asqalani (12/19 Dar al-Fikr edition) by the nickname Abu Ayoob al-Maraagi!! So beware!


15: Page 7. Albani has criticized the Imam al-Muhaddith Abul Fadl Abdullah ibn al-Siddiq al-Ghimari (Rahimahullah)for mentioning in his book "al-Kanz al-Thameen" a Hadith from Abu Hurayra with reference to the narrator Abu Maymoona: "Spread salaam, feed the poor. . .

"Albani said in "Silsilah al-Daeefa, 3/492", after referring this Hadith to Imam Ahmad (2/295) and others: "Isay this is a weak sanad, Daraqutni has said Qatada from Abu Maymoona from Abu Hurayra: Unknown, andit is to be discarded." Albani then said on the same page: "Notice, a slapdash has happened with Suyuti and Munawi when they came across this Hadith, and I have also shown in a previous reference, no. 571, that al-Ghimari was also wrong for mentioning it in al-Kanz."But in reality it is Albani who has become slap dashed, because he has made a big contradiction by using this same sanad in "Irwa al-Ghalil, 3/238" where he says, "Classified by Ahmad (2/295), al-Hakim . . . from Qatada from Abu Maymoona, and he is trusted as in the book al-Taqreeb, and Hakim said: A Sahih sanad,and al-Dhahabi agreed with Hakim! So, by Allah glance at this mistake! Who do you think is wrong, the Muhaddith al-Ghimari (also Suyuti and Munawi) or Albani?

16: Page 27 no. 3 Albani wanted to weaken a Hadith which allowed women to wear golden jewel, and in the sanad for that Hadith there is Muhammad ibn Imara. Albani claimed that Abu Haatim said that this narrator was: "Not that strong," see the book "Hayat Albani wa-Atharu. . . part 1, pg. 207.
"The truth is that Abu Haatim al-Razi said in the book al-Jarh wa-Taadeel, 8/45: "A good narrator but not that strong. . ." So note that Albani has removed the phrase "A good narrator!" NB- (Albani has made many of the Hadith which forbid Gold to women to be Sahih, in fact other scholars have declared these Hadith to be daeef and abrogated by other Sahih Hadith which allow the wearing of gold by women. One of the well-known Shaykhs of the "Salafiyya" - Yusuf al-Qardawi said in his book: Islamic awakening between rejection and extremism, pg. 85: "In our own times, Shaykh Nasir al-Din Albani has come out with an opinion, different from the consensus on permitting women to adorn themselves with gold, which has been accepted by all madhahib for the last fourteen centuries. He not only believes that the isnad of these Ahadith is authentic, but that they have not been revoked. So, he believes, the Ahadith prohibit gold-rings and ear rings." So who is the one who violates the ijma of the Ummah with his extreme opinions?!)

17: Page 37 no. 1. Hadith-  Mahmood ibn Lubayd said, "Allahs Messenger was informed about a man who had divorced his wife 3 times (in one sitting), so he stood up angrily and said: Is he playing with Allah’s book whilst I am still amongst you? Which made a man stand up and say, O Allah’s Messenger, shall I not kill him?" (al-Nisai). Albani declared this Hadith to be Daeef in his checking of "Mishkat al-Masabih, 2/981, 3rd edition, Beirut,1405 A.H; Maktab al-Islami", where he says: "This man (the narrator) is reliable, but the isnad is broken or incomplete for he did not hear it directly from his father."Albani then contradicts himself in the book "Ghayatul Maram Takhreej Ahadith al-Halal wal Haram, no. 261, pg. 164, 3rd Edn, Maktab al-Islami, 1405 A.H"; by saying it is SAHIH!!!

18: Page 37 no. 2. Hadith: "If one of you was sleeping under the sun, and the shadow covering him shrank, and part of him was in the shadow and the other part of him was in the sun, he should rise up." Albani declared this Hadith to be SAHIH in "Sahih al-Jami al-Sagheer wa Ziyadatuh (1/266/761)", but then contradicts himself by saying it is DAEEF in his checking of "Mishkat ul-Masabih, 3/1337 no. 4725, 3rd Ed" and he has referred it to the Sunan of Abu Dawood!"

19: Page 38 no. 3. Hadith-  "The Friday prayer is obligatory on every Muslim." Albani rated this Hadith to be DAEEF in his checking of "Mishkat al-Masabih, 1/434", and said: "Its narrators are reliable but it is discontinuous as is indicated by Abu Dawood". He then contradicts himself in "Irwa al-Ghalil, 3/54 no. 592", and says it is SAHIH!!!So beware o wise men!

20: Page 38 no. 4 Albani has made another contradiction. He has trusted Al-Muharrar ibn Abu Hurayra in one place andthen weakened him in another. Albani certifies in "Irwa al-Ghalil, 4/301" that Muharrar is a trustee with Allahs help, and Hafiz (Ibn Hajar) saying about him "accepted", is not accepted, and therefore the sanad is Sahih. He then contradicts himself in "Sahihah 4/156" where he makes the sanad DAEEF by saying: "The narrators in the sanad are all Bukharis (i.e.; used by Imam al-Bukhari) men, except for al-Muharrar who is one of the men of Nisai and Ibn Majah only. He was not trusted accept by Ibn Hibban, and that’s why al-Hafiz Ibn Hajar did not trust him, instead he only said accepted! “So beware of this fraud!

21: Page 39 no. 5. Hadith-  Abdallah ibn Amr: "The Friday prayer is incumbent on whoever heard the call" (Abu Dawood). Albani stated that this Hadith was HASAN in "Irwa al-Ghalil3/58", he then contradicts himself by saying it is DAEEF in "Mishkatul Masabih 1/434 1375"!!!

22: Page 39 no. 6. Hadith-  Anas ibn Malik said that the Prophet used to say: "Do not be hard on yourself, otherwise Allah will be hard on you. When a people were hard on themselves, then Allah was hard on them." (Abu Dawood) Albani stated that this Hadith was DAEEF in his checking of "Mishkat, 1/64", but he then contradicts himself by saying that this Hadith is HASAN in "Ghayatul Maram, pg. 141"!!

23: Page. 40 no. 7. Hadith of Sayyida Aisha (Allah be pleased with her): "Whoever tells you that the Prophet used to urinate while standing, do not believe him. He never urinated unless he was sitting." (Ahmad, Nisai and Tirmidhi Albani said that this sanad was DAEEF in "Mishkat 1/117." He then contradicts himself by saying it is SAHIH in "Silsilat al-Ahadith al-Sahihah 1/345 no. 201"!!!So take a glance dear reader!

24: Page 40 no. 8. Hadith "There are three which the angels will never approach: The corpse of a disbeliever, a man who wears ladies perfume, and one who has had sex until he performs ablution" (Abu Dawood). Albani corrected this Hadith in "Sahih al-Jami al-Sagheer wa Ziyadatuh, 3/71 no. 3056" by saying it was HASAN in the checking of "Al-Targhib 1/91" [Also said to be hasan in the English translation of The Etiquettes of Marriage and Wedding, pg. 11]. He then makes an obvious contradiction by saying that the same Hadith was DAEEF in his checking of "Mishkatul-Masabih, 1/144 no. 464" and says that the narrators are trustworthy but the chain is broken between al-hasan al-Basri and Ammar as al-Mundhiri had said in al-Targhib (1/91)!!

25: Page 42 no. 10. It reached Malik (Rahimahullah) that Ibn Abbas used to shorten his prayer, in distances such as between Makkah and Taif or between Makkah and Usfan or between Makkah and Jeddah. . . .Albani has weakened it in "Mishkat, 1/426 no. 1351", and then contradicts himself by saying it is SAHIH in "Irwa al-Ghalil, 3/14"!!

26: Page 43 no. 12. Hadith-  "Leave the Ethiopians as long as they leave you, because one takes out the treasure of the Kaba except the one with the two weak legs from Ethiopia." Albani has weakened this Hadith in his checking of "Mishkat 3/1495 no. 5429" by saying: "The sanad is DAEEF." But then he contradicts himself as is his habit, by correcting it in "Sahihah, 2/415 no. 772."An example of Albani praising someone in one place and then disparaging him in another place in his books

27: Page 32. He praises Shaykh Habib al-Rahman al-Azami in the book Sahih al Targhib wa Tarhib, page 63, where he says: "I want you to know one of the things that encouraged me to. . . . which has been commented by the famous and respected scholar Shaykh Habib al-Rahman al-Azami" . . . . And he also said on the same page, "And what made me more anxious for it, is that its checker, the respected Shaykh Habib al-Rahman al-Azami has announced. . . ."Albani thus praises Shaykh al-Azami in the above mentioned book; but then makes a contradiction in the introduction to Adaab uz Zufaaf (The Etiquettes of Marriage and Wedding), new edition page 8, where he said: "Al-Ansari has used in the end of his letter, one of the enemies of the Sunnah, Hadith and Tawhid, who is famous for that, is Shaykh Habib al-Rahman al-Azami. . . . . For his cowardliness and lack of scholarly deduction. . . . ."NB - (The above quotation from Adaab uz Zufaaf is not found in the English translation by his supporters, which shows that they deliberately avoided translating certain parts of the whole work). So have a glance at this!


28: Page 143 no. 1. Hadith of Abi Barza: "By Allah, you will not find a man more just than me"(Sunan al-Nisai, 7/120 no. 4103). Albani said that this Hadith was SAHIH in "Sahih al-Jami wa Ziyadatuh, 6/105 no. 6978", and then he astonishingly contradicts himself by saying it is DAEEF in "Daeef Sunan al-Nisai, pg. 164 no. 287."So beware of this mess!

29: Page 144 no. 2. Hadith of Harmala ibn Amru al-Aslami from his Uncle: "Throw pebbles at the Jimar by putting the extremity of the thumb on the fore-finger." (Sahih Ibn Khuzaima, 4/276-277 no. 2874Albani acknowledged its weakness in "Sahih Ibn Khuzaima" by saying that the sanad was DAEEF, but then contradicts himself by saying it is SAHIH in "Sahih al-Jami wa Ziyadatuh, 1/312 no. 923!"

30: Page 144 no. 3. Hadith of Sayyidina Jabir ibn Abdullah: "The Prophet was asked about the sexually defiled [junubi]. . . can he eat, or sleep. . . He said: Yes, when this person makes wudhu." (Ibn Khuzaima no. 217 and Ibn Majah no. 592). Albani has admitted its weakness in his comments on "Ibn Khuzaima, 1/108 no. 217", but then contradicts himself by correcting the above Hadith in "Sahih Ibn Majah, 1/96 no. 482 "!!

31: Page 145 no. 4. Hadith of Aisha (Allah be pleased with her): "A vessel as a vessel and food as food" (Nisai, 7/71 no. 3957). Albani said that it was SAHIH in "Sahih al-Jami wa Ziyadatuh, 2/13 no. 1462", but then contradicts himself in "Daeef Sunan al-Nisai, no. 263 pg. 157", by saying it is DAEEF!!!

32: Page 145 no. 5. Hadith of Anas: "Let each one of you ask Allah for all his needs, even for his sandal thong if it gets cut. "Albani said that the above Hadith was HASAN in his checking of "Mishkat, 2/696 no. 2251 and 2252", but then contradicts himself in "Daeef al-Jami wa Ziyadatuh, 5/69 no. 4947 and 4948"!!!

33: Page 146 no. 6. Hadith of Abu Dharr: "If you want to fast, then fast in the white shining nights of the 13th, 14th and 15th."Albani declared it to be DAEEF in "Daeef al-Nisai, pg. 84" and in his comments on "Ibn Khuzaima, 3/302no. 2127", but then contradicts himself by calling it SAHIH in "Sahih al-Jami wa Ziyadatuh, 2/10 no. 1448" and also corrected it in "Sahih al-Nisai, 3/902 no. 4021"!!So what a big contradiction! NB- (Albani mentioned this Hadith in Sahih al-Nisai and in Daeef al-Nisai, which proves that he is unaware of what he has and is classifying, how inept!)

34: Page 147 no. 7. Hadith of Sayyida Maymoonah (Allah be pleased with her): "There is nobody who has taken a loan and it is in the knowledge of Allah. . . ." (Nisai, 7/315 and others). Albani said in "Daeef al-Nisai, pg 190": "Sahih, except for the part al-Dunya." Then he contradicts himselfin "Sahih al-Jami wa Ziyadatuh, 5/156", by saying that the whole Hadith is SAHIH, including the al-Dunya part.So what an amazing contradiction!

35: Page 147 no. 8. Hadith of Burayda: "Why do I see you wearing the jewelry of the people of hell" (Meaning the Iron ring), [Nisai, 8/172 and others. . .]. Albani has said that it was SAHIH in "Sahih al-Jami wa Ziyadatuh, 5/153 no. 5540", but then contradicts himself by saying it is DAEEF in "Daeef al-Nisai, pg.230"!!!

36: Page 148 no. 9. Hadith of Abu Hurayra: "Whoever buys a carpet to sit on, he has 3 days to keep it or return it with a cup of dates that are not brownish in colour" (Nisai 7/254 and others). Albani has weakened it with reference to the 3 day part in "Daeef Sunan al-Nisai, pg. 186", by saying: "Correct, except for 3 days." But the genius contradicts himself by correcting the Hadith and approving the 3 day part in "Sahih al-Jami wa Ziyadatuh, 5/220 no. 5804". So wake up (Albani)!!

37: Page 148 no. 10. Hadith of Abu Hurayra: "Whoever catches a single rakah of the Friday prayer has caught (the whole prayer)." (Nisai 3/112, Ibn Majah 1/356 and others). Albani has weakened it in "Daeef Sunan al-Nisai, no. 78 pg. 49", where he said: "Abnormal (shadh), where Friday is mentioned." He then contradicts himself by saying SAHIH, including the Friday part in "Irwa, 3/84 no. 622 ."May Allah heal you! Albani AND HIS DEFAMATION AND AUTHENTICATION OF NARRATORS AT WILL!

38: Page 157 no. 1. KANAAN IBN ABDULLAH AN-NAHMY :- Albani said in his "Sahihah, 3/481" : "Kanaan is considered hasan, for he is attested by Ibn Maeen." Albani then contradicts himself by saying, "There isweakness in Kanaan" (see "Daeefah, 4/282")!!

39: Page 158 no. 2. MAJAA IBN AL-ZUBAIR :- Albani has weakened Majaa in "Irwa al-Ghalil, 3/242", by saying, "This isa weak sanad because Ahmad has said: There is nothing wrong with Majaa, and Daraqutni has weakened him. . ."Albani then made a contradiction in his "Sahihah, 1/613" by saying: "His men (the narrators) are trusted except for Majaa who is a good narrator of Hadith."An amazing contradiction!

40: Page 158 no. 3. UTBA IBN HAMID AL-DHABI :- Albani has weakened him in "Irwa al-Ghalil, 5/237" by saying: "And this is a weak (Daeef) sanad which has three defects. . . . the second defect is the weakness of al-Dhabi, the Hafiz said: A truthful narrator with hallucinations". Albani then makes an obvious contradiction in "Sahihah, 2/432", where he said about a sanad which mentions Utba: "And this is a good (hasan) sanad, Utba ibn Hamid al-Dhabi is trustworthy but has hallucinations, and the rest of the narrators in the sanad are trusted." !!

41: Page 159 no. 4. HISHAM IBN SAAD :- Albani said in his "Sahihah, 1/325": "Hisham ibn Saad is a good narrator of Hadith." He then contradicts himself in "Irwa al-Ghalil, 1/283" by saying: "But this Hisham has a weakness in memorizing "So what an amazement!!

42: Page 160 no. 5. UMAR IBN ALI AL-MUQADDAMI :- Albani has weakened him in "Sahihah, 1/371", where he said: "Hein himself is trusted but he used to be a very bad forger, which makes him undependable. . . ." Albani then contradicts himself again in "Sahihah, 2/259" by accepting him and describing him as being trustworthy froma sanad which mentions Umar ibn Ali. Albani says: "Classified by Hakim, who said: A Sahih Isnad (chainof transmission), and al-Dhahabi went along with it, and it is as they have said. "So what an amazement!!!

43: Page 160 no. 6. ALI IBN SAEED AL-RAZI :- Albani has weakened him in "Irwa, 7/13", by saying: "They have said nothing good about al-Razi." He then contradicts himself in another fantastic book of his, "Sahihah, 4/25", by saying: "This is a good (hasan) sanad and the narrators are all trustworthy. "So beware!!!

44: Page 165 no. 13. RISHDIN IBN SAAD:- Albani said in his "Sahihah, 3/79" : "In it (the sanad) is Rishdin ibn Saad, and hehas been declared trustworthy." But then he contradicts himself by declaring him to beDAEEF in "Daeefah,4/53"; where he said: "And Rishdin ibn Saad is also daeef." So beware!!

45: Page 161 no. 8. ASHAATH IBN ISHAQ IBN SAAD :- What an amazing fellow this Shaykh!! Albani!! Proves to be.He said in "Irwa al-Ghalil, 2/228": "His status is unknown, and only Ibn Hibban trusted him." But then he contradicts himself by his usual habit! Because he only transfers from books and nothing else, and he copies without knowledge; this is proven in "Sahihah, 1/450", where he said about Ashaath: "Trustworthy". So what an amazement!!!

46: Page 162 no. 9. IBRAHIM IBN HAANI :- The honourable!! The genius!! The copier!! Has made Ibrahim ibn Haani trustworthy in one place and has then made him unknown in another. Albani said in Sahihah, 3/426: "Ibrahim ibn Haani is trustworthy", but then he contradicts himself in "Daeefah, 2/225", by saying that he is unknown and his Ahadith are refused!!

47: Page 163 no. 10. AL-IJLAA IBN ABDULLAH AL-KUFI :- Albani has corrected a sanad by saying it is good in "Irwa, 8/7", with the words: "And its sanad is good, the narrators are trustworthy, except for Ibn Abdullah al-Kufi whois truthful." He then contradicts himself by weakening the sanad of a Hadith where al-Ijlaa is found and hasmade him the reason for declaring it DAEEF (see Daeefah, 4/71); where he said: "Ijlaa ibn Abdullah has a weakness." Albani then quoted Ibn al-Jawzis (Rahimahullah) words by saying: "Al-Ijlaa did not know what he was saying."!!!

48: Page 67-69. ABDULLAH IBN SALIH : KAATIB AL-LAYTH :- Albani has criticised Al-Hafiz al-Haythami, Al-Hafiz al-Suyuti, Imam Munawi and the Muhaddith Abul-Fadl al-Ghimari (Allahs mercy be upon them) in his book "Silsilah al-Daeefah, 4/302", when checking a Hadith containing the narrator Abdullah ibn Salih. He says on page 300: "How could Ibn Salih be all right and his Hadith be good, even though he has got many mistakes and is of little awareness, which also made some fraudulent Hadiths enter his books, and he narrates them without knowing about them!" He has not mentioned that Abdullah ibn Salih is one of Imam al-Bukharis men (i.e. used by al-Bukhari), because it does not suit his mode, and he does not state that Ibn Maeen and some of the leading critics of Hadith have trusted him. Albani has contradicted himself in other places in his books by making Hadiths containing Abdullah ibn Salih to be good, and here they are :- Albani said in "Silsilah al-Sahihah, 3/229" : "And so the sanad is good, because Rashid ibn Saad is trustworthy by agreement, and who is less than him in the men of Sahih, and there is also Abdullah ibn Salih who has said things that are non-harmful with Allahs help!!" Albani also said in "Sahihah, 2/406" about asanad which contained Ibn Salih: "a good sanad in continuity." And again in "Sahihah, 4/647": "He s a proof with continuity."

NB- (Shaykh Saqqaf then continued with some important advice, this has been left untranslated for brevity but one may refer to the Arabic for further elaboration). By the grace of Allah, this is enough from the books of Shaykh Saqqaf to convince any seeker of the truth, let alone the common folk who have little knowledge of the science of Hadith. If anyone is interested for hundreds of other similar quotes from Shaykh Saqqaf, then I suggest you write to the following address to obtain his book Tanaqadat Albani al-Wadihat (The Clear Contradictions of Albani).

This has been just 48 selected contradictions from the works of Albani, as derived by Shaykh Saqqaf. During the course of my own research into Albanis works which have been translated into English by his followers in England, I myself came across some startling errors. I was given some publications coming from his supporters in England [Jamiat Ihyaa Minhaaj al-Sunnah]; one by the title: "Daeef Ahadith of Abu Dawuds Sunan (according to Shaikh al-Albaanee, Nos according to the English Translation of Professor Ahmad Hasan, published in 1411/1991 C.E.)", and the other by the title: "Daeef Ahadith of an-Nawawis Riyaad-us-Saaliheen (according to the checking of Naasir ud-Deen Albani, Nos according to the English Translation of S. M. Madni Abbasi)". I found some serious contradictions when I cross-referenced the above named publications; but I content myself by quoting just two of the contradictions, so that a round figure of fifty errors is achieved! Besides these errors there are others which will be displayed in the following pages, from the one who claims to be giving us the most authentic Sunnah through his classifications of Ahadith! The main aim in carrying out the latter exercise is for the benefit of those believers who do not and cannot read the Arabic works of Albani for one, and secondly to give the opportunity to any doubting "Thomas"; who may or may not be one of Albanis supporters at the time of reading this short exposition, to actually go along and check the references I have quoted from (mainly in English). By doing this, InshaAllah, all doubts about the authenticity of this exposition will be alleviated and the hearts of those who doubt may become content! Allah knows best.

49: -Hadith: Aisha (Allah be pleased with her) reported the Apostle of Allah as saying: "Allah and His Angels bless those who are on the right flanks of the rows (in prayer)." [See Sunan Abu Dawood, 1/676 pg. 175, English edn and Riyadh-us-Saliheen, 2/1094 pg. 548]. When I checked the authenticity of the above Hadith by using the list "Daeef Ahadith of Abu Dawuds Sunan", it was not counted amongst the daeef ones, which means to the user of this list that the above Hadith is SAHIH(or at least HASAN) according to the checking of Albani! But, when I found the same Hadith in Riyadh-us-Saliheen, it was declared to be DAEEF by Albani. The actual words used by the author of "Daeef Ahaadith of an-Nawawis Riyadh-us-Saliheen", was:- "Al-Albaanee brings a long note. . . . . . The wording (upon those on the right rows) is Shaadh or Munkar - the correct narration being: (upon those who join the rows) - see Mishkaat, no. 1096, Daeef Abi Daud, no.153. . ."!!! NB- al-Imam Nawawi (Allahs mercy be upon him) said that the above Hadith has been cited on the terms of Imam Muslim by Imam Abu Dawood (see the above reference in Riyadh).

50 Hadith: Abu Umamah says that the Holy Prophet (Peace be upon him) said: "A person who did not take part in jihad or failed to equip a fighter, or did not look well after the family of a fighter, would be severely punished by Allah before the day of judgement." (Abu Dawood, 2/2497, pg. 693and Riyadh-us- Saliheen, 2/1348, pg. 643) When I checked the authenticity of the above Hadith by using the list Daeef Ahadith of Abu Dawuds Sunan, it was not listed as being DAEEF, hence it has been declared to be SAHIH (or at least HASAN) in Albanis checking of Abu Dawood! But when I found the above Hadith in Riyadh-us-Saliheen, Albani declared it to be DAEEF. The actual words used by the author of Daeef Ahaadith of An-Nawawis Riyaad-us-Saaliheen was: "Its isnad contains al-Waleed ibn Muslim-a-mudallis - and he has used ananah here (from. . .). See at-Taleeq-ur-Ragheeb, 2/200.

"NB- Imam an-Nawawi said that the above Hadith has been related with a Sahih isnad, besides that, according to Shaykh Shuayb al-Arnaoots checking of the above Hadith in his edition of Riyadh-us-Saliheen, the above Hadith is not daeef (this information has been derived from another publication of Jamiat Ihyaa Minhaaj al-Sunnah, by the title "List of daeef ahadiths in Riyaad-as-Saliheen according to Shuaib Arnaoutt," but as for the lists authenticity, I say: it needs to be checked).

I leave you to decide whose checking you will adopt. Now that I have quoted you 50 mistakes of Albani in Hadith, I wish to delve into some rather important issues of fiqh, especially by comparing Albanis declarations with the views of other authors! For the record let me say at the outset, that most of the opinions that I will be quoting from Albani are sound and acceptable to one school of fiqh or another. But if the reader may sometimes get the feeling that I have inclined too much towards one particular school, then I have only done so to defend other sound and acceptable views which have been and are still being practiced by large sections of the Ummah, indifference to the views of Albani and others.

To all of us, more than one view should be acceptable if a Mujtahid has used his personal reasoning to extract a ruling from the sources of the Shariah; since this was the attitude of the glorious Salaf as-Salihin (pious predecessors of the first three generations of Islam), may Allah be pleased with them all. But as for Albani and the generality of his supporters they have adopted the tactless way of rejecting/ criticizing all other ways unacceptable to their deductions from the Quran and Sunnah.

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