Naasir ad Deen ibn Haaj Nooh al Albaanee.(1914 – 1999)
‘Allaamah, al Faqeeh, the Muhaddith of our time, it is said that he revived the
knowledge of Hadeeth in our time, it was also said that he revived the time of
al Haafidh ibn Hajar and al Haafidh ibn Katheer again. He was amongst the few
who specialized in the knowledge of Jarh wa Ta’deel and Mustalah al Hadeeth
Al-Albani was born into a poor family in the city of Shkodra, the then capital
of Albania. His father, Haaj Nuh Najati al-Albani, had completed Sharia studies
in Istanbul and returned to Albania as one of the major Hanafi scholars of the
country. During the reign of secularist Ahmet Zogu (8 October 1895 – 9 April
1961), was King of the Albanians from 1928 to 1939. He was previously Prime
Minister of Albania (1922–1924) and President of Albania (1925–1928)), al-Albani's
family disagreed with the Western-influenced views of the government and
migrated to Damascus. In Damascus, he completed his early education, and was
taught the Quran, tajwid, Arabic linguistic sciences, Hanafi fiqh and further
branches of the religion by a number of Islamic scholars as well as friends of
By the age of twenty, he began specializing in the field of Hadith and its
related sciences. Al-Albani delved further into the Hadith sciences and when
unable to afford many of the required books, he often borrowed them from the
famous Az-Zahiriyah library in Damascus. He became engrossed with his studies to
the extent that he remained in the library for up to twelve hours - breaking
only for prayer - not even leaving to eat, preferring to instead take light
snacks with him.
After some time he started giving two weekly classes attended by university
students and professors, teaching various books of 'Aqidah, Fiqh, Usul and
Hadith. He also began organizing monthly journeys for da'wah to various cities
in Syria and Jordan.
After a number of his works appeared in print the Al-Albani was chosen to teach
Hadith at the Islamic University of Madinah, for three years (from 1381 to
1383H) where he was also a member of the University board. Later he would return
to his studies and work in the Az-Zahiriyah library.
Al-Albani was involved in active learning and teaching of the Islamic sciences
for more than 50 years. He was renowned for his efforts in the service of the
science of Hadith and in explaining the sources of those hadith, books
mentioning them, and their grades in terms of authenticity and weakness. He is
considered by various Muslim scholars as being the greatest Islamic scholar of
the 20th century in the field of Hadith sciences. He authored more than 220
titles with some books being up to 40 volumes long and a good number of them
comprising over three volumes. One of his first works regarding the Hadith was
the transcription of a book entitled "Al-Mughni." In 1957, Al-Albani published
his first book which
was authored in jurisprudence and entitled "Warning the Worshipper of Taking
Graves as Mosques." The book contains Al-Albani's treatise against using graves
as places for worship through explaining the position of the Sharia'a (Islamic
Law) on prayers performed in graveyards, mosques built upon graves, and the evil
of seeking aid from the dead.
During the 1950s, Al-Albani worked on writing and publishing the book entitled "Hijab
ul Mar'atul Muslimah" (Veil of the Muslim Woman). Al-Albani's book entitled "Silsilatus
Saheehah wa Da'eefah" (The Series of Correct and Fabricated Narrations) are the
two monumental compilations of the Hadith. "Silsilatu Da'eefah" is a book
published in 14 large volumes with a total number of about 7,000 hadith, and "Silsilatus
Saheeh" is another of his books published in seven large volumes with a total
number of about 3000 hadith. The book entitled "Irwa'a ul Galeel fii Takhreej il
Ahadeethi Manaarus Sabeel" (The Complete Source in Explaining the Hadith)
presents the evidence for the jurisprudential opinions in the book entitled "Manaarus
Sabeel" and verifies the authenticity of the evidence in terms of soundness or
weakness of the hadith and the conclusions reached on the rulings. The book
contained more than 2,707 hadith verified and compiled in eight volumes. The
book entitled "Sifatus Salaatu Nabiyy" (The Description of the Prophet's Prayer
(pbuh)) contains a detailed description of the prophet's prayer (pbuh) including
its essentials, manners, forms, supplications, and remembrances. His book
entitled "Ghaayatul Maraam fii Takhreeji Ahadith il Halaal wal Haraam" (The
Ultimate Goal in Explaining the Lawful and Unlawful Prophetic Traditions) which
comprises elaborate discussions on the verification and the categorization of
the prophetic traditions included in the book with brief notes on a few
jurisprudential conclusions of the author. Also among his other famous books:
"Rules of Funerals" and "Forbiddance of Musical Instruments."
He visited various countries for preaching and lectures - amongst them Qatar,
Egypt, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Spain and the United Kingdom. He was
forced to emigrate a number of times moving from Syria to Jordan, then Syria
again, then Beirut, then the UAE, then again to 'Ammaan, Jordan. His works -
mainly in the field of Hadith and its sciences number over 100. His students
were numerous and include many Sheikhs of the present day. It is also well-know
that he has memorized hundred thousand hadith. 
Al-Albani was awarded the King Faisal's International Award for Islamic Studies
in 1999 in tribute to his scientific efforts in authenticating and studying of
the sciences of Hadith.
Al-Albani died on October 2, 1999, at age of 85 and was buried in Amman, Jordan.
Al-Albani was described as the mujaddid (reviver) of the Mohammedan nation who
is raised up at the beginning of every century. He was also the upholder of the
Sunna (norms) of the prophet Muhammad (pbuh), a supporter of the truth, and
opposed the people of fabrications.
What great scholars used to say about Allama Albani:
Al ‘Allaamah ‘Abdul ‘Azeez ibn Baaz also known as Bin Baaz the Grand Mufti of
Saudi Arabia (1993-till his death in1999)stated:
“I have not seen a scholar of Hadeeth under the shade of the skies like al
‘Allaamah Muhammad Naasir ad Deen al Albaanee in this time period.”
He was also asked: ‘Who is the Mujaddid (reviver) of this century?’ He replied:
‘In my opinion, the Mujaddid of this time period is Shaykh Muhammad Naasir ad
Deen al Albaanee and Allaah knows best.’
Al ‘Allaamah Muhammad ibn Saalih al ‘Uthamymeen(*), may Allaah have mercy upon
“…he possesses vast knowledge of Hadeeth, whether it is in the chains of
narration or the understanding of the texts. Allaah has benefited many people
through his written works, in terms of knowledge, Manhaj, and inclination to the
knowledge of Hadeeth. He has had an enormous influence over the Muslims, and all
praise is due to Allaah."
Al ‘Allaamah Muqbil ibn Haadee al Waadi’ee(**) stated:
“What I firmly believe and worship Allaah with is that Shaykh Muhammad Naasir ad
Deen al Albaanee, may Allaah preserve him, is from the Muhadithoon, those whom
the following statement of the Messenger of Allaah - صلى الله عليه وسلم – falls
true upon: “Indeed Allaah sends someone who revives the affair of the religion
at the end of every hundred years.’
Al ‘Allaamah ‘Abdul Muhsin al ‘Abbaad(***) stated:
“I do not know anyone of his caliber in this time period, in caring for Hadeeth
and the extent of his knowledge. I or other than me cannot do without his books
and benefiting from them.”
Amongst his achievements:
1. He was selected by the Faculty of Sharee’ah in the University of Damascus to
make Takhreej of the Ahaadeeth of transactions that were specifically collected
by the University and published in 1955.
2. He was selected to be a member of the Committee of Hadeeth that was founded
during the union between Egypt and Syria. It was tasked to oversee the
publication and editing of the books of the Sunnah.
3. He was requested by the Salafee University in Banaris, India, to be
responsible of the affairs of Hadeeth. He excused himself from the position due
to the difficulty of taking his family there during the time of war between
India and Pakistan.
4. In 1388 H. Shaykh Hassan ibn ‘Abdullaah Aal ash Shaykh requested that he
assume the position of supervisor for higher education in the faculty of
Islaamic studies in the University of Makkah, he was unable to take up the
5. He was selected to be a member of the Higher Committee in the Islaamic
University of Madeenah from 1395 – 1398 H. He also lectured at the University.
6. He accepted the request of the noble Shaykh ‘Abdul ‘Azeez ibn Baaz, may
Allaah have mercy upon him, to travel to Egypt, Morocco and Britain to call to
Tawheed and the adherence to the Qur-aan and Sunnah with the correct Islaamic
7. He received the National King Faisal prize for Islaamic Studies in 1419 H.
for ‘Efforts on the knowledge of Prophetic Hadeeth’
Amongst the books he authored:
1. As Silsilah as Saheehah.
2. As Silsilah ad Da’eefah.
3. Saheeh wa Da’eef Sunnan Abu Dawood.
4. Irwaa al Ghaleel.
5. Saheeh wa Da’eef Jaami’ at Tirmidhee.
6. Saheeh wa Da’eef Sunan an Nasaa-ee.
7. Saheeh wa Da’eef Sunan ibn Maajah.
8. Saheeh wa Da’eef at Targheeb wat Tarheeb.
9. Al Jaam’ as Sagheer wa Ziyaadatahu.
10. Mishkaat al Masabeeh.
11. Al Adab al Mufrad [Tahqeeq].
12. Mishkaat al Masaabeeh.
13. ‘Dhilaal al Jannah.
14. Ath Thamar al Mustataab.
15. Takhreej at Tahaweeyah.
16. The Prophet’s Hajj.
17. Tamaam al Minnah.
18. Adaab az Zafaaf.
19. The Rulings of Funerals.
20. The Jilbaab of the Muslimah.
21. The Night Prayer.
22. Mukhtasar al ‘Uluw.
23. Manaaasik al Hajj wal ‘Umrah.
24. Mukhtasar ash Shamaa-il al Muhamadiyyah.
25. Saheeh as Seerah an Nabawiyyah.
26. Wiping Over the Socks.
27. Al Kalim at Tayyib.
28. Riyaad as Saaliheen [Tahqeeq].
(*) Al ‘Allaamah Muhammad ibn Saalih al ‘Uthamymeen
Date of Birth: 1347 H | 1926Died: 1421 H | 2001 Country of Origin: Saudi Arabia
Former member of the Council of Senior Scholars of Saudi Arabia from 1407 until
Former member of the Scholastic Council of the Muhammad ibn Sa’ood Islaamic
Former member of the council of the Sharee’ah and Usool ad Deen faculty as well
as president of the ‘Aqeedah branch of the Muhammad ibn Sa’ood Islaamic
University branch in Qaseem.
Former member of the Council of Education and Enlightenment during the Hajj
season from 1392 until his death.
Former president of the non-profit Memorization of the Noble Quraan Society in
‘Unayzah from 1405 until his death.
(**)Shaikh Muqbil bin Haadee Al-Waadi’ee (19??-2001) ( مقبل بن هادي الوادعي) was
a renowned Muslim scholar and a proponent of Salafism.
After finishing primary education in Yemen, Muqbil spent roughly two decades of
Islamic studies in Saudi Arabia under the well known scholar Muhammad ibn al
Uthaymeen in Najran and attended Halaqas led by Hadith scholar Muhammad
Nasiruddin al-Albani and former Grand Mufti Abd-al-Aziz ibn Abd-Allah ibn Baaz.
It was after this that he enrolled in the Islamic University of Madinah.
In 1979 his stay in Saudi was ended abruptly when he was indicted on suspected
involvement in the Grand Mosque Seizure. After spending a few months in prison
Grand Mufti ibn Baaz negotiated his release, though he was forced to return to
his home country; it was there that he began to spread the Salafi Da'wah in
While there he would go on to establish what would become one of the most
important educational institutions of Salafi Islam in the world - the Madrasah
Dar al-Hadith al-Khayriyya in Dammaaj. After a prolonged illness, Muqbil died in
(***)Allama Abdul-Muhsin Alabbaad
Date of Birth: 1353 H | 1935Country of Origin: Saudi Arabia
He was selected to teach at the Islaamic University of Madeenah by the former
Mufti of Saudi Arabia; al ‘Allaamah Muhammad ibn Ibraheem, may Allaah have mercy
upon him, and he was the first person to lecture at the University.
He was chosen to be the vice president of the Islaamic University of Madeenah by
King Faysal, may Allaah have mercy upon him, in 1393 H.
He became the President of the Islaamic University of Madeenah in 1395 H after
its President; the former Mufti, al ‘Allaamah ibn Baaz , may Allaah have mercy
upon him, left, and he remained in that postion until 1399 H.
He currently lectures in the Faculty of Sharee’ah in the Islaamic University as
well as the Prophetic Masjid of Madeenah.