Shaikh al-Albanee: Please no
divergence (from the main issue of discussion).
I asked you about two things; knowledge and action.
As a matter of fact, this divergence of yours has been helpful to me.
So, (to say in a more clear way), I mean (my question is) in terms of the
Sharee'ah knowledge and actions not (the knowledge of) medicine for example. The
doctor today is more knowledgeable than Ibn Seena in his age because he was born
after a long time and many many experiments (were) carried out (during this
period) but this does not increase him (in status) before Allah nor does he
achieve precedence over the best generations. Rather he possesses a superior
status in the field of knowledge he possesses.
We are however, speaking about the Sharee'ah knowledge Barak Allah Feek (May
Allah bless you). So, you have to keep this in mind - when I tell you, do we
believe that we can be more knowledgeable, it refers to the Sharee'ah knowledge
not the experimental knowledge like Geography, Astronomy, Chemistry and Physics.
Consider for example, in this time of ours a disbeliever in Allah and the
Messenger is the more knowledgeable than the other people in these secular
sciences - does this bring him closer to Allah?
The opponent: No
Shaikh al-Albanee: So, now we
are not talking in terms of this (worldly) knowledge but we are speaking about
knowledge with which we seek to be closer to Allah, and just a little while ago,
we were speaking about the celebration of Mawlid.
The question again is and please reply openly without another divergence.
Do you think with the mind and intellect bestowed upon you (by Allah) that it is
possible for us, in this later time to be more knowledgeable than the Sahabah
and the Taba'een with regards to the Sharee'ah knowledge and be hastier in
performing actions and that we be closer to Allah than the Salaf as-Salih?
The opponent: Do you mean the
Tafseer of the Qur'aan by the knowledge of the Sharee'ah?
Shaikh al-Albanee: They are
more knowledgeable than us in Tafseer; they are more knowledgeable than us in
the Ahadeeth of Allah's Messenger, consequently they are more knowledgeable than
us in the Sharee'ah of Islam.
The opponent: Concerning the
Tafseer of the Qur'aan, perhaps, today in our time (we are more knowledgeable),
for example the Qur'aanic verse, 'And you will see the mountains and think them
solid, but they shall pass away as the passing away of the clouds. The Work of
Allah, Who perfected all things, verily! He is Well-Acquainted with what you do.
If the Messenger of Allah (sallalalhu alaihi wa-sallam) had informed someone in
his time that the earth rotates, would he have believed him? Nobody would have
Shaikh al-Albanee: Do you want
us to write down another divergence in your record.
Brother, I am asking about the totality and not some part, we are asking a
Who is more knowledgeable as a whole about Islam?
The opponent: Obviously
Allah's Messenger (sallalalhu alaihi wa-sallam) and his Sahabah.
Shaikh al-Albanee: This is
(the answer) we want from you Barak Allah Feek
The Tafseer, which you keep repeating, has no relation with actions, it relates
to thinking and intellect. Those who mention this verse in order to conclude
that the earth rotates are mistaken because the verse relates to the Day of
Judgment, ‘On the Day when the earth will be changed to another earth and so
will be the heavens, and they (all creatures) will appear before Allah, the One,
the Irresistible.’ [Soorah Ibraheem (14): 48] (However,) We are not discussing
I accept that that the later people are more knowledgeable about secular
sciences; more than the Sahabah and the Taba'een and others, but this has no
relation with righteous actions. For example, today the disbelievers are more
knowledgeable in the sciences of astronomy but will it benefit them in any way?
No So, we don't have to plunge into this subject, we are to speak about
everything that brings us closer to Allah, and we have to discuss about Mawlid
So, we have agreed that if there was any Khayr then the Salaf as-Salih and at
their head Allah's Messenger (sallalalhu alaihi wa-sallam) would have been more
knowledgeable about it than us and hasty in performing that action. Is there any
doubt in it?
The opponent: No, no doubt.
Shaikh al-Albanee: Do not
restrict this to experimental sciences it has nothing to do with closeness to
Allah or righteous deeds.
So, Mawlid was non-existent during the time of Allah's Messenger (sallalalhu
alaihi wa-sallam) - as agreed upon by everybody. So, this Khayr was non-existent
during the time of Allah's Messenger (sallalalhu alaihi wa-sallam), his Sahabah,
Taba'een and the Imams. How could this Khayr be concealed from them?
We have to say one of the two things;
They knew this Khayr like we know, they were more knowledgeable than us,
or they did not know this Khayr; then how did we know it?
So, if we say, they knew - and this saying is more in favor of those who approve
the celebration of Mawlid - so, why did they not act upon it? Are we closer to
Allah then they were?!
Why did not even one of them perform this act; a Sahabi or a Taba'ee or a
knowledgeable or a common person?
Does it suit your mind that nobody ever acted upon this Khayr? And they were in
millions, they were more knowledgeable than us, righteous than us and closer to
Allah than us?
You know the saying of Allah's Messenger (sallalalhu alaihi wa-sallam), 'Do not
revile my companions. By (Allah) in Whose Hand my soul is, if any one of you
spends gold (piled up) like (mount) Uhud it will not equal a pint of any one of
them, nor its half.' [Agreed upon]
Do you see the difference between them and us?
They struggled in the path of Allah with Allah's Messenger (sallalalhu alaihi
wa-sallam) and took the knowledge 'gaddan taryan' (fresh and anew) without these
many mediums that are between us and the Prophet (sallalalhu alaihi wa-sallam)
as Allah's Messenger (sallalalhu alaihi wa-sallam) pointed towards a similar
meaning in the Saheeh Hadeeth, 'Whoever wants to read the Quran as gaddan taryan
as when it was revealed, then let him read according to the recitation of Ibn
Umm Abd.' Meaning Abdullah ibn Mas'ood - 'gaddan taryan' means fresh and anew
These Salaf as-Salih and at the head of them the Sahabah (radiallahuanhum) - we cannot imagine
that they were ignorant of something that would bring them closer to Allah and
we know of it. And if we say that they knew it like we know then we cannot
imagine that they ignored this Khayr.
Insha'Allah, this issue has been made clear to you after I have repeatedly