How was Al-Albaani chosen to teach at Medinah University?
Al-Huwaini: How were you chosen to teach at the Islamic University of Medinah? Because the norm is that one needs a doctorate to teach academic study [at university]?
Al-Albaani: This is the first time that I’ve been asked this question. What I recall now are two things. The first is that the university was new to university level teaching [only recently having been established], especially in Saudi, this is the first reason.
The second is the reputation of some of the books [that I authored] and the satisfaction of the people [i.e., scholars etc.,] with them, and [also], from what seems apparent to me, their appreciation of the books as they deserved to be appreciated–this is what caused them to send for me.
I didn’t ask and I wouldn’t ask–and I [have] Iived like this, and all praise is due…
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The following post is from the same book we are going through but occurs later and is not part of the questions and answers section but is connected to the previous post about the Shaikh’s time at Medinah, so I thought I would add it here.
“In their biographies of Shaikh al-Albaani, the two Shaikhs, Eed Abbaasi and Ali Khashaan said, ‘Due to that continued effort and the tawfiq that Allaah, the Most High, gave him, many beneficial works [authored by the Shaikh] in the fields of hadith, fiqh, creed and others came to light which show the people of knowledge and excellence what Allaah had bestowed upon him from correct understanding, abundant knowledge, exceptional expertise in the field of hadith and its sciences and narrators, along with a sound knowledge-based methodology making the Book and the Sunnah the judge and scale for everything, taking guidance from the…
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“Dr. Falaah Ismail Mundakar said, ‘We used to study with our Shaikh, Shaikh Abdul-Qaadir Habeebullaah as-Sindhi, and he was from the major scholars, he used to teach us, ‘Nukhbatul-Fikr,’ in the Haram [of Medinah] and the people used to want to devour his speech and explanations of mustalah, the science of hadith and the narrators, it being so sweet. The Shaikh had moved from a house which was close to one that was far, and I had a car but he didn’t … so it was an opportunity for me to take him to his house. We left the Haram and stood there waiting while the brothers left to go and bring the car close to the Gate of Umar since it was next to the street.
Then one of the Shaikhs and judges came, and there is no harm in naming him, it was Atiyyah Muhammad Saalim, he…
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Questioner: What is the ruling about praying behind an Imaam whose garments are below his ankles and who wears gold even though he knows the rulings concerning that?
Al-Albaani: The prayer is valid because the Prophet ﷺ used to say about the rulers, “If they conduct it properly, you and they will be rewarded, but if they make mistakes you will earn the reward and they will be held responsible (for the mistakes).” But a Muslim must chose to pray behind a righteous, scholarly, Imaam who is a reciter, so that his prayer will be as close as possible to …
Questioner: [The Imaam is] a reciter but he wears gold and his clothes are below his ankles …
Al-Albaani: You’ve got the answer [already], may Allaah bless you, but after that answer I say that he should chose a righteous, scholarly, pious Imaam. If he prays behind a man like…
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Many talented people worked hard and for a very long time in their respective area of expertise to gain world-recognition. Different case studies can be presented to show the steps taken by a particular individual to reach expertise. However, the process of fostering talent from a plethora of potential candidates has been mostly eluded or subject to unsatisfactory discourses.
The current trend in education is to use computer based programs to teach course materials to a wide range of people. From topics such as “Is it necessary to teach computer science in primary school”, we have reached the level of statements such as “Face-to-face teaching with a teacher in the same class as the students is obsolete”. On the one hand, E-learning provides tools for education. On the other hand, quick-learners in primary school can forge ahead with E-learning whereas the primary education remains inadequate for the pupils. The lack of suitability is inherent to educative systems based on segregating between the quick-learners and the others. The main criteria of such segregation are the results achieved by the test-takers at some period of their lives.
Primary school is an early period for the development of a person. From this stage, a child is able to practice and build the basis to rise at a high level of expertise in a given domain. Examples of people who started to develop their talent at that stage are the Williams sisters, Tiger Woods, etc. However, the fostering environment of such cases is different from the primary education sphere. The E-learning educative system has a similar fostering environment as the one used to raise the previously cited examples of talented people. The goal is subjective as the performance measure is the score achieved when resorting to such system. Thus, in this sense, E-learning is a sieve to select some pupils and drop the others.
Applying E-learning as an educational system in primary education restrains the potential of the plethora of pupils who present themselves to acquire an education. The primary education should offer equality; i.e. every pupil should be provided with the tools to develop his abilities. At a certain stage in his/her life, he/she will resort on his knowledge in using the tools to decide to develop a certain range of abilities and neglect others. The equality in primary education consists of providing the tools to the pupils for them to develop by themselves some abilities or to discover them. From the acquired knowledge and developing him/herself his/her potential in a chosen area at a later period of his/her life, the talent is not biased by test score; it is a genuine talent with great self-satisfaction besides the professional reward.
E-learning should be an additional tool to the education provided face-to-face to pupils at primary education stage. It is not a satisfactory educational system as it hinders the potential of the plethora of pupils registered to acquire a primary education. The finding of talent should be a cognitive process by the talented person. The education provided at an early age should be a set of guidelines to facilitate the cognition.
The Distorted Image of Women in Islaam
By a former Non-Muslim, Naasira Bint Ellison
We will never find success and/or solutions to our problems until we realise that Allaah knows best and that this disbelieving society will ruin itself.
The truth of the matter is that Islam has the most humane and most just system of divorce that exists. Firstly, many options are taken and tried before coming to the decision of the divorce. If the man and woman decide that they can no longer live together successfully as a husband and wife, the husband (in most cases, not always) pronounces the divorce by saying “I divorce you”. At this point the waiting period begins. The waiting period lasts for three menstrual cycles to assure the woman is not pregnant. This period allows the couple time to think about what they are doing and if this is what they really want to do. There are no lawyers involved to antagonise an already delicate situation. In the case that it is realised, that the woman is pregnant, the waiting period lasts the entire time she is pregnant. During the waiting period (whether the woman is pregnant or not) the man is obligated to provide food, clothing and shelter to the woman as he did before the divorce pronouncement. If the couple carries the divorce through to the birth of the child and the woman suckles the baby, the man is obligated to feed and clothe both his ex-wife for the time the woman suckles (the maximum being two years). After this weaning, the child will be provided for by the father until he/she is no longer in need of support. It is quite ironic that in such an “advanced society” as America, there are divorce cases in which women are being forced to pay alimony to their ex-husbands. Can this and many other things we know about the American system of divorce compare to the Islamic system of divorce?
I have also read stories wherein it is stated that women are forced to marry men without their consent. This in no way resembles the marriage system in Islam. In Islaam the woman marries the man of her choice. She may even marry someone that her mother and/or father objects to. The point is that it is the woman who makes the final decision as to whom she will marry. Once the man and the woman decide that they are interested in one another for marriage, a dowry is decided upon. A dowry is not a brides price but, it is a gift from the groom to the bride. They agree upon a gift that is affordable by the groom. In the time of the Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam), often things such as livestock and money were given. This is a wise decision in the event that a woman becomes divorced or widowed, she has some financial security to fall back on even if it is for a limited amount of time. Once the man and woman are married, the man is required to clothe, feed, shelter and educate her (or allow her to be educated) in the same manner as he does himself. The last distorted image that I will cover is that of the Muslim women’s dress. The western influenced media portrays our dress to be outdated and oppressive. Needless to say however, I differ with these adjectives. Our dress code does not hinder us from doing anything productive in our lives. Muslim women maintain a variety of jobs, non of which are devalued nor hampered due to their dress code. And as for the timing of muslims women’s dress during these contemporary times, it seems most appropriate due to decreasing morals in the world today.
For those who say that Islamic dress is outdated, they speak from great ignorance. The decreasing morality and trials of this time makes Hijaab even more in need. More than ever before sex crimes are rampant. Although this society tells women they can wear what they want to wear, anytime a rape occurs the woman is the one put on trial an one of the first questions is, “What were you wearing?” This concept seems as though it is a set up directed against the so called contemporary woman. Also there is a direct correlation between the respect a man has for a woman and the amount of her body her body she displays flauntingly. In conclusion, I hope this article helped to clear up some distorted/misunderstood aspects of Islam and women. Women in Islam are respected and held in high regard. We will never find success and/or solutions to our problems until we realise that Allaah knows best and that this disbelieving society will ruin itself.
You Can say NO (Y’en a assez)
You can say no to Tv
Just turn it off, Push a button and a black screen shows up
Go breath some fresh air, yummy ! Or pick up the old hard copy of a book.Yes a book.
You can say no to Images .Put those images in a folder in the temp directory. Put them in the underground
go look at real people face to face , go sight seeing
You can say no to an electronic chat. Don’t talk to your computer for hours. Let’s go for a walk or a jogging
You can say No to night pollution, the images, videos, sound you get at night before bed. What do they do to you?
You can say No to passivity. Yes at least alone, for once, be in control
Arouse you mind by yourself Thinker!
Work out with wireless communication and cognitive cloud computing.