The difference between a Salafi and a Madhhabi

Q: “Some people claim that Salafis weaken ahaadeeth that are authentic according to the Four Imaams or some of them, and authenticate whatever suits their manhaj that opposes madhhabism. What is your opinion?”

Shaikh al-Albaani:

“I say: This is a false claim; and like it’s said: ‘If you do not have any clear proofs for claims, the claimers are people who ascribe to false lineages’ (i.e. these claims are false/rejected). The difference between Salafis and Madhhabis is that Salafis don’t show bigotry towards a particular Imaam of the Muslims – not in fiqh or hadeeth or anything else – but rather they follow the advice of the Imaams themselves who forbid blind-following them and said to their followers: take from where we took. So we try to take from where they took. For example, they took from the Companions, and the Companions took from Allaah’s Messenger ﷺ, but they did not restrict themselves to a specific Companion. Sometimes they took from Abu Bakr, sometimes from `Umar, and so on.

So as they followed this way with the best of the people (i.e. the Companions) after Allaah’s Messenger ﷺ , we also do as they did. We take from their madhhabs the things that agree with the Book and the authentic Sunnah, and we don’t show bigotry towards any of them. So sometimes we agree with all of them​, ​sometimes we oppose all of them​,​ because in this second situation​ we follow​ what other ​Imaams were upon, and so on.

So the claim that we oppose the Imaams or some of them in order to support our own madhhab is false. We do not have a particular madhhab; our madhhab is to go with the truth wherever it is, and this is what they commanded us to do.”

[su.aalaat 186-7 / alalbaany.com]

It is obligatory to operate and take out a live baby from a deceased mother

Q: “If a pregnant woman dies before giving birth, and the baby has fully formed and is alive, is it allowed to cut into her abdomen to take out the baby?”

Shaikh al-Albaani:

“It is obligatory, as long as it’s alive. If it isn’t, this is not permissible.”

[su.aalaat 398 / alalbaany.com]

Every mushrik is a kaafir and every kaafir is a mushrik

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Q: “Is every mushrik (one who associates partners with Allaah in that which is only for Him) a kaafir (disbeliever), but not every kaafir a mushrik?”

Shaikh al-Albaani:

“This is the understanding present in people’s minds save a few. I will explain that with an example: a man testifies that none has the right to be worshiped except Allaah and that Muhammad ﷺ is the Messenger of Allaah, and he prays, fasts, etc., but he denies a verse from the Qur.aan. Has this man disbelieved or not disbelieved? He has disbelieved. Has he associated partners with Allaah? That which is correct is that he has associated partners with Allaah. Every kaafir is a mushrik and every mushrik is a kaafir – there is no difference between the two words whatsoever.

Whoever disbelieves has associated partners with Allaah, and whoever associates partners with Allaah has disbelieved – there is no…

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A woman who has to make up many fasts and Ramadhaan comes in . . .

Q: “What should a woman do if she has to make up fasts from many years, she only makes up a few fasts before the next Ramadhaan comes in and so on?”

Shaikh al-Albaani:

“She has to continue making up the fasts and hasten to do so lest death should come to her (before she is able to make them up).”

[silsilat ul-hudaa wa nnoor 694/5 / alalbaany.com]

It is not legislated to raise hands for the extra takbeers of Eid & Janaazah prayers

Q: “For the Eid and Janaazah prayers, is it legislated to raise the hands with the takbeers (besides the first one)?”

Shaikh al-Albaani: “No, it is not legislated.”[1]

[1] in reference to the Janaazah prayer in particular, the Shaikh – after saying that he didn’t find any evidence in the Sunnah for this being legislated and so does not consider it being legislated – also mentioned: “Al-Bayhaqee narrated (4/44) with an authentic chain of narration from Ibn ‘Umar that he used to raise his hands with every takbeer of the Janaazah prayer. So whoever thinks that he would not do that except due to it being established from the Prophet ﷺ, then he may raise his hands” (Ahkaam ul-Janaa.izi wa Bida’uhaa, p.148)

[silsilat ul-hudaa wa nnoor 428/18 / asaheeha translations]

A woman is allowed to take public transportation or a taxi by herself given that . . .

Q: “What is the ruling on a woman riding with a driver or taking public transportation by herself?”

Shaikh al-Albaani:

“If there is mixing with men then the ruling is clear: it’s not allowed. But if: 1) there is no mixing, 2) the woman is safe and won’t be abducted as occurs in some places, 3) there is no travelling involved – then it is allowed, otherwise no.”

Q: “What about riding in a taxi by herself with a driver?”

Shaikh al-Albaani:

“If the driver is known (to be trustworthy) and religious, and they are in the middle of the city, there is no objection.”

Q: “This isn’t khalwah (the prohibited seclusion between a man and a woman), right?”

Shaikh al-Albaani:

“No, it’s not khalwah.”[1]


[1] khalwah in terms of the Legislation is only when the place (where the man and woman are secluded together) is screened such that those outside cannot see what is happening inside” – Shaikh al-Albaani, fataawaa jeddah 24/16

[silsilat ul-hudaa wa nnoor 565/8 / asaheeha translations]