Saturday, July 4, 2015

Salafism of Nasiruddin Albani

Allah (SWT) says in the Noble Qur'an that people who take heed of divine revelation are few.

What about the rest?
Well they find it boring.

Then there are people who can make it interesting for the masses by making fun of traditional figures, arguments and approaches. By ridiculing them.

There are many streams of thought along these lines and salafism is the broadest of these.

In fact every salafi is a sect unto himself.

Here we shall take one such case and make some observations on his approach. This is Nasiruddin Albani.

He fought with his father and hence was turned out of the house.

He reached Saudi Arab and had a clash with the scholars there for trying to force his opinion on them.

He insisted that one should make one's own interpretation of the Noble Qur'an and the Hadith and trash all the traditional scholarship.

Beloved prophet (SAW) said that my time is the best and then the time after me and so on. By his approach Albani invited the current generation of Muslims to abandon the earlier scholars and hence expressly went against above Hadith of beloved prophet (SAW).

Religion has propository and prohibitory content.
Eat halal is propository, assertive and affirmative.

Do not eat haraam is prohibitory.

Human knee jerk reaction is to detest prohibitory order.
They want freedom. Freedom from religious restrictions.

Traditional interpretation of Islam adopts all those restrictions in interpretation that are part of Islam.

Albani did away with such restrictions.
Interpret the text, the Noble Qur'an and the Hadith, yourself, he asserted.

Modern youth, freedom loving, bohemian, self assured, simply laps it up.

This video has more on him that is still quite brief.

Here is a short list of some of his critics.
Ramadan Al-Buti (RA), Mahmood Mamdooh (HA), Abul Fattah Abu Guddah (RA), Muhammed Awwamah (HA), Al-Hasan Al-Saqqaf (HA), Habibur Rahman Azmi (RA)