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A most rewarding and fulfilling part of a Muslim’s worship are those blessed moments that he spends praying in the depth of the night, privately addressing his Great Lord, sincerely glorifying Him, humbly imploring Him – beseeching His forgiveness and asking Him for favors. The voluntary “night prayer”, or qiyaam, is indispensable for a person’s moral, spiritual, and physical welfare. Yet, it is greatly misunderstood and largely neglected by most Muslims. The book by the muhadith of the century Imam Albanee(Raheemaullaah) lays light on the virtues and imporatnce of the night prayer.


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This is a translation one of the smaller publications from the works of Shaykh Al-Islam Taqiuddin Ahmad bin ‘Abdul-Halim Ibn Taymiyyah. It has been published in this form a variety of times with a number of minor additions to the text under the title, “Hagigatus-Siyam,” or, “The Nature of Fasting.” We have revised our version to meet the source section of Majmu’ AI-Fatawa (25:219) from where it appears that the original booklet – with the exception of the questions, of which most appear on earlier pages – has been taken. We have inserted brackets to signify the additions, which earlier publishers probably took from other sections of his writings. We have also added brief references to the text for the Hadiths. I would like to express gratitude to Darussalam staff for their editing and layout work.


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The Way of As-haab ul-Hadeeth and Their Being Closest to the Truth

Concerning Those Who Do Not Rule by what Allaah SWT has Revealed

Shaikh al-Albaanee on Jihad

Debate with a Jihadi

The Sayings of the Four Imams on Taqlid

Imaam al-Albaani on the Bid’ah of al-Muwaazanah (1)

Imaam al-Albaani on the Bid’ah of al-Muwaazanah (2)

Sunnahs Neglected In Ramadaan

Concerning I`tikaaf

Performance of the Night Prayer

Rites of Hajj and Umrah From the book and Sunnah and Narrations from the Pious Predecessors

The Creed of Imaam al-Albani on the Issues of Takfir and Apostasy

Imam al-Albani’s Subjugation of al-Buti

Imaam al-Albani on Tawhid ul-Hakimiyyah

Imaam al-Albani and His Argument Against Ahl ut-Takfir

Imaam al-Albani on Abdur-Rahman Khaliq and Salman al-Awdah

The Speech of the Scholars Upon Safar and Salmaan: Part 1 – Shaykhs Ibn Baaz, al-Albaani and Ibn Uthaymeen

Imaam al-Albani on Safar al-Hawali and Salman al-Awdah and the Book ‘Madarik un-Nadhr’

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Shaikh Rabee’ bin Haadee on Imaam al-Albaani, Irjaa’ and the Qutubiyyah

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About Shaikh Albanee

Articles / Books by Shaik Albanee

  1. Books recommended by Sheikh Albani
  2. Fataawaa of Shaikh Al-Albaanee [PDF]
    Compiled: From Al-Asaalah Magazine Issues 1-21: Total 80 Pages
  3. Khutbat-ul-Haajah – [The Sermon for Necessities] –
  4. The Book of Eemaan – By Abu Ubaid al-Qaasim bin Sallaam al-Baghdaadee – Tahqeeq Muhammad Naasir ad-Deen al-Albaanee [Book]
  5. Warning Against the Fitnah of Takfeer Ash-Shaykh Muhammad Nasir ud-Deen al-Albaani [Book]
    Translated By Abbas Abu Yahya
  6. The Creed of Imaam al-Albani on the Issues of Takfir and Apostasy – 42p.pdf
    An explanation of the deception of the Qutubiyyah, in their bid to revile and defame the Inheritors of the Prophets, accusing them of deviation and misguidance.This article is about the misconceptions about the Scholars of the Salaf
  7. Etiqettes of Visiting the Graves – Sheikh Al-Albani
  8. The Ruling on Television – Albaani – 1p
  9. Weak Ahadeeth in Adab al-Mufrad – Shaykh Muhammad Nasir-ud-Deen al-Albani
    Numbers according to Eng. Trans. Of Y. DeLorenzo. – Translation by Abu Rumaysah
  10. Weak hadith in Fiq us Sunnah – by Imam Albanee [PDF] – Tamaam ul-Minnah Fit-Ta’liq alaa Fiqh us-Sunnah (trans. Dawud Burbank)
  11. The Etiquettes Of Marriage And Wedding – Albanee – 11p [pdf]
  12. The Origins of Shirk – Shaik Nasiruddin Albanee – 3p
  13. Tawassul : Its types and Rulings – Naasiruddin Al-Albaanee, Al Hidaayah Publishers [Book]
    The people are in great confusion about the matter of Tawassul and its rulings in the religion, and they greatly differ concerning it, some declaring it lawful and others prohibiting it, some going to extremes and other being over-lenient. Also, a large number of the Muslims have been used to saying in their supplications for centuries such things as: ‘O Allah by the right of your Prophet …,’ or by the right of the sacred house… forgive me.’ `O Allah by the right of me Awliyaa and the pious, and so and so, etc.’ Or `O Allah by the honor of the men of Allah to you, and by the honor of those in whose presence we are, and under whose assistance we exist, relief us and the distressed from all distress’… “So what is Tawassul? What are its types? What is the meaning of the Aayaat and the ahaadeeth, which mention it? And what is the correct ruling for it in Islam?”
  14. Imaam al-Albani on Tawhid ul-Hakimiyyah
    The true intent of those who innovated this matter into the religion explained in the words of Imaam al-Albani.
  15. The Ahaadeeth of Tawheed By Shaykh al-Albaanee
  16. Kitab us Sunnah – Abu dawood – Authenticated by Al-Albaani – – 5p [PDF]
  17. This is our call – Albanee – 19p [PDF]
  18. Sifat Wudoo an Nabee – Albanee – – 18p
  19. The Complete Guidance on the Rulings of Wiping – Albanee – 6p
  20. The Prophet’s Prayer Described – Shaik Nasiruddin Albanee. Excellent !! Opens in Framed Windows. Easy to navigate. [Book]
  21. The Abridgement of the Prophet’s (saws) Prayer Decsribed – Al-Albanee – 48p [PDF]
  22. Praying Alone in the Last Row of Prayer – Al Albanee – 1p
  23. Ruling for Holding a Second Jamaa’ah in the Same Masjid – Al-Albanee –
  24. The Weakness of the Ahaadeeth Mentioning Wiping the Face with the Hands After Dua – Shaikh Muhammad Naasir-ud-Deen Al-Albanee – 2p
  25. Ramadan – A Reminder of Unity – Al-Albaanee – Translated by Al-Istiqaamah Newsletter –
  26. Sunnahs Neglected in Ramadhan – Al Albaani
  27. 7 Practical Tips for praying Qiyaam al-Layl – Albaani, Uthaimeen etc
  28. The Night Prayer in Ramadhan – Al-Albanee – Al-Ibaanah – 31p [PDF]
  29. The Way to Perform the Night Prayer – Salaat at-Taraaweeh – Al-Albaanee –
  30. How to Seek Laylatul-Qadr – Shaykh Muhammad Nasir-ud-Deen al-Albani –
  31. When is the Night of Al-Qadr? – Imaams Al-Albaanee and Ibn Al-‘Uthaimeen –
  32. Concerning ‘Itikaaf – Al-Albaanee –
  33. Rites of Hajj and Umrah – Al-Albani – – 18p
  34. Simple Hajj Guide – Albanee – – 3p.doc
  35. Simple ‘Umrah Guide – Albaani – – 3p.doc
  36. Innovations of Hajj – Al-Albani – 10p
  37. How are we Obligated to Interpret the Qur’aan? – Imaam Muhammad Naasir-ud-Deen Al-Albaanee
  38. 15 Unauthentic Narrations About the Qur’aan – Naasirud-Deen Al-Albaanee –
  39. The Status of Sunnah in Islam – Al Albaani – 18p [PDF]
  40. The Deviation of those who are satisfied with The Qur’an to the exclusion of Hadeeth – Albani – 2p
  41. How To Distinguish Between Sunnah And Arab Culture
  42. The Sacred Salafi Methodology – Albanee – – 15p
  43. The Hadith is proof itself in belief & Laws – Al- Albani – 59p [PDF] (html version )
  44. Raiyadh ul Saleeheen – Nawavi [Framed HTML Version] from [ pdf version] [Book]
  45. The Book of Knowledge By Imaam Abu Khaithama Zuhair Ibn Harb An-Nasaa’ee – Albanee – 40p [PDF]
  46. Debate with a Jihadi – Shaikh al-Albaanee – SalafiPub
  47. Shaikh al-Albaanee on Jihad – SalafiPub
  48. Suicide Bombings in the Scales of Islamic Law – Albaani – al-manhaj
  49. Buying in Installments with a Raised Price – Albanee – 1p
  50. Fatwas on Women – Albanee – – 21p
  51. Fataawaa for Sisters: Prayer, Wine and high-heeled Shoes – By Shaykh Muhammad Naasirud-Deen al-Albaanee –
  52. Women and Da’wah – al-Albaanee –
  53. Women Praying Under or Above the Masjid – al-Albaanee –
  54. The Etiquettes Of Marriage And Wedding – Albanee – 11p [pdf]
  55. Every Innovation is a Misguidance – Albanee – – 6p
  56. The Weakness of the Ahaadeeth Mentioning Wiping the Face with the Hands After Dua – Shaikh Muhammad Naasir-ud-Deen Al-Albanee – 2p
  57. Imaam al-Albani on Abdur-Rahman Khaliq and Salman al-Awdah – 2p
  58. An Answer to the Mischievous Writings of Hasan Ali al- Saqqaf against Shaykh Muhammad Nasir-ud-Din al-Albani – 15p
  59. Ideologies of Falsehood
  60. Al-Albaanee versus al-Bootee, The Soofee – – 5p
  61. Shaykh al-Albaanee’s advice to the Jamaa’ah at-Tableegh – 6p
  62. Suicide Bombings in the Scales of Islamic Law – Albanee – 2p
  63. There are no parties in Islaam – Albanee – 3p


  1. Sheikh Nasiruddin Albanee: My First Encounter with a Scholar Who may not be Substituted – By Shaykh Mahmoud Ridha Murad
  2. Albanee’s Article collection @
    1. Concerning Those Who Do Not Rule by what Allaah SWT has Revealed
    2. Notes on Fiqhus-Sunnah of as-Sayyid Sabiq
      Analysis of the hadiths found in the opening sections of the first volume of this work as well as corrections to some of the viewpoints found in this work.
    3. The Way of As-haab ul-Hadeeth and Their Being Closest to the Truth
      Imaam al-Albaani explains the reason why the scholars explain The Aided Group and the Saved Sect to be the People of Hadeeth, due to their being the closest to the truth.

Calling oneself a ‘Salafi’

Shaykh al-Albaanee – raheemullaah – said: “However, there are some who claim knowledge who deny this ascription, claiming that it has no foundation, saying: “It is not permissible for a Muslim to say: I am Salafi.” And it is as if he is saying: “It is not permissible for me to say: l am following the Salafus-Saalih in what they were upon in ‘aqeedah, worship and manners!” And there is no doubt that the likes of this denial – if that is what is meant – implies that he is disassociating himself from the correct Islaam that the Salafus-Saalih were upon … Thus it is not permissible for a Muslim to disassociates himself from being ascribed to the Salafus-Saalih. If, however, he freed himself from any other nisbah ( ascription ), then none of the people of knowledge could accuse him of disbelief or sinfulness. However, the one who refuses calling himself with this name Salafi, then it should be seen, does he attribute himself to a particular madhhab – whether in matters of ‘aqeedah or fiqh” So perhaps he will call himself an Ash’aree or a Maatareedee, or he may be from Ahlul-Hadeeth, or a Hanafee, Maalikee, Shaafi’ee or Hanbalee – from those matters which enter into the term Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah. Despite that fact that the one who ascribes himself to the Ash’aree madhhab, or the four well-known madhhabs, then he has ascribed himself to those who are not protected from making mistakes as individuals – even though there are from them Scholars that attain what is correct. So why O why do they not reject the likes of these ascriptions to individuals who are not protected from mistakes? However, as for the one who ascribes himself to the Salafus-Saalih collectively – then he ascribes himself to that which is protected from mistakes.” [Al-Asaalah Magazine 9/87]

Biography of Our beloved Shaykh Muhammad Naasiruddeen al-Albaanee

He was born in the city of Ashkodera, then the capital of Albania in the year 1332 A.H./1914 C.E. into a poor family. His father al-Haaj Nooh Najjaatee al-Albaanee had completed Sharee’ahstudies in Istanbul and returned a scholar to Albania. After Albania was taken over by atheism the family made Hijrah to Damascus. In Damascus Shaykh al-Albaanee completed his initial education and was then taught the Qur.aan, Tajweed, sciences of Arabic language, fiqh of the Hanafee madhab and further branches of the Deen by various Shaykhs and friends of his father.

He also learnt from his father the art of clock and watch repair – and became highly skilled in that and famous for it and derived his earnings through it. He began to specialise in the field of Hadeeth and its related sciences by the age of 20 – being influenced by articles in ‘al-Manaar’ magazine.

He began to work in this field by transcribing al-Haafiz al-Iraaqee’s monumental “al­Mughnee ‘an-hamlil-Asfaar fil-Asfaar fee takhreej maa fil-lhyaa minal-Akhbaar” and adding notes to it.

He delved further into the field of Hadeeth and its various sciences despite discourage­ment from his father. Furthermore, the books he needed were not to be found in his father’s library which was composed mainly of various works of Hanafee Fiqh – and since he could not afford many of the books he required he would borrow them from the famous library of Damascus – “al-Maktabah adth-Dthaahiriyyah” or sometimes from book sellers.

He became engrossed with the science of Hadeeth to the extent that he would sometimes close up his shop and remain in the library for up to twelve hours – breaking off his work only for prayer – he would not even leave to eat, but would take two light snacks with him.

Eventually the library authorities granted him a special room to himself for his study and his own key for access to the library before normal opening time. Often he would remain at work from early morning until after ‘Ishaa. During this time he produced many useful works – many of which are still waiting to be printed.

The Shaykh faced much opposition in his efforts to promote Tawheed and the Sunnah but he bore this with patient perseverance. He was encouraged by some of the noble Shaykhs of Damascus who urged him to continue, amongst them Shaykh Bahjatul Bayjaar, Shaykh ‘Abdul-Fattaah -the imam, and Towfeeq al-Barzah-rahimahumullaah.

After some time he started giving two weekly classes attended by students of knowledge and university teachers – in which he taught various books of ‘Aqeedah, Fiqh, Usool and Hadeeth sciences.

He also began organised monthly journeys for Da’wah to the various cities of Syria and then Jordan.

After a number of his works appeared in print the Shaykh was chosen to teach Hadeeth in the new University in Madeenah, Saudi Arabia, for three years from 1381 to 1383H where he was also a member of the University board.

After this he returned to his former studies and work in “al-Maktabah adth-Dthaahiriyyah” leaving his shop in the hands of one of his brothers.

He visited various countries for Da’wah and lectures – amongst them Qatar, Egypt, Kuwait, the Emirates, Spain and England. He was forced to emigrate a number of times moving from Syria to Jordan, then Syria again, then Beirut, then the Emirates, then again to ‘Ammaan, Jordan. His works – mainly in the field of Hadeeth and its sciences number over 100.

His students are many and include many Shaykhs of the present day amongst them:
Shaykh Hamdee ‘Abdul-Majeed, Shaykh Muhammad ‘Eed ‘Abbaasee, Dr. ‘Umar Sulaymaan al-Ashqar, Shaykh Muhammad lbraheem Shaqrah, Shaykh Muqbil ibn Haadee al-Waadi’ee, Shaykh ‘Alee Khushshaan, Shaykh Muhammad Jameel Zaynoo, Shaykh ‘Abdur-Rahmaan Abdus-Samad, Shaykh ‘Alee Hasan ‘Abdul-Hameed al-Halabee, Shaykh Saleem al-Hilaalee.

The Shaykh passed away on Saturday 22 Jumaadaa ath-Thaaniyah 1420 A.H. / 2 October 1999 C.E. He was 87 years of age. May Allaah (Subhaanahu wa Ta’aala) have Mercy upon his soul, aameen.