Sh. ‘Abdul-Muhsin’s Unity With Sh. Al-Albaanee Despite Their Differences
Shaykh ‘Abdul-Muhsin’s states:
“From the scholars of our time is As-Shaykh, Al-‘Allaamah, Al-Muhaddith Muhammad Naasir-ud-Deen Al-Albaani. I do not know of anyone like him in our time who had such a painstaking and meticulous (interest and service to) hadeeth. Nor do I know of anyone else who had such a vast knowledge of hadeeth. However, he was not free from some (opinions in matters of fiqh) that are considered by many to be mistakes. Such as:
1) His keen interest in the issue of hijaab, and his opinion that it is not waajib for the woman to cover her face rather it is only mustahabb for her to do so. Even if what he said were true, then it would be a truth better concealed because some women would use it as a pretext to uncover themselves.
2) Likewise, the Shaykh’s opinion that is mentioned in Sifatu Salaat An-Nabiyy (saw): “Placing the hands upon the chest after ruku’ is a bid’ah and a going astray.” However this is a mas-alah ikhtilaafiyyah (i.e. there is difference of opinion amongst the scholars about this issue and taking the other opinion doesn’t constitute a bid’ah and a going astray).
3) Also, what the Shaykh mentioned in Silsilat-ul-Ahadeeth Ad-Da’eefah that not cutting off from your beard what exceeds the length of your fist is a bid’ah idaafiyyah (i.e. something that has a basis in the Sunnah but is distorted in such a way that it became a bid’ah).
4) Also, the Shaykh said that it is haraam for women to wear gold if the item of jewelry forms a complete circle (i.e. such as a ring or a bangle).
Despite the fact that I disagree with the Shaykh’s opinions in these issues, I cannot do without his books and the benefits that they contain, nor can anyone else (i.e. from the students of knowledge or the scholars). Imam Maalik made a wonderful statement when he said: “Everyone’s opinion’s may be accepted or rejected, except the (the statements of) the one buried over there.” – and then he pointed to the grave of the Prophet (saw).”
[Taken from “People Of The Sunnah be Kind Towards One Another”, by Shaykh ‘Abdul-Muhsin, p.31, translated by Shaykh Aboo Rumaysah]