What Sh. ‘Abdullaah ‘Azzaam Said About Sh. Al-Albaani
“I ask Allaah to bless his life, and may Allaah allow us to benefit from his knowledge – in truth, and in confirming that which is true and admitting that which is good, I am of those who studies at the hands of the shaykh, and I benefited greatly from him in the areas of ‘aqeedah and researching texts – the authentic texts.
Because of this, I shudder whenever I come across a weak hadeeth, as there is no way that I can place a weak hadeeth in any of my books. I cannot stand to do this. SubhaanAllaah, I took from him – may Allaah reward him – even if I differ from him in many of the fiqh opinions that he held. I do not agree with most of his fiqh opinion, as he held many strange positions. However, in terms of hadeeth, then I do not think that there is a single man on this earth who is more knowledgeable in hadeeth than him – our Shaykh, Shaykh Al-Albaani. Likewise, maashaaAllaah on his ‘aqeedah…
And we add to this that he never befriended or compromised with the tawagheet, nor did he sell out on his religion, nor did he sell the verses of Allaah for a small price. Yes we differ with him in some of his opinions, and I do not accept many of his fiqh opinions. As for hadeeth, then if he tells me that this hadeeth is authentic, then I do not question it, yes. In truth, he is a muhaddith; the most well-known living muhaddith that we know of today, and Allaah knows best. However, this is not the reason that we love him or take from his knowledge of hadeeth.
This book of his – Saheeh Al-Jaami’ – does not leave my side most of the time; whether I am travelling or at home. I have a copy in my house, and I have a copy here (in the training camp). Saheeh Al-Jaami’ As-Sagheer is basically a mini-manual of hadeeth. I am saying that it is of the best books after the Book of Allaah (swt). Any hadeeth that might come to mind, you can open up this book and see if it is authentic or not.”
[Fee Dhilaal Al-Soorah At-Tawbah, by Shaykh ‘Abdullaah ‘Azzaam, p.177]