Scholar: Imâm Muhammad Nâsir-ud-Dîn al-Albânî
Source: cassette tape ”Mafâhîm yajib an nusahhih”
Reference: Darulhadith, Sweden

Shaykh al-Albânî: Have you heard about ’Abdullâh ’Azzâm?

A person: Yes!

Shaykh al-Albânî: ‘Abdullâh ‘Azzâm was here with al-Ikhwân al-Muslimûn. Al-Ikhwân al-Muslimûn boycotted me for about seven-eight years ago. They boycotted my lectures and my call and ‘Abdullâh ‘Azzâm was the only one from al-Ikhwân al-Muslimûn who always came to my lectures with a small notebook and a very small pen. Once the decision of boycotting my lectures came, he never appeared again. I once happened to meet him in the Suhayb-mosque outside the prayer. I greeted him and he shamefully greeted back because he didn’t want to break the agreement. I then said to him:

“Is it this what Islâm commands you?”

He then said:

“The summer clouds will soon brighten up.”

The days went by. One day he came home to me but I wasn’t home. He found out that I was at home at (my son in law) Nidhâm, knocked at the door and came in. He thereafter said:

“I went to your home but didn’t find you there. I’m eager to benefit from your knowledge.”

I then said to him:

“That is what I know, but what is the intention with this boycott?”

He then said:

“You have made Takfîr upon Sayyid Qutb!” – and this is the point.

I asked him:


He answered:

“You say that he speaks in accordance with Wahdat-ul-Wujûd in the chapter ‘al-Hadîd’ and ‘al-Ikhlâs’.”

I then said:

“Yes, he has uttered some of the utterances of Sûfiyyah. The only thing one could understand from it is that he speaks in accordance with Wahdat-ul-Wujûd. However, according to our principles we do not do Takfîr upon a person who falls into Kufr before he has received the truth. How can you proclaim this boycott when I am in your midst? If you do not come, then you could have sent someone in order to find out if it is true that I am making Takfîr upon Sayyid Qutb or not. Sayyid Qutb says this and that here and there.”

He had an outbreak and said:
“The man believes in Allâh, his messenger and Tawhîd!”

We then said to him:

“O dear brother, we do not refute the truth he said, rather the incorrect.”

Despite this session, he spread two-three articles in the Kuwaiti journal “al-Mujtama’” with big headlines:

“Shaykh al-Albânî makes Takfîr upon Sayyid Qutb.”

This is a long story. The one who says that al-Albânî makes Takfîr is as the one who says that al-Albânî praises Sayyid Qutb at a particular occasion. These people are Ahl-ul-Ahwâ! The only way to cope with them is to pray to Allâh for them.

“Can you then force people to believe?” (The Qur’ân 10:99, interpretation of its meanings)