al-Haafidh

haafidh

Reference: Safahaat baydhaa. min hayaat Shaykhinaa al-Albaanee – Page 40

Shaykh ‘Asheesh narrates an incident when Shaykh al-Albaanee (rahima-hullaah) was explaining the different scholarly levels of hadeeth, and Shaykh al-Albaanee went on to say:

“al-Haafidh is one who has memorised a hundred thousand hadeeth along with their chains of narration and the text [of each hadeeth].”

At hearing this, Shaykh ‘Asheesh responded: “Is it possible for me to be satisfied in the knowledge that our Shaykh has memorised a hundred thousand hadeeth?”

Shaykh al-Albaanee said: “This does not concern you.”

Shaykh ‘Asheesh said: “Rather, it is from that which does concern me.”

Shaykh al-Albaanee said: “It does not concern you.”

Shaykh ‘Asheesh said: “So is it possible for me to say that our Shaykh is a Haafidh?”

So Shaykh al-Albaanee became quiet.

Shaykh ‘Asheesh said: “So is it possible for me to take your silence as an answer?”

Shaykh al-Albaanee said: “Have I not told you that this does not concern you?”

Shaykh ‘Asheesh said: “Yes. This is from that which does concern me. Is it possible for me to interpret (your) lack of response as an answer?”

So the Shaykh became quiet.

Shaykh ‘Asheesh repeated his question to him a number of times.

Shaykh al-Albaanee recited:

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{And whatever you have of the blessings, then it is from Allaah}

And Shaykh ‘Asheesh quickly said: “Can I interpret this as an answer?”

Shaykh al-Albaanee replied: “It is for you to interpret it as an answer and it is for you to interpret it as whatever you wish.”

Shaykh ‘Asheesh narrates: “So I happily proclaimed: “Allaahu Akbar!” and jubilantly exclaimed: “Laa ilaaha il-Allaah!” I then said:

“al-Hamdu Lillaah, indeed the Shaykh has memorised a hundred thousand hadeeth.”

So our Shaykh laughed; it was as if he confirmed what I was saying.

Shaykh ‘Asheesh further narrates: “From his responses from the beginning to the end there never was a clear answer from the Shaykh, so this does not imply anything except his extreme humility.”

Abu 'Abdullaah, Mohammed Akhtar Chaudhry

About Abu 'Abdullaah, Mohammed Akhtar Chaudhry

- from London, UK. He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2004.