And this summary compilation is the most beloved of the books to Shaykh al-Albaanee – as mentioned in the book “علماء و مفكرون عرفتهم”.
The way of the scholars in seeking knowledge
The first thing with which the student [of knowledge] begins with [is] memorisation of the Qur.aan. Then he memorises a short text from every subject, starting with the most important.
His immense zeal and strength of purpose
an-Nawawee’s explanation of [Saheeh] Muslim…I have read* it more than 60 times.
The root of tribulation
Keeping away from the hadeeth of the Prophet ﷺ is the root of tribulation! [there was a time when] the student of knowledge would read the [collection of] six books of hadeeth, the Muwatta, and then progress to reading the masaaneed and more.
The remembrance of Allaah
The remembrance of Allaah (dhikr) incorporates…
Protecting his photographic memory
Shaykh Ihsaan Ilaahee Zaheer informed me about our Shaykh, Muhammad al-Gondalwi that he would not read the newspapers or magazines – so as not to [inadvertantly] memorise them! That is because if he were to read anything, he was [instantly] able to memorise it.
Created for hadeeth
In this world, Abu Daawood was created for [the knowledge of] hadeeth, and [as] for the Hereafter, [he was created] for Paradise.
Most authentic book
There is no book more authentic on the face of the earth, than the book of [al-Imaam] Muslim.
Before putting pen to paper
I did not put [pen to paper and record] any hadeeth in my book “Saheeh [al-Bukhaaree]” except that I washed before [doing so], and then prayed two rak’ahs.
The weapon of the believer
The chain of narration is the weapon of the believer, so if he does not have a weapon, with what will he then fight?