al-Albani On Publishing Tapes & Books by Non-Salafis
October 13, 2011 1 Comment
I work in Islamic recordings (audio tapes). I had the opportunity to ask some people of knowledge about what is connected to the responsibility for the publication of the tapes of some of those who don’t traverse the methodology of the Predecessors, they belong, for example, to some of the groups on the scene, like the group al-Ikhwan al-Muslimîn or at-Tablîgh, or the like. Some of them (i.e., the scholars) gave verdicts that I should not record or publish these tapes at all, while some others said, “From them, choose what you see contains the proper [information] and does not have explicitness in opposing the methodology of the Predecessors.” So the confusion has not left me until now. I ask Allah, mighty and majestic is He, to end this confusion with what you opine and suggest to us in this field; may Allah reward you with good.
That there is no doubt with me that the second view that you mentioned from the people of knwledge is the correct [one], because «Wisdom is the cherished goal of the believer, wherever he hears it, he takes it.» This hadîth, even though it is a weak hadîth, not authentic, and some of the people in some of the countries are passionately fond of it and write it on the boards and hang it in pictures [in] living rooms on [the assumption] that it is an established hadîth from the Prophet, may Allah send salutations and peace upon him, while it is not established … However, we count it as a wisdom, really, for at that time we act by it and are not bigoted for our school of thought in consideration of the bigotry of the companions of the other schools of thought. We are followers of the truth, wherever this truth is and whoever it comes from. Wisdom is the cherished goal of the believer, where he finds it, he takes it. If it came or if you read an article or an academic research by a group from those groups that, unfortunately, do not traverse the methodology of the Predecessors, but it contains reminding of Allah’s verses … of some of the authentic hadîths of Allah’s messenger, may Allah send salutations and peace upon him, and there is not what prevents publication of these researches by way of recording, so long as it did not contain what opposes the Book and the Sunnah and the methodology of the Righteous Predecessors–and this problem, in reality, is not limited to recording, but rather goes beyond it to include writings–and it is more widespread than these recordings. So is it correct for a publisher of books and a seller of books to print what is not upon the methodology of the Righteous Predecessors? Is is permissible for him to sell such, the likes of these books? The answer is whatever book is not free of whatever opposition. Certainly, the consideration in observation is of two things. The first thing is that the book–and likewise, the recording–does not call to a methodology opposing the methodology of the Righteous Predecessors. Secondly, that its right overcomes its wrong. Otherwise, who from us is as Imam Malik, may Allah have mercy on him, said, there is no one from us except he rejects or is rejected, except the companion of this grave? And thus, it is obligatory that these two principles are regarded with respect to recordings and printing of books, and selling them. Since you asked about recording that does not contain opposition to the salafi methodology, then I do not ever see anything preventing publication of this recording merely because the one speaking in it is not salafi in methodology, but a khalafi or a partisan or whatever resembles that.
This is what will result in knowledge, fairness and an attempt at bringing today’s unfortunately existing differences between the Islamic groups closer together. This is a summary of what I have as an answer for what you asked.
To complete this matter, some of the proponents for preventing this matter say that in publishing a speech or a tape by the likes of these people contains vouching for their methodology, and it is as if he is pleased with everything they say.
I believe this contains exaggeration. If we enjoin upon a person to write a treatise collecting hadîths of remembrance from Sahih al-Bukhârî, but he is not salafi in methodology, how does this talk attest to it? What is the connection of publishing the likes of this treatise with aiding his methodology? No, we aid our methodology with publishing his treatise, because he traversed our way in choosing what is authentic from our Prophet, may Allah send salutations and peace upon him. I believe that it contains exaggeration, and Allah is more knowledgeable.
Source: Fatâwâ Jeddah (no. 9, end of side B); transcribed here.