Imaam Muhammad Naasir ud deen al-Albaanee on Abdul Fattah Abu Ghuddah

Imaam al-Albaanee said, “I first met Shaikh Abdul Fattaah Abu Ghuddah in his city, Aleppo more than 20 years ago approximately. I realised that he was a man who was bigoted towards the hanafi madhab such that he blindly followed it when in his mosque in Aleppo he agreed to the permissibility of treating someone with alcohol under the supervision of a skilled, Muslim Doctor.

So i said to him, “This is not enough. The Doctor must also be well acquainted with the Sunnah. For in the Sunnah, for example, alcohol has been described as being a disease and not a cure. So how can a Muslim Doctor who knows the Sharee’ah prescribe a cure which the Prophet (Sallaalahu Alayhee Wasallam) described as a being a disease? He said, “Perhaps the hadeeth is weak or not authentic!” I replied, “How can it be weak when it is in Saheeh Muslim?” He said (ie Abu Ghuddah), “We will go back and check it to make sure.” One of the people who was present and he was a friend to both parties in the debate said, “So when you check and find out that it is authentic, will you act upon it or what the madhab says?”

So he replied, “The madhab.”

Taken from The Life of Allaamah al-Albaanee page 27-28 compiled by Esaam Moosaa Haadee, rendered into English by Ahmed Abu Turaab on www.shaikhalbaani.wordpress.com

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