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Sitteer, not Sattaar!


Aboo Waa’il ‘Umar bin Ahmad: Ash-Shaikh ‘Alee Khashshaan said in his printed statement: “Naasir ul-Hadeeth (Supporter of the Hadeeth), and Mujaddid us-Sunnah (Reviver of the Sunnah), Al-Albaanee: He Lived as the Alone Person of the Time, and He Became the Lost Person of the Time.”

This statement was published in the magazine Ash-Shaqaa’iq, and he (‘Alee Khashshaan) spoke about Ash-Shaikh Muhammad Naasir ud-Deen Al-Albaanee (saying): “I swear by Allaah, my eyes did not see anyone, as far as I know, who was more eager about the Sunnah, and more severe in aiding it, and who followed it more than Al-Albaanee. Indeed a car overturned with him inside of it between Jeddah and Al-Madinah Al-Munawwarah, and the people rushed (to it) saying, ‘O Sattaar, O Sattaar!’ (meaning O Protector). So the Supporter of Hadeeth (Al-Albaanee) said to them while he was under the overturned car, ‘Say O Sitteer, and don’t say O Sattaar, for As-Sattaar is not from the Most High’s names.’ And in the Hadeeth (the Prophet said), ‘Verily Allaah is Shy (Hayiyy), Sitteer (Concealer); He loves sitr (covering, concealing or protecting).'”

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  1. Islamicsciences

    March 6, 2007 at 7:56 PM

    Ma Sha Allah, amazing story

    just a note, i think that the translator misunderstood, the Name mentioned in this hadith is not Hayy, but rather Hayiyy (حييء), meaning Shy. and ستير should be spelled Sitteer

    wouldnt want to ruin the beautiful benefit of this story

  2. Amad

    March 7, 2007 at 2:25 AM

    Corrected… jazakAllahkhair.

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    February 20, 2017 at 2:59 AM

    The story is quite remarkable, thanks for sharing the story.

  12. Lasuli Siagian

    July 6, 2017 at 11:54 AM

    The story is quite remarkable, thanks for sharing the story.

  13. fiqh

    September 6, 2017 at 9:42 AM

    great story, thaks for sharing…

  14. fiqh

    September 6, 2017 at 9:43 AM

    good to know this. thanks

  15. dakwah

    September 11, 2017 at 6:47 AM

    Jazakallah khairan katsira…

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