بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
The position and status of Shaikh al-Albany رحمه الله is well recognised and known, despite the failed attempts of many to discredit the Shaikh. Regarding this rank and status Allah سبحانه و تعالى bestowed upon Shaikh Al-Albany, Shaikh Rabee’ حفظه الله تعالى stated [paraphrased], “…then when I graduated from the Masters and Phd and went to teach Post-Graduate studies at the Islamic University of Madinah, and I used to return to the books of ad-Daaraqutny and others from the early scholars like Abu Hatim for researching the affairs of hadith, and I would return to books such as “talkhees al-kabeer” and “nasb ar-raaya” from the earlier scholars relative to our current time.
I would however not return to the books of Al-Albany considering that perhaps his level would be lower than them, but I read into the book “silsilatul ahaadith ad-da’eefa” and amazingly it was as if I was reading into ibn Abi Hatim and ad-Daaraqutny and the likes of these mountains….[Al-Albany] is truly a scholar firmly grounded in the affairs of hadith and their wordings…an amazing affair…so by Allah I was shocked at how this man had reached this level of knowledge in our time and so I used to say to the students, “benefit from Shaikh Al-Albany and his authentic books…he has indeed served the Sunnah of the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم.”
One from amongst the countless testifications to the status of the noble Shaikh al-Albany رحمه الله تعالى. May Allah guide all those who attempt to discredit the Shaikh.
It is not said that we claim the Shaikh was preserved from ever falling into error, as we do not claim that for any of the scholars, however as Shaikh ‘Abdullah al-Bukhary stated, the individuals who make such claims need to consider carefully their own level of knowledge [i.e. lack of it] before speaking concerning the Shaikh!