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Muhammad Nasiruddin al-Albani
مُحَمَّد نَاصِر ٱلدِّيْن ٱلْأَلْبَانِي
BornAugust 16, 1914
DiedOctober 2, 1999 (aged 85)
Senior posting
AwardsKing Faisal International Prize (in 1999)

Muhammad Nasir al-Din, also known as al-Albani (16 August 1914 – 2 October 1999) was an Albanian famous Islamic scholar. He was born in Shkodra, the old capital of Albania, in 1914 and moved as a child with his family to Damascus where he completed his early education and received rigorous tutelage in Arabic and Islamic studies by prominent scholars of that time. Meanwhile, he worked as a clock and watch repairer to help support his family. He received the King Faisal International Prize for Islamic Studies in 1999.

Shaikh Al-Albani started to specialize in Hadith and related subjects in the 1930s and by the age of 20; he transcribed and commented on Al-Hafez al-Iraqi’s monumental text “Al-Mughnee ‘an hamlil-Asfar,” followed by a series of other books, lectures and influential articles in Al-Manar magazine. It was not long before he surpassed all of his contemporaries to become the world’s leading authority in Hadith sciences. He wrote or edited more than 300 books and manuscripts, many of which became major references for Hadith scholars.

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