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Erecting the Catapults for Destroying the Story of the High-Flyers

Nasb al-Majānīq li-Nasf Qissat al-Gharānīq

نصب المجانيق لنسف قصة الغرانيق

by Sh. Muhammad Nasir-ud-Dīn al–Albani


In the Name of Allâh, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful.

All praise is [due] to Allah, who has chosen our Prophet above all people. He safeguarded him from the Devil, [in such a way that prevented the devil] from inspiring to him any evil. He – the all Mighty – said, while addressing the cursed Satan: {Indeed, My servants – no authority will you have over them, except those who follow you of the deviators} [Al-Hijr 15:42].

Rather, Allah the Exalted has given his messenger authority over his Qareen [1] from amongst the jinn, so how then would a more distant [jinn or evil spirits] affect him [in any way]?

This was made clear by the words of our noble Messenger: “There is none amongst you with whom is not an attache from amongst the jinn (devil)”. They (the Companions) said: Allah’s Messenger, with you too? Thereupon he said: “Yes, but Allah helps me against him and so I am safe from his hand and he does not command me but for good[2] [3].

And May the Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon Muhammad who Allah -the Exalted- enabled him to overpower Ibless (Satan), until he was about to strangle him and was about to fasten him to one of the pillars of the mosque of Medina[4], and [may the peace and blessings of Allah be] upon his household, companions, and those who follow in his guidance until the Day of Judgment.

After which,

Some of the teachers from among my dear brothers from Pakistan wrote to me on 14/7/1952 CE, asking me of my view on the narration of the Gharaniq, which [the grading of] was differed on by two great scholars of hadith, and they are: Ibn Katheer Al-Dimashqi and Ibn Hajar Al-Misri. The tradition was rejected by the first, and strengthened by the second.

The [brother] requested me not to hold back the answer. I stayed for a few months waiting for an opportunity where I can fulfill his request.

After that, I met one of my beloved brothers after Eid Al-Adha prayers of that year (1371 H), and he also asked me about the narration of the Gharaniq, so I answered him that it is not authentic, rather it is false and fabricated. So he told me that a young man, whose heart has been diseased, used it to claim that the Prophet [Peace be Upon him] – and truly he is free from all such falsehood – used to speak with that which pleases the polytheists [of Mecca] so that he may attract them to himself, since he wasn’t, as [that man] falsely claims, a truthful Prophet and was just pretending to be [a Prophet] so that he may take up [positions of] leadership over his people, as some of the atheists of the past and present ramble about.

So this motivated me to take the opportunity of the aforementioned Eid, and I started [relying on Allah] to gather all the different chains of this story from the books of Tafseer and Hadith, and then showed the defects [they have] in both the chains and the Text.

After that I mentioned the words of Al-Hafiz Ibn Hajar in strengthening it, and followed it with points that would show the weakness of what he mentioned.

After which I mentioned some of the words of some great scholars who have a strong critical skills in both the fundamentals and the branches that supports what we concluded from the falseness of this story, its voidness, and the obligation of rejecting it and not accepting it, thereby fulfilling what Allah ordered us to do when he said: {In order that you may believe in Allah and His Messenger (SAW), and that you assist and honor him (i.e. the Prophet), and (that you) glorify (Allah’s) praises morning and afternoon} [Al-Fath 48:9].

So it came as a Treatise, unique in its subject, powerful in its content. It removes the confusion of the believing brother, and destroys the doubts of the stubborn heretics, and I named it:

The Erection of the Catapults for the Destruction of the Story of the Gharaniq (High Flyers)

I ask Allah the Exalted to make it sincere and solely for His sake, and to accept it from me as my way of defending His Messenger. I ask Allah to keep its reward for me, for the day when we will be most needy of [our Messenger’s] intercession, {The Day whereon neither wealth nor sons will avail, Except him who brings to Allâh a clean heart} [Ash-Shuara 26:88-89].

Verily, Allah is the All-Hearer All-Knower, the Most Subtle, Kind, Courteous, Generous, and the Most Merciful.

Damascus: 2/1/1372 H[5],

Muhammad Nasir Al-din Al-Albani

[1] Qareen is the jinn allotted to the son of Adam to be his constant companion in attempt to misguide him.

[2] Narrated by Ahmad (# 3647, 3778, 3801, 4393) and Muslim (8/138) from the way of Ibn Mas’ud.

[3] Al-Nawawi (may Allah have mercy on him) said: “Fa aslamu (and I am safe from him) or fa aslama (and he became Muslim). These are two well-known versions. One means ‘and I am safe from his evil and his temptation.’ The other means that ‘the qareen became Muslim and became a believer, so he does not tell me to do anything but good’. There was some scholarly dispute as to the form of the word. Al-Khattaabi said that the word was Fa aslamu (and I am safe from him); al-Qaadi ‘Iyaad said that it was fa aslama (and he became Muslim), which is more correct, because the hadeeth says, ‘so he only enjoins me to do that which is good’. They also disputed as to the meaning of the word fa aslama. Some said that it meant that he (the qareen) submitted and surrendered, as it was narrated elsewhere than in Saheeh Muslim, fa astaslama [he gave up and surrendered]. It was also suggested that it means that he became a Muslim and a believer. The latter is the apparent meaning. Al-Qaadi said: Note that the ummah is unanimously agreed that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) was protected from the Shaytaan physically, mentally and with regard what he said (Read more: islamqa).

[4] This was narrated in Sahih Al-Bukhari (3/62) with the explanation of Ibn Hajar, and in Muslim (2/72), and others.

[5] Around 22nd of September 1952


Firing catapults

* images obtained from online sources *