***From Allaah’s blessings & favors upon us is that the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم left us upon the path of Clarity, as (comes) in his saying (صلى الله عليه وسلم):
“Indeed I left you upon Baydaa’ (clear guidance), it’s night is
like it’s day (in it’s clarity), & no one deviates from it after me
except that he is destroyed.” 
And the Lord of Might & Power جلّ وعلا guaranteed the Ummah of Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم the protection & preservation of His Book, when He – the Most High – said:
“Indeed it is We Who sent down the Dhikr [the Qur’aan],
& it is Us Who will preserve & protect it.” [Al-Hijr (15):9]
So this tremendous blessing was bestowed by Al-Mawlaa [Allaah] so the Deen, with it’s nusoos (texts) & it’s ahkaam (rulings), remains far & removed from deviation, distortion, & alternation, & He increased us in His Favor & Blessings - سبحانه – as (comes) in the hadeeth of Allaah’s Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم with his saying:
“Indeed Allaah will raise up for this Ummah at the end of every
one hundred years those who will revive & renew the affairs of
their Deen for them.” 
And tajdeed (revival & renewal) here means the removal of bid’a & the innovated desires, & reviving & purifying the guidance of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم from the deviation & distortion of those who go beyond bounds, & the false interpretations of the liars.
And the Favor of Allaah upon us is not restricted to what was mentioned previously. Rather he صلى الله عليه وسلم said:
“There will not cease to be a group from my Ummah who are
manifest & apparent (upon the Haqq). They will not be harmed
by those who abandon & forsake them, nor those who openly
oppose them, up until the command of Allaah comes & they are
firmly upon that.”
So this is a Divine guarantee of a group of the ‘Ulamaa’ remaining manifest & clear for the Ummah, those who adhere to the Book of Allaah & the guidance of His Prophet. And by that, the ‘Aqeedah of Ahlul-Haqq remains & is permanent until Yawmul-Qiyaamah, by Divine protection & decree that Allaah has decreed (to come about).
And indeed we have seen – affirming the truthfulness of that – a man from the remnants of the Salafus-Saalih – رحمهم الله - & he is the ‘Allaamah Al-Albaanee, who made easy for all of the Ummah to distinguish the authentic hadeeth from the weak. And what is amazing is that he [was] one man, a non-‘arab, who had no one to support or aid him except Allaah, he was able, through working by himself, to serve the Ummah with a tremendous service in reviving their Deen. Rather he was able to do what the [innovated] Islaamic political groups & parties could not do, with all of their resources & capabilities.
So this is a mercy from Allaah’s Mercies towards this Ummah, & it is upon us to show gratitude & gratefulness for the blessings & bounties (He has favored us with).”
Written by Shaykh Muhammad bin ‘Uthmaan Al-‘Anjaree حفظه الله تعالى
Originally published in Al-Qabas Newspaper 15/6/2001
Rendered into English & Edited by ‘Uthmaan Beecher for Salafiyyah-Kuwait