Ibn Baaz and the Weak

January 31, 2012 § Leave a comment

Wafaa Muhammad al-Baaz said, “I asked that woman from Kosovo who called up to give condolences after Shaikh Ibn Baaz passed away, ‘How do you know Shaikh Ibn Baaz?’ So she said, ‘How can I not know him when my expenditure used to come from him.'”

Mawaaqif Mudee’ah, p. 183.

A Day in the Life of a Scholar: Imaam Ibn Baaz

January 29, 2012 § 1 Comment

Shaikh Muhammad al-Musaa said, “Once when we were in Makkah, the Shaikh was called to participate in a da’wah gathering in Jeddah by someone dear to him, and he insisted that his eminence be present immediately after maghrib prayer, so the Shaikh said, ‘Good, inshaa Allaah.’

When the Shaikh prayed maghrib he felt it difficult upon himself to leave his established sitting with the people from maghrib to Ishaa, so he said, ‘We won’t go now and leave the people.  I have to sit with them up until Ishaa and tend to their needs and their demands,’ so he remained with them [in his house].

Then the mu’adhhin pronounced the call to prayer for ishaa and he went to the mosque, and delivered his regular [short] lesson before ishaa [i.e., between the iqaamah and the adhaan] and answered some questions.  Then he prayed ishaa and headed to Jeddah, and he was overjoyed and pleased at having sat with the people and not having left them behind.

[When he got to Jeddah] he listened to a detailed explanation of the da’wah project and its activities and then entered the lecture hall which was teeming with people and listened to all of the speeches and poetry that was read.  He then gave a lecture and after that had dinner and returned to Makkah.

On our way to Jeddah and back to Makkah, I, Dr. ash-Shuwai’ir, and the brother Saalih took turns to read to him, with not a single minute wasted.

When we got to his house in Makkah it was midnight and it was from the Shaikh’s habits to stand to pray the night prayer at about three in the morning.  He would always wake me and Shaikh Abdul-Aziz ibn Naasir, wake us for the night prayer so that we could have our share of [prayer during] the night.  So this time [it having been a long day] we were sure that he would not wake up and would leave us to sleep.  Yet the set time for him to stand to pray hadn’t come except that he was there waking us up to stand for the night prayer.

He continued to pray, and supplicate and recite until the call to prayer for fajr and then went to the mosque, the al-Qattaan mosque which was next to us, and this was before the Shaikh’s own mosque was built.

The Imaam was late and so Shaikh Ibn Baaz led us in prayer with a voice more beautiful and more humble than which you will not have heard.  When he gave salaam he turned to face the people and thanked Allaah and extolled Him and then gave them a talk.  Upon finishing he went home and we said, ‘The Shaikh is exhausted and has been up all night, maybe he will not sit after fajr.’

He went to his sitting room, put his scarf and hat to the side, sat down and said, ‘Bismillaah.  What do you have?’  So I started to read the requests/matters he had to deal with to him, and I could see comfort, energy and joy in him that would cause one to wonder in amazement. I carried on reading to him until 7:20 a.m. approximately,  and thought that he would thereafter have a long sleep, when instead he said, ‘Set the alarm clock for 8:20.’

So we woke him up at 8:20 a.m. and took him to Raabita al-Aalam al-Islaamiyyah to attend some lengthy symposiums and meetings.  He got home at his regular time of 2:30 pm.

We were all about to fall on our faces out of exhaustion and fatigue but we didn’t notice any of that on him.  May Allaah, the Most High, have mercy on him.”

Mawaaqif Mudee’ah, p. 149.

Here is a recording of the Shaikh reciting:

Ibn Baaz and His Driver

January 29, 2012 § Leave a comment

The Shaikh’s driver, Shaaheen, said, “There were about three occasions when I was late in getting to the car to take the Shaikh for the morning prayer.  Each time he would smile and not say a single word about my lateness even though he would be standing there waiting by the car before me.  This was how he was with all of his workers, may Allaah have mercy on him, he would never complain about anyone.”

Mawaaqif Mudee’ah, p. 199.

Ibn Baaz and the Poor

January 28, 2012 § Leave a comment

Dr. Naasir ibn Misfir al-Zahraani said, ‘Two years ago in 1417ah [1996ce], when the Shaikh travelled to Taif from Makkah, he opened his house [to receive guests] as usual, but no guests, or poor or needy people came during the first few days and this pained the Shaikh.

The reason many of them didn’t come was because they didn’t know he had arrived.

So he said to those working with him, ‘What is wrong with the people, why aren’t they coming? Are you preventing them from coming or closing the doors in their faces? What is the reason?’

They replied, ‘O Shaikh, many of them don’t know that you have arrived, and some of them like that you rest during your first few days.’

So he said, ‘Go and tell the people, and inform the neighbours—tell them the Shaikh invites you to come, and that his house is open for you!’

Mawaaqif Mudee’ah, p. 172.

A Scholar’s Open Heartedness: Ibn Baaz and the Bottle of Aloeswood Oil [Oud]

January 27, 2012 § Leave a comment

Shaikh Muhammad ibn Ibrahim al-Hamad said, ‘He was once given a bottle of premium aloeswood oil [Oud] as a gift and then someone asked him for it and the Shaikh happily gave it to him—for he would take pleasure in giving more then he would in receiving.’

Mawaaqif Mudee’ah, p. 218.

Ibn al-Qayyim on Repentance and Arrogance

January 26, 2012 § Leave a comment

Ibn al-Qayyim said, “Indeed when Allaah intends good for a servant, He strips away sight of his good deeds from his heart, and their mention from his tongue, and causes him to become preoccupied with his sins, and they continue to be before his eyes until he enters Paradise. For indeed, those actions which have been accepted–the sight of them is removed from the heart and their remembrance from the tongue.

And one of the Salaf said, ‘Indeed the servant commits a mistake by which he enters Paradise.  And he performs a good deed by which he enters the Fire.’

They said, ‘How so?’

He said, ‘He commits a mistake and so it remains before his eyes.  When he recalls it he regrets it, resigns [himself to] and earnestly implores Allaah, and hastens to erase it, and he becomes broken and humble before his Lord, and his self-amazement and arrogance disappears.  And he will perform a good deed and it will remain before his eyes, he sees it and uses it as a favour, and becomes self-conceited because of it, becomes arrogant because of it, until he enters the Fire.’”

Ar-Risaalah at-Tabukiyyah, vol. 1, p. 74.

Ibn al-Qayyim on An Easy, Beneficial Gift

January 26, 2012 § Leave a comment

Ibn al-Qayyim said, “The beneficial gift is a statement a man gifts to his Muslim brother.”

Ar-Risaalah at-Tabukiyyah, vol. 1, p. 74.


January 25, 2012 § 1 Comment

Explaining the aayah:

“And those who say, ‘Our Lord, grant us from among our wives and offspring comfort to our eyes and make us a leader for the righteous.’” [Furqaan: 25:74]

Ibn al-Qayyim said, ‘And Al-Farraa said, ‘He [i.e., Allaah, the Most High] said, ‘a leader’ and didn’t say, ‘leaders’ in the same way that He said, “[Both of you, i.e., Musaa and Haroon] Go to Pharaoh and say, ‘We are a messenger of the Lord of the worlds,’” [Shu’araa 26:16] and He didn’t say, ‘two messengers,’ and this is the singular through which the plural is meant.’’

Ibn al-Qayyim, commenting on this explanation of al-Farraa went on to say, ‘And this is the best of the sayings [explaining this point], except that it needs further elucidation.

And that [elucidation] is that the believers, all of them, are on one path, and their deity is one, and they are the followers of one Book, and one Prophet, slaves of One Lord, so their religion is one, and their Prophet is one, and their Book is one, and their deity is One–so it is as though all of them are one Imaam for those who come after them.’

Risaalatu Ibn al-Qayyim Ilaa Ahad Ikhwaanihi, [Ibn al-Qayyim’s Letter to One of His Brothers], pp. 14-15.

A Scholar’s Humility: ‘My back is halaal for every Muslim.’

January 15, 2012 § 1 Comment

Abdur-Rahmaan al-Hirfi said, ‘And it is not known that the Shaikh [i.e., Ibn Baaz] ever sought revenge for himself. In fact, I heard a man say to him, ‘O Shaikh! I’ve backbitten you, so free me from it [i.e., forgive me].’ So the Shaikh, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, ‘My back is halaal for every Muslim.’ Indeed, in one of his general talks it was said to him, ‘Shaikh so and so says you are an innovator. What do you say?’ So he said, ‘He is a mujtahid scholar!’

Mawaaqif Mudee’ah, p. 116.

A Scholar’s Humility: Ibn Baaz and His Guest

January 14, 2012 § 2 Comments

Shaikh Abdullaah ibn Ibrahim al-Fantukh said, ‘From that which is relevant to mention is that a guest, one of the Shaikh’s noble students, from Africa but who had acquired Saudi nationality, spent the night in the Shaikh’s house.

His eminence, the Shaikh, got up during the last part of the night to pray the night prayer.  The guest’s room was far from the place where the water was, and at that hour it was rare for anyone to be awake and the Shaikh disliked disturbing anyone [by asking them to get water for the guest].

So he went himself to where the water was with a jug, even though he was blind, filled it and brought it to the door of the guest’s room, then woke him gently [from outside] because he knew the guest wanted that.

Then he went away from the door so that the guest would not feel embarrassed, who came out quickly and saw that the Shaikh had turned away and left the jug outside his door.  And this guest is trustworthy, from the people of knowledge.’

Mawaaqif Mudee’ah, p. 232.

The Youth Who Prayed Next to Ibn Baaz and what The Shaikh Advised Him With

January 13, 2012 § 1 Comment

Khaalid ibn Abdur-Rahmaan ash-Shaayi’ said, ‘In 1405ah/1984ce, approximately, when I was at secondary school, I prayed next to the Shaikh in a mosque close to his house.  So I recited some Quraan while the Shaikh was praying the two rak’ahs one must pray when entering the mosque [tahayyatul-masjid].  After he finished praying he gave me salaam and said, ‘Who are you?’  So I introduced myself to him and what I was studying so he said to me:

‘O my son!  Devote your attention to the Quraan.  Your voice is pleasant and your recitation is good.  Aspire to memorise the Quraan.  Set aside for yourself a portion to memorise and revise daily.  And see which of your friends can aid you in that.’

Mawaaqif Mudee’ah, p. 214.

Ibn Baaz when Sayyid Qutb and Others Were Going to Be Executed

January 12, 2012 § 2 Comments

Muhammad al-Majdhoob said, ‘When the tyrannical court issued its verdict on the execution of Sayyid Qutb and his brothers, the same grief afflicted Shaikh Ibn Baaz that befell all believers at [the news of] such calamities, [calamities] which do not target the lives of innocent people who have been convicted as much as they target the weakening of Islaam and its very status, by terrorising those who cling to it and by making them forsake it.

The Shaikh charged me with drafting a telegraph suitable for this situation.  So I wrote it with a pen full of fire, disgust and a sense of honour [for Islaam] and then brought it to him.  I did so while being full of certainty that he would alter its tone to make it closer to that of [the style of] people in authority than to the tone of someone admonishing/warning.

But he shattered all my expectations when he agreed with all of it, and he didn’t only suffice with that but added the Saying of Allaah, the Most High, to it, from Surah an-Nisaa, “And whoever kills a believer intentionally, his recompense is Hell to abide therein, and the Wrath and the Curse of Allah are upon him, and a great punishment is prepared for him.” [An-Nisaa 4:93]

The telegraph was sent that day, and it was, as far as I know, the only one to be sent from all of the corners of the Islamic world regarding this situation, inclusive of the phrases it contained which were more severe on the transgressors than the lashes of a whip.”

Ulemaa wa Mufakkiroon Araftuhum, p. 91.

How much Did Ibn Baaz Earn?

January 11, 2012 § 2 Comments

Dr. Naasir ibn Misfir al-Zahraani said, “Shaikh Abdur-Rahmaan ibn Atiq, who was in charge of the Shaikh’s finances, was asked, ‘Did the Shaikh ever ask you when his wage comes?  Which day it arrives? Or any such question?  And did he ever ask you about the amount of his wage, how much it was?’ So he replied, ‘Wallaahi!  He never once asked about that.

He only used to ask about other people’s wages–encouraging that their wages not be delayed.’”

Mawaaqif Mudee’ah, p. 223.

Six Conditions for a Righteous Action to Conform to the Sharee’ah

January 11, 2012 § Leave a comment

Shaikh Ibn Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “Righteous actions are those which conform to the Sharee’ah, and it is not possible that they conform to the Sharee’ah unless they agree with it in six things:

the reason/motive [for doing the action]
its type
the amount
how it is performed
the time and
the place [it is performed in].”

Tafseer Surah al-Maa’idah, vol. 2, p. 366.

Two Different Types of Wudoo

January 5, 2012 § 3 Comments

Shaikh Ibn Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “All of us perform wudoo when we want to pray.  But most of the time a person does so just wanting to fulfill a condition of worship, and there is no harm in that and what is intended [i.e., being pure for prayer] is achieved by it.

But there is something higher and more complete.

When you want to perform wudoo, sense that you are obeying the Order of Allaah, mentioned in His Saying, the Most High,“O you who have believed!  When you rise to [perform] prayer, wash your faces and your forearms to the elbows and wipe over your heads and (wash) your feet to the ankles.” [Maa’idah 5:6] so that the meaning of worship can be realised in you.

Sharh al-Arba’een an-Nawawiyyah, p. 253.

Ibn al-Qayyim: Sit for a short while before you sleep and do this …

January 4, 2012 § 5 Comments

Ibn al-Qayyim said, ‘Avoid those things that necessitate the punishment of the grave.

And from the most beneficial of them is that when a man wants to sleep, he sits for an hour, for the Sake of Allaah, calling himself to account over the things that he has lost and gained during that day of his. Then, between him and his Lord, he renews his sincere repentance over those things that he lost, and sleeps on that repentance, firmly resolving not to return to the sin when he wakes up–and he does this every night.

So if he dies on that night of his, he would have died upon repentance and if he wakes up, he will wake up going towards action, pleased with the postponement of his appointed time so that he can turn to his Lord and set right what he missed out on.

And there is nothing more beneficial for the servant than this sleep, especially when he follows that [i.e., his resolve to renew his repentance] up with the remembrance of Allaah, performing those sunnahs which have been reported from the Prophet of Allaah when going to bed, [doing so] until sleep overtakes him.

So whoever Allaah wishes good for, He will grant him the success to do that. And there is neither movement, nor power except through Allaah.”

Ar-Rooh, p. 79.

You Want Greatness, Honour, Glory? Then do this

January 2, 2012 § Leave a comment

Shaikh Ibn Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “Every description of glory and greatness and honour ascribed to the Quraanevery descriptionis also for the person who learns it.  So whoever wants greatness then it is upon him to learn what is in the Quraan.  And whoever wants honour in his speech, his wealth, his status, then it is upon him to learn what is in the Quraan. ”

Bukugh al-Maraam, vol. 5, p. 40.

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