Ibn Baaz Asked Over and Over to Have His House Bought for Him, so He Said …

February 25, 2014 § Leave a comment


“I came to him one day and tried to approach him [concerning the forthcoming issue], asking and trying to get him to please agree for me to try and buy the house which he was living in in Makkah, because it was rented and not his. I tried to convince him and told him that I don’t need anything but for you to agree and the rest is on me.

So he said, ‘Turn your attention away from this issue. Anything that you need from me in order to help or intercede for the Muslims, then do not hesitate [to ask me]—but about anything for me, then no.’”

Imaamul-’Asr, p. 73.

Suffering from Depression? Feeling Down? Sad all the Time? ’Uthaimeen Explains the Solution

February 21, 2014 § Leave a comment


“Indeed the Legislation orders us to keep away from everything which causes regret … Allaah سبحانه said:

“Secret counsels (conspiracies) are only from Satan, in order that he may cause grief to the believers. But he cannot harm them in the least, except as Allah permits.” [Mujaadilah 58:10]

And Allaah تعالى only told us this so that we keep away from it, it was not merely a piece of information telling us that the Devil wants to cause us grief, no, what is meant is that we keep away from everything which causes grief. And for this reason the Prophet said, “When there are three people, two should not converse together to the exclusion of the third.” [Agreed upon]

So everything which brings about sadness in a person is forbidden …

The Prophet ordered a person who saw a dream that he disliked to dry-spit to his left three times and seek Allaah’s Refuge from its evil and the evil of the Devil and to then turn to the other side [to sleep on] and not to tell anyone about it and to perform ablution and pray—all of this so that a person can drive away all of these things [grief etc.] …

And that is why the Companions said that we used to see dreams and become ill because of them, but when the Prophet of Allaah told us this hadith … i.e., they relaxed and no worry remained.

So the Legislator wants us to avoid everything which brings about worry, grief, and sadness, and for this reason Allaah تعالى said:

“So whosoever intends to perform Hajj therein then he should not have sexual relations (with his wife), nor commit sin, nor dispute unjustly during the Hajj.” [Baqarah 2:197]

Because disputes make a person defend himself and his thoughts change for the sake of the argumentation, and he will became worried and it will distract him from worship.

The point is always keep in mind the fact that Allaah عزوجل wants you to be happy all the time, far from grief.

And in reality a person has three situations: a past situation, a present and a future one. A person forgets the past and the worry that it had because it and what it contained is over, if it was a calamity, then say:

اللهُمَّ أْجُرْنِي فِي مُصِيبَتِي، وَأَخْلِفْ لِي خَيْرًا مِنْهَا

“O Allaah, reward me for my affliction and give me something better than it in exchange for it,” [Muslim] and forget about it.

And for this reason He forbade wailing over the dead, why? Because it renews the grief and reminds one of it.

As for the future, its knowledge is with Allaah عزوجل, rely on Allaah and when issues come to you then seek their solution, but those things which the Legislator has ordered you to prepare for then prepare for them.

It is the present time which it is possible for you to deal with, try to keep away from everything that causes worry, grief and sadness so that you can always be relaxed and have an open breast, dedicating yourself to Allaah and worshipping Him and [dedicating yourself] to your worldly affairs and those connected to the Hereafter.

When you try this, you will relax.

As for tiring yourself over what has passed or worrying about the future in a manner the legislation has not allowed, then know that [if you do so] you will become exhausted and lose out on much good.”

Fathu Dhil-Jalaali wal-Ikraam bi Sharh Bulughil-Maraam, vol. 3, pp. 532-533.

See this post too.

Ibn Baaz and Time: How He Would Spend Time on an Airplane

February 21, 2014 § Leave a comment


“Shaikh Muhammad al-Musa said, ‘The Shaikh wouldn’t let a single minute go to waste when resident or travelling. When he wanted to travel from Riyadh to Taif or Jeddah or elsewhere, then from the moment he got on the plane he would begin utilising his time. We would take turns reading to him, three or four of us, and would become fatigued, weary and worn out while he would, as usual, be patient, full of endurance and vigour.’

‘… from the time he boarded the plane and when it would begin to move along the runway and [then] begin to take-off, and while in the air until it landed, and the doors were opened to exit—[all this time] we would be reading to him continually, issues [that needed his judgement], cases, books, religious issues … all of that, each one of us clerks would have a load of papers and books under his armpits, ever ready waiting for his turn to read to the Shaikh!’”

Imaamul-’Asr, p. 41.

See here and here for examples of Al-Albaani’s time saving.

Al-Dhahabi: If Every time an Imaam Made a Mistake we Called him an Innovator and Boycotted Him Great Scholars Wouldn’t Be Safe From us

February 20, 2014 § Leave a comment


The Imaam, al-Haafidh al-Dhahabi said, “And if—every time an Imaam made a mistake in his ijtihaad in some issues which he can be forgiven in—we rose up against him and declared him to be an innovator, and boycotted him, then Ibn Nasr would not be safe with us, nor Ibn Mandah, and nor people greater than both of them.

And Allaah is the One who guides the creation to the Truth, and He is the Most Merciful of those who show mercy, and we seek refuge with Allaah from desires and coarseness.”

And he said, “Thereafter, verily, when the issues that a great scholar from the people of knowledge is correct in are numerous, and his striving to come to the truth is known, and his knowledge is vast, and his intelligence has become apparent, and his righteousness and his following [the Quran and the Sunnah] is known, he is forgiven for making a mistake—and we do not declare him to be misguided, nor do we throw him aside and forget his good deeds … yes, and we do not follow him in his innovation or mistake and we hope that he will repent from that.”

Siyar A’laam an-Nubalaa, 14/40 and 5/271.

When Ibn Baaz Lost his Eyesight, His Mother was Sitting Next to him Crying, upon Seeing that the Prince’s Wife told Her to …

February 20, 2014 § Leave a comment


“Shaikh Muhammad ibn Ibrahim al-Humoodi mentioned a story to me about His Eminence, Shaikh ’Abdul-’Aziz ibn Baaz’s mother, so I asked him to write it which he did and for which I am grateful, dated 11/10/1421.  Here is the text of the letter:

الحمد لله وحده، والصلاة والسلام على من لا نبي بعده

Thereafter, at the request of my brother ’Abdul-Aziz ibn ’Abdullah as-Sadhaan that I write down for him the story of what happened to our father, His Eminence, Shaikh ’Abdul-’Aziz ibn Baaz, may Allaah’s Mercy be on him, and on our parents and all Muslims, [I present the following].

’Abdur-Rahmaan ibn Naasir ibn Jaabir from Riyaadh told me that the Shaikh, may Allaah have mercy on him, lost his eyesight at the prime of his youth. His mother’s residence, and she was from the family of Huzaim, was in a district called Dikhnah, to the east of al-Hakm Palace. She used to have a neighbour who was the wife of Prince ’Abdul-’Aziz ibn Turki Aal-Su’ood.

[One time] the Prince’s wife visited her and Shaikh ’Abdul-’Aziz [then only a youth] was sitting beside his mother who was crying over him. So she asked her, ‘Why are you crying, Yaa Umm ’Abdil-’Aziz?’ So she replied that ’Abdul-’Aziz [Ibn Baaz] has lost his eyesight and that who [now] would look after his affairs?

So she said to her, ‘Crying will not bring anything back. Instead, seek Allaah’s Aid and perform ablution and pray two rak’ahs to Allaah and ask Him that just as He has taken his sight that He give him knowledge [in its place] which will benefit him and the Muslims.’

And Allaah answered his mother’s supplication.

And Allaah is the One who grants success.

Was-Salaamu ’alaikum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuhu.

Muhammad ibn Ibrahim al-Hamoodi.’”

Al-Imaam Ibn Baaz, Duroos wa Mawaaqif wa ’Ibar, p. 114.

What King Fahd said About Ibn Baaz

February 20, 2014 § Leave a comment


“King Fahd said, ‘Shaikh ’Abdul-’Aziz ibn Baaz advised my father, then my brother Su’ood, then my brother Faisal, then me. And I ask that Allaah gives him a long life so that he can advise the one after me.’”

Al-Imaam Ibn Baaz, Duroos wa Mawaaqif wa ’Ibar, p. 123.

’Uthaimeen and the Poetry He Refused to Listen to: Do not Correlate or Restrict the Truth According to what Men Say or Do

February 19, 2014 § 2 Comments


A student asks Shaikh ’Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, for permission to recite some poetry before his lecture, so he allows him to. So the student says:

“O my Ummah, this night is followed by daybreak whose light is spreading throughout earth

Good is anticipated and victory is awaited and the truth, despite the efforts of evil, is triumphant

Through an awakening, may the Creator bless its course, pure, unadulterated, and untarnished

As long as the son of Saalih, the Shaikh of our awakening, is among us, through the likes of him is support and victory hoped for …”

And here Shaikh ’Uthaimeen cuts him off saying, “I do not agree with this line.”

Someone says,“We agree with it, O Shaikh.”

’Uthaimeen says, “No, I do not agree—because I do not want that the truth be linked to/dependent upon people, everyone will perish, so if we correlate the truth with people this means that when a person dies [who is looked up to] the people after him will despair.

So I say, if it is possible for you now to change the last line to:

‘As long as the Book of Allaah and His Prophet’s Sunnah is amongst us,’ then that is good.”

So then the student says the line as Shaikh ’Uthaimeen altered it:

“As long as the Book of Allaah and His Prophet’s Sunnah is among us,” but then he goes back to what he had written in his original version saying, “Ibn al-’Uthaimeen …”

To which Shaikh ’Uthaimeen says, “No, Yaa Shaikh … [then it is slightly unclear] …” then the Shaikh says, “Stop stop.”

Then the student, continuing his poetry, says, “Our faqeeh …”

So the Shaikh can be heard to say, “No, no, no, … no, no … if this is all you have then give us a question.”

Then he advises everyone:

“I advise you all now and for afterwards—do not correlate the truth with men. First off, men can become misguided, even Ibn Mas’ood said, ‘Whoever is going to follow someone, let him follow the dead, because the living are not safe from fitnah.’

If you link the truth to men, it is possible that a person can become self-conceited, we seek Allaah’s refuge from that, and then traverse a path that is not correct.

That is why I advise you now not to make the truth bound to men.

Firstly, a man is not safe, we ask Allaah to keep us and you firm, he is not safe from errors and fitnah.

Secondly, he will die, there is no one who will remain, “And We granted not to any human being immortality before you, then if you die, would they live forever?” [Al-Anbiyaa 21:34]

And thirdly, the children of Aadam are human, maybe he will become conceited if he sees the people revering him, honouring him, turning to him, maybe he will become conceited, and hold that he is infallible and claim infallibility for himself, and that everything he does is the truth, and everything he undertakes is legislated, and through that he is destroyed, for this reason when a man praised another in front of the Prophet ﷺ, he said, “Woe to you, you have cut off your companion’s neck,” or “[broken] your companion’s back.”

[Addressing and consoling the young guy who was reciting the poetry] and I thank the brother in advance, even though I didn’t listen to what he said about me, for the joy he shows concerning me, and I ask Allaah that He makes me someone he has a good opinion of or more, but I do not like this …”

The student can be heard to say, “Jazakallahu khair

The Shaikh continued, “… I will give you something [gifts etc.] inshaa Allaahu ta’aala, I ask Allaah to reward you on my behalf with good, and recompense you.”

Here is the audio: 

A Lecture Given by Ibn Baaz in 1959 in the Haram in Makkah [Arabic]

February 19, 2014 § Leave a comment


Have You Heard the Story of The Man Who Hit Ibn Baaz on His Head?

February 18, 2014 § Leave a comment


“And Shaikh ’Ali al-’Imraan, may Allaah grant him success in all that is good, related to me [the following], saying that, ‘Shaikh Sa’eed ibn ’Ayaash al-Ghaamidi, the Chief Judge of the Courts in Khamis Mushait, now retired, said, ‘I used to be Shaikh ’Abdul-’Aziz [Ibn Baaz’s] clerk in Al-Dulam and the Shaikh would never leave until the final case, and this would always delay us.

One time, we had closed all the records and wanted to leave and then a Bedouin came in and so the Shaikh said, ‘We’ll sit and listen to what he wants.’ So I said, ‘O Shaikh, the shift is over.’ He said, ‘We will listen to the man.’ So I said, ‘It’s three o’clock.’ He said, ‘We’ll listen to what he wants, maybe he has come from far away.’

So I became extremely angry and hit the Shaikh on his head with the register and fled.

After a few days I came back to the Shaikh and apologised to him and he accepted my apology as though nothing had happened. Then I sought knowledge and studied until I became a judge and then became the Chief Judge of Khamis Mushait Court.

I learnt many things from the Shaikh, like patience with the people whose cases were brought forward and bearing their harm.

One time, a person came in after the end of the day’s shift, and the clerk had closed the register, so I asked him to open it and listen to what the man had to say, so he became angry and said, ‘The shift is over.’ So I said to him, ‘We will listen to the man, maybe he has come from far away.’

Before I knew it I felt the clerk hit me on the head with the register—and so I recalled what I had done to the Shaikh, may Allaah have mercy on him, [when I was a clerk]—and the man fled from the court.

After a few days I sent after him and told the messenger to tell him that I had forgiven him.’’”

Al-Jaami li-Ahkaam al-Hajj wal-’Umrah, pp. 277-278.

Ibn Taymiyyah on Blind-Following, Compelling and Forcing People to Follow the Opinion of an Imaam and to Show Loyalty and Enmity Based Upon It

February 18, 2014 § Leave a comment


The Shaikh of Islaam, the Remnant of the Salaf, Ibn Taymiyyah, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “… and for this reason one of the distinguishing marks of the people of innovation is to make up a statement or action and then compel the people to take it up and force them to adopt it, and to show loyalty based upon it and enmity for leaving it.

Just as the Khawaarij innovated their opinion and compelled the people to follow it and showed loyalty and enmity based upon it.

And the Raafidah innovated their opinion and compelled the people to follow it and showed loyalty and enmity based upon it.

And the Jahmiyyah innovated their opinion and compelled the people to follow it and showed loyalty and enmity based upon it

So whoever punishes [someone] for doing an act or leaving it without an order from Allaah or His Messenger and legislates that as part of religion then he has set up a peer to Allaah and has set up an equal to the Messenger just like the polytheists who set up partners with Allaah, or like the apostates who believed in Musailamah the Liar, and he is from those about whom it was said, “Or have they partners with Allaah, who have instituted for them a religion which Allaah has not allowed?” [Shuraa 42:21]

And for this reason the Imaams of Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah would not compel the people with what they would say in issues of ijtihaad, and they would not force a single person.

And for this reason when Haaroon ar-Rasheed consulted [Imaam] Maalik ibn Anas about making the people follow his [book] Al-Muwatta, he said to him, ‘Don’t do that, O Chief of the Believers, for verily the Companions of Allaah’s Messenger have spread out throughout the lands, and each nation [to which they went] has taken from those [Companions] who were among it, and I have only collected the knowledge of the people of my land,’ or words to that effect, and he also said, ‘I am only a man, I am correct and make mistakes, so refer my statements back to the Book and the Sunnah.’

And Imaam Ahmad said, It does not befit a faqeeh that he forces the people to follow his madhhab or that he insists on them [complying], and he said, Don’t blindly-follow any men concerning your religion, for indeed they will not be safe from making a mistake.

So if these are their statements about the fundamentals [usool] of knowledge and subsidiary issues [furoo’] of the religion, [i.e.,] that they do not permit forcing the people to follow their madhhabs even though they deduced the [rulings of their] madhhabs with legislated proofs—then what is the case about compelling people and forcing statements upon them which are not found in the Book of Allaah, or a hadith from Allaah’s Messenger , and nor have they been transmitted from the Companions or the Taabi’een, and nor from a single one of the Imaams of the Muslims?

Al-Fataawaa al-Kubraa, vol. 6, p. 340, summarised.

Ibn Baaz Asking, “Have You Got Any Money on You?”

February 17, 2014 § Leave a comment


“No beggar would stand in the mosque asking the people for something except that Ibn Baaz would give him, and if he didn’t have anything with him to give he would take from the person next to him and give it to the beggar, and this happened on a number of occasions:

A beggar once stood up in the mosque asking the people so the Shaikh said to his attendant, ‘Do you have anything on you?’ He said, ‘Yes.’ So he said, ‘Give him fifty riyals.’ Another time a beggar stood up, so the Shaikh turned to the mu’adhhin and said, ‘Do you have any money on you?’ He said, ‘Yes.’ So he said, ‘Give him twenty riyals and I will give it back to you later.’ So the mu’adhhin got up and gave the beggar twenty riyals and then forgot about it and thought that due to how busy the Shaikh was and due to his responsibilities and duties he too would forget.

And then [lo and behold later] the Shaikh sent his representative searching for the mu’adhhin who then gave him the twenty riyals, saying, ‘This is from the Shaikh.’

And he, may Allaah have mercy on him, was repeatedly asked about stopping beggars from begging in the mosque and he would say, ‘No, for Allaah, the Most High, said, “And repulse not the beggar.[ad-Duhaa 93:10].”

Imaamul-’Asr, p. 155.

Ibn Baaz and Having a Good Opinion of Others

February 17, 2014 § Leave a comment


“One of the greatest and most beautiful things you would see in this Shaikh was the good opinion [husn adh-than] he would have of Muslims, having a good opinion was his foundation, he didn’t like arousing doubts about a single Muslim or to cause distrust of him, or to say things that weren’t pleasing about him even if it reached him that a person may have personally wronged or maligned him, in fact, that would make him not care about the issue even more.

Some students of knowledge came to him and complained about someone to him and explained his mistakes and infractions, so the Shaikh started to dictate an answer to reprimand, advise, and direct him, whilst doing so one of the people [present] said, ‘And he, O Shaikh, speaks ill of you and slanders you.’

So the Shaikh said to his scribe, ‘Stop.’ And he left off dictating fearing that it would be said, ‘The Shaikh seeks revenge for himself.’”

Imaamul-’Asr, p. 149.

The Story of the Opening of Ibn Baaz’s Mosque in Makkah

February 17, 2014 § Leave a comment


“What is more amazing than all of this is that the Shaikh would not set himself above others even though people’s hearts were overflowing with love for him, and their intellects compliant to his opinion, and ready to carry out his orders. [On the contrary] he would walk amongst the people as though he was one of them, never boasting of his knowledge, nor looking at others with contempt, and he would not look at his great rank and the various titles that he had.

As an example, the Shaikh, may Allaah have mercy on him, always used to pray in the first row directly behind the Imaam, but if, due to something unexpected, he was slightly late in getting to the first row, he would not allow the person sitting in front of him to get up from his place for him and he would become angry if that did happen.

An amazing story which shows the Shaikh’s distance from distinguishing himself from others is that when any mosque was built the Jumu’ah prayer would not be held in it until a fatwa had been issued from His Eminence [Ibn Baaz]. So when we set up his Jaami’ mosque in Makkah al-Mukarramah I asked for his permission to hold Jumu’ah there, so he said, ‘No, not until the fatwa is issued!’

So I said, ‘O Shaikh, you are the Mufti [of all of Saudi Arabia].’ He said, ‘Even so, this process must follow its official due course and must go before the council just like any other mosque does.’ So we followed his order.

[Then] on the Friday of the week in which the mosque had opened, hoards of people arrived successively to the mosque thinking that the Friday prayer would be held there [i.e., when a mosque is initially opened in Saudi, the regular daily prayers are held there but to start the Jumu’ah khutbah consent is needed], since it was the mosque of the Mufti and [thus] it’s not possible that there would be a delay caused by waiting until a fatwa was issued allowing the Friday prayer.

So when I left half an hour before the [start of the] Friday prayer, [on my way] I saw that the mosque was jammed with people and so I felt very perturbed and went straight to the mosque in which the Shaikh was going to pray Jumu’ah, and it was his habit to go early for the Friday prayer, he would go about two hours before it, so [when I got to the mosque he was in] I crossed the rows to get to him, may Allaah have mercy on him, and said, ‘O Shaikh! The mosque is jammed with worshippers—they opened the doors and went in, so what should be done?’

He said, ‘Go and tell them to go to another mosque.’ So I said, ‘Yaa Shaikh, it’s [very] awkward! What do you think if I were to give them a short sermon to ease this difficult situation for them?’ So he said, ‘The fatwa [for the permission to hold the Friday sermon] hasn’t been issued yet. Go and apologise to the people.’

So I went back carrying a mountain of grief on my back, Yaa Allaah, a very difficuly situation, people ready [for prayer], perfumed, ready and waiting for the new Imaam to ascend [the pulpit] and delight their ears with a khutbah, and now I was to stand in front of them saying, ‘Jumu’ah prayer will not be held,’ I almost fled and left it, but then I worried about the negative effects that would have, so there was no option but to carry out the Shaikh’s order.

So I stood before the people and said to them, ‘Yaa ikhwaan, apologies, Jumu’ah prayer will not be held here because the fatwa has not been issued yet, so go to another mosque close by, and your reward is with Allaah the Most High.’

So they stood up, losing their temper in my face and raising their voices and one of the Shaikhs there said, ‘I will lead you in the Jumu’ah prayer, call the iqamah, call the iqaamah for the prayer.’

So I said, ‘Yaa ikhwaan, these are not my words nor my opinion, this is the order of His Eminence Shaikh ’Abdul-’Aziz ibn Baaz!’

And so all of a sudden the situation calmed down, the people settled, the red faces disappeared and the voices became humbled so that you could just hear a whisper, and they departed in peace and with good.

And all praise is for Allaah.”

Imaamul-’Asr, pp. 106-108.

Ibn Baaz and Jumu’ah

February 17, 2014 § Leave a comment


“It was his habit to go early for Jumu’ah prayer, most of the time he would go two hours before it …”

Imaamul-’Asr, p. 107.

Ibn Baaz the Generous Teenager

February 17, 2014 § Leave a comment


“Shaikh Muhammad al-Musa said to me, ‘Shaikh Ibn Baaz had a relative whose name was Sa’d ibn ’Abdul-Muhsin and he was a hundred years old, His Eminence [Shaikh Ibn Baaz] used to say that this man was ten years older than him.

This [old] man told me about Shaikh [Ibn Baaz’s] generosity and that it was something implanted in his nature from when he was young, he said, ‘When Ibn Baaz was a teenager he would attend the lessons of His Eminence, the Shaikh, the ’Allaamah Muhammad Ibn Ibrahim, may Allaah have mercy on him. After the lesson would be over and he would be on his way home, if he would find someone on his way, a student of knowledge, or a stranger/foreigner [who was new to the area], or a guest, or a neighbour, then he would insist on him coming in and ask him to eat despite being poor and despite the sparsity of food [that he had].’

And he continued with his amazing generosity, may Allaah have mercy on him, for all his life and would in fact feel pain if he did not find guests to share his food with him.”

Imaamul-’Asr, p. 100.

Also see here.

After Being Praised Ibn Baaz Said …

February 15, 2014 § Leave a comment


“One time I came to his house and happened to meet him after he had just gotten up from dinner and was on his way to wash his hands, his son Ahmad, may Allaah bless him, was with him. So I gave him salaam and said, ‘O Shaikh! I want to speak to you about something that I feel inside,’ I said that to him trying to avail the opportunity of having found the Shaikh alone, so he said, ‘Khair, inshaa Allaahu ta’aala.’

When he finished washing his hands, I said to him, ‘O Shaikh! Praise Allaah, because part of the good-tidings which have come early for you is the love the people have for you and their acceptance for what you say,’ and I mentioned other things similar in nature.

So after praising and thanking Allaah the Most High, he said words to the effect, ‘We seek Allaah’s Aid. We are neglectful and we need to work together upon advising and goodness, we need advice and reminding.’

Al-Imaam Ibn Baaz, Duroos wa Mawaaqif wa ’Ibar, pp. 71-72.

Ibn Baaz a Few Years Before his Death, with Pain in his Knees, he was Offered a New House …

February 15, 2014 § Leave a comment


“A few years before the Shaikh’s death, may Allaah have mercy on him, he suffered from pain in his knee, so the wali al-amr [i.e., ruler], may Allaah reward him, wanted to build a house for the Shaikh without stairs so that he wouldn’t have to be burdened with having to climb them. When they consulted the Shaikh as to where it should be built for him, he, after supplicating for good for them, said, ‘There is no time left in my life and this house we are in is sufficient for us.’”

Al-Imaam Ibn Baaz, Duroos wa Mawaaqif wa ’Ibar, p. 65.

Ibn Baaz the Worshipper

February 15, 2014 § Leave a comment


“Ibn Baaz’s son Ahmad said to me, ‘For as long as I’ve known my father he would get up an hour before fajr and pray eleven rak’ahs.’”

Al-Imaam Ibn Baaz, Duroos wa Mawaaqif wa ’Ibar, p. 64.

Ibn Baaz the Verifier

February 15, 2014 § Leave a comment


“If someone asked him a question, especially if he was relating something about someone else, like a wife about a husband or vice versa, he would answer with words to the effect, ‘If the situation is as has been mentioned …’”

“One time he was asked about a man who would treat people with the legislated ruqya, and it was mentioned to him that there were some points of concern regarding him, so the Shaikh instructed the questioner to write them down so that the Shaikh could ask about them and make sure [about the facts].”

Al-Imaam Ibn Baaz, Duroos wa Mawaaqif wa ’Ibar, p. 43.

“Let’s Pray Here at Home,” So Ibn Baaz Became Silent [Lowering his Head] and then Struck the Floor with his Walking Stick, and said …

February 15, 2014 § Leave a comment


“An ambassador had invited the Shaikh to open his fast with him during Ramadaan, and so he did along with a group of guests. Then when he wanted to pray [maghrib] the host said, ‘We’ll pray in congregation [here] in the house, O Shaikh.’

So Ibn Baaz became silent [lowering his head], and then struck the floor with his walking stick and stood up saying, ‘‘Whoever hears the call and does not come, his prayer is not valid, except for those who have an excuse,’ [Ibn Maajah, Al-Albaani said, ‘Saheeh’] get up and go to the mosque.’

So they stood up, all of them, and prayed in congregation in the mosque.”

Al-Imaam Ibn Baaz, Duroos wa Mawaaqif wa ’Ibar, p. 42.

Ibn Baaz Making Excuses for his Brothers and Verifying Information Before Jumping to Conclusions

February 15, 2014 § Leave a comment


“A man came to one of the Shaikh’s gatherings and he smelt of cigarettes. So someone came to the Shaikh and said, ‘O Shaikh, this man smokes and his thawb smells of cigarettes.’ The Shaikh replied, ‘Maybe he rode with someone who smokes, maybe he sat with someone and the cigarette smell in that gathering affected him [by getting into his clothes] …’”

Al-Imaam Ibn Baaz, Duroos wa Mawaaqif wa ’Ibar, p. 43.

Ibn Baaz and the Weddings—His Veneration of the Prophetic Texts

February 15, 2014 § Leave a comment


“Sa’d ad-Daawood said, ‘His Eminence, the Shaikh came from Taif to Riyadh and we met him at the airport on a Thursday. We then went straight to the mosque so that he could undertake commenting and answering questions after the seminar [that had been held].

When he left the Jaami’, he took out a piece of paper from his pocket. So I read it and found that it was a wedding invitation at a hall that was far away, so I said, ‘O Shaikh! You’re tired and need some rest, so if you would cancel that [wedding] appointment.’ So the Shaikh asked the guards, ‘Do any of you know where the wedding hall is?’’ I was happy that the Shaikh didn’t ask me because I knew where it was. The guards said, ‘We don’t know it.’

The Shaikh said, ‘Sa’d, do you know it?’ I said, ‘Yes.’ So I added, ‘O Shaikh! You’ve just come from a journey and need some rest.’ So he said, ‘What will I say to my Lord when Allaah’s Messenger ﷺ has said, ‘He who is invited to a wedding feast or its like, he should accept it,’ [Muslim], seek Allaah’s Aid [and let’s go].’ So the Shaikh went answering the invitation.’”

[In another incident,] “A man came and said to the Shaikh, ‘O Shaikh ’Abdul-’Aziz!’

‘Yes,’ he replied.

‘You say that a person should or must attend a wedding invitation?’

‘Yes,’ said the Shaikh, ‘as long as it doesn’t have anything sinful there and as long as he doesn’t have any prior engagements.’

The man repeated his question to the Shaikh and so the Shaikh said, ‘You must attend, attend.’

The man said, ‘And if I don’t?’

The Shaikh made it binding upon him and said, ‘Attend.’

He replied, ‘O Shaikh! So if it doesn’t contain any sinning and I am not engaged with a prior appointment, I must attend?’

‘Yes.’

He said, ‘O Shaikh! I invite you to my son’s wedding tomorrow.’

So the Shaikh asked the person with him [whether he had any prior engagements], and they said, ‘You have no engagements.’

So he said, ‘I will attend inshaa Allaah.’”

Al-Imaam Ibn Baaz, Duroos wa Mawaaqif wa ’Ibar, pp. 41-42.

’Uthaimeen Reciting as Imaam of the Haram in Makkah

February 14, 2014 § Leave a comment


’Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, as Imaam in the Haram in Makkah in 1982:

’Uthaimeen and the University Inkpot

February 14, 2014 § 1 Comment


“When he, may Allaah have mercy on him, needed to fill his pen with ink from the inkwell in the university’s library to use it for things related specifically to the university, before leaving he would empty the ink remaining in his pen into the inkwell because it was specifically for the university.”

Al-Jaami’ li-Hayaatil-’Allaamah Muhammad Ibn Saalih al-’Uthaimeen, p. 25.

’Uthaimeen when He would be Absent from His Assigned Duties at his Mosque and when Late for Work

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“An amazing example of his piety was that when he would be absent from leading the prayer at the Al-Jaami’ al-Kabir [mosque] in ’Unaizah where he was the appointed Imaam and for which he would receive a monthly stipend, he would give the money equal to his absence, even if it was only one day, to the person who covered him as Imaam.

Likewise, when he was teaching at the educational academy in ’Unaizah, if he were late to work—even if it were only a few minutes—he would write his lateness down in the [signing in] register and next to it write, ‘Without an excuse.’”

Al-Jaami’ li-Hayaatil-’Allaamah Muhammad Ibn Saalih al-’Uthaimeen, pp. 24-25.

’Uthaimeen and the Fax Machine

February 14, 2014 § Leave a comment


“Shaikh Badr ibn Naadir al-Mashaari mentions the following, ‘The Shaikh phoned one of the Shaikhs who worked in the courts [as a judge] so that he could send a personal letter to him which had no connection to the courts but was for him personally, so the judge told Shaikh ’Uthaimeen that there was a fax machine next to him to which he could send the letter. So ’Uthaimeen asked him, ‘Isn’t that the court’s fax machine.’ ‘Yes,’ replied the judge. ’Uthaimeen said, ‘How can I send a personal letter at the cost [of the bait al-maal] of the Muslims? Go and buy a fax machine so I can send you this letter,’ and so he did and the Shaikh then sent the letter.’”

Al-Jaami’ li-Hayaatil-’Allaamah Muhammad Ibn Saalih al-’Uthaimeen, p. 24.

’Uthaimeen Issuing a Fatwa, then Withholding and Going to Ask His Shaikh for Guidance, His Shaikh Being Ibn Baaz

February 14, 2014 § Leave a comment


“And this shows the pinnacle of his piety in issuing fatwas, and this was concerning glucose injections, in one of his lectures he mentioned a ruling concerning them and one of the people present objected with a medical opinion which went against the fatwa that the Shaikh had given, so the Shaikh announced that he [now] withheld judgement until he would go and ask his Shaikh, the ’Allaamah ’Abdul-’Aziz ibn Baaz, may Allaah have mercy on him. Then the next day he came back and gave them the fatwa of his Shaikh.”

Al-Jaami’ li-Hayaatil-’Allaamah Muhammad Ibn Saalih al-’Uthaimeen, p. 23.

’Uthaimeen and the Prince of Qaseem’s Gift

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“The Shaikh’s son, ’Abdullah ibn Saalih al-’Uthaimeen told me the following, he said, ‘Prince ’Abdul-Ilaah ibn ’Abdul-’Aziz Aal-Su’ood, the Ameer of Qaseem, sent a new American car to the Shaikh as a gift. When the Shaikh got to his house he found the car next to it and was told about what had happened. So the car sat there for five days without being driven, then the Shaikh having made his decision called his son ’Abdullah and said, ‘Take the car to the prince and thank him for what he did but tell him that I don’t need it.’ So the car was sent back to the prince. The Shaikh had an old, cheap car, he wouldn’t pay heed to the appearance of his ride, and he passed away and still had that same old car.’”

Al-Jaami’ li-Hayaatil-’Allaamah Muhammad Ibn Saalih al-’Uthaimeen, p. 23.

’Uthaimeen and Money Offered to him for Giving Lectures

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“The accountant for the administration of girl’s education in ’Unaizah presented the Shaikh with some money for the lectures that he had given in the Faculty of Education for women in ’Unaizah, so al-’Uthaimeen said, ‘And you want me to draw a wage for [what I hold to be] my obligations towards my daughters and sisters in religion?’”

Al-Jaami’ li-Hayaatil-’Allaamah Muhammad Ibn Saalih al-’Uthaimeen, p. 22.

Take Heed and Use Your Brain, This is How It’s Done: The Man who Abused and Cursed Ibn Baaz and who then Passed Away—The Gentleness, Mercy, and Understanding of Ibn Baaz

February 13, 2014 § Leave a comment


“An example of the soundness of the Shaikh’s heart can be seen in what Shaikh ’Abdur-Rahmaan ibn Jallaal narrated to me, may Allaah reward him, where he said that Shaikh Ibn Baaz ruled against a man in a certain issue and the man became upset and he was someone who had a sharp tongue and he started to insult the Shaikh and speak ill of him.

After a while that man passed away while Shaikh Ibn Baaz was on Hajj. When his body was brought forward after one of the obligatory prayers to be prayed over, the Imaam, who was one of the students of Shaikh Ibn Baaz, asked, ‘Who is the deceased?’ They said, ‘So and so.’ He said, ‘The one who spoke ill of Shaikh Ibn Baaz and swore at him? By Allaah, I won’t pray over him!’

We prayed over him along with the people. [Afterwards] some people were saying that this Imaam who didn’t pray over that man will have a high and privileged standing in the eyes of Shaikh ’Abdul-’Aziz.

When the Shaikh, may Allaah have mercy on him, came back from Hajj, they told him that that man had passed away, so he asked for Allaah’s mercy for him. Then they told him that the Imaam didn’t pray over him—and the Shaikh became angry, visibly so, and he wasn’t pleased [at all]. Then he told someone, either ’Abdur-Rahmaan ibn Jallaal or someone else, to take him to the graveyard, and [when he got there] he stood at the grave of that man and prayed and supplicated for him.”

Al-Imaam Ibn Baaz, Duroos wa Mawaaqif wa ’Ibar, p. 67.

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