Ibn al-Jawzee on His Love of Reading About the Deen
May 5, 2018 § Leave a comment
Ibn al-Jawzee, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “And I will tell you about myself.
I can’t get enough of reading books, when I come across one I haven’t seen before it is as though I have come across a treasure.
And I have looked at the catalogue of books donated to the institution of higher education [Madrassah an-Nizamiyyah], and it contained around six thousand volumes, and at the index of the books of Abu Hanifah, and al-Humaidi and the books of our Shaikh Abdul-Wahhaab ibn Naasir, and those of Muhammad ibn al-Khashhaab, and they were most numerous, and every other book I could get my hands on—and if I said: I have read twenty thousand volumes, it would actually be more than that. And I am still studying.”
Saidul-Khaatir, pp. 706-707.