Muʿādh ibn Jabal

July 16, 2020 § Leave a comment


“Abū Muslim al-Khowlāni said, ‘I entered the Mosque of Ḥimṣ and saw about thirty middle-aged Companions of the Prophet , and then there was this young man sitting there with them, with kohl on his eyes and bright teeth.

Silent, not speaking.

When the people would differ about something they would turn to him and ask him. So I said to the person sitting next to me, ‘Who is that?’ He replied, ‘Muʿādh ibn Jabal, may Allaah the Most High be pleased with him.’ So I felt love for him there and then and used to stay with them until they parted.’

From Shahr ibn Ḥawshab, ‘When the Companions of Allah’s Messenger would talk and Muʿādh ibn Jabal was among them they would look at him in awe of him.’”
Ḥālus-Salaf maʿal-Qurʾān, pp. 155-156.

Shaikh Muqbil’s Daʿwah

July 6, 2020 § Leave a comment


Shaikh Muqbil used to travel to different villages and towns to give daʿwah to spread tawḥīd and the sunnah and teach people their religion, striving to do so to such an extent that:

“He would go to a town called Kunā on foot from morning till dhuhr time which would take five hours or more.”
Nubdhatun Yasīratun min Nafīs Sīrati wa Aqwāli Muḥaddithil-Jazīrati Muqbil bin Hādī al-Wādiʿī, raḥimahullah, p. 21.

Taxi Fare and Dates

July 4, 2020 § Leave a comment


“When Shaikh Muqbil went from Riyad to Makkah to seek knowledge he didn’t have any money except the fare for the ride and for a few dates. So he used to work as a ḥāris [security/caretaker] at a building in Makkah until midnight and then seek knowledge the rest of the time, showing great patience. At times he used to forget some of what he had learnt due to how fatigued he would be, as he himself mentioned, may Allaah have mercy on him.”
Nubdhatun Yasīratun min Nafīs Sīrati wa Aqwāli Muḥaddithil-Jazīrati Muqbil bin Hādī al-Wādiʿī, raḥimahullah, p. 20.

Shaikh Muqbil Buying One Book

July 2, 2020 § Leave a comment


“One time he sold some of the furniture he would sit on at home so he could buy Al-ʿIlal of Ibn Abī Ḥātim.”
Nubdhatun Yasīratun min Nafīs Sīrati wa Aqwāli Muḥaddithil-Jazīrati Muqbil bin Hādī al-Wādiʿī, raḥimahullah, p. 20.

Shaikh Muqbil and The Dry Bread

July 1, 2020 § Leave a comment


“Shaikh Muqbil bore many difficulties for the sake of seeking knowledge. When he was doing so at Jāmiʿ al-Hādī, there was some dry bread which had been around for some days and on which a spider had spun a web, so he soaked the bread in some water so that he could eat it and carry on seeking knowledge.”
Nubdhatun Yasīratun min Nafīs Sīrati wa Aqwāli Muḥaddithil-Jazīrati Muqbil bin Hādī al-Wādiʿī, raḥimahullah, p. 20.

Shaikh Muqbil Recording Quraan for His Daughters Under a Tree

June 29, 2020 § Leave a comment


“Shaikh Muqbil was eager on teaching his two daughters. My wife told me that the Shaikh’s older daughter, Umm ʿAbdullah, told her, ‘The Shaikh used to record a surah from the Quran for us in his voice so that we could memorise it. One time when he was working on our house he forgot to record it. So me and my sister went to him with a tape recorder so he took us under a tree and recorded the Surah for us, then we went back home and he went back to working.”
Nubdhatun Yasīratun min Nafīs Sīrati wa Aqwāli Muḥaddithil-Jazīrati Muqbil bin Hādī al-Wādiʿī, raḥimahullah, p. 11.

Umar

June 26, 2020 § Leave a comment


Ibn al-Jawzī said, “ʿUmar bin al-Khaṭṭāb passed away in 23AH. Abū Luʾluʾah, whose name was Fairūz, stabbed him. ʿUmar prayed for three days in the same thawb he was stabbed in, then passed away and Ṣuhaib led the prayer over him. The night he died ʿAlī bin Abī Ṭālib had a son and named him ʿUmar. And that same night ʿUthmān also had a son and called him ʿUmar. And ʿUbaidullāh bin Maʿmar at-Taimi had a son and called him ʿUmar.” رضي الله عنهم.
Al-Muntaẓam fī Tārīkhil-Umam wal-Mulūk, vol. 4, p. 329.

Ibn Shaikh al-Ḥazzāmīn’s Advice to Ibn Taymiyyah’s Companions

June 15, 2020 § Leave a comment


Ibn Abdul-Hādī, said, “And one of them [i.e., the scholars who accompanied Ibn Taymiyyah and learnt from him] was the Shaikh, the Imām, the Exemplary, the Abstemious, the Knower [of Allaah], ʿImādud-Dīn Abul-ʿAbbās Aḥmad bin Ibrāhīm bin ʿAbdur-Raḥmān al-Wāsiṭī, known as Ibn Shaikh al-Ḥazzāmīn, he was a righteous man, scrupulous … he wrote a missive to a group of Ibn Taymiyyah’s companions, advising them to stick to the Shaikh and encouraging them to follow his way and praised him greatly, and this is a copy of the letter …”

One of the things Ibn Shaikh al-Ḥazzāmīn wrote in that letter was, “We haven’t seen, in this time of ours, anyone through whose speech and actions the Muhammadan Prophethood and its Sunnah have been brought to light except this man—such that the sound heart testifies that this, this is true following.”
At-Tadhkirah wal-Iʿtibār wal-Intiṣār lil-Abrār Difāʿan ʿan Ibn Taymiyyah, pp. 11-12 and 44.

How the Shaikh of the Shaikhs of Islaam would Behave When Asked a Question

June 12, 2020 § Leave a comment


Al-Bazzaar said about Ibn Taymiyyah, “And he wouldn’t become fed up of anyone asking him for a verdict [fatwa] or questions, rather he would greet them with a happy face, mild-mannered, and stay with them until the questioner would be the one to part first, whether young or old, man or woman, free person or slave, scholar or commoner, city-dweller or bedouin—he wouldn’t refuse anyone or embarrass them or drive them away by saying anything that would make them feel uneasy, but would instead answer them and make them understand and show them what was correct from what was not, all with gentleness and pleasantly.”

Al-Aʿlām al-ʿAliyyah fī Manāqibi Shaikhil-Islām Ibn Taymiyyah, pp. 48-49.

Twelve

June 9, 2020 § Leave a comment


“Imam Ibn Ḥajar was raised as an orphan, his father died when he was four and his mother before that. He finished memorising the Qurʾān when he was nine.

And he led the people in tarāwīḥ in the year 785AH in the Ḥaram in Makkah when he was twelve.”
An-Nukat ʿalā Nuzhatin-Naẓar fī Tawḍīh Nukhbatil-Fikr, p. 9

Ibn Taymiyyah’s Brother

June 9, 2020 § Leave a comment


Al-Bazzār said, “I never saw anyone honour and venerate the Shaikh more than his brother who was the one supporting him [in his worldly affairs]. He used to sit in the Shaikh’s presence as though there was a bird perched on his head [i.e., deadly still]. And would respect him the way you would a Sultan [i.e., a ruler].

We would marvel at that and said to him, ‘Normal custom and habit dictates that a person’s family aren’t as reserved with him as outsiders, and that in fact they relax with him more than a stranger, but we see you with the Shaikh like a student of his in your clear awe and reverence of him.’

So he said, ‘I see things from him that other people don’t, things which oblige me to be with him as you see.’

He would be asked to expound on that but would not mention a single thing due to him knowing that the Shaikh didn’t want it.”
Al-Aʿlām al-ʿAliyyah fī Manāqibi Shaikhil-Islām Ibn Taymiyyah, p. 52.

Firm Resolve and Lofty Goals

June 3, 2020 § Leave a comment


When Ibn al-Jawzī was harmed and expelled to Wāsiṭ he recited the Qurʾān there in the ten readings [Qirāʾāt] to Ibn al-Bāqillānī. He was eighty years old when he did that. 

Al-Ḥāfiẓ al-Dhahabī said, ‘So just look at this lofty resolve and aspiration [al-himmah al-ʿāliyyah].’
Ḥifẓul-ʿUmar, p. 14.

Ibn Taymiyyah’s Memorisation

June 1, 2020 § Leave a comment


Ibn Rajab said, “And it has reached me through an authentic line of transmission from Ibn az-Zamlakānī that he was asked about the Shaikh, i.e., Ibn Taymiyyah, so he said, “No one greater in memorisation than him has been seen in five hundred years …”

Ash-Shahādah az-Zakiyyah fī Thanāʾil-Aʾimmah ʿalā Ibn Taymiyyah, p. 36.

When Ibn al-Qayyim was Beaten

May 31, 2020 § 2 Comments


“And on Monday 6th Shaʿbān 726ah Taqiyyud-Dīn Aḥmad ibn Taymiyyah was imprisoned along with his brother Zainud-Dīn ʿAbdur-Raḥmān in the fortress of Damascus, and Ibn al-Qayyim al-Jawziyyah was beaten and paraded around Damascus on a donkey because of what he had said about intercession and seeking tawassul through the Prophets …”

As-Sulūk li Maʿrifati Duwalil-Mulūk, vol. 3, p. 89.

Ibn Taymiyyah’s Dars | Flowing Like a River

May 30, 2020 § Leave a comment


Imaam al-Bazzaar said, “As for his lessons, I wouldn’t miss them while I was resident in Damascus. He wouldn’t prepare anything beforehand that he was about to teach or present, instead he would sit after praying two rakʿahs and then praise Allāh and extol Him and send ṣalāh on His Messenger ﷺ, in a pleasant, beautiful manner which I had never heard before.

And then he would begin.

Allāh would aid him in conveying knowledge and subtle, fine, delicate points, and different specialties, and in citing narrations, and in drawing answers from verses and ḥadīths, and sayings of the scholars, examining some of them and expounding on their validity or whether spurious, clarifying his argument, citing the poetry of the Arabs as proof, at times mentioning the name of the poet too—all the while in doing so he would be running forth like a river, overflowing like the sea, and he would, from the time he started speaking until he finished, be as though absent from those around him.

Eyes closed.

All done unintentionally, speaking without haughtiness, or stopping or mistakes, but rather a divine gift bestowed on him, such that whoever was listening or saw him would be dazzled, and he would remain like that until he went silent.

I would see him during all this as though in the presence of one preoccupying him from others, and at that time he would be held in awe which would cause the people’s hearts to shudder and astonish the eyes and minds … and upon finishing his lesson he would open his eyes and turn to the people with a cheerful face, smiling, gentle-mannered, as though he was only then meeting them, and even apologizing for any shortcomings in what he may have said whilst in that state, and a number of notebooks could be written out of the lesson, and what I mention here about it is well-known, everyone present will agree with me on it, and they are numerous, walḥamdulillāh, such that how many they are can’t be counted, reciters, ḥadīth scholars, fiqh scholars, writers, and the general Muslims.”
Al-Aʿlām al-ʿAliyyah fī Manāqibi Shaikhil-Islām Ibn Taymiyyah, pp. 28-30.

Seventeen.

May 29, 2020 § Leave a comment


Imām adh-Dhahabī said about Ibn Taymiyyah:

“And he was qualified to teach and give fatwās when he was seventeen years old.”

Al-Qawl al-Jalī fī Tarjumati Shaikhil-Islām, p. 326.

A Compilation of a Little of What The Imaams of the Sunnah Said About Ibn Taymiyyah

May 26, 2020 § Leave a comment


He is:

“The Shaikh, the Imām, the ʿAllāmah, the Abstemious, the Worshiper, the Mujāhid, the Courageous, the Sagacious Scholar, the Helper of the Pure Sharīʿah, the Tongue [Spokesperson] of the Sharīʿah, the Defender of the Muhammadan Sunnah, the Aider of the Religion, the Inheritor of the Prophets, the Blessing of Islām, the Reviver of the Sunnah, the Sea of Knowledge, the Scholar of the Qurʾān, the Interpreter of the Qurʾān, the Mufti of the Different Sects, the Attainer of the Limits of Understanding, the Master Memoriser, the Essential, the Elucidator of the Truth, the Caller to Allaah and His Messenger, the Light Allaah Unleashed on the Darkness of Doubts, the Reviver of what was Obliterated of the Sunnah, the One having Humility, the Leader of the Preservers of Ḥadīth, the Exemplar, the Refuter of the Deviants and the Stubborn, the Outstanding, the Scrupulous, the Knower [of Allaah], the Aider of the Sunnah, The Subduer of Innovations, Allaah’s Proof against His Creation, the Wonder of his Time, the Chief of the Worshippers, the Paragon of Intelligence, the Enjoiner of Good and Forbidder of Evil, the Unraveller of the Problems of the Muslims, the Chief of Knowledge, the Discerner of Authentic Ḥadīth from the Weak, the Knight of Meanings and Elucidation, the Author of Unprecedented Inimitable Works on Tawhid, Tafsir, Sincerity, Fiqh, Hadith, Language, Grammar, and all Branches of Knowledge, the Great Leader, the Unique Scholar, the Chief of the Scholars, the Sign of the Scholars, the Role Model of the Venerable Scholars, the Head of the Scholars of the World, the Unrivalled Imām, the Imām of the Imāms, the Remnant of the Distinguished Imāms, the Mujtahid, the Unique Mujtahid, the Last of the Mujtahids, the Mujtahid Muṭlaq [Unrestricted Mujtahid], the Flagbearer of Abundant Branches of Knowledge, the Flagbearer of Tafsīr, the Flagbearer of Ḥadīth, the Flagbearer of the Sharīʿah, the Shaikh of Islām, the Shaikh of Islām and the Muslims, the Shaikh of the Shaikhs of Islām: Ahmad son of the Shaikh, the Imām, the Mufti Shihābud-Dīn, Abul-Mahāsin, ʿAbdul-Ḥalīm son of the Shaikh, the Imām, the Shaikh of Islām, Majdud-Dīn, Abul-Barakāt ʿAbdus-Salām Ibn Tayimyyah.”
Taken from Ash-Shahādah az-Zakiyyah fī Thanāʾil-Aʾimmah ʿalā Ibn Taymiyyah and Al-Aʿlām al-ʿAliyyah fī Manāqibi Shaikhil-Islām Ibn Taymiyyah.

Allāh have mercy on him and admit him to Firdaws.

The Scholars Praise of Ibn Taymiyyah

May 25, 2020 § Leave a comment


Shamsud-Dīn al-Maqdisī aṣ-Ṣāliḥī said about Ibn Taymiyyah:

“The Shaikh of the Shaikhs of Islaam.”

Ash-Shahādah az-Zakiyyah fī Thanāʾil-Aʾimmah ʿalā Ibn Taymiyyah, p. 60.

Ibn Taymiyyah’s Salaah

May 23, 2020 § Leave a comment


Al-Ḥāfiẓ al-Bazzār said, “When he would start ṣalāh and say, ‘Allāhu Akbar,’ the hearts of those present would almost be ripped out due to the awe felt in the manner that he would say it. Then when he would start praying his body would tremble such that it would shake him left and right …”
Al-Aʿlām al-ʿAliyyah fī Manāqibi Shaikhil-Islām Ibn Taymiyyah, p. 37.

“This is Good.”

May 21, 2020 § 2 Comments


One of Ibn al-Qayyim’s students was Ibn Rajab. Imām Marʿī ibn Yūsuf al-Karmī said about him:

“He is the Shaikh, the Imām, the ʿAllāmah, the Abstemious, the Exemplar, The Blessing, The Ḥāfiẓ, The Chief Scholar, The Trustworthy, The Proof/The Authority, The Admonisher of the Muslims, the Instructor of the Scholars of Ḥadīth, Zainud-Dīn, father of al-Faraj, ʿAbdur-Raḥmān son of the Shaikh, the Imām, the Master Reciter, the Scholar of Ḥadīth, Aḥmad ibn Rajab, al-Baghdādī, ad-Dimashqī, the Hanbalī, one of the Abstemious Imāms, the Worshipping-Scholar, the Ḥadīth-Scholar, who passed away in 795ah [1393ce] in Damascus.

The gravedigger who dug out his grave said:

“Shaikh Ibn Rajab came [to me] a few days before his death and said, ‘Dig my grave there,’ and he pointed to an area. I dug it out and when I finished he lowered himself in to it and lay down, and liked it and then said:

‘This is good.’

Then he climbed out.

By Allāh it was only a matter of days until he was brought to me, deceased, being carried on his bier, so I buried him in that [very] grave.’”

Ash-Shahādah az-Zakiyyah fī Thanāʾil-Aʾimmah ʿalā Ibn Taymiyyah, pp. 49-50.

The Young Ibn Taymiyyah and the Jew

May 20, 2020 § Leave a comment


Al-Bazzār said, “And the signs of eminence and superiority could be seen in him from an early age.

That he was under [Divine] protection was clear.

Someone I trust told me from his grandmother that when the Shaikh, may Allah be pleased with him, was still a child and would go to school he would come across a Jew whose house was on the way who would put questions to him due to the intelligence and acumen he noticed in him. Ibn Taymiyyah would answer him swiftly which amazed him. This continued such that every time he went by him he would tell him things proving the falsehood of what he believed.

It wasn’t long before the Jew became a Muslim, and a good one at that.

And this was from the blessings of the Shaikh despite his young age.”

Al-Aʿlām al-ʿAliyyah fī Manāqibi Shaikhil-Islām Ibn Taymiyyah, p. 21.

The Young Ibn Taymiyyah

May 19, 2020 § Leave a comment


Al-Bazzaar said, “And Allaah made his renunciation of the world [zuhd] and its pleasures a symbol of his from a young age.

Someone I trust told me that the Shaikh who used to teach him the Quran said, “When Ibn Taymiyyah was a child, his father said to me, ‘I want you to urge and promise him that if he doesn’t stop reading and memorising I will give him forty dirhams every month,’ and then he gave me forty dirhams, saying, ‘Give them to him, because he is young and will maybe delight at that and become even more eager to busy himself in memorising and studying it, and say to him, ‘You will get the same every month.’”

But he refused and said, ‘O teacher, I promised Allaah, the Most High, that I would not take any payment for [studying] the Quran.’

So I realised that a child does not do this—except someone whom Allaah is guarding.”

Al-Aʿlām al-ʿAliyyah fī Manāqibi Shaikhil-Islām Ibn Taymiyyah, p. 44

We’re Fortunate if we have One

April 21, 2020 § Leave a comment


“Our Shaikh al-Ḥāfiẓ Burhānudīn al-Ḥalabī ash-Shāfiʿī said, ‘The scholars of ḥadīth who had thousands of Shaikhs …:

Aṭ-Ṭabarānī: more than 1000 Shaikhs.
Abul-Fityān: 3700.
Abul-Qāsim ibn ʿAsākir: 1380.
Abū Saʿīd ibn as-Samʿānī: 7000 Shaikhs, and this is something no one accomplished apart from him.
Ad-Dimyātī: 1300 …’”

An-Nukat al-Wafiyyah bi mā fī Sharhil-Alfiyyah of al-Buqāʿī, p. 636.

Seeing Allaah

February 15, 2019 § Leave a comment


The Shaikh of Islaam, Ibn Taymiyyah, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “The greatest pleasure in the Hereafter is seeing Allaah, سبحانه, as occurs in the authentic hadith, ‘And so He will have not given them anything more beloved to them than looking at Him,’ and it [i.e., seeing Him] is the fruit of knowing Him and worshipping Him in this world.

So the best thing in the worldly life is knowing Him and the best thing in the Hereafter is seeing Him.”

Majmoo al-Fataawaa, vol. 14, p. 163.

Ibn Taymiyyah’s Funeral

May 30, 2018 § Leave a comment


Al-Haafidh Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali said about Shaikhul-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah’s death, “And the funeral prayer in absentia was performed over him in most of the Muslim lands, both near and far, even up to Yemen and China. And travellers related that the call for his funeral prayer was hailed in the remotest corners of China on the day of Jumu’ah [proclaiming]: ‘The funeral prayer for the Interpreter of the Quraan!’”

Dhail Tabaqaat al-Hanaabilah, vol. 2, p. 407.

Ibn Baaz and His Vacations

May 22, 2018 § Leave a comment


Shaikh Muhammad al-Musa said about Ibn Baaz, “He never knew vacations: His Eminence, may Allaah have mercy on him, never took a single vacation during his entire working life, which lasted more than sixty years! In fact, the work he would do on Thursdays and Fridays [which was the weekend in Saudi Arabia] and [his work] during official holidays [like Eed etc.] was probably more than his work during official working days.”

Jawaanib min Seeratil-Imaam Abdil-Azeez ibn Baaz, p. 162.

Ibn Baaz and Fajr

May 20, 2018 § Leave a comment


Shaikh Muhammad al-Musa said, “Ibn Baaz, may Allaah have mercy on him, would be the one to wake his children up for Fajr and also the people working for him in his house. And it was mentioned to me that he would call eleven phone numbers to wake them up for Fajr, and when one of them would answer he would give salaam and say:

الحَمْـدُ لِلّهِ الّذي أَحْـيانا بَعْـدَ ما أَماتَـنا وَإليه النُّـشور

‘All praise is for Allaah who gave us life after having taken it from us and unto Him is the Resurrection.’”

Jawaanib min Seeratil-Imaam Ibn Baaz, rahimahullaah, p. 74.

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.

Abu Mu’aawiyah al-Aswad

May 28, 2017 § Leave a comment


Imaam adh-Dhahabi said, “Abu Mu’aawiyah al-Aswad: one of the great Awliyaa of Allaah, he accompanied Sufyaan ath-Thawree, Ibrahim Ibn Adham and others, and it was said that he went blind but that when he wanted to recite the Quraan he would then, with Allaah’s permission, be able to see the mushaf.”

Siyaar A’lam an-Nubalaa, vol. 9, p. 78.

“Forty-Five Years Have Passed Now and …”

September 21, 2016 § Leave a comment


The Muhaddith, the Allaamah Hammaad al-Ansaari, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “In reality, I haven’t met a man who, in numerous fields, possesses such abundant knowledge as Dr. [Taqiyud-Deen] al-Hilaali—forty-five years have passed now and I’ve not seen anyone like him.”

Sabeelur-Rashaad fi Hadyi Khairil-Ibaad, vol. 1, p. 6.

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