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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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