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

Translation of Ibn al-Qayyim’s Madaarij as-Saalikeen

May 19, 2020 § 2 Comments


A translation of the above work is available for purchase, it comes to over 900 pages, here.

The Ka’bah of the Seventh Heaven.

May 7, 2020 § Leave a comment


وَالْبَيْتِ الْمَعْمُورِ
“And By the Much-Frequented House.”

In his explanation of Sūrah Tūr [52:4], Ibn Kathir said, “And it is the Kaʿbah for the residents of the Seventh Heaven, and it is for this reason that [on the Night Journey] Ibrahim al-Khalil [Prophet Abraham], peace be upon him, was seen there reclining with his back against it—because he is the one who built the Kaʿbah [in Mecca] on earth—and you reap what you sow.”

On Overeating and Being Obese | No. 46 | Ibn Umar

May 6, 2020 § Leave a comment


Abdur-Raḥmān ibn Zaid ibn Aslam said, “A man was with Ibn ʿUmar on a journey. When any food was brought, he would take a bite from it and then wipe his hand [i.e., stop eating], and when a drink would be brought he would take a sip from it [and then leave it].  So Ibn ʿUmar said to him, ‘My brother’s son! Why do you not eat enough to satisfy your appetite and drink until you quench your thirst?’ He replied, and there was a fire burning in front of Ibn Umar, ‘No, by Allāh, not until I see where I will be tomorrow [in the Hereafter] and where my [final] abode will be!’

So after that Ibn ʿUmar was never seen eating to his fill again until he met Allāh.”
Al-Jūʿ, [‘The Book of Hunger’ of Ibn Abid-Dunyaa], pp. 185-186.

On Overeating and Being Obese | No. 45 | ‘I Have Seen the Prophet ﷺ in a State that I am Unable to Endure. Have You Got Anything in the House?’

May 5, 2020 § Leave a comment


From ʿĀʾishah, the wife of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ and the Mother of the Believers, “From the day he came to Medīnah, the family of Muḥammad ﷺ never ate their fill of wheat for three days in a row, until he died.” Muslim, no. 7443.

From ʿĀʾishah, “The Messenger of Allāh ﷺ never ate his fill of wheat bread three days in a row, until he passed away.” Muslim.  No. 7444.

From ʿĀʾishah, “The family of Muḥammad ﷺ never ate their fill of barley bread two days in a row, until the Messenger of Allāh died.” Muslim, no. 7445.

From ʿĀʾishah, “The family of Muḥammad ﷺ never ate their fill of wheat bread for more than three days.” Muslim, no. 7446.

From ʿĀʾishah, “The family of Muḥammad ﷺ never ate their fill of wheat bread for three (days) days until he passed away.” Muslim, no. 7447.

From ʿĀʾishah, “The family of Muḥammad ﷺ never ate their fill of wheat bread for two days, but on one of them they only had dates.” Muslim, no. 7448.

From ʿĀʾishah, “We, the family of Muḥammad ﷺ, would stay for a month with no fire being lit, it (our food) was only dates and water.” Muslim, no. 7449.

From ʿĀʾishah, “The Messenger of Allāh ﷺ died when there was nothing on my shelf that a living being could eat except a handful of barley on a shelf of mine. I ate from it for a long time, then I measured it and it ran out.” Muslim, no. 7451.

From ʿĀʾishah, “When the Messenger of Allāh ﷺ died, he had not eaten his fill of bread and oil twice in one day.” Muslim, no. 7453.

Simāk said, “I heard an-Nuʿmān ibn Bashīr say, ‘Do you not eat and drink whatever you want? I saw your Prophet ﷺ when he could not even find enough Daqal (inferior quality dates) to fill his stomach.’” Muslim, no. 7459.

Simāk said, “I heard an-Nuʿmān delivering a sermon and he said, ‘ʿUmar mentioned what the people had got of worldly gains and he said, ‘I saw the Messenger of Allāh ﷺ spending the whole day suffering because of hunger, and he could not even find inferior quality dates with which to fill his stomach.’’” Muslim, no. 7461.

From Jābir, “On the day of the battle of Al-Khandaq (the Trench), we were digging the trench when a very hard boulder came in our way. The Companions went to the Messenger of Allah ﷺ and told him about it. He said, ‘I will go down the trench to see it.’ He stood up and it was noticed that he had tied a stone over his stomach due to intense hunger. We had not eaten anything for three days. He took up a spade and struck the hard rock with it and it turned into sand. I sought his permission to go home, (after reaching home I) said to my wife, ‘I have seen the Prophet ﷺ in a state that I am unable to endure. Have you got anything in the house?’ She said …” Another narration says, “Jabir said, ‘When the trench was being dug, I noticed the signs of hunger on the face of the Prophet ﷺ …’” Bukhāri and Muslim.

On Overeating and Being Obese | No. 44 | “Withhold Your Belching from Us.”

May 5, 2020 § Leave a comment


From Ibn ʿUmar رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُ, “A man belched in the presence of the Prophet so he said, ‘Withhold your belching from us. For indeed those who eat their fill most in the world will be the hungriest on the Day of Resurrection.’”

Abu Juhaifah [the Companion رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُ in the above narration] said, “So I haven’t eaten my fill for thirty years.”

Silsilah, no. 343, [1260], Al-Jūʿ, p. 27.

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