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.

Ibn al-Qayyim’s Astounding Humility: Calling Himself Bankrupt Instead of a Shaikh

September 22, 2015 § 1 Comment


Ibn al-Qayyim wrote a priceless book on patience called Uddatus-Saabirin wa Dhakhiratush-Shakirin, out of his humility, he said the following about it and himself:

“Despite that, this book is the effort of someone who lacks the means [i.e., lacks knowledge], the output of someone bankrupt, in which he warns others against the disease even though he is among the ranks of those who suffer from it, in which he has outlined the remedy even though, due to his injustice and ignorance, he didn’t have the forbearance to use it himself, but he hopes that, through this advice which he is imparting to His believing slaves, the Most Kind and the Most Merciful will forgive the way he has cheated himself.

And so whatever in this book is correct is from Allaah, Alone, for it is He who is the Commendable, the One who helps, and whatever mistakes are found in it are from its author and the devil …”

Uddatus-Saabirin, p. 11.

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 During Hajj, Hundreds of People Around Him and the Fruit …

February 10, 2014 § Leave a comment

“In ’Arafah during 1418AH/1998CE he was sitting at the place of prayer and hundreds of people were around him. Some cut fruit was brought to him because during the Hajj rituals it was his habit that most of the time he would only eat fruit and dates and laban. So when it was put before him he said, ‘Have all those present been given the same thing [too]?’ They replied, ‘No.’ So he said, ‘Take it away,’ and became angry.”

Jawaanib min Seeratil-Imaam ’Abdul-’Aziz Ibn Baaz, p. 130.

’Uthaimeen, His Lecture, and the Broken Pipe in the Mosque Bathroom

February 7, 2014 § 1 Comment

“One time while the Shaikh was giving a lecture in the mosque next to his house one of the students went to the bathroom and found that a pipe was broken and leaking. He told the Shaikh about it during his lecture, and so the Shaikh, may Allaah have mercy on him, stopped his lecture and went home and brought some tools and himself joined in with the students to fix the leak.”

Al-Jaami’ li-Hayaatil-’Allaamah Muhammad Ibn Saalih al-’Uthaimeen, p. 43.

An Imaam’s Humility: ’Uthaimeen and The Car That Stalled

February 7, 2014 § Leave a comment

“Shaikh ’Uthaimeen and a brother who loved him [for the Sake of Allaah] got into an old car which would break down very often, and it stalled on the way. So the Shaikh said to the driver, ‘Stay where you are and I’ll get out to push it.’

So he got out and pushed it himself until it started up.”

Al-Jaami’ li-Hayaatil-’Allaamah Muhammad Ibn Saalih al-’Uthaimeen, p. 42.

The Humility of an Imaam of Ahlus-Sunnah: Ibn Baaz and The Thirteen Year Old Advisor

February 7, 2014 § 1 Comment

One time a young boy phoned Shaikh Ibn Baaz and said, “Eminent Shaikh, the people are in desperate need of scholars who will give them fatwas, I suggest that your excellency appoints a Mufti for every city so that it is easy to call him.” So the Shaikh said, “Maa Shaa Allaah, may Allaah put right all your affairs, how old are you?” “Thirteen,” he said. The person relating the story then said, “So His Eminence said to me, ‘This is a good suggestion which needs to be studied. Write to the Secretary-General of the Committee of Major Scholars about this.’ So I wrote what he dictated, part of which was, ‘Amma Ba’d, a sincere advisor called me and said that he suggests that a Mufti be placed in each city, and I hold that this should be put before the Permanent Committee so that we can exchange views on the topic …’”

Jawaanib min Seeratil-Imaam ’Abdul-’Aziz Ibn Baaz, p. 129.

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