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 a Few Years Before his Death, with Pain in his Knees, he was Offered a New House …

February 15, 2014 § Leave a comment

“A few years before the Shaikh’s death, may Allaah have mercy on him, he suffered from pain in his knee, so the wali al-amr [i.e., ruler], may Allaah reward him, wanted to build a house for the Shaikh without stairs so that he wouldn’t have to be burdened with having to climb them. When they consulted the Shaikh as to where it should be built for him, he, after supplicating for good for them, said, ‘There is no time left in my life and this house we are in is sufficient for us.’”

Al-Imaam Ibn Baaz, Duroos wa Mawaaqif wa ’Ibar, p. 65.

Ibn Baaz the Worshipper

February 15, 2014 § Leave a comment

“Ibn Baaz’s son Ahmad said to me, ‘For as long as I’ve known my father he would get up an hour before fajr and pray eleven rak’ahs.’”

Al-Imaam Ibn Baaz, Duroos wa Mawaaqif wa ’Ibar, p. 64.

Ibn Baaz the Verifier

February 15, 2014 § Leave a comment

“If someone asked him a question, especially if he was relating something about someone else, like a wife about a husband or vice versa, he would answer with words to the effect, ‘If the situation is as has been mentioned …’”

“One time he was asked about a man who would treat people with the legislated ruqya, and it was mentioned to him that there were some points of concern regarding him, so the Shaikh instructed the questioner to write them down so that the Shaikh could ask about them and make sure [about the facts].”

Al-Imaam Ibn Baaz, Duroos wa Mawaaqif wa ’Ibar, p. 43.

“Let’s Pray Here at Home,” So Ibn Baaz Became Silent [Lowering his Head] and then Struck the Floor with his Walking Stick, and said …

February 15, 2014 § Leave a comment

“An ambassador had invited the Shaikh to open his fast with him during Ramadaan, and so he did along with a group of guests. Then when he wanted to pray [maghrib] the host said, ‘We’ll pray in congregation [here] in the house, O Shaikh.’

So Ibn Baaz became silent [lowering his head], and then struck the floor with his walking stick and stood up saying, ‘‘Whoever hears the call and does not come, his prayer is not valid, except for those who have an excuse,’ [Ibn Maajah, Al-Albaani said, ‘Saheeh’] get up and go to the mosque.’

So they stood up, all of them, and prayed in congregation in the mosque.”

Al-Imaam Ibn Baaz, Duroos wa Mawaaqif wa ’Ibar, p. 42.

Ibn Baaz Making Excuses for his Brothers and Verifying Information Before Jumping to Conclusions

February 15, 2014 § Leave a comment

“A man came to one of the Shaikh’s gatherings and he smelt of cigarettes. So someone came to the Shaikh and said, ‘O Shaikh, this man smokes and his thawb smells of cigarettes.’ The Shaikh replied, ‘Maybe he rode with someone who smokes, maybe he sat with someone and the cigarette smell in that gathering affected him [by getting into his clothes] …’”

Al-Imaam Ibn Baaz, Duroos wa Mawaaqif wa ’Ibar, p. 43.

Ibn Baaz and the Weddings—His Veneration of the Prophetic Texts

February 15, 2014 § Leave a comment

“Sa’d ad-Daawood said, ‘His Eminence, the Shaikh came from Taif to Riyadh and we met him at the airport on a Thursday. We then went straight to the mosque so that he could undertake commenting and answering questions after the seminar [that had been held].

When he left the Jaami’, he took out a piece of paper from his pocket. So I read it and found that it was a wedding invitation at a hall that was far away, so I said, ‘O Shaikh! You’re tired and need some rest, so if you would cancel that [wedding] appointment.’ So the Shaikh asked the guards, ‘Do any of you know where the wedding hall is?’’ I was happy that the Shaikh didn’t ask me because I knew where it was. The guards said, ‘We don’t know it.’

The Shaikh said, ‘Sa’d, do you know it?’ I said, ‘Yes.’ So I added, ‘O Shaikh! You’ve just come from a journey and need some rest.’ So he said, ‘What will I say to my Lord when Allaah’s Messenger ﷺ has said, ‘He who is invited to a wedding feast or its like, he should accept it,’ [Muslim], seek Allaah’s Aid [and let’s go].’ So the Shaikh went answering the invitation.’”

[In another incident,] “A man came and said to the Shaikh, ‘O Shaikh ’Abdul-’Aziz!’

‘Yes,’ he replied.

‘You say that a person should or must attend a wedding invitation?’

‘Yes,’ said the Shaikh, ‘as long as it doesn’t have anything sinful there and as long as he doesn’t have any prior engagements.’

The man repeated his question to the Shaikh and so the Shaikh said, ‘You must attend, attend.’

The man said, ‘And if I don’t?’

The Shaikh made it binding upon him and said, ‘Attend.’

He replied, ‘O Shaikh! So if it doesn’t contain any sinning and I am not engaged with a prior appointment, I must attend?’


He said, ‘O Shaikh! I invite you to my son’s wedding tomorrow.’

So the Shaikh asked the person with him [whether he had any prior engagements], and they said, ‘You have no engagements.’

So he said, ‘I will attend inshaa Allaah.’”

Al-Imaam Ibn Baaz, Duroos wa Mawaaqif wa ’Ibar, pp. 41-42.

’Uthaimeen Issuing a Fatwa, then Withholding and Going to Ask His Shaikh for Guidance, His Shaikh Being Ibn Baaz

February 14, 2014 § Leave a comment

“And this shows the pinnacle of his piety in issuing fatwas, and this was concerning glucose injections, in one of his lectures he mentioned a ruling concerning them and one of the people present objected with a medical opinion which went against the fatwa that the Shaikh had given, so the Shaikh announced that he [now] withheld judgement until he would go and ask his Shaikh, the ’Allaamah ’Abdul-’Aziz ibn Baaz, may Allaah have mercy on him. Then the next day he came back and gave them the fatwa of his Shaikh.”

Al-Jaami’ li-Hayaatil-’Allaamah Muhammad Ibn Saalih al-’Uthaimeen, p. 23.

Take Heed and Use Your Brain, This is How It’s Done: The Man who Abused and Cursed Ibn Baaz and who then Passed Away—The Gentleness, Mercy, and Understanding of Ibn Baaz

February 13, 2014 § Leave a comment

“An example of the soundness of the Shaikh’s heart can be seen in what Shaikh ’Abdur-Rahmaan ibn Jallaal narrated to me, may Allaah reward him, where he said that Shaikh Ibn Baaz ruled against a man in a certain issue and the man became upset and he was someone who had a sharp tongue and he started to insult the Shaikh and speak ill of him.

After a while that man passed away while Shaikh Ibn Baaz was on Hajj. When his body was brought forward after one of the obligatory prayers to be prayed over, the Imaam, who was one of the students of Shaikh Ibn Baaz, asked, ‘Who is the deceased?’ They said, ‘So and so.’ He said, ‘The one who spoke ill of Shaikh Ibn Baaz and swore at him? By Allaah, I won’t pray over him!’

We prayed over him along with the people. [Afterwards] some people were saying that this Imaam who didn’t pray over that man will have a high and privileged standing in the eyes of Shaikh ’Abdul-’Aziz.

When the Shaikh, may Allaah have mercy on him, came back from Hajj, they told him that that man had passed away, so he asked for Allaah’s mercy for him. Then they told him that the Imaam didn’t pray over him—and the Shaikh became angry, visibly so, and he wasn’t pleased [at all]. Then he told someone, either ’Abdur-Rahmaan ibn Jallaal or someone else, to take him to the graveyard, and [when he got there] he stood at the grave of that man and prayed and supplicated for him.”

Al-Imaam Ibn Baaz, Duroos wa Mawaaqif wa ’Ibar, p. 67.

Young or Old, Male or Female, They All Loved Ibn Baaz—But Why? What was The Secret? Ibn Baaz Replies

February 13, 2014 § Leave a comment

“One time in his car I asked him, ‘Yaa Shaikh ’Abdul-’Aziz, I don’t know anyone except that they love you, young or old, male or female, this is almost something unanimous, what is the secret to that, O Shaikh?’ So he, may Allaah have mercy on him, tried to excuse himself from answering. So I repeated the question once or twice more, so he said words to the effect, ‘I do not have spite/hatred for any Muslim, and I do not hear of enmity between two except that I rush to reconcile between them.’”

Al-Imaam Ibn Baaz, Duroos wa Mawaaqif wa ’Ibar, pp. 66-67.

Ibn Baaz and the Number of Times He Read Al-Nawawi’s Explanation of Saheeh Muslim

February 13, 2014 § 2 Comments

“Shaikh Ibn Baaz, may Allaah have mercy on him, was asked what the best book that he had read was, so he replied, ‘Al-Nawawi’s explanation of Saheeh Muslim,’ [which is eighteen odd volumes] and the person narrating this said that the Shaikh said, ‘I’ve read it more than sixty times.’”

Al-Imaam Ibn Baaz, Duroos wa Mawaaqif wa ’Ibar, p. 28.

Ibn Baaz Sitting on Hay, There’s Rain and Lightning, He’s Crying and Teaching

February 13, 2014 § Leave a comment

“Shaikh ’Abdur-Rahmaan al-Jallaal told me that one time he went out for a picnic with His Eminence [Ibn Baaz, may Allaah have mercy on him], and said, ‘When we prayed maghrib and sat, as far as I recall, a cloud came along and it started to rain with Allaah’s leave and it became heavy. The Shaikh told us to go back, we did and [by then] on the way darkness had spread. When we had left some farmers had seen us [earlier] when we had passed them by, and they knew that the Shaikh was with us, so [now] they started to light some fires with leafless palm-branches so that we could see our way, when we saw the fires we found our way to their farms and came to them. In those days the people were in difficult times, they took us to a small room made of clay where hay would be kept and it was still raining, we let the Shaikh enter and then got up on the hay along with him and sat on it, waiting for the rain to slow.

So the Shaikh said to me, ‘O Abu ’Abdullah, read.’ So I was surprised, how can I read at this uneasy time? It’s night time, raining and there’s lightning!

So the Shaikh said, ‘Since we’re sitting here, recite, and recite your portion.’

When the Shaikh said, ‘Recite your portion,’ I realised that the Shaikh meant that I should lengthen my recitation. So I recited from Surah al-A’raaf and when I finished the Shaikh started to elucidate and explain it and tears were preceding his words, may Allaah have mercy on him.”

Al-Imaam Ibn Baaz, Duroos wa Mawaaqif wa ’Ibar, pp. 19-20.

See this post for more about Ibn Baaz crying, may Allaah grant him Firdous, wa sallallaahu ’alaa Muhammad, Aameen.

Ibn Baaz’s Tears

February 10, 2014 § 2 Comments

“He, may Allaah have mercy on him, used to cry a lot when listening to the Noble Quraan, whatever the voice of the reciter was like or however good or not so good his recitation was.

[Added some audio files to this article where the Shaikh is crying, here he was crying over hearing some verses from Surah Shooraa during one of his lessons]

And he used to cry when he would hear something from the Prophetic Sunnah.

[Here he was crying out of love for the Prophet saying that not celebrating the Prophet’s Birthday ﷺ does not mean we don’t love him]

I saw him more than one time crying when he would hear the biography of a scholar mentioned in Al-Bidaayah wan-Nihaayah, or Tahdheeb at-Tahdheeb or Siyar A’laam an-Nubalaa.

He also used to cry when he would hear about the persecution and torture that Muslims were enduring in some countries.

When he would cry he would do so with a very faint sound, the effects would be seen on his face, or tears could be seen flowing from his eyes, he didn’t like that the voice be raised when crying.

He used to cry a lot when he would talk about his Shaikh, His Eminence Muhammad Ibn Ibrahim, may Allaah have mercy on him, in fact he wouldn’t be able to continue talking about him [and would have to stop].

[Here he was crying when talking about his Shaikh Muhammad Ibn Ibrahim, the Mufti of Saudi Arabia before him]

He would cry a lot upon hearing something mentioning the glorification of the Quraan or the Sunnah. I remember reading the book, Al-Qawl al-Qaweem, by the Shaikh, the ’Allaamah Humood at-Tawaijiri, to him during which we came across what Shaikh Humood had said about glorifiying the Sunnah, so I looked at him and His Eminence’s tears were flowing down his cheeks.

[Here he was crying over the incident of the Ansaar’s pledge of allegiance to the Prophet ]

When he would be invited somewhere as a guest, it was His Excellency’s habit to ask someone present to recite some aayahs in order to beautify the gathering[’s atmosphere], and then he would explain them—many times I would notice him crying, [and his] tears and a change in his voice.

He would cry a lot when one of the well-known scholars or someone distinguished in their service to Islaam would pass away, he cried when Shaikh Saalih al-’Ali an-Naasir passed away, and Shaikh Hamood at-Tuwaijiri, and Shaikh Saalih ibn Ghasoon, and he also cried when the Pakistani President Zia-ul-Haq passed away, may Allaah have mercy on them all.

When some of the poor and needy or some of the oppressed people would present their situations to him he would be affected by it and feel compassion and at times cry.

When he would hear news about the affliction and harshness that Muslims were facing he would cry and his voice would change.

He would cry many times when he would lead the people in prayer but he would control himself.

He would also cry when supplicating, I used to look at his face very carefully when he would supplicate at ’Arafah or at Safa and Marwah, and I would find tears flowing down his cheeks and would notice a change in his voice.

Many times he would cry during his lessons, and so would stop for a short while until what he felt had passed, but sometimes he would be overcome.

And he would cry many times upon hearing the story of the slander against Aishah [may Allaah be pleased with her], or the story of the three Companions who remained behind.

[Here is the recording of him crying over the incident of the slander of Aishah, may Allaah be pleased with her]

I used to read Al-Jawaab al-Kaafi of Ibn al-Qayyim to him during many sittings, and he would cry during some of the moving parts in the book.

Dr. Muhammad ash-Shawai’ir used to read Al-Bidaayah wan-Nihaayah to him and he would cry when he would hear what was written in connection to wars especially when it involved the killing of many Muslims.

And he would sometimes cry when he would hear moving poetry calling to virtue and excellence …”

[Crying at Minaa during Hajj in 1996]

[When relating the story of the death of the Prophet ]

[Reciting Surah al-Layl]

[The Hadith of Abu Hurairah when the Prophet ﷺ went to the Graveyard]

Jawaanib min Seeratil-Imaam ’Abdul-’Aziz Ibn Baaz, pp. 118-120.

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.

Ibn Baaz, the Cadillac, the Mercedes, the Ford, the Buick and the Caprice …

February 8, 2014 § 1 Comment

“The time for the car that was accorded to him and people like him by the government had expired and they wanted to change it to something newer.

So Ibn Baaz said, ‘What’s wrong with this one?’

He was told that its time had expired and so, ‘What would you like instead, Eminent Shaikh?’

‘What types of car are available?’ he asked.

So they mentioned a Cadillac, Mercedes, Ford, Buick and others.

He said, ‘And the Caprice?’

They said, ‘It doesn’t befit your rank.’

He replied, ‘Why? Isn’t the grave one [and the same for everyone]?’”

Jawaanib min Seeratil-Imaam ’Abdul-’Aziz Ibn Baaz, p. 128.

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.

Ibn Baaz Asked About Interacting with Innovators and Knowing When to Boycott Them or Not

December 22, 2013 § Leave a comment

Questioner: What do you advise us with concerning interacting with innovators who we see and speak to and deal with almost every day?

Ibn Baaz: It is obligatory to boycott them for their innovations, if they openly exhibit innovations then it is obligatory to boycott them after having advised and directed them, because a Muslim advises his brother and warns him from open innovations and sins which Allaah has forbidden him, so if he repents [then that is what is desired] and if not then he deserves to be boycotted, and he is dealt with in this manner so that maybe he will repent, maybe he will feel remorse, maybe he will come back to the truth.

Unless the boycotting will result in something whose end is not praiseworthy, then it is not carried out—if leaving off boycotting is better in terms of [bringing that person closer to the] religion and greater in good and closer to being successful, then he is not to boycott him but instead continues to advise him and warns him about the falsehood [that he is in] and he does not boycott him, hoping that Allaah will guide him due to that.

For the believer is like a doctor, if he sees that a cure is beneficial, he carries it out, and when he sees that it is not, he leaves it—so boycotting falls under the category of being a cure, if it has a good effect and is of benefit, he does so, [implementing it] as a form of cure, [hoping] that he may repent and may turn back from his mistake when he sees that his brothers have ostracised him.

But if the boycotting results in greater evil and an increase in the [number of the] people of evil and helps them—then he is not to be ostracised but rather sincerely advised and directed continually and shown the abhorrence of what he has done and he does not show him that he agrees with the falsehood that he carries out, but [he does] persist in advising him sincerely and directing [him].

Fataawaa Nurun ’alad-Darb, vol. 3, p. 40.

Al-’Abbaad on, ‘So and so is an Innovator, if You don’t Call Him an Innovator Then We will Call You an Innovator,’ when Both the One Making that Judgement and the one it is Made Against are from Ahlus-Sunnah and Have the Same Manhaj

December 15, 2013 § 1 Comment

Host: The questioner says, ‘Our Shaikh, may Allaah protect you, it is from the success that Allaah has given us that many of the students of knowledge were present for the [lessons on the] Introduction of Sahih Muslim explained by Your Excellency, only that this blessing, i.e., the principles which Imaam Muslim mentioned have become unclear to some of them such that some of them have applied the principles to some of their [own] brothers from Ahlus-Sunnah.

So when a scholar performs ijtihaad and calls someone an innovator but other people oppose him in that, then they oblige other people to call him an innovator [too] and they then go to the people who oppose them and boycott them and warn against them, believing that that is the methodology of the Salaf even though the ’aqeedah of both parties is one and their methodology is one, and the countries of many of these people are full of shirk and magic and Sufism, so do you have any advice to clarify the truth and bring about unity?

Al-’Abbaad: I say: the person to whom Allaah has granted success must clarify the truth and ask for Allaah’s guidance for the person he is clarifying the truth to, but after that what should not occur from him is to pursue that person [such] that if that person does not respond then he is boycotted and not spoken to like that which some of the small students do—because they know nothing of the religion and [they do this boycotting etc.,] while they are present in Europe and the East and the West, ya’ni, they know nothing about the rudimentary matters of the religion but they have been afflicted with calling people innovators and boycotting, ya’ni, ‘So and so called so and so an innovator so whoever does not call him an innovator then he is an innovator and is to be boycotted,’ this is not the way of the Salaf—Shaikh Ibn Baaz would never do this—how numerous his refutations are but he was [always] busy with knowledge and would not pursue the person that was refuted, he would just make the truth clear and then carry on along the path of the people of knowledge.  This is the correct way.

As for what some of the small students who are found in different places do and who have nothing in terms of knowledge, but only, ya’ni, they will meet their brothers and so [then will say], ‘So and so is an innovator, if you don’t call him an innovator [too] then we will call you an innovator,’ and he [i.e., the person they are calling an innovator] is from Ahlus-Sunnah and this is about people from Ahlus-Sunnah, it is not about people from Ahlul-Bid’ah but about people from Ahlus-Sunnah, he did something which is attributed to him, it [i.e., this thing attributed to him] may be correct or it may be incorrect, but [then] doing such [aforementioned] things is not allowed—this is not known from the Salaf of this Ummah: that when one of them would make a mistake that he would then be boycotted and called an innovator and that the people would then be asked to call him an innovator [too] and boycott him, this is not from the manhaj of the Salaf.

And the closest example [is that of] our Shaikh, Shaikh ’Abdul-’Aziz ibn Baaz through whom Allaah brought about benefit and that benefit covered the horizons and much, much good came about at his hands and his refutations are numerous but he was busy with knowledge, it wasn’t his mission, when he did call someone an innovator, to then go and say, ‘This is a must, because if not, whoever does not call him an innovator [too] then he will [also] become an innovator and is to be boycotted,’—Shaikh Ibn Baaz never did this—and nor those on the way of the Shaikh, may Allaah have mercy on him.

Asked on 8/12/2013 in the Prophet’s Mosque.

Al-’Abbaad Asked if, when a Shaikh Calls Someone an Innovator, the Student is Obliged to Adopt that Stance

December 14, 2013 § 1 Comment

Questioner: If one of the Shaikhs said about someone, ‘He is an innovator,’ is the student obliged to adopt this stance of calling that person an innovator? Or must he know why the person was called an innovator? Because this declaration of a person to be an innovator may have been applied to someone who is on the Sunnah?

Al-’Abbaad: Not everyone’s statements in this issue are accepted, if it comes from someone like Shaikh Ibn Baaz or like Shaikh Ibn ’Uthaimeen then it is possible that his statement is relied on, as for anyone and everyone, then such statements are not taken from them.

Baab maa Jaa’a fi Miqdaar Diyyatidh-Dhimmi min Sharh Sunan Abi Dawud.

Ibn Baaz Was One of the Fastest Scholars to Refute Innovations

November 18, 2013 § Leave a comment

Shaikh Muhammad al-Majdhoob said about Shaikh Ibn Baaz, may Allaah have mercy on him, “And you would see him to be the fastest scholar to renounce innovations because according to him they are an assault against the rights of the revelation, an alteration of Allaah’s Religion, something which ultimately distances the Muslims from the correct Islamic path.”

’Ulamaa wa Mufakkiroon ’Araftuhum, p. 91.

Shaikh Muqbil on Blindly-Following Al-Albaani, Ibn Baaz and ‘Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on them all

October 15, 2013 § 1 Comment

The Shaikh of Yemen, Muqbil ibn Haadi al-Waadi’i, may Allaah have mercy on him said, “And we say: we hold blind-following to be forbidden. So it is not allowed for us to blindly follow Shaikh al-Albaani, nor Shaikh Ibn Baaz nor Shaikh Ibn ’Uthaimeen, for indeed Allaah تعالى says in His Noble Book, Follow, [O mankind], what has been revealed to you from your Lord and do not follow other than Him any allies. Little do you remember, [Al-A’raaf 7:3] and He سبحانه وتعالى said, And do not pursue that of which you have no knowledge.[Al-Israa 17:36] So Ahlus-Sunnah do not blindly follow.”

Tuhfatul-Mujeeb ’alaa As’ilatil-Haadiri wal-Ghareeb, p. 222.

Ibn Baaz on Gog and Magog and China

June 9, 2013 § 1 Comment



Questioner: Are there two tribes in China called Gog and Magog [Ya’juj and Ma’juj]? And are they the ones the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم mentioned in his hadith? And if it is not them, then who are they?

Ibn Baaz: Gog and Magog are two groups from humankind in the Far East who will come out at the end of time and it is most probable that they are from those who reside in China and its surrounding areas, because they are from the Far East and Dhul-Qarnain set up a barrier between them and the people as Allaah mentioned in the Quraan in Surah al-Kahf. They are from the Children of Adam and they will emerge at the end of time after Dajjaal. Then Allaah will send an illness down upon them in their necks which will cause them to die, and this will be in the time of Jesus, peace be upon him, because when Dajjaal emerges Allaah will send Jesus, peace be upon him, and he will kill Dajjaal and it is then that Gog and Magog will appear in the time of Jesus. Thereafter Allaah will cause them to die and put an end to them, and it is most likely and is what is apparent from the Noble Quraan and the narrations about Dhul-Qarnain that they are in the direction of the east, the direction of China and its surrounding areas.


Ibn Baaz on Throwing Leftovers Away

April 4, 2013 § Leave a comment

Questioner: Regarding leftover food, some people put it in a carton or something similar and then place it in the street so the animals can eat it but then the cleaners come and place it along with the rest of the rubbish. The question is whether it is permissible to put the food with the garbage?

Ibn Baaz: It must be given to the poor who can eat it if they can be found, if they cannot be found then it must be left in a place far from where it will be mistreated so that the animals can eat it, if that is not possible then it must be stored in a carton or plastic bags etc., and those responsible in each city’s municipality should place it in clean areas so that the animals can eat it or so that people can take it for their animals, [this should be done] in order to safeguard the food from being debased and wasted.

Majmoo’ Fataawaa Ibn Baaz, vol. 23, p. 41.

Ibn Baaz on This Time Being The Era of Gentleness and Kindness not the Era of Harshness

April 3, 2013 § 1 Comment

Part of an answer by Shaikh Ibn Baaz, may Allaah have mercy on him, on the issue of shaving the beard:

“So it is obligatory on the believer not to expose himself to tribulation, and to fear Allaah, and to let his beard grow and to guard the prayers and to advise [his] brothers but with gentleness and good words, not by being aggressive against the people, and not by hitting them and nor by abusing or cursing them, but with good words and a pleasant manner, Allaah جل وعلا said, “Invite to the way of your Lord with wisdom and good instruction, and argue with them in a way that is best,” [Nahl 16:12] and He تعالى said, So by the mercy from Allaah, [O Muhammad], you were lenient with them. And if you had been rude [in speech] and harsh in heart, they would have disbanded from about you,[Aali-’Imraan 3:159] and when He sent them to Pharaoh, Allaah said to Musa and Haaroon, And speak to him with gentle speech that perhaps he may be reminded or fear [Allaah],[Taa Haa 20:44] and the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said, “Kindness/gentleness/leniency [rifq] is not to be found in anything but that it adds to its beauty and it is not withdrawn from anything but it makes it defective.” [Muslim]

Especially in this time, this time is the time of gentleness [rifq] and patience and wisdom, and it is not the time/era of harshness. Most of the people are in ignorance, in the heedlessness of giving preference to the worldly life, so patience is imperative, and gentleness [rifq] is imperative so that the da’wah reaches [the people] and so that it is conveyed to the people and so that they know.

We ask Allaah for guidance for everyone.”

Majmoo’ Fataawaa Ibn Baaz, vol. 8, p. 376.

Ibn Baaz on How to Achieve Forgiveness and Freedom from the Fire During Ramadaan

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Shaikh Ibn Baaz, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “It is obligatory for the fasting person to beware of everything that Allaah has forbidden for him and to safeguard everything that Allaah has made obligatory upon him, and by doing so it is hoped that he will be forgiven and freed from the Fire and that his fasting and standing to pray will be accepted.”

Vol. 15, p. 15.

Ibn Baaz on How Ramadaan Ought to Be Received

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Shaikh Ibn Baaz, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “It is legislated that the Muslim receive this noble month with true and sincere repentance and by being prepared to fast and pray throughout it with a righteous intention and true conviction.”

Vol. 15, p. 9.

Ibn Baaz on Ramadaan and Seizing the Opportunity

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Shaikh Ibn Baaz, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “The believer should seize this opportunity, [this opportunity] being the favour that Allaah has given him in allowing him to come by the month of Ramadaan, so he should hasten to acts of obedience and beware of evil ones, and strive to execute what Allaah has made obligatory upon him—especially the five prayers, for they are the pillar of Islaam and the greatest obligation after the two shahaadahs.”

Vol. 15, p. 13.

Ibn Baaz on the Purpose of Fasting

August 2, 2012 § 3 Comments

Shaikh Ibn Baaz, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “The purpose of fasting is to be obedient to Allaah, subhaanah, and to honour what He has forbidden, and to fight against the souls desires in obedience to its Patron [Mawlaa], and to make it accustomed to being patient regarding those things that Allaah has forbidden. The purpose [of fasting] is not just to leave food and drink … the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said, ‘Whoever does not abandon falsehood in word and action, and ignorance then Allaah has no need for him to leave his food and drink.’”

Vol. 15, p. 15.

Ibn Baaz on the Impetus for Fasting and Praying in Ramadaan

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Shaikh Ibn Baaz, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “What is obligatory upon a Muslim is to fast out of faith and in the hope of receiving Allaah’s reward, not for showing off or to be heard or just to blindly follow the people or to follow his family or the people of his city, rather what is obligatory upon him is that the impetus for fasting be his faith that Allaah has made it obligatory upon him and [also] his hope for the reward that is with his Lord for doing so, and this applies to standing for prayer in Ramadaan [too], the Muslim should do it out of faith and hoping for Allaah’s reward from it, not for another reason.”

Vol. 16, p.15.

Ibn Baaz on Fasting During a Journey

August 1, 2012 § Leave a comment

Shaikh Ibn Baaz, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “The traveller has the choice of either fasting or not fasting, and what is apparent from the legislated proofs is that not fasting is better especially if the fast is difficult for him, due to the saying of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم, “Fasting during a journey is not righteousness.”

Vol. 15, p. 236.

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