“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.

Being in a Constant State of Repentance

March 28, 2020 § Leave a comment

Ibn Rajab, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “It is not right for morning or evening to come upon a believer except that he is in a state of repentance, because he does not know when death might surprise him. [Will it be] in the morning or the evening? Or will his soul be taken when he is performing an act of obedience or disobedience? So whoever comes upon morning or evening not in a state of repentance then he is in danger, since it is feared that he will meet Allaah not repenting and thus be gathered alongside the company of oppressors.”
Lataa’iful-Ma’aarif, p. 458.

The Encouragement to Fast in Muharram

November 3, 2013 § Leave a comment

“Abu Hurairah, may Allaah be pleased with him, reported that he (the Messenger of Allaah صلى الله عليه وسلم) was asked as to which prayer was most excellent after the prescribed prayer, and which fast was the most excellent after the month of Ramadan. He said, ‘Prayer offered in the middle of the night, and the most excellent fast after (fasting) in the month of Ramadan is the fast in Allaah’s Month of al-Muharram.’” [Muslim]

Ibn Rajab said, “… And the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم called the month of Muharram, ‘Allaah’s Month,’ and its ascription to Allaah shows its distinction and excellence, for nothing is attributed to Him, the Most High, except the most elite of His creation, like His ascription of Muhammad, Ibrahim, Ishaaq, Ya’qoob and other Prophets to His ’Ubudiyyah, and He ascribed His House and His She-Camel to Himself.” [See Surah Shams, verse 13 for a mention of the She-camel.]

Lataa’iful-Ma’aarif, pp. 68-70.

Acquiring Allaah’s Love

September 24, 2013 § Leave a comment

Muhammad ibn Nu’aim al-Mowsilee said, “Indeed the heart that loves Allaah, loves being exhausted and exerting itself for Allaah—verily Allaah’s Love is not acquired through comfort/relaxation.”

Majmoo’ Ar-Rasaa’il al-Haafidh Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali, vol. 3, p. 327.

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