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.
May 26, 2020 § Leave a comment
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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
May 19, 2020 § 2 Comments
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