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Such was Ibn Taymiyyah…

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Ibn Taymiyyah ( r.a.) :Imam, Hafiz, Faqih, Mujtahid, Muffasir, Muhaddith, Mujahid…

Taymiyyah is a female name of a lady who was a scholar. In her lineage, there were many scholars, amongst whom, the most prominent one was Ibn Taymiyyah. Ibn Taymiyyah got this title because he became one of the biggest scholars from his family. Numerous contributions came from his grandmother Taymiyyah. The family has an amazing history of contribution towards Islam.

An example to highlight such amazing contributions can be seen in the example below:

It was during the Tartar’s invasion of Iraq. The people feared a huge attack from the Tartars, leading to mass migration. The news of the Tartars burning the entire Islamic library of Baghdad was fresh. Ibn Taymiyyah was a little child but his grandfather, father and uncles were already scholars. They decided to migrate but they did not carry too many of their belongings, rather, they put up their entire collections of Islamic books in a cart and moved, all the while pulling the heavy cart with their own hands.

This was the legacy that Ibn Taymiyyah received. Through him, we’ve been able to get amazing knowledge of our Deen to this day. Those books that were saved in the cart made Ibn Taymiyyah a scholar, who then went on to write 591 books in his  life span of 67 years! The Islamic world got three of the most prominent and great scholars from the students of Ibn Taymiyyah. They were  Ibn Kathir, Ibn Qayyim Jauzi and  Dhahabi. That was the legacy that Imam ibn Taymiyyah left behind: Knowledge and Scholars of knowledge.

In fact, Ibn Taymiyyah got the knowledge and spirit to learn about Islam because he stayed in the company of his grandfather, father and uncle right from a young age. This could be considered an exclusive case study of perfect time management. Once, Ibn Taymiyyah’s father took the kids to a garden but little ibn Taymiyyah refused to go. When his father returned, he informed him that he had memorized a complete book within that period!

Ibn Taymiyyah went to jail three times, and every time, it was due to the complains of (the so called) Muslims to the Government of his time. His first imprisonment was like a house arrest where people could go and meet him. He gave fatawa and did counseling, thereby, using his time for building his akhirah. When he was arrested for a second time, he was put in jail for around a year.

Blog-imagesIn between, he saw that the aqeedah was getting corrupt and false concepts were streaming into the minds of people. Therefore, he wrote about the subject of tahweed in his book titled Al Aqeedatul Wasitiyah, which went on to become a master piece. He started writing this book after Asr and it was completed by Magrib! If you read this book, don’t forget to see the numerous Qur’anic verses he cites in context of the topics. Asr to Maghrib has a short time gap of about two and half to three hours and a book with so many references from the Qur’an goes to show the in-depth knowledge he had about the Glorious Qur’an. Ibn Taymiyyah not only wrote about truth, but also knocked out falsehood by writing and speaking against it.

When he died in jail, the Muazzin of the jail climbed the wall of the jail and announced his death. By the time his burial took place, there were around 300,000 people who had gathered to pray for him. It’s amazing to think how quickly the news had spread in an era with no Facebook, Twitter and Wattsapp! Ibn Rajab says he got news from travelers that Ibn Taymiyyah’s Gayabana salatul Janazah was offered as far as in Yemen and China too!

Today, in an age of machines and technology, our productivity depends upon the machine’s mood. We are dependent upon our washing machines, clocks, mobiles, cars , oven, etc. to run our lives. Yet, in those days, even without computer styled type writers, Ibn Taymiyyah wrote around 300,000 pages. We on the other hand, are not able to focus and spend some time to read a mere ten pages a day!

We waste our time, yet complain about shortage of time. Ibn Taymiyyah on the other hand, used his time wisely with his multitasking ability that included writing around 60 pages in a session at a time, compiling 35 volumes of fatawa and grooming a batch of students while teaching Tafseer and Hadith! He took his imprisonment positively and completed studying Qur’an around eighty times while in jail. Without attending any workshops on time management or positive thinking, his attachment to studying Qur’an gave him a training that no corporate world guru can ever give!

Such was Ibn Taymiyyah Rahimuhullah, Imam, Hafiz, Faqih, Mujtahid, Muffasirren, Muhaddith. May Allah shower His mercy upon Him.

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46 Responses

  1. asmasghar@gmail.com'
    Asma

    Very well written! Thank you for sharing this wonderful knowledge. Really looking forward to any other articles from you. A suggestion: please do mention the source of your information also- name of the book or another article or writer will be much appreciated. Thanks again!

  2. syed_29@yahoo.com'
    Syed Ibrahim

    Jazak Allah Khair for your efforts in sharing such important topic. Its a great regret that we Muslims dont spare time for understanding the true Islam, the Muslim scholars, scientists, business men and women etc. May Allah guide us all Muslims to the righteous path of Islam and live according to the Sunnah of Rasool Allah Sallallahu alaihi wasallam.

  3. olatoyanmoruf@yahoo.com'
    AbuMARYAM

    Positive use of time is mandatory, we must search for knowledge and enlighten people in Islamic path. Good challenges….may Allah reward u.

  4. ibnsulaiman55176@gmail.com'
    sani sulaiman bara

    Small piece but highly ispiring, may God almighty open the gate of knowledge for us, and make it benefial to entire muslim ummah, jakakumullAhu khairaa

  5. moinuddinwaheed@gmail.com'
    Moinuddin waheed

    The article is truly inspiring and a guidance for us as we always waste our time and complain about shortage of time. These short and concise articles give an in-depth and lasting impression to our mind and guide us to that way.
    Jazakallah khair.

  6. safiaowais@gmail.com'
    Safia

    SubhanAllah! What a good sharing! JazakumAllahkhair! Ibn Taymiyyah was indeed a great person who accomplished so much in such hard times! We need to educate ourselves about the great works of these chosen people of Allah so we can bring positive change in our lives and the society InshaAllah!

  7. omarsalahuddin88c@gmail.com'
    Syed Salahuddin Omar

    We should be proud of our such ancestors , who devoted their lives to clean religion of bidahs , which crept into our simple , based on common sense , religion . The scholars like Ibn Tehmiyya always struggled to give us the actual deen taught to us by our Holy Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and followed in true sense by his companions ( Razi Allahhu Taala huma ) !

  8. xasan115@hotmail.com'
    hassan mohamed

    actually i like your website specially in Islamic like ibnu taymiyaha and other scholars, i am always searching such websites,so please do more. thanks.

  9. don_sheffman@hotmail.com'
    Ajala Sosman

    This is one story every muslim youth should read, digest and ponder about over and over again. Islam has not lost its glory only we muslims have. We all know how evil and corrupt the society is but with stories like this about beautiful scholars who have impacted much to the muslim world. All hope is not lost. Jazakallah kaira.

  10. eng_marwa_m@hotmail.com'

    Really! Inspiring article. especially that you highlight the lessons out of his biography – May ALLAH mercy him- & grant him ‘Al-Firdows Al-Aa’lla’.
    & May ALLAH grant us the useful knowledge & facilitate to us Applying it in our daily life.
    Jazakum ALLAH khaira.
    May ALLAH be pleased of you all.

  11. templesgate7@gmail.com'

    This is very inspiring and timely considering the rate at which we Muslims have abandoned our duties with total disregard to time keeping. May Allah reward you for this thoughtful piece and also grant us the grace to do his will – Aameen.

  12. eliz_stusit@yahoo.com'
    eliz

    alhamdulillah! it was as if you have given as a glimpse of the Imam’s seerah. may you continue to write such article on the other scholars. very informative. thank you

  13. onsofto2@gmail.com'
    Sheikh Hafiz Furqan

    “I will come to the door of paradise and seek entry. The guard will say: “Who are you?” When I say that I am Muhammad, he will say: “You are the one for whom I was ordered to open to no one before you.” – Ibn Taymiyyah

  14. madoodsadaf@gmail.com'
    sadaf

    Aoa jzk I loved the article for 2 reasons one my daughters name is taimiyah and it was on after The great scholar second I always wantedto know the fact behind his title .

  15. madoodsadaf@gmail.com'
    sadaf

    Aoa jzk I loved the article for 2 reasons one my daughters name is taimiyah and it was on after The great scholar second I always wantedto know the fact behind his title . Jzk foe sharing the information as not many people know the reason behind his title.

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