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A Brief Biography of Ibn al-Qayyim
And if there were no virtues of Shaykh Taqiyy al-Dīn [Ibn Taymīyyah], except for his famous student Shaykh Shams al-Dīn Ibn al-Qayyim al-Jawziyyah—the author of many works, which both his opponents and supporters benefited from—then this would be a sufficient indication of his [i.e. Ibn Taymīyyah’s] great position.
He is the Imām, the haafidh (preserver of ḥadīth), the Scholar of tafsīr (Qurʾānic exegesis), uṣūl (fundamentals of jurisprudence and law) and Fiqh (jurisprudence), Abū ʿAbd Allāh Shamsud-Dīn Muḥammad Ibn Abī Bakr – better known as Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah (or Ibn al-Qayyim).
HIS BIRTH AND EDUCATION:
He was born into a noble and knowledgeable family on the seventth of Safar in the year 691H in the village of Zar‘, near Damascus, Syria. From an early age he set about acquiring knowledge of the Islamic sciences from the Scholars of his time. Describing his desire for knowledge, al-Haafidh Ibn Rajab said in Dhayl Tabaqaatul-Hanaabilah (4/449): “He had an intense love for knowledge and for books, publications and writings.” Likewise, Ibn Kathīr said in al-Bidāyah wan-Nihāyah (14/235): “He acquired from such books what others could not acquire, and he developed a deep understanding of the books of the Salaf (Pious Predecessors) and of the khalaf (those who came after the Salaf).”
HIS TEACHERS AND SHAYKHS:
They include Shihaab an-Naablusee and Qaadee Taqiyyud-Dīn Ibn Sulaymān, from whom he studied ḥadīth; Shaykh Safiyyud-Dīn al-Hindee and Shaykh Ismaa’eel Ibn Muḥammad al-Harraanee, from whom he studied fiqh and uṣūl; and also his father; from whom he learnt faraa‘id (laws of inheritance). However, the most notable of his shaykhs was Shaykh al-lslām Ibn Taymīyyah, whom he accompanied and studied under for sixteen years. Al-Haafidh Ibn Kathīr said in al-Bidāyah wan-Nihāyah (14/234): “He attained great proficiency in many branches of knowledge; particularly knowledge of tafsīr, ḥadīth, and uṣūl. When Shaykh Taqiyyud-Dīn Ibn Taymīyyah returned from Egypt in the year 712H, he stayed with the Shaykh until he died; learning a great deal of knowledge from him, along with the knowledge that he had already occupied himself in attaining. So he became a single Scholar in many branches of knowledge.”
HIS MANNERS AND WORSHIP:
Many of his students and contemporaries have borne witness to his excellent character and his manners of worship. Al-Haafidh Ibn Rajab said about him in Dhayl Tabaqaatul- Hanaabilah (4/450): “He – raḥimahullāh – was constant in worship and performing taḥajjud (the night Prayer), reaching the limits in lengthening his Ṣalāh (Prayer) and devotion. He was constantly in a state of dhikr (remembrance of Allāh) and had an intense love for Allāh. He also had a deep love for turning to Allāh in repentance, humbling himself to Him with a deep sense of humility and helplessness. He would throw himself at the doors of Divine obedience and servitude. Indeed, I have not seen the likes of him with regards to such matters.”
Ibn Kathīr – raḥimahullāh – said in al-Bidāyah (14/234): “He was constant in humbly entreating and calling upon his Lord. He recited well and had fine manners. He had a great deal of love and did not harbour any envy or malice towards anyone, nor did he seek to harm or find fault with them. I was one of those who most often kept company with him and was one of the most beloved of people to him. I do not know of anyone in the world in this time, who is a greater worshipper than him. His Ṣalāh (Prayer) used to be very lengthy, with prolonged rukoo’ (bowing) and sujood (prostrations). His colleagues would criticise him for this, yet he never retorted back, nor did he abandon this practice. May Allāh bestow His Mercy upon him.
HIS STUDENTS AND WORKS:
Amongst his most prominent students were: Ibn Kathīr (d.774H), al-Dhahabī (d.748H), Ibn Rajab (d.751H) and Ibn ʿAbd al-Hādī (d.744H), as well as two of his sons, Ibrāhīm and Sharafud-Dīn ʿAbd Allāh. Imām Ibn al-Qayyim – raḥimahullāh – authored over sixty works. His books and writings are characterized by their touching address to the heart and soul, as well as their accuracy, precision, strength of argument and depth of research. His writings include: I’lāmul-Muwaqqi’een, Turuqul-Hukmiyyah, Ighaathatul-Lahfaan, Tuhfatul-Mawlood, Aḥkām Ahlul-Dhimmah and al-Faroosiyyah, all in the field of fiqh and uṣūl. In the field of ḥadīth and seerah (biography) they include: Tahdheeb Sunan Abī Dāwūd, al-Manārul-Muneef and Zaadul-Ma’aad. In the field of ’ʿaqīdah (beliefs): Ijtimaa’: al-Juyyooshul-lslāmiyyah, as-Sawaa’iqul-Mursalah, Shifaa‘ul-ʿAlīl, Hadyal-Arwaah, al-Kaafiyatush-Shaafiyah and Kitābur-Rūḥ. In the field of akhlāq (morals) and tazkiyah (purification): Madaarijus-Saalikeen (a commentary on Manaazilus-Saa‘ireen), ad-Daa‘ wad-Dawaa‘: al-Jawaabul-Kaafī, al-Waabilus-Sayyib, al-Fawaa‘id, Risaalatut-Tabookiyyah, and ’Uddatus-Saabireen. Other books include: at-Tibyaan fī Aqsaamil-Qurʾān, Badaa‘i’ul-Fawaa‘id, Jalā‘ul-Afhaam and Miftaah Daarus-Sa’aadah.
STATEMENTS OF THE SCHOLARS ABOUT HIM:
Testaments about his comprehensive knowledge and firm adherence to the way of the Salaf (Pious Predecessors) have been given by a number of Scholars; from them are:
: Al-Haafidh Ibn Rajab, who said in Dhayl Tabaqaatul-Hanaabilah (4/448): “He had deep knowledge concerning tafsīr and uṣūlud-dīn (fundamentals of the Religion), reaching the highest degree concerning them both. Similar was the case in the field of ḥadīth, with regards to understanding its meanings, subtleties and deducing rulings from them. Likewise was the case in the field of fiqh and its uṣūl (principles), as well as the Arabic language. He did a great service to these sciences. He was also knowledgeable about kalām (innovated speech and rhetorics), as well as the subtleties and details that occur in the speech of the people of tasawwuf (sufism).”
: Al-Haafidh Ibn Hajar, who said about him in ad-Durarul-Kaaminah (4/21): “He possessed a courageous spirit as well as vast and comprehensive knowledge. He had deep knowledge concerning the differences of opinions of the Scholars and about the ways of the Salaf.” Ibn Hajar – raḥimahullāh – also said, in his commendation to ar-Raddul-Waafir(p. 68): “And if there were no virtues of Shaykh Taqiyyud-Dīn (Ibn Taymīyyah), except for his famous student Shaykh Shamsud-Dīn Ibn al-Qayyim al-Jawziyyah – the author of many works, which both his opponents and supporters benefited from – then this would be a sufficient indication of his (i.e. Ibn Taymīyyah’s) great position.”
: Ibn Naasir ad-Dimishqee said about him in ar-Raddul-Waafir (p. 68): “He possessed knowledge of the (Islamic) sciences, especially knowledge of tafsīr and uṣūl. He also said: Abū Bakr Muḥammad Ibn al-Muhib said, as found in his letter: I said in front of our Shaykh al-Mizzee: Is Ibn al-Qayyim at the same level as Ibn Khuzaymah: So he replied: He is in this time, what Ibn Khuzaymah was in his time.”
: As-Suyootee said in Baghiyyatul-Wi’aat (1/62): “His books had no equal and he strove and traversed the path of the great Imāms in [the field of] tafsīr, ḥadīth, uṣūl (fundamentals), furoo’(branches) and the Arabic language.”
: Mullā ʿAlī al-Qaaree, who said in al-Mirqaat (8/251): “It will be clear to whoever aspires to read the explanation of Manaazilus-Saa‘ireen, that they [i.e. both Ibn Taymīyyah and Ibn al-Qayyim] are from the kibaar (great ones) of Ahl al-Sunnah wal-Jamāʿah, and from the awliyāʾ of this Ummah.”
Imām Ibn al-Qayyim passed away at the age of sixty, on the 13th night of Rajab, 751H. May Allāh shower His Mercy upon him.
A Brief Biography Abul-‘Abbaas Moosaa Richardson
|Weekly Saturday Class Instructor|
Abul-‘Abbaas is a Graduate student from Umm al-Qura University in Makkah, Saudi Arabia. He graduated from the Faculty of Hadeeth Sciences. His main teachers (outside of his university studies) include the Noble Scholars, Shaykh Rabee’ Ibn Hadee al-Madkhalee, Shaykh Muhammad Bazmool and others. He has been active in the field of da’wah online and through courses, lectures and writings over the last decade. Abul-‘Abbaas is currently the educational Coordinator of al-Masjid al-Awwal (The First Muslim Mosque) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
MA in Hadeeth Sciences
Jamiat Umm Al-Qura, Saudi Arabia
Finished the academic studies with honors. Currently working on thesis related to the book, Saheeh Ibn Khuzaymah.
BA in Quran and Sunnah Sciences
Jamiat Umm Al-Qura, Saudi Arabia
Graduated with high honors, with encouragement to continue on to higher studies.
Arabic Language Certification
Jamiat Umm Al-Qura, Saudi Arabia
Graduated from the three year intensive program with high honors, receiving “at-Taalib al-Mithaalee” award.
Instructor of Kitaab at-Towheed Course
Nov 2010 – Present
Weekly lessons explaining the book, Kitaab at-Towheed, administered by TROID. MP3 recordings and other study materials available FREE at http://www.troid.org
Jun 2010 – Jul 2010
Taught Aqeedah of Allaah’s Names and Attributes from al-Qawaaid al-Muthlaa, Fiqh of Marriage, and Seerah in a four-week intensive Summer program at Masjid al-Furqaan in Tononto.
Jun 2008 – Jul 2008
Taught Kitaab at-Towheed from Saheeh al-Bukhaaree, Fiqh of Fasting from Sunan Abee Daawood, Tafseer of Soorah al-Kahf, and Hadeeth Sciences in a four-week intensive Summer program at Masjid al-Furqaan in Tononto. Recorded lectures are available athttp://www.troid.org
Pioneers International School, Saudi Arabia
Sep 2007 – Jun 2008
Taught grades 4-10 Islamic Studies and Islamic History, in an English curriculum.
Jun 2007 – Jul 2007
Taught Aqeedah of Ibn Abee Daawood, Fiqh of Business Transactions from Buloogh al-Maraam, Tafseer of Soorah al-Hujuraat, and Hadeeth Sciences in a six-week intensive Summer program at Masjid al-Furqaan in Tononto. Recorded lectures are available athttp://www.troid.org
PUBLICATIONS AND RESEARCH
al-Qawaaid al-Muthlaa (Exemplary Principles)
Shaykh Muhammad ibn Saalih al-‘Uthaymeen
English translation of “a magnificent book… a clarification of the creed of the righteous Salaf concerning the Names and Attributes… great principles and collective benefits concerning the topic…” – Shaykh Ibn Baaz (about the original) 1st printing 2003, 2nd printing 2009
Explanation of Things that Nullify One’s Islaam
Shaykh Saalih al-Fowzaan
An English Translation of the book, Nawaaqidh al-Islaam, by Shaykh Muhammad ibn ‘Abdil-Wahhaab, and its explanation by Shaykh al-Fowzaan, including 33 Q&As on the topic. First printing 2004, Second printing 2008.